Thursday, October 23, 2014

Goals for Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon

Happy Thursday, everyone!  It feels a little weird that today's Thursday because I had to stay home sick yesterday.  It kinda feels like a Monday--that'll make tomorrow that much more exciting!

So, this weekend, I'll be running a half marathon!  I'm participating in the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon, a local race that raises money for the local high schools' athletic programs.
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I'm excited about this race because I had a great experience at last year's race.  It's a good size for a local race, each water stop is manned by students from each of the high schools in the county, and the post-race party has lots of great foods!

Today, I wanted to share my goals for this weekend's race with you.  I've had a hard time coming up with my goals due to a number of factors.

When I first signed up for this race, I was really excited because of my poor performance last year due to IT band issues.
I wanted right away to be able to "redeem" myself on this course, as it should be a very easy course to run a good race.

Then...I neglected to train for this race.  I've run every now and then since the ZOOMA Chicago Half, but not nearly as much as I should have by any means.  I'm feeling very similar to how I felt before the Lake Minneola Half Marathon, where I knew I was undertrained and set my goals with low expectations.

Despite PRing the last time I felt like this, there's a big difference between being undertrained for the Lake Minneola Half and this race....I'm 17 weeks pregnant!  That REALLY affects my mindset going in to this race.  I know I need to really listen to my body and make sure that I'm not overdoing it for Baby Fish's sake.  However, this isn't my first pregnant half marathon!  I was actually pregnant during ZOOMA Chicago, but I didn't know it yet!

So, taking all of those things into consideration, here are the goals I've decided on for this weekend's race:

A Goal:  Run until the starting line pack thins out, then complete the race using 3:1 run/walk intervals (dropping to 2:1 if needed)
On my runs since finding out I was pregnant, this is what I've been doing.  It's worked for me, but those runs have only been about 3 miles.  Hopefully it'll continue to work for this half marathon!

B Goal: Beat my Lighthouse Loop 2013 time (3:01:08)
Even if it's only by a second!  I think this goal is very realistic and doable, considering I walked the last four miles with an injury.

C Goal: Cross the finish line.
If I have to walk more than I'd like, I need to just be ok with crossing the finish line, no matter what the time is.

These goals are very similar to my Lake Minneola Half goals, but I know this is will be a very different race since I'm pregnant.  I'm looking forward to it, though, and hoping that the race is just as much fun as last year!

Some articles of possible interest:
Transitioning from the Half to the Full Marathon from Amanda at Run To The Finish
Your 10 Biggest Fitness Class Mistakes from Shape Magazine
Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bake from Stephanie at My Freckled Life

Question for you: How do you come up with goals for your races?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks

Good morning, y'all!  How is your week going so far?  Yesterday was a teacher duty day, so work was actually pretty easy!  Nice way to start the week.  I'm also excited because I'm finally getting back in to my normal work routine!  Good times!

Well, Tuesdays around here mean one thing lately: it's time to update y'all on how the pregnancy is going!  Let's just jump right on in, how about it?

Pregnancy Update: 17 weeks

How far along? 17 weeks (and two days)

Baby Bump progress: 

Baby's Size? about the size of my palm!  Baby Fish is 5 inches from crown-to-rump, and weighs at least 5 ounces.

What's happening this week?  Baby Fish is beginning to get some body fat.  He/she is still skinny, with essentially translucent skin!  This week, he/she is also practicing sucking and swallowing to prepare for eating after birth.

Total weight gain/loss: as of my doctor's appointment last Monday, I've gained 2 pounds since the beginning!

Stretch marks? None!  Still putting the cocoa butter on daily so that I can try to avoid them!

Sleep: no problems in the sleep department.  Trust me, I'm soaking all of that in because everyone keeps telling me that after the baby comes I won't sleep as well!

Best moment this week: Nothing really pregnancy-specific, but I feel like I got a lot done AND did a lot of relaxing this weekend.  Sounds good to me!

Miss anything?:  this week, I've been missing my daily cup of coffee and my normal Starbucks order.  I'm not complaining about decreasing the caffeine, but it just isn't quite the same :-\

Movement: I THOUGHT I felt something this week after running, but after talking with friends who have had babies, I don't think I felt anything.  It's still early, but I got a little excited.  I still don't think it was anything, but who knows.

Food cravings: No real cravings this week, although on the way home from church on Sunday, I really wanted some brownie batter.  Random, huh?  I wound up buying some brownie mix, but never wound up baking.  I also got some candy corn pumpkins, so I was pretty excited about those :)

Anything making you queasy or sick: nothing this week except the smell of the garbage can.  Just queasy, though.  Haven't gotten sick, thankfully!

Gender: can't find out until next month, but we're still planning on waiting!

Labor Signs: none (thank goodness!)

Symptoms: a few growing cramps every now and then, being SUPER forgetful, getting a little emotional over some small things, and a little bit of back pain thanks to some naps/sleeping on the couch.  Remind me not to do that again for a while!!

Belly Button in or out? in (and I'm thinking it will be for a while)

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody? In general, happy!  I have been a little more emotional this week, not so much moody but just emotional.  

Funny moments this week: On Friday, I saw my boss's boss at our coaching seminar.  I was planning to tell her I was pregnant, but I hadn't had an opportunity to before the lunch break.  I left to go to the restroom, and when I came back, my boss told me that she had asked if I was pregnant!  It made me realize that I AM looking pregnant AND that people are noticing!  Fun stuff!

Looking forward to: feeling the baby move, as well as figuring out some more of the logistics for the baby (what we need, what the nursery will look like, figuring out where we'll get what we need, etc.)!  So much to do!!

