Monday, July 25, 2016

Week of July 18 - 24


Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Run 2.2 miles (14:09 pace)

Wednesday: Rest day - massage

Thursday: Run 2.0 miles (14:15 pace)

Friday: Unplanned rest day - oops!

Saturday: 3 Day Rotation - weights and kickboxing (20 min each)

I've had a hard time convincing myself to do the NROLFW weights, in particular because I feel like I have to do 2 each week (not that I actually do, even once a week would be better than nothing), so if I don't do the first one early enough in the week, I just end up skipping it altogether. But I realized that this workout video I used to do (I've used it off and on since high school) sounded appealing, and I could fit it in at least once a week. I got all psyched up to do it, then remembered I'd lent the DVD to my mom... fortunately, everything's on YouTube now!

Sunday: Elliptical 20 min + stairclimber 5 min

Running is really becoming less and less appealing. My massage therapist pointed out at my appointment this week that the elliptical would probably be a good low-impact alternative, so I gave it a try. I've never routinely used one (been lucky to not have any running injuries keeping me out long enough to need to explore alternatives like this before), but it was ok. My monthly pass to the parks and rec district pools also gives me access to the rec centers with cardio rooms, so I might as well take advantage of it, and do this at least once or twice a week.

Total running: 4.2 miles
Average daily steps: 8,291

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pregnancy: Month 6

Once I got some adjustments on my thyroid medication and iron, I felt pretty good through the rest of the second trimester; as I got closer to the third trimester, though I definitely started feeling more pregnant! I feel like I've peaked and am now on the downward slope of being fatigued and uncomfortable. Really nothing's too bad, but I have more aches and pains, and it's difficult to find a comfortable position to fall asleep in - either my back, hips, and/or ribs are guaranteed to start hurting. 

Weeks 12, 20, 28

Official weeks: 25 - 28

  • Hit the 3rd trimester, at 27 or 28 weeks (depending on what you read). 
  • More frequent assumption by strangers that I am indeed pregnant. 
  • Had a birth class (a family friend who's an L&D nurse and training in doula gave us a private class as a baby gift), and our first session with out doula .

  • Mostly just achey back, hips, and ribs at this point. The left side of my rib in particular.
  • A weird side stitch thing along the bottom right side of the bump while running is still happening.
  • Mild heartburn, but nothing that a couple of Tums a day can't take care of. 
  • Belly button still isn't popped, but is stretching and looking weird.

Mental health

Generally feeling pretty good! Getting some more fatigue, which can impact my mood a bit, but overall ok.


Abe's making sure I get plenty of veggies, and I'm making sure I get plenty of ice cream. I do have to still bit a bit aware of making sure I eat often enough - nothing like early in pregnancy, but going more than 3-ish hours without eating something definitely leads to some queasiness.

Purchases & gifts

A friend who's youngest is beyond the baby stage gave us a bunch of stuff they're done with. We now have a crib mattress (crib to be purchased soon!), high chair, and a bunch of other goodies. 

I'm so grateful to friends who've passed on baby gear (and will be sure to pass it on when we're done with things!), not only to save the money and have a lighter environmental impact, but to seriously reduce the decision fatigue. For example, I hadn't even gotten into researching high chairs and was kind of dreading it, but you have one? It's functional, safe and not ugly? I'll take it! I think for the majority of baby stuff there's not that much practical difference between options, so narrowing it down just by what a friend has available to give or sell us is awesome.

Weight gained: +30 pounds


I'm quickly approaching capacity on the few non-maternity I've still been using (largely some tanks for exercising, and some other tanks and tees for layering). 

I finally ordered a few maternity exercise tops - I used to wonder why people were willing to pay $45 for a tank top from the For Two Fitness company (the ones with stuff like "running for two" written on it, but they also have plain ones). Then I tried to find cheaper options, and even the places that have been pretty reliable for regular maternity wear (Old Navy, Macy's, and to a lesser degree Target) had very limited options! Most included loungewear in the "Activewear" subsection in maternity, and no, I'm not going to go running in a terrycloth sweat suit. So I ended up splurging on a couple plain tops from For Two, and along with a couple cheaper options to round out my workout wardrobe.

