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Running while pregnant…

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The holidays are full-on in motion and I’m over halfway through my 2nd trimester but I’m still running right through it all!

Last weekend was an amazing racing weekend in San Francisco, specifically in the Marin Headlands for the Northface Endurance Challenge.

I’ve ran this event 3 times now:

The Northface marathon in 2012

The Northface Gore-tex 50 mile in 2014

And the Northface marathon again this year.

The biggest difference this year is I ran the marathon at 22 weeks/ 5 months pregnant!

I have been blessed and lucky to feel strong, solid and energetic for most of my 2nd pregnancy, not unlike my 1st actually (which I ran Boston marathon at 23 weeks pregnant).

The Northface marathon is run on all trails, single-track and fire-road, some technical parts and over 5,000 feet of climbing!


  
So it’s quite different than a road race. But I am always up for a challenge and have the support of my OBGYN, husband, and awesome family and friends to do what I feel is right.


I ran in 4:29:10, 12th female and 4th in my age group, which is an awesome pace for this hilly, trail marathon and for carrying some extra baggage. If anything I felt under-trained in my legs, but never felt awful pregnancy-wise or cardio-wise. That all stayed fairly comfortable!


  

This pregnancy so far has brought me to the end of my biggest year in training and racing ever. It’s crazy to think the 2nd half of the year I have pretty much been pregnant and still running a lot of the volume I can normally handle, slower paces at times, but still enjoying ‘racing’ a lot too!

I’ve ran 2 (trail) marathons; the Golden Hills in October (and Northface in Dec)

2 (trail) half marathons; the Inside Trail Berkeley Half in September

The Inside China Camp Half in November

As well as a 5k road race (which I PR’d late in July)

The Mt Tam hill climb over Labor day

And my first cross-country race with my team (super fun!)

And a lot of training miles up and down Mt Tam, in the Headlands and all around.


  

I know as the year winds down and the kick off of 2016 will bring much slower paces and less mileage and I’m OK with that. But I am just enjoying all the moments of running and feeling great that I can right now because I KNOW it won’t last forever. I have 4 more months of pregnancy left to lighten up, so we will see what it brings.

I will say I was able to run up to days before my 1st was born, so I’m banking on the fact that I’m even more stronger now than I was 2 1/2 years ago to keep at it! But I’m always ready and willing to do what is best for myself and the little one I’m carrying.

Along with running, I complete a lot of strength/ weight training (3-4x a week), light yoga (2-3x a week), core work (very specific pregnancy friendly core-work), and a lot of post-run exercises with resistance bands, etc. I also ‘cross train’ with cycling and the stair-master in between run days. So I maintain a wide variety of activity, all along with running after a 2 year old toddler!

So just a little update on this past weekends great marathon and lots of kudos to all my friends, training buddies, teammates and all out there last weekend racing, cheering and volunteering! I’ll use this adrenaline and endorphin’s to get me through the end of the year!

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Back in the saddle (running shoes) again!

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Back out to the trails!
This past weekend, after a 2 week hiatus, I got back on the trails after my first 50 mile trail race. And it was worth the wait… It was beautiful since we’ve had so many storms and rain, the waterfalls were in full force!

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We ran a point to point, a friends generous wife got up early and dropped us off at the furthest point and we ran back to our cars. From Pantoll to Ross, a 14 mile trek around the North side of Mt Tamalpais.

 

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It’s time to start thinking about my training and race plans for 2015… It’s going to be a busy first 5 months!
February 1st is Kaiser Half Marathon, on Super Bowl Sunday- such a fun race and great way to test out the speed in the beginning of the year.
April will bring back to back marathon weekends, Boston Marathon on the 20th and Big Sur Marathon on the 26th (I’m part of the Boston 2 Big Sur group)
Then 3 weeks later we have a great group of running friend heading to run the Grand Canyon, Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim. An epic 46 miles and 11,000 feet of elevation change each way.

Happy Holiday week and go get in a run!

Anyone else already planning their training for 2015?

Anyone else use running as an excuse to escape the house for a bit, free of family and some time alone?

Yes please! 🙂

 

 

Hi! It’s been a busy couple weeks!

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So last time I checked in I was visiting family in St. Louis.

IMG_9754.JPGMy grandma, Eloise’s great grandma!

That’s been over two weeks ago, and it is been very busy since. My visit to St. Louis was filled with family, visits with lots of friends, a weekend trip to Austin meeting up with my husband (who was there that week for work) just us 2, leaving the baby with my parents back in STL 🙂

IMG_9801.JPGFinally found some decent coffee in Austin!

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IMG_9790.JPGCool Austin Skyline

And arriving back to STL to some of the cold cold weather in the Midwest. Brrrr! I knew it was time to get back to Cali then.
My mom flew back to San Francisco with me, but we even had a cancelled flight the night we were supposed to fly back and a really rough flight with the baby and my mom when we did fly out.

IMG_9850.JPGThe calm before the melt down 😦

Two days after we got back to San Francisco, I raced in my second ultra distance, the Mt Tam 50k which was a tuneup for The Northface Challenge (50mile distance!) coming up on December 6th!

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Representing the Bay Birds Racing Team!

IMG_9855.JPGThis just happened (again! my first 50k Ultra distance was back in June)

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The 50K was supposed to be a confidence builder, but it was a tough course, with almost 7000 feet of climbing and very technical trails (Um, we climbed a 9 foot ladder at one point!)  I went through a rough time from miles 18-25… There was a lot of climbing, many descents which tore my quads up and feeling lonely and wondering how I was going to get through the remainder of the day. But I finished the race really strong (passed 2 girls the last 5 miles to place 3rd overall) and now that I reflect back I know I am ready to take on 50 miles!

So after the 50k, it’s been getting back into our routine the past week and really relaxing. We won’t be traveling for the holiday season at all, just enjoying our family of 3 at home, hanging with friends, eating some good food and exploring around the Bay area!

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Cheering on the Dawgs!

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Playing in the leaves!

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Library story-time and songs! (Sorry for photo quality. I busted my phone screen on my New iPhone 6 while I was running in Austin- hence the blurring selfie pic)

OH! And one of the biggest milestones the past couple weeks is that my baby girl, now 15 months, has finally, finally started walking self sufficiently!!!

IMG_9856.JPGEnjoying her early Christmas gift from the grandparents, the kitchen is a perfect encouragement for walking.

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Here’s to a busy busy holiday coming up chasing after a toddler!

I’ll be back soon with more, just a check in and hope all is well!
Cheers and happy Turkey week!

My week so far…

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How has your week been?
I’m just getting back into a training schedule after a light week post-Chicago marathon.
Tuesday I did this awesome track workout first thing in the morning at 5:45am. It was a long one (took me an hour and a half!) but worth it. Most of it was in the dark too (thank goodness for my awesome New Headlamp!)

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I also spent some QT with my baby girl (went for some runs together, story-time at the library, Bay Area discovery museum, park, playground, playing with Tupperware- you know the works!)

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Visited with some friends, hung out with my hubby after work and a went to Junior League meeting in the city.

As for my next race, I’m full force into upping my mileage for the NFC (Northface Challenge) 50 mile trail race on December 6th. I’m planning on 18 trail miles this weekend and will continue to build up to 30 miles to peak (weekend of November 15th) for this cycle of training.
I’m so excited to get out and tackle my first 50mile Ultra (I have one 50k Ultra under my belt), I just want to make sure I get in the proper training before then! Which means a lot of QT in the Headlands and maybe a couple of Tam Summits too!

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Here’s a laugh for your day!
Have a good one!

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