Monday, September 15, 2014

Hit the Brixx 10k recap


On Saturday morning I had the opportunity to run the Hit the Brixx 10k in uptown Charlotte.  It was really humid and muggy out and I considered not heading to the race if it was raining, but I somehow managed to drag myself down to the race site.  

I knew I didn't want to push myself so this race was merely a "higher" mileage run for me.  My music stopped working around mile 3.5 and I didn't want to stop to walk to figure out what went wrong.  Sometimes running without music isn't so bad, especially when you have tons of other runners around you.  Unfortunately this was about the time we hit this massive hill ... my mile 4 time was 9:09 min/mile.

Also Mason had somehow configured my Garmin to beep after every 30 seconds, as part of the run/walk feature.  That was also something I didn't want to stop to figure out and had to endure the beeping for the entire race.

I remember posing for this picture ... I felt good after the 5 mile mark and knew I just had to coast it in to finish.  I managed a slight surge of energy and had a great pick up right at the end to have fantastic finish. 

I love how intense I look trying to turn off my Garmin while simultaneously trying to keep walking forward.  

I finished with a net time of 53:31 minutes (8:37 pace), 16th in my age group, 56th out of 332 women, and 186th out of 627 runners. 

This may have been the last race for Baby C ... I hate participating in a race and not fully pushing myself, but I ultimately know that I have to do what's best for baby, which is slow and steady.  Who knows ... if given the option to run another race (as in the form of a free race entry) I'll probably do it.  It gives me an excuse to get my run done first thing in the morning! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

pregnancy #2 - weeks 1-11

I've decided to jot down some thoughts and feelings that began with pregnancy #2.  I realize I am not announcing the actual pregnancy until at least week 12 but I thought it might be fun to see what was going on in the beginning.
  • 6/23 - period is now almost an entire week late.  took a pregnancy test ... it was negative.  super disappointed and sad.  worried that my missing period might mean something is wrong since I'm not pregnant.
  • 6/27 - wake up early for our flights to Florida.  tell Ryan I am going to take a 2nd pregnancy test ... just to make sure.  this time it is positive!  try to fight off nausea while wrestling Mason into his seat during the longest flights of my life.

  • 7/4 - run my 1st race while pregnant with Baby #2.  try not to push myself too much for baby's sake.  finish 4 miler in 30:49 minutes.
  • 7/5 - post on social media that I am at a bar ... trying to give illusion that I am still drinking alcohol so people don't suspect anything.  yes I am crazy.
  • 7/6 - terrible headache. I went to dinner with my friend Danielle and convinced her I was hung over (nope) so I didn't have to drink. And then I told her the pregnancy test I had taken was negative (the first one was). It's hard to dodge drinking during these early weeks before making the pregnancy announcement.  took my 3rd pregnancy test.

I just wasn't sure I was really pregnant (cause I'm neurotic and slightly crazy). I sprung for the more expensive tests just to see the weekly prediction. The 2-3 meant that I was 4-5 weeks pregnant.

  • 7/7 - I woke up super nauseous and was the closest to throwing up thus far. My morning sickness with Mason was always a bout of nauseousness during the afternoon hours. I'm not used to this morning sickness taking place in the MORNING. 
  • 7/9 - another nauseous morning.  fortunately the feeling is fading.
  • 7/15 - holy morning sickness!  I felt terrible as soon as I woke up and tried to throw up several times.  I took the day off from running and barely got Mason to and from camp. 
  • 7/16 - day 2 of continued morning sickness ... this time I threw up and still felt sick most of the day.  today is when most of the smells and food aversions started.  suddenly being near a banana was the absolute worst thing in the world ... sorry Mason no more bananas for a while. 
  • 7/17 - ok seriously?  how about a break here with the morning sickness?  I can barely stand to eat in the morning, and whatever I do manage to choke down comes back up mid morning.  I managed to run 2 miles yesterday and 2 today.
    • I've generally been feeling run down and mopey.  All I want to do is lay on the couch and nap, read, watch tv, or nap ... did I mention nap?  Nowhere in my day is any desire to cook or clean.
    • I honestly don't know how moms handle being pregnant with a toddler on the loose.  It was nauseating enough to change Mason's diapers BEFORE being pregnant but now its 100000000 times worse.  Thankfully there have been many more peepees and poopies in the toilet and not actually in the diaper. 
  • 7/22 - first ob/gyn appt.  saw ultrasound of baby's heart beating.  cried.  based on period due date should've been 2/22 but was corrected based on size of baby to 3/11.  everything looks ok.  Ryan and I leave appt feeling happy and excited.
  • 7/27 - woke up with a cold.  wish I could take medicine but I can't.  spend most of the day either on couch or in bed.  glad Ryan is able to take Mason away for a couple of hours to give me a break. 
  • 8/10 - head to beach for family vacation.  am weary of wearing a bikini with my already obvious baby bump
  • 8/16 - take a Flywheel class ... realize those classes are much harder when you're pregnant
  • 8/17 - take a Flybarre class ... ask the teacher for modifications on certain moves
  • 8/19 - 2nd ob/gyn appt with 2nd ultrasound.  baby is measuring slightly larger than estimate for 3/11 and technician tosses around 3/6 as a possible due date.  baby is healthy and I cry again.

