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What a week its been! 1/8/13

My run on New Year’s Day was pretty awesome! I felt pretty good and averaged 8:17 for my 3 miles so it was a faster run for me too.

The next morning, we got up at 4 am to get to the airport for our flight to New York. Because we had such an early flight, we got to New York and were checked in the hotel and everything before 9 am! So, what did we do, but get dressed and go for a run in Central Park. Luckily, my friends and husband all run too. Derek (Val’s husband) was a little less enthused, but he was a good sport.

I have to be honest and admit that I was a little nervous to run with people. I told my friends to all run ahead of me because I know they are much faster. When your runs are so unpredictable that your pace can range from 8:15 all the way up to 9:15, you just never know what to expect and sometimes even during the same run things can change drastically. So we all started out together and Tim and Derek picked it up and Val stayed with me. I actually felt pretty good, but Central Park was much more hilly than I ever imagined so I started to get winded and was looking forward to the turnaround point more than I let on. Once I hit 1.5 miles I turned around and Val caught up with the boys to finish their longer run. I got back, took a few pictures and since it was really cold went inside the Trump Towers hotel to wait for them.

We had a fun packed rest of the afternoon once we showered and ate lunch and headed over to Times Square. As we expected in January, it was really cold outside. It could have been much worse, but standing and walking a lot with temps in the low 30’s was a little harder for me than I would have liked. We were bundled up and having fun so it was unnoticeable at first, but as the day would go on, I’d notice my lower abdomen would get kind of achy and crampy. I wasn’t too concerned about it, mostly because I still felt the baby moving a lot and because I figured it was just the cold and the walking that were stretching my lower abdomen. As the week went on, I actually started wearing my maternity running belt as we were walking around and it did seem to help.

On Thursday morning I woke up before everyone else (no surprise there) so I walked to the closest Starbucks and had an egg white and spinach wrap and tall coffee. The only issue was that my GPS on my phone couldn’t seem to keep my location very well (probably because of all the tall buildings) so it took much longer than it should have for me to get there and then there was a mix up with the food…so by the time I ate, everyone was up and ready to go for a run. Normally, I like to give my tummy at least an hour after eating to digest before running, but I figured that since I’m not running that fast, it didn’t matter. We went for a nice run along the Hudson River with spectacular views but the egg whites and spinach were not sitting well in my belly. I ran with my friends (or just a little behind) until I got to my turn around and then told them I was heading back. Because they’re so nice and because they didn’t want me to run alone in a strange city, they protested and said they’d run back with me and then add on, but I really didn’t want them too. Not because I don’t love my friends and husband but because I was really, really hurting and knew that I wanted to stop and walk and go at a much slower pace and if I let them run back with me I’d feel bad about that and force myself to keep running feeling extremely uncomfortable. Besides, it was daylight and the area was bustling with people. They reluctantly agreed and I jogged a bit and then stopped for a while and took some pictures and walked around and took in the sights. Once I settled down a little bit I started jogging slowly and ended up finishing the run feeling pretty good.

The next day we didn’t run, but we got in plenty of walking and sightseeing.

Some of the cool things we did was visit the 911 memorial site (which was actually right next to our hotel). It was really amazing standing there in the middle of all these tall buildings where the twin towers used to be and thinking about all the chaos that happened right there just over 11 years ago. It makes you feel vulnerable, but also very grateful to just be alive and happy.

We saw the Today show being taped and Tim and Val even got on the show! We walked around a lot through Times Square, 5th Ave, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, took the NBC Studio Tour, took pictures on the Top of the Rock and took the Staten Island Ferry by the Statue of Liberty (Ellis Island is still closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy). We met up with one of Val’s friends from high school for dinner and on another night, one of my friends from high school for dinner too. We went to the New York Road Runners building to pick up our packets for the 10K we signed up for on Saturday (yes we did a race while on vacation, of course we did!) and road the subway tons! We even saw the apartment that was used to film the outside of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City and also the front of the Cosby house. All in all our trip was very complete!

Now, onto the race in Central Park. I haven’t run over 4 miles in probably close to 2 months so I figured I would just run as much of the race as I could and walk the rest. Tim and Val signed up for the 10K too. Derek hasn’t been running as much and decided it was probably smart to not sign up for a race since he knew he’d run it harder than he should and be hurting for the rest of our trip. So he offered to cheer us on and hold onto all of our stuff, which was greatly appreciated by all.

