Monday, March 13, 2017

That Other Hip

Well, just when I thought I was getting my running groove back... BAM. My hip has started acting up. Not the hip I injured last fall - my other hip. Ugh. And I'm less than 4 weeks out from the first of 2 half marathons I'm signed up for.

The good news is - it's not nearly as bad as my right hip was. At least not yet. And I know the best thing to do would be to immediately stop running to let my strained hip flexor heal. But let's be serious. I'm a runner. And runner's are nothing if not determined (and stubborn).

It started with a tightness in my hip and I knew what was coming next. A soreness all the way around my hip, from front to back. I had an 11-miler on the training schedule this past Saturday. So I spent all day icing on Friday - 20 minutes every 2 hours. It felt ok when I got up on Saturday, so I wrapped it in Icy Hot and headed out the door.



The first couple miles were iffy - the soreness was definitely there. But unlike my hip injury this past fall, I didn't have sharp pain each time my foot hit the ground. So I kept at it.

Once I got warmed up, I hit my stride and felt pretty comfortable. It was a little slower than the previous Saturday's 10-miler, but overall, it was a pretty solid run - 2 seconds per mile faster than my best half marathon pace!


I probably should've bought a bag of ice and taken an ice bath afterward...but at least I used an ice pack! And despite the soreness, I didn't feel overly fatigued after my run, which is a great sign for my upcoming race.

Typically I go out for a "shake out" run the day after my long run, but yesterday, I made the responsible decision not to run. Instead, I focused on low-impact, strengthening exercises and walking with the kiddos.

This is my last week of increasing mileage before I start tapering - yippee!! I have a 12-miler on the schedule for Saturday morning, and then I will throw an 8th birthday party at my house later in the afternoon, because #MOM. 😆

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Adventures of Zombiemom

If I could sum up the past week in a word or 2 it would be - SO TIRED! The little man has had a cold, plus he is teething and learning new things fast and furious. There hasn't been a whole lot sleep happening over here. I've been feeling like Zombiemom more often than not. So thank goodness for work flexibility. I only went into the office one time! Most days I was rolling out of bed late, downing coffee, grabbing a workout in the garage or a run outside, and then jumping on the computer around 8:30 am, unshowered and still in sweaty clothes. This mom life is a glamorous one!

My brain is still a little bit fried, leaving me at a loss for words... but here are a few memorable moments from the past few days...


  • I always workout with weights in the garage in the morning, and take a long walk at lunch. This past Monday I was able to meet the hubby and 2 of my kiddos at Falls Park. 😀 Burning calories and getting some family time in.





  • My Grandpa finally got to meet my little guy! It is always so fun to have my Grandpa around. The kids love him, and he magically turns into a kid again when he's around them

  • The little man started pulling up - all the time on everything!! I was working from home Friday, and I turned away for just a second, and then turned back to find this. Oh, and he acted like it was no big deal, of course.




  • And best of all, I absolutely killed my 10-mile training run on Sunday, despite the fact that I wasn't feeling well the day before. This run was almost a full 10 seconds per mile faster than my fastest race pace - and it even included a 7:50 mile at mile 7! WHAT?! I don't want to get overly confident, but I really think I may be headed for a new PR! The Savannah Women's Half is just 5 weeks away - eek!


Whew! I guess in my constant half-asleep state, I really did quite a lot over the past few days! Here's hoping the next few bring more rest, and more to say. 😉

Goodnight!

Monday, February 27, 2017

10-Miler + Whole30-ish Update

Happy Monday, from yours truly - Zombiemom. Ugh. The little guy is sick and teething at the same time, so there hasn't been a whole lot of sleeping happening around here. It's times like these though that I'm grateful for so much flexibility at work. Today was a yoga pants, no makeup, work from home kind of day.

In happier news, I crushed a major goal over the weekend. I ran my first double-digit mileage in almost 2 years! 😁 And guess what! I ran it faster than my last and best race pace! I see a new PR in my future....

