10K Training Plan Summary: Week 1 21SEP2015 – 27SEP2015

Finished the first week of Hal Higdon’s novice plan. 

Monday – Strength & Stretch

I decided to hit the gym and work on my core.  I did a few gentle ab exercises which really kicked my butt.  It’s crazy how much of a hit the abs take during pregnancy.  Still, I was able to get through the exercises well and felt really good afterwards.  I followed up core work with stretching.  I’m terrible at remembering to stretch so I’m glad this plan called for it.  My hamstrings were so tight.  I focused on the for quite some time.  Hopefully following the prescribed stretch days will help me loosen them up again. 

Tuesday – Rest

Tuesday called for a run but I was extremely beat.  I hit a wall around 4 PM so I decided to heed my body’s cue and take a rest day.  As much as I think I am superhuman and can go on 4 hours of sleep each day, my body likes to hit me back with a “hell no”.  I’m trying really hard to be flexible but my type-A self really hates diverting from plans.  Maybe this’ll be a good lesson in letting it go. 

Feeling amazing post run.

Wednesday – 2.5 Miles

Splits: 8:27, 8:09, 8:00 (0.5 mile)

I completed the run I was supposed to do the day before.  I decided to just shift everything over to the right 1 day and skip the rest day in Friday so I would sync up with the plan again.  The run itself went very well.  I ran mid-afternoon in some gorgeous 60 degree weather.  I felt like I was flying during the run and my average pace sure did show it.  I’m sure the latte I had an hour prior probably helped with my pace.  It was really nice to see sub 8:30 paces, though. 

After cycling 7 miles I was glad to be home =)

Thursday – Cross-Training

Splits: 4:17, 3:33, 4:08, 4:25, 4:12, 4:13, 4:24, 2:06 (0.41 mi)

I decided to take my little old hybrid bike out.  I haven’t cycled on the road in over a year.  I just wasn’t familiar with the roads here quite yet when we moved last year.  By the time I was able to get a good idea of how people drove here and where the roads led, winter was upon us making cycling less than ideal.  It was really nice to get out on the bike again!  I got to ride up some nice hill climbs and play around with my gears to familiarize myself with the bike again.  In all, I cycled for about 30 minutes.  My legs killed afterwards and I knew my butt would be screaming the next day.  However, I’m glad I got out there.  Cycling is such a nice change from riding spin bikes =). 

Friday – 2 Miles

Splits: 8:47, 8:43, 0:25 (.07 mi)

My legs were feeling a bit heavy from biking but overall the run went well.  Paces were a tad slower than Wednesday but then again I think that run was kind of a “perfect circumstances” run. 

Saturday – Cross-Training

I chose to do one of the shorter p90X workouts since the plan called for only 30 minutes of cross-training.  Cardio X was the closest to that time (it’s 45 minutes) so I went with that.  I always forget how subtly challenging that program is.  I didn’t feel like I was doing much, even with exercising all out, but by the end I was sweating and hurting a little.  It was definitely a good cross-training session. 

Sunday – 3 Miles

Splits: 9:09, 9:14, 8:54, 0:24 (0.06 mi)

I headed out after J’s morning feeding for my run.  I wasn’t feeling the greatest physically.  My SP (symphysis pubis) joint was acting up and aching.  I think I irritated it with some of the yoga in the workout the day before.  It made for a slightly painful and slow run.  Paces really reflected that but I was just happy to get the distance in before the baby woke up again.  It’s the little victories that count =). 

This first week went pretty well.  I feel a bit like a slacker not going full out 7 days a week.  However, taking it easy every other day has been kind of nice.  I’m sure my body needed the break from the strain streaking was creating.  I’m pretty hopeful I’ll hit my 8:30 pace goals for the 10K.  I know I’ll have to start using some sort of speed work to aid with getting to that pace consistently.  I’m going to look into incorporating it into one of the runs during the week day.  It’ll be nice to get some fartleks in again. 

Making an Entrance: Jacob’s Birth Story

When I found out I was pregnant I wasn’t planning on sharing the details of the baby’s birth.  I had read many other bloggers’ stories because I enjoyed reading birth stories.  Everyone has such a different and unique story that it’s fun for me to read the different ways a birth can go.  However, when it came to thinking about my son’s birth, I figured no one would want to read about a long labor and graphic delivery.  It’s really something I’m not immediately inclined to share with everyone, strangers and friends alike, especially after my experience with my first labor.  Labor and delivery just feels like a moment I would only care to remember, or perhaps forget depending on the outcome.  However, Jacob’s birth turned out a lot different that I could have ever imagined.  Because of that, I wanted to share it here.  If birth stories aren’t your thing then please feel free to skip over this.  I promise there are no gorey details or photos =).

