18 weeks – Emotional Drain

Runs:

  • Sunday: Rest (2.17 mile hike with the mini, carried her only .5 mile)
  • Monday: 4.0 miles, 10:55 pace
  • Tuesday: 2 miles, 10:02 pace
  • Wednesday: 4.25 miles, 10:04 pace (CFRT)
  • Thursday: Rest. 2.1 mile walk
  • Friday: 3.77 miles, 10:44 pace
  • Saturday: Rest. Farmers market and E got to see dad jump out of a helicopter! No time for the long run, so I did it Sunday
  • Sunday: 10.6 miles, 10:47 pace. 66* at start, 72* at end. 

Week 18 started with a huge emotional drain. I am missing Alaska more than ever, cursing my neighborhood runs (rolling hills = no chance to recover or drink water, plus obstacles like running in the grass on the side of a highway with a stroller, crossing that highway, and running in soft sand with a stroller if I want to get in more than 4 miles), it’s super busy for my husband (he has been getting home at midnight and waking up at 3:30 for work this week, has jumped 3 times this week for airborne operations, in addition to other deadlines coming up for him), and we both need a break.

Pegnancy insomnia is in full swing again, so that doesn’t help with my crankiness. Not to mention my kid skipping naps, which makes me more irritable. Worst part? Next week will be the same thing! Crazy busy for the husband = crazy busy at home. 

Ok, after that rant, let’s talk running. Despite how much I hate my neighborhood run…I think it’s actually helping me build on my runs. It has been cooler too, so that helps. My pace is improving somewhat and that is good to see….

…Except Fridays pace 😬 It was a cross-training day so I decided to tackle a problem I’ve been having since being pregnant: LEANING ON THE STROLLER 😱 So it’s time that I focus on NOT leaning on the stroller up those hills! I had to really focus on it in Alaska, and finally built my strength for me to do it without thinking. I hope to get to that point again, so I’m beginning to focus on it this week. Needless to say, my legs were on fire at the end of the run. I’m also working on running up the whole thing and not walking. This means I need to make sure I’m not pushing myself too hard throughout the run. And I need to start when it is cool enough out.

My long run was the day of “oops.” Oops, I forgot to use the restroom; oops, I didn’t bring enough water; oops, I forgot my to pick up my water bottle at my water drop πŸ™„ Not to mention I ate garbage for 3 days before that. Hydrating was on the back burner for the week, especially for the day before the long run. I kind of set myself up for failure, but somehow I pulled it off. My knees and hips hurt. Left knee on the downhill (a problem that came up in my marathon last year). I also had a hard time breathing from mile 2-4 and again from 6-10.6. I honestly think it’s my sport bra. I had stabbing pains in my chest miles 2-4ish. It’s prob a little snug. 

Week 18 was all about frustration. BUT after that recap, and looking back at how I felt on my runs, week 18 was more about consistency and finally feeling normal on runs. My doubts of whether or not I can do this half marathon at 26 weeks pregnant are gone. I know I can. Despite what this week threw me, I’m realizing that I am improving on my runs, and that will be my take away. 

17w 6d Long Run

8 miles, 10:15 pace. 56 degrees, sunny, and windy. 46 oz of water consumed during the run, and one LΓ€rabar. 2 bathroom breaks. Felt good the whole way. 

Overall, I had a good run! This week I really noticed that stopping and starting again in the middle of my runs really messes up my breathing way more than it used to. Whether it be to adjust something for the kiddo, a bathroom break, stopping to show E a turtle, anything. I used to be able to recover in a few seconds time. But now, it takes almost a full minute or so. 

Broke in new shoes. Lower back/hips didn’t hurt until mile 7, so that was nice. It wasn’t too bad when it did hurt. I had this problem last pregnancy when I ran. It won’t be going away, but I did find a chiro so that should hopefully help as much as last time. 

