Thursday, November 27, 2008

The First Ever Family Turkey Trot.

There was a local turkey trot this morning, but I decided to bag it and run around town instead. I refuse to rush around on a holiday morning. And, I would have been running around like a turkey with it's head cut off, if I would have decided to participate. In light of all of the food I am going to eat today and in light of the pregnancy pounds that aren't going anywhere, I decided to host my own turkey trot. The only other participant was Michael B. We got dressed in our running gear and headed outside. Michael and I ran around the block, which is about a half of a mile. There were a few walk breaks, but he did run the majority of the time we were outside. Of course I was extremely proud of him, and rewarded him with some watered down gatorade at the finish.

After dropping off Michael B, I headed back outside to finish my run. Today I ran a loop around town, which is just over three miles. It felt great to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the quiet streets. This week I have managed to run everyday. Monday through Wednesday were three mile treadmill runs, with an increase in speed each day. I'm slowly getting back into running and it feels so good. My pants are fitting better, too, which makes me very happy! I'm honestly not concerned about losing the extra weight because I know it's there for a reason. Toning my legs up and feeling stronger are of importance, however. = )

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm Back!

I got up this morning for a feeding at five and just decided to stay up.   It took awhile to get the baby back to sleep, so I wasn't able to get out the door until six-thirty, or so.  Of course, I continued to procrastinate and then our other baby woke up in the process of me getting ready.  So, my time was limited.  I only had time for about a mile because of getting everyone ready for mass.  Somehow, everything fell into place.  

It felt so good to run and to have fifteen minutes to myself.  I can't even remember the last time that I ran outside.  I hope that I will be able to get out another time or two this week and that I will be able to participate in the Turkey Trot this weekend.  

Monday, September 29, 2008

Not long enough...

Time: 36:14 minutes
Distance:  2.5 miles

This morning the three of us woke up kind of on the later side, which meant that I didn't have as much time to exercise as I would have liked.  Initially, I started off with the goal of just getting in 30 minutes on the treadmill. And, like usual, the time increased with each ten minute segment.  (I turn up the speed and the incline every ten minutes.)  By the time I got to thirty minutes, I was just past the two mile mark.  For some reason I decided that I needed to finish the workout at 2.5 miles, the half mile makes SO much of a difference.  (Ha!)  

By the end of the workout, I managed to walk for twenty minutes and run for sixteen.  Not bad.  It certainly didn't feel effortless, but I made it through another day of exercising.  

In other running news, I'm shopping around for another marathon.  I don't plan on running another one until next October, at least.  However, the spring of 2010 isn't sounding so bad, either.  I tried to find information for the New York City Marathon, but couldn't figure out where the registration information could be located.  I did look at the hotel prices for this year, and pretty much ruled that marathon out as a result.  The cost of the NYC marathon for one weekend is almost the same as the cost of our beach vacation FOR A WEEK.  No way am I willing to dish out that much $$$ for a weekend of soreness and a mediocre hotel room.  So,  I'm still looking.  I guess there is always Marine Corps again OR Richmond, but I'd really like to try something new.  The Outer Banks marathon is also a great option, as well.  And, I've heard Philly is great....  Who knows?  I've got some time, I suppose... ;)

This afternoon Michael and I are going to walk around the trail at the park, so I'm hoping to get in another two miles of walking before the end of the day.  

Sunday, September 28, 2008

shuffling along..

Tuesday's Walk:

Distance: 1.89 Miles
Time: TOO LONG!!!  : ) 

Friday's Walk/Run:

Time: 60 Minutes
Distance: 4.0 Miles

Saturday's Walk/Run:

Time: 51 Minutes
Distance: 3.4 Miles

Sunday's Walk/Run:


I've gotten plenty of exercise over the past few days,  though I didn't meet my goal of "R-alking" five days this week! : )  Oh well.  Each week I slow down just a bit more, which is a little bit frustrating.  If I increase the speed of the treadmill too quickly, I tend to get cramped up and then I have to take things back a notch, or two.  This usually means that I spend more time on the treadmill than what I had originally intended.  Yesterday was a perfect example.  My plan was to get in 30 minutes, which quickly turned into forty, then forty-five, and then fifty minutes.  

The treadmill has been so incredibly helpful with maintaining my fitness throughout this pregnancy.  I love being able to catch a TV show or two, and being able to run/walk at any time of the day.  It has been worth every penny, in my mind.  This evening I'm really just going to shoot for twenty or thirty minutes, depending on how I'm feeling. 