I was out the door at 8:40, just 10 minutes later than planned, which is basically on time when you have 3 kids. 😝 Unlike the previous Saturday's 9-miler, I felt great right from the start. Clear-headed, rested (relatively speaking), and well-fueled. Plus, it was 60 degrees outside already!



My splits were all over the place, and I probably started out a little too fast, but I was quite pleased with my overall pace.

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Remember last week how I said I was going to jump into the vegan Whole30? Well, let me just say that if I was strictly "playing by the rules," I would still be on Day 1, because you are supposed to start over every time you eat/drink something that's not on the plan. Ha!

This morning's breakfast was Whole30 compliant - banana, apple, strawberries, flax and coconut oil
I will say though, I've done well overall. I knew going in I wouldn't be able to strictly follow the plan - mostly because I have a long history of a somewhat unhealthy relationship with food, and I have no desire to go back to strict food rules for myself. Plus, life has to be at least a little fun, am I right?!

Applying some of the principles of Whole30 has really helped me feel better (no more sluggishness and bloating) and made me much more aware of the mindless snacking and the amount of processed carbs and sugar that had crept back into my diet. I'm not really eating starchy carbs right now (save for the occasional bite of something the kids are eating and my pre-long-run protein pancake made with whole wheat flour - which is a must). I'm eating way more vegetables, and drinking less wine. I've made a lot of good changes, so I'm not going to feel bad about little "cheats" here and there.

Protein pancake with coconut oil instead of vegan butter 😏


I have also discovered the amazing combination that is sweet potato with coconut oil. If you have not tried this, go do it NOW!

And while you run off and do that, I'm going to run upstairs to bed and close my eyes for a few minutes before my little sicky baby wakes up!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Change in Goals

Hey there! I say this every time, but seriously...how is it already Wednesday?!

I traveled again this week, and spent a lot of time sitting in the car, but somehow manage to hit my 10k steps and get at a workout in every day.

I wanted to write a post about why I quit Pure Barre. (It still stings a little to say I quit...) I have raved about Pure Barre in the past, and anyone who's friends with me on Facebook knows that I did Pure Barre religiously (4-6 days a week) for more than 2 years - including my entire third pregnancy.

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Headed to the barre at ~34 weeks pregnant

I really never imagined I'd stop going to classes. I loved starting my day with 55 minutes of me time. The work outs are challenging, but yet you can do them with your eyes closed since they are small, isometric movements. It requires concentration and focus. I also loved the sense of community - seeing the same ladies every morning, getting to know them. Plus, it really tones you up!

So why did I quit?

Well for one thing, it's CRAZY expensive! When we moved to SC for my new job, the hubby left his job and started staying home with the kiddos, so it was hard to justify an auto-draft of $149/month.

But the primary reason I quit - my goals changed.

At this stage in my life and my fitness career, I'm looking to really push myself. I've gone beyond wanting to be toned. My goals shifted to building muscle.

Enter Team Fit!

I got hooked up with Team Fit through a friend, and discovered the Anywhere Workout Plan. I have access to a gym at work, but decided that working out at home with the equipment I already owned (plus a couple new items, like a suspension trainer) would be the best option to ensure that I didn't miss workouts.

My garage gym may not be fancy, but it sure does the trick!

I started the plan at the end of October 2016, and completed the full 10 weeks without missing a workout. And I LOVED IT! I loved it so much, that I have continued to do it ever since, adding reps and weight to continue to challenge myself.

Check out those shoulder muscle gains!

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What a difference 10 weeks makes!!

Do I miss Pure Barre? Sure, I do. But at almost 34, I have never felt as strong as I do now.


I highly recommend Team Fit to any and all ladies looking for an effective workout without the boutique fitness price tag! Reach out to me if you are interested and I'll hook you up!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Highs, Lows & Cleaning Up My Act



Yet again, I let more days go by between posts than planned. This thing called life is really getting in the way! 😀
This guy tends to take up my time. 😃

This weekend went by way too fast, as they all do - but it had its highs and lows crammed into that short period of time.

