Monthly Archives: September 2013

OBX Marathon Training: Week 14

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One more week down, more progress made! This week left me with a ton of confidence as I hit 20 miles for the first time since January 2012! I am feeling great!


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Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 4 miles in 38:52 (9:44 pace). I had an easy 4-5 miles on the plan today. After talking to the guy at the running store on Sunday about my issues with the Asics I recently switched to, I wanted to test out how it felt to run in my Brooks Adrenalines again before I attempted a long run in them that weekend. I was surprised to see that they actually felt great. I had no pain or soreness on the bottom of my feet, even where my blister was. The shoes felt a lot more cushioned and supportive than my Asics do. I was actually wishing I had left myself more time to run a few more miles 🙂 I started rethinking whether I should only use the Adrenalines for long runs when I need more support like he recommended, or if I should switch back to them full time.

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Wednesday: 6 miles in 54:05 (9:00 pace). I had tempo intervals on the plan today. It had me doing 8 x 4 minutes in Zone 3 (8:00 pace) with 3 minutes of recovery. When my alarm went off I really didn’t want to get up, and the whole time I was getting ready I was thinking of excuses not to run. I forced myself to get out there anyway and ran to the gym to do my intervals. Once I was there I realized that the bottom of my feet were hurting again in my Asics, which was kind of weird because they usually only hurt on long runs over 10 miles in those shoes, and they hadn’t hurt the day before in my Brooks,. After a few intervals it became pretty uncomfortable, and I knew I had to cut it short. I completed 5 repeats all at an 8:00 pace and ran a total of 6 miles including warm up and cool down. Not bad, but not the 8 I was supposed to do. I didn’t think it was worth risking more blisters from my shoes though.

Thursday: Rest.

Friday: 5 miles in 48:13 (9:39). Just a slow and steady easy run this morning. I tried the Asics again today and my feet felt a lot better in them this time. I think I just needed to allow time for my blister to heal. I am pretty sure they will be fine to use for my shorter runs during the week.

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Saturday: Light the Way 5K Walk. Read my recap here!


Sunday: 20 miles in 3:25:13 (10:15 pace). I wasn’t sure how far I was going to run today. I had 18 on my training plan and did 17 last week. I had planned to run 16 with my friend Amanda, so I did 2 miles on my own then met up with her. I thought if I felt good after 18 miles then I would try for a mile or two more. We ran all around my town and the miles seriously flew by. I wore my Brooks Adrenalines like the guy at the running store recommended for long runs and my feet felt great. No pain in my knee either, just a few twinges here and there but nothing terrible. I did have to make an emergency stop for a very conveniently located porta-potty around 14, but that was my only issue. When Amanda left I still felt good, so I came back home really quickly, gave my Kevins kisses, and decided to go out for 1 or 2 more miles. I ended up pushing myself to go for 2 miles, bringing my grand total to 20! I was SOOOO happy! The last time I ran that distance was back in January 2012 at the very beginning of my pregnancy, before I even knew I was pregnant. It feels good to hit that number again, and I’m so glad I went for it even though my plan said to do 18. My confidence is so much better now.


Week 14 Total:

  • Run: 35 miles
  • X-Train & Strength Training: 3.1 mile walk, and I did a LOT of stretching and foam rolling every single day! Go me!

My goal for week 15 is to be smart with my training since I have a half marathon on Sunday that I plan on racing hard. I’m going to run but not overdo it, and try to spend the week preparing myself mentally and physically. I really want to KILL this race, push myself, and see what I can do. It will help me see how much progress I have made in my running and hopefully give me a realistic idea of what I can expect my marathon time to be. 6 weeks to go!

Thought for the week…


Light the Way 5K 2013

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Last year my colleagues and I participated in the Light the Way 5K, a run/walk that raises money for  the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. This year the “Laps 4 Lilly” team joined together again to support a fellow teacher’s granddaughter who was born blind. Lilly is almost a year and a half now, and is the sweetest little girl you will ever meet. She will be able to use Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s services soon, which is exciting!


