Running While Pregnant: My Story

Please note that the following post is my personal experience with running during pregnancy. Every woman and every pregnancy is different. I suggest consulting your doctor before beginning or continuing an exercise routine while pregnant.

If you did the math from my last post, you’ll realize that I ran my first half marathon while pregnant. We found out a few weeks prior to the race and, by doctor’s estimate, thought I was only 6 weeks pregnant (actually, according to a sonogram a few weeks later, I was almost 9 weeks on race day).

I've got a secret...

I’ve got a secret…

If you remember, I felt like I was burning out on running the weeks prior to the race. I was getting very fatigued while running (makes more sense in hindsight) and wasn’t feeling very motivated. Once the pregnancy was confirmed, I knew I wanted to continue with the race – it was just a matter of strategy.

After receiving the go-ahead from my doctor, I reached out to a friend of mine who ran a full marathon at 5 weeks pregnant. (Yeah, I know, she’s amazing.) She told me that she ran her race in intervals and recommended I carry a water bottle to remain hydrated. Both of these pieces of advice helped me greatly on race day.

SO weird checking that box on the back of my bib pre-race.

SO weird checking that box on the back of my bib pre-race.

I ran the first few miles of the race straight – starting my intervals around mile 5 and switching them up again around mile 8. My knee began bothering me at that point, and I took the majority of May off from running to let it heal (and because I was still in midst of immense fatigue during my first trimester).

As my energy returned, so did the running bug. However, there were factors to consider before pounding the pavement: some areas of my routes are alongside busy streets with no sidewalks, I’m not willing to sacrifice much-needed sleep in the mornings to get up and run, and the Baltimore humidity being a few. Plus, how would my knee react? I tested it out at the end of May and made it 2 miles before pain shot up my knee.

So, what was I to do – give up running altogether? Not a chance. Not for me. Especially not when the JA’s running again. It would break my heart.

That brings us to now – my second trimester and still not running like I used to. I’m doing intervals in the morning with Watson when I’m feeling up to it. It’s been somewhat of a rough road (ok, so I may have had a huge meltdown on Sunday after only interval-ing a mile), but reading this post from Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point helped immensely. I’m slowly learning to temper my expectations, knowing that my body has another purpose now.

All smiles after 2 miles of mostly running yesterday. Victory!

All smiles after 2 miles of mostly running yesterday. Victory!

Have you ever had to take time off from a sport you love? How did you cope?

Exciting News

I hinted in yesterday’s post that the JA and I shared some exciting news with his extended family over the weekend. Since I know I’m extremely impatient and hate cliffhangers, I’ll get right to the chase.

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That’s right, I’m pregnant! We’ve got a baby on the way, and our little one is due in early December!

Thank you for your patience with me during this time – I know I’ve been a bit MIA. However, if you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’m not very good at keeping secrets (and that this is a pretty big one). I have no plans to turn this into a pregnancy blog. However, since it is a healthy living/personal blog, it will follow our new adventure fairly closely. I hope that you’ll continue to follow along and help me as I begin to navigate the waters of parenthood.

Cheers!

Fantastic Father’s Day

How is it Monday already? Seems to me like weeks are moving to slowly and weekends, as always, are flying by. I’ve been bogged down with a nasty head cold since late last week and have done my best to enjoy the gorgeous Baltimore weather without sneezing my brains out. Not such an easy task, my friends.

I finally got things under control (with a little help from Sudafed) and we had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Friday night was spent separately – he went to a kickoff to summer party and I went out to dinner with a co-worker and an ex-coworker. It’s so nice to get outside of the office, relax, and catch up. After diner, I swung by the party for a bit but left almost right away due to the threat of thunderstorms. (Girlfriend does not drive well while it’s both dark AND pouring down rain.)

Saturday was spent running errands and with the JA’s maternal side of the family. His grandmother was in town and his cousin was having a birthday party, so we got to see almost everyone on that side for a little bit. We quickly came home to host game night with our neighbors out on our back porch. It’s easily one of my favorite spaces in the summer months and with a few new additions from Target, is absolutely gorgeous as day turns to night.

back porch w lights

Sunday we hosted Father’s Day dinner at our home for about 20 people (my immediate family and JA’s paternal side). Not wanting to be overwhelmed with preparations, we did a potluck and there was more than enough food to go around. The highlight? This cake from his Aunt Susan. Absolutely delicious, and I may or may not be contemplating having the last leftover piece for breakfast this morning. You only live once, right?

strawberry cake

It was a perfect weekend, and timed perfectly, because we could share some exciting news with everyone in person. Stay tuned to find out what it was!

