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2013 Danvers Days – 5K – 27:02

Race Takeaway: I’m not ready for inclines.

Today Drew and I ran the Danvers Days 5K. Rob and Chase were our pit crew. πŸ™‚




This race is where I have my PR of 19:50 back in 2010. The course has quite a few turns as well as some small hills and inclines. My goal for this race was to improve upon my time from last weeks race. Drew’s goal was to PR. Our plan was to run together for the first 2 miles and then each of us give whatever we have left the rest of the way. We went out and did a warm up of 1.25 miles and then visited with friends before lining up.

Our plan was to hold back the first mile and then kick it up about 15 seconds the second mile. It was hard to hold back and not get pulled into the excitement of the race, but Drew and I kept it in check. We came across the first mile as planned.


Then the inclines start. I struggle through the first and already by the second my legs feel smoked. Drew pulls away from me just before mile 2 and is looking strong.


The next set of inclines and struggle through it, unable to catch Drew in front of me. Drew finished in 26:48 and met his goal of a PR by taking of 7 seconds! I finish in 27:02 and didn’t make my goal of improving from last week. I get 2nd in my age group though. I’m bummed I didn’t do better, but I recognize that it’s going to take time. I just hope to still make Chase and Rob proud that I’m trying hard to keep improving.

Brandi and her fiance ran with their 6 month old daughter in her stroller. Brandi got 1st in our age group!


Great job to Drew and Brandi!!!

And great job to Chase who enjoyed being bundled up and slept the whole time! πŸ™‚




8:43 Pace

F 35-39: 2/8

Overall: 57/127

2012 Danvers Days – 5K – 21:21

2010 Danvers Days – 5K – 19:50

2009 Danvers Days – 5K – 23:29

2008 Danvers Days – 5K – 27:20

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Chase 2 Months Old – Flexibility is key

Chase is 2 Months Old!!!

Well actually she’s 9 weeks old, silly calendar. πŸ™‚ However, since she’s made it to the 2 month mark, I will now track her growth and progress in months than weeks.

2 Month Photos




2 Months – Baby Milestones

Chase some more head control. She can hold her head up with less wobble on tummy time or when being held. It will be exciting when she has full head control and starts to sit up more on her own.

She also has better hand control. She has figured out how to reach and bat at something she has targeted. Also, she doesn’t grab at her eyes or hit herself as much and instead is able to suck on her fists. This has helped a lot in reducing her getting upset by her flailing arms hitting her in the face. πŸ™‚

Chase has also discovered her feet! It’s fun to watch her pump her feet and look at them in amazement.


Chase is doing great at daycare! She’s eating well and is getting better with her naps. It’s such a peaceful place and there is currently just 4-6 in her class, including her. I was able to stop in one of the days and breastfeed her over lunch. I am feeling much better about the whole thing, even though it is still hard to be away from her.

Chase’s first day


Picking Chase up one of the days.


2 Months – Momma Update

Based on my last post you can tell I was in a worried state prior to going back to work. I would say this is typical for me when it comes to anything new. This would be very emotional for me and Rob to be away from Chase and leave her in daycare, plus this we are going through a big adjustment to our morning routine.

Now only 2 weeks later and the stress of how it will all get done is fading. Instead I feel that we’ve become flexible to what the day brings and adjust from there. Rob and I will get to the important tasks of the day (ex: making sure that Chase has enough bottles and supplies for daycare) and that the rest will just get done eventually (ex: folding laundry). We make a good team too, which is HUGE. I always feel that Rob and I tag team tasks well instead of each of us having specific tasks. It works for us well and I think we both anticipate how to help the other out.

I am still stressed about breast milk. I’m barely keeping up with Chase’s eating. I’m drinking TONS of water, pumping, taking fenugreek, and eating oatmeal, but the improvements have been minor so far. There is a chance that we may need to introduce some formula to supplement the breast milk, but we shall see. Hopefully I can continue to stay in front of her intake. At least she’s such a good eater!


With the new found flexibility I have been getting my workouts when Chase is asleep before work. One day that meant jumping at the opportunity to run at 3:30am before work. When her sleep and feedings don’t align with my morning workout time Rob and I have been doing runs after work since the weather has been milder. I’ll have more posts about my running progress soon.

2 Month – Product Fave

Baby Bjorn Babbysitter Balance Bouncer and Wooden Activity Bar – best baby bouncer ever!!!


