Saturday, December 31, 2011

There are just no words

There is something seriously wrong with this picture.


I'm sad to say that there is no soccer ball under my shirt. It's all me. It hurts me to look at it.

At this point I'm nervous to sneeze because I might create a stretch mark if I sneeze too hard. 38 weeks. (and baby is measuring 2 weeks ahead)  Can you tell why it's hard to walk and jogging in any way, shape, or form causes insane pains to shoot under my tummy? 

Happy new year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 is my year

Goals for next year. I'm not one of those crazy people who say things like, I want to race a 5K and break 22 minutes when my PR is 28:02. That's just insane.

However, that's one of my end goals. Like, ONE DAY I could do that. But I like to set my goals into baby steps and feel successful and go up the ladder one rung at a time. I'm still disappointed that at my half marathon I didn't get 2:10. Okay, I got 2:11 at my FIRST one and it was a pretty hilly course and whatever, blah, blah, blah. But I set a goal for myself and didn't get it. That makes me sad. Could I have given any more than I did at the time? No. I laid it all on the course and I'm proud of that but I didn't get my goal.

So here are my realistic goals for 2012...


  • Run a 5K under 27:30 (8:50 pace)
  • Have a baby. (hahaha)
  • Get down to my "happy weight"at 122 pounds.
  • Biking speed averaging 18 mph.
  • Do an olympic distance triathlon. no time goal although I would LIKE to break 3 hours.
  • Complete my marathon in under 4:30.
  • Find another 10K and break 58 minutes.
  • Run 800 miles for the year. I probably won't be able to start anything until February 1st and I'll be starting slow, so I want this one to be really doable. If I take out January, that's 72 miles a month which is still more than I've ever done before.
Alright 2012 - bring it.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in review

Here were my original goals for 2011 and how I did:


  • Run a mile in 7 minutes flat. - NOPE.
  • Run a 5K under 27:30 (8:50 pace) - NOPE.
  • Run a marathon under 4:30 (4:15 is better) - NOPE. No race because of bed rest and pregnancy.
  • Get my biking speed to 17mph average - Achieved in march.
  • do a 100K bike ride - NOPE.
  • Shave 6 minutes off Blackland triathlon time (this is a lofty goal) - no race because of bed rest.
  • no sweets except for my one cheat day a week. After this holiday, I don't even WANT sweets. - HAHAHA!!
  • wear a swimsuit with confidence - I want an awesome butt. Also a lofty goal after 3 kids and turning 30 this year!! - Achieved.
  • run 1000 miles. I'm not even sure if I can do this one. Hopefully the marathon training will help with this. - Bed rest and pregnancy killed this.
Do I feel bad about only getting 2 of my 9 goals? NO. Because with an unexpected baby on the way and the blood clot that restricted most of my exercise goals, this list fell to the back burner as I kept my baby healthy.

You can guarantee that you will see several of these goals re-appear for 2012. And trust me, there will be no more surprise babies. There are ways you can be SURE that won't happen again. ;)   

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My view is blocked.

Dr. appointment today.

You know what I learned? It's really hard to give a urine sample as a female since you can't always predict where the stream is going to go. BUT, when your belly blocks everything from view, you are pretty much guaranteed to get pee on your hand. good times.

I am over my "goal" number of what I wanted to gain for this pregnancy. I blame Christmas goodies. sitting at 154.6 pounds with 2-ish weeks to go. I am beyond excited to start really exercising again.

I am dilated to 2 cm right now. I have a feeling I won't be having a december baby. darn it.

January it is!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fun presents!

Ever since I changed my lifestyle to include being a "runner" (still not sure if I can qualify for that right now since I'm not running), getting workout stuff is the BEST at Christmas and birthday's.

Here are my new tops:


All on clearance! We just got an Under Armor outlet store and that green top was $7!

A camelbak! I was considering one of these for marathon training and my husband TOTALLY surprised me with this one. I even love the color.


After 3 kids using that ugly, lame, cheap diaper bag that comes home with you from the hospital, I really wanted a REAL diaper bag. So Dave bought me this suede grey and blue one. LOVE. Look how huge it is! I can fit so much crap into that enormous bag!


New sunglasses! My awesome ones have had the lenses lost for months and so I've been using a pair of dollar store glasses that are half broken. These are GREAT. They are so light and comfy and I can't wait to start using them on runs and biking.


