Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Don't Exercise Because You Hate Your Body

I ran across this quote today, and I love it! I have heard so many women (myself included) talk about needing to start an exercise program because they hate their body and how they look. This is such a destructive attitude and will only make exercising feel like torture. I love the idea that we should want to exercise because we care about our bodies and want to become as strong and healthy as possible.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trying Again

So, I have been sick. I think this nausea is planning to stick with me until we've completed the 9 months. Two of my three other pregnancies were the same way. I have also been struggling with fatigue. I would really like to start exercising again, but I think it'll be slow going.

Today I went for a hike with my friend Betsey. It was so nice to get outside, and I loved spending time in nature with my friend. The weather was beautiful, and it felt good to breathe the fresh air. We went about 2.5 miles before I needed to pick up Twirly Girl from school.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday Run

The nausea finally calmed down enough yesterday that I was able to try running again. It had been 17 days since my last run! It felt like months had gone by. 

I felt sick in the early morning, but started to feel better around 11:00 am. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I kept the treadmill at 5 mph for the most part, but I had to stop and walk several times during my run. It took me 39 minutes to finish the 3 miles. Later in the afternoon I felt really sick again. I am glad that I was able to run, though. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Oh, that Nausea!

It's frustrating when my mind and heart are cheering me on toward my running goal, but my body likes to call in "morning sick." I would really like to exercise at least 4 days a week through out this pregnancy, but I don't know if that's going to happen during the first trimester.

Luckily, the nausea calmed down today, and I was able to run outside. I ran 3 miles in 34 minutes, which is a little over an 11-minute-mile. I'm SO grateful that I'm feeling better today.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Pregnant Cake Runner

Yesterday, I experienced nausea again for most of the day, but it calmed down quite a bit in the afternoon. I decided to go ahead and try to run again because I was feeling better. I first walked a little bit to warm up, then I ran 3 miles on the treadmill in 29:28! I was so happy that I was able to run and not get sick. I definitely felt more tired than I normally do after a run. I also had to stop a couple of times to drink water.

I may not be able to run as often or as hard, and I will certainly have to be flexible with a schedule, but I think this running through pregnancy thing just might work. I am now...

The Pregnant Cake Runner!

Although, I may not be eating cake for a while - just the thought is making me a little queasy. :o)

Running and Pregnancy

I mentioned the book Running and Pregnancy yesterday. 

The book shares good strengthening exercises to do during pregnancy, tips on preventing injury, and lots of personal stories from different women who were able to run during their pregnancies. Mostly it is encouraging to read about others who have done it.

I am 6 weeks pregnant now, and the nausea has started to hit me hard. I was feeling really good for a couple of weeks and started to think that maybe I could control my body with my mind and prevent the morning sickness. HA! A few days ago, I realized there is only so much that will power can do. 

In the book, one of the women said that she'd feel sick and not want to run, but that after she ran she actually felt better. 

So, on Monday I was feeling extreme nausea in the morning. I thought, "Maybe if I run, the nausea will go away." So, I put on my running shoes, went downstairs and hopped on the treadmill. I walked for 0.1 mile first, then I cautiously turned the speed up to 5 mph. I ran for 0.25 mile...and that was a baaaaaaaaad idea! The nausea worsened. It was all I could do drag myself back upstairs, crawl into bed, and admit defeat. Then, I had to lie down for the next 2 hours.

The next day, I could barely stand for a few minutes at a time because of the nausea, so I didn't even try to run then. I'm thinking extreme nausea = not a good running day. :o)

Some Good Running Books

These are the running books I've been reading lately. 

I checked them all out from the library. My favorite is definitely Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. I've read through it twice already and keep going back to look things up. It's a very motivational book. (Unfortunately, I like it so much that I've reached my renewal limit for that book and have to return it soon. I may just have to buy that one.) 

I really like the others, too. Both coaching books give detailed diagrams and descriptions of training programs that will help increase strength and speed.

The Rough Guide to Running is a good intro for new runners, with lost of tips on injury prevention.

The Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running gives a fair description of the benefits and downfalls to barefoot running. It admits that it's not for everyone, but could be a good fit for some.

Running and Pregnancy. Is this an announcement?! Yep. We're expecting a baby at the end of the summer.  I set a goal a few weeks back to lose 10 more pounds, but discovered soon after that I was pregnant. So, I have adjusted my goals.

The most important one is to stay healthy so that our new baby will be healthy.
I also hope to continue to run through this pregnancy for as long as it is healthy for me and the baby. 
I am also planning to gain some weight. :o)

We are all so excited - The Doc, The Historian, Miss Sunshine, Twirly Girl, and I!

New Running Shoes

I mentioned before that I got some new running shoes for Christmas. The Doc is really good at thinking of the nicest gifts for everyone. This is what I opened up on Christmas morning.

The next day, The Doc and I headed out on a search for the perfect pair of shoes. We checked out a couple of stores, but really liked the service at Fleet Feet. The man who helped us was very knowledgeable and also an avid runner. 

My new shoes are on the left and my old ones are on the right. The orange Newtons served me well, and lasted for over 500 miles, but over the last few months they were just worn out. My feet hurt when I ran in them, and I started getting huge blisters.

I am excited about my Adidas Energy shoes. The shoes feel really soft on the inside and my feet feel cushioned when I run. My favorite part, though, is how snug the fit is around the forefoot. I hate the feeling of my feet sliding in my shoes. I feel like I can just run in these and don't have to think at all about wearing shoes. The salesman told me that he has a pair of these that have at least 700 miles in them, and they're still going strong. Here's hoping that I'll get to log many, many miles with my new running buddies. :o)