Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fredericksburg Turkey Trot 5K

Happy Thanksgiving! I love this holiday because it is a time to reflect on what’s really important and all of the blessings in my life. On Thanksgiving and every day I am thankful for my family, my health, my job, my friends, and for this little hobby of mine that I love so much- running! We started our day by doing a local Turkey Trot 5K. This was the first time I had ever done a Thanksgiving Day race and I was so excited!


Kevin was too!

The race didn’t start until 9:00, so we were able to relax a little at home before heading out, which was so nice! We made the short drive down to Fredericksburg, found parking easily, and made our way to the high school where packet pick up (and warmth!) was. It wasn’t too terribly cold- maybe 35 degrees- but we definitely enjoyed being able to stay warm inside while we waited for the race to start.


While we were waiting two of my running buddies came in to meet us. Amanda, who rocked the Richmond Marathon a couple weekends ago, and Laura (and her husband), who is now 34 weeks pregnant! Whoa!


We decided us girls would stick together and I would push the stroller so our husbands could go ahead and try to actually race. The race was broken up in waves so they went toward the front while we had to go to the back with the other strollers. We knew that we would be keeping it nice and easy since I haven’t run with the stroller in a while (my amazing hubby always does) and Laura is doing more walk/running these days. Finally they called our wave and we were off and running! They moved this race from a commercial shopping area where it’s been for the last couple years back to the historic downtown area this year and I loved the course. We ran the first mile and a half straight through and then stopped for a walking break. Laura has some varicose veins that cause her legs to hurt when she runs sometimes and today they were flaring up pretty bad. We stuck together and enjoyed just being together and getting active on Thanksgiving- it didn’t matter to me whether we were walking or running.


One of the coolest parts of this race was the awesome energy it had surrounding it. Lots of locals came out to cheer us on, and there were a lot of people running in costume. We were right near a guy running in a snowman costume the whole time. He kept running ahead and then stopping to cheer and give high fives, and Kevin LOVED it! He thinks every snowman is Olaf (from Frozen) and got so excited every time he saw him again. It was great entertainment for a 2 year old 🙂 We started running again and eventually saw Kevin walking back to meet us after he finished. He grabbed the stroller so I could finish without it, which felt great! We also saw our other running buddy Leslie cheering right by the finish line, which was so nice. She also ran the Richmond Marathon a couple weeks ago!



Finish Time – 42:53 (13:48 average pace)

Once we were all done and had a chance to talk, Kevin told me that he ended up finishing in 23:16 (7:29 average pace)! He hasn’t been able to run a 5K that fast in over 2.5 years! I was really proud of him. After we all finished we started walking back to the car and saw this epic finish by all of these runners in costumes. SO AWESOME!


After the race we drove straight up to Pennsylvania to be with my family. Since we knew we’d be in traffic for a while and getting there in the late afternoon we opted to relax the rest of the day and order Chinese take-out for dinner. It was delicious! Tomorrow we will cook our Thanksgiving dinner 🙂


Kev loves his Yaya (my sister)!


How did you spend your Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this year?

Previous Thanksgiving Posts

Baby 2.0 – 15 Weeks

I am 15 weeks pregnant today and feeling great. I’m definitely in the sweet spot of the 2nd trimester and loving it! Here are the details about week 15.


This week baby is about the size of a naval orange! He or she is 4 inches long and weighs 2.5 ounces. I am feeling the baby move more and more, and I can definitely tell that it’s growing in there! Baby can now detect light from the outside even though the eyelids are still closed, which is kind of crazy!

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My mind was not really on pregnancy this week due to some last minute family issues that came up (more on that later), but more or less I’m feeing the same as last week- which is very good! I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, I’m not getting headaches everyday anymore, my appetite is great (and my digestion too- woo hoo!), and my sore throat is gone. All great things 🙂

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I did notice growth in both my belly and my boobs this week. I also see the big, blue veins returning in my boobs. I got these last time but I think they showed up later. They are definitely here and noticeable already!

