Friday, December 2, 2016

Let's Talk Training....Prego Style

Big news around these parts especially if you are following me on social media....and if you're not then get right on that!!  Our big announcement is that we are adding to our "fancy" family in May with the addition of a baby boy!!!
My husband loves his girls dearly but I'm sure he is excited to be getting some more testosterone back into the house!

I wanted to touch base here about how my training has been these last few months (I'm 14 weeks) and how it has compared to training with my last two pregnancies.
I will say that the first trimester of this pregnancy was a lot harder than my last two pregnancies.  I'm not sure if I should chalk this up to age or that I have two others to chase around, but this time around I felt very different.  I basically have felt like I have a horrible hangover for the past three months...just no fun party/funny memories to go with it!  This impacted my training a lot, obviously, and I honestly have felt very discouraged.  With my first pregnancy, I ran but I was just coming off of being burnt out from training for Boston and not really doing a great job balancing running and life.  This meant that I lifted and did spin every day up until about 39 weeks (the gym was across the street from the hospital so I figured I had a short trip if anything happened!).  When I got pregnant with our second child, I was probably in the best shape of my adult life.  I was running TONS and hitting PRs left and right! 

I actually ran a 20 miler a week after I found out I was pregnant.  With that pregnancy I ran (and kept my speed and distance up) until about 38 weeks (I also ran a half marathon at 21 weeks).

Enter this pregnancy...I was continuing training as normal (two days of speed work, an easy run, and a long run) until one day I hit a wall.  I battled with headaches, nausea, and a body that was just plain tired.  I cried about not being able to run long(seriously it was rough) and then went about figuring out what I COULD do.  My speed has dwindled quickly but I am still putting in the miles (hello RW RunStreak!) but they are much slower.  I still do two days of speed but they are not nearly as fast as they were before....and there are walk breaks.  However now that I am into my second trimester, I have been feeling human again (THANK YOU LORD!) and have had a few really awesome runs....like the ones that make me feel like me again!!
I have also incorporated spin back into the mix.  I have been loving mixing together spin and lifting alternating intervals.  It is a great workout! 
I have also been making sure I am working in exercising with the girls.  We have been loving hiking and exploring trails!

I've been really making sure that I get weight training in every day...core work, leg day, upper day and pilates.  In the past with pregnancy, I have struggled afterward with back/core issues.  I am hoping that being consistent with my weight training that this will help! 
I really think the difference this time around has been that I am feeling like I need to be kinder to my body.  Call it age...call it exhaustion...whatever it is I need to remind myself to be kind to myself.  I feel so much better physically and mentally when I get in my workout every morning but if the body is just not feeling it then I wait until later.  This is the last time I will be going through this process...I need to treasure the time!  This is the plan....keep my body moving for 40 weeks!  Here we go!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Motivation

Over the years my "why" has changed.  It began as a competitive outlet for me when college sports was over.  Then it turned into proving to myself that I could run a marathon.  Then it was speed and discovering who I was.  After becoming a mom, it changes almost daily.  Some days it's a stress release, others it is to remind myself what it feels like to be just me!  These days as we are expecting baby #3, it's about staying healthy for me and for the baby.  Yesterday however, it was to feel it again...to feel the cool air in my lungs and remind myself what it felt like to just have me and the road.  Whatever your "why" is...find it and let it motivate you each day!!

What's your why?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pardon Me While I'm Streaking!

This year I have decided to finish up the year by challenging myself to the Runner's World run streak from Thanksgiving to New Years.  I feel like lately that I have been in a funk of sorts....some for good reasons...and I need a goal to keep me motivated through to 2017.  Now this will not only take dedication to get my runs in early before the day gets crazy, but it will take, I fear a lot of dedication to my treadmill!  I don't want this streak to impact the fun that my family and I look forward to each holiday season, so like I said...bring on the early morning runs!!  Now I know many that have fabulous run streaks going...and the fabulous Dani at Weight off My Shoulders is rocking the AMAZING run streak of 755 days (friggin unbelievable!)...but this is not what I am going for.  Just a streak from Thanksgiving to New Years...a way to streak my way to 2017!  I'm 2 days in so now here's my question....who's coming with me?!?!?!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating today!!  I'm as always thankful for your support of this crazy journey!!  Enjoy those you love!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Get Your Fashion Fix

As a working mom of two (one totally OWNING the nickname the "tiny tornado"), my days of leisurely strolling stores looking for just the right pieces to add to my wardrobe are very few and far between!  Enter Stitch Fix

It seriously couldn't be easier and more convenient!  Your first step is to take the style profile quiz...basically what are you looking for in clothes and what are clothes that you like, along with how do you like your clothes to fix and what areas do you like to show-off vs hide.  I also linked my profile to my Pinterest style page so I can really give the stylist a lot of visuals about things that I like and am drawn to.  You also can set a budget for what you are looking to pay for the items.  Your final step is to schedule your fix and for just $20 (which let's be honest is worth EVERY PENNY if it means I don't have to step foot in the mall and wrestle with my children while we are in said mall) you will have a fabulous box headed your way put together by your own personal stylist!!  You can then purchase any of the items in your box...or all...and your $20 goes toward your purchase!  SCORE!  You then can send back the things you do not want in a prepaid envelope.

I did my first fix last month and I loved the items!!  I was looking for things for work really and a few items that could work for both. Here a peak into my fix!



The part that I really loved what the style guide that was sent along with the clothes that showed how I could incorporate pieces I already had in my wardrobe to go along with the items that were there....I need picture instructions sometimes!!

The pieces really didn't work for me and what I was looking for but I really loved how I was able to see a lot of the choices I could have!  I gave my stylist a lot of feedback and am excited to see my new fix coming in!!   

Looking to add some new pieces to your wardrobe but can't find the time to shop on your own?  Try out Stitch Fix!!!  The clothes come to you!! Have someone on your list that loves fashion...or is like me and can't get themselves to the store?  Why not a gift card??
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Have you ever tried Stitch Fix?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Motivation

Oh some days that excuses are just so valid...so quick...so comforting!  Maybe it's the howling wind outside I can hear from my cozy bed, or the hours of sleep I can count on one hand.  Whatever it may be I know that if I give in to those excuses, I will feel it for the rest of the day.  I have found lately a HUGE impact (even more than before) of missing a workout in the way that I feel...a missed workout makes it 10X harder for me to be alert...to not feel sluggish...and to be honest it impacts my ability to be kind to others!!  This week, my plan is to WIN!!!  I am going to win that race with my excuses...even if they do involve a holiday!!
How do you win over your excuses?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Motivation

I'm taking a step to the side today for my motivation...away from the "push your limits" usual quote.  Last week, as I am certain it was for many people, was a hard week for me emotionally.  It wasn't as much the election results as it was what followed the very next day.  The words I saw on social media that people were saying not only about their fellow Americans but their friends, were discouraging.  Even my usual "run it out" tactic didn't work!  It may be because I am at heart an eternal optimist...or perhaps I am a mom of small girls as well as an elementary school teacher.  Half of what I do all day is teaching little people to love each other...use kind words...accept everyone even if they think differently of you...and that all people deserve to be treated kindly.  This week is a new one...one where I encourage you...motivate you to choose love.  Hate is such a heavy burden to bear!