Getting Into A Groove

All the warnings in the world couldn’t have prepared me for how much my world would change after both finding out I was pregnant and then starting a new job.

Both have their challenges and their triumphs, and I think I’m finally finding a good rhythm. With a little over two months to go until Baby A+ is due, I know it will be short-lived. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this ‘quiet time.’

baby bump purple

So, since we haven’t really spoken in a few weeks, where do I begin after such a long absence? I guess this past weekend is as good any another point.

We took our babymoon to New York, kicking off a month filled with baby activities. Without gushing too much, it was glorious. Even with a bit of rain, we balanced hanging out with friends, trying new eateries, a museum visit, a Broadway show and even managed to squeeze in a walk through Central Park.

NYC JAs

In somewhat related news, I can’t believe I’m in my third trimester. Hitting 31 weeks tomorrow is making the impending arrival of our little girl more of a reality than some abstract idea. Delivery is still a big, scary unknown for me, but I’m doing my best to manage my thoughts and ideas by educating myself just enough to kind of know what to expect without being overwhelmed. Truth: some days are better than others.

I’m still exercising, although not to the extent that I was in the beginning of my pregnancy. With the mornings being darker, I’m taking the time to alternate sleeping in with some light strength training. Watson and I are making our morning rounds, as it’s good for me to start my morning outside. Getting my endorphins up and enjoying the sunrise make even the groggiest morning better.

morning sunrise

Work is good, but we’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us. Adding this to what’s going on in my personal life has resulted in a few instances of stress/anxiety-induced tears, but in our two years of marriage (and especially the past few months) he’s become an expert in managing my emotional surges.

I think that hits all the major points of what’s been happening over here. I’m hoping to have posts with a bit more detail regarding the pregnancy, books I’ve been reading, and other fun things, but for now, let’s consider ourselves all caught up.

What’s been happening with you? Any exciting news I should know? Spill! I’ve missed all of you.

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!

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The Early Bird

Yesterday was insane. My boss is going out of town, we had an event last night, and there was so much going on that I barely had time to breath much less blog.

However, that was just at work. You see, I’m not exactly what you would call a morning person. I would much rather stay up late than get up early, and when I do get up, it’s a process.

When I started running in the morning, I loved it. It helped wake me up, get me motivated, and start my day on the right foot (literally). Yet as the temperatures dropped, the snow and ice formed and the darkness took up more of the morning than usual, I became more and more likely to stay in bed longer. I opted for a short HIIT workout and more time in bed than a run.

So on Thursday night when I told the JA that I would be getting up and hitting the gym, I knew it was a half-hearted attempt at keeping myself accountable. Even as I woke up yesterday morning, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be heading to the fitness center.

But I got up and did it.

And, MAN, it felt good. I forgot what it was like to be up and moving before the sun rose. That sense of accomplishment knowing that you had already made something of your day when most others were sleeping. The knowledge that even if everything else in the day was crap, this time was worth it.

morning quote

I completed a 2 mile hill workout and 2 miles on the elliptical. I also came home and signed up for me second race of the year – the Sole of the City 10K. This, in addition with the Shamrock 5K, falls perfectly into place if I were to follow Hal Higdon’s Novice Half-Marathon training plan in preparation for the Frederick Half Marathon. It would be my first half, and I’m a little nervous about signing up for it. But what’s the purpose of a big goal if it doesn’t scare you just a little bit, right?

Tips for a first time half marathon trainee? Anyone ready to keep me accountable if I do stop dilly dallying and make the commitment?

Good to the Last Drop

Some days require a big cup of coffee. Today is one of those days.

I was so excited to receive the Keurig Platinum Brewer coffee maker at my second shower this past weekend. I try to have a smoothie instead of coffee in the morning because they fill me up and have more nutritional value, but as I said, some days just need a good, caffeinated jolt.

So here’s to you, Wednesday. I am now ready to kick your butt.

Any advice on flavors of coffee to try?