Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gasp! A post.

It's been a bit since I've posted, mostly because my personal life has been SO busy. But, I will also say that like everyone else in the running blogosphere, Boston shook me badly. With my husband running the Chicago Marathon all I could do was watch the horror unfold and imagine if it had been a different marathon, if it could have been me being terrified for his safety. I bit my lip waiting for the people who I knew were running to check in and while no one I know or love was in the end physically affected by the horror, the scars will run deep for a long time, I think. It's made me quiet on blogging because as a general rule I don't want to post negtivity, but this is somthing that shook me so I did want to take a moment to reflect on just the horror of a day of hope and accomplishment turned so brutally violent. This may also be cliché but while it reinforced the cynical view that there are some sick twisted *ahems* out there, the outpouring of community support and the people who selflessly ran /towards/ the victims did more to reassure my faith in humanity than the bombers did to shake it.

Moving back to my own personal sphere, running has not been terribly exciting the past few weeks since my last post. My abs took longer than I thought to recover after the Lincoln Half and I only ran once that week, but I've been pretty okay otherwise. I have not been able to run 4x a week like I used to - being pregnant not only makes you tired, but it makes other demands on your time too! - but have been generally able to get 3x a week in - two 3-5 during the week and a longer one on the weekend. I'm happy with that for now and am hoping to work back up to 10-15 miles during the week and 8-10 on the weekend. (I know! I don't follow the 2/3 and 1/3 rule! Gasp!) I did finally pick up a maternity workout shirt - I know a lot of pregnant runners get by fine with bigger sizes, but I felt frumpy in my husband's stuff, and my own stuff that was larger ended up pulling up on my belly. It was no fun at all! But I watch the swap groups on FB and was able to grab a target brand workout tank that retails for 25 for 3 plus shipping and was thrilled. Here I am last week in it - excuse the red face, I should have taken this BEFORE the run but you know, running is where I prefer to be!

16 1/2 weeks. Even my arms get red when I run! Excuse the door - it's not dirty; my 4 year old had fun with sharpies one morning while I was trying to make breakfast. Oops.

I also was able to support my best friend through her very first 5K, the Purdue Challenge 5K, which I ran/walked alongside her. She completed it in 40:06 and I was by her side most of the time to support her. (She's a LOT taller than I am - we figured out that while I had no problem running beside her, if we walked I ALWAYS lagged behind - a slow run for me is her fast walk! It was both a little embarrassing and funny!)

And that means I only have one more chip timed race on my calendar for 2013 at the moment. That's such a strange feeling! I am really looking forward to the Cinco de Miler on 5/5, but I also like having my calendar full in advance. I know I can't do that right now and I still secretly hope to run another half in June, but I know any chip timed races from here on out will have to be last minute based on whatever Marathon will let me tolerate that day. I'm okay with that although the planner in  me says "Wah! More expensive!" ...yes, I am that OCD.

For a non running note, I thought I'd throw this out here - I will be 17 weeks tomorrow (how time flies! Where did it go?!) which means Marathon is just about the size of an onion, (An onion! Where the heck do they get these food comparisons from? My onions are never that big unless I buy the "Large" ones!), around 5 inches long from the top of the head to bottom of the butt (helpfully termed "crown to rump length" or CRL) and almost 6oz, which means from last week baby gained around 2.5oz and 1/2 inch in length. We're about to go into growth spurt mode - I haven't gained weight yet but in the next weight and length will nearly double, so I'm sure I will soon.

Running in the second trimester is both easier and harder - it's easier because I'm not so seriously fatigued that I literally can't do anything but nap (some days even the warm up could not get me to a run, which never happened before being pregnant), but it's harder because...well, physically I'm sure I've lost some fitness, but my heart also races faster and harder than before, breathing is actually already more challenging (and baby isn't even to my lungs yet!), and...this is embarrassing, but my balance is off - my center of gravity is always changing now as my body changes daily. So, my stride is off. I have to be careful because I can irritate my ITB absurdly easily. And...I am clumsy. :(

But I'm still out there, I'm still logging miles, and I'm still having fun. That's a victory!

On a totally unrelated to running note, we also found out that our little Marathon is a...

BOY! 16w1d ultrasound. We can't wait to meet you, Miles Alexander!

The 3d shots weren't great, but I have to post this because it looks like he's saying "Mom, I can't believe you just posted that!"


  1. I really like the name you've picked out!

    I hope you can continue getting some runs in! I never thought about pregnancy changing your center of gravity like that. Maybe it levels off after a while?

    1. Thank you so much! :)

      I think it mostly depends how you carry? I'm short so the only place my babies can carry is forward if that makes sense - if I were tall they could go up, but I think it's the same reason I show really fast too.

  2. Yay congrats on the baby boy!!! You are inspiring..I hope to be able to run when my husband and I start a family!

    1. Thank you! I have to admit it's a lot harder than I thought it would be!

  3. Aww! A boy! Congrats! Love the name, of course :)

    1. Thank you! =) And thanks! It was just...the name!