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Needing motivation!

Apparently making myself run when I don’t feel like it, and then having a great run, isn’t enough anymore. Right now I’m trying to convince myself to get out there and I’m having a really hard time. Why is it so hard for me? I’m happy to be running at all and now I just don’t want to?

Well, in an effort to get some motivation, I have picked out some races I would like to run this summer. They’re all 5Ks, and the first is in three weeks on June 7. The other two are a week apart in July, so I don’t know if I can do them both. But I ran them both last year and really enjoyed them. So I’m hoping I can run them both!

The Diva Dash on July 12 is a great race benefiting Girls on the Run of Dane County, a great organization dedicated to getting girls moving.

I ran the Waunafest 10-mile run last year and really enjoyed the course and the support. This year its on July 25 and obviously I cannot run the 10-miler. But there’s a 5K and if for some reason I can’t run that, I will do the 2-mile fun run. Also, my brother Jacob might do the 10-mile race and my sister Jeni might do the 2-mile. This will be a family event!

So now I have some motivation I’ve been lacking lately. I’ve always been more enthusiastic about training when I have something to train for. Its usually more than a couple 5Ks, but this will have to do. Now I’m off for that run!


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So when am I healed?

I asked my physical therapist last week when my particular injury is considered healed. He said there’s not a clear definition for this kind of injury, but he did say a guildine is when I can run again without any soreness or pain during or after. Its not just being cleared to run again.

The good news, I’m finding, is that I have very little soreness these days! I do still have some random soreness when I’m sleeping. And I actually had a little during my run yesterday, but nothing that concerned me. I think its just a short time before I really am healed!

In fact, I’m relatively pain-free right now. The hip soreness I have had after some runs has been non-existent lately. No achilles issues. I think my new emphasis on bending my knees is helping me in this area. Unfortunately my knees are a little sore so that I can’t do my physical therapy exercises as often as I’d like. My lower back is sore a lot of the time, but I’m feeling good. I wonder when I will have more of the pregnancy aches and pains?

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Recipe for a great run

Twice now I have gone out for a run when I didn’t feel like it. And twice now I have had a great run because of it! I’m finding more and more I have my best runs when I just don’t feel like running.

Last Monday I was in a bad mood and I just wanted to sit in the house and be lazy. I had somewhere to be in the early evening and I didn’t think I had enough time. But I made myself go out and run and ended up having a nice 2 mile workout of just running, instead of run-walking. Then today I did the same thing. I had a busy week last week and I just wanted to play the xbox (I rented a new Guitar Hero this weekend), but I decided I could do both. I ran around the neighborhood for almost an hour, did some housework and still got to play my game. This run was quite tough, I was tired. I probably wasn’t at my full energy since it had been awhile since lunch. But I was still glad I went.

I am getting a bit frustrated with my lack of improvement right now. I thought I was improving but I don’t really see it as much now. I have gotten better with pacing myself, but I’m so slow and I get so tired. I doubt I will run more than 5 miles before the baby is born.

But this is my first pregnancy; I don’t have anything to compare it to. I know I shouldn’t be trying to get faster. I’m really not trying to do that. I just want to not be so tired. I wouldn’t mind running a 10K again, but I don’t think I will do that anytime soon.

The good part of all this forced slowness, as I wrote the other day, is that I’m not having any achilles problems or any other problems really. I haven’t even had any hip soreness in awhile. I know running slow is good for me. I should have run slow like this last year when I started. But I think its human nature to want to be faster too.

I’d love to run four times a week. I’d love to run faster. But I keep repeating too that I’m glad to be running at all. Three times a week is fine and my speed doesn’t matter. I’d like to run a couple races this summer but I don’t even know if I will do that. Its OK though! I’m running!

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Visiting my best friends

On Wednesday I drove three hours to Bloomington, IL, to meet one of my best friends, Desiree, who lives in Charleston. I wish my best friends lived closer! My other best friend, Jen, who is also pregnant, lives in near Chicago. She’s about 10 weeks ahead of me, due in late August. We used to live almost next door to each other in neighboring subdivisions. And now we’re so far apart. I’m hoping to visit her sometime soon too.

It was great to see Desiree. The last time I saw her was Christmas time. We had a fabulous lunch at Olive Garden and then hung out at a mall across the street from the restaurant. We had milkshakes from this foodcourt place there that weren’t very good.

One of the highlights of the day was that Desiree brought Doug and I our first baby gift! She gave us a hooded towel and washcloth set, a set of 5 onesies and a set of 3 burping cloths, all in yellow and green of course since we don’t know yet if its a boy or a girl. Thank you Desiree!

My belly is starting to grow every day, though it is still not obvious from the outside over my clothes. It isn’t even that obvious without clothes. But I can feel it. If I put on a pair of pants I haven’t worn in awhile they fit differently. In fact, this morning my belly felt like it had grown overnight!

