Archive | November, 2012

SDRC 10K Turkey Trot Race Recap

28 Nov

*Sorry all the pictures look so goofy! I left the camera in a weird mode and it stayed in that mode until the next day when I realized the problem. Whoops!

Starting Line

Annie and Ashley looking cute at the start.
Somehow my face got lost in the shuffle, but don’t worry. You can still see my belly poking out of the crowd.

Where to start? This race was so much fun and I’m so glad Ashley and Annie decided to do it too! In the days before, they both said they were nervous because they hadn’t been running a ton, but I was pretty confident that my slow pace would keep things easy (turns out I was right… I’m one slow chick these days).

We got to the South Davis Recreational Center around 8am to pick up our swag bags and race shirts and then hung out for an hour before the start. I guess the race must have been pretty popular because I was the only one of us who had signed up early enough for a shirt. Bummer, huh? They said they would send the rest of the shirts out in the mail though. If only I could squeeze my ever-expanding belly into mine…

Finish

Annie finishing like a champ. Hair billowing behind her and everything. THAT is a good finish.

I decided that for the sake of my pride I needed to wear my Ogden Marathon shirt. I figured that if I didn’t come in dead last it would be somewhere very close to dead last, so I needed to let everyone who was judging me know that even though I was the slow kid who needed occasional walking breaks I had, in fact, run a marathon.

Finish

I’m aware that I look like a complete lunatic in this picture. I think I was laughing at something Michael said… But I kind of like the view of my belly 🙂 Ps… check out that form, Ashley! Landing on your toes and everything. You should run a marathon. Sorry your legs look yellow.

When we got to mile 2 my calves were burning like crazy, so I stopped for a second to stretch them out. Those things are getting a little too high-maintenance for me. Other than the calves, though, the race went really well! It went like this: walking break, calf stretching, water break, walking break, and then we crossed the finish line.

Well… there was some slow jogging on a seriously annoying course (that wound around blocks to get to 6.2 miles) and a white Accura following us around with camera-clad husbands (I should clarify… my husband and Ashley’s husband. Not a car full of random husbands. That would have been funny though), but other than that it was pretty uneventful.

Finish

THE END!!!

3 turkey trotters decked out in race bling.

My official time was 1:20:01, making my pace 12:54 min/mile. I’ll take it!

I think I’m done with running for the rest of this pregnancy. I love it and it’s really helped to keep me feeling good (and sane), but it is just killing my back. I was gimping around for a few days afterward. I don’t want to hurt my back for good because I didn’t know when to call it quits. I’m thinking that there’s a lot of walking in my future…

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Color Me Surprised

16 Nov

After yesterday’s painful run, I fully expected to wake up to calves that were more sore than I’ve felt in a really long time. Buuut turns out that somewhere in the middle of the night they just perked right up and woke up ready to run. They weren’t sore at all!

Just to recap from yesterday, I ran a little more than 2 miles and wanted to cry out in pain the entire time. It was pretty pitiful. Cue panic about upcoming 10k…

Turkey Trot

And I would have made such a cute turkey…

But today was great! No achy calves, no arches screaming for mercy… everything was perfect. Except for a few weird cramps in my tummy. Felt like side stitches, but spread out across my tummy. They went away after a few miles though, so I’m not worried.

I’m pretty stoked because I ended up running 4.5 miles! Not bad, no? And the miles were right on (12:00 min/mile…) pace.

And by the time I finished I knew I could go another 2 miles. I’m excited! The race is on! Now I just need to figure out some cute turkey costumes…

 

Mayday!

15 Nov

No, not May Day. Mayday. As in the distress signal. As in, this captain might be going down with the ship.

Today I went on a run. Which isn’t unusual, but today I realized something.

Lately my calves have been absolutely kiiiilllllling me when I run. I couldn’t figure out why, but today it finally clicked… I weigh a lot 😦

Leggy

These svelte beauties have carried me over hundreds and hundreds of miles.

My legs are perfectly adapted to supporting me without a baby in my uterus. Buuut these days that isn’t what’s going on. There’s definitely a squirmy little boy along for the ride with every step, and my calves aren’t fooled.

I don’t know how it took me so long to figure out that my achy calves and arches were the result of my increased weight, but there is no denying it. I guess I’ve just expanded quicker than my body could build muscle to keep up. Sad, huh?

I kept thinking that the aching would go away before the 10K (in exactly 1 week. Whaaat??), but unless I manage to drop several pounds before then, this turkey trot is going to be preeetty painful. And slow. Did I mention that a 12 minute mile is looking really impressive these days? I’m just hoping I finish in under 2 hours. Crazy, huh?

I’m still excited about it though. Michael’s sister Annie is doing it too (And Ashley? Are you going to the turkey trot party? Say yes!)! This might just be the most impressive thing I’ve ever done. 6.4 miles when I’m about 6.4 months pregnant? Yep, that sounds pretty hardcore. Let’s just hope I don’t die somewhere along the course.

Hi Again :)

13 Nov

Helloooo!

I got sucked into news coverage of Hurricane Sandy, the election, and then a (short) trip to Baker to visit my fam (minus one plus two puppies) and just took a protracted break from blogging. So sorry if you were overwhelmed with curiosity about what I’ve been up to 🙂 Trust me, it wasn’t anything terribly exciting.

Lucy

This is Lucy. I love her just a bit too much.

Here’s what I would have written about these three events had I been blogging during my blogging break:

1. Hurricane Sandy: Absolutely terrifying. I pretty much watched the news coverage all day long and couldn’t stop thinking about my friends who live in that area. Mother Nature can be pretty fierce when she puts her mind to it. I just hope she keeps ignoring the Seattle area…

2. The Election: Omg. The event of the last four years. So exciting! Up until it was called… at which point it felt like BYU had lost the big game and was doomed to lose every single day for the next four years. Sad, sad, sad. We ran to Trader Joe’s for some ice cream so we could eat our feelings and then watched the best chick flick ever to assuage the misery.

17 Again

I ♥ 17 Again.
And Zac Efron.

Other good things coming out of the election? Um, yes. The legalization of marijuana in Washington state. I don’t know why I get such a kick out of this, but I do. It blows my mind that more than half of the people in this state are stoners. Unfortunately for them, pot is illegal according to federal government, so at the end of the day all of their efforts will probably have been for naught. Ha.

3. BAAAKERRR: I love this place. And I love my family. And I love my puppies. Great weekend! We went to the Boise LDS temple open house on the very last day with all of the girls and my Auntie Trish.

Girls Day in Boise

You’ve probably noticed that we are a pretty hot group of women.
It runs in the family.

The temple is absolutely gorgeous! I am so glad we were able to take the tour through it. So beautiful. Temples are such amazing places. There is a spirit of peace and joy inside the walls that just can’t be found anywhere else on earth.

I also got my highlights touched up (finally! Holy cow, being pregnant + waiting for several months to get your roots touched up = really nasty hair. Eek. It was definitely time.

Anyway, I’m gonna post a bumpdate tomorrow, so check back in to find out how much bigger my belly has gotten. You will be astounded. Have a great night!

Ps: 9 days to the turkey trot!