4Moms mommaroo – We got the standard seat, which is nylon and I now wish we would have got the plush. Our daycare has it and it’s more cushy. The adjustable positioning and multiple swing types (car ride, kangaroo, tree sing, etc.) are what set it apart. The toy mobile isn’t that special and I don’t think Chase has ever been entertained by it. She still enjoys her Fischer Price Snugabunny swing moving bird mobile, especially just before falling asleep.

4Moms Bath – I have nothing to compare this with, but I can’t imagine using another baby bath. This one is amazing and grows with your child.

Fischer-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym – This is one of Chase’s favorite things to do is play on this mat. She loves kicking and music playing from her kicks.


I’d write more, but I’m typing one handed with a baby in my arms. πŸ™‚ So hopefully more to share soon. πŸ™‚

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2013 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 26:56

Race Takeaway: Just get out there and get moving.

Saturday, August 10th I ran my first 5K since giving birth to Chase 8 weeks ago. I was in no way in shape to race so this would be just a chance to get out and have another workout. I’ve been running only when it’s worked with our schedule. Each run ranging from 2 miles to 6 miles, but with no consistency at this point.

My goals were very easy: 1) get in a workout, 2) try to beat my 5K time when I was 7 months pregnant

The weather was perfect, especially for August in Illinois. It was upper 60s / low 70s and sunny.

This was also Chase’s first real outing with the public. πŸ™‚ We didn’t have her out and held or touched by anyone since she still very young. She just hung out in her car seat that we attached to our Mountain Buggy Terrain. Rob and Chase watched me race since Chase’s head/neck strength is still developing and this course would have bumps in it as it crosses a gravel lot.

It was nice to get out and see our friends and catch up on how their racing was going this season.

I got in a 1 mile warm up beforehand. Then I lined up about middle of the group, knowing I wouldn’t be taking off very fast. Still my first mile was faster than I planned and I am still re-learning how to gauge my effort. This race is an out and back and is on a road that is exposed to the sun and it did feel quite hot halfway through.

By mile 2 my legs were smoked and I just held on to finish as strong as I could. It made me realize how hard racing really is! It feels harder than I remember anyways. πŸ™‚

Rob got a picture of me coming back to the finish.


26:56 and I met my goals. Plus Chase slept the whole time, which is a bonus to know that she wasn’t fussy about the outing. πŸ™‚



8:41 Pace

F 35-39: 5/?

Overall: 80/219

Past performances:

2012 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 22:13

2011 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 20:03

2009 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 23:45


Chase Week 7 – Preparing for big changes

Week 7:

Week 7 brought with it fussiness that appears to be colic. I could set a clock to the afternoon/evening times that have caused Chase to be unhappy and uncomfortable. We have been doing everything to help her with different soothing methods and holds. We also have tried gas drops and gripe water (not together, we did them different days). While both provided some comfort, it appears that the gripe water has worked the best for her.

I’ve also given up dairy, caffeine, and nuts as they may also contribute to gas and fussiness. It’s a guessing game if foods are contributors so instead of eliminating one at a time I went ahead and restrict them now. If there is even a slight chance that it will make Chase feel better then it’s worth it.

All of this fussiness has meant that Chase wants to be held for all of the time. She immediately gets upset if I get up to use the bathroom, get a drink of water, etc. My priority is to keep her comfortable, especially through this fussy period so I haven’t accomplished anything around the house or did any workouts this week. Since it’s my last week at home with Chase before I return to work, the bright side is I’m getting in lots of snuggles.

It’s going to be hard to leave Chase at daycare and return to work. It will be a big change for all of us. I can’t imagine how getting ready in the mornings will go or how I will ever fit working out back into my routine. My head is filled with stress of will I have enough breast milk for daycare and for times that I need to workout or for social occasions where I can’t breastfeed….what if Chase struggles to nap at daycare without me there… will we manage Chase’s night time feedings with both of us working…..when she is fussy how will I function on little sleep…will there ever be a good time for even 30 minutes of exercise a day…..with our schedules should I back off some of my race plans until Chase is older…..and so on. I’m having to tell myself that no matter how disorganized things may feel for awhile, that what’s most important will get accomplished one way or the other.

Week 7 Photos

Our sweet baby! I’m so sorry that she had such a tough week.



I was delayed in posting this because of the whirlwind of colic and also preparing for getting into the work/daycare routine. More posts about milestones, baby products and workouts to come!