Second Trimester – Weeks 19, 20, 21 and 22

It’s been a while since I have written about my pregnancy journey… So I will roll the past few weeks into one big update. I have been so swamped with the final edits to my masters thesis and thesis defense, that I haven’t really been keeping track of how my body (and emotions, and everything else…) has been changing! Here is the latest:

Week 19-22:

Baby: Size of a zucchini (19), belgian endive (20), baby bok choy (21), an ear of corn on the cob(22)

Fitness: I focused on incorporating cross training and strength in my workouts over the four weeks. I did a total of 7 21 Day Fix workouts, 5 swims, and a handful of nightly walks along with my running. I ended up skipping two 5Ks that I signed up for. I just wasn’t feeling it and I’ve decided that running without my husband is just not as fun while I’m pregnant. I’m more focused on completing the run rather than any sort of PR. And if that’s what I’m doing, I want my husband there with me (mostly to distract me from my own mental shaming of how FREAKING SLOW I AM).

Total miles for the week 19= 12.45, week 20= 15.27, week 21= 17.1, week 22= 17.97.

Weight Gain: Weight jumped up a bit, but has stabilized again over the past week. I’m officially up +26 pounds. The doctor isn’t concerned.. but I am. I have been doing everything that the interwebs, pregnancy books, etc tell me to do to stabilize weight. I eat (mostly) healthy, work out a ton… and still gaining weight.

Food Cravings: Definitely mexican food still. And donuts. But I practice restraint and only allow myself one donut a week.

Food Aversions: Not really anything. I will eat pretty much anything.

Symptoms: I might be getting diastasis recti… It feels like my stomach is literally being ripped apart. And I have some piriformis pain after a run. But other than that (and feeling HUGE), I am doing pretty well!

I had my monthly check up on the little one. It was the full anatomy scan and everything looked pretty good. There was a soft marker for down syndrome (Echogenic intracardiac focus (EIF)), but coupled with my negative blood test, the perinatologist did not elevate my risk any higher than the previous risk factor. I’m still a little nervous about it, but my baby is healthy, growing, and “has muscular calves” – (says my husband… not a doctor). I will have another ultrasound at my next checkup – likely around the 25-26 week mark because I will be moving shortly after to Detroit. Here’s my little bebe trying to eat his or her hand:

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Second Trimester – Week 17 and 18

Week 17:

Baby: Size of a pomegranate

Fitness: Only did 1 day of strength training, but upped my running this week. I was even able to run at my friend Lauren’s house in Skagit County. It was a WONDERFUL run in the refreshing rain. Total miles for the week= 20.58

Weight Gain: Only gained a pound this week. Up +17 to date.

Food Cravings: Mexican food! Allllll of the mexican food!

Food Aversions: Anything overly fried – onion rings, etc.

Symptoms: Just a little hip and back soreness. But that may have been from traveling to Washington to see friends for the Anacortes Wine Festival. Designated driver for the win!

From the Wine Festival: Their shirts say “Shit’s about to get fancy,” and mine says “Shit already got fancy.” It was a hit with the crowd at the festival!

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Week 18:

Baby: Size of a sweet potato

Fitness: Totally flaked on strength this week. But I DID manage to keep my miles pretty consistent. I ran 5 out of 7 days this week. Total miles for the week: 18.88

Weight Gain: Up another 2 pounds this week. 😦 Total of +20 for the pregnancy. Not too happy, but I DID eat a lot of fast food this week (don’t judge…).

Food Cravings: Taco Bell. Popsicles. Cereal (Kix, specifically….)

Food Aversions: Nothing. I want to eat everything. 😦

Symptoms: My abdomen muscles feel like they’re tearing apart just below my sternum. Is this normal? I also have had a LOT of upper back pain… I am constantly uncomfortable and have to shift around from sitting to standing to laying down. And naps. I have taken a nap almost every day this week. Ooh, last one – I’m back to drooling! I know it’s gross, but I had the same symptom during my pregnancy with P.

