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Halfway There!

Things have been busy, busy, busy the past few weeks. I feel like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I would like to and, unfortunately, that means things have been neglected here.

I’m finally in my 20th week of pregnancy. I don’t know why but so far this pregnancy seems to be going by super slowly.  I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever, though I know that’s obviously not the case. There’s so much going on throughout the next few months, I have a feeling (and hope) the next 19 weeks will go by more quickly. There’s Canadian Thanksgiving, then Halloween, then American Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then Baby Time! I can look at all of those as little time milestones and I’m sure that’ll make time go by faster. I know I shouldn’t rush things, especially because this could be my last pregnancy, but I’m so looking forward to meeting the little human growing inside of me that I can’t help but want to zip through to January asap.

My oldest started back to school almost three weeks ago and we’ve pretty well fallen back into a more consistent routine. Which also means I’ve actually been getting workouts done. I made myself a schedule as a guideline to follow doing Body by Trimester three times a week and walking 5-7 days a week. I’ve been good about doing BBT because I can do them indoors, but the weather here has been pretty crappy. It rained most of the first week of school, then we had Hurricane Isaac to deal with the second week (he was projected to hit us directly but moved West and got Louisiana & Alabama instead but we still had rain & wind from him), and more rain this week (apparently Isaac’s Ghost hit us yesterday and is in the Gulf now). So, that means my walks have suffered greatly. :/ I managed one lengthy walk two weeks ago but, since then, I haven’t done more than a few 1-ish mile long family walks. I know any kind of movement is better than none but I’m really disappointed the weather is being such a pain in the butt.

Pregnancy-wise, things are going well. I have my 20 week ultrasound tomorrow afternoon and I’m looking forward to seeing how much the little one has grown & changed since my last ultrasound at 13 weeks. Hopefully I get a nice tech this time. I had a real grouch for my 20w ultrasound when I was pregnant with my second. Not cool. We’re having another surprise baby so no gender shots for me. 😉 I debated for a short time whether I wanted to find out this time seeing as it may be my last baby but I decided against finding out for that very reason. I feel as though finding out the gender of your baby at birth is one of the few awesome surprises left in this world and I didn’t want to find out and be disappointed or regret it. Not disappointed in the sex of the baby but disappointed in that we ruined the surprise somehow. Plus, I like to torture family & friends who can’t seem to wait until the birth. 😉

One thing I am having issues with is my right hip. I had issues with it the last time I was pregnant and ended up going to physical therapy to get some exercises to help. I’ve lost the paper that had the exercises on it when we redid our kitchen so I’m hoping I’ll get a new referral so that I can get some help for it. It’s the same hip that gave me issues when I was training for and ran my first half and I can’t help but wonder if there’s an underlying factor or is my hip just hates me. The damn thing hurt like hell during that long walk two weeks ago (walk was just under an hour long and I was pushing the stroller) and it gave me zero hope of actually running this pregnancy. 😦 Oh how I miss running. Who knows, I may give it a try before January. If not, I’m counting down the days until the beginning of March when I should have the all clear to give it a go (unless I feel up to it before then). I can’t wait to enter the racing scene as well. I’m not sure if a Spring/Summer race is feasible or if things will have to wait until the Fall but I really miss participating in races. Heck, I miss everything about running.

Ok, done feeling sorry for myself. I promise to do my best to update more often. I miss everyone and feel so out of touch with the awesome community of running bloggers.

PHMB – Post-Half Marathon Blues

A black cloud has been looming over me since my half marathon on April 15th. I have not been able to find the motivation to run nor have I been making it a priority. Excuses have become easier and easier to come up with and embrace. In the eleven days since my half, I’ve run a total of 7 miles. That’s pathetic compared to what my weekly mileage was during my training. It’s very discouraging to be in this mindset but, it turns out, I’m not alone. According to this article (and many other I found with a quick google search), post-race blues are very common, especially among those who run full marathons.

Playing therapist with myself, I’m assuming that my disappointment in my first half has more than likely fueled this bout of post-race blues. The last two to three months have been about training for my first half marathon. Now that it’s over with, I find myself trapped in a “where do I go from here” mindset. I don’t have a specific running plan in place which makes it even easier to skip running because I don’t have to accomplish anything for that day. Terrible mindset to have.

I have several 5K’s, a 10K, and a couple of 4+ milers coming up over the next two months. The thing is, I don’t really need to train for them per-say because they’re not new distances. I just need to keep up my running to be ready for them. I know I need to make myself a schedule to help me get back on track.  I do better when I’m working toward a goal of some sort and I have a schedule laid out. However, even that task seems daunting to me right now.

DM has also been a blessing & a curse lately. Everyone on there is inspiring but this stupid dark cloud makes me feel like a lazy blob instead of allowing others to motivate me to do great things for myself. I am so ready to shake this thing. I need to get my head back in the game. My fitness isn’t the only thing that’s suffering, I’ve noticed I’ve also been very on edge lately because I’m not making exercise a priority.

I have a 5K for Autism Awareness this Saturday. Hopefully it helps me get back into the swing of things. Something’s gotta give! Someone please light a fire under my ass!

The Countdown Continues

My first half marathon is two weeks away. Holy cow. I’m starting to freak out a little.

My long run today was 11 miles. My last few long runs have been a tad difficult as I’ve been bringing the BOB and both kids along for the ride. The added struggle hasn’t done much for my confidence in my ability to actual run a half. My left hip has been giving me problems, as if on cue, every time I reach 6  miles during my runs. I’m not sure if I have some funky form when I run with both kids in the stroller (or with the stroller period) or if I’d still have the issue while running solo. I don’t get the opportunity to run solo much anymore so it’s a little difficult to test things out on my own. I’m just hoping that I’ll be pleasantly surprise and the half will go better than I think it will. I’ll be running it solo so I’m looking forward to that.