This week the running girls are having a birthday run for one of our friends on Wednesday, so that means I will get to exercise a little with the group!  Hurray!  My doctor's appointment tomorrow is later in the day, so I will be able to squeeze in a run/walk beforehand.  Hurray, again!!!  I'm going to do my best to get in some exercise two more days this week, as well. 

My current goal is run/walk the day that the baby is born.  Since it looks like the baby will arrive on the 10th of October via c-section, my goal is to run that morning.  I think I'm still on track to meet that goal.  Unless, this baby surprises us all, which could happen.  Right?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday's Workout...

Time:  47 Minutes
Distance: 3.2 Miles.

Michael is with the sitter today, so I had some time to exercise this morning.  I managed to walk for about thirty minutes and run for seventeen.  About halfway through the walking phase of the workout, I started to get a side stitch and had to turn down the speed.  Slowing down the pace helped tremendously and my cramp went away relatively quickly.  I stayed at the same speed for another ten minutes before trying to run.  That turned out to be a good decision because I was able to keep the side stitches at bay for the remainder of the workout.  And, I finished the workout with a good run!

The goal for this week is to walk/run four days, so three more "workouts" to go for pregnancy week 38!  There's a chance that I might shoot for five workouts, if I have to reduce the amount of time for each workout.  Friday I noticed that I took forever to recover from exercising for 60 minutes, so I'm going to have to see how the rest of the week plays out.  And, maybe...maybe...I'll try to run/walk around the block a few times EARLY in the am this week. 


Friday, September 19, 2008

Thump,Thump, Thump....

"THUMP, THUMP, THUMP..."  That would be me on the trusty treadmill this week.  How I love our treadmill!  (Seriously.  I love it.)

Time for Today:  60 Minutes
Distance for Today:  4.1 Miles

It turns out that this pregnant body needs LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of water after these treadmill workouts.  This morning I walked for about forty minutes on the treadmill and ran for twenty, which was fantastic!  However, shortly after the treadmill workout and after a warm shower, I began to notice this awful rib pain on my right side.  I realized soon after the pain began that I only had one cup of ice cold water after the workout, which is not enough considering how long I exercised.  Since then, I have drank probably five big glasses of water and the pain is gone for now.  (Hurray!)  It's easy to forget to drink, drink, drink when it's cool outside and when you are not thirsty. 

Thursday's Time:  45 Minutes
Thursday's Distance:  3.1 Miles

Yesterday while Michael napped, I hopped on the treadmill and exercised for 45 minutes.  I was able to run for about fifteen minutes, at a very slow speed, after I walked for twenty.  The last ten minutes, I alternated between walking and running, which felt great.  

The sharp, round ligament pains are completely gone, for right now.  I'm thinking that my ligaments are stretched to the MAX, which is why I'm no longer experiencing that discomfort.  It's very encouraging to know that I CAN do fifteen to twenty minutes of running at this point in the pregnancy because if I'm able to hang on to running at this point, I should be able to return to running without too much trouble after having the baby.  Obviously, if I have a cesarean the whole process will be slowed down quite a bit.  I can always fit in a walk on the treadmill, though.  

Tomorrow I have plans to meet the running group for a walk/run!  Can't wait!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm walking the baby out...

...well, not really, if you ask my doctor.  I'm still trying to stay active throughout the next few weeks.  It's becoming more challenging each week, and really each day.  My legs feel so HEAVY, and so does my belly. Ugh....I know that even if the walking/running/ whatever doesn't help the baby to arrive "naturally", at least I will be in relatively good shape to deal with the recovery from the cesarean.  (At least that's what I  am telling myself.) 

This morning I was able to walk with one of my very favorite friends, Diane.  We talked about lots of things, including politics, which was so much fun.  Most days, I am talking to Michael about why cars drive with their lights on, why we have to pick up the dog from the groomer, and so on.  The adult conversation was quite refreshing.  I have a feeling that we at least walked a good three or four miles, which should help me to sleep well this evening.  

My goal for tomorrow is to run/walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes while Michael naps. We'll see if I can get it done or if I'll choose to nap instead.  I know which one of the two will make me feel better....

Monday, September 15, 2008

Believe it or not...

I'm still trying to run!

This morning after Michael and Josh left for the day, I hustled upstairs and changed into my running clothes so that I could fit in a treadmill workout before the doctor's appointment.  My initial goal was to get in about 30 minutes of walking.  Of course, once I got started and into the Desperate Housewives re-run on Lifetime, the walk became longer and I decided to give running a shot.  I ended up walking for twenty minutes and running for twenty.  By the time I was finished, I managed to get in a little over three miles. 