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I said last week that I was looking forward to a less stressful week in terms of work and other life things. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. I was able to wrap up a big project at work on Tuesday which left me feeling a LOT lighter and happier, but then that evening we found out that Kevin’s grandfather passed away. We knew he wasn’t doing very well so we were planning to go see him where he lives in West Virginia next week with Kevin’s whole family for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately we didn’t make it there in time, which left my husband with a whole lot of sadness and guilt. We ended up taking off from work on Thursday and Friday and made the 5 hour drive to Charleston to be with family and attend his services. It was kind of a crazy weekend and we tried to make the best of it, but it was definitely tough. I was so proud of little Kevin who hung in there despite a ton of changes in routine and not getting to eat and sleep like usual. We came back on Saturday evening after a long day of memorial services and felt totally drained emotionally and physically.

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We spent Sunday relaxing, running, and catching up on things around the house, and then it was back to our usual work routine this morning. One thing that made us smile (and go a little crazy too!) was that we now have the sex of our baby in an envelope. Ahhhh! This is hard for me because I have zero self control. I am planning to hand it off to a designated person ASAP so we won’t be tempted. We started planning our gender reveal that we want to do when both of our families are here for Christmas and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m really glad we decided to experience the fun of finding out before birth this time around.



I am so proud of myself because I really made the effort to eat better this week. I packed a salad for lunch every day and I tried to eat as well as I could while we were in West Virginia where healthy options were limited. I had oatmeal every morning for breakfast even when there were tons of yummy hotel breakfast foods in front of me, and I tried to keep my eating really clean during the day. Dinners were a little tougher because we got together with Kevin’s family, so I let myself indulge a little bit. But I ended this week feeling so much better in my tummy and I know it’s because I made a conscious effort to eat well this week. I just need to keep the momentum this week, while still enjoying Thanksgiving of course 🙂


Wow, I felt amazing this week while running! It was super cold where I live and in West Virginia, but I actually don’t mind running in the cold. I was able to run with my friend Laura early on Wednesday morning and we felt crazy because it was 13 degrees outside! I had an amazing 6 miler in West Virginia, where I went out thinking I’d run 3 or 4 but felt so good that I kept going. Finally, on Sunday I had an awesome 10 mile long run. I did 5 miles with my boys and 5 miles on my own. We did one loop on our favorite path then I ran part of the half marathon course I’ll be running in two weeks to meet them at the grocery store where they were grocery shopping. The course includes two monster hills which I’m familiar with but haven’t run in a while. You can see part of one of them in the photo below but believe me when I say it keeps going, and going, and going!!! I surprised myself by not only running up them both without walking, but my last 3 miles were my fastest at 9:56, 9:46, and 9:30- even with the hills! You better believe I am proud of that at 15 weeks pregnant!

  • Monday – Rest Day
  • Tuesday – Body Pump
  • Wednesday – ​3 miles @ 12:52 pace
  • Thursday – Body Pump
  • Friday – 6 miles @ 9:25 pace
  • Saturday – 3 miles @ 9:57 pace
  • Sunday – 10 miles @ 9:57 pace
  • Run – 22 miles
  • Strength – 2x


Week 15 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +0.8 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: +6.8 lbs.
  • Maternity items purchased: a new Snoogle pillow (my old one got ruined by our former cat and I can’t WAIT to get it in the mail!!!)
  • # of days until my next race: 3! Kevin and I are doing a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!
  • # of days until we go to visit my family: also 3 🙂 We’re heading there Thanksgiving morning after the race.

15 weeks last time around!​

Stridebox: October

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s finally time for another Stridebox review! In case you missed last month’s post, Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box for all things running related. For some reason it’s taken me a long time to get through October’s box, but I finally did and I’m ready to talk about all of the items I have received.



Skratch – Matcha Green Tea & Lemons: I hate to start this review off on a negative note, but sadly I couldn’t finish this drink 😦 Maybe another flavor would have been better? My pregnant taste buds are super sensitive right now and it just tasted off to me. I had high hopes for this because it’s an all natural sports drink that uses real fruit juice for flavor. I would love to try the raspberry or pineapple flavors someday! Retail: $1.95/packet

HoneyMaxx Sports Hydration (Orange): As I’ve said before, I am not a fan of anything orange or orange-flavored, so I passed this onto my husband. He drank this after a run one day and here’s what he had to say about it: “I was excited to try this drink because it sounded really good, but it was more bland tasting than I expected it to be. It tasted like very diluted orange water and I couldn’t taste any honey.” Retail: $22.95/10 packets ($2.30 each)

