Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ran myself raw

Ran 6 miles on the indoor track today...2 miles one direction, 2 miles the other direction, 2 miles the first direction. Dang, that is a lot of laps.

I absolutely destroyed the inside of my legs. I have the worst chafing EVER. Is this a pregnancy thing? Or maybe my thighs are getting so fat that they rub together? Or maybe I'm just a sweaty blob of mess. I felt the pain about mile 3 but I knew it would be worse if I stopped. Now I am having a twinge of regret as I can't put on any pants right now! Just a sweet lil' show for the neighbors. Besides the inside of my legs, I also got chafed underneath my it's definitely a whole body thing somehow.

I think I may be facing maternity workout reality....being forced to buy maternity spandex or unitards to wear! They are so hideous...I don't think I can do it. But, I don't think my gym would appreciate me running naked either. Oh, what to do?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

17 weeks, 5 days

Total of 5 miles today - walked .5 mile, ran 4 miles, walked .5 mile.
Stretched really well and did some ab work on the ball.

My stomach felt a little tight sometime in the middle of my 3rd mile so I took a few minutes of a walking break. But, all in all, I still feel really good. I actually feel better with less aches and pains when I run faster. I bet that my running form changes a lot when I slow down so my body is not as used to it. But, I try to keep things fairly slow.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Every other day

I just haven't been able to work out everyday. I'm definitely feeling more tired as the days go on. It's funny because I don't think I was this tired in my first's just kicking in now.

Today I walked .5 miles, ran 3 miles and walked another .5 mile to cooldown. I accidently destroyed my hamstring muscles when I was lifting a few days ago. I can't believe how much more sore I am after lifting...that's definitely a pregnancy symptom. Usually I recover really quickly from lifting. But today, more than 48 hours after lifting, I'm still sore!!! I tried to stretch really well after running so hopefully the legs will feel better tomorrow.

Thank goodness tomorrow is's been a long week.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Large Dairy Queen shake

Ran 2 miles on the indoor track. Then, I lifted for almost an hour...mostly arms with some legs and abs thrown in. I finished up by running another mile on the track. That last mile was the worst thing ever! Before pregnancy, this was a very easy workout for, I wanted to cry every lap of the last mile. I was whipped after I was finished.

I picked Eric up and we were driving home when I started to feel a little ill. I told him it was an emergency and high-tailed it to the Dairy Queen where I ordered a large chocolate shake and drank the whole thing. I don't think I have ever finished a large shake in my life...turning over a new leaf over here.

Is this the first of the pregnancy cravings?

Monday, January 25, 2010

17 weeks, 1 day

Ran 4 miles today on the treadmill...we have about 2 feet of snow outside! Pace was between 6.0mph -6.5mph. I felt pretty strong the whole time. The gym was crowded today though and I started to get a little warm at the end of the run.

I'm going to attempt to do weights tomorrow.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The treadmill is a jealous lover

I spent a week away from the gym and exploring the great outdoors of Montana. I figured I could just put my workouts on the backburner for a bit. Today, the treadmill made me pay for my indiscretions.

Although my first trimester weight gain was exactly 3 lbs, I managed to pack on an additional 3 lbs in the last 4 days! It may have had something to do with my "eating for five" plan....oh, but it was worth it.

I'm 16 weeks and 5 days. I "think" I may be feeling some baby kicks, but it's pretty hard to tell at this point.

I ran 4 miles today and walked 1 mile (1/2 mile before and 1/2 mile after the run). I did most of the run at 6.0mph but got up to 6.7mph on the last bit.

I was getting some suspicious stares at the gym, so I think I'm definitely rocking the baby belly at least in my gym shorts and t-shirt. So far, I don't think anyone at work suspects....kinda funny to me actually.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When you can no longer fit into snowpants, it's time to quit snowsports

Eric and I had a fabulous getaway this week to Big Sky, Montana. We spent a day touring Yellowstone National Park on snowmobile. I can't say enough about how AMAZING snowmobiling in the park was. Put it on your bucket list now!

