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Another full week of running 1/20/13

After my nice treadmill run on Monday, the snow had melted enough that the roads were pretty clear the rest of the week so I was happy to run outside.

Tuesday, I ran 4 miles on my lunch break again, and it was a harder one for me. I wanted to run on the flat trail, but it still had too much snow so I stuck to the roads where there are more hills. I would run and then I felt like I stopped and walked a lot during this run. I got through it though.

Wednesday Darla asked me to run with her again. I really was feeling bad that I struggled so much running with her the week before, but she said she didn’t mind. We were able to run on the trails again and it felt so much better. I was breathing hard, but we didn’t stop at all and we ran 3 miles, all with me feeling pretty good.

I took Thursday as a rest day and it was much needed. My legs were just getting kind of sore and stiff and I think mentally I needed it too. I ran on Friday, but was crunched for time as I had a meeting right before and after my lunch. I knew I was just going 3 miles, but it takes me a lot longer to run and get dressed now. I ran on the trails again and felt pretty good, but did want to stop a couple times. I knew if I did, it would just eat away at my time I got to eat lunch, so I pushed on and ended up having a really good run.

Saturday I took as a rest day too since I’m traveling next week and my days will be sort of different. I have to admit it felt good to not run on a Saturday! That’s a rarity for me! I woke up with no alarm about 6 am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I got a lot of errands done.

So today was the day for my weekend long run, which these days is at 5 miles. Saturday, it was 44 degrees and clear, and overnight we got a huge wind and snow storm! We still only got about an inch of snow so I really debated running outside or on the treadmill. It was cold outside, 4 with the wind chill and the snow was still coming down. If I was only running 3 I would have chose the treadmill, but I knew it would be really hard for me mentally to get through 5 on it. Tim graciously offered to run 3 miles with me outside and I was glad to take him up on it!

We started running about 10:30 am and the roads had a nice coating of snow, but really weren’t too slippery. Tim and I haven’t run together in such a long time and it was so nice to run with him again! We actually were clipping off a really good pace too, considering the snow and the wind. We ran the first mile in about 8:38, but the next two were 8:12 and 8:13–my fastest splits in a while! I think it really helped me mentally to have him there, it just felt like old times when we were out running together. Then, as we were almost done he told me that he’s proud of me. That really made me feel loved and appreciated.

I dropped him off at home at 3 miles and then I stopped for a minute and walked and caught my breath. I probably could have kept going, but I felt better doing this. The last two miles by myself were more challenging.

I got through them by stopping for about 10 seconds every half mile. That sounds sort of strange, but in a way it was like doing an interval workout. One of the things I miss the most about running non-pregnant is the variety and the challenges. Focusing on running for 800 meters, resting and then running another 800 meters for some reason felt similar enough to my workouts that it worked. As I was finishing up the last 800, I wanted so badly to be done. I wasn’t in pain, but I was breathing hard and it was cold and windy and the snow was coming down hard. I looked up into the sky and saw the big flakes filling it like a snow globe. I thought about how beautiful it looked and that I needed to focus on that beauty to get me through the last 400 meters.

A lot of people think I’m crazy for continuing to run this far into the pregnancy. Some people ask with a genuine curiosity, others say they’re impressed by it (yet I wonder if secretly they think I’m crazy too) and some people I can just tell think that I run due to some type of pride or vanity that I can’t get away from. I wish I could tell them that the truth is so much more wonderful than that.

Yes, I do it for the health of me and the baby, for sure, but there’s so much more. Even though it sounds sometimes like I’m not enjoying it because I just want it to be over, I know in my head and my heart that I’m getting so much more than physical health out of this crazy sport. Even the “workout” I did today had lessons. Its hard to explain it to people that have never experienced the true joy that running can bring. There’s the sense of accomplishment, for one. I didn’t HAVE to run 5 miles today. No one would have thought less of me if I’d only gone 3 or not even run at all at nearly 34 weeks. It wasn’t easy, but I did it and that felt good. It made me feel strong, capable. I have this body, that is in a transformation right now and its big and its awkward and its puffy and its beautiful in the things its able to do. And the fact that I’m able to work with it so well and still push myself without pushing too much is really a compliment to how amazing it truly is.

Labor and delivery are going to be hard work. I’ve never been through it before, but I have no doubt that statement is true. But as I worked with my body today and got through that last 400 meters, I know I can work with it when the time comes for labor too. If I can just get through the contraction like I got through the 800 meters. If I can learn to look at the beauty around me and focus on something stronger than the pain and effort, I know I can get through it. And that is why I continue to run. For as long as I possibly can.

A Very Bad, No Good Run…1/9/13

Well, I guess it wasn’t no good, since I did have good company. I ran with my friend Darla and she stayed with me through the hard parts and that means more to me than gold.