Second Trimester- Week 16

Week 16:

Baby: Size of a dill pickle

Fitness: 4 runs (and one 3 mile walk with P) this week! I feel like I’m starting to get back into the groove of running again. I plan on trying to run 3 mi/ day on Monday-Friday, and swim 2-3 times a week. I want to do some light lifting at least twice a week as well. If my hip is feeling good, I will also try to do a “long” run on Saturdays – 5-6 miles. Total miles for the week- 17.5

Weight Gain: Weight at the OB appointment showed a gain of +16 pounds. That is with clothes on. Apparently I wore heavier clothing during my 12 week appointment, because my OB stated that my weight was stable and I had not gained any weight. I’m working really hard to get my diet in check starting next week to make sure I get the proper nutrients. Since P was here visiting… we splurged a little (think a doughnut, a happy meal, and popcorn at the movies).

Food Cravings: Fruit popsicles. I’m really loving the Outshine No Sugar Added Popsicles

Food Aversions: No real aversions this week. I will eat pretty much anything… Which isn’t a good thing!

Symptoms: I’m an emotional rollercoaster this week! Songs, old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Fuller House have made me cry all week! What the heck? Also, hip pain. I cannot lay on the couch for longer than 15 minutes and am constantly changing sides at night. I’m not sure if it is just from having so much weight pressing down on my hips or if it is from running.

Liberty Half Marathon Race Recap

I signed up for this race prior to becoming pregnant, but I am glad I decided to go ahead and run the race while still early in the pregnancy. I was definitely sore afterward (hips, back…. well, everything), but I really, really enjoyed this race and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a solid and relatively flat (for Kansas City…) race.

Packet Pickup: This was one of the best race-day packet pickups that I have experienced. We arrived early to get a parking spot close to the race start and were impressed with the amount of race support from the start. There were several people directing traffic, clear signage showing where the alternate parking zones were and helpful organizers ushering people to the packet pickup. Packet pickup took place at the Liberty Community Center. The building was warm and had bathrooms that runners could use while they picked up the packet! We got our packets quickly and relaxed in the car until race start.

Pre-race: There was a lot of great energy pre-race! There were a lot of vendors set up, offering free samples (smoothies, cookies, chicken bacon wraps, coffee, donuts, etc) to the runners. The local police even entertained the crowd by dancing to the YMCA. The anthem kicked off about 10 minutes prior to the race start. There wasn’t any corrals, but that was okay because the race was relatively small. There were pacers scattered throughout the crowd.

The Goods: We received a nice cotton blend t-shirt and a few goodies in the bag at packet pickup. Not pictured are the work gloves (kinda like gardening gloves) that many people used and tossed during the race (I kept mine… until my husband threw them out. Womp womp), a chapstick, pen, stickers, and a little travel bandaid pack. It was nice to get something more than just race adverstisements and a couple coupons. Good job Liberty organizers!

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The medal was HUGE. I have a couple of large medals, but this one is probably my biggest (minus the Marine Corps Marathon medal). I placed a quarter next to it for scaling:

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As with all races in the Missouri/Kansas area, this route was full of rolling (but manageable) hills. The course itself was not what I would consider scenic, mostly running through country roads and a few residential areas. What I DID enjoy was the course support and the lack of traffic. The organizers did a great job of blocking off the roads for the route. Even though I was in the back of the pack as a run/walker, there was still great support at the water and fuel stations. They also had port-a-potties throughout the course (which was reassuring for my pregnant self, although I didn’t have to use them).

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Miles 1-3: Miles 1-3 were pretty uneventful. Clear roads, only a slight hill, and a thinning crowd helped ease into the race. I had to take many walking breaks, but tried not to get frustrated with my slow pace.

Miles 4-6: Still slowly trucking along with a run/walk. There were starting to be more consistent climbs. When I say climbs, this is relative. Nothing like the climbs in Baltimore, but still some nice rolling hills to slow me down. We went through a little housing development and looped around their community center and park. It was kind of random, but it was nice to see some of the residents out on the sidewalk cheering us on.