I was really excited for the run, probably because there was no pressure and I knew I was just having fun with it. I figured I’d run the first 4 miles and then walk a little bit and maybe run some more if I felt like it. Well, the course was VERY hilly and there was a huge hill at the 2.5 mile mark! At first I kept jogging up it, telling myself that I had to get to 4 miles, but then I realized that if I struggled so much on the hill, I’d be so worn out, and anyway, this run was supposed to be FUN anyway! So I started walking and was later so glad I did because the hill just kept winding up and around each turn and seemed to go on forever! Once I reached the top, I started jogging again and continued jogging until the next hill. So that’s what I did the whole run was jog and then walk up all the hills. Now, the non pregnant runner me would think this was the wimpiest thing ever, but hills and stairs during pregnancy really seem to take the wind right out of you, more than you would ever think. I used to read about this stuff early in the pregnancy and think that it wouldn’t happen to me because I’m tougher and more fit than most…but its true. It takes more oxygen to get up inclines and stairs and when your lungs are being compressed like that, it just doesn’t matter if you’re super woman!

Anyway, during the walking I really took in and enjoyed the scenery and the other runners around me. Even during my running points I made a point to enjoy myself and get lost in the adventure of running in this completely new place. Maybe it was the attitude, maybe it was also a great running day, but either way, it ended up being a fantastic run! I ended up running 5.53 of the 6.2 miles and at the end Tim and Val had come back to find me and run me in as Derek snapped some pictures. I felt great and experienced a great running high that I haven’t felt in some time.

Sunday was a rest day, and then I went for a 4 mile run during my lunch break on Monday. It was hard, I’m not going to try to glam it up. I felt so great going 5.5 on Saturday that I thought that maybe all my runs would go that way the rest of the pregnancy. Why do I still think that sometimes? Instead, after we got home from the flight back on Sunday night, my left leg and foot were swollen again like a big elephant foot and during the run on Monday my whole left leg just felt heavy and harder to move. Also, the path that I usually run on that’s pancake flat had some icy patches so I decided to stick to roads (which meant hills) and I walked up some of them. On the way back, the wind was blowing at me and I felt like my bladder was a little too full and I just wasn’t feeling very good. But I got it done and hoped that it would help with my swelling.

We had some a great surprise while we were in New York too! My sister in law, who was scheduled to deliver by c-section on Monday afternoon went into labor on her own early Sunday morning! I have a new niece! Tim and I headed up to the hospital as soon as we got out of work on Monday. She is perfect and I could have held her forever, and we almost did! We stayed later than we planned and then had to pick up our dog from my other sister in law. All wonderful stuff, but Tim and I ate a very late dinner and got to bed late again last night. When I went to bed my foot was huge! I had Tim massage it to try to get the fluids going back into the blood vessels. It was still pretty swollen this morning and then before I went running during my lunch break it was as big as its ever been! My whole left leg was swollen but mostly its in my foot and ankle. It looks so gross. I ran 4 miles again with my friends Darla and Julia and they were sweet and didn’t seem to mind that I was struggling and we ran pretty slow. After the run, the swelling did go down, but its still there and I’m going to try to get it to go down again tonight.

Tonight we don’t have nearly as much going on so I plan on cooking a fast dinner, walking the dog and then putting my feet up the rest of the night! I may even soak in the tub in some Epsom salts. Not sure if it will help, but it sounds nice.

Everyday is a New Sensation/Experience 12/19/12

Monday’s run was so great and it left me on a huge emotional high the whole day.  Tuesday I went swimming as planned and am already starting to get tired of it.  Yes, it feels good and its good exercise and it’s a nice break for my body from the pounding of running.  Its just not the same and doing laps in a pool gets old really quickly.  Additionally, yesterday the water in the showers afterwards was cold!  I look so forward to taking a hot shower after swimming, its sort of like a nice reward.  I had goose bumps the whole time I was in there and was just trying to wash so quickly so that I could get out and warm up. 

