Running On Average

Week 1: Mother’s Day, Workouts, and Humira

Hey, all!

So this past week has not gone exactly as planned, but it still went really well!

Mother’s Day

For a workout last weekend, we spent the entirety of Saturday doing yardwork. I mean that counts, right? We planted literally 100+ flowers. Sunday was Mother’s Day and my darling husband made adorable peanut butter and jelly labels of our kids. Maybe I’ll post them sometime, but they are downstairs andd I’m currently holed up in our bedroom because if my son sees me, it’s all over. #mamasboy

Anyway, it was the cutest gift EVER.

Also, since my iPhone 5s was on its way to cell phone Heaven, my hubby took me to the Apple Store to buy an iPhone X. I feel so spoiled!! The difference in picture quality between the 5s and X is ridiculous.

 

Workouts

Let’s see. Monday I went for a 4.5 mile run around 9:20 pace then did 80 Day Obsession Total Body Core.

Tuesday I did 3.1 miles at around 8:25 pace. 80DO got cancelled because my son was having a rough time teething and I wouldn’t have started working out until 10pm. No thanks.

Wednesday, I convinced my husband to run with me and we took the double jogger on a trail run for 4 easy miles. I pushed the first two miles, he pushed the second two. Then we let our daughter get out and run because she soooo wanted to. A-Dor-A-Ble. Again, no 80DO because kids.

Thursday was a rest day.

This morning, I took the kiddos on a double jogger run for 3.2 miles then we played at the playground for a while. It was super fun. I doubt I will lift tonight because I have a 10-miler scheduled for tomorrow.

Humira

Wednesday, after two weeks of back and forth with the Humira people, I finally had a nurse call me to schedule injection training. The only day she had available before next Wednesday was yesterday morning, so fortunately Dave was able to come home and watch the kids while the nurse trained me on Humira injections. I was on Humira 3 years ago, but stopped for my third trimester with my daughter and wanted a refresher course. The loading dose is 4 pens and they still hurt like a B.

Anyway, one of the side effects is that it can make you tired. Now, I don’t know if it did or not because I’m already perma-tired (thanks, kids), but I decided to chalk Thursday up as a rest day. Honestly, I think the emotional stress was worse than anything. I hate the idea of biologics with all the potential side effects, but since my ulcerative colitis wasn’t getting under control with other medicines, it was time to step it up. Here’s hoping it all turns out well.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ve got to go work on a post for Pittsburgh Moms Blog now while sipping on cold brew and listening to the delighted squeals of my babies playing with their daddy. 🙂 Make sure to check out my latest on PMB next Wednesday!

How was your week? 

P.S. If anyone can school me in why my iPhone X only downloads some images if I copy a folder, but all the images if I Ctrl+A copy the pictures within the folder, that’d be great. Oh and why there’s like three different files of the same photo? I’m so confused. lol Going to be a work in progress…

Working on My Follow Through

I’m a dreamer. I have these big ideas of things I want to do and projects I want to complete and I get all excited thinking about them, devising plans, creating lists, and envisioning the end results. But my problem is on the follow through. I’m terrible at it. And I’m beginning to get annoyed with myself for starting then stopping, beginning but not completing.

I want to run and lift more consistently.

I want to take my kids on more adventures.

I want to clean up my diet.

I want to write a novel.

I want to actually write in this blog regularly.

I want to stop starting over.

Change is hard. Especially the beginning stages where you have to work up the momentum and work your way into a groove. But maybe I can use my stubbornness to my advantage and finally follow through.

I ran my fourth marathon April 22, so after a few weeks of low key exercise and recovery I’m ready to start training for the Pottstown Half Marathon July 14. I started training this past week and beginning on Monday I will be doing 80-Day Obsession to add strength training to my routine. I’ll be modifying it, both in the exercise and diet aspects since I’m running and still nursing my baby boy.

For the family side of things, I’m creating a Summer Fun list for daytime adventures with my kids so we don’t spend too much time watching Paw Patrol.

As for the writing, I definitely want to dig into my novel writing, but instead of overwhelming myself right out the gate, I’m going to start with my family and my health/exercise.

So join me on my adventures! What are some goals you want to achieve? Let’s hold each other accountable!

New Year’s Do Over

My 2018 got off to a rocky start. On New Year’s Day, we made the trek home from Christmas vacation visiting family that took longer than it should have due to traffic and accidents. When we got home, we were out of food, the grocery store was closed, and Target was out of sauerkraut. So I had to improvise and made an Asian-inspired PA Dutch “pork and sauerkraut” of sorts: freezer orange chicken with pork egg rolls.

It was also the first day of marathon training… but that got moved to the next day. Which worked out well enough, because Wednesday’s run was cancelled due to fasting in preparation for Thursday’s UC procedure (nothing like starting the year with a clean colon! hahaha)

So today is my soft reset. It’s not going to be perfect- I’ve already made mistakes- but I look forward to the opportunity to improve, to better myself, to stop making excuses and getting in my own way.

That’s the great thing about changing and becoming who we want to be; we can start whenever we want. A week from now, a month from now, or even just RIGHT now. If we want to improve, we can. And I do.

The last few months for me have been plagued by postpartum anxiety and I won’t even pretend that it is all behind me now. It’s still very present and on the forefront of my mind. Even the idea of change and a better year makes me anxious. But as someone once said, on the other side of fear lies freedom, right?

