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Some kind of sign?

I had a running dream this morning. Or was a dream about lack of running?

I dreamed I was going to run the Madison Marathon, though I could tell I wasn’t in Madison. The race wasn’t starting until 1 p.m. though. I couldn’t get to the starting line. Then I got there but it was really early. But I wasn’t ready for the race. I tried to run home and I don’t know if I made it. I was stuck in slow motion. Eventually I realized I wasn’t dressed for it. I put on the wrong socks and then the wrong shoes. Then I realized I didn’t have my race shirt, then I didn’t have a race number. It was so weird. I didn’t start the race.

Something else I remember, but I’m not sure if it was part of the same dream, was related to the Crazylegs. I was about to run the 8K race but I was saying that the farthest I had run so far was 1.6 miles, which was the total distance of my last workout.

Could this be some kind of sign? I am pretty sure I will sign up for the Crazylegs run even though I won’t make the progress I wanted before the registration fee increases. Maybe I shouldn’t do it? Or maybe I should? I don’t know. Its weird though. I don’t dream about races that much. The last time I did was before fox cities. I dreamed that I was late for the race and decided it was because I was nervous. So am I nervous about this?

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A great weekend

Doug and I had a really fun, but also very busy and exhausting weekend. Luckily I felt great the whole time! It would have really stunk to have to skip any of it because of my nausea.

I had my two spring band concerts this weekend. I can’t say I really loved having them both on the same weekend, but it worked out well. It is a relief though that its done and that I have a break from band for awhile.

So one of my friends came to the Saturday concert and we hung out for awhile afterward. It started snowing and the weather became quite miserable. I went grocery shopping before going home Saturday evening and was so looking forward to getting in my pajamas and just vegging for a bit. But we got a call from a good friend who lives in Chicago. He was in town for a fantasy baseball draft and wanted to have a drink. He was stalling and planning to go home that night. But the weather was so crappy we stayed out for awhile and he spent the night at our house.

It was a lot of fun, but we definitely felt old for the college scene! But it was a going out experience that might never be duplicated. The beer was cheap for the boys and the coke for me was free. When we were about to leave around 11:30 to get some food, a delivery person from a nearby pizza place had come into the bar and gave us a free box of cheesy bread! She had about four of them and was just giving them away. I’m sure it was a promotion they run and it was awesome!

So we were fed and hydrated all for super cheap. The next morning we went out to breakfast at Doug and my favorite breakfast place. By the time our friend left it was time for me to go to my second concert of the weekend. I played that and went home and FINALLY I was able to veg in front of the TV, about 16 hours late! Its OK though. I had a lot of fun.

The weekend was great because I didn’t eat a saltine cracker for three days! But it was interesting timing, by later Sunday evening I started feeling the nausea again. I was working on my cross stitch and got dizzy just sitting there. As the evening went on it came and went. By the time I went to bed I was feeling decently crappy again. But this morning I’ve felt good again. My breakfast didn’t sit too well, but despite that I feel fine right now.

I wish I could figure out what makes the nausea start and stop and what makes it better or worse. But I just can’t figure it out. I guess I’ll just take whatever I can get.

Today I’m spending my time relaxing and this afternoon I’m finally starting my quest to become a freelance writer and editor. I’m really optimistic about it and I hope it works out. I started thinking about it last week and I really think it can work. I joined a web site where employers post jobs and freelancers bid on them. I’m also going to look into some of the publications in the area, but probably not including the state journal. There are plenty of publications around here though.

I’m really hopeful that I can establish myself in freelancing well enough to be a stay at home mom. Or at the very least I’m hoping I can use freelancing to get by with a part time job. I start drawing unemployment this week so its a good time to start working on it.

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Lowering expectations

So I have said its good that I became pregnant when I wasn’t running because I didn’t have any expectations at all… but thats not completely true. I did have one expectation and right now I’m not sure I can achieve it. I really really really want to do the crazylegs run. I’ve been saying the walk will be a victory too, but I’ve been lying. I want to run it.

I had given myself until April 6 to make a decision because thats when the registration goes up. I might end up extending that time limit or I might just gamble and enter the run anyway. It wouldn’t be the first race that I entered and didn’t run, though that would probably be worse than just signing up for the walk. But maybe I could register for the run and switch to the walk later. I’ll have to look it up.

Anyway, I’m done with my temp job tomorrow. There was an opportunity to be extended again, but I decided against it. My morning sickness is just kicking my butt right now, not to mention the fact that I have no energy by the time I get home at night. So I’m going to take a few weeks off before I get back on the temp agency’s availability list. Hopefully after my first trimester ends I’ll have more energy and be better able to juggle everything.