 Today I ran with my friend Darla again.  From the beginning I knew it wasn’t going to be as great of a run as Monday’s.  For one thing, yesterday all day I had this pressure in my very lower abdomen…like maybe the baby is in there really low.  I felt it every time I walked or stood up.  It was still there today and I felt it the whole time I was running, even with my pregnancy belt.  Still, it wasn’t too bad so I was happy I was still running.  I’d like to run again tomorrow, but I guess it will all depend on how I feel.  I just don’t really feel like swimming again. 

 Other than that, things are getting really busy right now and it’s a little stressful.  By the time I got home yesterday I was so tired but I felt like I had so much to do before I could sit down and relax.  Its that time of year and there is just so much to do.  Tonight, my friends Darla and Carol are coming over for dinner so I’m really looking forward to a night of relaxing with friends.  I ordered a “take and bake” pizza from Papa Murphy’s and am making a salad so I don’t really have to cook or anything.  I have a holiday potluck at work tomorrow so I’m planning on baking some cookies after they leave, but it’s a pre-made dough so again, not too labor intensive.  Normally, I enjoy cooking and this is not typical of me to be so far behind in Christmas shopping and rely on pre-made food, but honestly, I just don’t have the energy for it right now.

 I feel like baby is gearing up for a big growth spurt because I’ve been hungry again, like all the time.  I’m still allowing myself to eat whenever I’m hungry and lately a lot of times its just been a spoonful of peanut butter here and there because I have some at my desk and its easy and really is quite filling. 

 Other changes I’ve noticed lately is my sleeping.  My back really hasn’t been bothering me too much lately at night, but I find the most comfortable position now is sleeping on my left side with my right leg on top of the body pillow.  Sometimes I’ll switch over to my right side, but its just not as comfortable so usually I end up rolling back over.  I’m also having a harder time staying asleep or getting back to sleep once I wake up.  For a while I was peeing about 3 times during the night and I’d barely open my eyes and be able to fall right back asleep when I got into bed.  Now I’m not peeing quite as often but find that if I wake up, I just lay there tossing and turning for a really long time before finally falling back asleep.  The first hour at work I’m so tired!

Best Run in over a month at 29 weeks! 12/17/12

I am in SUCH a great mood right now!  I ran 4 miles today…the longest I’ve run in over a month!!!

 Last Thursday morning I did my swim, and it felt good and I headed out to Colorado on Friday morning in my running clothes so that I could run after I got there, since I knew my sister would be at work.  This flight was SO much better than the flights to and from Miami.  I flew on Frontier airlines and I was only going to be staying 1 night, so I didn’t have much stuff.  I had one bag that I was planning on doing as a carry on and when I went to check in, they asked if I wanted to check it free.  I was a little nervous about lifting it into the overhead bins so I gladly accepted. 

 I was seated closer to the cabin and the plane just seemed roomier than the Delta flight the month before.  Yes, I definitely got uncomfortable at times due to it being hot and just not liking sitting down for 3 hours, but my back felt good.  The next awesome thing was the rental car company, Enterprise, gave me a free upgrade and I got to drive around a little camero!  Sadly though, the breaking news changed my whole mood when I heard about the CT school shootings.  There’s so much I want to say, but I’m trying to keep my blog on topic, so I’ll just say I was heartbroken and a little worried about my sister since she’s an elementary teacher and I wasn’t sure if she’d heard about it and what she thought.

 She and I were going to try to have lunch, but I had an hour drive from Denver to Colorado Springs and didn’t quite make it in time.  I was super hungry since it was 2 pm my time so I quickly started searching for something light because I still wanted to run.  I found a yogurt shop and got a huge cheesecake and chocolate yogurt with lots of unhealthy toppings, mixed with some healthy ones.  Yeah, so much for keeping it “light” but it was delicious!  So about 30 minutes later I went for my run.  I drove to Palmer Park since it looked pretty big on the map and I thought would be heavily populated with runners and bikers.  I got there and there really weren’t very many people so I was kind of nervous and decided to not run on the trails, just on the main road and not get too far away from the parking lot.  I also carried my cell phone with me.  Full stomach, full bladder, I actually felt pretty good.  It was harder, I think due to the elevation and the fact that I was running on some big uphills.  My time was slow, but I really didn’t care, I felt good running.  Well, I got in a couple miles and then heard back from my sister so I met her at her school.  After that I went to her house to wait for her to get home and decided I might as well run again and see how it felt.  Not as good as before, but I still got in 1.8 miles, making my total for the day 3.8, the longest I’d run in a long time!