Bonk Breaker – High Protein Bar (Cookies & Cream): Now onto the positive- Oh my goodness, this was SO GOOD! I had heard of these bars but hadn’t seen them sold in any stores near me before, so I was really excited to see one in my box- especially in the flavor Cookies & Cream! This did not disappoint. It tasted delicious- not chalky at all like some protein bars- and best of all, had a ton of protein (13g) which kept me full and satisfied for hours. I was sad when this was gone! Retail: $33.00/12 bars ($2.75 each)

Barnana – Organic Coconut: For some reason I really put off trying these. I love bananas and I love coconut so I’m not sure why, and once I ate them I wished I had tried them sooner! These little bites of dehydrated banana and coconut were delicious. I had them before an early morning Body Pump class, and they gave me just the right amount of energy to get me through it. I love that they are high in potassium too. They also have chocolate and peanut butter flavors that look super yummy! Retail: $2.49/pouch

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel (Chocolate): Yum, yum, yum! I have been a Honey Stinger fan for a while now. I love their chews, bars and waffles because they are so easy to digest and get into my system quickly. I hadn’t tried their energy gels yet, so I was excited to get one in my box. I took one along with me on a long run and had it about halfway through. It was delicious- the chocolate flavor had a hint of honey too which I loved. I also like that it was naturally caffeinated with Green Tea Extract for a little extra boost. I will be picking up more of these! Retail: $33.36/24 servings ($1.39 each)

PROBAR – BOLT Energy Chew (Berry Blast):  I loved these little chews! They were so delicious that I made sure to stretch my pouch out as long as I could. I ate two chews before each of my short morning runs one week since I wake up hungry these days. It was all I needed to quiet my growling tummy until I could eat a real breakfast and gave me energy to run in the 5:00 AM hour. Plus, the berry flavor was really yummy. I will definitely be buying more of these. Retail: $29.88/12 pouches ($2.49 each)

BottleBand: This invention is GENIUS!!! It is a simple piece of rubber (?) that turns any bottle into a handheld for running or any activity. The website says, “The BottleBand stretches to fit any sized bottle – from a Nalgene to a 16 oz generic bottle. Its one-size-fits all construction can also be tightened by pulling the circular bands apart to fit any hand size. The BottleBand is also extremely mobile. After you’ve finished your water, you can throw your disposable bottle away, put the band on your wrist, and run unencumbered.” So simple yet so smart! I have a handheld that I love but this is awesome for the convenience factor, and for those days that I don’t feel like carrying a bottle for my entire run. Retail: $5.99 each

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Running Sticker:  Who doesn’t love a little motivational sticker? They’re a super cute addition to my planner and perfect for some extra inspiration as I plan out my workouts for the week 🙂


I received my November box a couple weeks ago and have already tried a few of the items. I am really loving getting such a variety of gear and nutrition each month. It’s been really fun so far! I’ll be back with another review soon!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Running in the 1st Trimester

In both of my pregnancies, pretty much as soon as I got a positive pregnancy test my running started to change. The reality is that as soon as you have a little one growing inside of you, priorities shift physically- whether you want them to or not- and your body doesn’t always feel like it’s your own anymore. For me, this meant I had to learn about my new body and how to adapt my running as it changed week by week. I know everyone is different, but here is my experience with running during the 1st trimester.

Less mileage. Before my first pregnancy I was actually training for a 50K, so I was running 40-50 miles a week. This time around I wasn’t really training for anything but wanted to keep my options for a fall marathon open in case I didn’t end up getting pregnant, so I was keeping my mileage between 30-35 miles a week. In both pregnancies I cut back on this right away. I just found that my pregnant body feels better maintaining 20-25 miles a week. Anything more than that takes longer for me to recover from and leaves me feeling exhausted. This is my sweet spot for now 🙂

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You can see my weekly mileage drop once I found out I was pregnant (from Daily Mile)

Slower pace. Almost immediately after becoming pregnant I found it more difficult to keep the same paces I was before pregnancy. I felt sluggish and heavier even though I was in the very early stages of pregnancy and hadn’t really gained much weight yet. I think my body was just working so hard at growing the baby because there is SO much development that happens in the first trimester, that I didn’t have a lot leftover when it came to running. I had enough to get through my runs, but they were definitely at a slower pace- I went from 8:30-9:30/mile to 9:30-11:00/mile (depending on the day) pretty quickly. Also, running slower just feels better on my body after pushing it so hard in training for the last 2 years. I’m welcoming the break, that’s for sure!