The high was most definitely my 9-mile run on Saturday! I hadn't run that far since my last half marathon way back in March 2015. I've been adding a mile back to my long run each week for the past few weeks and worked my way back to 9. I had hoped to run an 8:30 pace or faster, but I really can't complain about this:



I really thought I was going to quit on this one - which brings me to one of the lows.  (The rest of the lows I'm not going to get into here. I will just say I am emotionally exhausted...) I woke up Saturday morning feeling really icky. I drank a glass of wine the night before, but chased it with lots of water. But I still had a yucky feeling in my head and my whole body. I feel sluggish. I managed to push through it and get it in gear for my run, but it got me thinking. I've been waking up feeling that way more often than not lately. And then it occurred to me....

It's my diet.

Now don't get me wrong - relative to the general population, I eat very healthy. I'm a vegan, I don't do fast food, and really don't drink all that much. But I've allowed too much sugar and too many processed carbs to creep into my diet lately. And I've also been stressed and anxious at times, which leads to a few more glasses of wine each week than normal. All this together has left me feeling gross and sluggish almost daily.

So, starting tomorrow, I am cleaning up my act. I'm starting the vegan Whole30. I guess it's really the Whole30ish, because by nature of being vegan, I'm violating some of the principles of Whole30. But whatever you want to call it, it's going to be HARD! I'm looking forward to cutting the sugar out and reducing the alcohol (because let's be serious, there's no way I'll skip my post long run glass of wine on Saturdays!). I am nervous about living without oats and rice though - both staples in my vegan diet. Tomorrow night I was planning on making rice bowls with tofu, broccoli and teriyaki sauce. Instead, I'll be swapping out the rice with this:




Of course I have to travel again for work this week, which will be tricky...but I am committed to feeling better every day. Plus, I always love a good challenge. 😀

I hope to get my act together to post more regularly with updates on how it's going!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Postpartum Running: Version 3.0

Good GOD this week is flying by! Normally that's a great thing, but I feel like I haven't gotten much accomplished yet and the week is already half over! I did get to go out to dinner with the hubby on Monday though in (early) celebration of Valentine's Day, which also happens to be our dating anniversary. (18 years this year- what?!?)

So this is what downtown looks like at night!
Anyway...I've been wanting to write a little bit about my experience running after baby #3. So here goes!

My running "career" didn't even start until my firstborn was about 14 months old, at which time I was running about a 12-minute mile. Over the next 2 years, before I got pregnant with baby #2, I ran 3 half marathons, working my way from 2:04:58 in my first race to 1:59:38 in my third race.

While I was pregnant with baby #2, I ran until about 20 weeks before I gave up on it. It was too uncomfortable - especially in the Atlanta summertime. After she was born, I was anxious to get back to it though and started running again at about 3 or 4 weeks postpartum, doing a lot of run/walk intervals. It was humbling. I was SLOOOOW! And it took me a long time to gain any kind of speed back. But over the course of 3 years, I managed to get faster. I ran 4 more half marathons, including my most recent, which was a personal best.

Publix Georgia Half Marathon - March 2015
When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3, I was in almost-peak running shape - routinely running 7+ miles every Saturday, and at least 20 miles per week. I swear I started to get sluggish the second I found out I was expecting! But I kept at it. And I beat my goal of running up to 32 weeks, which was a total postpartum game-changer!!

I was back out there 3 weeks after my little guy was born. Sure, I was much slower than that half marathon PR, but I didn't stop once (although I may have peed my pants 😯)! I made it through a full 3 miles and felt exhilarated.

First postpartum run in April 2016
Flash forward to 6 months postpartum, I worked my way up to 8 miles and was starting to run a sub-9:00 pace pretty regularly. (Even throughout my training for my last half marathon, I rarely ever ran a sub-9:00.) However, I was running 5 days a week and ended up being out of commission with an overuse injury in my right hip. 😐

First week of October 2016
I spent most of October, November and December focusing on strength training and just walking for fitness to let my hip heal. (Although I did run an 8k on Thanksgiving Day against my better judgement...) It was SO HARD to take time off from running, but it was definitely the best thing for me.

