Sinkhole, you mean the Crash Pit?

Boston is just over a week away.  I am still mostly nervous about the whole getting on a bus and waiting in Athlete’s Village thing.  I’m nervous about timing.  I really hope they have an overabundance of portapotties.  I already have had major increase in the amount of times I need to pee every day and I’m only 14wks 5 days.  I am also nervous about talking to people.  I don’t want to meet anyone new.  Not because I am mean, but because I am weird.  I hate chit chat, small talk, etc.  God help me, the bus ride might be torture.  

Once the race has started I will feel so much better.  There is really no pressure on me to run a certain time.  That’s one of the nice things about running while pregnant.  

I did a sub-7 minute run the other day.  It was mostly 1 mile and 800 meter repeats.  Then I would sit at the computer and watch Bridezillas clips for 3 minutes, then get back on and do another.  I think it will probably be the last really speedy workout I will do.  I did do a short workout today and tried the “tabata” method with 20 seconds of fast and 10 seconds of slow.  It was tough but I did 2.5 miles.  Tomorrow I hope to do 8-10 miles and that will probably be the longest I will do before Boston.  Gotta cut back this week even though the weather is supposed to be lovely and perfect for running.  FINALLY.

I feel like I am showing, but I am not really.  Just at night when I am full and bloated I seem to have a little pouch. Most people would assume I’ve let myself go a bit.  Last time I don’t think I popped til about 5 months or later.  Second time is supposed to be a month sooner, which means right after Boston I should pop.  That is when I plan on spilling the beans finally, though I might tell my mom right after the race.  I might wait til my 18 week appt the next week though.  

I haven’t had sciatica yet, but I am expecting it.  I plan to stretch and try to ward it off before it hits, but I’m sure it will sideline me or slow me down quite a bit.  I haven’t been to my chiro since the fall, so she will be pissed at me when I finally waltz back in.  

So less than a week after the marathon, I have a half marathon.  Hopefully I am recovered in 5 days!  If not, oh well.  I have that whole no pressure because I am preggo thing going on.  I plan on doing the mother’s day half as well.  I will be 20 wks at that point.  After that comes summer time which means a ton of 5ks that I don’t want to do.  Hopefully I will be able to do the local 4 & 7 mile races in July and I really have no plans after that.  

Well, I probably won’t update until after the big day, so fingers crossed it all goes well.

 

Complete 180

So I am running Boston.  Or let’s just say, I am planning on running Boston.  Ever since I made the decision to do it, I have been having anxiety over something happening before I leave, or me getting injured or sick.  I also have a terrible fear that I will miss my flight to Boston and not make it to the expo to pick up my bib.  I am arriving on Sunday which is the last day to do it.  And the expo closes at 6.  I think I will get over there right away so I have some peace of mind.  And then I have anxiety about the whole starting situation.  I have to walk to Boston Common and wait in line for the buses.  I have to board between 7-7:35 but I don’t know if that means that I need to get there earlier to line up?  And if I do end up on a bus at 8, I should still get there on time right?   I mean, it seems like I will have another 2 hour + wait in Hopkinton.  With me being so anti social, that sounds like another bit of a nightmare. Combine that with the No Bags rule (where am I going to put my breakfast?  What am I going to eat for breakfast?!) and I am just a little bit nervous. Can you tell I am not taking my anxiety meds?

So how did I decide to do it?  Well I went to my Dr’s appointment and asked him about running it.  He said I would be fine as long as I wasn’t gunning for a PR.  I told him I had plans to walk and I was perfectly OK with skipping out on the course and taking a train back to Boston.  Given my current mileage, he wasn’t worried at all.  So then I did some “research” AKA googling on running a marathon while pregnant.  While it’s not something I really wanted to do, it seems like there are a lot of women who have done it and even done it multiple times in one pregnancy.  I will be 16 weeks and I might have a tiny bump, so I felt like I had better get my running in before the sciatica hits me again when I get bigger.