I haven't done much in the way of exercising for about a week because I "over did it" a little over a week ago.  After that workout, which included running and walking, I was miserable for the rest of the day and for two days afterwards, with contractions and a baby nestled high in my ribcage.  (Ouch!) Running may not have had anything to do with the rib discomfort, but I wasn't ready to put myself back in that awful situation for about a week.  It's very likely that I didn't drink enough water immediately after that workout, which probably caused the contractions to start.  

Today was a new day, though, and I've been feeling a bit like a beach whale lately.  So, the running and walking really helped me to change my attitude and my perspective on being 37 weeks pregnant.  And, after my doctor's appointment today, I have decided that I will be run/walking until the BITTER end of this pregnancy.  It looks like I will be having another cesarean, which means NO RUNNING for six weeks.  Bleh.  I can walk, but just can't run.  So, I'm going to continue to give it my all, no matter how slow I am right now.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I actually RAN three miles today!  Wahoo!! No stopping, no walking during those three miles!!  Hurray!!  The entire time I felt fantastic, except for maybe the last four minutes (or so) because I cranked up the speed on the treadmill.   I started off the workout by walking at a slow speed, and then just gradually increased the speed to a running pace.  That seems to work best for me on the treadmill right now, easing into the running stride rather than starting off with a run.   The total numbers of miles for the day was 4.6, with running 3.0 and walking 1.6 miles.  

The running/walking has helped my sleep tremendously over the past two weeks.  While we were at the beach and before we left for the beach, I had nightmares pretty much every night.  That's not fun, especially with waking to pee every few hours and not being able to get comfortable.  So, I've been really thankful for the restful nights that I have had since we have returned from the beach.  I'm sure the restful nights are from the running and walking. 

The only downside of running right now is that my toenails now have blisters underneath the nail beds, again.  (Bleh.)  I know it has to do with the fact that my feet are swelling, which means that my toes are pounding into the front of the shoe.  Sore toenails are never fun, but it's a small sacrifice, I suppose.  I'm looking forward to getting a pedicure in the near future.

I'd like to try to get in another run tomorrow.  My goal for the week is to run tomorrow (maybe 3.5 miles), walk Thursday, and then take Friday off.  

Monday, September 1, 2008

Lots of Exercise Today!

It's been a great day for exercising so far.  This morning I walked (QUICKLY!) with the running girls.  Because my legs are so incredibly short, I usually feel like I'm jogging beside the group when we walk.  It was so much fun to catch up with my friends and to hear their back to school stories, since everyone has school age children.  I'm so excited that I have just a few more weeks to go (five), so that I can start to join them on a regular basis again.  They have been so supportive with the walking and slow runs, which has been such a blessing.  I don't think that I would feel half as strong and positive as I do at this point in the pregnancy, without their support and friendship.  

After walking about four miles with the girls, I did some shopping at Target.  I had a delightful time, even though my hamstrings were feeling a little tight from the hills and the fast paced walking.  When I got home, the three of us (and Duncan) played out side for a bit.  For some strange reason, I asked Michael if he wanted to go for a walk.  Of course he did, so the four of us headed out for a short walk around the block.  The quick walk turned into a longer one, and before we knew it we walked a little over a mile.  

I'd say I've reached the walking quota for the day.  Though, if I received an offer to walk later in the day, I doubt I would decline.  That's the thing about exercise- once you start and you get a taste of its goodness, your body just craves more and more!  Tomorrow I'm shooting for run/walking early in the morning around the neighborhood.  The mornings are delightfully cool right now, it's hard to pass them up.  

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Over an Hour Today...

This afternoon I walked on the treadmill for an hour and ten minutes, while watching an awful movie called The Third Trimester.  (I kid you not.)  It was a made for TV movie about a woman who could not conceive and turned to adoption.  Obviously, the adoption plans did not go well, and the birth mother was a little bit on the crazy side.  My dreams will be happy tonight, I'm sure!  

As always, it felt great to exercise for so long this afternoon.  I walked about 4.5 miles at a 13-15% incline, which was challenging and rewarding.  Tomorrow I have plans to walk/run with the girls, relatively early tomorrow morning.  

Last evening I found this link for running while pregnant and I found it to be absolutely incredible.  It turns out that I'm a total wimp when it comes to running through a pregnancy.  Check it out, and this runner's mileage throughout her pregnancy.  My jaw hit the keyboard.  

More tomorrow....

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Another Day, Another Workout!

I think I'm falling in love with our treadmill...