I returned to running in mid-December, starting out with a couple days of run/walk intervals, then only running every other day for a couple weeks before settling back into a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday running schedule by January, with Saturday being my "long run" day. And a funny thing happened after all that time off - I got FASTER! I'm now consistently a sub-9:00 runner. In fact, a "slow" run for me now is about 9:00 per mile. I'm back up to 8 miles, and recently ran my fastest run EVER! After THREE BABIES!

January 2016
This most recent (and last EVER!) postpartum running experience has taught me that I really can do anything. Having a baby is the ultimate endurance event - and what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger!

I'm so excited for my first half marathon since baby #3. I don't like to put pressure on myself with time goals, but I'm really starting to believe that I can set a new personal best if I keep running as well as I am now.

My 21-year-old, Pepsi-drinking, Hostess-cupcake-eating self never would have imagined being this excited about running! 😂

What do you look forward to these days that you used to think was torture?!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Whirlwind of a Week

Oh, hey there! What a week! I fully intended to post a couple times, but...life!

I knew going in that the week was going to be crazy. I had my first business trip since baby boy was born that was longer than 36 hours. I was gone before the kids woke up Monday and didn't get back until after their bedtime on Wednesday (though the girls were still up when I walked in the door at 8:15).

Here are some of the highlights...

Workouts

  • Monday: 40 minutes of weights at 4am before my early morning flight; walking between concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson; walking to dinner in Savannah
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes of weights in the hotel gym; 4-mile run around Savannah
  • Wednesday: 1-hour of weights in the hotel gym; lots of walking around the airport again...
  • Thursday: 4-mile run in the morning; 30 minutes of weights in the evening
  • Friday: 45 minutes of weights at 5:45am; lunchtime walk around downtown Greenville; 28 minutes of HIIT at 8:30pm
  • Saturday: 8.2 mile run at an 8:23 pace - WOOHOO!
Ready to race again!!!
  • Sunday: The whole day was a big workout! 5.5 mile walk on the trail; 55 minutes of TRX/bodyweight in the garage; 3.1 mile run pushing my 4 year old in the stroller. Ooof!
**OOOH!! And I signed up to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 7 with my uncle! This will be his first half, and my 8th - but my first since baby #3!
 I'm running for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. You can donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/susangkomenpitt2017/fundraiser/emilyblair4**

Work
  • 6 flights in 3 days!!
  • Greenville > Atlanta > Savannah on Monday; worked in the office in Savannah
  • Savannah > Atlanta > Indianapolis on Tuesday
  • Prospective client meeting on Wednesday morning in Indy (#nailedit); then Indy > Atlanta > Greenville
  • Worked from home Thursday after all that travel, then back in the office on Friday morning
Food
  • Tried my best to make healthy choices while traveling but still enjoy myself.
  • Went out to dinner with co-workers in Savannah at The Chart House. Had a fabulous kale salad - and some amazing Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Another amazing kale salad (and more wine!) in the airport in Atlanta
  • Out to dinner again Friday - tried a new place locally called Risata Pizza. YUM! I had the veggie sandwich with no cheese.
Phew - I'm wiped out! Sorry for the lack of pictures...there was just no time!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekend in Review + Business Trip Prep



Well, it's Sunday night already! Why do the workweeks seem to drag and weekends go by in the blink of an eye?! I don't really feel like I did much this weekend, yet it felt busy at the same time.

Friday night was kind of a disaster. Baby boy would not go to sleep in his crib. I finally laid down with him in my bed, and by the time he fell asleep, it was already 8:30. The last thing I really wanted to do was more exercise (I had already hit the weights in the garage at 5:45am and taken a long walk at lunchtime...). But, I spent way too much time sitting during the day and just generally needed to blow off some steam. So I put my sneakers on, and headed to the garage for 30 minutes, then had a glass of wine before bed.

Friday night shenanigans...