What did YOU get for Christmas this year?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Here is a great little video depicting the real reason we celebrate Christmas, based on the King James version of the bible.

CLICK HERE!!!!

We watched it with our kids and we all loved it.

Enjoy the video and your families this holiday season!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kara reads my mind.


On page 250 of Running for Women, I found a quote that sums up this pregnancy better than anything I've heard or read yet.

"The plan was to do xyz, but I was going slower and slower until I was barely xyz'ing. It was so frustrating. I cried afterwards. I couldn't believe that I couldn't just push through, but that's the way it is - your body just won't let you do it...it was so difficult for me to accept this."


I obviously inserted the xyz stuff since her times don't really apply to me, but after 2 sessions of bed rest when I felt fine, to starting from scratch working out after 2 months of nothing, to getting stabbing pains in my belly when I did anything to stopping exercise completely at 34 weeks pregnant since I'm getting 6-7 contractions an hour and I'm supposed to "take it easy".

It's been tough to accept all that I've been dealt the last 8 months or so. Good news is that I only have about 3 weeks to go and then I can get started with trying to feel like myself again. That's right! In less than a month it will all be over and mission: hot bod after baby will commence.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bookworm

I started reading a new book today.


I love it! Reading this even made me get out my calendar and plan my training for my March 5K! I can't WAIT until I can get back out there and start feeling like myself. There is just something about the last month of pregnancy that makes you feel like your body is not your own and you have no control over anything.

only 4 more weeks...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I see an Oly in the distance!

So, news to everyone that follows me (hello 13 readers), my family is MOVING from Texas to North Carolina!!!!!  We will be heading out very shortly after I have this baby (January). We will be leaving in February. I think we are indeed crazy. Selling the house, having a baby, and starting a new job all at the same time.

Anyway, since I wanted to have a 5K to look forward to and to have something to train for, I started looking to see if there was an event or 2 in my new area.

I found some!!!!

I know it's still the middle of december and it might be a little early to start planning 2012 races, but here it is anyway:


March 24 - Live Long 5K (5 1/2 weeks after arriving at new house/2 month old baby)

September 22 - Outer Banks Olympic Triathlon (8 month old baby)

November 14 - Fort Worth Marathon (10 month old baby/flying back to dallas for this)


I know there isn't a lot on this list, but for having a baby and being in a new place, it gives me stepping stones to work on.

I LOVE having something to train for! YAY!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ch-ch-ch-changes!!

No, I'm not trying to cover up my chest in this picture.


I'm telling you how many weeks I have left to go!

FIVE, baby!

And that's if I go on time. I'm really hoping that since the baby is measuring big (as if you can't tell by the size of my tummy), I'll be a little early. Like sometime in december.

Just to remind you of what I NORMALLY look like...


So you can see why I feel enormous.


My buddy in the picture above is training for a marathon PR right now using the Run Less Run Faster book training plan. She desperately wants to break 4 hours and just KILLED a 20 mile run at a 9 minute mile pace. Her best ever. Color me green. It's getting SO hard to read everyone's blogs about races and running and training and everything since I can't even WALK anymore. I'm trying to be patient but with only about a month left I'm getting very antsy to be back to my normal self again.

To ease my pain, since my mom gave me some $$ for my birthday, I bought myself a present to look forward to:


How awesome are THOSE babies?! and the best part?? From runningwarehouse.com (seriously my favorite store), they were only $14 and free shipping! (only size med and large left)

Dr. appointment tomorrow and hanging in there!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas list

Even though this christmas I won't be able to use any workout gear right away (if I receive it), it's still my #1 thing I would like for Christmas. Workout gear! Because only one month after christmas I will be out there getting back into shape! Here's my list (in case any loved ones are reading) of things I would REALLY like to get this December 25th.

Brooks Glycerin 9 (women's size 9)


Runningskirts.com has this GREAT athletic skirt. Size 2, please.


I am really in need of some new athletic sunglasses. I love these in pink (since my hubs won't steal pink ones to wear!)


Race Entry Fee!!! What a great gift.

Swim suit! I am in need of a new competitive swim suit or 2 with olympic tri's and a 70.3 in my sights. Who wouldn't want a grab bag from swimoutlet.com? (speedo or tyr, size 32)


I also kind of love this running top from pearl izumi. (size small)

Seriously, check out the back:


That about covers it for now, since I already have a stock of Gu's ready and waiting for some new training! (I'm sure I'll think of more stuff later. I can always think of new stuff to buy!!)

