Monday, May 2, 2016

Week of April 25 - May 1


Monday: Swim 1,000 yards + bike trainer 5.7 miles (13.4 mph, 61 rpm)

Nothing on Tuesday or Wednesday - combo of busy days with coming down with a cold - figured rest was probably better for me anyway than trying to fit something in at the expense of my bedtime.

Thursday: 2.25 miles (13:45 pace)

Friday: Half a round of disc golf + run 2.75 miles (12:50 pace)

Meant to do something Saturday if I had time, but busy traveling and seeing family - we'll call it a taper day.

Sunday: Bloomsday 12k walk

Total swimming: 1,000 yards
Total biking: 5.7 miles
Total running: 5.0 miles
Average daily steps: 11,869

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pregnancy: Month 3

While having tax season correspond with the beginning of tax season kind of sucked, there was definitely improvement as I moved towards the 2nd trimester and was able to feel better and focus much better in the last couple weeks when it was really crunch time.

Weeks 7, 12, 16
I think it's a real bump now, albeit a small one, I realize.

I thought I was so "big" with noticeable bloating when that first
photo was taken...

Official weeks: 13 - 16


We got the results back for the genetic screening blood draw - all normal! The fact that now somebody knows the kid's sex is actually making is a little tempting for me to want to find out, but I think I'd regret it if I did. I definitely wouldn't want to tell other people, and I'd feel weird knowing but keeping it a secret.

End of the first trimester! I survived both that and tax season together, so feeling pretty good about that. 


By weeks 15 and 16 was starting to feel much better, virtually no nausea, so I thought I'd try cutting back on the Unisom/B6. Nope. It wasn't too bad, but definitely felt queasy the next morning. Went back to the full dose that night and haven't tried again yet. 

Still feeling much more easily fatigued, but I'm crossing my fingers that I'm just still recovering from tax season, and eventually I'll get this energy that people talk about having in the second tri? Overall feeling much more normal, though.

Mental health

Had a counseling session with my old therapist I used to see, and am planning to see her once a month for the remainder of pregnancy and a few months after. Even aside from anything else, I think it will be helpful to work through ideas about family and parenting, setting boundaries with grandparents, etc., and it will also mean any real issues should also be quickly apparent and can be addressed.


Gradually regaining a more normal appetite. Between feeling better and having more time available now that work is slowed down, I'm trying to make healthier choices and work fruits and veggies in here and there. Harder to justify all the carbs and junk, for sure.

Purchases & gifts

A friend of my parents sent a gift when they were coming to visit, and my parents bring a little something each time we see them. 

The consignment sale I previously went to had another event, the "upscale" version - I guess I'm not up on what the upscale baby brands are, cause nothing looked too different or was that much more expensive, though I was there on the last day so it was a bit more picked over. Found a couple more items of clothing and a nice maternity work blouse for me. 

Weight gained: +13 pounds


In maternity jeans full time. Realized when I had a client meeting to attend that I really should get on finding a pair of maternity slacks, too (general dress code is "business professional" but with jeans allowed; for clients jeans and a blazer is generally fine but I ought to have some slacks to work in, too). A friend who's of a similar size (including height - matters for hemming pants!) who's having a baby in a couple weeks said she'd pass on her stuff once she's done so I should end up with some nice work stuff to carry me through the end with that (some of my maternity blouses I've worked into the rotation currently are empire waist things that give me the extra room I need now, but pretty sure won't work with a 8- or 9-month bump). 

For exercising, still using my same shorts and pants - just let the waistband sit below the bump. Fortunately I did a lot of races at a higher weight, so I have a good selection of tech tees that are a size up to wear for now. 

I had a couple already of a certain style of tank top from Target (in the month 3 photo) that I've bought some more to use for both exercising (when I want a tank instead of a tee) and layering under real shirts - they're very long and stretchy, and I think will serve me well for a good chunk of pregnancy as well as after.

Currently reading

Still working through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn. I need to prioritize reading more now that I have the time - I have quite a few books saved on my to-read list that I want to get to!

Most surprised by

How little is really going on right now. Gradually getting bigger, and symptoms gradually improving. But no ultrasound again for a while, no other testing. Doctors appointments are only every four weeks, and pretty much a non-event - just asking how I'm doing and listening to the heartbeat, and that's it. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

R Game Night

We landed on R for our next alliterative game night (nothing in particular in season right now, and nothing particularly seasonal for R to plan around). 

A Rose (from a Race!) in a Red Rose City Open cup.


We played Rummikub for most of the evening. We also had in mind Rummy, Race for the Galaxy, and an "R Rated" game that friends brought (Dracula). 