Ever since I started running last August, my runs have always been my “me” time. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that time to escape from the kids and from home and just let my mind wander. I’m sure fellow mother/parent runners understand where I’m coming from. I also started running when my husband was off so it was pretty easy for me to get out on my own for a half an hour or so. Since my husband went back to work in January, it’s been more difficult to schedule solo runs.  Actually, it was difficult to schedule any run, which is why we finally splurged for a BOB Duallie (I’m working on my review for that, wanted to use it for a good amount of time before reviewing for you all). So, with my husband’s working schedule (midnights, eww), the only way I can run 95% of the time is to bring along the BOB and little running partner(s). The only problem I’ve had with this arrangement is my pace has taken a hit and I miss my truly alone time. I try to remind myself that I’m doing good things with the stroller. It should help me become a stronger runner and, when I do run solo, I’ll be a faster runner as well (I’ve already seen evidence of this). Wow, I went off on a tangent there. I guess I explained, in a few too many words, why I’m looking forward to running solo at the race. :p

I guess there’s no point in worrying about how things will go. All I can do is continue my training and give it my all. Everything else will, hopefully, fall into place.

Excuses, Excuses

Holy cow, I can’t believe I’ve been MIA for almost 2 weeks. Ugh. Here are my excuses is what’s been keeping me busy.

1. A feverish teething toddler. He’s been working on his eye teeth for several weeks and they’ve been giving him Hell the last couple of days. This also means a few sleepless nights this week for me.

2. A POS computer that is barely a year old and giving me nothing but problems. I think I may have everything fixed (finally!) but I’m sure it won’t last long. Gotta love playing ‘Musical Computers’.*eye roll*

3. Last week was Spring Break which made for a busy week of keeping both kids busy while Daddy slept during the day.

4. Keeping up with my regular busy schedule and my half marathon training. So far, so good but I can honestly say I’ll be glad when I can run what I want when I want. I like having a schedule/plan to follow because it helps me feel accountable and get things done. However, I’m ready for a training break and just enjoy running at my own pace.

hmm… I wonder if that’s why I’ve been dealing with a runner’s black wall lately…….

I need to find my motivation and keep going. Time has escaped me and I need to get my Running w/ Spatulas virtual race done and my photo contest submission in, too, by tomorrow night. I work better under pressure. :p Everything will fall into place, it’s just a matter of getting it done. 

MIA

Sorry I’ve been MIA. We were away for a few weeks for the Holidays and it’s been a whirlwind trying to get back into our routine since we got back last weekend. One thing that’s really suffered is my working out/running routine. Ugh. We’re 13 days into 2012 and I’ve only gone for a run ONCE. I’ve let other things take priority over my running but I’m ready to step up my game and regain an active routine. I don’t know why, but I can’t stand not having a schedule to follow. If I don’t have a schedule, I find it’s easier to make excuses, then, before I know it, days have gone by and I haven’t accomplished a thing. I need to and it’s time to get out of this rut!

I’m in the process of mapping out goals and rewards for 2012 and I will post about them once I have everything finalized. I’m also planning on starting P90X this coming Monday. I am still undecided whether I’m going to devote my entire self to P90X for an entire round (90 days) or do a P90x/running hybrid I found online. Or, if I’ll do P90X but substitute the cardio workouts for running. I probably won’t be able to come up with a definitive plan until I start and see what works for me/my schedule and what doesn’t. Thinking about it right now, I can’t see myself being able to stay away from running for a full 90 days so I’m thinking some kind of P90X/running hybrid will be in the works.

Hopefully I can get everything together (my mind is a whirlwind right now) and have a couple of posts up in a few days. Stay tuned!!

food intake fail

I have a problem. My problem is my food intake. I eat too much crap and not enough good stuff. My excuse far too often for allowing myself to eat the crap food is “I worked out today, I can have a couple of cookies/some chips/this piece of chocolate/etc.”. I need to get out of this frame of mind and fuel my body with proper nutrition. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat 100% clean 100% of the time (I live with too many cookie monsters lol) but I need to find ways to do better. I need to program my mind into thinking a piece of fruit is a treat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sitting here eating sh*t all day long, but I know I can do far better than I do now.

Another thing I’ve noticed is I actually eat more since I started running. Some days I’m hungrier than others and that’s fine, but again, I use the “I worked out today so I can have…” excuse and eat more than I should. Fact is, I can’t afford the extra calories. I logged my food intake at breakfast & lunch into myfitnesspal.com today for the first time in months and was shocked to see that I only had 379 calories left for the day. And, that was after I gained 231 calories for today’s run. Guess I’ll be having a bowl of cereal for supper tonight. Ha, half joking there.

I often wonder what happened to the will power I once had. I realize I was far from healthy when I was knee-deep in my eating disorder, but I was able to say no to the “bad stuff” fairly easily. Now, I can’t walk past the bakery section of the grocery store without needing a mop to soak up my drool from the floor. I wish I could find a happy medium. I don’t want to be sick again but I want to be able to control my food intake a little better. Perhaps now that I see how crazy my food intake is in black and white, I may be able to take better control of the situation. Oy. Food sucks. The scale sucks. The measuring tape sucks.

Hello World!

Like most things on the internet, there seems to be an abundance of running blogs out there. I debated whether I should start my own and obviously decided to give it a shot. A blog will help me chronicle my running trek and hopefully aid in forming relationships with other runners. I am a very fresh newbie in the world of running so I have a lot to learn but I’m up for the challenge!

To get to know a little about me, you can read my intro here. Now that that’s out of the way, lets get down to business. 😉 Let the blogging begin!