Last year some of us ran the race and others walked (including myself since I was only 2 weeks post partum).  This year we all decided to walk together. The run started at 8:00 a.m. and the walk started at 8:45, so we all met at a local Target then headed up to DC around 7:45 . We thought we had plenty of time, but once we got in the city we realized that all of the roads that led to parking garages and lots were closed off for the run that had already started. We didn’t realize this since we had gotten there earlier the year before when some of us were running. After scrambling to find all of our cars street parking we finally made it to Nationals Stadium where the race was taking place. We got there just after the walk started, so we were a little late- but it was okay!


The walk took us around the stadium and then down by the water. It was a perfect, beautiful day, and our lime green “Laps 4 Lilly” shirts brightened up the streets.


We spent the whole walk talking to each other and laughing- we hardly ever get to talk about non-school things so it was such a nice change! It seemed like it hadn’t been very long before we were heading towards the finish. It went by so fast. The race ended with a victory lap around the stadium, and we were greeted by Lilly’s grandma Karen holding our team banner on the way in.

It’s always cool to walk around an empty stadium 🙂





We had to take a picture by the Nationals mural on the wall- just like last year when Kevin was only 2 weeks old. WOW, he has definitely grown!

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Once we completed our lap around the field we went back the start area to hang out and find our friends. We let the babies play a bit, listened to some live music, and took a group picture like we did last year. They also gave us awesome swag bags filled with tons of food!


It was another wonderful walk for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and Little Miss Lilly! I am honored to be a part of it!


OBX Marathon Training: Week 13

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Another week of training is behind me. We are now less than 7 weeks out and I am SO EXCITED because things are finally starting to turn around.

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Monday: Rest. I started coming down with a cold on Sunday night after my long run and I woke up feeling like I was hit by a truck on Monday morning. I took a much needed rest day.

Tuesday: Rest. I needed one more day to get over my nasty cold and congestion.

Wednesday: 5 miles in 46:37 (9:19 pace). On my plan today was a 5 mile progression run. I was excited to finally get out and run and motivated to have a better week than the last one. The first four miles were good, but I was intentionally taking it a bit easy since I had knee pain during my long run a few days before. At mile 4 my knee flared up again and every step was painful. I tried to hang on but I couldn’t push hard in the last mile like I usually do. My splits were 9:57, 9:20, 9:08, 9:06, 9:09. I ended the run feel discouraged and unsure what to do about my knee.

Before the run when I was still happy!

Before the run when I was still happy!

My knee hurt while walking, going up and down stairs, even while sitting down doing nothing. I decided to take some action about it, so I went to my chiropractor on the way home from work and had him check me out. He felt around and told me my patella (kneecap) felt like it had popped out of place and was sitting too low, causing friction with my tibia (shin bone). We are pretty sure this was a result of my fall when I put all my weight on that knee to break the fall. He did a very painful adjustment and immediately I felt relief. There was no more pain while walking- I was so happy and excited to try to run again the next day.

Thursday: 3 miles in 29:42 (9:55 pace). After yesterday’s run my knee hurt all day- So on this morning I tested it out, expecting it to be fine since I didn’t feel pain in my normal everyday activities. Wrong. It started hurting after only a few minutes and never went away no matter how slow I ran. I was hoping it was just sore from being misaligned for so long and getting adjusted and would continue to improve.

Friday: 4 miles in 37:25 (9:21). I was anxious to run to see if my knee felt any better. On the plan was 5-6 easy miles. This time I didn’t feel any pain until about a mile in, which was good because the day before it started immediately. The pain was much less severe and felt more like an annoying dull ache so I was able to run through it pretty well. Around 3.5 miles it started to get worse so I cut it short to 4 miles. So I did more than the day before with a lot less pain. Progress! I stretched and foam rolled a lot when I got home and hoped it would be all up from there.