More rest.  Along with less mileage and a slower pace, in the first trimester, I definitely felt that I needed to make sure I took at least 1 rest day a week. Before pregnancy I was doing my summer running streak from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and so I never had a real day off. I continued with this pattern for a few weeks, not running every single day but taking Body Pump on my non-running days, and I couldn’t handle it for very long. I started taking Mondays completely off and it helped a ton. I also noticed that a long run would wipe. me. out. I would feel great while running but then be falling asleep on the couch by mid-afternoon. More rest is definitely necessary in the first tri!

More food. I was VERY hungry in the first trimester, and running made me even hungrier! Even without running, I felt like my metabolism was in overdrive some days as it worked to grow this baby, so on days that I ran I would have to make sure to bulk up my meals a bit and have a lot of snacks on hand. I could go from full to hungry at the drop of a hat and I needed to be prepared. And after a long run, well… I just wanted ALL THE FOOD ALL DAY LONG!!!

More bathroom breaks. The first trimester seems way too early to need too many bathroom breaks, right? The baby is so small, how could it possibly be pushing on your bladder already? This is what I thought with both pregnancies but with both I still seemed to need to go to the bathroom more often. Apparently hormonal changes cause blood to flow more quickly through your kidneys, filling your bladder more often. I always need to make sure to empty my bladder completely once or two times before leaving to run and I always end a short 3-5 miler needing to go again. For long runs, I definitely need to make sure to plan to be near a bathroom about halfway through or else it’s bad news!

Bigger clothes. I definitely found that the comfort of my running increased greatly when I started wearing larger clothes to accommodate my growing body- specifically, the boobs and the waist. Even in the early weeks when I had a lot of belly bloating rather than a real baby bump, I hated the feeling of tight shorts around my midsection. And the boobs- oh the boobs. They hurt so bad and grew so fast. I was wearing my larger sized sports bras and shorts much earlier this time around, and I’m so thankful I did. I feel a lot more supported and I’m no longer chafing in bad places. Nobody wants to squeeze themselves into clothes that are too small and unflattering, especially when you’re newly pregnant and trying to deal with all the changes that come with it. Suck it up and buy the biggest sizes, or even better, maternity workout clothes! I promise you’ll feel SO much better!

Racing for fun. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t participate in races anymore- if anything it makes it even more fun! With both pregnancies, I LOVE the idea of racing with no pressure. Signing up for races keeps me motivated and lets me celebrate the fact that I’m able to run through pregnancy. Last time around I did 9 races over the 9 months, and this time around I’m hoping to do the same.


Loving life during the Wilson Bridge Half at 8 weeks pregnant!

Running = more energy and less nausea. For me, the hardest part about running in the first trimester was getting out the door. Even though I did feel sluggish on some runs, I knew if I just got out there, I’d feel a lot better afterwards and that’s what kept me motivated. Despite what many people think, running actually gave me more energy and took away my nausea. Most of the time I felt the best that I did all day when I was running.

More aches and pains. For some people, running in the first trimester can come with some aches and pains. In my first pregnancy, I would sometimes feel some achiness down below after a longer run. It didn’t happen quite as much this time, but I have felt it. My doctor has said this is most likely round ligament pain, which are the ligaments that hold up the uterus. Sometimes it feels like sharp pain on either side of your lower belly/groin, but it can also feel more like dull achiness according to my doctor, who assured me it’s normal.

Out of breath. Early in the first trimester I found myself feeling out of breath when I would run up hills or even go up the stairs at school. I’ve read this is caused by increased progesterone levels and more blood volume circulating through your body which needs more oxygen… I don’t really know all of the details, but it was definitely a noticeable side effect of the first trimester!

Appreciating every run. One of my best running buddies is currently 34 weeks pregnant with her second baby. With her first, she was able to run until her baby was born, but she’s had a lot more issues this time around, including varicose veins that are very painful. These issues have pretty much caused her to have to stop running altogether, and when she does attempt to run it’s pretty painful. Her experience has reminded me not to take running during pregnancy for granted. Just because I ran until delivery last time relatively pain-free does not mean that I will be able to this time. This mindset helps me keep everything in perspective and it really makes me appreciate every run I am lucky enough to go on with my little running buddy inside of me.