In all seriousness though, today was one of the hardest runs I’ve had in a while. Yes, it was very windy out, so I’m sure that played a role. I just never felt great though. First it was my left leg (the one with all the swelling) just felt like it was heavy and having a real hard time getting going. It felt that weak/fallen asleep kind of sensation and I just felt like I wanted to take my arms and grab it and pull it along! Yes, I can get frustrated when things don’t work as they should, even when I have a great reason for it (like carrying a baby that is possibly putting pressure on my veins restricting blood flow). Then it was my bladder area…it just felt like it was bouncing for a while. It didn’t feel too full or not full enough like before…it just felt uncomfortable in a new way. Then it was my lungs. I just could not seem to suck in enough air and I found it hard to talk and breath at the same time as we were going up a hill so I walked up it and caught my breath again before continuing.

I felt ok for a while, though the effort still felt much harder than it should have, but then the really concerning thing happened. My heart started to feel like it was skipping beats or really thumping in my chest and when my chest started to feel pressure/hurt I stopped. I was also feeling slightly dizzy/lightheaded. This is all new. I haven’t felt this way yet and it scared me. I started to worry about passing out or something else way out there. Thankfully, as I said, my friend Darla was there and walked with me until I felt ok enough to try jogging again. I did and we made it back without further incident.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow morning so of course I will telling her about all of this. The leg/bladder thing I can deal with but the heart and dizziness feeling really scared me. I’m not planning on running or working out at all tomorrow. Some may question why I wouldn’t just call it quits now and spend the rest of the pregnancy just swimming and walking. I do have to accept that that MAY be what I end up having to do, but I’m not there just yet.

This was the first time I felt like this. Even just yesterday, my run was difficult but not like today. It was warmer today than its been, it was windy and I really think this swelling in my leg is caused by or is causing a bigger issue. I had the swelling before and as mysteriously as it came on, it went away. I feel like if I can get the swelling to go away again, maybe that will fix everything. If that doesn’t make sense, here’s my line of thinking:

The swelling is obviously caused by something. If you read the pregnancy literature it says that some 75% of pregnant women experience normal swelling and its mainly due to your body retaining more fluids and they think it may even serve a purpose to help with labor and delivery and also with breast feeding. Most of the time thought its in both feet and ankles or in the hands. When its only in one side of the body, they worry about a possible blood clot. My doctor wasn’t concerned about this because I didn’t have pain or discoloration, just the swelling, plus I have low risk factors for blood clots since I’m so active. The other possible cause is that the baby’s position is putting additional pressure on my vein that is responsible for returning the blood back to the heart. This compression causes water to leak out of the veins and into the surrounding tissues. This seems to be what is causing my swelling. Perhaps the swelling went away when the baby’s position changed and has now returned as the position changed again.

My working theory is that when I run, my blood obviously has to pump harder to support the large muscles in my legs. So the blood gets pumped there, but is compressed on its return, which means less blood circulating throughout my entire system and being pooled in just one leg. That would help explain why my left leg feels so heavy when I run and like its got that feeling of having fallen asleep. Obviously less blood circulates less oxygen and your heart has to work harder to try to keep you going.

That’s my theory. So tonight, I want to try to do everything possible to get this fluid back into my veins. Maybe I shouldn’t walk the dog tonight, maybe I should elevate my legs and massage my legs and feet? Maybe I should stick my leg in a cold tub? I’ve also been reading that sometimes this swelling can be related to a diet/mineral/water imbalance. I’m going to try drinking lots of water, but I feel like I already do drink lots of water so I don’t think that’s the problem. Having too much or too little salt can also cause issues. I feel like there is a lot of salt in the foods we eat so I rarely if ever salt anything as a general rule. Unless I were to start tracking my salt intake, I just don’t feel comfortable purposely adding additional salt (or restricting it) unless I know for sure that’s the reason. I could try taking some calcium and magnesium supplements…but again, I get really nervous about doing this while pregnant. The other thing I was reading was about protein intake. Not having enough protein can mess with your fluids too.

I also know that swelling can be a sign of pre-eclampsia which is extremely dangerous. The biggest thing though with that is high blood pressure and mine has always been excellent. Also, swelling of the face, which I don’t seem to have.

So there you have it. This is what I’m dealing with right now. I really really hope that this will clear up with a little TLC tonight and tomorrow, but if not, I just have to remind myself there are about 8 weeks until my due date and I can make it!

Goals and Resolutions, 12/29/12

Looking back at this week I have so much to be thankful for.  I had a great 4 days in a row of running (3 miles each day!)  My last run was on Thursday and since the roads were pretty icy, I decided to play it safe and run on the treadmill. 

The run itself was pretty boring, but it went relatively well, so as always, that’s a plus these days! 

Later on Thursday, Tim and I had a good appointment with my baby doctor.  Heart rate was a low 132 and the doc said she seems to be staying in the head down position.  All great things!