Currently reading

Continuing to work on What to Expect the First Year and The New First Three Years of Life

Most surprised by

How little the midwives talk about exercise or eating habits. They'll have suggestions if I bring up issues (e.g., the side ache thing while running), and generally say "good job" that I'm staying active, but don't question how much I'm running or anything like that (I've said I'm running less than I used to, but for all they know that could mean cutting back from 20 milers to merely 15 every weekend!), and they really haven't brought up nutrition at all beyond the very first visit where a nurse did a group session with some general pregnancy advice. While I certainly don't think, for most people, exercise or food will make or break the pregnancy, nor is there necessarily a one-size-fits-all recommendation they could give, I think it can certainly have an impact on other factors (e.g., backaches or fatigue could easily be helped by some types of exercise, even if not eliminated), and even though I've chosen the midwives in the practice over OBs, it's still not something they initiate discussion of.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Guest Post: A Sneak Peek into The Oregon Trail® Game 5k

This is a guest post by the Downtown Oregon City Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to revitalize downtown Oregon City, Oregon. 

Disclosure: I didn't receive anything in exchange for posting this except the discount code for you to use. I'd already registered for the race when I was contacted about this opportunity to help spread the word!

Ford the river or float it? Stop to hunt or keep moving to make it to the Oregon Territory before winter falls? 

Before kids were addicted to Pok√©mon Go, there was The Oregon Trail® Game with a simple premise—take on the persona of a pioneer in 1848 and get your covered wagon from Missouri to Oregon City without breaking a wagon wheel or losing a relative to dysentery.

Now the game has been reincarnated in the form of a 5k race. While fans of the classic 80s video game will enjoy this literal stroll down memory lane, even the uninitiated will enjoy the challenge of getting through the race, and staying alive on the metaphorical trail.

In addition to receiving a timed score, runners will also receive a game score at the end, based on the decisions they make throughout the game. Race Perks In addition to spending a morning running through Oregon City, runners will receive 
• A free beer courtesy of Oregon City Brewing company 
• Ice cream from Mike’s Drive-In 
• Access to the Adidas employee store (50% off all merchandise) with race bib 

The Oregon Trail® Game 5K 
When: Sunday, Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. 
Where: 814 Main Street in Oregon City 
Registration: $35 for adults, $15 for children (4-12) 

Readers of Balancing Meanderings can use the code Balancing20 to get 20 percent off registration

Hope to see you out on the trail!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week of July 11 - 17


Monday: Tennis (40 min)

Tuesday: Swim 1,100 yards

Wednesday: Run 2.0 miles (14:16 pace)

Thursday: Run 2.0 miles (13:46 pace)

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Prenatal yoga class (90 min)

Sunday: Rest day

Total swimming: 1,100 yards
Total running: 4.0 miles
Average daily steps: 8,942

Sunday, July 17, 2016

T Game Night

We went with a T themed night to Abe's birthday (one of his actual initials). I wore a Teal Tank Top, and a guest wore a Tea dress. 

Decor (disc golf discs)


We played Table Tennis, Taluva, and Taboo. Also available were Trivial Pursuit and Tichu.

Tonic water
Tanqueray gin
Thyme-infused Tequila
Temple Tumeric Tangerine Tonic
Tangerine juice

Teriyaki (made with Tamari) Tempeh Tacos on Tortillas
Tongues of Fire hot sauce
Tortilla chips
Tater Tots
Tomato ketchup
Tom yum soup with Tofu
Tangerine jelly bellies
Trail mix
Tapioca with Tamarind sauce
Tempting Turkish delight (intended to be Teal, though the color didn't quite turn out)
Tropical Twist Trident
Tahiti cookies
Tabbouleh with Tahini dressing
Tomatillo chile verde salsa

We keep our game nights vegetarian (and often mostly vegan), but this time we bought Tuna to feed the cats (though we forgot to at the time - they'll get it as a Treat later). 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Twilight 5k

Side note: I kind of hate when races make their primary distance part of the official name of the race, because then how are you supposed to reference when you did a different distance, without being misleading? "Twilight Half" is how this race is branded - not Twilight Run, or Twilight Race, but Twilight Half, despite also offering a 10k and 5k. But it feels inappropriate to mention my participation in the "Twilight Half", even if I go out of my way to clarify that I did the 5k, because half is still in what I'm saying and I definitely didn't do a half!