Running with my fellow pregnant buddies :)

Running with my fellow pregnant buddies 🙂

Baby 2.0 – 14 Weeks

14 weeks and comfortably in the second trimester now, which feels great! I had another week of ups and downs but luckily things should be getting a LOT better from here on out in terms of work stress. I’m feeling a lot more positive lately!


This week baby is about the size of a lemon and almost doubled in weight since last week! That seems huge! The head is about the size of a gumball and is now in better proportion to body size. He or she is starting to grow peach-fuzz hair all over the body for warmth, and it can now make facial gestures like squinting and grimacing. Too cool!

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Pregnancy-wise, I’m feeling good. I have more energy and am definitely yawning less throughout the day! I also haven’t been having as many headaches and my appetite is RAGING! I’ve been sleeping pretty good despite waking up to pee about once a night, and I think sleeping with our new diffuser and lavender essential oils is helping with that. Overall I’m feeling like I’m in the second trimester- yeah! The belly is continuing to grow as well. A student at school this week asked me if I was growing a baby. I guess it’s getting more obvious! That’s a much better comment than, “You’re getting fatter!” which I got from a student during my last pregnancy 🙂 Gotta love elementary-aged kids!

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I did wake up with a sore throat on Friday which got pretty bad throughout the day and over the weekend. I was a little concerned it was strep throat, since it was that dagger in the throat feeling every time I swallowed and I felt like I may have a fever. Luckily it wasn’t, and it’s pretty much gone at this point. I wasn’t able to really take anything for it since I’m pregnant so I battled it with essential oils (gargling lemon + lavender and then swallowing, and frankincense on the throat for inflammation), drinking lemon juice and honey, and all-natural “cough drops.” All of those things helped a ton and I’m so thankful- sore throats make me sad!


Let’s start with the highs. This past Tuesday Kevin and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary! We both had off from work since it was also Veteran’s Day, so we spent the whole day together while Kevin was in daycare like usual. We had such a special day full of running (in our Team RWB gear in honor of the veterans- including my hubby!), coffee, yummy food, shopping, flu shots, trips down memory lane by visiting where we got married, birth center touring, and some relaxation in there too!  I am a very lucky girl!


Another highlight of the week was our birth center tour. We went to an ‘open house’ type event where people could come, learn about the center and their options, ask questions, etc. It was very interesting and we liked it a lot. We found out that a birth center/home birth would only cost about $100-$200 more than a hospital birth would since insurance covers mostly everything. Kevin feels very comfortable with the idea as well after learning about the safety and their very low hospital-transfer rate. I haven’t made an official appointment with them yet because I’ve been so crazy busy, but that’s first on my list to do tomorrow! I’m so excited!

More good news- all of our bloodwork came back normal! We had the cystic fibrosis screening and the MaterniT21 blood test along with our nuchal translucency screening and there are no abnormalities. What a relief. Aside from that obviously amazing news, the report also contains the SEX OF THE BABY!!! I asked the doctor not to publish the report to my Patient Portal account online so I didn’t see it, since originally we thought we didn’t want to find out like we didn’t with Kevin. However, the more we think about it the more we might find out this time. Since this is our last baby, it would be awesome to have both experiences of waiting until birth and finding out beforehand. We also would love to have some sort of reveal party. The fact that I could know right now if I wanted to is driving me CRAZY! I didn’t feel this way last time but I am dying to know! I hope I have the patience to wait a little bit longer!

I guess the only downside to the week was that I had another very stressful week at school. It seems like not a big deal compared to all the positives I had this week, but it really brought me down and I had a hard time letting some of that stress and frustration go. I don’t really want to talk about it too much but this year the majority of my job so far consists of working with teachers rather than students. It’s amazing how much easier it is to work with kids than to work with adults. It’s been challenging to say the least!

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I ate like total crap this week. And I am feeling it. Ugh. I really feel like my eating is worse with this pregnancy which is why I have gained more weight this time. We ate out a lot- first for our anniversary and then in Richmond and after Richmond to celebrate. It was a bit too much. I started this week with my normal oatmeal for breakfast and started packing salads for lunch again, so I’m feeling good about that! I just need to keep this momentum going!


I discovered this hummus this week and it’s pretty much AMAZING!


