Running


Ok, so the hubby has strep, AGAIN, and I’m behind.  But I’ll have you all know I haven’t slacked off because of it!!

Day 13: I went to the gym and did a class! I think I’m going to like it and there were nice people there.  And the instructor was really nice too.  So now I have a Saturday class and a Tuesday class.  It was titled Strength Intervals but it was a bunch of cardio using items.  A lot like my Saturday class, but that’s fine.  She does a 1/2 hour of abs before the 7 o’clock class but I’m not sure I’m ready for that.  She suggested that I come 10 minutes at the end to do some.  Maybe starting January.

Day 14: I hopped on the treadmill and walked for 3 minutes at 3.2 mph and ran (jogged) at 4.7 for 5 minutes and went back and forth with that for 45 minutes.  I’m doing pretty good and at those speeds I broke the 3 mile mark.  So at this point it may be possible to do a 5k in under 45 minutes!  YAY!

Day 15: I TOOK THE DAY OFF!!  6 out of 7 days ain’t bad for a novice.

Tomorrow I have my training appointment at 8 (at night).  So we’ll see how that goes.

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Well after my doctor visit yesterday I am officially back to walking.  I am disappointed because I was happy to finally be running but I understand and I’ll just have to give it a go next summer.  Because my heart rate goes up to 140 pretty fast the docs strongly advised for me to just walk.  They are absolutely stuck on 140 and seemed confused why I was so adamant about the ifs and buts.  So after a dance of back and forth, I am sticking to the docs advice and not ‘pushing it’ and not running until post-pregnancy.

But that’s okay because I haven’t put on any weight yet!  Last time I had already gained 7 pounds by this point.  And I am trying to eat healthier and exercise more, sooner.  I’m already going with a schedule c-section and I have my first ultra sound next week.  I did my first round of blood work and I am very apprehensive about the test results.  I did the glucose test this time and I got to drink the ‘orange stuff’; which I love, no lie, I could drink that stuff all the time.  But 2 – 3 hours later I crashed and I crashed hard.  I was sooo tired and lethargic.  It was horrible.  Which makes me very concerned about my ability to ‘handle’ sugar.  Well, I find out Tuesday how I did.  So keep your fingers crossed.  Last time I was diagnosed at 28 weeks and by 36 they were debating about putting my on the insulin shots.  I was stricter than strict on the diet and I walked every day for an hour each day and my body was just not agreeing with my heart!  But I kept them at bay since I was so close to my due date. (The baby ended up weighing in at 9lbs 6oz but was also 22 in. long.)  But if i get diagnosed now.  Ha, I don’t think I can manage it for 30 weeks!!  UGH!!!

Other than that, I feel great.  No sickness, no weight gain, I am starting to pop a little already though but I don’t really ‘feel’ pregnant.  So I definitely can not wait to see the ultra sound pics.

So I really haven’t gotten out at all. I have good ‘excuses’ but I need to get past them. I talked with my ‘running partner’ and she hit 4.2 miles the other day. WOW I can’t believe she’s already there. That’s way ahead of our training schedule. She is doing very well and I am sooo proud of her. So yea for her!

Now on to me. I have been very tired, for starters. And Wonder Boy has been really sick. We had to visit the ER at 4:30 in the morning over the weekend due to an ear infection. Then 2 1/2 days later he got a stomach virus and was violently puking for 12 hours until he ‘passed’ out and slept for 14 hours straight until I woke up him and Wonder Man with a phone call wondering why I didn’t hear from them yet. (I was at work since I can’t take days off pre-labor because I’ll lose them post-labor.) But apparently that’s what he needed and he’s doing much better on day 6. But it made if very difficult to get out.

Reason 3, I’ve been working extra hours since it’s the beginning of the year for school. So that cut into some of my ‘me’ time too. But I must say from reading comments posted I am building my motivation and it has really helped to be cheered on. I did make an ‘effort’ the other day when we went to a county fair and I had my husband park 1/2 mile from the actual fair. For 2 reasons, one for the exercise and two because it was FREE parking!! So I did get some exercise that day. Plus we walked around for 3 hours! So I am trying here and there. I think I’ll try and get myself out of the office for a little bit tomorrow. I have yet to get a real lunch break anyways. I don’t think you could call taking bites of a sandwich through phone calls, answering emails and office interruptions. So I will try my best tomorrow to get out!! Thank you all for your continuing support! I see the docs on Monday!!

I’m officially a slacker.   I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t ran since last week.  It got hot and humid here again and I know I  shouldn’t ‘overheat’ myself so instead of going out early or late in the day I didn’t go at all.  I’ve been really tired and my back hurts.   With my first pregnancy I had the same issues.  My back was killing my first trimester then I was fine.   I don’t know why but I was kind of backwards.   And part of me knew this was going to happen.  I no longer have my goal (the race) therefore I no longer have my motivation.  I know avoiding gestational diabetes should be my new goal but since I haven’t been tested yet I’m just not as motivated as what I should be.  I just need to get out of this funk!

images.jpgI’m finally feeling better and there is a break in our rain; just enough time for me to run home change and hit the track.  So of course during my drive home I’m making excuses as to why I can’t run today. . . . It’s too damp. . . I’m still getting over this sinus cold. . . . I need to clean the house. . . . It’s only 56 degrees! . . . . I’m not sure I have any ‘cold’ running clothes, that fit. . . . I’ll probably have to do it alone.   Yeah, I know, lame.  Well at least I wasn’t using the pregnancy card, yet.  But then I stopped myself and said, “Hey, you want to do this, you have been doing this, suck it up and shut up and go.”  So off I went.

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It’s been raining all day and I still feel like crap.   So no running for this gal.  I think my head cold is more like a sinus ‘thing’.  Darn allergies really screw up the sinuses.  But I’m not giving up, it’s just another day of recovery for me.

Well I gave it a go this morning.  I got up bright and early (5am) and headed out the door to meet my running partner.  I’m still feeling groggy with this head cold and from getting dressed and ready this morning I was already registering at 120 bpm.  How in the world am I going to run under 140 bpm??

So I met my running partner and told her the news.  She was ecstatic!  And I explained my running situation and she was completely understanding.  In fact, she hadn’t registered for the race yet and she found out the other day that she had a wedding she needed to attend in Baltimore.  She thought it was the following weekend and she just got the invite.  So she was unsure about what she was going to do about the race.  So the decision was made in her eyes, no race.

We agreed to still exercise together.  So we went to the track and walked our warm-up lap.  Then we started to run our first lap.  Half way through, about 1/8th of a mile, I check my heart rate.  144!!!  WHAT?  How can it be that already.  So I walked the second half.  126, alright let’s run.  Half way through a lap and I’m at 141 already.  Jeez, this 140 number sucks!  So I ended up running and walking every eighths for a mile and then just walked a mile since my running partner was only running a mile today.

Hopefully it was just due to me being sick and I’ll be able to ‘run’ a little more next time.  But it did feel good to get out.  I’m just going to do every other day until I feel better.   Then I will contemplate my cross training but I may just end up walking on days I’m not running.  During my last pregnancy my physician wanted me to walk every day for at least 45 minutes.  Boy was that hard during winter when I was huge!  But this time I have to go through all of winter and I hate winter!  But it’s not about me now is it?

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