Anyway, when I showed up at the snowmobile shop, I realized i could no longer zip and button my snowpants!! I rode the whole day with my pants unzipped...luckily, I was layered up underneath. If that isn't a sign to hang up the crazy sports, I don't know what is. You would be proud of me in that I DID NOT snowboard the next day on the mountain (that was only because I don't think i can zip up my tiny snowboard jacket....haha).

I think the baby is definitely growing this week. I can feel my stomach stretching...but then again, I did eat a ton of mexican food and M&Ms!

I also noticed some wicked headaches. I'm not sure if they were from the altitude though or pregnancy. I will keep an eye on it.

Back to the grind and the gym tomorrow!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'm starving

The hunger has kicked in hard core...I feel like a bottomless pit. I'm seriously eating twice as much as I usually do and still feel hungry! Also, I'm starting to feel a little worn out. I really didn't feel tired in my first trimester, so it's wierd it's kicking in during my second.

I dragged (yes, literally dragged) the dogs out for an hour run today. We were going pretty slow mostly because Cody was being a little pain and refusing to run next to me. I think I probably did 5 miles.

I noticed my knees hurt after the run. I never have had knee pain before. Hopefully it's a one time thing.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Up and down week

I ran 4 miles yesterday (2 on the treadmill and 2 on the indoor track). I did a few 1 minute pickups throughout. I felt really good while running but then afterwards, my arches and lower legs started hurting. I have an arch injury from indoor track in college and that arch was acting up. I'm thinking the hormones may be contributing to my ligaments and tendons stretching out in my I'm not getting the support I usually get.

I am taking today off...I have to write a paper tonight so I can go to the Rodeo tomorrow night! I'm definitely more of an opera/theater/symphony girl....but, hey, we live in Montana. We have to join in the local fun. I think I'm going to get all decked, tight jeans and some ridiculous baby doll t-shirt that barely covers my gut. I'm designated DD and don't mind at all...I'm that girl that everyone thinks is totally wasted on the dance floor when I'm really sober!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Homework trumps running

I'm in the midterm week of my LAST 2 CLASSES for my MS degree! I'm pretty stoked. It's only taken me 3 years! (yeah, some people go to school for 7 years....and they're called doctors). Although the actually classes haven't been too killer (it helps that I like the subject matter), it's tough to get it all done between working full time and life.

I ordered my cap and gown a couple days ago. One of the best things about my school is that it's in Arizona so I get to leave cold, snowy MT in March to go to my graduation.

I'm also thankful to be done with school (at least for now) if/when we have a little one running around. Eric is also fairly close to finishing his graduate degree...he should be done by the fall.

So schoolwork definitely beat out running this week. I did 5 miles yesterday (3 miles running, 1 mile walking at treadmill, 1 mile running) but that's about all I have fit in.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

14 weeks, 6 days

I braved the cold and ran outside today with a running buddy. I did 6 miles and the snow, wind, weather wasn't terrible. We walked a few parts (my running budy was doing 11 today was she was kinda worn out). So all and all, a very easy/relaxing run for me. Also, I took Charley along and she did good too. She was sick yesterday and I was worried she would have some "accidents" along the way but she was fine.

I think I want to keep trying to do a long run outside on the's a good break from the gym.

I do feel a little sore from weights yesterday.

After the run, I outdid myself at On the Border...I just love the guacamole.

Friday, January 8, 2010

14 weeks, 5 days

I'm getting RIPPED today. Ok, well maybe not that huge. I ran 3 miles on the indoor track...don't even know what my pace was...I just ran. Then, I lifted weights for 45 mins or so. I focused a lot on arms/upper body but threw in a few squats and stepups for good measure. I felt really good and strong today.

I still fear that I look like the "Girl with the beer gut" at the gym. The bump definitely looks like pudge right now.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

14 weeks, 4 days

I took yesterday off because my IT band was acting up...probably because I'm running so damn slow.

Anyway, today I did 4 miles on the treadmill (pace 6.0mph -6.5mph). Then I did 1 mile on the track walk/run. Total = 5 miles. Plus ab work and some pushups.