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Running Week Summary: 07SEP2015 – 13SEP2015

This week definitely went differently than I expected!

The week started off pretty roughly. I started feeling pretty tired and defeated during my runs. I was starting to feel like I was running because I had to not because I wanted to. I hated that. Once something starts feeling mandatory I see it as a sign that it is no longer enjoyable. The aches of being pregnant were just starting to get to me. I was tired of always feeling so slow and sluggish when I knew, in my heart, I was capable of being so much faster. I was beginning to question whether I would continue running past this week. 

Well, I got my answer to that question pretty quickly. I woke up on Thursday to a weird clicking sound in my pelvis. I wasn’t sure what it was but it was time to get up so I got ready for my run. I headed out the door and started my 2-miler. Midway I felt a big gush. I stopped. I knew what it was immediately considering I had voided my bladder right before I left. I decided to finish the run and head home. By then there was no mistake Baby J was coming that day. 

I did end up going on a run the next day but took it super easy. It was very apparent that my body needed to rest. They warn you that things aren’t quite right down there and it was very true for me. Although I ran decently, had no pain, and felt amazing – like I could run for miles – my lower region didn’t agree. As sad as I am to say it, I ended my streak that Friday, 9/11. 

I made it just under 8.5 months streaking. I ran all the way up to the moment I gave birth, literally! (More on that in a future post). I’m very happy. I hope to pick up this goal again for next year, possibly sooner depending on how things go for me. Right now I’m going to enjoy the early days with Baby J and some much deserved time off from running. I miss it already but I’ll be back soon enough. 

The next 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) I got some exercise by going on a walk, using the elliptical for a short period, and lifting weights. I didn’t want to stop working out cold turkey so I decided to cut them down to 10-15 minute intervals and focus on more low impact training and weight work. 

I’ll discuss some my future plans for running in a future post. Until then, I’m pausing my weekly recaps until things pick up again =)

Freekeh Foods – A Sponsored Review

Disclaimer: I received 2 packages of Freekeh Foods’ grain product in exchange for a review of their product and giving away a free package of their product.  All opinions are my own and I was not monetarily compensated for this review.  This product was provided through the Sweat Pink Ambassador campaign.

I don’t consider myself a real health nut.  I admittedly love my pumpkin pie (it’s that time of year again!), tres leches cake, and occasional burger and fries.  However, I do really love some of the “super foods” out there on the market and trying out the new-to-me products.  One type of food I enjoy exploring for new alternatives is the grain product.  I love oats and oatmeal, really enjoy quinoa as both a sweet or savory dish, and dabbled with kasha.  When I heard that there was another grain product available called freekeh, I was interested to see how it compared to my other favorite grains.  I was happy to see Freekeh Foods was hosting a campaign for their products so I could try them out.

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Bulu Box – A Sponsored Review 

Disclaimer:  I received my first Bulu Box through the Sweat Pink Ambassador program in exchange for a test and review of their products.  All comments reflect my own thoughts on the product, and I have not been monetarily compensated for my review.

As someone who is interested in fitness and nutrition, I love to try out the latest and greatest product out there.  I don’t like spending the money on a full-size product I’ve never used or sampled, however.  It is a true bummer when you spend your hard earned cash on the next greatest product only to sadly realize it just doesn’t work out for you.  It’s nice when I get to try out a sample first before I commit to buying the full-size product.  Sadly, I feel as though the only time this is possible is at fitness expos or events at my local running store.  Unfortunately, my ability to attend events are usually far and few.  In comes Bulu Box:

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.

Much in line with the latest trend of monthly home subscriptions, Bulu Box offers to deliver sample-sized nutrition and health products straight to your door for you to try out.  Intrigued with the idea of receiving monthly samples of new products without leaving my home, I jumped at the chance to try out Bulu Box through Sweat Pink.  Last week I received my first box of fine nutrition products.  I eagerly opened the box, excited to try out some new items that I could possibly add to my diet.  It felt like Christmas!

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