This morning, after Josh and Michael left for the day, I headed straight downstairs for the treadmill.  I re-adjusted the 60 minute heart rate workout, so that it wasn't as intense as Monday's workout.  While I didn't get in 60 minutes, I did manage to run/walk for 50 minutes.  It felt great to exercise and push myself a little bit.  I know this exercise is going to help both labor and delivery, even if I end up having a cesarean.  This morning I managed to run for about ten minutes (interrupted with walking breaks), without having any side stitches.    

While I was walking today, I thought about how helpful this treadmill will be when the baby comes.  It's going to be challenging (to say the least!) to fit in morning runs with the running girl, initially. So, when I'm not sleeping, or nursing, or parenting, or cleaning, or cooking, I'll be able to fit in a quick run or walk on the treadmill; when Josh is home or when the kids are sleeping, of course!  Ha. It almost seems like it'll happen!  : ) 

Today I also continued my dreams of running in a few races this winter and spring.  I think the first one will be the the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, and then the Colonial Half Marathon in February.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A couple of miles...

Got in a few miles this morning with the running girls!  I actually only "ran" a mile, or so.  I think I walked maybe two and a half or three miles, which was great. The weather has really cooled off, which is making this whole exercising thing a lot easier at 8.5 months pregnant.  (Thank goodness for that...)  It's always uplifting to see my girlfriends. I always manage to run a little bit further when we're together than when I'm running alone.  It is such a blessing to be able to continue to exercise with this pregnancy,  with Michael's pregnancy I was completely cut off from exercising at this point (even walking).  

Tomorrow my goal is to walk with a neighbor early in the morning, if the rain stays away!  Though, walking in the rain would probably feel refreshing at this point.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

50 Minutes on the Treadmill...

Yesterday morning I was able to get in 50 minutes on the treadmill. Initially, I tried a 60 minute heart rate workout. The settings were not correct, with my weight set at 160 pounds and the target heart rate set at 157. Both settings were a little off, which made the workout way too intense for me. The incline was set at 15, and the pace was set at an 11 minute/mile run. I could handle the incline, but not the speed. I managed to do about 26 minutes with the insanely high incline, and a slower running pace. Eventually though, I got fed up with the heart rate setting being too high and switched to a different program. Overall, no complaints! My legs were so tired last evening, but that's always a good thing. I like feeling like I've done SOMETHING.

It is such a strange experience, to know that my body is working so hard to finish the workout, even though I'm not sweating AT ALL. Maybe, just maybe, underneath all this BABY, my body is still fit... We'll see in a few weeks.

I've got a couple run/walk dates coming up, which is always motivating and fun. I'd like to try to get on the treadmill tonight while I watch the Democratic Convention. Even though I don't use the treadmill daily, I sure am thankful to have one right now. It's awesome to always have the option to walk or run late in the evenings.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Really, really missing it...

Good grief, I miss running right now.

I know that I should be enjoying each and every minute of this pregnancy and savoring the moment, particularly, the sweet movements of the baby. Honestly, though, I don't feel like myself right now. I feel huge. I miss my abs, just to be able to sit up without bracing myself or grabbing onto to something would be greatly appreciated.

In countless ways, this pregnancy is such a gift. It's a gift to realize how much I appreciate my non-pregnant and extremely healthy body. Unfortunately, I think so many of us waste our lives not appreciating our healthy bodies. I think it's not until the body begins to break down (whether it is normal wear and tear, or whether it is from obesity, or whether it is from a disease), that we fully appreciate the gift of health. I'm thankful that I'm realizing what a blessing it is to be able to run, roll around on the floor playing cars with a three year old, or dig in the sand with a toddler, with complete ease and comfort.

I really, really miss running. And, walking up the stairs without panting like a dog on a walk in the summer time. I miss my girlfriends, watching the sun rise while finishing up a run, and starting the day off with total peace. I also miss marathon training right now, which is ridiculous! : )

There are only a few weeks left before utter exhaustion kicks in with a newborn. Until then, I'm going to try to waddle on as much as I can. I plan to continue with run/walking; especially, since I will have my own exercise time in the morning now that Michael is starting the school year routine. I might even try to add swimming to the mix, once I figure out this new routine.

As long as I don't have a cesarean, I should be back in no time. And, I will try to remember these feelings of gratitude when I lace up my running shoes, with ease and comfort.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Round and Round!

Yesterday I walked a little over 5 miles around a high school track.  Josh and I also took Michael and Duncan for a mile walk last evening, since it was such a gorgeous evening.  Good grief am I sore today!  My shins get really sore from walking, and so does my right ham string.  It feels great to be tired today from exercising, though.  (How I'd love to get out and run a quick 5 miles around town! Right now!)  