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Saturday: Rest.

Sunday: 17 miles in 2:37:50 (9:17 pace). I had low expectations for this long run. After my chiropractor adjusted my knee on Wednesday it was slowly starting to improve but I wasn’t sure how it would hold up on a long run. I decided to go out and do as many miles as I could and promised myself if my knee hurt enough to change my gait I would stop right away. During the first 5 miles I felt my knee but it wasn’t painful, just an annoying feeling. Then miraculously, the feeling faded away and it felt 100% NORMAL again! I ran the next 12 miles in complete bliss, so happy to be running pain-free. I kept a good pace over a very hilly route and didn’t need to stop at all. I ended with 17 miles and I was able push myself in the last mile, running it in 8:17. I actually got teary-eyed during that mile because I was so happy. This is the farthest distance I have run since pre-pregnancy (Jan. 2012!) and I am so thankful to finally start feeling like my old self again.

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Although I loved this run there was one issue I dealt with toward the end. I have noticed lately that on runs over 10 miles the bottom of my feet start getting sore. This has only happened in the new shoes I got a couple of months ago (Asics GT2000), which are a less supportive style of shoe than I am used to. It got so bad during my 17 miler that I ended up getting a painful blister on the bottom of my left foot. I was concerned about this so I went to my local running store after finishing my long run to talk to them about it. A very nice and knowledgeable employee watched me run in my Asics and also my old Brooks Adrenaline that I wore to the store because my Asics were all sweaty. He told me he thinks I need more supportive shoes like the Adrenalines on long runs because as I get tired my form most likely breaks down (especially on my left side for some reason because that’s where I feel it the most) and I’ll need that support. He told me the Asics will be good for shorter runs, but to try my old Adrenalines for my next long run and see if that helps. He was so helpful and I really appreciated his help! I went home and spent the rest of the day doing a lot of stretching, icing, and foam rolling as preventative measures.

Week 13 Total:

  • Run: 29 miles
  • X-Train & Strength Training: none, but I did a LOT of stretching and foam rolling for once!

My goal for week 14 is to make sure I stretch and foam roll every day, and continue with my training plan hopefully without any more setbacks. My hope is now restored for the OBX Marathon. 7 weeks to go!

Thought for the week…

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Mom & Baby: 12 Months

12 Months. One Year. WOW! I can hardly believe my little baby went from this…





Kevin officially turned 12 months on September 12th and just had his 1 year doctor’s appointment this past Thursday. He weighed in at 23 pounds even (50th percentile) and 31 inches (90th percentile). He wears 12 month clothing and the pants are starting to get a bit short, so we’ll be moving into 18 month sooner than expected I think!


He’s in cloth diapers full time now. No more disposables while we are out and overnight. We got tired of buying them so we just decided to take the plunge and use them all the time. It’s way easier than we thought and we’ve saved a bunch of money!

I love that big fluffy cloth diaper butt!

I love that big fluffy cloth diaper butt!

Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 12 months.

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This boy loves to eat. He eats 3 hearty meals a day plus a snack or two. Some of his current favorite foods are roasted red peppers, cheese, pancakes and waffles, goldfish, and mandarin oranges. Dairy has been fine and he eats yogurt and/or cheese every day.



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During his 12th month he was nursing 4 times a day: when he woke up, before his first nap, before his second nap, and before bed. When I went back to work a few weeks ago he would have a 5 ounce bottles of pumped milk before each nap. After his pediatrician appointment we got the go-ahead to start him on whole milk, so I am finally no longer pumping at work. Thursday was my first day of no pumping and it felt really strange. I’ve gotten so used to it over the past year! I wasn’t worried about engorgement issues because I also ran out of my Domperidone, and I knew my supply would go down as a result. So now I am nursing in the morning and before bed, and Kevin has been drinking milk from a sippy cup at meal times. At first he was very resistant to it, but now he gulps it down! So far so good in that department. I am fine with nursing him as long as he wants to, but I was just SO DONE with pumping. I do worry though that my supply will disappear now, and it makes me sad to think about not being able to nurse him anymore, especially because he is still interested. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens.


