You’re a swagger hound

A little late with this weekly post.  I am 34weeks 3 days “up the spout.”  Still mostly running inside on the treadmill.  Still have stomach issues in the mornings while running.  I did manage a 10 miler on Monday by running 2.5 inside, potty break, 3.5 outside, potty break, then 4 more inside on the treadmill.  I think that will be my last 10 miler.  I have planned 9 mile long runs for the next couple weeks and then 8 after that.  We will see what happens though.

My big goal for this week is to get my monthly miles total to match last month’s.  July was 186.5.  If I finish out the week with 1 mile today, (couldn’t get myself up early enough to do it this a.m.), 7 tomorrow, 7 Friday, 6.5 Saturday and then 2.5 on Sunday, I should match that total.  Then I’m going into taper mode for the last 4 weeks.  Here is the plan:

First week of Sept.

Goal: 37 miles-  9,8,7,7,6

35 miles- 9,8,6,6,6

33 miles- 8,8,6,6,5

30 miles- 8,8,6,5,3

Birth week!  Sun.- 5, Mon.- 8?  Tue- C-section @ 7a.m.(can I run before this? haha)

Red started at her new school this week.  It’s a structured 3 y.o. preschool program, so hopefully she likes it better than her daycare.  She was pretty excited about the gerbil in the room.   I met with a possible in-home daycare last night.  The hours she wants the new baby and Red are 12-4pm which still leaves a good chunk of the day uncovered.  I hate to burden my mom and sister with the other hours.  Sometimes there are no other hours, just depends on RKY’s crazy schedule that week.

I weighed 144.6 at my last appt on Monday.  (probably 143 nekkid) So I am still on track to gain the recommended 20lbs or so. Probably hit 150 before birth. I barely ate on Monday, but I made up for it yesterday.  Some days I am ravenous, other days I just feel full and disgusting all day long.   Not eating the healthiest foods lately :/  I had a hot ham and cheese from Hardees last night.  Then some of Red’s leftover chicken strips and lots of candy.  Gotta have the candy.  Craving Pepperjacks chicken burrito bowl.  Maybe tomorrow I will finally satisfy it.

Global Guts destroys Double Dare

Another Monday, another update.  I have had some really good runs, and some really bad ones.  Okay, I might be exaggerating when I say “really” good.  Take today, for example.  I wanted to do 10 miles.  I started on the treadmill with 3.  I actually felt pretty good for most of this part of my run.  So I went outside and then my stomach started to get all weird on me.  I must be too bouncy?  I got a side stitch but was able to run it off.  The rest of the run, it did not feel great, but not terrible either.  Most surprising was that my legs and back felt loose and good.  I was a little sad to see my pace at 8:28 for these 4.2 miles.  I came back in and finished up the run on the treadmill.  Did it all in one chunk, which I wasn’t expecting because my legs were starting to feel heavy.  I think I ended up around 8:14 pace total.  It’s hard to see that pace slow down so much from where it was earlier this summer, but not unexpected.  

My pace yesterday was actually much better.  I ran just two miles in the afternoon while Red was watching boring youtube videos about Play-doh.  My pace was 7:38.  My legs are obviously a lot looser later in the day.  

Last week I logged about 42 miles.  I remember feeling decent for Wednesday’s 8 and Friday’s 7, but Saturday was garbage.  And I was only running 6.  I logged about 13 miles on my bike last week, just riding back and forth to work.  I hope to do another longer ride before I have to give that up in September.  

Goal for this week is 40.  Next week too.  Then I’ll be in the home stretch and probably knock it down to 35 and see how it goes from there.  

IN other news… Red hates “school” AKA daycare.  Cries like a baby when we leave her.  Made me cry today.  I wore my sunglasses because I could feel the tears a coming when we pulled into the parking lot.  Hoping she gets over this soon.  

In baby news, I finally need maternity clothes, but at 6 weeks out, there’s no way I’m buying them.  Since I have no friends, I have no one to borrow from either.  I tried to find my belly band today so I wouldn’t have to zip my pants, but I couldn’t.  So I’m stuffed into these.  I hope I don’t pop my button or rip the back.  My varicose veins are still gross and now I am paranoid about blood clots, but I haven’t seen/felt any swelling.  Yesterday I felt really small and today I feel huge.  I’m pretty pale and in desperate need of a hair cut/dye job.  Not so glowing at this point.  In fact, I don’t think I ever looked glowing.  My allergies are raging right now too thanks to ragweed.  I look a mess, but oh well.   I’m not trying to impress anyone at the moment.  

I guess it’s time that I start lying at 100 percent

Well I try to post every Monday, but yesterday was a busy day.  I started off with a 10 mile run that was supposed to be 8, but I am still trying to do one 10 miler every week, so I kept at it.  I ran a couple miles on the treadmill, went outside and actually felt pretty good for just over 4.  I finished the run on the treadmill and then quick hopped in the shower so I could make it to my 32 wk appointment.  