Saturday morning was a complete blur of blow ups and tantrums. I had planned to go for my long run at 9, but didn't make it out the door until 10. (Side note: my goal is to add a mile back to my long run each week this month and run a 10-miler by the end of the month.)

I felt a little sluggish when I first started out, but settled into my run pretty well, and ended up finishing at an 8:27 pace - 10 seconds per mile slower than last weekend's long run, which had been my fastest ever. But I can't be mad about running 7 miles in under an hour at 10 months postpartum! 🙆


Most of the rest of the afternoon was spent taking my oldest to a birthday party. Honestly, she was lucky she even got to go after the behavior she displayed in the morning...

Jumping at Gravitopia
Daddy stayed home with the littlest munchkins for the almost 3 hours we were gone. In order to give him some time by himself, I took all 3 kiddos to the grocery store with me. Oof.

Most difficult cart ever - but how cute are they?!
After my long run, a kid birthday party, and pushing the massive car cart around Publix, I definitely earned that popcorn and glass of wine (or 4) that I had after the kids went to bed!

This morning, I managed to stay in bed (with the baby, of course) until about 6:30. Woohoo! 😀 After several cups of coffee and a protein pancake the size of my face, I hit the garage for my Team Fit Anywhere Workout. It was the Day 6 workout which, to me, is the most challenging but the most gratifying.

Combination of TRX, dumbells, and body weight exercises
We took a family trip to Walmart (so exciting...) and then I spent the early afternoon preparing for a 3-day work trip. I'm excited to have 2 nights in a hotel by myself, but I'm anxious about being away from the baby for 3 days. And traveling with a breast pump sucks!!

I pounded out a 4-miler in the afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how great my legs felt. I tend to run quite a bit slower the day after a long run, but was pretty pleased to run an 8:33 on a gorgeous 60-degree day.


And now it's after 8pm, and I'm just about ready for bed! My flight leaves at 6:45 tomorrow morning, so I'm planning to get up and get a workout in at 4. Yes, 4am - because #goals. Thankfully we live just 4 miles from the airport, which is super tiny and not busy at all. I'll be headed to Savannah by way of Atlanta tomorrow, and then Indianapolis by way of Atlanta on Tuesday, before coming back home on Wednesday, again by way of Atlanta. I have just as many articles of workout clothing in my suitcase as I do work clothing. 😏

Wish me luck! It's going to busy and slightly stressful - but such is the life of a working mama!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

On the Struggle Bus

Y'all... (I don't really say that but it seemed like the right word to start...) I have been riding the struggle bus big time for the last 36 hours or so. I don't really know what brought it on, but starting about noontime yesterday, I slipped into super self-conscious,anxiety mode.

I felt like a fraud. Like at any moment, someone was going to realize that I'm not actually good at my job; I'm not really a good mom; I don't really have my sh*t together. And when my mind goes there, my body follows.

There's only one thing I know to do when I feel like this. Sweat it out. Push myself. Challenge my strength physically and mentally. So that's what I did.

I headed to the garage at about 8:15 last night, after an unusually long, drawn out bedtime for baby boy (because, of course...). I was tired, but I made myself do it. I needed the endorphins - my medicine.

I went to bed feeling only slightly better.

When I woke up this morning, I felt exhausted. So tired, I planted myself on the couch at 5am to watch the news and almost didn't even get up to get my coffee when it was done brewing. Yep - that tired. But I made myself do it.

Thursday is a running day for me. I could hardly even think about getting out there to run. But after I drank my coffee, I made myself do it. I needed it. I needed to remind myself that I can do anything if I decide I'm going to do it.

My run felt more difficult than usual - partly sore legs, but mostly just a mental struggle. I started out slow, but finally got it in gear, and got it done.



I came back feeling a lot better - about 70% back to me.

For the rest of the day, I cranked out some work, with a break thrown in for a walk with the kiddos (I worked from home today).

