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Things I Couldn’t Say At The Time

Background – I thought I would keep a blog of when I knew I was pregnant to the time I announced it. I anticipate a lot of changes and feelings along the way and I don’t want to miss out on capturing them.

10.03.2012 – Day 1 of Knowing Officially

Agh! This is so amazing!!! So first, I knew something was up, but I thought it was just the start of the ole monthly time. I was SUPER crabby! Rob said I was so crabby I was all claws, but that at least crab claw meat is the sweetest. 🙂 I had been feeling really tired, fevery, bloated and irritable for a few days. But I ran a good half marathon the past Saturday (baby’s first half marathon – check!). So last night I just had a really off day, tired and grouchy I started my run on the treadmill and the treadmill broke! It has been acting janky, the belt has been dead stopping mid-run and the console otherwise looks fine. So then I threw on my Garmin and headed out the door. My legs were dead. I felt so sluggish that I bagged it after 2.5 miles and came inside to ride my bike for a bit. I felt so off that I thought I better take a test first thing in the morning and then BOOM! Our lives have completely changed and Rob and I will be meeting our new best friend in 9 months!!

Us out at dinner knowing we will be parents!

The Chicago Marathon is this Sunday and I will be writing about it like any other race, but won’t be able to explain at the time that how I pace and how I feel is really cause I’m pregnant. Rob’s considering running with me. He’s worried that if I feel bad or anything that he wouldn’t be there to help me. So we have to talk  about that. Plus Goofy Challenge is in January, which we will definitely run together. Without yet having my doctor appointment I suspect that I will be 4.5 months pregnant at the time.

 10.09.2012 – Doctor officially confirms the news on 10.08!

10.07 – The Chicago Marathon didn’t go as planned. Mile 9 my right calf and hamstring were VERY tight and I knew the last 17 miles would be painful. As expected my pace slowed with each mile as it became a struggle. I made one potty stop at Mile 19 and the stopping running did make it even harder as my muscles tightened up more. The one thing that got me through it was knowing this was our baby’s first marathon. I wanted this race to be a story of prevailing and not giving up so I hobbled my way through the finish. Baby’s first marathon, done!

10.08 – It was practically high fives all around when Rob and I went to the doctor office. They were amazed by my age that I got pregnant so quickly. Rob and I had just started trying at the end of June and here we are having our talk about our baby! Based on dates we have guestimate that we are 5 weeks along and a tentative birth date of June 8th! How exciting!!! The medical personnel seemed amazed with my activity level and nutrition and really just say keep doing all the things I’m doing. I’m only told to stop activity if I notice cramping/bleeding, which seems like a no brainer. Also, I intend to not improve upon my fitness, but keep my workouts moderate at a conversational level. I’ve been foam rolling my calf and hamstring and it is improving. I may get a sports massage, but I’m hopeful I won’t need physical therapy. We will see if I’m able to run the Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon in two weeks. Rob is going to run every race that I run with me through the rest of the pregnancy. He wants to be right there in case anything didn’t feel right. Our treadmill broke and we have an order in for a new console and belt. It will take probably 3 weeks before we have it working again so any running I do will be outside or at the gym for awhile.

First month – 6 weeks in this picture

10.27.2012 – 8 Weeks!

I’m barely fitting into my pants. My clothes can’t handle much more than a 5 pound weight gain and it’s going to be time to get new clothes.

Rob and I had a great time running Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon even though my leg wasn’t ready for all of the hills. Plus we bought our first baby clothing item!

Rob and I also started getting a baby registry together! It’s a great way to make a list of things we need to get. Plus we get front row parking since I’m preggo. 🙂

Our 8 week doctor appointment is Monday! We can’t wait!!

10.29.2012 – First sonogram!

Sweet baby showed right up on the sonogram real quick! Heart beating at 162 BPM and we could see the head, arms, legs and little remainder of tail. 🙂 They say by length they guestimate 7 Weeks 6 Days, putting our estimated due date from June 8th to the 11th. We’ve heard these fluctuations in date estimates will occur along the way. 🙂

I haven’t gotten sick yet (knock on wood) and have only felt queasy a few times. Hopefully I will get by not getting fully sick.

My running has just been okay. I’m enjoying running and  my legs feel good, but potty stops have taken over and I’m only able to make it 5-7 miles before needing to take a pit stop.

Peace people – well actually just saying 2 Months! 🙂

First baby picture!

And the news is out!!! We can’t wait any longer and had to share the news! I’m so excited to share the journey of being pregnant and running. If you have tips to share please post them! I appreciate your advice!


You & Me

You & Me 
Wanna pack your bag, something small
Take what you need and we disappear
Without a trace we’ll be gone, gone
The moon and the stars follow the car
And then when we get to the ocean
We’re gonna take a boat to the end of the world
All the way to the end of the world
Oh and when the kids are old enough
We’re going to teach them to fly
You and me together can do anything, baby
You and me together yes, yes
You and me together can do anything, baby
You and me together yes, yes
You and I we’re not tied to the ground
Not falling, but rising, like rolling around
Eyes closed above the rooftops
Eyes closed we’re gonna spin through the stars
Our arms wide as the sky, we’re gonna ride the blue
All the way to the end of the world
The end of the world
Oh and when the kids are old enough
We’re gonna teach them to fly
You and me together could do anything, baby
You and me together yes, yes
You and me together could do anything, baby
You and me together yes, yes
We can always look back on what we did
Always remembering you and me baby
But right now it’s you and me forever girl
You know we could better than anything that we did
You know that you we could do anything
You and me together could do anything, baby
You and me together yes, yes
Two of us together could do anything, baby
You and me together yes, yes
The two of us together yes, yes
The two of us together can do anything, baby
– Dave Matthews Band


2012 – Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon – 1:50:11

Race Takeaway: Running with Rob makes time fly by quickly!