pregnancy #2 - week 12


Never say never ... I didn't think Ryan and I would be having any more kids after Mason but realized we had a little more love to give.  Plus Mason would love a little constant companion ... sorry Honey you're not cutting it as the other sibling; you'll stay, but remain in your dog role.
 So week 12 huh?  This is when I announced it last time and although everything is healthy with the baby I still feel weird about telling people.  So this post will find its way published during week 13.  Sorry folks still neurotic over here.

Couple of stats from my ob/gyn appointments (weight wise):
7/22 - 108 pounds
8/19 - 111 pounds

I feel I am definitely showing more of a belly than last time and am constantly reminded of it by Ryan (thanks love).  

The morning sickness went away and I'm finding myself with some more energy lately.  The running has been back in full force, although slightly slower.  I'm not sure if I'll sign up for any races from here on out, especially not a half marathon like pregnancy #1.  Just doesn't seem necessary.

I've basically stopped drinking coffee, with the occasional small cup here and there, or my new favorite order at Starbucks ....
iced Americano, 1 shot regular, 1 shot decaf, with skim milk

I decided I'll wear the same shirt for all weekly pictures since it's a maternity style.  Current week outfit:
Gap Body Maternity tank in extra small, 00 size JCrew chino shorts

pregnancy #2 - week 13


week 13 ... the last week of the first trimester.  yahoo!  

this week I've had some crazy dreams, continued with the middle of the night bathroom breaks, and seem to have restless leg syndrome.  as you can imagine sleep has been a rarity and I've been sluggish in the morning.  it usually takes me an hour to fall back asleep after waking up in the wee hours of the night.

other than that I feel great.  my energy is back (for the most part) until I use it all up mopping the entire downstairs and then I feel like collapsing by 4:45pm.  

I've been eating everything in my sight ... and then complaining of eating too much.  the weight is being packed on (no official weight until 9/22 doctor's appointment) and you can definitely notice a baby bump this early on.
 Still wearing Gap Body Maternity tank, size extra small, and a different pair of size 00 JCrew chino shorts.

Fortunately I've still been running and even took another Flywheel class on Monday.  

Baby is the size of a peach, about 2.9 inches long and 0.81 ounces in weight.

We've started to tell people the great news which is starting to make things feel more real.  

pregnancy #2 - week 14


Not much happening during week 14.  I still pee a lot, I still have restless sleep, I still eat a lot, and I'm still complaining about how tired I am (sorry Ryan).

according to the, baby C is the size of a lemon, 3.4 inches and 1.5 ounces.  

I've been calling the baby a "he" and Mason seems to agree with the brother dynamic.  We'll find out in a month (I hope) the gender, but until then I'll just keep hoping the baby is healthy, regardless of boy or girl.

 Gap Body Maternity Tank size extra small, JCrew chino shorts, size 0

I'm still running 4-5 times a week, although much slower than before.  Baby C is even doing its second race this Saturday.  it'll be a slow one for sure but I'm looking forward to racing again. 

I'm working on keeping the eating a little healthier but all I want to eat are bread products!  Especially bagels ... and croissants ... and anything in a sandwich form.  Sigh.  Good thing I'm still running I guess.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

His and hers smoothies

After picking Mason up from school I wasn't feeling inspired to make a huge deal for lunch.

So I asked him if a smoothie was ok and he agreed (he ate cheese, grapes, and green bean crisps too).

Into the blender went vanilla unsweetened almond milk, two huge handfuls of fresh baby spinach, frozen berry mix from trader joes, 1/2 banana, and 1 spoonful peanut butter. It was kind of like a pb&j in liquid form.

After running 4 days straight I think I'm going to take tomorrow off. I did 3 miles on the treadmill yesterday and reminded myself how much I dislike that thing. Then I did 3 miles this morning around Queens University before running some errands.

Anyone racing this weekend?

Monday, September 8, 2014

The universe is telling me something

I usually head out for my run as soon as I drop Mason off at school.

This morning the weather was dreary, wet, and kind of chilly. I kept stalling on my run and ran errands instead.

By the time I was finished I just wanted an egg and cheese croissant from Sunflour bakery. After driving over there I discovered they were closed on Monday. The nerve!

Plan B was to get an egg and cheese croissant from Dunkin Donuts. They were out of croissants. What the heck! Why doesn't the universe want me to have lots and lots of carbs?

By the time the rain has pretty much stopped so I parked my car by freedom park and knocked out 3 miles. I'm glad I finally ran even if it was a little less than my usual runs.

And I finally found a bread product to keep me satisfied until lunch ...

Einstein's thintastic bagel!