For an activity we also had a Root beer tasting, which turned out to be a ton of fun. The most anyone correctly identified was two out of the five. 


Root beer
Roy Rogers (cola, grenadine, cherries)
Riesling (which was purchased under the belief if was Rose)
Red chair NW pale ale


Roasted Root vegetables, including Rutabagas and Russets, with Rosemary
Salad of Romaine, Radicchio, Radishes, Roma tomatoes, with Roasted garlic Ranch dressing
Ratatouille with Roasted Red peppers
Rice Risotto
Riccata Ravioli
Rigatoni, Rotini, and Rainbow Radiatore pasta with Roma tomato sauce
Rye bread and crackers
Raspberry Reserves
Rhuburb Relish
Rambutan (I don't think anyone tried these, though! But appear to be similar to lychees)
Ruby Red grapefruit
Red vines
Ritz crackers
Red velvet oreos
Raw mixed nuts
Reeses pieces
Reeses cups

Monday, April 25, 2016

NROLFW Phase 7 Week 3


Monday: Run (with some walking, on a lovely 88° evening) 2.15 miles (14:50 pace) + NROLFW phase 7 workout 5

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Run 2.5 miles (13:34 pace) + bike trainer 4.5 miles (12.4 mph, 66 rpm)

Thursday am: "Speed"work run 2.85 miles (13:32 avg pace)

Goal: wu, 2 x 0.25 @ 5k pace (which is a relatively slow 11:00-ish right now) with 0.25 recovery, cd
I'm not doing anything resembling the speedwork I was doing last year, but want to get my legs a little used to the comfortably-hard pace that I want to aim for in 5k races over the summer.
0.95 wu: 12:45
2 x 0.25 intervals: 10:38, 10:52
2 x 0.25 recovery: 14:46, 14:34
0.90 cd: 15:15

Thursday pm: Swim 1,000 yards + half a round of disc golf

Yay for getting back in the pool! Despite not feeling particularly competent at it, it is relaxing. 

Friday: Unplanned rest day

Saturday: Prenatal yoga class (90 min)

Being in a room with 30+ pregnant women is definitely an experience! 

Sunday: Walk 2.25 miles (18:53 pace) + NROLFW phase 7 workout 6

Total swimming: 1,000 yards
Total biking: 4.5 miles
Total running: 7.5 miles
Average daily steps: 10,035

Working summer hours (yes, summer starts immediately after tax day in my world) (which is 30 - 35 hours per week with Fridays off), getting back into a routine, having time to do stuff, so lovely! I'm still freaking exhausted, which I thought would be less so with both tax season and the first tri behind me, but perhaps I'm still just recovering. We'll say that. Then there's hope for more energy over the next couple months, at least, before the third tri and then just being tired for the rest of my life, ok?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Five: This Year's Race Schedule

Linking up today with MarCynthia, and Courtney for Friday Five.

I did my first race of the year last weekend, the 5k at Race for the Roses. Here's what I'm planning for the rest of the summer. Obviously it's a little different than usual! No big race, no real goal race. I think the I'll max out around 10k distance. No triathlons - I'm going to keep biking (indoors) and swimming to maintain a certain level of specific fitness so I can pick that back up next year, but I'm not comfortable doing those sports in the context needed to prepare for or during a tri. (Open water swimming and road biking make me fear for my life, not that they're inherently dangerous but feel like it to me largely due to where I still lack certain skills. When it's just me I think it's worth facing and working through that fear; when I'm also responsible for someone else I can't justify doing something that feels so dangerous (whether it truly is dangerous or not).)

Here's how this summer's racing is panning out: 

1. Low-key, cheap 5ks - Abe is signing up for more of these (his focus for the summer is a new 5k PR, and he hates paying for anything), and I'm joining him for a couple of the Portland $5 5k fun runs. You get a bib and there's some sort of timing, but no shirts or medals, just low key and fun. It'll be a good way to keep myself challenged without spending tons of money on races when I'm not PR-ing or otherwise having a major goal to meet.

2. Themed/game race - Abe and I are also going to do together the Oregon Trail Game 5k. While part of it is completing the 5k distance, somehow during the race you also get game pieces, and so you're also trying to "survive" all the way to Oregon City, and not die of dysentery or whatnot. 

3. Walking - After running Bloomsday for a few years, I've been trying to talk my parents into doing it too - it's very walker friendly. Finally, I told them if I was pregnant for it this year, I'd walk it with them, so that's what I'm doing! It'll be somewhat of a different experience than running it, but I think it'll still be a blast. 