I haven’t worked out at all this week. I might tonight or I might not. I’m kind of blowing off the next couple days just because next week looks better. Maybe not the best approach considering I just confessed my expectation, but I think I will make it work some how. I’m going to take a look at the calendar and see what I should/could achieve by the end of next month. I can make this work!!

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Why I’m actually a little glad to be unemployed right now

So after tomorrow I’m no longer working on my temp job. There was another extension offered but I did not take it. Morning sickness is kicking my butt. I never know at any point of the day what I can and can’t eat and how I will feel. I stayed home on Tuesday because movement was not an option that morning. I didn’t eat anything other than saltines for close to 24 hours and I have no idea what brought on the nausea or made it go away.

Thus, I’m somewhat glad to be unemployed right now. I’m going to be more comfortable at home for the next few weeks. I know my morning sickness hasn’t been as bad as it could be. I’m not throwing up (knock on wood) but the nausea gets so intense! I haven’t eaten saltines this religiously since I was very little, and I’m probably eating way more of them than I did back then.

I have read that morning sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy. So I guess I’m supposed to consider myself lucky? Uggg, no thanks.

I’m 8 weeks today. And with any luck I only have four to five more weeks of this. It can’t pass soon enough.

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Can’t say I’m too impressed with pregnancy so far

I guess I must be at the point where there are a lot more changes in my body. Some of them are more unpleasant than others.

Morning sickness made itself known last week. I haven’t been vomiting yet, but boy have I been nauseous! Yuck. My stomach gets queasy if it gets too empty but sometimes too when it gets too full. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.

This weekend I’ve been queasy since yesterday afternoon after my workout. I still haven’t figured out how to not be queasy after finishing a workout.

Doug and I were going to go to church this morning but he’s been under the weather all weekend so we decided not to go. It ended up being a good thing because I got queasy after breakfast. I finally got an appetite for lunch at 2 p.m., but now I’ve just been starving since! I have already gained about 5 pounds in the three weeks I’ve known about the pregnancy because I have to eat constantly.

This weekend I also discovered heartburn. Yeah, thats something that will only get worse from what I read. Doug and I had dinner at Buffalo Wildwings on Friday and we ate way too much, which didn’t help, and my wings were too spicy. The heartburn didn’t go away til last night.

But its not all bad. My hair is extra shiny and my complexion seems to be clearing. I love thinking about how things will be in seven months when this little one is out. We’re having a baby!

When we went to the doctor Thursday they gave us a diaper bag with a bunch of free baby stuff inside, sample diapers and formula and some books. There was also a pamphlet about the hospital I will deliver at. The birthing area sounds more like a hotel! They have state of the art birthing suites where I will do everything, labor, delivery and recovery. The baby will be in there and Doug can sleep there too. And if we need a rest, there is a nursery. They have everything they need for every delivery. I think we made a good choice about our clinic and hospital. They offer tours that Doug and I will take one of these weeks.

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Surprise improvement

Already, I knew Thursday’s run was an improvement over last Saturday. My legs didn’t get nearly as sore! In fact, they weren’t sore at all. But I got an even better surprise today as I went for my jog prepared to go for 10 to 12 minutes. I felt really good and ended up going to 14! Talk about a pleasant surprise.

Something I’m still not quite sure how to deal with is my morning sickness/tummy queasiness after working out. I have had the morning sickness off and on though I haven’t been vomiting, thank goodness. Its still very unpleasant. I have to eat constantly because it happens if my stomach gets too empty. But sometimes it also happens if my tummy gets too full! But anyway, what happens when I work out is I get pretty queasy almost immediately when I’m done with my workout. I used to eat right before working out, but that I have found makes the queasiness worse. I waited an hour or so and still got queasy. This morning I went about two and a half hours after eating and it wasn’t nearly as bad. Unfortunately I got hungry right away and when I didn’t eat quickly enough my stomach just hasn’t been the same all day.

I wish I knew what to do for this. I also wonder what I’ll do when my workouts start getting longer. I used to eat before working out and sometimes during and especially right after when I used all my energy. Not sure how that will work now. But it’ll be awhile before I get to that point. Hopefully second trimester when I should apparently have a lot more energy.

This week I have logged 3 miles in my walking and jogging. 1.75 of those miles were jogged. I jogged a full mile today! That was a bit of a milestone in my recovery, I’ll admit. I’m pretty satisfied with how I did this week. I was a bit discouraged after Thursday. My legs are still kind of weak and my lungs need to catch up, but its getting better.