Last week I did a run/walk with my running group, which felt great.  I was so relaxed the rest of the day and was able to sleep really well that night.  It was my intention to get more exercise in last week than what I did, but sometimes sleep is a little bit more important.  I guess...  

Tomorrow my goal is to try to run/walk for a little bit in the morning.  For some reason, I can handle the scale at the doctor's office much better if I have exercised that morning.  Even though the scale might be climbing two, three, four, or five pounds; I'm okay knowing that I've done some sort of exercise that morning.  I'm crazy, I know...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Another Run.

This morning I ran a little over two miles on the treadmill.  And, I'm still feeling great!  I caught a glimpse of my shadow on the wall, and boy have I sloooooowed down.  It's totally fine with me, though.  I'd rather be pokey right now than not running at all!  

Again, I just gradually picked up my pace throughout the run, every five minutes.  Tomorrow I'd either like to run outside or try to get in a longer run on the treadmill.  I know that in order to get in three, four, or five miles, I am going to have to start at a snail's pace.  

My mood is so much better when I am able to run.  Running is the perfect way start to a day, I think.  Here's to another week of creeping along.... YAY, YAY!!  

Thursday, July 24, 2008

An Easy Two.

This afternoon, after telling Michael in a stern voice that nap time WAS NOT over, I ran two miles on the treadmill.  And, it was an awesome two miles!  I started out slowly, and then increased the speed every five minutes.  Shockingly, I did not have one single side stitch and I felt great the entire time. 

The treadmill just might be the way to go for me right now.  I start out so much slower than I would outside, which means I'm able to run without discomfort.  The side stitches that I get while running are very painful and hard to get rid of during the run.  

This morning I also walked almost two miles and this evening Michael and I got in an easy half mile.  So, the total for the day was four and a half miles!  Hurray!  I'm going to try again tomorrow, though I'd like to get a run in early in the morning.  I just can't seem to drag myself out of bed in the morning, which is so aggravating!!  

Sunday, July 20, 2008


So, I'm salivating.  This is usually the time of the year when marathon training is starting to pick up.  It's hard to explain how much I miss the ten, twelve, thirteen mile runs.  When I hear about someone completing a long run, I like to hear ALL about the run.  It's crazy. Yesterday evening we went to a party where a number of the guests and the host ran ten miles that morning.  I loved hearing about the run, and their half marathon plans. I also miss running the streets of our town, as well.  The streets seem to come alive when you run them morning after morning.

 At least I can still run two, or so.  It's almost satisfying...I guess.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Three days in a row!

I've run three days in a row!  What a miracle!  Yesterday I ran about two miles and walked a half a mile.  Today I ran close to 2.5 miles and walked a half a mile!  I usually feel the worst in the beginning and then have to walk a little bit after the fist half of a mile, once the side stitch goes away I'm able to finish up the run.  

My stride is NOT a pretty sight, by any means.  It feels good to still be out there, huffing, puffing, and plugging away.   The longer I can keep going, the better off I'm going to be after the baby arrives. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

STILL Trying!

Last night I ran about a mile and a half and walked a half, while watching Tori and Dean.  Somehow, it's easier to run when you're watching another pregnant gal waddling around on TV.  I actually felt okay, my belly is definitely getting heavier by the day!

I'm going to try to get in another run today sometime, it felt great to run just a little bit.   Good grief, do I miss being active and running around town.  Not too much longer, I guess....

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Pregnancy Shuffle.

I managed to eek out two miles today, before the sun came up.  I actually felt great because I started out slowly and refrained from picking up the pace.  The side stitches were few and far between today, thank goodness.  

I'll try again tomorrow, too.  

Maybe tomorrow I'll have time to get in three, instead of just two.  

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Painful and Laborious.

Woah. Running has gotten incredibly HARD over the past week. Incredibly hard!

Josh ran on the treadmill this morning and came upstairs completely chipper from his three mile run. He announced that running on the treadmill is so much easier than running outside. "The air conditioning helps tremendously", he said.

So I figured, why not give running inside a shot? After we got Michael down for his nap, I headed downstairs for a three mile run. And...OH. MY. GOSH. My body just doesn't want to run anymore, or to walk fast. I had a side stitch, again on my right side. I slowed my run down, to a fast walk. The change in speed did not help until I reduced the speed even further to a slow-ER walk. Eventually I got to the three mile mark, but good grief! Was it ever a painful and laborious process. Forty-one minutes, to be exact.