Baby starting to feel heavy and low this week. Ack! Already?!?! I’m in for it…

The last 2 long runs (started at 15 weeks…I skipped a run) I have had a hard time catching my breath all day after the run. It usually started after I took a hot shower and continued on through the evening. That didn’t happen today. It was MUCH cooler out and I loaded my water with Trace Minerals 40,000 Volt Electrolytes. The true test will be in the heat. But that stuff is awesome and so much better than sugary/aspartame-y electrolyte drinks

I also didn’t feel sick by the time I was going to bed, which is a first. I have made food a number 1 priority this week and it has been really great for recovery. I’ve also started keeping track of how much food I’m eating. I would get super sick on long run days because I didn’t eat enough. But when you burn 950 calories on a run, you need to account for that. Especially when growing a human. This time, right after, I had an apple and 1/2 of a protein bar (gross…why are protein bars always so nasty? The ones sweetened with stevia, xylitol, erythritol, or any other sugar substitute are so gross, and the ones sweetened with sugar are just glorified candy bars). Got home and had a green protein smoothie and some beef stew a little bit later. I also can’t eat big meals on long run days so I basically ate something every hour after 3pm. Banana/PB/rice cake, 2 cheese sticks, a bacon sammy (bacon cut in half with guacamole in the middle like a sandwich) a small bowl of chili topped with with bacon/avocado/green onion/cilantro/fresh tomatoes, another apple, and a few pieces of leftover Easter candy from my daughter’s Easter basket. I know, I’m terrible. But I did it. I need to make muffins or something because my urge to eat all the chocolate is strong…

Here is me at 18 weeks! Showing much earlier that last pregnancy but it huge yet. Which makes running a lot easier when not dealing with a bump. 
 

Supplements

I’m not paid for endorsing this stuff, I just think it’s really great. And these aren’t from any pyramid schemes. So that’s another neat fact. 

My supplements came today!!! Which is good because right before they were delivered, I used the last drops of my absolute favorite supplement: Trace Minerals Concentrace. This is a multimineral (different than a multivitamin) that is water soluable. Meaning? It doesn’t build in your system. If you have too much calcium (or whatever)…your body flushes it. So this makes me feel really good about taking it while pregnant. I’m not overloading my system. I put a few drops in every glass/bottle of water. It tastes sort of salty, and is GREAT for replenishing your body in the heat. Every gulp is super satisfying. And these are natural electrolytes. WAY better than sugary Gatorade. I could go on and on. I love this stuff. I also picked up their bottle of electrolytes for when my runs get longer/days get warmer. 

Prenatal: Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal. I used up my MegaFood Baby and Me Herb-free, and just wanted to try something new. Loved that vitamin. Great product. GOL are capsules (can be broken open and put in a smoothie) while MegaFood is a tablet. GOL is to be taken 3x per day, MegaFood is 4x. 

Protein: Sun Warrior Classic Plus – Vanilla. This was delivered right after my run. I was needing a boost and wanted to try it out. Did a simple shake: protein + flax milk. And it totally hit the spot. Wish I bought the bigger container…

DHA: Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA. I took this all throughout my last pregnancy and my child is a prodigy 😜 Kidding. She’s right on track with kids her age. But I like to think she’s super duper smart. 

Iron: any other iron supplement that is not food based is garbage! Ok, that’s extreme. But MegaFood Blood Builder has been great for me. Super gentle on the stomach, non-constipating. A GREAT iron supplement. Floradix is another liquid that is gentle on the stomach and high quality. 

I think that’s it. I’m going to go drink some trace minerals now…

17 weeks 4 days

I was supposed to take it easy today… BUT my husband will be jumping out of an airplane on Sunday which takes up THE ENTIRE day (he’s airborne, for anyone tuning in). So that meant I had to gear up for the weekend. 

Ran with Chloe and E again. Chloe is kind of the worst running partner. She’s a southern breed of dog: a Catahoula Leopard Dog. Bred to hunt hogs in Tennessee. But she has Alaskan blood (got her in Fairbanks, AK). If it is sunny and over 65 degrees, forget it. A mile and a half. That’s all she has in her. I can’t blame her; she’s basically wearing a sweater. She laid down at 2 miles today and lapped up about a cup of water. 

We ran 3.69 miles today, 10:30 pace in the neighborhood. Took it nice and easy up the hills but it was a little more work than yesterday with the warm temps. Well, warm for me (and Chloe too πŸ˜‰). 70 degrees at 4pm and VERY windy. Sunny. Drank about 20 oz of water but needed more. 

I’ve noticed a difference in my performance. I’ve really been trying to get back into the type of eating that I should have been doing all along. For anyone who moves often, you know the struggle of finding meals at the “in between” stages. It is not fun. Anyway, that is changing now and I’m feeling better. It also helps that I can look at meat when I cook it now. And smells don’t bother me like they did the first trimester!

17 weeks 3 days (food post)

9 times out of 10, I’m a mess and scrambling for dinner. Especially lately. But I’m feeling moved into our new house, meaning I am in the kitchen more and more. So today, I knocked it out of the park (but truthfully feel exhausted at the end of the day and nauseous bc I did not stop until 9:30pm).