This was a great week for running, mostly because of my experience at the Richmond Marathon this past weekend. The beginning of the week was a little rocky and I wasn’t feeling great. I was running on Wednesday when I started feeling some uncomfortable pain in my pelvic region- kind of like round ligament pain. Once I finished my run I looked at my calendar and realized I had run 8 days in a row! Oops! I didn’t mean to, it just happened that way. Not only that, but I ran a little faster than I have been lately. I definitely cannot handle that anymore, so I took it easy at Body Pump the next day and on the rest of my runs this week. I feel much better now! Note to self: remember you are pregnant and run accordingly 🙂

  • Monday – 2 miles @ 10:06
  • Tuesday – 3 miles @ 9:05 pace
  • Wednesday – ​3 miles @ 9:22 pace
  • Thursday – Body Pump
  • Friday – 4 miles @ 9:52 pace
  • Saturday – 8.2 miles @ 11:46 pace (running Amanda into the finish at the Richmond Marathon!)
  • Sunday – Body Pump + 2 miles @ 9:56
  • Run – 22.2 miles
  • Strength – 2x
My new "For Two Fitness" gear! Training for two shirt and maternity running capris. So comfy and flattering!

My new “For Two Fitness” gear! Training for two shirt and maternity running capris. So comfy and flattering!

Week 14 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +1.2 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: +6.0 lbs.
  • A new first this week: I couldn’t make it through my 1+ hour commute without needing to stop for a snack and a bathroom.
  • # of days until my next race: 9! Kevin and I are doing a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!
  • # of times I felt the urge to find out the sex of the baby RIGHT NOW: approximately 1,000

14 weeks last time around!​

Richmond Marathon Weekend

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This weekend was AMAZING! On Friday night I went about an hour south of where I live to Richmond, Virginia and spent the night with my friend Amanda who was running the Richmond Marathon the next day. We’ve been going through some very cold and windy weather lately, and this weekend was no exception. It was only 20 degrees at the start and the high for the day was 45. But despite the chilly forecast Amanda was in great spirits and ready to run!


Right before dropping her off at the start!

A few hours later I met her at mile 18 and ran the last 8.2 miles with her into the finish. Amanda did such a great job and stayed positive the entire time. Those 8 miles truly did fly by.

Meeting her at mile 18

Meeting her at mile 18

Richmond sure does put on a fantastic race! The course was beautiful, the runners were super friendly and supportive, there were a TON of spectators, way more water and food stops than you’d ever need (which I’d much prefer over too few!), and great entertainment. There seemed to be some sort of music or fan cheering station every half mile and sometimes even more frequently than that.

All smiles at mile 21!

All smiles at mile 21!

Shortly after this picture Amanda started to not feel so great. She was having some stomach cramping but was trying to stay focused and push through it. I was so impressed with her physical and mental strength! She overcame a lot of obstacles during her training including catching her kids’ sicknesses and a lot of knee pain. Luckily her knee was feeling fine during the race, and she tried to focus on how thankful she was for that! Every time we passed a new mile marker I would remind her that we were now working on the next mile, for example- when we passed mile 22 we were working on 23, and when we hit 23 we were working on 24. This really helped her stay focused on the mile she was in rather than how much she had left. I also played her favorite power song on repeat during the last 2 miles which helped her a lot, and she even picked up the pace! Before we knew it we were at mile 26 and headed to the finish!


This race had the best all downhill finish I have ever seen. Seriously, it was amazing and the picture above doesn’t even do it justice! We flew down this hill, and her last mile was actually one of her fastest. Our pace was in sub-9:00! Amanda crossed the finish line just over 5:02, coming so close to her PR. She was within a minute of it!


The man in the light blue shirt behind the finish line is Bart Yasso 🙂


She was all smiles and super proud of her effort, and I was too. There’s nothing like the feeling at the end of a marathon, even if I only ran 8.2 miles instead of 26.2 🙂 I was just so happy for her accomplishment!


I’m not going to lie though, even at 14 weeks pregnant I had serious race envy!! I will definitely be back to run the half marathon next year! I was also super proud of my other running buddies- Leslie who also completed the marathon (her first!), Chanda and Gina who did the half marathon and came close to their PRs, and Laura who did the 8K (at 32 weeks pregnant!). We trained together all summer so it was really special to celebrate all of their accomplishments. It was definitely a weekend to remember!


Celebratory dinner post-race. Can you spot the 3 baby bumps? 🙂

Baby 2.0 – 13 Weeks

13 weeks! I have officially entered the second trimester- at least, according to my doctor even though technically it should be 13 weeks 3 days. But oh well! I’m excited!