4. One 10k - I need to give myself some time to rebuild some endurance after my running being more sporadic throughout tax season and the first trimester, but I think I can safely built back up to more than just the three miles or so at a time that I've been doing. I'm thinking of perhaps the Twilight run in July, which has a 10k option  - that'll give me some time for quasi-training, but before I get super hugely pregnant (this would be when I'm about six months along). 

5. Disc golf tournament - Ok, not "race", but a physical event I'll doing. Abe talked me into doing a disc golf tournament! This one, the Chick Flick, is all women and super supportive of beginners. There's a "novice" division that I'll be in, so I'm just hoping everyone's playing as poorly as me. I went out and played on a course yesterday, though, for the first time in a few months, and haven't lost as much of my few skills as I feared I might. I think it'll be a lot of fun so long as I don't put too much pressure on myself. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Race for the Roses 5k

Race for the Roses is a well-known (though, smaller than I expected, for how much I've heard of it) race in Portland, hosted by and benefiting the nonprofit Albertina Kerr. I'll admit I picked this race in large part because it looked like (and it turned out to be true that) they hand out medals for finishers of all the distances (compared to many that have medals for the half marathon but not shorter 5k or 10k events that are part of the day), and if I know I can't get a PR but am paying for a race anyway, I might as well get something tangible out of it like a finisher's medal or shirt. 

And yes, obviously I know I'm not going to be getting any PRs while pregnant. I'm definitely comfortable running (the medical advice - both generically, and from my doctors - is if you're used to running, you can keep it up), and hope to keep it up so long as it's reasonably comfortable. But not going to push quite to my limits; I can do tempo type paces and be breathing hard, but I'm not comfortable doing anything resembling real speedwork or 5k race pace where you're on the edge of having to catch your breath. (Plus, gaining weight and a changing body slows you down a bit anyway.) But it's also fun to "race", and so to keep challenging myself, I decided that for the handful of 5ks I do this year (and I might throw in a 10k, but nothing longer than that), I'll set a moving target of my PR (just under 30 minutes) plus a minute for each month pregnant. So for now, at just over 3 months pregnant, my goal was about 33 minutes. 

I was able to go to packet pick up on Saturday (cause I wasn't working!!!) at Albertina Kerr, and once I saw the t-shirts and how pretty they are decided to go ahead and buy one. (They're not included with the race registration - a good way of doing things, in my opinion - once you've been running long enough you've acquired plenty of tech t-shirts - but it does seem like a fairly expensive race considering they're not including a t-shirt.) 

The race starts and ends just outside the Oregon Convention Center on the east side of the river. Based on the hoardes of people walking over to the start-line from the direction of the convention center before each distance started, I gather that there was space for people to hang out there until shortly before your race started (I got off the MAX in sight of the start line and just headed directly there). The course overlapped with some waterfront looping that's common in downtown races, including even a good chunk of the Portland Marathon course, but starting east side instead of west side and sort of going in reverse. 

It was a little chilly waiting at the start (though it fairly quickly warmed up to be a beautiful day!) Due to some delays in getting course set up (apparently some early morning bridge raises and such), each distance was delayed in starting about 15 minutes. They did a good job keeping everyone informed, though. 

When we finally got going for the 5k, I was aiming for under 11:00 miles for as long as possible. I kept that up for the first two miles - 10:53, 10:49. My pace was rather inconsistent - if I got breathing too hard I'd back off for a bit, but it wasn't too difficult to keep this up. About halfway through it warmed up enough to take off my arm-warmers - I'd been starting to regret wearing shorts and short-sleeves, but by the end it was perfect! Part way through the third mile, I slowed down, especially going up the ramp to the Steel Bridge to cross back over to the finish line - 11:26, 10:03 pace for the last bit - official finish time of 34:36, 11:08 pace. I got a medal and rose at the finish line, then went inside the convention center for a finisher's photo - you got a free print out on the spot and a download of it later! Not that a photo right after running a 5k is necessarily a good photo (you might note I'm not choosing to include mine here :) ). I grabbed a water bottle and bagel and headed back home on the max.

This turned out to be my perfect sized race - enough people that you're never by yourself, but it was never too crowded after the initial spread out in the first couple minutes. A bit pricey, but well organized, cute shirt, and a good spread of food for after (including mimosas, which I was sad I couldn't partake in). 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week of April 11 - 17


Saturday: Walk 6.6 miles (17:54 pace)

Sunday am: Race for the Roses 5k (34:36 - 11:08 pace)
Sunday pm: Run 2.15 miles (13:40) + yoga video (30 min) 

Total running: 5.25 miles
Average daily steps: 9,748

Tax season is over!!!! 
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