That seemed to go well, and the doctor decided to schedule my c-section for the 30th of September.  It’s a Tuesday.  Sounds like a good enough date for me.  Not sure what time of day, guessing he does them in the morning.  Going in and knowing I’m going to be cut open is a bit more nerve racking than deciding to do it when you’re already in labor and nothing is progressing.  

After my appointment I hit up the Bell for some breakfast.  A nice healthy start to the day eh.  I had another appointment with the University for an ultrasound and this time it took about 15 minutes total.  Everything looked good and we were free to go and have this baby without any other consultations.  They estimated her weight at 4 lbs 4 oz, so I have a feeling she’s going to be bigger than Red.  

After that, we went to the River House for lunch.  I was still pretty full and/or bloated from taco bell, but I managed to put away some fried pickles and a cuban.  Such a pregnant lady lunch but I would have ordered that pre pregnancy anyway.  Then we picked up Red and attempted to entertain her until I had to work at 4.  She is non-stop lately.  And she doesn’t nap.  She sleeps about 10 hours a night, which is 2-4 hours less than recommended.  It is a bit exhausting.  Going to be a lot worse in about 7 weeks.  She crashed at about 9 last night, which is early for her.  

This morning I started running on the treadmill and felt terrible.  I planned on heading outside at some point, but I ended up staying on the mill.  I had to get off at 4 miles and take a bathroom break that helped a lot.  I think I have acid reflux at night that wreaks havoc on my tummy in the mornings.  I ran another 3 miles then stopped for water and Red woke up.  It was just 6:45.  I really wanted to do 8 today, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  

I have decided to stick with a fairly consistent running schedule of doing 10, 8, 7, 7, 7 and taking two rest days.  The 10 milers make me feel pretty stiff but the 7s and 8 aren’t bad.  I will probably have to adjust this in a couple weeks and bring my mileage down even further. It’s weird that I was able to hit 50 miles so many times this summer and now, suddenly, I’m just too achy and tired to do more than 40.  My IT band finally started acting up again.  So that’s fun.  Also, my pace has fallen suddenly to 8:15 average.  Even on the treadmill.  I struggled with 7.3 mph today.  I know this is par for the course and I was probably running slower last pregnancy.   

just a note

Today’s run felt terrible.  It was also my slowest yet.  I decided not to warm up on the treadmill and just head outside before the sun came up.  My first mile was 8:47.  I immediately had a brick in my stomach and it swelled up like I had eaten something and had an allergic reaction.  Ugh.  My legs felt pretty good and warmed up after a mile and half or so, but my stomach just never got better.  I pushed myself to keep going at this unbearably slow pace and eventually made it 5 miles at avg 8:30s.  

After a quick bathroom break that seemed to alleviate the stomach problem, I hopped on the treadmill hoping to feel better and get my mileage up to 8 for the day.  Luckily, I got engrossed in an episode of Real Housewives on Hulu and ended up doing 5 more miles, with just one short water break.  Stomach and legs felt fine.  

I am thinking that more and more of my miles are going to have to be hot, humid treadmill miles. They definitely feel better on my legs and hips and allow me quick access to a bathroom.  I lost a lot of confidence on my run today, so I am hoping tomorrow’s is better.  I really want to keep running these next 7.5 weeks (or however many) til Baby arrives.   Wanted to document today so I can look back and see that I was able to run through the first few miles discomfort and still make it 10 miles.  Hopefully I will be running through another pregnancy and this will give me some insight on how it felt.  

Hogwarts is fictional. You do know that, don’t you?

Pregnancy hit me like a freight train last week.  Running was very cumbersome and I did not look forward to it.  My stomach felt off for the first part of the week and I was afraid it would feel like that every time I ran.  Luckily, things eased up the latter part of the week and the discomfort was mostly gone.  

I have been having some of that first tri exhaustion come creeping back too.  At night it is very hard to keep my eyes open past 9:30.  I also just feel tired after work and don’t really want to do anything, but am sort of forced to because Red needs to be entertained.  It hasn’t helped that RKY wasn’t home any nights last week.  He won’t be home any evenings this week either until Thursday, but that is when I am going to a special event at the zoo with Red.  

I felt pretty good about the 7 mile race until the week after.  One guy said he was really impressed.  Another guessed that I finished in 50 minutes.  wah wah.  Then the third guy asked why I ran so slow…..  I hate that guy anyway.  

 I ran 8 sweaty miles on the treadmill yesterday.  I didn’t hate it.  It definitely felt easier on my legs than outside running.  I really wish we had a window unit AC in that room though.  The ceiling fan moves the air a little bit, but I still sweat like a pig.  If my legs are feeling stiff and tired, this might be a better option than heading outside.  We will see what this week brings.  Week 31…