Monday, September 29, 2014

South End Shuffle 5k recap

On Saturday morning I ran in the 1st annual South End Shuffle 5k.  

Race Website

Ryan and Mason joined me at the race since it started at 8am.  I was going into the race anticipating a finish time of 30 minutes.  I didn't want to push myself and wanted to enjoy the race.  

Around mile 2 we looped back around to where we started the race and I was able to see my little cheerleaders.  The course was relatively flat except for around 2.75 miles where we hit a crazy hill ... not the way I want to finish.

I finished strong and gave Mason a high five as I ran to the finish line.

I love running races put on by Start 2 Finish ... they always have your finish times immediately after finishing.  I realized I finished 2nd in my age group and we decided to stick around until the awards ceremony. 

I won a $15 giftcard to Inside Out Sports and am looking forward to supporting another local running store with my future purchase.  

official race time ... 25:20 minutes, 8:09 min/mile
49th out of 170 runners
10th out of 81 females
4th out of 14 age 30-34 females

It was a great race, great weather, awesome logistics ... I would definitely run this race again next year!  The free race entry was the icing on the cake :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

adjusting some running goals

since becoming pregnant I've decreased my running mileage.  I honestly don't feel up to running as many miles as I was before I was pregnant.  I've also began to run slower, to keep my heart rate from spiking too much.

with these modifications have come some adjustments to previous running goals:

- I no longer will hit 1,000 miles for the year.  I'm aiming to break last year's record of 774 miles so hopefully it'll be 800+

- my 5k pace is now considerably slower than previous PR

Race Website

I won a free race entry (thanks to Start 2 Finish Charlotte) to the South End Shuffle for this Saturday, September 27th.  This will be baby's 3rd race and I'll be close to 17 weeks pregnant.  

What I hope to accomplish on Saturday's race:

- finish the race without walking
- finish the race in under 30 minutes

wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 16

oh lordy ... if I could re-title this post "hot mess" I would.  I normally do these photo shoots while Mason naps ... relatively early in the afternoon.  today the day slipped by with way too much going on and I ended up dragging myself downstairs after I put Mason to bed to take a few photos.  holy moly I look rough.  I apologize.  Not every day (pregnant or not) is going to be a great day.  and for the record I rarely wear make up (don't see the point when my current outfit includes gym shorts, sports bra, and tank) and today was clearly a day that I needed it (and a good face washing from last night's make up).

the weather in Charlotte has been cold, gray and rainy ... not to mention I think I'm starting/fighting off/getting over a cold.  I started feeling sick after my flu shot on Monday (go figure).

anyways ... back to week 16.  I had a doctor's appointment on Monday morning and got to hear the baby's heart beat (yay!).  baby seemed fine and healthy.  I got some blood drawn for some more tests and scheduled our "anatomy" ultra sound for October 13th.  


 gray Gap body maternity tank, size extra small, really old sweat pants size men's medium?

current weight - 113 pounds
current favorite song - Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" (seriously what has taken me so long to find out about this?)
current number of potty breaks at night - 1 to 3 times
current favorite food - BREAD.  love any type of bread product.
currently - watching Mason on the monitor as he tries to fall asleep

week 16 was also the week that the bump decided to pop.  it's pretty clear now that I am in fact pregnant and quite a few friends have made it known to me that they too can see the bump.  thanks everyone I really appreciate it.  clothes are still fitting so no need to bust out any maternity wear (except for my weekly gray tank).  

according to, baby is about 4.6 inches long and 3.5 ounces (roughly the size of an avocado)


Monday, September 22, 2014

There's the bump

This weekend Baby C decided it was time to show everyone I was in fact truly pregnant. It was crazy how all of a sudden the bump became noticeable.

Two different moms mentioned it to me this morning while at Mason's school. It's not like I'm hiding it by any means, just didn't think I would be showing this much so soon!

Bump picture after my run this morning. I did a slow 4 miles and loved that I was spending time outside during the gorgeous 60 degree weather.

There's the bump showing itself during the Ronald McDonald House Red Tie Gala. Loved getting dressed up with Ryan, even if it meant having little selection in dress choices.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 15

thankfully another pretty uneventful week ...

still running, eating too much, and waking up way too many times in the middle of the night.

Baby C ran his 2nd race this past Saturday.  It was a sluggish 10k but we managed to finish!  It's doubtful I'll enter any other races during this pregnancy but you never know.  for now I'll continue running 2-4 miles a few times a week until my body says that is enough with the running.

according to, baby is the size of a navel orange, weighing 2.5 ounces and measuring 4 inches.  

 Gap Body maternity tank, size extra small/Forever 21 leggings, size small

I can't believe I've already busted out the stretchy pants during this pregnancy, but today it just felt right.  it's right around 65 degrees and pretty gray/dreary out. 

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!

Friday, September 5, 2014

First day of preschool!

Oh how I love the first day of preschool ... I hope Mason feels the same way.

This is his second year going to Myers Park United Methodist Church and I couldn't be happier. He's going three days a week and is super excited about school.

This means three solid days a week (at least) of running for me!

Today I set out to do 4 miles and almost died from the humidity. Seriously it's like 99%. I didn't think I was capable of sweating so much.

It wasn't pretty but I finished and am now enjoying iced coffee and iced water at Starbucks.

Today is an early pick up day at school so there is no real reason to head home. I'm cherishing the last few moments of mom freedom before heading to pick him up at 11:30.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

19 days to go

Oh autumn ... Can you please hurry up? 19 days until the first day of fall and I could not be more excited for that season.

Yesterday I struggled through 3 miles around our neighborhood in 90 degree weather. This morning I hit up the outdoor track at the Y thinking 75 degrees would be such an improvement ... It sort of was, aside from the 90% humidity. I was a sweaty beast after only 3 miles.

Mason rocked his new Nike sneakers which are totally awesome and super cute. I love buying him shoes and clothes which ends up being a costly addiction.

Fingers crossed for cooler running weather soon!