What do YOU want for Christmas?





Friday, November 18, 2011

1 step forward, 3 steps back

Workout: 23 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes treadmill @ 3.5 mph & 3% incline.

Anyone else having a problem getting dailymile.com to load? Just me? For the last 3 days it hasn't worked at all.

Sitting at 32 weeks pregnant with only 8 weeks to go and I'm just now realizing that maybe I should slow down a little. I'm trying to do too many things and I don't like saying "no" when asked to help with something and you get a situation like last night.

I was teaching a pie crust class to ladies at church, and made 3 of the pies for the dessert that night as well.

After a full day of taking care of kids, getting a new drivers license (kill me), making pies, cleaning up after making pies, trying to ignore my obviously sore throat which is marking the beginning of sickness, and desperately wanting to take a nap but not having time, I arrived at the church last night exhausted and not feeling well before anything started!

after being there for 3 hours and standing up the whole time, my back was aching, my throat felt like someone had sandpapered it, and I was about in full meltdown collapse at that point. I realized (and my husband is pressuring me) to cancel the help I offered for our yearly Christmas party at church, and start saying "NO" to things until after I have this baby and recover a little.

I think I just have a hard time convincing myself that people dont' need my help and that they can do fine without me. Or maybe I don't like to think that. Or maybe I don't like thinking I CAN'T do everything. Last night was eye-opening for me in terms of taking it easy for the last 8 weeks. I'm dreading this email I'm going to send saying that I can't help with the Christmas party after all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gym clothes

Workout today: 10 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes treadmill 2% incline, 10 minutes recumbent bike.

I love it when people go to the gym and are obviously new to the scene and trying to lose weight. I say GO TEAM!!!! Get out there are DO IT!!!

However. When people show up to the gym in their work clothes - not work OUT clothes, but clothes they will then go to work in - and ballet flats, I have a really hard time taking them seriously. Just like the girls that go to the gym with their long hair done, down, and full on makeup heading to the treadmill. Doesn't all that hair get in their face? Don't they sweat??

Anyway, this is my lunch today:


Loaded salad! 1/2 head romaine, 1 tomato, 1/2 bell pepper, 1 cucumber, 1 hard boiled egg, some cheese, 3 slices turkey bacon, some croutons, and 1 avocado.

I'm hoping that will in some way make up for the HUGE slice of apple pie I will be eating after that. haha!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday

to ME! I turned 30 on Saturday and the worst thing about it? I am now in a more difficult/competitive age group for races!

That's the only downside I can think of.

I used to be able to have a shot at placing in my age group when I was in the 25-29 range. Now that's I'm in the 30-34, I can pretty much kiss the AG awards goodbye. Unless I morph into a superhuman after I have this baby and completely surprise myself.

Goals:
I have a 5K in mind for after I have this baby. It's around March 10-ish or so which would give me a little less than 2 months after giving birth to get back into shape - on some level. But I just "signed up" for The Boring Runner's virtual 5K on January 28th! That's going to be about a week after the baby's born. yikes. I'm not winning any speed records on that one, but if I can get on a treadmill and walk 3.1 miles a mere 8 days after having a baby?? I think that's pretty awesome.

At this point (31 weeks), I am down to about 3-4 days a week "working out" when all I really want to do is sleep. Trying to stay motivated and it's getting really hard since I'm so slow that no one wants to go walking with me. Or biking for that matter. I am SO slow now. 9 weeks left.

Monday, November 7, 2011

ouch.

So after being so excited that my tummy pains went away and I was able to jog a little more and walk a lot less, they are back with a vengeance!!!

What up with that belly?!

I think it's hilarious that I'm wearing my normal (non-maternity) yoga pants in the above picture at 30 weeks pregnant! they are size small from gap. and SUPER stretchy.

Today I headed out for a shorter 2.3 mile jaunt and I could barely walk up the hills without having stabbing, pinching pains on the right side of my tummy. darn it!!!  I'm wondering if I should set up my trainer semi-permamently in the "office/baby's room/library" until the end and just give up on the walk/jogging?

Good news? at least I clean up pretty well! 


And I turn 30 on Saturday, so if you want to send presents, email me and I'll give you an address!!! hahahaha!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

darn that scale!

