not as cool as ball lightning fusing all of our butt cheeks together.

Well I have no race plans, so I am just running about 40 miles/week.  Morning sickness hit me about a week ago and seems to be getting progressively worse.  It hasn’t really affected my running much, I actually feel better while running, not getting the dizziness I was.  That could also be due to my sinuses feeling clearer.  The worse I have felt is when twice I got migraines.  That plus the nausea is just a terrible combination.  The only thing that makes my migraine go away is a night of sleep.  I am praying I don’t get one today.

I managed a 10 miler this past weekend and I am planning on keeping up with that- doing a long run on the weekend when I have a bit more time in the morning.  Today has been my first day off in over a week.

I had a nurse appointment yesterday. My old Dr didn’t do those.  They just took my blood pressure and asked me a bunch of questions.  Really pointless. I wish they would have tried to hear the heartbeat.  At least I wasn’t charged for it.  Yet.  My next appointment is 3 weeks from today. If all goes well,  I will be 10 1/2 weeks pregnant by then.

Big EZ

After the race fail weekend, we had a birthday party for Red and E.  RKY’s parents came to my mom’s house.  I set up a bounce house.  My aunt and cousin came.  A couple hours late, one of my sisters came with one of her kids.  That was it. My dad had to go to work.  Kind of disappointing.  E woke up in a bad mood too, so it took her awhile to have fun but eventually she got some jumping in.  Red and I jumped a lot.  We had cake and they opened presents.

The next big thing I had was a trip to New Orleans with my mom.  I left early on Thursday morning and came back Saturday evening.  We had a long layover in Dallas on Thursday so we ate some breakfast and eventually made it to New Orleans just before 1.  The airport shuttle took foreverrrr.  We immediately dropped our stuff in our room and went out walking.  We met up with my sister, her bf, and my aunts.  We ate at a little bar on Bourbon Street and walked around.  Overall the city looked and smelled dirty.  We went to a voodoo shop and then walked around Jackson Square and down by the river.  After that, we went back to the hotel to rest for a bit.  Then we changed and headed out to Oceana Grille, for the rehearsal dinner. The food was really good but socializing is not my favorite.  We were there for over two hours.  After we left, we walked back on Bourbon street and things were getting crazy.  Saw a drunk Elmo.

We were pretty tired from getting up around 4 a.m, so we went to bed around 9:30.  The next morning we went out to breakfast with my sister and Jon.  City workers were hosing off the streets and everything smelled pretty rank.  We found some bar on Decatur street that was serving breakfast.  I had some eggs and tried some beignet sticks which were not good.  We caught a cemetery tour at 10.  It was two hours long and was very historical, not very spooky.  It was good and interesting but about 30 minutes too long.  It was sort of draining trying to listen to this guy with a heavy NOLA accent.

After the tour we ate lunch in our hotel and then decided to go to the Audubon Insectarium.  Our original plan was to go to the aquarium but it closes early on Fridays.  The insectarium was actually really cool.  I took a lot of photos there.  We spent about 2 hours there with Jon.  He went back to the hotel and my mom and I continued walking around.  We found a mall and wandered around there for awhile.  The only thing we bought was fudge from the Fudgery.  We walked on Decatur a little bit more but we were sooo tired.  We went back to the hotel and I just laid in bed for about an hour and then got up to get ready for the wedding.  We caught a bus to the venue and arrived at 6:45.  The ceremony didn’t start until 7:30 so there was a lot of wandering around and mingling with family.  The ceremony was really nice and quick.  It ended with fireworks and  5 piece jazz band.  Then we went inside and were immediately overwhelmed by waiters and waitresses bringing us delicious food.  They had dozens of different kinds of foods, supposedly 75 different kinds.  I tried probably 5 or 6 different things.  The first bus to bring us back to the hotel didn’t come until 10:45, so we milled around inside and outside.  They did some speeches.  Some people danced.  Nearly everyone caught the early buses when it was time to leave.  We just hurried to get ready for bed since we had to leave at 7 in the morning.

Coming back home was pretty uneventful.  Always a good thing when you are flying.  I read most of the flights.  We ate meh food at both airports.  Landed home around 2:30 and my dad picked us up.  It was nice to be home again with my girls.  We played at the park for a long time later that evening.  It’s getting dark at 7 p.m. so it’s easier to transition to bed time.  Sunday morning I was able to sleep in and run during Sunday school. Got in 7 miles while feeling kind of icky in my stomach.   Typical as of late.  This morning I got up early and ran 6 miles.  I actually felt pretty good despite being really hungry from fasting for my blood work.  Weather is great now.  Turned the day after the marathon, of course.

I will have to take my running day by day now and hope that in another month I start to feel a bit better.  I hope to do some 10 mile long runs most weeks.  No races I have committed to yet, but we will see.  I just want to enjoy the perfect running weather.