Sleep has finally gotten better this month. We had a really rough time the past couple of months. We didn’t know if it was due to teething, separation anxiety, lots of developmental milestones, or what.  He was resisting going to sleep at night and waking up a ton. He was also resisting taking his second nap. We finally figured out he was sleeping too much during the day, and with our babysitter’s help started to modify his nap schedule a bit. Now we only let him sleep for an hour in the morning and will wake him up at that point. Before he would nap for 2-3 hours in the morning if we let him. Then we let him sleep as long as he needs to in the afternoon (usually around 1.5 – 2 hours). Limiting his naps a little during the day has helped him sleep all the way through the night again. Now he’s sleeping from 7:00ish to 6:30 a.m. straight through. It’s AMAZING to get a good night’s sleep again!

He even falls asleep at the dinner table! :)

He even falls asleep at the dinner table! 🙂

He got his 6th tooth this month- completing the row of 4 up top. He has the cutest little smile now. It’s weird to see all these teeth in his mouth!

So many teeth!

So many teeth!

Brush, brush, brush!

Brush, brush, brush!

Unfortunately with these teeth came a little issue at daycare. I got the dreaded text no mom ever wants to get while at work… “Kevin bit another child today.” My heart sunk when I read that. I am pretty sure it was just an accident because he is really too little to do that maliciously, and he hasn’t tried to bite us at all in months. He hasn’t done it since either, and I’m crossing my fingers it doesn’t happen again!

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Our new book

Another big milestone this month- he took his first steps! He can now stand by himself for up to 10 seconds and can walk 3-4 steps from me to Kevin. He is getting steadier every day. He loves toys he can push around and practice walking with. I don’t think it will be long until he starts to walk unassisted.


Now that he is more mobile he is into EVERYTHING. He loves to climb and crawl and cruise and explore anything he can get his hands on. We are going to have our hands full once he’s walking!


Other physical developments include pointing and waving… at everything! He is constantly pointing and saying, “Eh?” at anything and everything he sees. He also waves hi and bye, and he loves waving to himself in the mirror. It is really adorable.


He has had a lot of cognitive development this month as well. I can tell his little brain is in overdrive lately, taking everything in and learning like a little sponge. He mimics everything we say and do. He learned how to play with all of his new birthday toys just by watching us show him one time. He’s so smart!


We have also definitely noticed that he understands certain words and phrases that we say. He understands what it means when we say come here, get your ball, no, high 5, hug, kiss, and lizard (he sticks his tongue in and out). He can also say a few words. His first words were yum and bye, aside from mama and dada. Now he can also say cat (“dat!”) and hi (“haaaa!”). It kills me every time I hear him try to talk.

What he does when I say, "Give a kiss!"

What he does when I say, “Give a kiss!”

We gave Kevin cake a couple times this month- first for his 1 year photo shoot, then a cupcake on his actual birthday (one for daddy too!), and a cake at his birthday party. Each time he dove in face first and didn’t even bother using his hands at first. It was hilarious! The boy loves his sweets just like his daddy (I’m more of a salty girl).




My body had a rough time this month. I fell while running (again) this month and have been trying to recover from it while dealing with some knee pain.

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Thankfully, things are finally on the mend now, and I’m happy to report that at one year post-partum I feel pretty much like my old self. I weigh the same as I did pre-pregnancy, and although my body doesn’t look like it once did, I’m not worried about it. I’m more focused on all the things my body is able to do (run marathons, give birth to a baby, etc.) than what it looks like. I still have my days where I feel self-conscious but I have come a long way when it comes to body acceptance.


I also chopped my hair this month which felt AMAZING! I was really tired of it always getting in the way, and Kevin was constantly pulling it.