I had a Dr. appointment yesterday and got stuck by 2 different needles (glucose test and rhogam shot). They also weighed me. aaahhhhhh!!!!!

29 weeks and 144 pounds. yikes.

And a HUGE container of Halloween candy looking me in the eye every time I go into the kitchen.

If I hadn't gotten pregnant, I would be in taper mode for my marathon which is in 12 days. I'm a little sad when i think about it. And it's hard to remember that in 3 months, I will be back out there training for a race with no baby inside me anymore.  My good friend just used the Run Less, Run Faster program for a 5 minute PR on her half marathon a little bit ago. She came in at 1:48!!! I may have turned a little green while reading her race recap.

Tomorrow I will be "jogging" with 2 friends who have recently had babies and are trying to get back into shape. Hope I do okay.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Caffeinated slime

Know what I learned this morning?? I learned to not look at the stars in the sky while walking on the side of the road while pregnant. Because I'll lose my balance and almost fall into the grass. Yeah, I'm real smart.

I've been having some GREAT workouts this last week. I've cut back on my eating significantly and that has seemed to get rid of the belly pains when I jog.  I have noticed in the last couple walk/jogs that my shins and calves are REALLY tight. they burn really quickly and let's be honest - it's not like I'm running 6 minute miles or anything. I'm thinking it's because of the extra 15 pounds I'm carrying around. Which, by the way, seems really high when the baby only weighs 2.5 pounds right now. lame.

One other exciting event,


I get the email updates from Gu's website and got an email last week about a 24 flavor mix pack for $19.99 with a discount code! (retail value of $38) 19 flavors of regular Gu and 5 different Roctane flavors!


If you haven't tried the Roctane before - DANG. It's much more expensive and I don't know exactly what they put in there, but it makes me feel amazing.


My 2 year old was saying "cheese" over and over again so I thought I'd grace you with his presence.

Problem? They sent me these 2 nasty flavors! Why ruin a great flavor with banana??? blech. And I don't jive on the coffee flavored anything. I know SUAR and SR would be having heart attacks at that, but yuck!


I might do a giveaway at some point with those amazing flavors of Gu.

But I was PUMPED to be able to get this flavor!! MINT CHOCOLATE!


YES!
(I know my photography skillz are amazing and you want lessons from me.)

I got the code GUMIXED2011. I don't know if it's a one time use or not, but it expires on October 31, so try it out and let me know! I'm fully stocked for marathon training after the baby is born!



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'm no speedy

During my walk/jogs for the last 2 months or so, I've worked up to about 20-25 minutes of jogging of the 40-45 minutes of workout. I wear my garmin most of the time since I like knowing how far I've gone and how long I've been away from the house since I always have to be back at a certain time so my husband can go workout as well. Even though there is a lot of walking, my best pace continues to hit 8:30-9:20 minute miles sometimes.

Until this last week.

I've watched my time climb to a best pace of 10:15 (downhill) with an average of 11:35 during the JOG part today. Add in the walking and I'm sitting at a 14:40 pace overall. With a total of about 8 minutes of jogging. Which hurt. A lot. I've been getting these stabbing pains on the underside of my belly (when i jog) and my back has been hurting - but only when I jog.



Should I get one of these?

Or should I just stick to walking and biking for the last 12 weeks?

It's hard when your body doesn't let you do what you want to do.  BUT, I am pretty proud of myself for continuing to get out there and move throughout this pregnancy. I didn't do that with any of the other 3 kids. Now to lay off the goodies...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I will rant in this post about things that bother me. Just a warning.

1. This morning on my "jog", in the rain...in the dark...in my neighborhood...2 BIG black dogs started chasing after me, barking, baring teeth, and I swear they may have been foaming at the mouth. If I hadn't turned around and started yelling aggressively at them, I guarantee they would have bitten me.


One of the dogs ran right back to his house and sat on the porch, but the other one?? He chased me for about 6 houses daring me to turn my back on him. What the %#*$&%^?? Owner - PUT YOUR DOG AWAY!!!! We have backyards for a REASON. Or put leashes on those wolf's! (wolves?) An electric leash - SOMETHING. so they don't attack pregnant ladies trying to get some sweat on. Don't complain to me when your dogs get pepper-sprayed in the face next time.