I took Friday off of running and am planning to run later this morning after I get my fluids in to cushion my bladder.  I did ask my doctor about my follow up urine test and she said everything was normal so they were stumped as to what had caused the bleeding.  Her guess was as good as mine, that the force of the baby bouncing on top of my bladder had caused some sort of trauma.  She seemed to think I was safe to keep running so long as I keep some fluid in there as a cushion.  Great news!

As the year comes to a close, I think about all the great things that happened for us in 2012 and all the wonderful things I look forward to in 2013.  Setting resolutions for the new year is a good way to motivate yourself towards changes for the better.  I usually end up aiming pretty high, and don’t always accomplish every goal I write for myself, but I guess I’d rather miss a few than not live up to my potential.  So here’s a quick recap of some of my goals for 2012 and how I came out:


1.)  Start a family (very thrilled that this is one of the goals we are currently in the process of)


2.) Home improvements- we got a lot of these done in 2012, yet there are still plenty that we have to work on in 2013


3.) Run a sub 3 hour marathon-completed in February 2012!

4.)Break 17 minutes in the 5K-didn’t happen, in fact, not even close.  After the Myrtle Beach Marathon I trained through an IT band injury for 2 months and ran/walked the Boston Marathon.  After that I took 8 weeks completely off and then as I started running again found out the wonderful news that I was pregnant.

Some of my other goals were to improve my strength training and flexibility exercise and get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  The strength training was great at the begining of the year and then after the pregnancy I kept doing less and less until I stopped completely after all of my back problems.  I know I should be doing better at this, but I admit that I am slightly terrified of getting injured.  At this point in the pregnancy I’m so happy to be able to run 3 miles that I’m afraid to even mess that up.  I am doing some pregnancy specific exercises that are supposed to help with labor and delivery and plan to get back into a regular strength routine after I have Alexandra.  As for the 7 to 8 hours of sleep…well, this morning I woke up before 7 am again and just couldn’t get back to sleep.  I think at this point I’ll just have to be happy with what I can get!

So for 2013, my goals are:


1.) Deliver a healthy baby!  This is obviously the most important goal for me in 2013

2.) Provide Alexandra with a loving, nuturing home and work with Tim to be a great team and become the best parents we can be for her.


1.) After Alexandra is born and I’m cleared to start running again, gradually follow a slow build up plan.

2.) Start participating in races in late spring/early summer

3.) By the end of the summer, run a sub 18 5K

4.) Run a fall marathon

5.) Lose all the baby weight

Some of these goals are not as specific as I usually go with the running.  I love stating specific goals that are hard to achieve and then mercilessly going after them.  However, I’ve never had a baby before and I don’t want to set myself up for injury by not taking the proper time and listening to my body and giving it what it can handle.  For my marathon in the fall, I’d really like to run under 3 hours again and that will be what I work towards.  However, I know just how much work that was last year without having a newborn and just don’t know how long it will take me to get back into that level of fitness.  By the time I trained to run that marathon, I was already at a pretty high fitness level.  I have no idea what that level will be come March since I won’t have tested it in over a year at that point!  Who knows, maybe it will be stronger after having a baby–I can only hope!


3 days in a row of running!

I was fortunate enough to run on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and today on my lunch break!  The 3 runs varied quite a bit in how they went, but I am so happy I was able to run for 3 days in a row!  My pulled muscle still kind of bothers me, but the running doesn’t seem to make it worse.  Still, I’ve only been going 3 miles.  I’m going to try running tomorrow too, but we’ll see how I feel.

On Christmas Eve I visited my friend Val as tradition. Just like we walked the dogs last year when she was pregnant, we did that again.  I had been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to try running with her.  With my great 4 mile run last Monday, I felt like maybe I could and it wouldn’t be too slow for her.  After the other runs that week didn’t go the same, I decided it was best to just walk with her and try to run later on my own.  So that’s what I did.  It went pretty well, not terrible, but not as great as Saturday’s run.  We ate cinnamon rolls at Val’s house and my stomach was quite full so it just didn’t feel as great running, but I was very happy to get it in.

On Christmas I woke up early and made chocolate chip peanut butter pancakes and sausage and potatoes for me and Tim for breakfast!  I ran about an hour and a half later, so again, I was pretty full.  I took Sparty with me for just over a mile, thinking that with my slow pace, it would be perfect for my dog that has no endurance.  I thought for sure he would at least be able to run a mile with me, but I was wrong!  I love our little dog, but honestly, he’s part lab and he hates running!  He likes it for about half a mile and I actually had to slow him down at first and then we got to about ¾ of a mile and he starts slowing waaay down.  I look at him and he’s not panting or looking like he’s struggling at all…its all a mental thing and he just gets lazy.  We were so close to home so I kept pushing him and trying to get him to pick it up and we get to the end of our driveway and he just stops and sits down as I keep running, yanking me back!  What a little stinker!