My period still isn’t back regularly but I think that it will be soon since I’m off my medication now and my supply has dropped. It’s only a matter of time! Not looking forward to it but that’s life. I am actually going to start tracking them again using the Fertility Awareness Method like I used to. Now that the baby and I are both sleeping better it will be easier to track and take my temperature and all of that.

My big boy looking like a toddler

My big boy looking like a toddler


This month I made the transition back to work after an amazing summer off. I have been trying very hard to keep work and family separate. I work hard while I’m there and then I leave the stress there and focus on my family at home. It has been great for our family, and we are all happier and closer than ever.

Visiting the Liberty Bell

Visiting the Liberty Bell

My boys

My boys

I have already seen a difference in my overall mood and attitude because of this change. It also helps that I’m in a new position as a reading teacher which I really enjoy more than what I was doing last year. Plus in the back of my mind, even though I want to be home with the baby, I know that me working is the best choice for our family. It is what I need to do to provide for my family and allow us to live a good life and I’ve accepted that.

It's easier to go to work when your child LOVES daycare!

It’s easier to go to work when your child LOVES daycare!

Mentally and emotionally I’m also feeling proud.  I am proud for making it through one year of motherhood and raising a happy, healthy baby. Proud for sticking with breastfeeding and pumping and doing whatever it took to provide the best nutrition for him. Proud for learning to balance work, family, and taking care of myself over the past year. Proud of the mommy I’ve become.


One year down, many, many more amazing years to come!

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Kevin’s 1st Birthday Party


This past Saturday we invited 30 family members and friends to our home to celebrate our baby boy’s first birthday. It was a wonderful celebration that we will remember forever!


My dad and sister came into town the night before. I was so happy they did because they helped a TON with cleaning up, prepping food, last minute errands, and baby occupying.


The morning of the party my dad had a mini photo shoot with the birthday boy, who was happy as can be despite coming down with a nasty cold the day before and not sleeping much as a result.

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Finally at 2 p.m., it was party time! The food was out, decorations were up, and guests started to arrive.


We did a “water” themed party since that is one thing that we know Kevin LOVES. We did blue decorations and had food to go with the theme: “submarine” sandwiches, shells and cheese for the kids, a veggie tray in the shape of a beach ball, goldfish, lifesavers, hummus with octopus legs, “sand dollars” (chips), watermelon and swedish fish!



For dessert we had “sand cups” – blue jello for water on the bottom with swedish fish “swimming” in it, then a layer of cool whip for the sea foam, vanilla pudding with crushed vanilla wafers as sand, a stick of gum as a beach towel, teddy grahams as the beach goers, a gumball for a beach ball, and a little drink umbrella to finish it off. They were a big hit! In addition to that we had Octo-pops which were our favors. We also had cake of course, which we had to run out and buy when my over-ambitious homemade attempt failed the morning of the party. Live and learn 🙂

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We even had some out-of-towners come as guests! My family and 2 best friends from Pennsylvania came, as well as Kevin’s sister and niece from West Virginia, Kevin’s grandma from Tennessee, and his parents and brother from South Carolina.


Our little townhouse and backyard were packed with people. The weather was perfect for sitting outside.

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I’m at the point in my life where a lot of my friends are having babies, which is so much fun! Many of them are Kevin’s age or younger, but there were some older ones as well. For these kids I had a sugar cookie decorating station where they could decorate fishy and turtle cookies, bubbles, play doh and under the sea coloring books. The babies were content to play with grass and each other 🙂



So many babies!

After some eating and socializing, it was time for presents. This boy was SPOILED! He received so many awesome gifts, from toys to clothes to books to money for his bank account. It is all so, so appreciated.

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After presents we brought out Kevin’s smash cake.

