Monthly Archives: July 2013

OBX Marathon Training: Week 5

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I feel like these weeks are passing by so quickly- how is week 5 of my training already complete? This week started at home in Virginia and ended in Myrtle Beach. We are finally on vacation and it feels great!

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Here is the weekly breakdown:

Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 5 miles in 47:15 (9:27 pace). Just an easy run on the plan this morning. Another 100% humidity day but it actually didn’t feel as hard as it used to. Could I be getting used to it?


Wednesday: 6 miles in 57:16 (9:32 pace). This morning I had a 6 mile negative split/progression run on my training plan. I went out feeling good but I wanted to be conservative because I haven’t done a progression run over 5 miles in a long time. My first mile was extra slow because I ran right into a huge spiderweb and freaked out, and had to pick all the web off me and didn’t stop my Garmin. LOL! My splits were 10:47, 9:51, 9:37, 9:21, 9:09, 8:33, and I still had energy in the tank when I was done. Now that I have completed it I won’t be as conservative and I will push the pace more from the start.


Thursday: Body Pump + 2 mile walk. Somehow I dragged myself out of bed for the 5 a.m. Body Pump class. I knew this was my only chance to go this week since we were headed to the beach on Friday. It was tough getting up but I am so glad I went! Later on we went for a little walk since the weather was actually nice and cool. We went to a new place and I liked it, but next time I’ll bring him in the Ergo so we can explore more of the trails. Our all-terrain BOB did okay but some spots were tricky to get through.


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Friday: 4 miles in 37:55 (9:29 pace). It was 59 degrees when I went out on this morning! Amazing. I took it easy and it felt great. I don’t want summer to end yet, but it definitely made me excited for fall weather.

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Saturday: Rest. I was supposed to do some strength training but after a long (6.5 hour) late-night drive to the beach with a baby who cried the majority of the time and wouldn’t sleep I was exhausted. Instead of working out I spent the day relaxing, lounging on the beach, and having a few drinks :).


Sunday: 12 miles in 1:53:33 (9:26 pace). This was a rollercoaster of a run. It started out great- I got 9 solid hours of sleep the night before and I felt amazing at first. I was running at a good pace until about mile 5. Then I made a turn by the beach and was running straight into the wind. It got tougher, but not too bad. Kevin met me at halfway to bring me more water and Stingers, and after he left things started to go downhill. It was super humid outside and my body started to feel it. I decided I would start running 1 mile, then walking 1 minute and repeat. This helped, but I had to make a bathroom stop right before mile 11 because I was having some tummy issues. I made another half a mile before I got the worst stomach cramp of my life- it felt like my insides were being crushed, almost like a contraction. I tried to run through it but I had to stop and walk. Even walking I had to hunch over because it hurt so bad. I ran a little more and struggled hard so I decided to cut it short at 12 miles. I was disappointed that I didn’t run the whole 15 but it was the right choice for me today. There’s always next week!


Week 5 Total:

  • Run: 27 miles
  • X-Train: 2 mile walk
  • Strength Training: Body Pump

This week I was able to do all my runs (although I had to modify my long run a bit), I walked and got to Body Pump. My goal for week 6 is to just do the best I can while here at the beach. I know I’ll be sleeping in a little later than usual and enjoying being on vacation mode, so I’m not going to stress about having a perfect week.

I’m keeping this in mind as I go into week 6…


Day in the Life with a 10 Month Old

Here is a 24 hour snapshot of what life is like for us at 10 months old. Not much has changed in our daily routine since 9 months, but we’re both still loving summertime and being home with Kevin is amazing! I took these pictures on Tuesday, July 23rd. Here is what our day was like from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. the next day!

5:20 a.m. My alarm goes off. I pump, get dressed, and get ready to run.


6:00 a.m. I leave for my run. It’s really humid and gross outside. I have 5 easy miles on the plan and they don’t feel too bad today. I think I may be finally getting used to running in this weather!

6:52 a.m. I get back home after running 5 miles in 47:14 and walking a bit to cool down. I see my two handsome boys waiting for me outside :). While I was gone the baby woke up at 6:25 and Kevin gave him a 6 ounce bottle of the milk I pumped earlier. We all go inside and I stretch with the baby playing next to me.