 We had a nice dinner and went to Seven Falls and saw their Christmas lights, and then the next morning I took a day off of running since I just wanted to spend the time with my sister.  We had a great breakfast, and then went and got an ultra sound at a 3/D 4/D ultrasound place.  Let me just say it was AWESOME!  I know my sister wishes that she were closer to home and has wanted to be as involved in my pregnancy as possible.  I figured she’d like this and I just LOVED it!  We saw Alexandra and she looked just like a newborn.  She looked very healthy, even like maybe she has a full head of hair already and I was relieved to know she was in the head down position.  The lady even commented that she can tell I drink a lot of water because I had great fluid, and it made for clearer pictures.  I also saw the placenta and the very thick looking cord, which she said is also a good thing.  Seeing her like that just made me want to meet her even more!!  Can’t wait!

 After that we went on a cave tour, that was also, AWESOME!  Took lots of pics and got to have a great lunch with my sister before I had to drive back to Denver to get on my plane.  They let me check my bag free again, and the flight back was quicker, even though I got in close to midnight.  It was close to 1 am when I got home and I was hoping to sleep in on Sunday but I just can’t seem to anymore.  Either way, the great weekend, and all the wonderful things I got to experience were a great reminder to me for how lucky I am.  I can’t really complain about much when I really think about it.

 Sunday I rushed around to get some Christmas shopping done and actually completed a really large chunk of it!  It was a busy day and I decided to try for a little run in the afternoon, but it didn’t really go that great.  I was planning on going 3, but changed my mind a little more than ½ a mile in.  I don’t know what it was…my bladder felt a little more pressure, but I just didn’t feel good in general.  My pace was over 9 minutes (the slowest so far) and I still felt like I was struggling, so I listened to my body and headed back home and got in just over a mile. 

 So today I didn’t have high hopes for my run.  I was so happy to feel so good that I decided to add another mile and do 4!  I had left my Garmin at home by mistake today so I brought my phone and used GPS so I could see how far I went, but it was kind of nice in that I didn’t know how fast I was going until the end.  Another surprise…I averaged 7:57 pace for the 4 miles.  Compared to my 9:03 pace for just over a mile the day before, it just goes to show that pregnant running is very unpredictable and you never know what you’re going to get.  Therefore, I am going to keep listening to my body!

Me and my sister at Cave of the Winds

Me and my sister at Cave of the Winds


7 month belly shot, getting ready to fly to CO!

7 month belly shot, getting ready to fly to CO!

Twice now my bladder theory has stood up to the test.  I ran today at noon and once again, everything in the bladder area felt fine.  It wasn’t as great of a run as Mondays.  I ran with my friend Darla again and this time I had to stop once around 2 miles because of some cramping in my abdomen.  I started up again and it was still there, so I just jogged slowly and concentrated on my breathing until it finally subsided.  Other than that, I’m just so happy to be able to run for another day!

 I went swimming yesterday morning and as usual, it felt nice, although I did notice that my left quad had that strange “numbing” sensation I sometimes get in my legs when running or walking up stairs.  I swam through it and noticed it seemed sore the rest of the day in that area, and even a little bit today.  So I wonder if when I get that sensation the muscle isn’t quite getting the oxygen or blood it needs so it creates muscle soreness, similar to when you overload your muscles during a race or hard workout.  I find it interesting more than anything, especially since science isn’t 100% sure what causes muscle soreness anyway.

 Another strange thing happened today.  My left foot/ankle was completely swollen this morning!  When looking at my left foot and right foot together, I just laughed because it was such a huge difference!  It didn’t hurt or feel different, it just looked really fat and puffy.  I don’t seem to have any swelling anywhere else. 

 There’s not really much else to write about today.  Tomorrow I plan to swim in the morning again and then on Friday I fly out to Colorado for the quick trip with my sister.  I’m going to try to get in a 3 mile run on Friday afternoon out there while I’m waiting for her to get out of work.  I may have to take it even slower than I’ve been going because of the altitude change.  We’ll see.  I’m looking really forward to that trip!