Toward the end of the day, I got invited to attend a meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday and it was just what I need to push me closer to 100% confidence. (Is anyone ever really 100% confident though?!) It was a reminder that yes, I am good at my job (though not perfect). I am a good mom (though not perfect). And I do have *most* of my sh*t together.

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I have at least done 3 things right!

And now this is me, getting off the struggle bus at the end of the day - red wine and dark chocolate in hand.

Goodnight! 😌

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This Busy Mom's Schedule

Hey there! I hope (at least a few of) you enjoy my running for two recap. It was fun for me to relive it.

Before I get to an update on my current running, I want to share an overall update on how I'm fitting in my fitness, now that I'm a mommy of 3.

With 2 kids and a full-time job (that involved travel), I really didn't think life could possibly get any busier. And then along came baby #3! 😆 Luckily, I enjoy a good challenge. And I have some serious fitness #goals.

I get asked often how I manage to "do it all." First of all - I don't. There are certainly things that I would like to / probably should be doing that I'm not. But second of all - it's really all about choices and priorities; balancing the "have-to's" with the "want-to's." Oh - and being flexible! Am I right?!

Here's what a typical weekday looks like for me schedule-wise:

4:55am - wake up, drink my coffee in peace and quiet, watch the news (I choose to get up before everyone else to savor my coffee and alone time!)
5:45am - off to the garage for my Team Fit Anywhere Workout (M/W/F) or out the door for a 4-mile run (T/Th)

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My garage gym isn't fancy, but it does the trick!

6:30am
- come inside, eat breakfast with the kids, fill out my Panda Planner, get ready for work (I'm obsessed with the Panda Planner!! I've even started writing out similar pages for my almost-8-year-old and we fill them out together. It has brought so much focus to my days!)

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Panda Planner

7:45am - head out the door for work
8:15am - work, work, work, work, work, work (cue Rihanna...)
10:45ish - Pump 🙈
Lunchtime - head out for a 45-60 minute walk (M/W/F) or head to the office gym for a Team Fit workout (T)

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Quick change in the office shower room near the gym

1pm - work, work, work, work, work, work (with another pump break around 2:45)
5pm - arrive home, typically jump on the computer and answer a few more emails, etc. until it's dinner time. Then we all sit down to eat dinner together before the bath/shower/bedtime extravaganza begins! I usually bathe and feed the little man, and daddy handles showers for the big girls. I have the little man in his crib by 7:30

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7:30pm - back out to the garage for a little HIIT session (high intensity interval training), typically 25-30 minutes tops (M/W/F). I like to end the day the same way I start it - with some endorphins. It helps me decompress and de-stress. It's also a good time to chat 1:1 with my oldest. Sometimes she even exercises with me!
8pm - hang out and watch a little TV with daddy
8:30pm - Mommy's bedtime! I would like to say that I'm always asleep by this time, but not so. I usually read some articles on my phone before I close my eyes, which is usually by 9:30 at the absolute latest. (The baby still isn't sleeping through the night, so I'm running on broken sleep most of the time. But I get a few good stretches of sleep.)

Phew - I'm exhausted just writing that! It's a packed schedule, but it hits on all my priorities:

- Quality time with family
- Getting / staying fit (mentally and physically)
- Working
- Sleeping (put last on this list for a reason - lowest priority currently!)

It's not perfect, and it's not for everyone, but it works for me! 😊

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Recap: Running for Two

Hey there! I blinked and the weekend was over already! Boo. 😡

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a lot of content planned - including an update on my running. But before I get to where I am now, I wanted to go back and recap where I've been - starting with my experience running through my third pregnancy.

When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3 at the end of July 2015, I was still pretty well conditioned from the half marathon I ran earlier in the year (my PR!! 😁). I was consistently running 7-8 miles every Saturday, and then BAM - right at about 6 weeks pregnant my entire body felt like lead. It was SO HARD to drag myself out the door and put one foot in front of the other, but I immediately set a goal of running until at least 32 weeks.

Why 32 weeks?? Truthfully, I just couldn't stand the thought of being away from running for more than 2 months! Running is my sanity, and it make me feel alive and knew I would miss that feeling.