Miles 7-9: This part included an out an back portion in a farmland area. Not very scenic, but the roads were clear and there was plenty of support out there for us. Still continued with the run/walk to keep the HR below 155-160 as much as possible.

Miles 10-13.1: I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it felt like the miles were ticking away. In reality, this was the longest it had ever taken me to hit the 10 mile mark, but with the run/walk intervals it felt manageable. I guess runs go by quicker when you don’t feel like you’re dying the whole time. I finished the race strong (see the uptick in HR/maximum heart rate) and it was nice to hear the announcers congratulate husband and I on completing the race. I was so thankful that he stuck with me and ran the race slowly… he probably could have finished sub-1:45 or 1:50 if I didn’t hold him back.

This is what the race looked like pace, heart rate, and elevation-wise:

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Garmin Results: 13.22 Miles, 2:54:27 Average Pace: 13:12, Average HR: 154

Actual Results: 13.10 Miles, 2:52:22 Average Pace: 13:19

Cupid 5K Race Recap

I found about this race when I started looking into the Northland Progress Series (I’m a sucker for series races…). I realized that I missed the first race, but I decided to partake in some of the other races that are a part of the series. Husband is still in Maryland, so I had to run this race solo.

Packet Pickup: Very quick and easy packet pickup at The Running Well Store on Barry Road in north Kansas City. Just grabbed my packet, some pins, and my long sleeve t-shirt. While I was there, I was able to get some body glide to replenish my supply. It was very convenient for me because I only live a few minutes away from the pickup location.

The Goods:  You don’t find a lot of 5Ks that offer medals, but this one does! Also, the long sleeve (cotton blend) t-shirts were unique because runners were allowed to show off their status via color: red if you’re taken, white if you’re single and ready to mingle, and black if you’re single and uninterested. Of course, I opted for the red:

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The medals were pretty cute too and I like the added perk of the medal, especially for a reasonably priced 5K (I only paid $28, but the highest price was only $30):

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The Race: Not the most scenic race, but what the race lacks in beauty it makes up in minimal elevation changes. It is definitely a flat and fast course. If my health circumstances and the temperature were a little different, I probably could have PR’d this race. The temps ranged from 15-18 degrees F, with a wind chill bringing it down to a real feel of about 1-3 degrees F. I dressed heavily for the weather and braved the cold.

Mile 1:  The first mile had the us take a big loop around the North Kansas City High School (where the race started). After finishing the loop, we headed down through a residential area. I finally started to thaw out around the 3/4 mile point. I alternated running and walking, slowing down to a walk when my HR hit 156. Average Pace: 11:44; Average HR: 141

 Mile 2:  This portion continued in the residential neighborhood, turning about half a mile in and heading back towards the high school / Macken Park. As we started to make the loop around Macken Park, we hit the 2 mile point. Kept the run/walk when my HR goes up method for this mile as well. The only bad part about this portion of the race was the relatively narrow pathway around the park, but the runners had spread out enough by that point that it didn’t become a problem. Average Pace: 12:11; Average HR: 151

 Mile 3: This stretch finished the loop around Macken Park and headed back to the high school to the finish line. Easy peasy. Average Pace: 12:27; Average HR: 151

Mile 3.1: You can see the finish line, which is really motivating for the end of a race. My HR started to climb a little, but I figured my body could handle it and just pushed through to the finish. Average Pace: 11:16; Average HR: 162

This is what the elevation, my pace, and my HR looked like:

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The race had your usual replenishment at the end- bananas, water, coffee, hot chocolate, and chunks of organic chocolate. I decided to just grab a banana and water and head back to my car to thaw.

