Thursday, August 20, 2015

6 weeks to go!

Things get pretty real when you realize your half marathon is 6 weeks away.  My longest run has been 8 miles which means I need to find the motivation to run another 5.1 miles.  I'm planning on doing 9 miles this weekend and even enlisted Ryan to buy me a couple of Gu's to use as fuel. 

I hadn't been using a training plan but just googled a couple of different ones and think I'll try to follow Hal Higdon's novice 2 training plan for the remainder.

Since I'm doing a 5k on 8/29, I'll just swap weeks 6 and 7.  I like this plan because there are 4 days of running, along with 1 day of cross-training, and 2 days off.  With such an increase in mileage I'll definitely need those rest days to avoid injury. 

I ran 4.2 miles on Sunday, 3 miles on Tuesday, and 3.1 miles yesterday.  I took today off and will probably try to run tomorrow or take a class at the Bar Method.  Looks like I'm right on track!  As the weeks tick by I'll put more thought into my goal finish time for the race.

week 6  Rest  3 m run  4 m pace  3 m run  Rest  5-K Racecross
week 7  Rest  3 m run  5 m run  3 m run  Rest  9 m runcross
week 8  Rest  3 m run  5 m pace  3 m run  Rest  10 m runcross
week 9  Rest  3 m run  5 m run  3 m run  Rest  10-K Racecross
week10  Rest  3 m run  5 m pace  3 m run  Rest  11 m runcross
week11  Rest  3 m run  5 m run  3 m run  Rest  12 m runcross
week12  Rest  3 m run  2 m pace  2 m run  Rest  RestHalf Marathon 10/3

NC Music Factory 5k Rock n Run

On August 8th I ran the NC Music Factory 5k Rock n Run.  Race start was at 8am which made it easier for my little family to come along to cheer me on.  I picked up my race packet the day before which made it super easy to just get to the race a few minutes early. 

In case you were wondering I followed pre-race tradition and ate a cheeseburger the night before.  We went to Bad Daddy's where I ordered a pimiento cheeseburger on a wheat bun, along with sweet potato fries, and a large Captain Jack beer.  Can't fool with what works right?

I wasn't really sure what to expect during this race since it was my first time running it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the course was flat (for Charlotte standards). 

Seeing my boys near the finish line always makes me push myself harder for those last couple of yards.

Although we didn't stay for the awards ceremony, I was happy to find out I placed First in the Women's 30-34 years old division.  Love when that happens!  Due to some mix ups at the awards ceremony, my award is going to be mailed to me ... at some point.  I am curious to see what it is.  I also won a gift certificate to an hour long massage that is also being mailed to me. 
22:25 minutes
overall place - 44 out of 414
women's rank - 9 out of 250

All in all it was a great race and I would definitely run it again in the future!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Five months - Anderson

Oh what a month!  We really struggled in July ... things with Anderson's eczema just would not get better and after a series of pediatrician appointments and one with an allergist, it was determined that I would no longer breastfeed.  The alternative is not my favorite since I'm a granola-eating hippie, but if it's for the betterment of my child then I'm all for formula feeding.

After not having much success with Nutramigen (there is still cow/dairy protein found in there) we made the switch to Elecare (amino acid based).  Anderson had vials upon vials of blood drawn at his allergist appointment and they discovered he had allergic reactions to wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, and soy.  I tried to eliminate those from my diet for almost 4 full days but after seeing soy listed as an ingredient in my prenatal vitamins I about lost it.  It was just too hard for me to eliminate ALL of those food items and potentially STILL eat something that I shouldn't.  I honestly felt like I've been poisoning him this entire time ... which is a very dramatic way to look at things.