2. When I take my 7 year old to school in the drop off line (which is rare, but it was raining today), I get SO. MAD. First of all, the directing traffic person is confusing. 

Second, I have to turn left when I exit the school to get home. They have it coned off so I can only turn right. Why does that matter so much? Because at 7:30am, turning right takes me to the one main road we have in our town and I would have to turn left at THAT road to go home. There is no light. It's only a stop sign. I've seen people wait at that sign for 20+ minutes that time of day. So I have to turn right again. go all the way down the road. take a left into a neighborhood. make a u-turn. THEN turn right onto the main road and then try to take a left into my neighborhood on a busy road where I will still wait. It adds an extra 12-ish minutes to what should be a 5 minute trip.

In ADDITION to that mess, there are little kids outside that open the car doors for the kids being dropped off. And they SLAM my door. every. time. I swear my door will fall off before it's time because of all the slamming. It drives me insane!!!  I hope they get their hand caught in the door one of these times. Teach them a lesson.



3. One of the worst things about running in the mornings when it's dark is that I live in a rural area and skunks are nocturnal. Oh yes. There are very rarely streetlights where I run and unless there is a full moon and no clouds, then I can't see them. How bad would it suck to get sprayed by a skunk while exercising? Like I don't stink bad enough!


 I only saw the one this morning because of a flash of lightening. Good thing the flash came when it did, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to jet it to the other side of the road in time. I remain unscathed. Why do skunks even exist??

Okay. I feel better.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Day in the life...

Since I was "tagged" by Beth over at SUAR, I am giving you a rundown of my day today. I stay at home with my kids and try to keep things interesting for them. I'm not sure if they think I'm successful or not.

We wake up and get Hailey off to 1st grade by 7:30am, then take Andrew to the Dr. for lots of shots in preparation for kindergarten next year. Then we hit up the local library for story time and check out some movies and books. Head home for LUNCH picnic style while watching a movie.


I know it's probably not very kid friendly, but it's a movie that they like and doesn't make me want to slit my wrists!




1pm = naptime for everyone!!! (I swear I was just going to rest my eyes for a few minutes. 1 1/2 hours later...)

Then spent a few minutes with Dr. Laura lifting my spirits about staying at home. (It's a hard job most of the time with little to no tangible reward)


3pm:I get a text from my friend to bring the kids over to play outside after school. Teresa's 3 kids (on the left), my 3 kids, and Jessica's 4 kids (on the right) playing outside for 2 hours while we catch up on girl chat.


Run home to make dinner.


The kids inhaled their food to get a slice of strawberry pie (thanks to my buddy Jessica).



Bath time, bed time for kiddies, and workout time for me.


It was still a grueling 83 degrees when I headed out the door at 7:30pm for a slow and laborious 3.3 miles of wogging. (that's me at 26 weeks with baby #4!)

Now it's 9:22pm and my love and I have a ghetto set up with the computer hooked up to the TV and computer speakers watching the season premiere of Fringe. (we no longer have DISH, only netflix and whatever is free on Hulu)

Also, I must take a shower before bed because I STINK. I much prefer working out in 55 degrees.

Monday, October 3, 2011

scales

I avoid them whenever possible. I don't own one. I don't have a gym membership where they would tempt me. I am a stay at home mom where I rarely have the opportunity the see the number. I usually go by how my clothes fit and and I'm good.

I had a doctor appointment today and they weighed me.

yeah.

I came in at 139.8 pounds. YIKES.

My goal was to not go over 150 at delivery. That's still 15 weeks away!

I have GOT to lay off the candy and sweets and control the portions. Goal of only a 2 pound weight gain for my next appointment in 4 weeks. It's so hard to say no when Halloween is around the corner and I can use pregnancy as an excuse. I hate responsibility.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cycling

I went for a bike ride today for the first time in like, 3 weeks or something. I was nervous. I can no longer get down in the drops when I ride because my tummy gets in the way!

I really enjoyed myself out there and tried to remind my brain that speed doesn't matter right now! speed doesn't matter! It's hard to get over that. What matters is that I was out there moving, getting my heart rate up, and keeping my body healthy while I grow a little person. Some miles I could barely hang on to 10 mph (what?!) and some miles I was not even trying at 20 mph. Pregnancy is SO weird. My energy levels are all over the map and now I'm ready for a nap.

15 weeks left...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

sad.

Do you ever do something that you wish you could take back?? It's like you have 10 seconds of stupidity and then everything changes.