What’s your favorite part of family get togethers? Mine is the company, but food is a close second ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Time to Get Away

As I mentioned in my post last week, one of the ways that the JA and I keep the romance alive in busy times is to have individual ‘us’ times. While this weekend wasn’t exactly ‘me’ time, it was the perfect treat to celebrate the end of the school year.

My three college girlfriends and I have tried to get a girls-only weekend on the books since, well, graduation. Between full-time jobs, weddings, and kids, it got pushed off again and again. Sure, we saw each other, but this weekend, we finally got our getaway.

Terrible Trio

WV June 2014

Friday afternoon, we packed into our respective cars and made our way to Canaan Valley, WV. Food was shared, talking was done, and we hit the hay around 10p. (Don’t be too jealous.)

Saturday morning, we had breakfast at Amelia’s and then headed back to the condo to chill and relax. After a few hours (and some leftover pizza), we gussied ourselves up and went to dinner. The drive through Canaan Valley State Park was gorgeous and filled with wildlife. The view from the resort dining room wasn’t so bad, either.

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TT WV getaway

Sunday, we returned to Amelia’s for breakfast before cleaning up and heading home. I have to admit, it was good to be back with my boys – even if it meant I spent most of the night doing laundry and prepping for this week.

What’s your ideal getaway? What do you dread most upon returning home?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Five Ways to Keep the Romance Alive When Time is Tight

As you can imagine by my sporadic posting schedule, things are still a bit hectic for us right now. The end of the school year is upon us, wrap up events are happening in the evening, the JA has returned to grad classes for his summer session and, well, we kind of want to spend time with each other without one of us using an electronic device. (Easier said than done, my friends.)

However, in these crazy times, we’ve found a few ways to keep our relationship steady without having either one of us feel neglected.

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1. Spend some time apart. This may seem counterintuitive, but when I’m stressed I get cranky. No one likes a cranky partner. By taking time to ourselves – whether it be at the gym, a happy hour with friends, Book Club, or a run – we can get all our negativity out of our system before unleashing it on the other person. Makes for more quality time AND a happier couple.

2. Make time for each other. Even when the JA has an incredibly long day, he does his best to at least take five minutes to sit with me and chat about his day. It’s not much, but it’s better than him just entering the house, kissing me on the cheek and heading straight to bed. Communication is integral to any successful relationship, so by setting aside even a little bit of time just for your partner, it can go a long way in making them feel important.

3. Laugh. During busy times, tension can run high. To paraphrase the cinematic classic (Legally Blonde), “Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” By diffusing this tension, you not only are producing endorphins to increase your own mood, but you’re making memories with each other and bonding through giggles.

legally-blond

4. Chat it up. I mentioned this before, but when we feel like we’re on opposite schedules we up our communication. Texting, email and quick visits at work help reinforce the foundation of love we’ve already built. A simple, ‘I miss you’ or ‘Hope you’re having a good day’ can make a big difference in getting you through until you can spend some face time with each other.

5. Small gestures/gifts. Everything from making the bed to sending a bunch of flowers to work let’s your loved one know that you’re thinking of them. Having the knowledge that the other person in your relationship cares enough to take time out of their day to do something for you puts a smile on your face and helps ease the pain of their absence.

How do you and your partner keep the connection strong when time is tight?

Finally Free

The weather here in Baltimore was GORGEOUS this weekend. Warm, sunny, breezy, and low humidity – why can’t the entire summer feel like this?

Luckily for us, Watson was cleared for exercise on Friday! If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that with his heart worm treatment, he’s been restricted for multiple months. We’re supposed to ease him back into an exercise routine, but he was having none of it – running laps around the back yard the first chance he got.

puppy selfie

We explored a ‘new to us’ trail on Saturday and Sunday we tested out my knee with 2 miles of run/walk intervals. There wasn’t any pain, so hopefully I’ll be back to running soon!

trolley trail

trolley trail 2

The nice weather is scheduled to continue this week so if you’ll excuse me, I’m unplugging and heading outside!

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!