So I made a decision about the race.  I decided to do the half.  I figured, that will be no problem after training for a full marathon.  I picked up my packet Saturday after work and just hung out with the kids the rest of the evening.  I got a decent night’s sleep and was hoping for rain in the morning since the temps were supposed to be in the 70s during race time.

I left my house really early, about 6:20 (race at 7:30) so I could get a good parking spot.  I chilled in my car for a bit and decided I need to find a port-a-potty.  I did.  Mission accomplished.  At the start I lined up by some 1:40-45 pacers and hoped they wouldn’t pass me during the race.  The cannon went off and we began the race with the bright sun in our faces.  I ran with runkeeper but didn’t pay much attention to it.  The hill during the 2nd mile was annoying but I did alright.  I was afraid I was going a bit too fast because I was already running at my goal pace 7:38-ish.  I was pouring sweat and the humidity was high, so I was dumping water on myself from the first aid station on.  Somewhere in the third mile was when I started to get that nauseous feeling.  I got a 2nd wind after mile 4 but that went away quickly.  The 1:40 pacer passed me (but he was going a bit too fast).  We ran along the river and the sun was feeling hotter and hotter by the minute.  We passed mile 5 and I walked to take two salt chews.  Then I continued on but felt pretty horrible.  I was just waiting for that first relay stop to decide what to do.  It came just after 6.5 miles and I decided to call it a day.

I knew the 2nd half of the race would continue to get hotter and I already felt that sort of almost dizzy/sick feeling.  I took off and ran into the neighborhood before calling RKY for  a ride.  Then I walked around for a while and they picked me up and dropped me at my car.  I stopped on the way home to pick up a bounce house and just tried to concentrate on the girls’ party later that day.  When people asked me about the race I just told them the truth, except my coworkers.  I told them I didn’t bother to run at all.

At first I kind of explored my options for another full or half but I think I have made peace with my decision for now.  The big reason for that being that I (think) I am just over 6 weeks pregnant.  Though I haven’t had much nausea, I haven’t felt great while running.  That combined with my allergies making me feel heavy headed, I don’t think a morning race will work out for me.

I will probably call my doctor this week but usually they don’t see anyone until 10 weeks.  It’s a new doctor, so he may see me earlier, we will see.  Hopefully it all works out and #3 will arrive in May.


So the marathon is in 4 days.  And I don’t want to run it.  Taper always sucks the motivation out of me.  Doesn’t help that the weather will be less than ideal.  It is hot and humid and it’s supposed to stick around through the weekend.

Since I haven’t registered yet, I have many options. Run the marathon but don’t care about time.   Just run the half.  Wait and do the next closest marathon which isn’t for 3 more weeks (need at least one more long run then).  Or don’t run either the half or full.  I don’t want to feel like I wasted my training though.  There are a plethora of 5ks but marathon training doesn’t exactly equal a fast 5k time.  I have even considered running an ultra soon instead but I don’t want to make travel plans and deal with logistics.

I’m waiting it out for now.  I can still register at packet pickup on Saturday.  But I work Saturday and wouldn’t get there until right at the 5 p.m. cutoff.  Hopefully I will have made a decision by Friday.


eat my jorts

My last long run before the marathon was on Sunday.  It was lower 80s but with a nice breeze and not a ton of humidity, so I started the run around 6 p.m.  I started on the treadmill with 3.25 miles.  Then I headed out and did a long loop up north to the next town and back.  It was over 8 miles and I was averaging about 8:09.  I hopped back on the treadmill for 2.25 miles.  It was dark out by this point, so I went outside and ran a loop of about 5 miles.  This loop I averaged like 8:40s.  it didn’t feel that slow though?  I didn’t really need much fuel because I ate dinner around 5, so I had only had one squeezie and a salt chew.  I am trying those out.  I did feel some stomach distress but I’m hoping it wasn’t from that.  I finished the last mile on the treadmill which I had set at 8:24 miles.

I definitely did not hit a wall but my legs did not feel great.  I was wearing compression sleeves on my calves, wish I had some for my hamstrings because that is where I am always tight.  I don’t think I want to wear calf sleeves or compression socks during the race because they make me feel really hot.  My lower back has been terrible lately as well but I have been stretching and got it worked out a little bit.  I need to see my chiro soon.  Still haven’t registered for the race.  Hopefully the temps will be cool but there is always my back up race in mid-October.

I’ve been trying to buy a new (used) car but that whole process is a real pain in my ass.  I just do not like sales people at all.  The last dealer I went to had a car a really wanted and was in my price range.  But then they only offered me 2500 trade-in and tried to get me to finance 19k by adding in all these packages.  It was ridic.  I’m so over it.

Red seems to be doing well at school. She gets tired near the end of the week but it doesn’t make her sleep any longer.  ha.  She’s been having fun at soccer practice too.  Her first game is Saturday.  Then we have her birthday party.  It’s just for her friends and 2 cousins, so it would be 10 kids max.  I hope it’s not too crazy because I am not really into socializing with kids or their parents.  I just want Red to have some fun.