What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English”?

Oh another Monday.  Joy.  Today was a rest day for me.  I really needed to sleep in, and I did.  After a brief wakening at 5:30 anyway. 

Last week I took two full rest days and I am thinking that I will need to do that for the next 10 weeks.  I was able to run 43 miles last week plus a lot of biking to and from work. (52! if you count Monday-Sunday)  I ran 8 yesterday and I hope to do 10 tomorrow, 8 Wed, and 6 Thursday.  Rest on Friday and then do the 7 mile race on Saturday morning.  While running, I have been feeling icky to my stomach on most days.  I think it’s because the acid reflux has kicked in, especially at night.  In the morning, my stomach just does not feel great and it feels HEAVY.  My legs and knees are pretty good.  Last pregnancy, same thing.  I constantly have knee pain when I’m not pregnant, but now…nothing.  I think long runs (2 hrs+) must disagree with me. 

I have been slowing down my pace.  It’s funny, the first mile I head outside is 8:30-9:00 min/miles and then the rest seem pretty steady right under 8:00min/mile.  Takes me a while to get into the groove I supposed.  My goal for Saturday would be to #2 before the race, and not have to make a pit stop.  Hopefully my stomach will feel light and I can power up the hills without dying.  Time wise, I would like to be under an hour.  Weather should be decent. 

Next Dr appt is on Monday.  I have yet to hear back from my 3 hour glucose test, so fingers crossed I just failed the one-hour, as always. 

It’s pretty good once you get over how allergic I am to soy

So I raced on Saturday.  It was a night time race and I really wasn’t expecting it to happen.  The starting line is about .3 miles from my house, so we walked there in soupy weather at 7:30 for the little kids’ race.  Red was pretty excited, she wore the giant children’s sz medium race shirt, a GPS watch she found in my room and kept talking into, and slip on shoes.  Well we got there and found out it was sort of cancelled.  A storm cell was moving in, but I really think they would had have time to run a quarter mile race.  Instead, they were just letting kids walk/run into the finish area and put a medal on them.  So we got a medal and then Red was like, where’s the race?  So we started running and we ran back and forth through the finish area a few times.  She was pumped and thought she raced, so it turned out ok.  She was very excited to get her own bottle of water at the finish line too.  

Well the storms rolled in, complete with thunder and lightning.  We were hanging at home and I was trying to find some site or FB page with updates.  I finally found an unofficial FB page that someone who must have been near the start was updating.  The 4 miler was scheduled for 9.  At 8:45 they put on there that the races were delayed but still happening.  I was chilling on the floor doing puzzles and reading books with Red.  I quickly slapped on my bib # and timing chip, found a hat, and pranced out the door.  I was not really in a running mood because I had myself convinced the race was cancelled.  

I got to the start and there were a decent amount of people still hanging around.  It was lightning, but apparently it was safe because the one mile was finally just getting finished.  We waited for that to end and then they got the race started without any fanfare at around 9:20 or so.  It was lightly raining while we waited and about 30 seconds after the gun, another downpour started.  It was on and off down pour the entire race.

I was really happy to be able to do the run, but it definitely didn’t have the excitement of other, drier, years.  Not too many spectators, no luminaries, giant puddles of water to slog through.  My iPod went crazy and kept turning off and on and eventually quit forever.  It was barely hanging on to life anyway.  My muscles were pretty tight, especially around my shins which I have never experienced before.  I think it was a result of me trying out my new shoes (Saucony Virrata) the day before.  

So I hit the first mile in 6:55.  I thought, whoa.  I better slow down a bit.  The 2nd mile I didn’t hear the timer until after I had past her a bit and I think she said 15 minutes even.  So that would have been a big slowdown, not sure how accurate that was.  Third mile I felt a little queasy in my stomach and tight in my upper back, but I was able to shake it off.  That timer said 22:30.  Still not sure of the accuracy of those timers because I finished in 29:20, so that last mile must have been 6:50?!  Anyways, saw my mom at her house just after the 3 mile mark and then it was a long hill.  A couple more right turns and we were in the homestretch.  I got outsprinted by a girl at the end, but it’s not like it’s that hard to outsprint a 7 months pregnant lady.  Not much of a crowd at the end at either, usually I know quite a few people along the course.  

I was pretty beat and tight, so I grabbed some water and walked home without a cool down. Results were up today and I was 15th women.  The first one crossed in 26 minutes, which is about 3-4 minutes slower than last year’s winner.  A lot of people didn’t bother to show up.  If I wasn’t preggo, I probably would have placed 2nd.  I ended up 4th in my age group, would have been 1st or 2nd in just about any other one. haha.   

Overall, it was an okay race experience.  I am glad I got to do it but I am looking forward to next year’s race being better.  Next up is a 7 miler on the 26th.  It’s going to be hilly….

I’m using the garage for my awards show!

I don’t really have much of an update today.  It’s about to be a 3 day weekend whoooo!  Too bad RKY works all three days.  It will be up to me to entertain Ragin Red.  

My birthday is on Monday and I didn’t ask for anything, so it will be interesting to see what I get.  What I need is money to pay for my car registration.  Why can’t that come at a different time of year so you don’t feel fked over on your birthday?

This week in running…

Sunday I ran 11.  I don’t remember much about this run, so it must have gone fine.  Monday I ran 4 and did strength training.  My strength training is like lifting super light weights with 5 minutes rest between sets.  Very effective.  Tuesday I ran 9.  It was the day after some really violent storms, so there were a lot of water hazards and branches to hurdle.  Steeplechase style.  Wednesday I woke up late.  I had crazy dreams and slept on the couch until about 2 am.  When I woke up, i had terrible anxiety that came out of nowhere.  Luckily I fell back asleep.  Unluckily, my clock somehow got changed to Mountain time, so I woke up an hour late and didn’t have much time to run.  So I called it an impromptu rest day.  