That's how I feel right now. I'm fighting back tears every second and am weighed down with enormous guilt.

In other news, I am attempting going 3.2 miles a little more regularly and am feeling good. My legs get tired quicker than my breathing now which feels really nice to not be gasping for air.

I'm hoping at my next Dr. Appointment on Monday, she'll say that I can RUN. Like, go an entire mile without stopping.

I also hope that this horrible feeling will pass soon. I hate being stupid. I feel like a complete failure.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Marathon Medal

I'm a mixture of bummed and excited about the marathon that I don't get to do this year/DO get to do next year.

Why?

Because I found out that the medal they give out is also a BELT BUCKLE!!!


How COOL is that?! I CAN actually wear my medal around and not look like I'm bragging about my race (but of course I am). But in a belt buckle?? Those are totally socially acceptable.

I can't WAIT until November 2012. Belt Buckle time.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Singing in the rain

Today is the second day in a row there has been rain in our area. For the first time in 70 days. Nights are hitting the 60's. For the first time in 70 days.

I couldn't resist doing a walk/jog in the rain tonight.

I loved:

-the pitter patter of rain on the pavement
-the steam rising from the road when car headlights gave me a good view
-the lightening show in the sky
-cold rain dripping down my face and soaking my hair
-rumbling in the sky to go with the lightening
-my shoes squishing with each step
-the sound of my footsteps on the ground
-the bathroom at mile 1.2 to ease my bladder (this baby is making thing difficult)
-cars passing me showering my lower legs with a spray of water.

I've missed rain SO much! I've missed cool weather SO much.

I have such a good time that I sang along with my music with no care to who heard me. (and that's saying something for this tine-deaf girl!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I have a dream...

I don't know if it's because my raging hormones are making me think things that are unrealistic,

OR if it's because I'm being told what I can and cannot do it's making me think, "I'll SHOW YOU!"

OR if it's because having children kills brain cells (I don't have a lot left!)

But my dream/goal/desire is to run a sub 2-hour half marathon.


My ONLY half marathon I did in 2 hours and 11 minutes with 8 weeks of training taking me from 3 miles to 10 miles for the first time in my life.

I did NO speed work. I was only working on endurance and I remember at the race my body being done at about 9.5 miles. I barely struggled to hang on until the end and I was DONE. My comfortable pace during most of the race was a 9:40 minute mile (I just couldn't hold it at the end) which would give me a 2:06 half. I need to run a 9:09 minute mile for 13.1 miles to squeak under 2 hours.


I REALLY think I can do this. It'll be hard. It'll take a lot of training. Lots of speedwork. 

I WILL go a sub-2.
So let it be written.
So let it be done.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

biking

This is me at 22 weeks baby!! Smack dab in the middle of my 6th month of preggo-ness.


I know, I know:
"you don't even look pregnant!"
"where are you hiding it?"
"are you SURE there is a baby in there?"

I've heard it ALL. And trust me. There is a baby in there. He kicks all the time, those shorts I'm wearing are completely unbuttoned and unzipped and held up by a bella band.

This morning I went on my weekly bike ride. I am walking/jogging (but mostly walking) 2.5 - 3 miles about 4 days a week and I'm trying to squeeze in a bike ride on saturdays. The ride I did 3 weeks ago was horrendous!!! I barely made it 8 miles and that's only because I forgot to bring my phone with me. If I had had it with me, I would have called Dave to pick me up. THAT'S how bad it was. (believe you me, I've never forgotten my phone since!)
And then I squeaked out 10 miles 2 weeks ago, and last week I got 12 miles (but the last 3.5 were with family at 7 mph).
THIS week, I was determined to go 14. I felt GREAT for the first 8 or 9 miles, cruising at my usual 17-18 mph and then my energy tanked. Big time. I just didn't feel good anymore and started barely moving at 11 mph. I cut across my "cheat" bridge and cut my ride short by 1.5 miles. I made it 12.4 and my legs felt like jello for an hour after that.

Please tell me this is because I'm pregnant. Please tell me that I'm not really that wussy. Please tell me that it will take a month TOPS to feel like myself again after this baby is born.

The good news? This is the ONLY pregnancy (#4 baby - if you haven't been keeping track) that I've actually attempted to exercise all the way through. And even though I was on bed rest and restricted from exercise for a while, I'm not doing too bad. Because of that, I'm hoping I'll feel strong during delivery and bounce back quickly. Hopefully. With some luck as well.