13 weeks last time & this time!

13 weeks last time & this time! Just a tad bigger, huh? 🙂


This week baby is about the size of a peach- almost 3 inches long! The proportions of the baby are starting to even out and the head is now 1/3 the size of the body rather than 1/2.  Baby is starting to form teeth, bones, vocal cords, and tiny fingerprints!

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I feel like my stomach really popped out this week! I swear I woke up one day and it was obviously sticking out more and a lot more round that it had been previously. Growth spurt maybe? Even people at school noticed! As you can tell in the picture at the top of this post, I’m a lot bigger than my first pregnancy at this point, which is exciting 🙂


In other bodily news, my headaches have gotten a lot better and I’ve been continuing to feel better overall physically, thank goodness! I’m still tired but not nearly as much. I’ve been trying to focus on getting good quality sleep and taking naps when I need to, which is helping a lot. Another thing that has been helping is the essential oils we’ve been experimenting with. My friend has recently gotten into them and taught us about them. We bought a Family Physician’s Kit from doTERRA and over the past week I’ve been playing around with the ones that are pregnancy safe. We’ve been diffusing lavender at night in our room and putting it on our feet before bed. I’ve also been drinking lemon in my water which helps with energy and cleansing the body. I have used peppermint for a quick energy boost as well. I’ve used ginger for heartburn and indigestion, and frankincense for the one headache I did get this week. It’s been fun experimenting and I’m looking forward to discovering more uses for these amazing oils!

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The best part of this week by far was seeing our baby again in an ultrasound and learning that our genetic testing has all come back negative so far! We opted to get the NT Scan along with the MaterniT21 blood test and cystic fibrosis blood test, since all 3 are covered by insurance and non-invasive. We are at the type of people that would rather have the information we need to be prepared than to not have it. At the ultrasound the baby was measuring 4 days ahead (it was only 1 day ahead at my first ultrasound at 7.5 weeks!) and the heart was beating strong at 158 BPM. I was amazed at how much it looked like a real baby already- with a little facial profile and everything! It took a while to get the measurement we needed but eventually baby cooperated, and all the measurements came back normal. We also received the results of the cystic fibrosis gene mutation screening and it came back negative. I haven’t received the MaterniT21 results yet but should get them in the next few days.


This positive experience at the doctor was really uplifting and just what I needed to get through a tough week at work. I have been having some difficulty adjusting to my new school and the people that work there. There are a few people there that really test me, and I was pushed to my limits this week. I got in my car on Friday and just cried on my way home. Once I was home though, I sat down with my family and put it all into perspective, remembering what really matters. I don’t want to pass any stress like that onto the little baby that I’m trying hard to take care of, so when I feel like I’m going to lose it I think of that and it definitely helps.



After a very indulgent Halloween (and the days following) I was able to get back on track this past week with eating much better. We made sure to stick to our meal plan and didn’t let ourselves give into too much temptation… and surprise, surprise- I’m feeling a LOT better as a result! Although you can’t really tell I ate cleaner based on this growing belly!

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I did a few solo runs this week because my regular morning running buddy is 31 weeks pregnant and having some running issues at this point. I’m so sad and missed her a lot, but I’m proud of her for listening to her body. This second pregnancy has been harder on her than the first, and she’s disappointed that she most likely won’t be able to run until the end like she did with her first. Seeing her go through this though was a good reminder that I need to appreciate every single run I go on during this pregnancy, because there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to keep going until the end!

  • Monday – 3 miles @ 9:55
  • Tuesday – Body Pump
  • Wednesday – ​4 miles @ 11:34
  • Thursday – 3 miles @ 10:05
  • Friday – 4 miles @ 10:56
  • Saturday – Body Pump + 4 miles @ 9:41
  • Sunday – 8 miles @ 10:31
  • Run – 26 miles
  • Strength – 2x


Week 13 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +0.8 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: +4.8 lbs. I gained 3.5 pounds in the first trimester last pregnancy so I’m gaining a little more so far, but not too far off.
  • # of headaches: only 1 or 2!
  • # of naps taken: at least 3 that I can remember- so nice!
  • Maternity items bought: a new shirt and maternity capris from For Two Fitness and some maternity clothes from Old Navy!
  • # of days until we tour the Birth Center we may be switching our care to: 1! Yay!

13 weeks last time around!​