First, thank you so much for all of your kind comments yesterday, they mean the world to us! A few years ago I remember feeling so hopeless that I would never get the chance to have another baby again and here we are now… I am so excited I can’t stop thinking about it. Andrew and I originally thought we wanted to wait a bit longer but we felt a few months ago that our kids were in a really good place as far as blending was going and that we were all ready for another addition.
Let’s talk about running for a few minutes! Yesterday I did 8 miles @ 9:20 and talked to my sister on the phone for most of it (with my headphones). I listen to A LOT OF PODCASTS now because I don’t want fast music causing me to go too fast and get my heart rate up too high. Some days I listen to music but not the music I normally listen to during fast/tempos/races.
It’s crazy how with each different stage of running how much I grow to appreciate running. Whether that is when I’m training for a huge goal and I’m grateful for the speed/strength running gives to me. Maybe I’m stressed about life and running brings me peace and perspective. During this stage I’m so grateful for running because it helps me to feel better and it gives me time each morning to really think about this new little one we are adding and our future.
When I was pregnant with Brooke, I was able to run (8 miles) all of the way until the day before she was delivered (well, I ran in the parking lot of the hospital the day she was delivered… just to say I did ((I think it was 12 steps total). And this time around I definitely hope that I am able to do the same but I also have zero pressure on myself to be able to do that. This pregnancy has been very different and I’ll tell you more about that soon! Maybe I feel so different this time because I’m 5 years older or maybe because it is a boy or maybe because it is different dad DNA (that is why my sister thinks her first three pregnancies were so different than her last two). I’m just taking it a day at a time and thankful for each mile I get.
I started wearing a belly band when I was about 22 or 23 weeks pregnant and I just ordered a new one because I think I’ll be ready to start wearing it in the next week or two. I just love how the belly band takes away ANY pressure from my ligaments/muscles in that area. It’s like going from running without a sports bra to running with a sports bra ha… I call it a sports bra for my stomach:)
So far, I’ve completed 2 half marathons this pregnancy (and I have one this Saturday). I knew pretty quickly that something was going on during my half marathon in April (this was right before we found out we were pregnant) when girls started passing me right and left in those final miles and I didn’t have a competitive ounce in me. Usually when I’m getting passed while trying to race I chase after them… that day, I could not have cared less if anyone passed me. I just wanted to finish alive ha. I also knew something was different with me that day because I usually celebrate a good race with a donut or candy and I didn’t want anything to do with either of those things. I know. I told Andrew to pass me the Pringles (sour cream and onion)… not the sugar. WHAT WAS HAPPENING?!
We found out we were expecting not that much longer after the race and I’ve been able to run since then. My least favorite day of the week to run = trash day. Everyone’s trash cans are out on the road and I had to start driving to areas where there were no trash cans because the smell almost made me pass out;) For a few weeks there my runs consisted of running .75 miles and then walking .25 miles. I cut my runs back and my only motivation to get out the door (because I was sick and tired) was because I remembered loving pregnant running with Brooke and I knew I needed to keep some fitness if I wanted to keep running once I was feeling better. I’m very glad that I did because…
RUNNING MAKES ME FEEL BETTER. The same thing happened with Brooke. Movement, endorphins, fresh air, sunshine… I don’t know what it is but the nausea goes away during those miles and I start feeling normal again (slower but normal)! It is amazing. I hope this is the case for everyone out there because I hope that exercise can be a part of your pregnancies too. It’s a lot harder now for me to start my run each day (it’s quite amazing the list of things to do to procrastinate that I’ve come up with) but I’m always so glad I do because it helps me so much. I love that I just run whatever I feel like each day. I walk when I need to, guzzle as much water as possible and cut things short when I feel like it. But don’t get me wrong… it’s HARD. Your body is getting heavier, you feel out of breath a lot faster than normal and you are exhausted, but it’s worth it for my baby and for me in my opinion.
To motivate myself to get out the door I download the podcast/talk/new music that I am going to listen to the night before, have EVERY piece of clothing or accessory out and ready for me to put on, remind myself over and over again it makes me feel better and I eat something… those three things usually get me out the door but if those don’t work, I don’t go.
My pace is anywhere between 8:20 and 10:00 each day. It just depends on how I feel that day. I usually keep the screen on my Garmin to the heart rate screen so I can make sure I don’t go too fast.
I eat some cereal (or toast) with a peach on the side before I head out for a run right now and right when I get home I make a smoothie. I cannot even stand the thought of eggs (or cooking any meat myself) so a protein smoothie or protein drink after I run does the trick to get some protein in when before I usually had eggs. I usually drink about 8 ounces of water before I walk out the door for my run and I bring my little water bottle for my run and stop at every water fountain along the way to refill it. I think that something that is beyond important for me if I want to run during pregnancy is to make sure I am getting plenty of water and food each day. If I want to run, I’m going to eat/drink more than enough even if I feel sick later on that day. So far my doctor has told me I’m gaining the right amount of weight (whatever the heck that means… I still get on the scale backwards at the doctors office because I just don’t like numbers) and I’ll make sure that I continue to do so!
This is where my running is now and I’m sure it will continue to evolve over the next few months. I remember with Brooke that I sped up a bit after the first trimester because I had so much more energy but then slowed down another minute or two per mile during the third trimester. I’m just grateful for each mile and hope to be able to run for as long as possible this time around. I hope to continue to do races for as long as possible too. It was so nice last week to be at the half-marathon again because during pregnancy, it’s hard for me to feel much like myself but being in the race scene with all of the people/energy/running= I’m very happy!
PS my sweet sis-in-law is expecting too (with #7!!!!) and when she sent me this shirt that she bought I almost died laughing!
Let’s talk about a few things from our day yesterday!
Brooke is learning how to jump rope which is clearly a big deal.
For a solid month or so we did not cook at home at all. We would eat sandwiches or something that didn’t require any smells so we ate out a lot. We still eat out more than I’d like but when something sounds good, I go for it:) Yesterday, Even Stevens sandwiches sounded good… a pot roast sandwich with Aus Jus sauce to dip it into it and a side salad.
And then we restocked on all of the fruit. Yes, Brooke took her shoes off in the cart and I didn’t even notice until I looked at this picture.
After a quick nap Brooke and I worked on some coloring. She is better than I am. It is her favorite thing when I color with her before making dinner.
I’m very happy that with this pregnancy (with Brooke I’m pretty sure all I wanted to ever eat was bagels w/cream cheese) fresh foods sound the best to me (along with a lot of chips;). Dinner last night (plus another sweet potato:):
Brooke is a fan of corn with butter.
A few hours later = cereal.
And a cute picture of Brooke and Knox after they were reunited on Sunday night and so happy to see each other.
The kids had some otter pops that night too!
PS I’m very grateful Brooke’s race gave out cowbells to all of the kids… so fun to hear those randomly throughout the day!
Who has run while pregnant? How did it go for you? What helped you to keep going?
What is usually your favorite day to run, what about least favorite day?
Been listening to any podcasts lately while running… I would love to hear which ones?!
I would love to hear your favorite cereal right now (because I’m really into cereal these days… so much that I like talking about it a lot:)