I refuse to throw in the towel because even though the three miles were a heck of a lot of work; I felt great the rest of the day knowing that I exercised.

What is most frustrating is the fact that overall I feel like I could run a marathon! It's probably in my head, but I don't feel tired enough after each workout. Today I was barely sweating, but my body (namely, my belly) just couldn't keep up.

This whole running while pregnant thing is very interesting, and very frustrating, at times.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rough Mornings.

The past two mornings have been very rough.  Both mornings the baby has greeted me with these horrendous "cramps", kinda like contraction cramps.  (Not good at all).  

This morning, I woke around 5:15, which is completely normal for me.  However, the cramping was not normal.  I tried to sleep on my left side, right side, my back, with pillows, without pillows.  None of those things helped the cramping, so I got out of bed and headed downstairs for some water and Gatorade.  After finishing a couple glasses of diluted Gatorade, I headed back upstairs to try to rest some more.  The cramps eventually dissipated, but obviously there was no way that I could have gotten in a run this morning.  

We'll see what tomorrow brings.  I sure do miss running and I miss my running figure.  : (  I'll be out there soon enough, I know.  It doesn't make it any easier, though.  

Monday, June 23, 2008

Side Stitches

Today's run was awful. Awful, awful, awful. Within the first five minutes of the run, I knew it was not going to be a good one. I had a nasty side stitch on my right side. After getting about a half mile into the run, I had to walk. And, of course, that's what I did. For the rest of my time out on the road this morning I just walked. Even with walking, the side stitch did not go away. Once I got home and had a glass of water, I felt much better. So, I guess the baby just didn't feel like running today.

The positive of this morning's "run" was that one of my running girlfriends was out running. She is such a sweetheart: she actually stopped running and just walked the rest of the way home with me. These running friends are just too much!

My theory is that because the baby is situated relatively "high" in my belly, my essential running organs (diaphragm, lungs, etc.) are all scrunched up, which leads to the side stitches. Or, maybe I didn't feel well because of my dinner last night. Who knows?

I'll try again tomorrow, and will walk if need be. I've made it pretty far with the running and I'm still not ready to call it quits just yet. My goal is to make to the third trimester running. That's only two weeks left of running. I can do that....

Saturday, June 21, 2008

So that's why!

I have figured out precisely why I haven't stopped running yet:  Saturday morning runs with the girls.  

In the early stages of my pregnancy, I'd run at least seven, eight, or nine miles with the girls.  Over time, though, the runs have gotten shorter each week.  Two weeks ago I eeked out four, and today 3.5 miles.  I really can't participate in the talking, but I love to listen to swim team stories, vacation stories, and how to teach your children about spending/saving money stories.  Even though it's a complete struggle to keep up with the girls, it's worth it.  And, I love it.  

I think I'm still in for next Saturday's run.  And, hopefully the Saturday after that.  

They are my motivation for getting out in the early morning hours of the summer, with this big 'ole belly!  

Friday, June 20, 2008

I Can Still Run!

Fabulous news!  After taking a week off, I discovered that I can still run three miles!  Yay!!!  I really had my doubts this morning because it has been so long since the last run, but I felt great.  Initially I was just going to run two miles or so, from one end of the neighborhood to the other, but I increased my run and just continued to add on.  

I honestly felt great! Sure, there were side stitches throughout the run, but overall I felt strong from start to finish.  Maybe all I needed was a little extra rest.  I sure could use a nap right now, but I'm going to have to hang on until after lunch.  

Total Miles for the day:  3.2 

Time:  32.11 minutes!  10 minute pace.  Not bad at all!  

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Been a WEEK...

It's been a week since I have run!  I have felt so incredibly exhausted over the past week, that I simply can't drag myself out of bed in time to run.  Every evening I think, maybe tomorrow... This is a sign, I know.  Sleep now, while you can because in a few months you be up until all hours of the night and rising with the roosters.  

Duncan and I went on a two mile walk this evening, which felt great.  I'd like to try to walk more frequently, I just need to finish up with the dishes a bit faster each night.  

Anyway.  I'm looking to run tomorrow morning.  We'll see.  I'm pretty tired again tonight, but if I can squeeze in a nap tomorrow maybe I can make it work in the morning.  I've just got to get out the door before the little sugar wakes.  

Friday, June 13, 2008

Short and not so sweet!