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He was shy at first but eventually he dove in face first, just like he did at his one year photo shoot. He was a mess afterwards! By the way, I had the video I made of his first year playing on our TV in the background during the party. It was fun to watch him grow from a teeny tiny 7 pound newborn into a tall, 23 pound one year old 🙂 The fun didn’t stop there. After a quick clean-up and a nap for the baby, we were off to another party- this one for Kevin’s mom’s 50th. Kevin, baby Kevin and his mom all share the same birthday, believe it or not! It was a surprise party so we had to be extra sneaky. It went really well and she had no idea.


That evening at the party we had some fun staying up past his bedtime, playing with other family members, swinging in the swing, sitting by the fire and singing karaoke.

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It was a great day! It makes us feel so lucky to know that Kevin is loved by so many people. With everyone’s help, we were able to celebrate his first year of life in a way that was special and memorable for us. Here’s to many more birthdays to come!

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OBX Marathon Training: Weeks 11 & 12

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I am super behind in recapping my marathon training! I went to write a recap of this past week and realized I never wrote about the week before that. Oops. Life has been a little crazy lately with going back to work and throwing Kevin’s 1st birthday party yesterday. Week 11 was awesome and week 12 was not so much, due in large part because I wasn’t taking care of myself since I was so busy. Here are the details.

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Week 11

Monday: 3 miles in 27:15 (9:06 pace). Ran for the first time since my fall 8 days before. I was so glad I waited and let myself heal because I felt GREAT! Could have kept going but didn’t want to do too much my first time back out.

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Tuesday: 4 miles  in 37:29 (9:22 pace). On the plan today was an easy 4 miles with 10 strides at the end. I woke up feeling rested after a good night sleep and excited to run… Until I got outside and realized how dark it was. My area has no streetlight and I use a flashlight but it was still a bit scary. I was really happy to get it done though, especially since it was the first day of school and I needed to destress a bit. I ended up doing 5 strides instead of 10 because it was kind of scary running fast in the dark!

Wednesday: Rest.

Thursday: 6 miles in 51:25 (8:35 pace). Today I was supposed to do a tempo interval workout- 1 mile warm up, 8 x 4 minutes @ Zone 3 (7:55 – 8:00 pace) with 3 minutes recovery in between, followed by a cool down. I decided to run 1 mile loops around a very large and well-lit shopping center so I could focus on speed without worrying about tripping in the dark. Once I got out there I realized I only had time for 6 intervals since I didn’t realize how long it would take to do the entire workout (even though my alarm went off at 4:15 a.m.! How much earlier can I get up?). My 4 minute splits were run at these paces: 8:03, 7:58, 7:46, 7:49, 7:57, 8:04. I was pretty close to hitting my goal range. I would have hit it during my last split but I had to pause for a car and didn’t stop my watch. I felt strong though, and definitely could’ve pulled out two more intervals. Next time!

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Friday: Rest. Technically I was supposed to do one more speed workout this week but I chose to skip it since I was coming back from my injury. I also was doing my long run on Saturday because Kevin was going out of town early Sunday, and I didn’t want to do 2 hard runs in a row.

Saturday: 16 miles in 2:38:09 (9:53 pace). Amanda and I were finally able to do our long run as planned since I fell last time and wasn’t able to run with her. I did a quick 3 miles on my own then met her for 13 more. We did the (very hilly) route of the Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg and it went really well. The miles really fly by when I’m running and chatting with her. My body really started to feel it the last 3 miles or so, since it had been a few weeks since I had done a long run. Luckily I had her to help keep me going!

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Sunday: Rest. Kevin went to Pittsburgh very early to go to the Steelers game so I spent the day hanging out with my baby boy 🙂

Week 11 Total:

  • Run: 29 miles
  • X-Train & Strength Training: none

Week 12

Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 5 miles in 44:02 (8:48 pace). On the plan today was a warm up, 3 tempo miles, and a cool down. It was hot and humid this whole week (when will summer END!?) so I ran to and from the gym and did my 3 miles on the treadmill. Running on the treadmill and watching the miles slowly tick by was torture. I hate it, but I got it done! My tempo miles were run at an 8:22 average pace.