After I got rid of the dead weight, I actually felt great and finished the remaining 2 miles pretty fast (8:03 and 7:49)!  I felt great again, and it really boosted my mood.

Today I ran on my lunch hour and I’d say it was more similar to my Christmas Eve run.  It was really windy and the wind was bitter cold.  I dressed appropriately for the temperature but the wind on my face just seemed to sting and I kept waiting for my legs to warm up.  Eventually they did, and I didn’t really feel bad, just not as great as I did the day before.  Still, I got my 3 miles in, and by the last mile was so warm that I took off my hat!

How is everything else going?  Well, at 30 weeks, there is just no way to mistake the pregnancy anymore at all.  Its blatantly obvious with my huge protruding belly!  I wonder sometimes what people think when they see me out there running like that.  I kind of like it, it sort of makes me feel really feminine and powerful.  Its not the easiest thing in the world and even on the great days its not totally painless or comfortable so I feel like I’ve really accomplished something when I’m finished.  Sleep is definitely becoming a struggle so I’m tired a lot.  I’m just still dealing with a kind of anxiousness to wrap this pregnancy up and finally get to meet her.  I look forward to being a mom and having a baby to take care of more than anything else.  I know it will be hard work and there will be sleepless nights and I welcome those things.  I know there will be plenty of things I’m used to doing that I’ll miss, but mostly I’m just ready for that new transition in my life.  Weekends will never be the same, but I think they’ll be better.  In the last few months I’ve had a general sense of boredom with my life sometimes, especially on the weekends.  Not that I don’t have enough to do, but it just feels unfulfilling, like something is missing.  I go grocery shopping and work on things for the house and pay bills…but what I really want is to have a little baby that I can just entertain and care for.  I find myself thinking a lot about labor and delivery and going into obsessive planning mode.

We have a little mini vacation coming up next week and I’m looking forward to that.  It will be a nice change of pace and will distract me a little bit from being in baby overdrive.  Traveling is something that Tim and I really enjoy and is something that I hope we always continue to do, even with a baby.  Until then, I’m just trying to take it all day by day.

Twas Two Days Before Chrismas…12/23/12

This momma to be woke up at 6:24 am on a Sunday morning!  Ugh!  It doesn’t seem fair that in about 10 weeks I’m going to be so sleep deprived and I can’t seem to get enough of it in the bank now…oh well!

After Wednesday’s run I developed some severe pain just below my abdomen.  It worried me, and I questioned whether or not to call the doctor, but then figured it was round ligament pain and let it be.  The next morning I could barely walk and realized that it felt just like a pulled muscle, or ligament or whatever.  Every time I stood up and tried to walk, it was there and it was pretty intense. After walking a few steps though it would gradually loosen up and feel a little better.  I got some questions at work because I was definitely walking different.  So I decided to take a day off of running. 

I thought about swimming, but the showers were so cold on Tuesday, so I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Instead I stuffed my face full of yummy food at our lunch potluck!

The next morning when I weighed myself I had actually lost almost a pound since the week before, but last week I had gone up almost 4 pounds!  I figured though it was more an issue of eating big meals the day before my weigh in, but also some of baby’s growth spurt.  So in total now, at almost 30 weeks, I’m up 20 pounds.  With 10 weeks to go, even if I gain a pound a week, I’ll still be at 30 total, which is within the healthy range. 

Friday I didn’t run or really walk much or anything and my pulled muscle seemed to feel a bit better.  When I woke up on Saturday morning I didn’t feel it at all, so naturally I thought it would be a great idea to run.  I ate a breakfast and started pounding the water to try to fill up my bladder so I didn’t have my recurring bladder issue for another Saturday morning run.  Then I went for a slow little run through our neighborhood.  It actually went pretty well.  I felt “full”, but my bladder and my legs felt pretty good and I actually got in 4 miles.  Tim was just heading out for his run as I was coming in so he ran with me for a few minutes.  It was nice. 

I stopped running and BAM!  Pulled muscle hurt again.  So I realized that the running must have aggrevated it.  I walked the dog and got ready to go to my parents house to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma, Aunt and Uncle.  While I was there, everytime I stood up, it was like a knife.  I looked like an old woman getting out of a chair.  After I was up and took a few steps, it would lessen.  This morning its still here. 

I’m not really sure what to do about it.  I’m not running today, but I was planning on running tomorrow.  I guess I’ll just see how it goes.  Either way, I only have about 10 weeks to go now (as long as baby girl is on time, lets hope!) so I guess no matter what I have to do for the remainder of the pregnancy, the end is in sight!  Merry Christmas and happy running to all!!

Merry Christmas from the Adams

Merry Christmas from the Adams