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7:00 a.m. I go upstairs to shower. The baby plays and Kevin makes us breakfast.

7:20 a.m. I come back downstairs to eat breakfast (oatmeal with banana, blueberries, and almond butter) and iced coffee.


7:45 a.m. I go into the kitchen to make breakfast for the baby. He’s having oatmeal too, but his is mixed with applesauce. He loves it and eats it all, although he is doing a new thing lately where he spits some out and smiles afterwards as it runs down his chin. He also has some water from his new sippy cup. We got him one with a straw because he was having a hard time with the other types, and he is doing really well with it.

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8:02 a.m. He is rubbing his eyes and yawning, so I take him upstairs for a nap. I change his diaper and he nurses.


8:20 a.m. I put him down in his crib and he falls right asleep. I go back downstairs and finish my coffee, do the dishes, clean up the kitchen, prep some sweet potato fries and hard boil some eggs.

9:12 a.m. The baby starts making some noise and I’m surprised. His morning nap has been exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes lately and this was only 52 minutes. If he wakes up before an hour I usually let him play in his crib until the one hour mark, to teach him that this is naptime and alone time for him. He plays happily while I finish up in the kitchen.

9:20 a.m. I go up to get him and he’s standing up to greet me. I change his diaper and offer to nurse again. We’ve been nursing when he wakes up, before nap, after nap, before nap #2, after nap #2, and before bed.


9:36 a.m. He’s finished nursing (it was a quick one). We read books in his nursery. We actually get through two! That’s good for his baby attention span.


9:46 a.m. We go downstairs and I put Kevin in the living room to play. While he plays I take the sweet potato fries out of the oven and stuff and fold some cloth diapers. Whenever I go into the kitchen he likes to stand by the gate and wait for me to come back.

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10:00 a.m. I play with Kevin on the floor as he crawls and cruises around. He is getting a lot sturdier on his feet.


10:40 a.m. I have a snack of 2 hard boiled eggs and snuggle with the baby on the couch, who is actually letting me!!!


11:05 a.m. We go into the kitchen and I start making Kevin some lunch. He has sweet potato fries, chickpeas, and zucchini. He recently started LOVING zucchini. It’s one of the few green vegetables he will eat.

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11:15 a.m. While baby eats I start making Coconut Lime Berry Cake. I am bringing it to a friend’s house tonight for dessert. This cake is so good, perfect for summer!


12:00 p.m. The cake is ready to go in the oven!


12:03 p.m. Baby’s yawning again. I take him upstairs, wrestle with him during a diaper change, and nurse him to sleep.


12:26 p.m. And he’s out. I’m hoping he sleeps for longer this time because I have a lot to do! The kitchen is a mess again from making the cake and I need to eat lunch. I also need to fold some clothes and clean up around the house. I start with lunch.


1:06 p.m. He’s awake. This time after only 40 minutes. I let him be to see if he will go back to sleep but he’s up and standing in his crib. I don’t know what is going on lately but some days his naps are super short. He’s been working on a tooth so maybe that’s it. I let him hang out in his crib until the 1 hour mark. I take the cake out of the oven and it’s beautiful! But the kitchen is still a mess 😦



1:30 p.m. I go up to get him and change his diaper. We go into my room and he plays with toys while I get dressed and ready to go out.


1:55 p.m. I offer to nurse again and he doesn’t eat very much this time. I get him dressed into a new outfit.


2:12 p.m. We go downstairs and he plays while I pack up the diaper bag. We are going to my friend (and former doula) Marisa’s house for dinner. I planned to go up a little early to chat and let the kids play, and then our husbands would come after work.

2:50 p.m. Before we leave I give Kevin a 5 ounce bottle of formula. We had stopped giving him this for a while and I was just exclusively breastfeeding again because he was gaining weight fine, but recently he started waking up at night. We wanted to try giving him an extra bottle again to see if maybe he was waking up because he wasn’t eating enough. I also change his diaper again.

3:05 p.m. We leave for Marisa’s house. I stop to get gas on the way.