I originally registered (knowing I was pregnant, but a while ago) for the 10k. Fortunately, given that the longest I've run in the last six months is about 4 miles (and even that far hasn't been frequent), the confirmation email the week of gave instructions on how to change race distances (in fact, you could even change at packet pickup the day of - a friend switched from the half to the 10k when arriving for the race). I gratefully stepped it down to the distance that I knew I could do without being too uncomfortable and at least still enjoy somewhat.

I arrived about 90 minutes before any of the races started (two hours before mine), as I was worried about traffic and parking (this is an evening race - even on a Saturday there was a bit of slow downs getting from Portland to Vancouver). Parking nearer to the start line did start filling up not too long thereafter, but the overflow parking in the park was still not that far away. I was able to quickly get my bib and shirt - as we got closer to race time there was a bit of a line for pickup but I didn't see it ridiculously long. What was long was the line for the porta potties - they had portable sinks which was nice, but I think overall not quite enough units.

The 5k course went out of the park for about 0.7, then turned onto a bike path, out and back. (The 10k then went a bit further with another turn north, before turning around.) A path obviously tends to be somewhat narrow, but the race was small enough for there to not be too much congestion once we got going. (The race announcer also reminded people before we started to try to line up based on pace, which is great! I'm surprised by how many races don't bother to do this.)

My goal for the race was to finish in under 36 minutes - my pre-pregnancy PR (29:14 but rounding up to 30 minutes) plus a minute for each month pregnant. That's been my goal in the two previous 5ks I did this year, but I missed it each time by a minute or two. I've actually been doing more faster (relatively speaking) than easy running, though, lately, as somehow (either my running form or breathing?) that's enabled me to run with fewer round ligament and side stitch issues. So I had more confidence this time that I'd be able to get close. 

I challenged myself, as I got 5 minutes in, then 10 minutes, to try to not walk until I got to the turnaround point/aid station. And I actually did! I stopped to walk then and grabbed a cup of water, giving myself a minute or two of a break (for a slightly slower second mile). I let myself take another quick walking break after the second mile, then made it the rest of the way running. Official time: 35:45, 11:32 pace. 

Mile 1: 11:28
Mile 2: 12:02
Mile 3: 11:32
Mile 3.1: 8:03

Even the 5k and 10k runners got a medal! (A different one than the half marathon finishers.) Which, honestly, was part of why I registered for this. (If I can't get a PR, I want to at least get something for the cost!) The race shirt is really cute, too (a tank top with a glow in the dark owl image). 

Right near the finish line was water and electrolytes (especially for the half marathoners it might be nice to add in bagels or something else light and easy to eat right away, though). But for the post-race event there were burritos from Laughing Planet (they had meat, vegetarian, and vegan options), cookies, beer, chips and salsa, and lemonade/fruit punch. The way the race start times staggered, even as a middling 5k finisher I was near the first to make it to the food, so I didn't have to wait, though by the time 10k and half marathoners started coming in the line got pretty long.

Overall, very good swag and goodies, and a well-run race. I only wish I'd done it last year (their inaugural event) so I could say I've done it all years! Will definitely be keeping it mind to do again in the future.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Week of July 4 - 10


Monday: Tennis (30 min)

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Run 2.5 miles (13:50 pace)

Thursday: Swim 1,000 yards 

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Twilight 5k

Sunday: Pickle ball (30 min)

Total swimming: 1,000 yards
Total running: 5.6 miles
Average daily steps: 9,605

Especially considering how running has been getting a bit more challenging, I'm quite proud of the 5k race I did this week! I finally hit my adjusted time goal (30 minute base (my PR rounded up) plus a minute for each month pregnant) - so though this was slower than the previous pregnant races, it was the first time hitting that goal.
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