The day started by making bone broth. Seriously, the EASIEST thing ever. I save all of the skins, peels, and ends from celery, onions, carrots in a big ziplock bag in the freezer. And the chicken bones came from two rotisserie chickens, also put in the freezer bc I didn’t feel like making bone broth at night when we finished that second chicken. A little thyme, parsley, salt and pepper and BOOM! Broth made in 12 hrs. 

Then it was a grocery store trip with E, leftover Asian meatballs for lunch, and food prep during E’s nap time. I soaked some nuts for this interesting breakfast porridge I stumbled upon that involves butternut squash, apples, soaked nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut milk. And the slow cooker. I’m really utilizing that thing lately. I’ve never tried it, so we’ll see how that goes. 

Next up was prep for tonight’s dinner, One Pan Mexican Quinoa. I added bell peppers and stole some of my bone broth that was brewing in the crockpot. I also added an onion and used my homemade taco mix instead of the chili and cumin. Topped it with cilantro, green onion, tons of avocado, and a tiny bit of sour cream (even though dairy is not jiving with me this pregnancy….its sour cream, people. Plus my kid loves it and I’m not strong enough to say no). My husband put cheese on his too. 

Then I cut up veggies for a Paleo Chili. No beans, just the way my husband likes. This guy. He’s got beef with beans, squash, and raisins. RAISINS. Won’t even look at something if it has raisins. But he’s coming around on the squash and beans. He ate the Mexican quinoa dish with black beans just fine tonight. He will ALWAYS eat what I put in front of him without complaint. So I guess it’s not too bad πŸ˜‰ Anyway, chili is overwhelmingly bean-y, so I’ll give him a break. Plus, there’s going to be bacon ontop. Who can resist that?!?!

And last, but not least, food prep for a beef stew. This is why I made the broth in the first place…and then it spiraled into all of these other meals. 

Ok, now on running. I ran 2 miles today at 7:00pm after a very filling dinner. It was 61 and cool; overcast. It was wonderful! 2.19 miles, 10:12 pace in my neighborhood. I did not feel winded or like I was pushing a stroller full of bricks up the hills. It was hard, but I just took it slow. And Chloe the Family Dog (this is how my husband and I refer to her) got to come along! Ev SQUEALED with excitement when I told her we would bring Chloe. She said, “because her feet are all better!” She was ecstatic. 

I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep pushing this kid. I did my first half with her, but I wasn’t pregnant and recovery was fast. That’s why I’m focusing on food so much. I NEED to help myself as much as possible for this thing. Running pregnant is seriously no joke. It is not as easy as it used to be! I remember having these feelings when I first started running again. I was out of shape and cursing the world at every hill, but 2 months in I was fine. Not this time! Every week it’s different. And heat in North Carolina vs. perfect running weather in springtime in Alaska is quite different. 

So today was a good day. And the bonus is that I have food in my fridge! This means we won’t have to eat fried egg sandwiches for the next few days because my meals are already prepped! Maybe tomorrow I’ll have to take it easy…

17 Weeks

Phew! Long day. Skipped my long run over the weekend. We were in Savannah and ran 3 miles down there, but that was it. Oh well, I should be fine. It’s early enough in my training. I have been starting to feel some overuse issues coming up so I’m dialing it back to Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 program instead of my own modified version. My hips and lower back are already hurting and I barely have a belly, so that is a concern. My knees hurt a bit today too. Ordered new shoes so that will hopefully help. 

I ran 4 miles today and while my pace was excellent compared to what it has been (a full minute faster due to “chilly” weather, poor outfit choice, and flat terrain), it was rough. I have been running a 10:10-10:30. But today I ran 9:22….I was REALLY cold in shorts πŸ˜‚ Running with a cranky 2 yr old is not fun. I must have stopped 10 times in 4 miles. Some days she is awesome. Others….not so much. 

We went to the park and a nature center after my run. Spent about an hour there. It’s where the trail begins. E loved it! 

Came home and made food for the family. Paleo Asian meatballs, steamed bok choy with a rice vinegar dressing, and quick pickled cucumbers (minus the wasabi). My kid slept from 3:30-6:00pm. So I obviously had some extra time to do dinner prep.

That about does me in these days. Took a nap right after our PB&J lunch. I have zero energy for Chloe, but her paws are blistered from a daycare experience she had on hot rocks 😑 We won’t be going back, despite the fact that she loved it. Once her paws heal up she can get back at it with us. Poor pup. 