The whole day felt off after that.  I had weird anxiety and my stomach felt ick and full all day long.  Luckily, today is starting out better. I ran 9.35 and so far my stomach feels fine.  I’ll hopefully do another longish run tomorrow and then a shorter one on Saturday because I will probably be tired after 4th of July festivities.  

Preggo update-

Going to an outreach clinic for U of I to look at baby’s kidneys.  It’s a level two U/S which is more detailed and probably creepier looking.  Yay.  My stomach is feeling squished and a bit sour lately but nothing terrible yet.  Varicose veins…unsightly and they hurt!  Ouch.  Bumping my calf into a table is killer.  They only hurt a little after I run, they kind of pulsate for a minute.  It’s a weird feeling.  I also have some pinched nerves somewhere that makes weird parts of my body tingle with pins and needles.   I’m very excited for the race next weekend so I hope I don’t end up with another summer cold or sinus infection or random injury.  Fingers crossed.

I’m going to need bigger mousetraps

Well last time I posted was just before I was supposed to run a 5k.  That didn’t happen.  I got halfway to the race and realized I forgot my chip and bib # at home.  I didn’t have time to go back and get it and make it there on time.  So I just turned around and went home.  Ran around town instead.

Looking back at my running via Daily Mile, I still have been getting in at least two 10 milers each week.  Even a few 11 milers sprinkled in there.  Too bad it’s not half marathon season instead of sweat your balls off season.  I registered for a four miler and I still need to register Red for the kid’s quarter miler that day.  The 4 mile is at 9 at night which could be bad if my stomach is all bloaty at the end of the day as it has been lately.  Last time I ran it pregnant I did it in about 33 minutes, but this was just a few days after taking 3 weeks off for my sciatica.  Speaking of sciatica, I still get twinges of it, usually at the end of the day while I’m hauling Red around town.  She has been lazy lately and making me pick her up.  I said, “I have to carry new baby, let daddy carry you.”  She replied, “no, daddy can carry new baby.”  Hmm…that’s not going to work right now.

This is the week I have finally had people notice I am pregnant.  Make note- 25 weeks.  I don’t remember if it was later or around this time last pregnancy.  I think it was right around now.  My belly button is already an outtie.  I am still wearing normal clothes but work pants are starting to get a bit tight on the waist and shirts are looking a bit shrunken as they try to stretch.  I hope to just use my belly band for the work pants situation but I may need to pick up some longer shirts for work so I can wear the band.

Our ultrasound was on Monday.  Still looks to be a girl but, again we thought we saw balls!  Hope she’s not a girl with balls…  We got new photos and measurements.  She measured at exactly 25wks and 1 day which is what we calculated.  She weighs 1 lb 11 oz which is good.  It’s hard to believe she will grow another 5-6 pounds in the coming weeks.  Yikes, going to feel that midsection pressure come back.  The u/s tech said she thought the kidneys looked no worse than last time.  I will see the doctor on Friday and see what he says.  Since I have the family history of UPJ obstructions, I am guessing he will send me to U of I for a level 2 u/s.

Here is what my running has looked like so far this week.  Sunday- 8 miles on the treadmill.  I got to sleep in and still get in a run while Red napped after a zoo trip!  Monday- 2 miles on the treadmill.  Didn’t run particularly fast, but got in some good strength training after.  Tuesday I stretched my run into 11.1.  It was humid out so I did half of it on the treadmill.  Still pretty dang humid inside.  Wednesday (today) I ran 9.35.  I considered doing 9.5 or 10 but my TV show’s captioning was off and it was pissing me off, so I called it quits.  Tomorrow might be another easy day, but I am looking at Friday’s weather and wondering if I should switch my runs.  Friday I wanted to do 10 and then do 7 or 8 on Saturday to cap off the week around 50 miles.

I feel like I should do the standard bumpdate that actual bloggers do.. ugh

I have no cravings and I don’t weigh myself, so there ya go.  Not looking forward to probably failing my glucose test again.


Solving crimes and making up rhymes

I lost a whole post. Boo hoo.  I will try this again.

Running has actually gotten easier over the past couple of weeks.  I feel like my uterus finally took a flying leap off my bladder.  The pressure is much less noticeable now.  I also am slightly less of a piss machine.

Last week I reached 50 miles again.  Runs averaged out to about 10 a day.  This week I have done 10, 10, 2.25 +kettlebells, and 8.75 today.  My hips were sore from the kettlebells and it was raining, so I cut my run a little short today.  Usually I like running in the rain, but today, it was just irritating.  I did most of the run on the treadmill while watching Celebrity Wife Swap.  I actually sort of knew who the two celebrities were this week.

I have a race this weekend.  A 5k.  It should be cool, so if I am feeling good, I can probably average under 7:30/mile.  If I am feeling heavy or have to suddenly pee or #2, then who knows what could happen.  I still haven’t found my support belt, and I am still too cheap to buy a new one, for now.  Luckily, I don’t feel like I need it yet.  I will try to start out strong, get into a groove for mile 2, then push myself harder mile 3.

I sometimes think my bump is huge and noticeable and other times, it’s still pretty easy to conceal.  I have been comparing it to pics from bloggers and I do seem a bit on the smaller side.

June and July are always crazy busy at work.  I hate to wish the months away, especially with Red getting so big and sassy, but I can’t wait for August.  Hopefully the weather stays mild.  It’s been in the 70s and should continue for the next 10 days or so.  I just wish I had some time off of work to go to the zoo with Red or take a day trip.  I can’t take time until August and by then it will probably be a soupy swamp outside.

Next ultrasound is in 12 days.  Hoping the baby’s kidneys are looking normal by then.