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Heading out for a run at about 16 weeks.

My secondary motivation was just enjoying every minute (every french fry, every donut!) of what I knew would be my last pregnancy without setting myself even farther back physically after baby (read: without gaining an excessive amount of weight).

I ran 3-4 days a week each week with a few exceptions, like when I had a horrible cough and needed to slow it down. There were times when it felt great and I came back home more energized than when I started. There were also times where I just felt heavy and tired, and (TMI ALERT) like I was going to pee my pants the entire time. 😱

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29.5 weeks - January 2015

Despite the physical distractions, I spent most of my running time reflecting on life as a mom of 2, and thinking about what life would be like as a mom of 3. While baby 3 was planned, I admittedly still had a lot of anxiety and second thoughts -  why on earth did I decide to do this again?! Running was the perfect outlet for my nervous energy.

1 year ago today!

I ended up surpassing my goal of 32 weeks and ran until 35 weeks (though the last 3 weeks or so I had switched to run/walk intervals). I got a lot of strange / concerned looks, but also got a lot of thumbs up and "way to go's" from passersby.

I also achieved my goal of not depriving myself of the foods I craved. I kept my belly very happy, and kept my weight gain to 26 lbs - the exact same amount of weight I gained with babies #1 and #2.

In addition to helping with a smooth, uncomplicated (and FAST!) delivery, I truly believe running throughout my pregnancy (along with sticking to my 5-6 days of Pure Barre every week) played a very important role in coming back better, faster and stronger postpartum.

More on that next time... 😏

Friday, January 27, 2017

Testing, 1, 2, 3...

Test, test - is this thing still on?!

Hey there! It's been a while! 2 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks to be exact... I didn't intend to walk away from this blog. It just happened. It happened because I (yet again!) allowed my passion project to become a chore. Not because I didn't enjoy posting here - quite the opposite! I loved the having this as an outlet to write about my greatest loves - my family, my fitness, and of course, FOOD! Yet it became a chore because I just put to much pressure on myself to do everything all the time, and didn't take time to prioritize the things that were most important to me and let go of the things that weren't.

But enough of the downer stuff - I'm back! And so much has happened since I last posted. Most everyone who reads this knows me and knows what I've been up to, but here are some of the highlights from the past couple years in bullet-point form (because - organization! 😁):


  • March 2015: I ran the Publix Georgia Half Marathon - my 7th half, and a new PR for me! 1:53:35 - I couldn't even believe it! It was more than 10 minutes faster than my first half back in October 2010. And it was especially awesome because my dad was there watching me cross the finish line. 😍

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  • July 2015: Found out I was pregnant with baby #3! (Yes, on purpose... That seemed to be the popular question the third time around.)
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  • March 2016: My baby boy was born!! Just like his sisters, he was born in a hurry - just 3 hours and 10 minutes after induction was started. And he was and is the sweetest baby boy ever!


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  • June 2016: As if having another baby wasn't enough of a life change, I left my job of 5 years to take a new job with a company based in Savannah, GA. I worked remotely for a few months, but had agreed to move to Greenville, SC.

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First day at the new job - training in Savannah.


  • September 2016: Quite possibly the most chaotic, stressful and exciting times of my life... We simultaneously sold our old house just outside Atlanta and bought a new house and moved to Greenville, SC. As part of the move, the hubby left his job and started staying home with the kiddos. (No pressure mommy...)
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Movin' on up! The new house!
There was obviously a lot more in between, but that basically brings us to today - to my new normal. I have an amazingly flexible job that allows me to work from wherever whenever - though I do love going into the office because I can take a walk here every day:

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And through all this change, I have managed to become better, faster and stronger - keeping up and even improving my fitness. (So much more to come on this!!)

So, please check back in - I have a lot of exciting content in the works:
  • The new vision for my blog
  • An update on my running (and the injury that took me out of commission...)
  • Why I quit Pure Barre
  • My new fitness routine
  • And more!
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Thanks for reading! Until next time... ✌