3:30 – 7:20 p.m. We hang out with Marisa and her family, eat some dinner, drink some wine, and watch the kids play with each other. She made these delicious black bean cakes that I can’t wait to make again. Baby Kevin loved them too! Marisa has a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old, so it’s really fun when we get together. Through taking Bradley Method classes with her as our teacher and having her as our doula we’ve gotten really close with her and her husband. We always have a great time together.


7:20 p.m. We leave and head home. Baby falls asleep in the car on the way for a 20 minute cat nap.

7:40 p.m. We arrive back home and it’s later than usual so we skip the baby’s bath. We get him ready for bed and I nurse him. He’s exhausted from all the fun he had with the other kids! While I’m getting the baby to bed Kevin runs out to the store to pick up a few things.


8:08 p.m. I put him down in his crib and he passes right out. I go downstairs to relax and watch some TV with Kevin.

9:35 p.m. We start to get tired so we head up to bed. I get ready and pump. I want to drop this soon but I usually use this milk to give him a little extra the next day. I didn’t pump last night before bed because he woke up and I nursed him, which is why I gave him some formula instead. If I have pumped milk I always give him that first.

10:00 p.m. We sleep!

5:00 a.m. My alarm goes off. I wake up, pump, and get ready to run! I’m happy when I realize baby didn’t wake up at all last night- maybe the extra feeding helped? And our day starts all over again!

24 Hour Totals

  • # of feedings: 7 + 3 meals of solids & 1 snack
  • # of diaper changes: 8
  • # of outfit changes: 1 (out of his PJs which in the summer is just a onesie)
  • # of hours of sleep for mom: 7 hours
  • # of hours of sleep for baby: ~12 hours (2 hours daytime + 10 hours nighttime – Not enough!)
  • # of hours spent nursing: ~ 2 hours
  • # of hours spent pumping: About 40 minutes total (before run, before bed, before run #2)
  • # of formula ounces eaten: 5 oz.
  • # of breast milk ounces eaten: whatever he ate directly from me 🙂

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7 Ways Motherhood Changed My Running

I have been thinking a lot lately about how much pregnancy and motherhood has changed my running. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I knew things would never be quite the same when it came to this passion of mine. However at that time it was hard to predict the extent of it. Now after going through 38 weeks of pregnancy and over 10 months of motherhood I am able to see just how different things are now.

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Running at 36 weeks pregnant