So that left me with a lot of training and not a lot of time.  I had done 14 miles but it had been 3-4 weeks prior.  My appointment was on a Thursday.  On Saturday I decided to run 16.  It ended up being all on the treadmill thanks to another ice storm.  And it also ended up being 18 miles.  I felt really good.  I credit the delicious Chicago style pizza I ate the night before.  I also walked or jogged for a minute every 1.5 miles and got off to get water a few times.  It was very motivating and got me pumped and excited to be running long.

The next week I had on and off nausea but it was beginning to improve.  I think the worst weeks were 5-10.  I planned to do 19 on Saturday.  The weather was still cold, but I was able to get outside and I ran combo treadmill/outside miles.  I think I started with 5 miles on the treadmill and then I went outside for 5, came in for 2, went back outside for 5.5 and then finished with the last two on the treadmill.  I got to 19.6 miles or so before I had to stop so RKY could get ready for work and I could take over watching Red.

The next weekend was my 20 miler and then I planned on tapering for 4 weeks.  I again had a time limit and needed to be done by 8, so I woke up at 445 and got started by 5.  I followed the same pattern as last time and started with 5 inside then went outside for 5.5, back inside for 2.5, outside for 5, and inside to finish up.  I ended up with 20.2 miles.  This one was more of a struggle than the last two because my legs felt tired.

This past weekend I did a long run of 16 miles.  This was possibly more painful legwise than my other long runs.  I was also getting really hungry while running even though I was eating a pop tart and peanut butter when I got water.  My appetite has really come on this week.  Nonetheless I got in the 16.2 and was back to my normal pace, just under 8 min/mile.  I remember staying pretty consistently in the 730s/mile during my second tri last time I was pregnant, until the sciatica hit me, ugh.

Today I am doing a rest day because, hello long run yesterday.  I had planned on doing some easy miles this morning to get to 50 miles this week, but my wonky knee just started hurting again.  It was perfectly fine until after yesterdays run.  I blame the cold wet weather for giving me stiffness in my joints.  I am hoping this will go away and not cause me any issues.  I need to break out the knee strap and foam roller again.

Five days until my next doctor’s appointment.  Seven days until the second trimester.  Twenty-two days until Boston Marathon!

 

 

Just shut up. You’re wounding my soul.

Last post was over 3 weeks ago.  Boston is a no go.  I got too tired.  I also got pretty sick for a few weeks.  Today I feel better, but not completely.  I still struggle to eat enough and feel a bit shakey when I haven’t.  There is no way I am getting enough food to fuel long runs.  Plus the weather still sucks.  It won’t be above zero at running time until maybe next weekend.  Maybe.

I think there were two or three days last week where I was able to get out and run.  One of those days was probably too cold.  I thought my ears were frost bitten even though I wore a hat.  I got in around 48 miles for the week.  This week I knew my miles would all be treadmill, so my goal is for 35.  Next week, all my miles will be treadmill too.  I am thinking of saying “screw running!”  and just cross train on most days next week.  I guess by cross train I mean do yoga and some other exercise videos.  Those are really my only options.  Hopefully the weather will be better the next week and I can get in another long run.  There are a couple of half marathons I would like to do.  Too bad Boston doesn’t have a half option.

My biggest prego symptom is being tired.  So very tired.  I am useless after 8 p.m.  I usually have a mid afternoon slump too around 2.  I have been falling asleep around 9-9:30 and waking up around 530 or 6.  7 on the days I don’t run.  That’s 9 1/2 hours of sleep!  We still haven’t told anyone yet because I don’t see the doctor until next week on Thursday.  I am hoping we hear the heartbeat and then can go get an ultrasound.  I will be almost 10 weeks by then, but I still want to wait another few weeks to tell people.  This pregnancy seems to be going by very slowly.  Last time it seems like it went faster, but that could be because I didn’t take a test until I was probably 5 1/2 wks along.  This time, I took it the day I was supposed to get my period (4 weeks).  My boobs didn’t balloon up like they did last time, so it has been easier to hide, though sometimes I dry heave in my office at work.

