Wrapping up the First Trimester- Week 13

Week 13:

Baby: Size of a jalapeno pepper / peach

Fitness: Been trying to run at least 2-3 times a week and do light weights at least twice a week. Ran a 10k this week and LOVED the run. Distance was challenging but I wasn’t as sore as I was following the half. 13.6 miles for the week

Weight Gain: Currently up +15 pounds. Not pleased with that but the dr isn’t concerned… I know it has a lot to do with eating out (salt, bloating, etc). Once husband goes off to school I will be able to get my diet back on track.

Food Cravings: Fruit, pickles, croissants from costco, and popsicles

Food Aversions: Rich foods, like pasta with cheese, fried foods, pizza.

Symptoms: I actually felt a little queasy this week for the first time. But other than that, the only real symptoms are back and hip pain (likely due to running).


First Trimester – Weeks 9-12

Week 9:

Baby: Size of a pecan

Fitness: Did a lot of running during the later half of the week. I’ve also started to do a little lifting, to include: pushups, squats (with kegels), lunges, leg lifts, shoulder presses and 30 seconds of planks. Completed my first pregnant 5k this week, with a 12:12 average pace (not too shabby…); 7 run/walks for a total of 20.88 miles.

Weight Gain: Still staying in the same range as weeks 7-8. Up 10 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight. I had one day bump up to 11 pounds, but I think it is because I ate a burger and fries (sodium city!) and my weight settled back to the +10 pounds range.

Food Cravings: Burgers… I’m not usually a fast food person, but I have been craving salty fries and burgers like CRAZY! And fruit. I may or may not have spent $30 or so on fruit alone this week…

Food Aversions: Taco Bell. Taco Bell is usually my guilty pleasure/cheat meal for the week. But the thought of Taco Bell makes my stomach turn a little, which is probably a good thing for the little pecan.

Symptoms: I’ve been experiencing really intense headaches. One headache lasted a solid 72 hours, even though I took some Tylenol. It finally went away for about half a day, but I have been having intermittent headaches ever since. During my last pregnancy, I didn’t have any migraines and I was hoping for the same migraine reprieve this time around… I guess not. Womp Womp. Also, lots of back pain and fatigue.

Week 10:

Baby: Size of a kumquat / prune

Fitness: Running started to feel better this week but I only went on a few runs. Did 4 runs, followed by a few body weight strength exercises (squats with kegel, leg lifts, pushups on knees, lunges). Total of 12.69 miles of run/walks this week.

Weight Gain: I bumped up another two pounds this week but dropped down a pound on Monday. I’m hoping that this is due to water weight but we shall see. I am concerned about the rapid weight gain, but trying to keep it in check. Up + 12 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight.

Food Cravings: Lots of salty food and crunchy food. I’ve been eating a lot of fruit and cucumbers with salt. Since Lent kicked off, I’ve been trying to avoid fast food and take out, but did cave and had pizza once. The pizza likely led to the water weight.

Food Aversions: None. I love food. Sadly.

Symptoms: Not too bad this week. Just a couple minor headaches and backaches. And a lot of naps. I really love my naps.

Week 11

Baby: Size of a brussel sprout

Fitness: The weather was terrible, so I did not run as much as last week. Running feels great, but I was only able to get in 10 miles. Total run / walk: 10.01 miles

Weight Gain: I lingered around the +12 lbs point, then dropped 3 pounds randomly. I have been making a conscious effort to eat more fruits and veggies (and fiber!), so maybe that helped cut some of the bloating and weight gain. I also exercised less this week, so not sure how that plays into it. After eating out at a couple restaurants over the weekend, ended up +13 pre-pregnancy weight.

Food Cravings: In the beginning of the week, I was craving salty foods, such as Olive Garden salad and bread sticks… But towards the end of the week, I just wanted salad and fruit!

Food Aversions: None at first… But lately, any type of processed or fast food makes my stomach turn.