Running Pregnant

This is the post excerpt.

So I’m pregnant. And running. And I’m signing up for a half marathon to run at 26 weeks pregnant. In North Carolina. In June. But there’s a little more to it than that.

I am not a super runner. I ran my first half marathon and marathon last summer. And I’ve only done one 5k. I have been running for a few years, just not much of a racer.

I have somewhat of an emotional connection to running as well. I  got into fitness when my husband first deployed. I had to waste time, so I worked, hiked, and lived at the gym with my friend. She actually gave me confidence to get on a treadmill. Thanks, Jess! Anyway, that progressed. In 2013, after my husband had been home for about a year, my sister (Karen), sister-in-law (Rosa), and I all decided to do a 5k together. We all lived in different states, but found a race the same weekend in each state. So the training began. A few weeks later, my sister got diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. She had surgery mid-March to remove the golf ball sized tumor in her brain and by May 11 she walked that 5k LIKE A BOSS! So this is where it began.

Brain cancer is a bitch. Glioblastoma was the type she had. There was no race for the 3 of us in 2014. Instead, we spent the last few months with Karen as she slowly slipped from our fingertips. After a huge journey for her, for all of us, she left this earth June 10, 2014. And a little piece of us went with her.

During all of this, my husband and I had a newborn, moved to Alaska, bought our first house and found out he was deploying for 10 months. My daughter was 8 weeks when we moved, 6 months old when Karen died, and 9 months when my husband left. Not to mention the 3 week training he went to when she was 5 weeks old, and the month long training he did when she was 4 months old while I was still unpacking the house. There was A LOT going on in a very condensed amount of time. It took me a little while to process this, get into the groove of motherhood, and simply figure out how to get through each day.

Fast forward to February 2015. I finally had a feeling of stability in my life. But knew I needed an outlet. My daughter was 14 months at this point. Husband was still deployed. So I decided to start running. I put studs in the the bottoms of my shoes to handle the ice, bundled my daughter up in our BOB stroller (under a windshield attachment that my husband gave me for Christmas), and we were off. After a little bit, I decided “hey, I think I can run for 13.1 miles pushing this almost 30lb kid. And along with that, I think I’ll bully my brother (Barry) and sister-in-law into a race I know they can do.” Rosa didn’t take much convincing as the idea had been put in her head before. But Barry? Ha! Man…he’s stubborn.

We all signed up for a June 2015 race in honor of Karen. Barry ran his first 5k, Rosa ran her first 10k, and I ran my first half marathon. When I crossed that finish line….whoa. So many emotions wanted to come out. I cry every time I think about it. I have never been more proud. I pushed my daughter for 13.1 miles along the coast of AK, my husband would be home in a matter of 4-5 weeks, I made it through one of the hardest years of my life. I felt like I could do anything. The year of 2015 was proof that I was more resilient than I thought. I pushed myself and blew past my goals. It took work, tears, tons of heartache and tons of support. But I am stronger than I realized I ever was. I think we all had some pretty amazing feelings of accomplishment after our races. Barry and Rosa had their own share of sacrifices and hardships throughout the year. Running brought us together even though we were thousands of miles apart.

So that brings me to today. March 29, 2016. I’m 16 weeks pregnant. And running. And I THINK I can do a half marathon in June at 26 weeks pregnant in Raleigh, NC (spoiler alert…we moved again…army/military life…). Rosa is the one who got me REALLY thinking about it seriously. She thinks I can do it, and my husband thinks I can too…and now, I’m starting to believe in myself. So let’s find out!

I will be documenting this journey for a few reasons:

  1. I scoured the Internet trying to find someone to draw off of and find inspiration. I found a few women who I could relate to and it made all the difference.
  2. I wish I would have documented better how I felt while running last pregnancy. So that’s what I’ll be doing this time around!
  3. Running pregnant is SO different than running not pregnant. And it chips at your pride a bit at first. And it’s important to talk about the ups and downs of all of this.
  4. It’s a great way to gauge how I’m feeling, recovery expectations, etc.

So if you know anyone that might draw inspiration, please pass this along. And please, feel free to reach out! I’d love to hear your experiences! All tips, comments, and questions are welcome.

Email me at: runningpregnantblog@gmail.com

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…and here’s a shot of my daughter and I after my first half marathon. She beat me, but we were neck and neck the entire time πŸ˜‰ The other is me crossing the finish line during my first marathon.