It'll be one week of formula feeding Elecare on Saturday and I've read that it can take up to 2 weeks to see full changes in the baby.  What we are looking for is LESS ITCHING.  The poor kid is on his 3rd type of allergy/antihistamine and cannot find relief for the life of him.  We've done it all ... cotton clothes, new free and clear detergent (The Honest Co.), bleach baths, not bathing everyday, several layers of Vaseline or Aquaphor slathered all over his body, and he's still scratching himself all the time.  He's so itchy that he tore the skin so badly on his arms while using his car seat as a scratching post; his doctor compared the lesions to 2nd degree burns.

Oh and the sleep ... the lack of sleep.  Imagine being so itchy that you can't get comfortable.  He's waking up every hour looking for relief and I can't give it to him.  It's heartbreaking. 

This past month did bring a few (random) nights of 5-7 hour stretches.  He even slept 10:30p-7:30a one random Tuesday and 8p-6:15a two days later.  We have no idea how or why but have failed to replicate those nights of sleep.  

One a bright note we introduced sweet potatoes to his diet on Monday and the kid loves them.  So far no allergic reactions to them which makes me excited to introduce another vegetable this weekend.  

His hair is growing back so that's a plus I guess ... and even through all of these trials and tribulations, the kid smiles and laughs at us.  Especially at his crazy big brother.    

We love you Anderson and love seeing you grow!  At one of the most recent doctor appointments you weighed in at 15 pounds ... you weren't gaining weight for a couple of weeks and had even lost some weight since your 4th month appointment. 

Fingers crossed the new formula is the key in solving the itchiness issues and we can enjoy the next month! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The day wouldn't wait for me

Last night Ryan and I did what most neurotic, exercise-centered people do, and plan out our workout for the next day. Ryan took the "holy crap it's still dark out" shift and I said I would run when he got back from the YMCA so I could be showered in time to make breakfast for my hungry crew.

It all seemed like a good plan until I found myself in Anderson's room at 9:30, 10:45, 12:00, and finally around 1. Mind you he only ate one of those times ... The rest was spent rolling back and forth being super uncomfortable as I tried to shove the pacifier in his mouth.

By the time Ryan's alarm went off at 5 and he finally got up at 5:15, I figured I would not be doing an early morning run and would just try to get a few more minutes of sleep.

Then Anderson woke up at 5:30 to eat. Sigh. I fed him and got him back to sleep, as he stared at me smiling. I know it's not his fault that his eczema is so severe that he's on his third allergy medication, an antibiotic, and a new kind of formula. But it's taxing and exhausting and pockets of sleep are not sustainable.

As I got back into bed I saw Ryan's text saying he was on his way back home. I told him I was skipping my run and going back to sleep. But the more I thought about it I realized I wouldn't be able to fit in a run any other time of the day. With a looming race on Saturday I knew it was now or never. I dragged myself out of bed and wrote Ryan back that I changed my mind and would run. I was laced up and ready to go as he entered the garage and we handed off the babysitting baton so to speak.

I ran while the moon looked on and lit the way for me in the otherwise dark street. On the way back from my short 3 miles, I saw the sun rise and paint the sky a pretty pink and purple.

I huffed and puffed my way inside the house when I was done and was greeted with ice cold water from Ryan and the announcement that Mason was already awake.

It was just 6:45am for god sakes! But I was right, the day wouldn't wait for me to get my act together. Tired or not the day had started and it was time to get going.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Lather Rinse Repeat

I love schedules. I thrive on consistency. We've even raised Mason to rely on this way of life.

Sometimes I don't want to do the same thing at the same time, day after day. My life feels like the movie Groundhog Day.

With no preschool and summer camps officially over, Mason wakes up every morning asking "what are we doing today?" Today was no different. I didn't want to work out for the 4th day in a row. I wanted a break. But here we are at the gym. The kids are thankfully in childcare and I just busted out 4.25 miles on the outdoor track.

This time I didn't really mind circling the track 8 times. There was a mini triathlon going on for kids, and I found myself coaching them on. I'm not sure how much they swam or how far they biked, but they had one mile of running at the end. I ran with a few of the kids and encouraged them to finish strong for their parents at the finish line. They laughed and smiled as I asked them questions to distract them. I ran at their pace and didn't leave them until I told them to sprint to the big red tent at the finish.