I’m feeling more round ligament pains in regular movement as well as sleeping. I hope running stays comfortable because I’m not ready to give that up yet. I gained a pound this week, which could have been because of having too much dessert this week, but I also think its because baby is growing. I’m hoping to make it to the doctor next week having gained only 1 or 2 pounds instead of the 9 I gained between my first and second appointments.

Here’s whats going on this week, according to

“This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.”

“In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.”

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Good progress despite no race to train for

I can see progress is definitely being made in my running as well as overall fitness. Progress that I didn’t make when my goal was to run as fast and as far as possible. Its actually good that I’m not training for a race.

I haven’t had any trouble with my achilles since I started running again. I’m sure its because I’m running slow and doing my best to avoid hills. Hopefully my better foundation now will prevent more problems in the future.

I’m still feeling some soreness in my stress fracture spot after runs, but its getting better. I’m not as nervous as I used to be.

My new concentration on bending my knees more seems to be helping too. I didn’t have any hip soreness after my last run, something I have had a problem with in the last couple weeks. Unfortunately today my hip is randomly sore, when I haven’t run since Monday!

I’m at the mercy of the great outdoors now. Doug and I decided not to continue our YMCA membership and save our money before Gold’s Gym opens in mid-summer. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to get runs in three times a week. And I am walking on most days I don’t run. I’m finding it quite relaxing, especially when I get out in the morning.

I dreamed about running a half marathon this morning. Two of my online friends ran half marathons last weekend. Another online friend ran Boston a few weeks ago. I’m talking about pregnant online friends. I suppose I could keep whining that I could have run a half while pregnant too if I hadn’t been injured. But who cares? Really. I just admitted I’m making great progress despite being way slower than I used to be and despite not having a race to train for. I’ll train for a couple 5Ks and maybe a 10K and that will work for me. The big races will still be there next year.

Oh and my friend Jessica successfully finished the Festival 500 Mini Marathon in Indianapolis last weekend, with a time of 2:25:43. I’m so proud of her! We always wonder if we can do it. Theres always a bit of uncertainty, but she did it! And I will do it next year with a better running foundation than before.

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Things are looking fine

I just got the results from my first trimester screening and everything is looking good!

The test uses an ultrasound to measure the space behind the baby’s neck and a blood test to screen for hormones to determine the risk of a baby having Down syndrome or trisomy 13 or 18, chromosome disorders. Apparently it doesn’t rule out the disorders, but its a good indicator.

I wasn’t worried about any of these defects, but it is nice to have the confirmation.

Work on cleaning the house is going well. Our basement is the cleanest and most empty its been since before we moved in. Next on my agenda is the closets, but I may wait awhile on that because this is a pretty busy week for me. There isn’t much else going on here this week.

I have the 20-week ultrasound in six weeks (that still seems so far away!) and after that we can start really thinking about decorating the baby’s room and what kind of furniture we want. I didn’t want to find out the sex at the ultrasound, but Doug convinced me and I caved in. But now I can’t wait to find out!

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I wish I was running a half marathon!

My friend Jessica, who I met last year in Team in Training, is running the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon on Saturday. And many of my other friends are also gearing up for half marathons and full marathons and other big spring races, and I’m not. I’m just slow. I wish I was running a half marathon!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to be running at all. And normally I’d be enthusiastically looking forward to seeing the improvement and running the summer races. But I don’t know what races I should run, or if I should run any. And I’m not sure how much improvement I’ll make while pregnant. But I am thrilled to be pregnant! I feel so conflicted.

I ran today for the first time all week. I covered 2.3 miles in 35 minutes, so slow compared to my former speed. My best 5K time last summer was 30:33, and my 5K time now is close to 40 minutes. Those are such quick races and probably the only races I’ll be able to run this summer.

I don’t know why I’m being so whiny today. Just thinking about where I was at this time last year I guess… a month out from my first half marathon. Last year at this time I ran the Lake Monona 20K. I was still coming back from a couple weeks off with my neuroma, so I was still pretty slow. I ran the half marathon a month later faster than the 20K.

Toady’s run was really good. I did the warm ups my physical therapist gave me and also concentrated on staying slow and bending my knees more my feet hit the ground. And the great thing about that is that I didn’t get as winded as I usually get. Maybe I will be able to run a bit faster and farther with this slight change in form.

This is kind of ironic. Awhile ago I wrote a comment on a friend’s blog; she was feeling a bit jealous of people getting ready for their spring races. And here I am feeling the same way. I guess its just because I ran my spring race and I just don’t know what more I can do. But I won’t find out unless I get out there and run and push myself to improve as much as I can. And my body will stop me when I do too much. It stopped me on Saturday and this week too. And I’m thankful it did stop me because thats why I could run today.