25 & 26 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Week 25:

Symptoms: Daily kicks. It seems that Indian food triggers a lot of kicks and also some weird pregnancy dreams (aka I could see the face of the baby pressed against my belly). Starting to get a sore back too. Hungry. I’ve been eating a lot this week you would think I was being starved. I think it’s a good thing given that I haven’t gain all that much weight yet.

I experienced a wave of nausea while out camping. No fun, I thought I was about to throw up and kept on spitting. In insight I should not have taken my prenatal vitamin with only tea in my belly. Lesson learned, food has to come with it.

Colostrum, enough said (it’s been about a month since it started mind you).

Craving: Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers. Couldn’t find any on the road so I had to skip it.

The Belly: So far using Belly Cream on a daily basis has helped a lot. I don’t know that it does anything for stretch marks or not (none yet) but it sure helps to keep it moist. Avoiding an itchy belly as we get into the drier month is key. I also finally look pregnant to other people it seems. Although some still don’t notice (do they really think I ate that many doughnuts???). It’s getting in the way of things a little and it’s only the beginning.

Mood: Great, we went on a babymoon with my husband. It was so relaxing, refreshing and such a great thing for the two of us, especially with the family drama we’re dealing with on his side. It was just awesome to get out of the house, the town and go on a road trip. We went to the Okefenokee Swamp, GA and Horse Pens 40, AL. It was beautiful.

Workout: Not much on the running front, two short runs since we were on vacation and did other things. But we got a good mix of activities with paddling, climbing, hiking as well.

Sunday: Prenatal yoga
Tuesday: 2.35 mi @9:52 pace, road
Wednesday: 2 hours or so paddling on the Okefenokee Swamp
Friday: Hike/Walk 1.5 miles, climbed two bouldering routes
Saturday: 2.5mi @9:56 pace, trails
Total: 4.85mi run

Week 26:

At Horse Pens 40

Symptoms: Sore back from camping for two days, improved greatly by yoga and chiropractic adjustments. Daily kicks. Still hungry but not as bad as last week. My ankles and feet are starting to hurt a bit when I run, I guess my gait is changing? My shoes have over 400 miles on them too mind you but I don’t feel it’s the time for brand new shoes given that my body is changing daily. I may just have to use my trail running shoes instead.

The Belly:  Tying my shoes is starting to get difficult. I think I know why pregnant women wear flip flops: no laces! Putting on panty hose can be a bit of a workout too. I can’t reach things as high up also because well the belly doesn’t allow me to get as close to things.

Mood: Relaxed from our babymoon. I have a laundry list of things to do however and I know I need to get myself into it so I don’t stress out at the end.

Workout: I had one easy run on a hilly loop which required a lot of walking breaks, my hips were a little sore too. My post Thanksgiving run however was lovely. Ok my feet and ankle hurt a little, as my sister-in-law said, my gait is probably changing a lot at this point. But I only needed one pee break, not bad for a 56 mns run. Not to mention that both my sister-in-law and husband ran with me, even though I was being super slow. It was an awesome family moment in my opinion.

Other than that I’m trying to practice yoga in between the classes, it really helps with my back and other sore body parts I think. And I went on a small hike in Rumbling Bald, following my husband and his friend who went bouldering. I put the hammock up instead and read in the cold wind. I feel like getting active weeks like this with a variety of sports.

Sunday: Prenatal yoga
Tuesday: 3.1 @10:16 pace, road
Wednesday: 30 mns of yoga at home
Friday: 5.36 @10:32 pace, road
Saturday: 2.5-3 mile hike
Total: 8.17 mi run

PS: Did you enter for a chance to win an entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon yet?

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Being Thankful: Blue Ridge Marathon Entry Giveway

I can’t tell you how Thankful I am for running. I mean, I could try. It will be Thanksgiving in two days and I have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful husband who is by my side everyday, makes me laugh and takes incredibly good care of me. The full support of my family, a good workplace with amazing co-workers. A healthy pregnancy with a Lil’Pumpkin reminding me everyday how lucky I am with every single kick. Not everyone who wishes to have children can. It is my most precious gift this year, something I can’t stop being thankful for. On top of it, I can still run. I’m six months pregnant and still enjoying lacing my running shoes. Running has done so much for me in the last few years. I gained confidence and not only in my physical abilities. I met people. Running is my strength, it’s my balance, it saves my sanity every day and allows me to deal with stress. Running is my joy. It allows me to stay healthy.

I’m thankful that I got to run a marathon before getting pregnant. I know I will draw strength from it in a few months, when labor comes. I know I can be a tough cookie because I ran one of American’s toughest road marathons.

As promised, I want to share that joy, the reward to finish something people don’t think one can do, the 26.2 miles that most people will never attempt. This week I say thank you to running by offering you a chance to run the Blue Ridge Marathon.

When: April 20, 2013

Where: Roanoke, VA. The race will begin in downtown Roanoke, take you up to Roanoke Mountain by way of the Blue Ridge Parkway (and some amazing view spots), then up to the Star on top of Mill Mountain, down down down to Roanoke again for a last and mentally tough climb in South Roanoke, then along the Greenway to finish by the railroad track.

What: 26.2, 13.1 miles or a relay, including  7,234’ of elevation change for the marathon runners.