Last weekend we made our way to St. Louis to run the Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon.

We met up with Drew and Chrissy for the expo and hung out on Washington Street. They were interested in sushi for dinner and checked out Wasabi Sushi on Washington. I was more in a burger mood so we checked out Bailey’s Range. It was amazing! All of the meats are grass fed, free range, local and the sauces (ketchups, mustards, etc.) are all homemade in house.

We split the onion rings, these are a must do!

And I enjoyed a small salted carmel shake. OMG it was delicious!!!

I also got the Ozark Burger with white cheddar on a pretzel bun. The pretzel bun wasn’t what I imagined. It was hard as a rock and I wouldn’t get it again. So I only had a couple bites. I was so full of shake and onion rings anyways. 🙂

That’s a good pre-race meal, no? Knowing my past stomach issues this would have been the kiss of death, but being on a probiotic pill (as advised by my doctor) really helps. Plus Rob and I were planning to run this race for fun together. So it wasn’t like I needed to be ‘race ready’ or anything.

Sunday morning we were up at 4am and all headed down to the start just after 6am. It was a quick walk from our hotel. The weather started out cold with a brisk breeze and I wished I had brought a throw away shirt. I don’t know why I don’t just pack one for every race just in case because I’m usually cold at race starts year round.

The race started 10 minutes late, which can get a bit annoying standing there, freezing, waiting to just get things going. And then we were off. While I liked having a hat, I regretted the gloves by mile 2.

Time flew running with Rob. We chatted about buildings we saw, cute doggies with spectators, etc. While the miles clicked by quickly, my right piriformis hated the inclines and hills that are through out this course. My leg was not ready for the race, so I had to really back off the pace and it was just a family run more than a workout. We had a good time smiling for the cameras too.

One particular race highlight – I got rapped at! A girl around mile 7 actually starting rapping a beat “you’re running!” and then dropped some beat box sounds. It was crazy! I was like “Did I seriously get rapped at?! She took my mind off the pain in my leg!” Loved it!!

All done!!

2012 Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon Medal



8:25 Pace

2011 – Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon – 1:43:09


2012 – Chicago Marathon – 4:07:25

Race Takeaway: I finished and sometimes that’s all that counts.

Sunday morning Rob and I got up at 3am to run the Chicago Marathon. We both slept well, got our things together and met up with Drew with no problem. It was marathon business as usual for us. The only snafu was the coffee shop we typically relaxed in hours were not aligned like they have been in previous races, they were closed. It was freezing out, upper 30s at 5am, but luckily in Chicago there is always a coffee shop just a few steps away so we found a new hangout.

It was going to be a chilly day, but luckily only 10mph winds from the NW. I wore capris, long sleeves, gloves, and hat. I also wore a throw away sweatshirt while we waited in our start corral.

Before I knew it we were off. I was on my planned pace easily and miles were clicking by. I noticed a tinge in my right calf, but nothing alarming. Unfortunately by Mile 9 what started as a tinge turned into full on cramp in my right calf and tightness in my right hamstring. I knew that the next 17 miles would be painful and my new plan would be just to finish. My pace slowed with each mile as the tightness became more painful. By mile 19 I needed to make a potty stop, but there were no worries on my time since my goal had switched to just finishing. The last few miles were very slow and I just willed my way to the end. I did run into a fellow runner from my hometown and got to chat with her as made our way through the last 800 meters.

It wasn’t my day and I knew early in the race and managed through it. I wasn’t disappointed as I did the best I could with the situation. It’s another marathon finished and that does count for something.

Rob had a good race, finishing with a 3:38:50.

Chicago Marathon spectator signs are the best. I love all the creativity. Balloons, pictures of peoples faces printed up huge, and the hilarious signs. Some of my favorite signs during the race were “Hurry Up We Are Freezing!” and “<Insert Name> I’m Pregnant”. Drew said he saw one that said “Hurry up the Bears game starts at 3:15pm!”.

2012 Chicago Marathon Medal

Oh and I still had time for shopping! I got the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Damier 😀 It’s a huge purse that will be great for travel! I love it!!


With the sides synched in.



9:27 Pace

2011 – Chicago Marathon – 3:45:26

2010 – Chicago Marathon – 3:24:14

2009 – Chicago Marathon – 4:08:13


2012 Chicago Marathon Expo

Today was the Chicago Marathon Expo. We had an easy time getting our packets and bags.

We found out that a “Spirit of the Marathon II” movie will be coming out in March 2013! We also went by the Disney Marathon Series Booth and got to see the 20th Anniversary Disney Marathon Medal that we will be getting in 2013! It is so heavy and beautiful! I has two spinners in it!

Plus we got to chat with the race director about the event and share our excitement to do the Goofy Challenge. Oh and I scored a princess crown they were giving out for registering.

But I have to say Drew did look prettier than me in the tiara.

And we got to see Deena Kastor! Deena was so kind and spent time talking to us. She even wrote Rob some words of encouragement to take our household record time in the marathon. Rob has yet to take it from me, but he will be able to easily. 🙂

I didn’t love the Nike gear this year so I didn’t buy anything. The colors and choices (no track jacket and the women’s running jacket doesn’t have the side pockets for gels like the men’s) just didn’t stand out to me. I did get a couple more sweatybands and I may be on their facebook page soon sporting a couple bands.

And we found our names on the wall. 🙂

It was a successful expo! The temps look mild for Sunday. Hopefully we have a great race day!