I think I am worrying more this time around too.  I even found a site that has miscarriage rates by day.  I also read about stillbirths because I know two people who have had them.  The worrying never ends.  You worry about the baby inside you for 9 months, you worry about yourself the last couple of weeks.  Worry about both in the few weeks postpartum, and then worry about SIDS for 4 months.  Then you have to worry about choking, falling, sickness, etc for several years.  Like 18 years.  and then it doesn’t really stop, but you feel like you have less control.  Whew.  I am my mother.

He’s a tall glass of… annoying

OMG I want to run outside.  I mean, I probably could…I’m sure Alaskans will head out in -10 degree weather and stumble through the snow and ice.  I had a cut back week last week and ended up with 42.5 miles.  I could feel myself getting a cold, so I took it easy, drank lots of V8, and managed to avoid getting full blown sick.  Huzzah

The rest of this week does not look promising for outdoor runs.  I think I have managed, with two a days and short easy rest day runs, to make a plan with 50 miles in it.  Sunday I ran 9 in the a.m. and 2 later.  Monday I ran 6 in the a.m. and planned on doing 2 at night.  Didn’t happen.  So today is my rest day, but I got up 15 minutes early and fit in those 2 from last night.  The original plan was to do my 15-16 miler this weekend, but we have a full on blizzard coming and I would prefer to push the run back a week than to do it all on the treadmill.  My 14 miler was on the treadmill a couple wks ago.  It went ok, but I was sweaty and yuck.  So if I want to make 50, I will have to do 7 for the next 3 days and 10 on Saturday.   I keep checking the forecast in case something changes.  

So, I am expecting, but it is still very early and I am not sure if it is going to “stick.”  I have not allowed myself to feel any excitement yet and I will not until after I have visited the doctor and have a strong confirmed heart beat.  Even then, I will be cautious.  I have not even called my doctor yet as he does not see patients until 10 weeks.  My chest is sore, but I feel like it’s subsiding which is not a good sign.  I have a little nausea, but I tend to have that even when I’m not preggo because of my inner ears.  I am actually hoping to feel a bit more sick because I believe that is a good sign.  However, I was not really sick with Red, I remember dry heaving a few times when I first woke up and then was fine.  

I am still training for Boston, but I am not sure if I will actually run it.  I will go to watch if I can’t.  I think my mom will refuse to let me leave if she thinks I am going to run it.  She is already mad at me for planning on going without her.  Legitimately mad.  So I don’t even feel like running it sometimes.  I have a good qualifying time for 2015, so there is always the possibility of that.  I’m also considering running one closer to home, for peace of mind.  Of course, I will do what my doctor recommends.  Barring injury or some complication, there are definitely some half marathons in my future.  

 

I hear those guys break thumbs

G-dammit.  We are in the midst of another polar wave, arctic vortex, freezer blast, whatever.  After taking two days off in a row last week due to my upper back having spasms, I ran for 6 days in a row.  And I got in 55 miles.  Wowza.  I had a much needed rest day on Tuesday and then I woke up yesterday with exactly zero motivation to run on the treadmill.  It was 6 degrees with -10 windchill, so I really had no choice.  I took some breaks to do planks and weights and ended up doing 7.25 miles.  After Red fell asleep last night I did 2 more.  I planned on actually doing cross training today with a 2 mile treadmill warm up, but Red woke up really early.  So we fell back asleep on the couch together.  I can probably fit in 2 miles tonight and maybe do some push ups or something.

Tomorrow is my long run day.  14 miles.  And it’s going to 0 degrees with -20 windchills.  I already have some shows lined up in my Hulu queue to help me get through 2 hours on the treadmill.  I’m going to start off with some Mindy Project, switch to Parenthood (THE DRAMA!),

and then go back to something light and funny like Parks and Rec or The Goldbergs.  I’m sure I will take a few breaks in there as well for water and stretching.  I always warn RKY that it is a long run morning so if Red is up early, he has to deal.

Saturday I might be able to run outside.  Fingers crossed anyway.  Then comes snow and snow and cold and wind for most of next week.  I think I’m going to say eff it and take it easy next week with lots of sleeping in, cross training, and short but fast indoor runs.