I finally pulled myself out of bed to get a run in to finish out the work week.  Unfortunately, I only managed to run about two miles, or so.  I got off to a late start, which means it's likely that I will be late for work.  My legs felt extremely heavy and tired today, but that's understandable.  It's been a long week, the last weeks of school are always exhausting and stressful!  My breathing felt fine, and I didn't have any side stitch pains; both of those are pluses!  My legs would have felt better, if I had more time.  

Tomorrow I am planning on running with my running girlfriends.  I'd be very happy to get in about four or five miles tomorrow.  We'll see how that goes.  I'm so excited that school is almost out because I will have more time in the mornings to actually get in three or four miles, instead of just two! It will be a little bit more challenging to drag myself out of bed, though.    

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

nothing today

Blah.  I woke up this morning feeling a little nauseous, so I decided t fold a basket of clothes instead.  I should have gotten myself out the door, though, the temperature was perfect for running.  In truth, I'm glad I stayed in because I have felt kind of cruddy all day.  We had a field trip today, so there was a little stress and exhaustion involved with the tip.  Running this morning would have just made me feel worse.  Oh well.  I'll try tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Running while pregnant:

It's been awhile since I have updated the running blog, in fact...4 months!  At this point, I have almost hit the six month mark in my second pregnancy.  Thankfully, I have been able to keep up with running throughout this whole pregnancy.  At this point, 23 weeks, I am running about half of what I was doing per week before pregnancy.  Most weeks I get in about fifteen miles, which isn't too shabby.  My runs are usually about three miles long, though I do wish they were longer.  

Today I did about three miles in the sweltering heat.  The first mile was rough, it is always the most difficult mile for me.  Once, I got past the mile mark, my breathing started to relax a little bit and I was able to settle into a decent pace.  Every run is a struggle, though, and I get myself out the door by thinking that I'm just going to do a one mile run.  That run quickly turns into two or three or four because once I get started, I'm hooked!  

I forgot to set my watch today, but I'm confident that I got in about three today.  This week I'm planning on getting in two more runs during the week and then a longer run on Saturday.  

I'll try to keep up with this blog, so that I can document my training for labor and baby number two!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Lazy Bum.

Didn't run today.  I'm still feeling a little icky, so I'll wait until tomorrow.  I have cancelled running plans with my friends, though, so now I'm on my own.  We'll see how it goes. It might just be a real quick treadmill run.  That's okay.  

The half is still weeks away, so I've got plenty of time to prepare!  

Friday, February 1, 2008

New Kicks!

After grumbling about needing a new pair of running shoes for about a month, I decided to take the plunge and try a new brand and a new size.  My toenails are still recovering from the marathon, so I figure it is worth trying a half size larger to protect the new nails coming in.  I used to run in Asics, so I figured I'd switch back to the old Gel's.  The shoe I bought is called the Asics Gel Kayano, and it's heavenly!  Heavenly, heavenly, heavenly.  It's a little pricey, but it seems to be worth the extra fifty bucks that I was spending.  My heel and fore-foot feel so cushioned and supported.  It's fabulous to have happy feet after a run!

I didn't run today.  It's too icy and I don't feel well.  I'd really like to get out tomorrow and try to do a longer run to get ready for this half coming up.  Running for an hour half tomorrow would make me very happy.  Maybe my cold will go away over night, I wish!  

I actually did, in fact, find my running calendar for January.  At the end of the month, I figured I ran approximately 114 miles.  Pretty good.  I don't think I have gotten in the 100's in the past two months, so I was pleased.  Maybe this month I'll shoot for 125 miles, provided this cold goes away.  Yuck.  

Sunday, January 27, 2008

So annoying!

The past three months, I have kept a teeny tiny log of my miles.  I take pride, or find enjoyment, in writing down each run on my little paper calendar.  I turn it in for work because of a wellness program, which is why it's on a paper calendar and not in a book.  Sure enough, with about seven days left in the month, I lost it for January!  : ( Bummer.  I have been looking high and low for it, but it's gone, I'm afraid.  

I was still able to complete one, though I think the mileage will be less than what it was on the original.  It's no big deal, really.  Next month, though, I plan to have a back-up. 

This weekend was, again, a wonderful running weekend! Yesterday I ran about five and today I did seven.  Next weekend I do want the "long" run to be longer, like twelve or so.  Gotta get ready for the half!! It's less than a month away!! Wahhooo!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Did It.

I'm now committed to running this half marathon!  The hotel is even booked!

Yay, yay, yay!!   Can't wait.  

I think I'm ready for a record breaking time this year.  (Ha!)  I do feel fit enough to run it, though.  Last year I would have struggled every step of the way.  It's amazing how much can change throughout a year...

Need to Register!