Symptoms: Sore hips, back, boobs… and a couple headaches. Otherwise, pretty smooth week.

Week 12

Baby: Size of an apricot / plum

Fitness:  I also did two days of strength training… and ran a half marathon. I use the term run loosely… I ran/walked a half marathon. I was so incredibly sore for about 2 days afterwards. But… it is probably my only half and I signed up for it prior to becoming pregnant. I’m really proud of myself for finishing. Total weekly miles: 23.32

Weight Gain: I gained even more weight this week. I’m officially +15 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight. I discussed this with my perinatologist, but he didn’t seem concerned. I’m still focusing on eating as many fruits, veggies, salads with lean meat, and low-sodium foods as possible, but I keep holding onto water. I hope that I can stay at this weight for a couple more weeks before adding more. I’m genuinely concerned about the pre-eclampsia starting earlier this time around…

Food Cravings: I’m actually craving a lot of cheese, fruit, veggies and popcicles. I bought some whole fruit popsicles to hold me over.

Food Aversions: Fast food. The thought of fried food makes me want to hurl.

Symptoms: Lower back pain, hip and pelvic pain (related to the race, most likely) and I can’t seem to find a comfortable sleep position, even with what I affectionately call the snoodle.

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:


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).


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:


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

First Trimester – Weeks 6-8

Husband and I tried for several months to get pregnant and it finally occurred over the holiday break. I blame the stress of school and only seeing each other once a month… It’s hard to make a baby when you’re never together. Since finding out I was pregnant, I have been really nervous about losing the baby and also concerned about my chances of getting pre-eclampsia again. I want to be able to track this pregnancy, so I figured this would be a good way to do it and share with friends and family… and maybe even get some insight. It sounds so silly… But I have honestly forgotten what it is like to be pregnant. It has been ten years since I was pregnant. My husband keeps reminding me that I have been pregnant before and I shouldn’t be so concerned over every ache and pain… but I can’t help it!

Onto the weekly updates (in present-tense, written real-time each week):

Week 6:

Baby: Size of a maine blueberry / sweet pea

Fitness: 6 runs (more like run/walk….) = 21.89 total miles. I’m focused on trying to keep my heart rate below 155. That means a lot more walking than usual to keep my HR down.

Weight Gain: 7 POUNDS! Although my diet hasn’t really changed, I have gained significant weight. I also stopped taking the hydrochlorothizide, which was prescribed for edema/water retention, so that might have something to do with it. Also, I am not running as hard as usual, so maybe that is contributing as well. I am trying to keep the weight in check and avoid having pre-eclampsia again… But this is where I am at.

Food Cravings: Carbs… All the carbs. Seriously…  all I want to to eat is cereal and pizza.

Food Aversions: Meat… Specifically chicken

Symptoms: Nausea, headaches, backaches and a LOT of cramping. Which, of course, petrifies me.


Week 7:

Baby: Size of a wee raspberry (what the heck is a wee raspberry?)

Fitness:  5 run/walks =19.24 total miles

Weight Gain: 8-10 pounds. Weight has been consistently between 8-10 pounds up, depending on the day.

Food Cravings: Still carbs. I may die of a cereal overdose. Send help!

Food Aversions: No real aversions… Which is good.

Symptoms: Same as week 6.


Week 8:

Baby: Size of a wild strawberry

Fitness: The weather was really bad this week (lots of ice and snow) and my apartment gym has terrible air… so less running this week. I’m waiting impatiently for warmer weather so I can get back outside and run.

4 run/walks = 13.5 total miles

Weight Gain: Still hovering at about 8-10 pounds gained. I’m feeling larger, but my weight has stabilized.

Food Cravings: FRUIT. And cereal … and pizza. And unfortunately, fast food cheeseburgers. Trying to keep my diet relatively healthy, even with the cravings.

Food Aversions: No real aversions. But I do struggle to find foods that sound appetizing.

Symptoms: Same as week 7.

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:


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:



heart rate

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).