We had a doctors appointment today and got to hear the heartbeat. Now I can "officially" say I'm in the second trimester. Everything is looking good. We also scheduled our big ultrasound which will be 12 February right before Eric leaves. I can't believe how soon that is! Crazy!

I'm also going in sometime in the next two weeks to do a quad screen to check if baby's at risk for anything.

Sometimes, it's still hard to believe I'm pregnant.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

14 weeks, 2 days

I think my "secret" might be out to my fellow gym-goers. I realized today that my stomach sticks out when I run. But I'm still at that stage where maybe they all feel sad for the poor girl with a beer gut! I can't really hold my stomach in (like I usually do at work) when I am concentrating on moving my arms and legs and not falling off the treadmill. Also, I walked a mile today at the gym and for anyone who knows me...that is a dead giveaway that something is up. I am NOT a walker at's too slow of a sport for me.

Workout: Ran 5 miles between 6.0mph and 6.5mph. Walked 1 mile (6 miles total). Did ab work: ball crunches, roman chairs and planks.

I did 2 or 3 pickups of 1 min at 7.5mph. I must say, it's only because I am consciously forcing myself to slow down that I am running this slow. I actually feel great and my body feels really good especially at 7.5mph (was my pre-pregmancy pace). I'm keeping my breathing really easy...arguably too easy. But I'm OK with that. I'm just happy to get moving and do something everyday. I'm sure it will get harder later on but for now, the running is good.

Only complaint is that my lower back is tight and sore afterwards.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Off day x's 2!

I took Sunday and Monday off....and also managed to pack on 3 lbs or so! I have been an eating machine today....out of control! But I was starving! The only problem with starvation is that you tend to eat junk food instead of good food.

I did get a fabulous massage tonight so the day off was well worth it!

Back to the grind tomorrow....

Saturday, January 2, 2010

13 weeks, 6 days

I'm so worried about our appointment on Thursday! I'm trying to "be tough" so I'm prepared for any outcome...but I really do want this little firecracker to stick around. I am still wishing for ANY kind of pregnancy symptom. Sometimes I think my boobs are a little bigger....but I think it's in my head. Also, sometimes I think i can feel my uterus popping out over my pelvis, but other times I'm worried that I'm just a little chunky. Please stick around little, Bean! This 'teen' weeks are going by so slowly.

Workout: Ran 4 miles on the treadmill. Did a couple of minutes at 7.5mph...they felt good to actually get moving. 98% of the run was between 6.0mph and 6.5mph.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Froze my face off

13 weeks, 5 days

Dragged myself off the couch for a spritely little run outside. The temperature was a balmy 10 degrees F.

If I am gaining weight, it had better be baby weight and not Oreo, McDonalds, chewy Chips Ahoy, or ice cream weight.

So, the dogs and I ran 4 miles in 10 degrees. I think I froze my face off. But, I haven't heard a peep from the dogs all afternoon. They have been passed out for the last 2 hours.

Next "big day" on the horizon...7 January. We go for our next doctor's appt and they will check the heartrate with the doppler. Wish us luck.
13 weeks, 3 days - 4 miles at the gym

13 weeks, 4 days - 3 miles running + weights. I'm pretty sore today! I guess I haven't lifted in a while but I'm def feeling it in my arms and shoulders.

Today is 1 Jan...I'm seriously lacking motivation. This is not the way to ring in the New Year! I was thinking of taking the dogs out for a walk/job but 1) it's 10 degrees outside and 2) I'm worried about the ice. Pregnancy has made me fearful of falling. Oh, and it's 10 degrees. Did I mention it's cold outside yet? I suppose if I commit to walking, I won't be as worried about slipping. But, I'm not a good walker. It just seems like such a slow way to get around. It takes forever!! But then again, my runs seem to be taking forever at this point too due to my slow pace.

Compromise solution?? Walk the dogs for 2 miles (once around the neighborhood) and then play Dance Dance Revolution??? DDR could be a little carrot to motivate me to take the dogs out. It's not that I really love the dogs, it's just that if I don't take them out to run around, they will try to play the DDR with me and it gets ridiculous and dangerous. (Also, I'm joking....I really love the dogs. And I want to be an advocate against canine obesity).