Exercise this week: I got in a few workouts this week, thankfully!  Let's see what that looked like!
Wednesday-2.7 mile run with the puppy!
Thursday-nothing (busy day + VT football game to watch)
Friday-nothing (being lazy)
Saturday-20-minute walk with Finn
Sunday-none
Monday-2 mile power walk with Tequila
I've been looking to my FitBit to motivate me to get moving!  My average steps have dropped significantly, and I want to get back to the days where I meet my 10,000 steps per day goal.  Plus, I also have a few half marathons coming up, as well as some other 5K races, and I need to make sure that I am prepared for those races.  

Weekend Recap: Fall Fun!

Hey everyone!

Once again, I broke my promise to you.  I said I'd blog 2-3x last week, and that just didn't happen.  However, I am actually feeling more inspired and have ideas for a few posts for you this week!  This isn't just going to turn in to pregnancy updates.  I'll get back on this blogging train, trust me!

So, let's get back to the normal Monday post and talk about the weekend!  Sound good?

Friday
I'm going to include my workday on Friday because it was a lot of fun.  We had our monthly coaching seminar, and as always, I learned a lot and had some fun!  A few of us went to lunch, and we had a great time hearing how everyone had met/gotten engaged to their husbands.  It was so interesting how similar Joe and my pre-engagement story was so similar to another coach!

After the meeting, I came home and had an enjoyable evening on the couch.  Joe was out of town with Tequila (he went to Gainesville for a concert with his sister) and I was dog-sitting Finn (Tequila's boyfriend), so I caught up on all the DVRed shows from this week.  Good times!

Saturday
After sleeping in a bit, I got up and got ready to work at the pumpkin patch for a few hours!
My church sells pumpkins every year to support the youth group, and I signed up to help for 4 hours.  I had a great time cashiering during that time, getting to know some of the youth a little bit better, and watching all the families enjoy a beautiful fall day.  Not gonna lie, I imagined the fun Joe and I would have taking pictures of Baby Fish in a pumpkin patch next fall.  Too cute!

The rest of the day was spent watching football.  Hey, what else do you expect on a Saturday in the fall??  I also had to enjoy some of the nicer evening weather, so Finn and I went for a walk.  It broke up the day nicely before more couch time and football.
 There was lots of cuddling with Pablo and Finn, and the games I watched were pretty enjoyable!

Sunday
I had another lazy morning before it was time to go to church.  After the service, I went by the book fair the church was having to fund raise for the children's ministry.  It was so much fun walking around in there and reminded me of how much I enjoyed when the Scholastic book fairs came to school!
I picked up some books for Baby Fish.  It was kind of hard, since I don't know if the little one will want to read about princesses or construction sights, so I did may best at picking some gender-neutral books.

I also bought one of my favorite fall treats--candy corn pumpkins!
I LOVE these things!  I ate a few while watching more football before heading to youth group in the evening.  Youth group was a lot of fun--between getting to know the kids, watching God's Not Dead, and good small group discussion.  Good times!

When I got home, Joe and Tequila had made it home, so I spent some time with them.  Tequila enjoyed having Finn there for a little bit, as you can tell in this picture.
Good thing both of them are fixed!!

And that was my Fall Fun weekend :)  It was nice and relaxing, and I enjoyed having very minimal plans.

Question for you: What fall-related activity did you participate in this weekend?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 16 weeks

Hey, everyone!  I hope you've had a good weekend since we last spoke on Wednesday.  I have just been so forgetful lately that taking pictures and remembering what I planned to blog is just not happening!  I hope you will forgive me!

What I HAVE remembered, though, is to update you on the pregnancy!  I'll do my best to post at least twice more this week, but no promises considering how much I've been forgetting lately.

Pregnancy Update: 16 weeks

How far along? 16 weeks (and two days)

Baby Bump progress: I'm kind of embarrassed I'm posting this picture, but it's all I got from this week!
Ugh, what a horrible picture!  I'll work on making next week's picture MUCH better!  I guess my photographer (aka Joe)

Baby's Size? 5 inches long and weighs around 3-5 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss: as of my doctor's appointment yesterday, I've gained 2 pounds this month

Stretch marks? None!  Got some cocoa butter with Vitamin E that I'm using daily, so hopefully that will avoid any stretch marks!

Sleep: Still sleeping well!  My being overly tired comes and goes, so that's definitely an improvement from being tired ALL THE TIME!

Best moment this week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat and finding out that everything is looking good

Miss anything?: 

Movement: nothing so far.  I can tell that Baby Fish is growing because of the cramps I get every now and then (doctor said they are normal).

Food cravings: This week, I was ALL ABOUT some cheese!  Queso dip at the Mexican restaurant, Macaroni and cheese, you name it!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Sadly, my lunch on Wednesday.  I packed a healthy lunch of salmon over spinach and fresh tomatoes.  I opened it up and it did not look appetizing!  I forced myself to eat it, but I wound up getting queasy about halfway through and had to stop.  Fail!!  It was really depressing.

Gender: can't find out until next month, but we're still planning on waiting!

Labor Signs: none (thank goodness!)

Symptoms: being really tired every now and then, and I've become SUPER forgetful lately.  So much so that I'm now taping sticky notes to my phone so I'll remember things.

Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody? I'm happy most of the time, but the moodiness does creep up pretty quickly.  It's only been once or twice this week though.

Funny moments this week:

Looking forward to: feeling the baby move.  

Exercise this week: none :(  I'm still trying to figure out my schedule this year.  I've taken on some tutoring, and Joe and I have been hanging out with people more in the evenings.  I KNOW I need to make exercise more of a priority though because a. I feel kind of gross because I haven't worked out lately and b. I have a race coming up very soon and need to get at least a little prepared for!