  1. Running is not a top priority anymore. I had to put this first because this one is huge and also probably the most obvious. Before getting pregnant running was one of the most important parts of my life, second to my husband who was number one. My days and weekends revolved around it, and we planned our lives around our training and the races we had planned. Then I got pregnant and while I continued to run, I had to make some changes and take measures to ensure my baby was safe. Then after having my baby my life revolved around him and running was an afterthought- I was sleep deprived and couldn’t get myself up early enough to go while he was sleeping and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice time away from him while he was awake. Then when I had breastfeeding supply issues, I scaled back a bit to make sure running wasn’t affecting it. There are many more examples, but I realized quickly how running had slipped back a few spots in my priority list. And I am fine with that! Motherhood put everything into perspective for me. I LOVE running, but I obviously love my family more.
  2. I am stronger physically. A combination of motivation, hard work, and luck kept me healthy and active during my pregnancy. I ran until the day my water broke and gained 26 pounds total. Running with extra weight and continuing to go to Body Pump kept my body and muscles strong. After having my baby I was approved to start running again at 4 weeks post partum and bounced back relatively quickly without feeling like I lost too much fitness. Since then I have continued to get stronger physically by running with the stroller. I have definitely felt the effects of a stronger body now as I get back into marathon training. I’m excited to push it again and unlock its new potential 🙂
  3. I am stronger mentally. This has been an important realization for me. After experiencing childbirth without an epidural (and with pitocin contractions- ouch), I know I can get through anything. The worst pain and discomfort that I could possibly feel while running will never compare to giving birth. Knowing that gives me a HUGE amount of confidence and mental strength. There are a lot of similarities between running and birth too, like that the pain is temporary and there will be a finish line and an amazing reward at the end of it all, and I find myself thinking about that when things get tough. I also have gained strength from knowing how to fight through the fatigue that fills the first year of a new baby’s life. I think about this when I get tired while running. I think this mental strength will be my secret weapon when I run my next marathon.
  4. I am getting faster. A strange thing started happening after I had Kevin… I started to get my speed back relatively quickly. I attribute this to a few things, mainly my increased physical and mental strength, and also lack of time to run which means I have to get done more quickly! The summer heat has me slowing down again recently, but before that I ran a few awesome races that had me shocked at my speed. I PRed at a 10K Turkey Trot at 9 weeks post partum, came within seconds of my PR at two separate 5K races, and ran a 1:51:35 half marathon which was less than 3 minutes from my PR. While I was pregnant I doubted whether or not I’d ever get back to where I was before. Now I have no doubt, I know I will.
  5. My running gait is different. I had a feeling that my running gait had changed a bit after pregnancy. I could feel that something was different and had new aches and pains in my knees and other parts of my body that I hadn’t had before. I also saw some pictures of myself running and noticed that I looked different than before. I went to my local running store and had them do a running gait analysis on me. Previously I had been told that I overpronate pretty badly, meaning my feet and ankles roll inwards. So I have always worn pretty supportive stability shoes, most recently Brooks Adrenaline. The running store employee watched me run in those and also in a neutral pair and told me that I wasn’t overpronating very much anymore, so the shoes I was wearing were making me overcompensate for a problem I didn’t really have. I was surprised to hear this, but it makes sense since my hips have gotten wider. So I ended up buying a new pair of shoes that were a little less supportive but still with some stability, which means I am leaving my beloved Brooks brand and trying some Asics for the first time. I hope they work for me and my new running gait!
  6. I focus on quality over quantity. This one goes along with having less time to run these days, but I am definitely trying to focus on running for quality miles over quantity of miles. Since I do have limited time and don’t want to be away from my baby for too long, I want to make sure every mile counts and I’m truly putting in my best effort.
  7. I appreciate running more than ever. More than ever, I love running because it’s my “ME” time. I love being a mom, but it is so nice to get out and do something for myself that is healthy and makes me happy. Running makes me a better person in general. It allows me to release my stress and frustrations, stabilizes my mood, provides me with energy, and makes me feel confident not just in running but in my roles as a teacher, wife, and mother.

Yes, things are different now, and getting out the door to run is definitely a little more complicated. But I would never want to go back to how to was before. Now I’m running for something bigger than myself. I’m running for my own health so that I can live a long, healthy life with my family. I’m running to set a good example for my son. And I’m running to keep myself sane through it all.


OBX Marathon Training: Week 4

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I had a GREAT, pretty much perfect week of training! It feels amazing 🙂

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Here is the weekly breakdown:

Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 4 miles in 37:36 (9:24 pace). This workout was 4-5 miles with 5-6 strides (30 seconds sprinting) interspersed throughout. I was really hoping to do 5 but the baby woke up super early and I only had time for 4 before Kevin had to get himself ready for work and leave. It felt good though! I think my body is finally adjusting to running in the summer. It’s feeling better every day.

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Wednesday: 5 miles in 44:46 (8:58 pace). I decided on this day that I wasn’t going to let the summer weather beat me. I attempted a tempo run outside rather than on the treadmill and I WON! I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to get to quite tempo pace (8:00-8:15/mile) so I decided to just try to get as close as I could and run the middle 3 miles at a faster pace. My splits were 8:36, 8:25, and 8:23. The route was very hilly too. I was very proud of myself!

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Thursday: Rest.

Friday: 6 miles in 54:56 (9:09 pace). I had intervals to run on this day, so I decided to do them on the treadmill. I ran to and from the gym (a little over a mile from my house) so that I didn’t have to do my warm-up and cool down on the treadmill too. This was great because it allowed me to just do my intervals at the gym and it wasn’t too torturous :). My workout was 6 x 2:30 minutes at 5K race pace, recover as needed. I did all 6 at a 7:30/pace which is right on target. I recovered for 2:30 after each one by running at a slower pace. With warm up and cool down I covered 6 miles total, even though the plan said it would be closer to 7? I had stomach cramps almost halfway through the workout though, and this is happening on almost all my runs lately. I’m not sure what is going on… the heat, hydration? I need to figure it out because it definitely hurts to run through them.