18 weeks to go. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

3 Things Thursday

1. I'm chubby. For some reason when I'm pregnant my thighs and hips and butt think, "HEY! We've got some extra weight to support so STORE THE FAT!!! DO IT NOW!!!!" Even though my tummy hasn't grown really in the last month so maternity shirts look stupid on me and my regular shirts are too short and tight and the maternity pants are falling off but I can't pull my regular pants up past my hips. Yeah, fun times. I'm 22 weeks now and feeling the little monster kick all the time. I just wish he'd stop kicking my bladder!

2. I'm getting antsy to run. It's been 4 months since I've really taken a run and I miss it. Especially since the weather has turned into PERFECT running weather. 55 degrees in the morning and very low humidity. Jealous of everyone. I'm gonna ask my Dr. at my October 3 appointment if I can do a 1 mile jog or something.

3. Since the weather has turned more towards fall, I'm contemplating all the crockpot meals I can make. Actually, I think about food all the time. Now that I'm not nauseous anymore I'm really dreaming about food. The only problem is that AFTER I eat, the food doesn't sit well. Really looking forward to those hospital meals - I'll feel good AFTER eating - I can't wait!

Monday, August 29, 2011

these boots were made for walkin'

Remember the anniversary boots I am so excited about?

Here they are!


Don't mind my unbuttoned pants.


I can't wait until it's not 105 degrees everyday so I can wear these puppies the way they were MEANT to be worn. 

Come on fall!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Healthy food sucks.

I know everyone in the running/exercise/blogosphere is all about the Larabar. I've heard people rave about how wonderful they are, etc.

So today, I tried one for the first time ever.



Oh. My. DISGUSTING!!!! How can you people eat these??? I'm not trying to be mean here, but BLECH! My kids tried it as well and spit it out. I would rather eat an original powerbar (can you say sawdust and puke mixed together??) than eat more of these monstrosities! 

How about a Nutella bar?? Now THAT I could go for!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Favorites!!

Here are some things that I currently LOVE!

Brooks Ghost running shoe!! This is my shoe that I love and I am nervous to spend the $$ to try another brand or style.

(runningwarehouse.com)

Nutella. This stuff is made of angel eyelashes and baby giggles. Sweet heavenly nectar. It rivals taking a nap in terms of making you feel better, and all I need to eat it is my finger a spoon. (I've never looked at the nutrition info and don't plan on it.)

(google images)

Baby Einstein DVD's. My crazy 2 year old who never sits still - even long enough to eat - will sit still for 20 minutes and watch these little videos! Heaven!

(google images)

C9 workout top by Champion - As my waist gets thicker and my workout clothes are not really fitting right now, I am LOVING this babydoll tank by Champion at Target! LOTS of room for my tummy without looking like the ENORMOUS Nike maternity workout top I have.

(image from target)

Gray boots - My anniversary present from my lovely Dave! I emailed him the link saying that I would love these boots (from Target), and he came home with them yesterday!!! Pictures coming soon!

(image from target)

What are some of YOUR favorite things??


Thursday, August 25, 2011

wogging

My new schedule involves dropping Hailey off at school around 7:30am. My husband leaves for work at 5:45am to go to the gym before work. I used to get up at 5am to go run before he left but with pregnancy sleepiness it is just not happening anymore. I can barely drag myself out of bed at 6:30 to wake everyone up and make breakfast!

So.

Hailey goes to school at 7:30 and when we get home from that, the preparation starts.

Andrew has his bike. (SO glad he can ride by himself)


The jogger stroller is out and tires pumped.


And with my sweaty band in place, we attack 2.63 miles. 33 minutes.


Andrew does circles while he waits for me to catch up, and it's only about 78 degrees when we are out (9475% humidity, though) so it's really the best time to go. By the time we finish close to 8:30am, it's already pushing 85 and a billion % humidity, so I'm always drenched and stinky. I've added tiny little bits of jogging to my walking routine and getting a GREAT workout in my 35 minute allotted time - prescribed by the Dr. 

I'm hoping to slowly move it up to 40 minutes a day by the time I see her again. My next appointment is October 3, and I'm REALLY hoping that she'll let me jog again by then. My blot clot is gone so I'm hopeful!