Running While Pregnant: 2nd Trimester

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.

My second trimester proved to be the best for me in terms of running. I don’t know if it was the weather, my energy level, or the fact that I cut back on barre and my legs were feeling good, but things just clicked.

If you remember, my first trimester had me completing a half marathon and then taking some time to let my body recover. (To read a full recap of my running routine during that first trimester, click here.) I started jogging with Watson and found that with my slower pace, he had become a great running buddy. We generally completed a 2ish mile route with intervals of running and walking. Some days were better, some were worse, but we stuck to our routine and relished our longer morning workouts.

Then the second trimester began. I/we got quicker. We were back in the 10-minute mile club, and it felt good. The bump continued to grow, and the weather stayed surprisingly cool for a Baltimore summer. The first few times I thought the time was a fluke, but after a some consecutive 10-min/mile runs, I was sold.

10min mile 2nd trimester

The times and the running continued right until the end of my 26th week. While the competitive side of me wished to maintain this great accomplishment and keep running through my third trimester, I also knew that the dark fall mornings were quickly approaching and that running with both an increasingly bigger belly and a sometimes finicky dog may not prove to be the best idea.

running belly and W

Stay tuned for the next update: third trimester!

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!

Easing In

Well, it’s the first official day back from Spring Break and, boy, is this week looking crazy! A deadline today, a photo shoot on campus tomorrow and Wednesday, an alumni event Wednesday and Thursday, and my half marathon on Sunday. Good thing I took next Monday off to relax!

As the JA and I eased our way back into ‘work mode’ we also enjoyed ourselves this weekend. Here’s what we accomplished:

– Spruce up the house. In light of our tree root incident from earlier this year, our landscaping left a lot to be desired. We took a trip to Lowe’s this weekend and attacked the front yard and flower boxes. We also planted herbs and veggies in the backyard. Now only if the grass patches would grow a bit faster, we’d be good to go!

 

– Hang out with friends and family. Nettifred came into town on Friday and that can’t happen without some bonding time – especially when she brings her new dog with her. I use the term dog loosely here, as Winnie weighs about 8 lbs. total and stands only a few inches tall, but she’s so cute. A trip home also means that we do things specific to MD, like grabbing frozen custard at our favorite local ice cream stand. Delicious!

gelati

– Let loose and have fun. Friday night we indulged a bit and made an old-school staple for dinner: pizza bagels. While I know these are not the healthiest options, I’m all about balance and these guys totally hit the spot. The JA commented that they were, “totally picture worthy,” and I happily snapped and posted the pic to Instagram. Additionally, we couldn’t ignore our own pup! Watson had plenty of time being pet and pampered, but we also got a bit goofy with him. I think he looks pretty distinguished, don’t you?

pizza bagels

W w glasses

How do you achieve balance in your life?
Favorite childhood meal that you still enjoy as an adult?

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!

Resting Up But Feeling Down

So, Spring Break got the best of me. While I’ve been working shorter hours, we’ve also been completing some projects around the house, enjoying some extra time as a family, and allowing ourselves the opportunity to relax a little bit.

Additionally, I’ve got a little over a week left in my half marathon training (EEK!) and can feel the excitement of the challenge building in my mind as I continue my two-week taper. My 11-mile run last Sunday was less than ideal and my left hamstring felt uncomfortable on my 5-mile run yesterday, so depending on both my physical and mental state, I may need to adjust my goals for the race. It stinks because as recently as three weeks ago, I was confident I had my ‘A’ goal within reach (and it still very well may be). Yet, between my foot issue (which seems to have resolved itself), this tight/possibly torn hamstring, and a mind that’s a bit defeated thinking that I didn’t finish my 13.1 mile ‘test run’, I need to remind myself that a ‘C’ goal is still a goal and I shouldn’t be disappointed if that’s the one I attain. A lot of people have told me that if I can run 11, I can run 13.1 but I would feel more confident had I done it (and done it well) prior to race day. The JA keeps telling me that just finishing is an accomplishment and that should be my first goal, with time and performance as secondary goals. I am reminding myself that any time is a PR. A big confidence boost before next weekend would be great but even if it doesn’t happen, I know I’ve trained well and can (and WILL) cross that finish line.

But enough about that. It’s Friday, so let’s end the week with a photo recap of the past two days!

For our co-workers birthday, my ‘work husband’ and I made a trip to Fells Point to pick up some treats. We couldn’t resist getting a scoop full of gelato for ourselves to brighten up an otherwise dreary day.

pitango

These bad boys arrived at my doorstep this week. I’ve already tried two flavors and have a few more to go. A full review will be coming soon so stay tuned!

vega bars

Flavored sparkling water has been my jam recently. On days it’s difficult for me to chug my regular tap water, I mix things up with some flavor and sparkle. I mean, why not?

sparkling water

And we obviously couldn’t end this post without a picture of Watson. The other night, he entered our room and plopped himself down near the side of my bed and didn’t move until I was settled. Too cute.

guard dog

How do you relax before a big event? Ever adjust your goals and then completely surprise yourself in achieving them?