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The treadmill portion of the run

Saturday: Body Pump! This was my first time doing the new release and it was tough! I’m still sore!

Sunday: 14.15 miles in 2:21:33 (10:00 pace). Today I had 14 on my plan so I did 5 miles solo and then 9 more with my friend Amanda who is also training for the OBX Marathon (her first!) We ran through the Fredericksburg Battlefield which was nice and shaded because it was pretty warm. We chatted the whole time and the run flew by. Since I don’t really get to run with Kevin anymore I missed having a running buddy! Her pace is a little slower than mine, but it was really nice to take it easy and enjoy myself. I also tried the Margarita Clif Shot Bloks with 3x the sodium and didn’t have any cramping today! Woo hoo!

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Week 4 Total:

  • Run: 29.15 miles <– again with a random number, ugh! Haha.
  • X-Train: None
  • Strength Training: Body Pump

The only thing I was missing this week was cross-training and maybe another day of strength training. It was nearly impossible to walk with the baby because we had heat indexes of 100-110 degrees every day! My goal for week 5 is to make an effort to get out of the house for a walk, and try to fit in another day of strength training, even if it’s just an at-home workout. We are going to the beach for a week on Friday so it will be awesome to switch up the scenery! Hopefully it will be cooler there too with a nice ocean breeze 🙂

Can’t wait for week 5!

Random Facts Friday 3

It’s Friday and I’m feeling random… time for another Random Facts Friday post!

1. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been using coconut oil as a moisturizer on my body rather than lotion. My skin has never felt or looked better! The keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs is also almost gone now! Two thumbs up for natural skin care!

2. Lately the baby’s morning nap has been exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes long. He literally will wake up right at the 1 hour 15 minute mark on the dot, every time for the last couple of weeks. It’s really weird!

3. Lately Kevin has been really into couponing and I am loving it. He has gotten us a ton of stuff for free- toothpaste, cereal, soup, pasta, and his latest: laundry detergent! He only paid tax of these babies which was 11 cents per bottle. There are 48 of them! We are set for a while!

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3. This morning our kitten jumped on the counter and spilled my extra large fresh cup of iced coffee all over the floor 😦 It was very sad. We’re spraying him with a spray bottle to teach him to stay off the counters but it’s not working very well. Any other tips from cat owners??

4. Kevin loves Koli’s spray bottle. He keeps grabbing it and opening his mouth for a drink 🙂

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5. This link was on a friend’s Facebook this morning and made me laugh. And feel old.

6. I am loving this app called TimeHop. It connects to your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and shows you what you posted on that day 1 year ago, 2 years ago, 3 years ago… all the way to seven years ago! I think it’s so much fun to see!

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7. I made Kevin’s 1 year doctors appointment this morning. Wahhhh! I can’t believe he will be 1 year old in less than 2 months!

8. I just bought these margarita shot bloks and I am strangely excited to try them on my long run this weekend. They have 3 times the sodium which should help with this hot and humid weather, and with the cramping I’ve been experiencing lately on my runs.

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9. Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point recently posted that she’s doing a “12 Things I Love About Me” challenge, so I decided to join in. I posted my first one on my Instagram this morning (my username is katiespaulding1 if you want to follow me!). I love this idea and can’t wait to share my 12 things. I’ll do a blog post too when I’m finished with all of them.

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10. Kevin and I are loving Big Brother! This season has been very controversial (with good reason) and it’s all so dramatic. It has us on the edge of our seat and we can’t wait to see what happens next. We were going to watch last night but we fell asleep, so we’ll be catching up tonight!

11. This rice and bean salad that I posted last year continues to be one of our favorite meals, especially in the summer when it’s so hot outside. We recently added corn to it and it has made it even more delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should!

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12. Umm how cute is my naked baby?

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Let’s end on that note 🙂

Tell me something random about yourself! What TV shows are you loving? Are you a Big Brother fan? What do you love about yourself? Do you have any cat tips for me? Do you love naked babies too? 🙂

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