Running this week is going great.  The past two days I have been able to run with my neighbor and get in about 4.5 miles before school.  Tomorrow I am going to attempt to run on the treadmill again.  Last time I only did two, tomorrow I'm going for three.  We're real close to getting the TV set up in the basement for our treadmill running, which is going to help tremendously.  

Last winter was so tough, running wise.  I didn't have a running partner, so I was stuck by myself in the dark.  (Hated that....)  And, if I went into town to meet my running group, I was getting up around 4:30 each morning.  What a difference having a running partner (who lives close by) makes!  It's so motivating to have someone to run with throughout the week.  

I look forward to seeing what the rest of the week holds for running.  I know I need to get a long one in on Saturday to get ready for this race.  Can't wait...

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Here's the post copied by Amy:

Here are the rules: Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 5 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog. or Share the 5 top places on your “want to see or want to see again” list. or Share 5 things you never pictured being in your future when your were 25 years old.

I've decided to list the five races I'd like to run in the near future! It kind of goes with the top 5 places theme, I guess...

1. Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Va Beach. (Not real exciting, I know...but I haven't done it yet and I want to!)

2. The Disney Marathon ( Sorta like torture: Run a marathon, chase a two year old around an amusement park. Who wouldn't want to do this?)

3. The San Antonio Marathon. (Can we say eat in San Antone even more than what I normally do when we visit????? LOTS AND LOTS OF TEX-MEX, after the race...of course!)

4. Capon Valley 50K, maybe this MAY???? (This race is about 30 miles, and is supposedly easier than a marathon, but there's the risk of getting lost. Awesome? 30 miles racing/lost in the woods! Any takers???)

5. The Honolulu Marathon. (For obvious reasons.)

6. One more, while I'm dreaming: A 50 Miler, The JFK!! (it's a dream, don't freak out! )

Totally Nuts.


Here's how crazy I am: I ran outside today at 6:00 am. If you live near me, you would know that it is insanely COLD and windy outside today. The high was like 20 degrees or something, so I would guess that this morning's run was about 5 degrees with the wind chill. In my defense, I really had no idea how cold it was because I hopped in the car and drove to meet a running friend. The car was parked in the garage, so I a bit alarmed when I stepped out of the car to begin the run. When we started, my face felt like it was burning from the wind, even my legs were burning.

We did manage to run about 4.5 or so, which was great. Initially, I was only up for the 2.5 mile loop. But that's the way running works with me, once I can get myself out the door and on the road, I'm good to go. And, truthfully-whining aside-, it was a wonderful run. I was able to spend some time with one of my very favorite people. She is an inspiration to me, for so many reasons, but mainly because she is one of the kindest, sweetest individuals I know. So, to be able to spend some quality time with S., was worth the burning face and the chill in my bones that seemed to last all morning.

I keep thinking, though, isn't this why we bought the treadmill in the first place? So that I would have a WARMER option on mornings like this? Sometimes running isn't about the running, I think it's more about the quality time with my friends.

Well. I'm running a half marathon in about a month! WAAAHHH! HOOOO!! Very, very excited about this race, it's one of my favorites because I get to go back to my Alma mater. I definitely feel ready this year, yesterday I ran about ten and a half or so! (Much, much better than last year at this time.)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Catching up...

Last night I was exhausted. In my head, I told myself over and over that I didn't want to run this morning, even though two of my very favorite people were going to drive fifteen minutes to run with me. I got on the phone and sure enough gladly accepted their offer to run here in my town. I quickly headed to bed after our conversation, so I could drag myself out of bed.

We ran together this morning. (Quickly!)

As I was driving home, I know I was smiling. I was astonished that I felt **SO** good, even though I was so tired the night before. The conversation, the friendship, the increased heart rate, and the endorphins work wonders on my body in the mornings. After my morning runs, I often think about how wonderful it would be if more people got up and ran in the mornings. It's like an instant jump start for the day and puts a smile on my face all morning long.

My mileage for this week has been great, thanks to my new running friends and the girls who came out this morning. Today we did about 4.5 miles. Tomorrow, I'm hoping for five. We'll see...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Thing:

The thing about treadmills? They make you feel guilty.

Yesterday I found myself cleaning, cleaning, lounging, lounging, cleaning, cleaning....And the whole time thinking, "when am I gonna run???" When Michael naps? No. Because I was : cleaning. Maybe when Michael is in bed? No. Because I was: lounging!

I ran outside today, in the terrible wind, with my new friend. But tomorrow morning, I'm going to give the treadmill a run for it's money. We'll see how long I last....I'd like to run at least three.