I used to run 4 to 5 miles minimum at a time. My total workout time this week was 46 minutes, while I used to exercise an hour to an hour and a half at a time! It’s OK though. I will get back there. Its just kind of interesting to compare sometimes.

So now I rest until my next workout Tuesday! Tomorrow or Monday I should try doing my PT exercises. I’m not sure how many times a week I should do them. I’m working out three times a week and I’d like to do the PT exercises three times as well. Realistically though I will probably do it twice. At least while I’m working. If my job ends after this week I will have more time.

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I have an announcement to make

I am pregnant! Baby Durso is expected in early November!

We had our first prenatal doctor visit today and got our baby’s first picture! I am seven weeks along and it was just a little blob, but we could see the heart beating. We’re smitten!

I had decided to not to really broadcast this until after the first appointment. It didn’t seem right to announce it to everyone right away. But I want to share this.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been so tired from working, and pregnancy has definitely been a factor. Independent of pregnancy though, I think I would be tired from working because the day shift is quite different than the night shift. Also I have more of a commute going downtown, which adds to the work day. Conversely, I think that in pregnancy independent of working I would be tired too!

Morning sickness is setting in a bit but its not too severe. My main thing so far is fatigue. I think I can’t get anymore tired and then I do. Today I have a good bit of energy though. I really haven’t figured out yet what, if anything, influences my energy levels.

I will talk about my pregnancy here in this blog both in general and in relation to my running/exercise, but I have started a new blog all about baby. You can read it at Please join me!

And on the topic of exercise, I am still going to try and work back up to running a few times a week, a couple miles at a time. My body will tell me what it can and can’t do. I don’t know if the pregnancy is influencing my running too much right now. I’m sure it is, but I really am out of shape. Right now I’m just doing what I can, without expectation. That really is a somewhat positive thing about becoming pregnant as I’m coming out of the injury. I had some expectations, but since I haven’t done much since last fall, the expectations aren’t as prevalent as if I had been running all this time.

So that’s that! Go read my other blog!


Our little bean

We had our first prenatal visit today and got to see our very young baby. You’re looking at his or her very first pictures here! At 7 weeks, it just looks like a little bean, but its our bean! We could see the heartbeat and yolk sac. He or she is nine-tenths of a centimeter right now with a heartbeat of 160 beats per minute. We’re smitten.
I have read in my pregnancy book that within the next week a big growth spurt will take place and the fetus will more than double in size, going from .2 inch to a half inch.

You are here because Doug and I have chosen to share our good news with you! Despite the rough year we have had so far with me losing my job, we couldn’t be happier with how the tide has turned. Baby Durso is expected to arrive in early November, the fifth is the estimated due date. Doug and I, but probably mostly I, will write in here to give the updates on what’s going on in our lives as we prepare to welcome our little bundle of joy. I hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I expect to enjoy writing it.

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Out of shape

I am woefully out of shape. I am realizing I can’t just increase my running by two minutes every workout and get up to 30 minutes just like that. I have to keep my jogging to 10 minutes at a time for awhile. My legs are so weak! I jogged 12 minutes today and while I did it, I don’t feel comfortable doing it again or increasing just yet.

So my running the Crazylegs 8K is in doubt. But maybe I will be able to. I’m not going to give up on it just yet.

Right now I’m just glad I actually made it to work out on a week night! Woo hoo!

The temp job has been extended at least through next Friday and it could get extended more. I finally found time and motivation to apply for jobs last night and I applied for five that are all in my field of expertise. I’ve retooled my resume and then retooled it again, so maybe I’ll actually have some luck this time. But if not, I just opened my claim with unemployment and will start receiving benefits the first week in April if I don’t have anything by then.

Time for some chocolate milk and icing my achilles.

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Sinus infection, physical therapy

Theres always something keeping me from my workout goal!

Right now I have a sinus infection and my asthma has flared, so I had to skip my run on yesterday. It was a shame because it was so nice outside! I guess that doesn’t matter since I can’t run outside yet, but its worth noting.

The temp yesterday got up to 71! Since I couldn’t run, Doug and I did another great outdoor activity, we fired up the grill for the first time this year! Oh and it was good too. We did hamburgers and brats.

Anyway, I think the asthma flare up is related to the sinus infection. I got all congested from it and it sat there and thats how it usually goes. I really hate asthma. So tomorrow would be another work out day, but it depends on how I feel.

I started physical therapy this morning, another possible hindrance on my working out. I’m a bit sore after being poked and prodded and learning the exercises. I’ll be waiting a few days before I try them again. I have quite a regimen of strengthening exercises for my core and lateral hips. I will work on the exercises and I have another PT appointment in three weeks.