Whom: Half-marathoner, marathoner, Relay runners, double marathoner… A bunch of amazing people. Seriously take the time to talk with the runners besides you, you will be in awe. Yes you do have to be just a little crazy enough to attempt this but believe me, you can do it. The volunteers along the way are amazing and the people in South Roanoke will bring a smile to your lips and feed you goodies too.

How: to win an entry:

  • Mandatory: Comment below telling me what you are thankful for and why you want to run this race.
  • For additional entries: share this giveaway (https://trailrunningchick.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/blue-ridge-marathon-giveway) on your blog, facebook or twitter (I Want to #runBlueRidge from @Frenchyncarolin@brm26pt2) and comment below to tell me you did so.
  • Become a follower on my blog and leave me a comment

Contest will end on Friday 30th at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced shortly after (yes you’ll have enough time to train).

Disclaimer: I was provided a free Blue Ridge Marathon race entry and one free entry to give away.  The winner of the race entry is responsible for travel and lodging expenses.

24 Weeks Update

I obviously suck at making weekly updates. I’ve always loved looking at other pregnant runner’s weekly updates. They’ve often been an inspiration to me. And yet here I am totally failing at it. It’s not that I’m not running or that I don’t have things to write really. Mostly life on the other side of the computer takes a bigger priority in my life right now. My husband spends more time at home and as a result I spend less time blogging and more time with him. I know soon enough we’ll have to share our lives with a third little person so I take all I can of our last few months as “just two”.

I have to say that running has been good. Better than I would have expected by now. I’m actually taking less walking breaks than I was two months ago. I’ve maintained my pace around 9-10 min/mile. Some days are slower than others for no particular reason. But mostly not one week nor one run is the same. Take this week for example:

I ran 3.1 miles on Tuesday, it was a cold, rainy day. I had to take several walking breaks,  mostly due to the hilly course but overall I felt good.

Thursday I was hoping to run about 4.5 miles or so. That did not happen. Shortly after I started running I could feel the ligament on the right side of my belly pulling. Not only that but the joins around my hips felt sore. I took several walking breaks and short-cut my run to 3.6mi instead.

This morning I thought I wouldn’t have time to run but I did. So I went in the park again aiming for 4.5 mi. Except that I felt really good this time. Again the right ligament pulled a little at the beginning but then it went away. So I kept on going. I got to 5.3 miles and still felt good, so I continued with an extra loop around the park. In the end I ran almost 6.7 miles with only one walking and one bathroom break.

So I never know from one run to the next. Someday I think my running days are counted and on the next run it’s almost like I’m not pregnant at all. Go figure.

In any case I am incredibly thankful for the ability my body has to carry me. I am thankful for every day that I am pregnant and thankful for every single run I get with the little pumpkin riding along.

Total this week: 13.43mi +1 class of prenatal yoga, + a little yoga at home.

Other data: 9 pounds gained so far, not much (or as much as I would have expected) but the belly is measuring on track so that’s reassuring. The Lil’One is not shy on giving kicks and moving around. I can see my belly move from time to time which is so crazy.

We had a midwife appointment on Tuesday and I knew the baby was on the left due to a recent kick. So she got the doppler on the heartbeat right away. However within a few seconds, the Lil’One gave a kick straight on the doppler. I guess it wasn’t to its liking.

Running one of the World’s Toughest Marathons

 There is something incredibly rewarding in finishing your first marathon. All the months of training, sweat, pain, commitment come to fruition in that moment. It’s hard not to have the NYC marathon runners hopefuls in mind as I write this. While also means even bigger thoughts about all the people who are struggling to rebuild their lives after the Hurricane.

But yes, running a marathon is a big deal. I was proud when I finished mine. I had tears in my eyes as I told myself I was now a marathoner. To see how far I was able to push my body. I feel like I’m a better person from it. It taught me things beyond putting one foot in front of the other. It taught me that I can achieve a lot of things when I put my mind to it. We can achieve so much more than what we credit ourselves for.

I would have had those feelings no matter what course I had picked. But this morning I feel well, both a little crazy and yet even more proud of myself. Of course I knew I ran a hard course. I’m sure the organizer of the Blue Ridge Marathon didn’t nickname it “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” just for fun. I felt it, my legs felt it. But this morning it was written for the English speaking, weather loving people to see. Yep, in the midst of the whole controversy surrounding the NYC Marathon, weather.com asked some big names of the running community for what they thought were the toughest marathons in the world. Now mind you, this is not a scientific study. I am sure there are really tough marathons out there that are not even on the list. But still, according to this article: The World’s 15 Toughest Marathons, The Blue Ridge Marathon places as #8. In front of Grandfather Mountain, which I hope to run one day, in front of the rival Mt. Lemmon too.

So I have to say, this morning I feel a little bit crazy. I’m kind of glad this list was not published before I ran the Blue Ridge Marathon. I am not entirely sure I would have had the guts to do it. But looking back… I am a mountain girl, I do love the hills. I feel incredibly proud and strong to know that I finished a marathon that some big names of the American running world call the toughest. I felt it after running that first marathon, and I still feel it: I want to run more. Not to mention that I did a pretty decent time for a first marathon, on a tough course. So I want to know if I can run one in less than 4 hours on something a little more standard.

Now for the fun part. Are you as crazy as I am? Do you love challenges? Do you love the mountains? Because on Thanksgiving week I will be giving away a free entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon. That’s my way to say I’m thankful for running. You will then be able to claim that you ran of of the world’s toughest marathons. It’s ok, you can thank me later, you know, once you recover from it and all…