Those kids were badass. I can't even imagine doing a triathlon and some of them have done more than one. Wow.

Happy Friday.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Running is hard without wheat

Day 2 is coming to an end of my new breastfeeding diet. I'm still tweaking my meals and found myself making pancakes this morning using oatmeal flour and a flax egg. The things you do for your three year old ... I want pancakes mom!!!

I found myself snacking on a rice cake with sunflower seed butter and grape jelly around 11 and then by 1 I was starving. I made myself a turkey wrap on a corn tortilla with honey mustard, spinach, and pickles.

Then it was time to rock my "long" run of the week. I managed 6 miles in 52 minutes and was BEAT. Clearly I haven't figured out fueling before a run yet. So far I'm down two pounds in two days and I think it's from dehydration (I weighed myself after my run today, although I downed a glass of water first).

Once I showered I devoured a bowl of rice crispies with coconut milk and chopped bananas as a second lunch/afternoon snack.

After a trip to Whole Foods I am now stocked on some more diet friendly food items including gluten (wheat) free beer. Joy.

I'm dragging Ryan along for this diet change and since he took Mason out for lunch, they dined on cheeseburgers. Sigh. I will eat you once again ... Promise. Hope everyone else is getting their fill of dairy, soy, almonds, peanuts, wheat, and eggs!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

my new diet

I really hate using the D word ... DIET.  My latest diet has nothing to do with losing weight.  Although for keeping track of it during this experiment I am currently 108 pounds, my pre-pregnancy weight.

As mentioned previously, Anderson has a whole lot of skin issues.  Mainly eczema and what appears to be a million food allergies which could be causing the skin trouble.  After weeks and weeks of struggling to keep him comfortable and itch-free, I finally took him to an allergist.  I don't want to jump the gun, but hallelujah!  What a noticeable change in just 1 or 2 days. 

She switched him from taking Benadryl every 6 hours to just having Zyrtec once a day.  Its crazy to think that a 4 month old is on such severe allergy medication but what can you do?

She also tested his blood for food allergies ... and this is where my new diet comes in.  We have two choices, switch him to the formula Elecare and forgo any further breastfeeding OR change my diet.

After seeing that Elecare costs close to $40 a can (roughly $350 a month) I decided to eliminate those allergens from my diet that may be causing Anderson harm.

For 2-4 weeks I will no longer eat: dairy, almonds, peanuts, soy, eggs, wheat.

Fortunately I have already been dairy free for almost 2 weeks, so that isn't too much of a change.  When I went dairy free I switched to all soy based products as substitutes ... think soy mayo and artificial butter.  I was already doing almond milk and coconut milk coffee creamer and yogurt.  The allergy to almonds really sucks because I use almonds in EVERYTHING ... almond butter, almond granola, almond milk ice cream.  Sigh.

So here we are 3 meals in to my new diet.  Fortunately I can still have oatmeal and grains such as quinoa and rice.  I stocked up on new pastas and coconut flour to have some options in the kitchen.  I can also have all the meats, fruits, and vegetables that I want.  Yay to bacon! 

The dessert aspect is what is going to kill me.  Last night I made a banana/chia seed/coconut milk pudding that wasn't bad and right now I'm working on a rice pudding with cinnamon and coconut milk.  I'm also going to try some pancakes tomorrow morning using oatmeal and coconut flours and flax meal as the binder.  We'll see. 

I just want Anderson to feel better and the thought of him being under so much pain for so long breaks my heart.  Fingers crossed this diet thing ends up being the cure! 

And for those wondering what we will do after the 4 weeks ... I'm not sure.  If there is an obvious improvement from the elimination of those foods then I will try to introduce them back one at a time to see exactly which one is the culprit.  OR if I'm completely over this experiment we'll go the formula route and become poor.  Joking.  Kind of.