Garmin Results: 3.10 Miles, 37:48, Average Pace: 12:11, Average HR: 148

Actual Results: 3.10 Miles, 37:39, Average Pace: 12:09

 

Winter and Spring Race Schedule

Over Christmas break, I decided to sign up for the Run the Year 2018 challenge. I figured that having a lofty goal (38.8 miles a week) and would motivate me to train hard for some Spring and Fall races. Unfortunately… I’m already falling behind, but there are some health-related reasons that have limited my running.

However, I DO have a few races lined up over the next few months. First up is the Cupid 5k in Kansas City on February 10th. It is part of the Progress Series. Unfortunately, I missed the first race so will not be a part of the series. I am still planning on running a few of the races. I plan on doing a run/walk/run for the races. It is the first time that I will be deliberately walking during a race, so I’m interested to see how how fast (slow?) I end up running the 5k. It is also supposed to snow this weekend during the race, so that should make things interesting.

The second race on the schedule is Liberty Hospital Half Marathon on March 3rd. Again, I plan to run/walk/run this race and Husband will be running with me. I’m hoping the weather will be a little more favorable than the Cupid 5k weather, but Kansas City is pretty unpredictable. The course is relatively flat compared to the Kansas City Half. The course cutoff only supports a 14:00/mile pace, so I will have to make sure to keep my run/walk paces low enough to finish in time. If not… I will be slightly embarrassed but still happy to complete another half marathon!

The third race (and last race that I have signed up for thus far) is the Shamrock and Run on March 11th. Husband will be running this race with me as well… more like run/walk/run, but it still counts! I will miss my beloved Under Armour Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5k, but I am confident this race will have the same energy. I mean, it’s a race celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! People will be running off their beer calories, right?

I’m looking into a few other races, but haven’t committed to anything yet. I really want to do a couple of fall races, but I don’t know where my body will be at medically during that time (more on that later… as I find out more).

 

Kansas City Half Marathon Race Recap

Bottom line… This was my favorite road race of the year, even though it was the most difficult race and I didn’t get a PR.

Packet Pickup: 

Free parking! The packet pickup was held down at Union Station. I was a little concerned that the parking was going to be packed and that I would actually end up paying for it. I was pleasantly surprised to see lots of parking. The expo wasn’t the biggest, but it was bustling and had everything the runners needed. It was smooth and easy picking up my packet (and my husband’s as well, since he’s in Maryland). The volunteers were so friendly! As I left, the gate to get out of the garage was wide open! No issues and truly FREE parking.

The Race:

Once again, free parking at the Crown Center area. Arrived around 06:00 and there was lots of parking available.

My only real complaint with the race organization was the lack of corrals. Everyone was shoved into the starting area and there wasn’t any structure to it. I saw pacing signs, so I tried to get close to the 2:10 pacer, but it was so jam packed that I couldn’t really get close to the group.

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Starting line selfie with the husband. We ended up running the race together and I enjoyed our time. It was definitely a challenging course, but it was so great to be able to check out Kansas City via a race!

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The elevation changes were pretty killer, but I have been training on rolling hills near my house so it was manageable. If you were used to just running flats, this was going to hurt.

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Heart rate stayed consistently high throughout, but I didn’t really ever feel like I was dying. Took a GU around mile 6 and walked through most of the water stops (as you can see with my drop in HR).

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My pacing wasn’t too bad. You can definitely match the slower paces with the hills in the elevation chart. But overall, I am pleased with my performance during this race, given the challenge.

The Goods:

The shirt is cute, but I don’t really care for the material. It is cotton (or a cotton blend), and I prefer to run in technical shirts. I like the shape of it and it could be good for a lazy weekend day, running errands or something.

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The medal was pretty sweet. Nothing too flashy, but I did like it.

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This really is a wonderful race and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge!

The Details:

Location: Kansas City, MO

Date and Time: October 21, 2017 at 7am

Entry fee: Between $70 and $135, depending on date of registration

Post-race Food: Delicious food provided by Seasons 52 (I had a pulled pork sandwich and my husband had a chicken salad sandwich), with a  beer (I believe it was boulevard…). They also offer bananas, apples and I think I saw some oranges.