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The treadmill portion of my run

Wednesday: 3 miles in 27:59 (9:20 pace). This is when things got rough for me. All week long we worked hard on getting ready for Kevin’s first birthday party and I was very busy at work as well. I will admit that I neglected to take care of myself in many ways- not enough sleep, not enough water, not the best food… and I paid for it. On this day I went out planning to run 6 easy miles. Almost right away I realized that wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t feel well and was having stomach issues. I had to race home after only 3 miles to get to the bathroom (sorry for the TMI). I felt nauseous the rest of the day too. I don’t know what it was. I figured I would just flip flop my Friday run of 3 miles and do my 6 on Friday instead.  

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Thursday: Rest. Today was both my baby boy and my husband’s birthday. I spent the day enjoying it with them, and eating cake of course!

Friday: Rest. After Wednesday’s failed 6 miler I had great intentions of doing it today. And then I was up until 11:30 p.m. working on things for Kevin’s party and when my alarm went off at 4:15 a.m. the next morning I could not drag myself out of bed. Sigh…

Saturday: Party Time! Party prep from 7 a.m. until it started at 2 p.m. We had his party from 2-5, then raced up to Kevin’s mom’s surprise 50th party from 6-10ish. So I wouldn’t really call this a ‘rest’ day. I was actually supposed to run the Divas Half Marathon but once we realized the only day that worked for a party was the same day, I had to skip it

Sunday: 13.1 miles in 2:05:42 (9:36 pace).  I had an 18 miler on my plan, which should have been fine after last week’s 16 miler. But the whole weekend took a LOT out of me. I literally only ate a PBJ, 3/4 of a Subway veggie sandwich, some chips and a cupcake the day before because I was so busy. I was on my feet and running around all day, didn’t drink enough water, and didn’t get enough sleep. Not the best way to prepare for an important long run. Needless to say it was a struggle. I felt weak, sluggish and tired. My left knee also started hurting toward the end (NOOOOO, not again!). I cut it short to 13.1 miles in honor of the half I was supposed to run, and went home feeling sad and defeated. While I wouldn’t trade Kevin’s awesome party for the world and it was obviously my #1 priority, I can’t help but feel like my training has taken a turn for the worst lately. I know that all training cycles have their ups and downs, but this time around it’s starting to seem like there are more downs than ups. To top it all off, I came down with a cold later in the afternoon, and am writing this now the next day with a sore throat, barely able to breathe and with a stack of tissues next to me. My boys also caught it, so we’re a house full of germs right now.

Week 12 Total:

  • Run: 21 miles
  • X-Train & Strength Training: none. Really slacking on this too lately 😦

My goal for week 13 is to try as best as I can to get back into my training plan although I may still need to do some slight modifications due to being sick and missing my 18 miler (supposed to do 20 next week but will probably attempt 18 again). I feel like I spent the entire recap writing excuse after excuse, but really there is a fine line between making excuses and listening to what your body needs. Right now my body needs some TLC, and that’s what I’ve been giving it the last two days.  I’m trying to stay positive and remember that I still have 8 weeks, but I’m thinking I might have to throw any time goals out the window for this marathon and focus on just finishing the race, especially if my knee keeps giving me trouble. I just have to see how the next few long runs go. They will be crucial. I’m just going to do the best I can with the time I have and the circumstances I am under. That’s all I can do!

Thought for the week…


Kevin is One!


Today is Kevin’s first birthday. I know I say this a lot, but I cannot believe how quickly time has gone. It has been the best year of my life, and I am thankful every single day for this sweet, amazing, perfect little boy. His full 12 month recap is coming soon, but in the meantime, here is a video that we made of Kevin’s first year and a sneak peak from his 1 year photo shoot.

Happy Birthday baby boy! We love you so much!


Baby Kevin’s Birth Story

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