That’s all for today, but stay tuned for more details on my marathon training and my new year’s resolutions!

What are your goals for this year? Do you plan to make this your year? YOU SHOULD! Smile

Our Newest Lil Runner

I know I’ve been away for a while, but pregnancy had me completely exhausted all the time that even writing seemed hard. But I somehow managed to run up until my due date! Smile Huge success in my book!
Anyway, I want to introduce to you the newest addition to our little family.

Meet Jordan!

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Our sweet little boy was born 4 weeks ago on June 8, at 12:46 am measuring 19.5 inches long and 7 lb 6 oz. He’s so ridiculously cute and a pretty chill little guy and we are obviously in love.

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Even Riley loves him and is taking her big sister role seriously! Although, that means countless attempts at picking him up. And trying to shove a pacifier in his mouth when he’s sleeping.

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I am hoping to get back to regular blogging very soon, but two kids is a huge adjustment and we’re still getting the hang of it (especially with Dave back at work). But I’m loving it so far!

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Talk to you soon!

Your most average runner – Jess Smile

Running Through Pregnancy

I am now 36 weeks into my second pregnancy (whaaa??!). I ran until 35 weeks the first time around, and plan to keep going as long as I can this time. While I don’t qualify myself as an “expert” on either pregnancy or running, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two and feel like I know enough to pass along some advice and tips that got me through these last two baby baking times. So, if you are hesitant about how it goes, fear not!, it’s not so bad.

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Tips For Running Through Pregnancy

1. Give Yourself Grace

This could probably encompass all the other tips I’m about to provide, but I want to put it here first. Whether you are a casual jogger or hardcore, daily runner, your running is going to change over these nine months. It’s not just you anymore. Even before you feel those sweet fetal movements or see the scale start to climb, there is so much happening inside that can affect your daily life and running. So as easy as it is to get frustrated that you aren’t reaching the same mileage or pace, don’t be hard on yourself during these months. If you are too tired or sore or sick to get a run in, THAT’S OKAY. Don’t beat yourself up. You are growing a tiny human inside you and that, my friend, is amazing.

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2. Get Your Doctor’s Okay

In most cases, running and exercise during pregnancy are beneficial and encouraged, but just make sure with your doctor first, please. There is no need to put the baby’s health at risk if you don’t have to.

3. Hydrate More

When I was a young girl in my early 20s, I never took water on a run under at least 10 miles. I just didn’t need it. Was it stupid? Possibly. But I survived (a fine example of “do as I say, not as I do”).

Now, if I am on the treadmill or running with the stroller, I almost ALWAYS have water with me. When I’m out on my own, I still don’t (#fail), but I do drink like it’s going out of style the rest of the day and make sure that I’ve replenished any water lost.

Even though you’ll have to pee even more (is that possible?!) it’s so important to stay hydrated for yourself and for your baby. Plus, it will boost your energy (relatively speaking… you’re still pregnant).

4. Focus on Effort

I can’t say that I’ve ditched my Garmin during pregnancy because I have a small obsession with knowing my mileage. Even when my mileage is low (30-40 miles per month), I still like to track it  so I 1) don’t get too lazy and 2) have an idea of what to expect postpartum. BUT, I have let go of running certain paces. I walk now if I need to, no shame in that game. Especially when I’m pushing Roo up a hill? Yeah, there’s no way me and my extra 25 lb. + stroller/toddler are running up a hill.

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Keep a steady effort and push yourself a little- but now isn’t the time to keeping going out of your comfort zone. Run for the joy of the run- not the numbers. You’ll still get a workout, I promise.

5. Train Safely

The other week I decided to take Roo out for a run while Dave mowed the lawn. It was an unusually hot day of 85 degrees. I knew going into the run that I would not be running the whole thing, or that if I did, it would be slow. I accepted the conditions before I took my first step.

I’m not saying to never run in the heat or to skip trails (at least not manicured trails) during your pregnancy, but be aware of your surroundings. Are you getting too hot? Slow down, walk, drink some water. On a trail? Keep an eye out for roots, uneven surfaces, and any other unexpected nature. Your gait may change, so pay attention to your footing. I’ve tripped more than once this pregnancy and had flashes of falling on my baby. Not what you want!

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You don’t have to give up running; you just have to be smart about it.

6. Listen to Your Body

If you’re tired, take a break. If you’re not recovering as fast as you once did, take more rest days. If something hurts, talk to your doctor. Like with my first pregnancy, I’ve reached the point now where I get shooting pains down the front of my pelvis during runs and you bet I chatted with my doctor about it (twice). I still have the okay to run, but I’m definitely being more cautious and realizing that my running days may be numbered and I may have to start exclusively walking soon. It does bum me out a little, but it’s worth it to not have those holy hell shooting pains and to know I’m doing what’s best for both my body and my baby.

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I’m no doctor and no running guru. I’m just a girl who loves to hit the pavement at an average pace for average mileage. But I remember being new to the pregnant runner game and looking for others who’d been through it before. So I hope this helps you, if that’s where you are.

Enjoy your pregnancy, enjoy your running, and if you’re worried at all…. talk to your doc! Smile They won’t mind (and if they do, they’re terrible and you should find someone else Winking smile)