Spring Breakin’

Wednesday afternoon began our school’s Spring Break. Since staff has to report next week, that left us with four days of true relaxation. However it’s also Easter weekend, meaning that we’re gathering with family this weekend.

Therefore, we decided yesterday and today would be the laziest days. We kicked off the faux weekend with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

Prosecco cocktail. Because bubbly drinks are apparently my signature thing now.

Prosecco cocktail. Because bubbly drinks are apparently my signature thing now.

Only to return home to find someone who wasn’t exactly in the holiday spirit.

Sign says: I hate Easter eggs. That wreath was hanging above our couch - the one that W's prohibited from touching.

Sign says: I hate Easter eggs. That wreath was hanging above our couch – the one that W’s prohibited from touching.

Yesterday, we stayed in bed late and indulged ourselves with some puppy cuddles. When we finally emerged, it was time for a quick run then a trip to see one of my best friends and my godson. He’s getting so big and it was such a treat to see both of them!

Be still my heart.

Be still my heart.

Aunt Jess? Pick up the phone!

Aunt Jess? Pick up the phone!

We had another lazy morning today and again have no set plans. This is exactly what we both needed to invigorate and energize us for the week ahead!

What’s your favorite way to relax?

Can’t Hold Me Down

As I mentioned on Friday, the weekend forecast looked like this:

weekend weather 3-28

From the way the forecasters were speaking, the rain would be coming down steady and hard for the majority of the weekend. I had 9 miles scheduled and was getting increasingly anxious as we went through the day on Friday. Once 4p rolled around, there was no rain and temps were hovering around 60F. The JA was leaving later in the evening, but encouraged me to go out while things were dry. I waffled back and forth (of course I wanted to spend time with him before he departed), but eventually made the decision to go for it. What’s the worst that could happen?

long run 3-28

I was surprised at how ‘easy’ it was. (I put easy in quotes because nine miles is not what I think of as an easy distance.) The weather held, a lot of people were outside, and I kept my pace in check. I felt tired after finishing, but with a bit more motivation, it certainly was another confidence boost on the way to my first half marathon!

With my long run out of the way and the rain falling down, Watson and I had a lazy morning on Saturday. Reading, cuddliness, and drinking coffee were just what the doctor ordered to counter the dreariness of the weather outside.

lazy morning

I then met up with my mom. We went to lunch and ran some errands. I was determined to usher spring in with style whether Mother Nature wanted to cooperate or not!

apple salad

Sunday was a busy day. I had a work event in the morning and since I was already on campus, I took advantage of the fitness center and busted through my cross training. 50 minutes on the elliptical went quickly thanks to the iHeartRadio spin cycle station and helped me exceed my goal of 100 miles for March. 105 for the win!

Later that afternoon, it began to snow. Yes, snow. The JA returned safely but we were both exhausted by the end of the night. It would have been nice to have a bit of time to sleep in, but we’re just happy the weather has taken a turn for the better!

How do you make the best of a less than ideal situation?

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!

 

Finding the Marvelous

Some days aren’t that great. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and move on. But what if the next day isn’t that great? And the day after that?

This was my weekend. Thursday was GREAT. I mean, fantastic. I had a good day at work, I subbed a barre class (finding my new favorite workout top in the process), joined the JA and some friends for a beverage afterward, and still got to bed at a semi-decent hour.

post barre selfie

Then Friday slapped me in the face hit. It was one of those days where a lot of little things culminate in me eating pizza and drinking a big pour of wine on the couch by myself.  (Side note: Peace A Pizza had become a ‘go to’ for me when I don’t want to cook and want to feel fancy on a Friday night. I’m surprised they don’t know me by name yet.)

pizza and pup

Saturday, I had what I refer to as, ‘funk hangover.’ That time when you’re feeling a little better, but if things don’t go right your mood plummets right back into blah? Getting lost on my already not so fantastic run didn’t help. Game night with the neighbors did. (For some reason, we always end up playing Heads Up and giggling like schoolchildren.)

It's okay, Mom. Let's take a walk and talk about your feelings.

It’s okay, Mom. Let’s take a walk and talk about your feelings.

Sunday started out well, but then turned. We found a blockage in our basement which led to an emergency call to Roto-Rooter. Person showed up late and told us that our pipes are old and the roots of our neighbor’s tree had infiltrated/crushed them. We got a temporary fix, but it’s still going to be a pretty penny to remedy the problem permanently.

Yet, for all this funk, there were bright spots as well. I reminded myself that while my 5-mile run didn’t go well, a year ago I had trouble running a 5K. Watson started his anxiety medicine in prep for his shot tomorrow and we actually found a way to keep him sequestered in ‘his room’! The basement issue happened this weekend instead of next weekend while the JA’s away. There’s more snow here in Baltimore and I was extremely pleased to get the call telling me I didn’t have to report to work today.

happy by the fire

It’s sometimes hard to see, but there’s always something that helps make the day marvelous. Find it, relish in it, and let it help lift you up!

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!

A big welcome to those visiting me today from Fit Running Mama! Hope you enjoyed my guest post on why I chose to run my first half marathon. I’m excited to get to know you better, so take a look around and don’t hesitate to join on the fun 🙂