March in Colorado is often beautiful and so far this March has not disappointed. It’s been really nice to be able to get out during the last weeks of the pregnancy and enjoy some sunshine while exercising. Although I spent Monday in the pool, the rest of the week has brought great runs and trail hikes with Juniper in the pack.
Juniper and I hiked up the Scout Trail in Glenwood Springs this morning for a great steep hike as well as to see how the snow is melting up there. Despite only dirt showing behind us in the photo, the trail is nowhere near dry and is surprisingly very snowy. About four or five years ago, Ian, myself and a few friends decided to ride Forrest Hollow to the Scout Trail in late March. After a very warm March that year, the Scout Trail was very dry but Forrest Hollow became a trek through rotten snow with our bikes.
I’m not sure the Scout Trail will be ready this year at the end of the month but I’m psyched to be out hiking it while the weather is so nice. Hiking will become difficult with both kids as I’m not sure anyone makes a double pack or that I would actually want to carry one. With just four weeks left until the due date (and only a few days until the mark when Juniper joined the world) I hope to get some more hiking in mixed with some good runs and road rides.
As my pregnancy starts to wind down, I find myself trying to get in as much family time as possible before we are all too tired to function very well. Juniper and I have been skiing a few days a week enjoying the excitement together. At this point I have no idea how many more times I’ll make it on the hill with her this year, so I’m trying to get out as much as possible. The level of skiing is perfect for my pregnant skiing and allows me not to overdo it.
We’ve also been enjoying the plowed bike path between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale both for road rides for Ian and I as well as for Juniper to get out on her Strider. I’ve been getting in some training when I have the time and energy which is most days but every once in a while I just need to succumb to the couch. I actually swam yesterday for the first time in this pregnancy and didn’t feel too slow.
Now that the snow is falling again and the rocks have destroyed the commute to work, I’ll be working from home and cherishing the extra time with Juniper.
I love this great road riding weather we have been having in early March! Juniper, Ian and I were able to enjoy a great family road ride yesterday (although it’s snowing today). Getting the base miles in now will hopefully tide me over for my few weeks off the bike after delivery.
And here is the belly shot at 35 weeks that many of you have been asking for.
Exhausted from an epic day of skiing.
I’m not sure this pregnancy has gone fast per say but I do only have six weeks left to my due date. And the scary thing is I only have two weeks
left to the point when Juniper was born. Let’s hope this little guy holds on a bit longer than she did.
Since our trip to Florida a few weeks ago and getting back on the road bike a bunch, I’ve been riding the bike a lot more. Unfortunately all these rides have been inside on the trainer but with the miles put in while in Florida, I am feeling very good on the bike. Maybe I’ll be able to get in enough base miles before the baby is born that after a few weeks off the bike I’ll still feel decent. I’ve also been getting out for some snowy trail runs a few times a week and am really psyched to still be running. I ran and rode right up until the day Juniper was born and I hope I will feel well enough this time to continue for the next month or so.
Juniper has also been keeping me very active and skiing as much as possible. We skied both days last weekend, this past Friday and all day today. I’m sure if we had time, we would be up at the mountain at least three or four days a week. Today she dragged the adults through the tree runs using her short skis as an advantage and laughing hard when one adult happened to fall down.
I can only guess that two kids will make all the activities of training and playing more fun and exhausting. I’m looking forward to it!
Finally it’s here – a resource for mothers who are also runners (or runners who are also mothers if you prefer) – Run Like A Mother. Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Bowen Shea’s new book will be available March 23, 2010 and the website is now live. Send them your questions, rants, and funny stories. Hopefully you will begin a dialogue of other mothers like you and me. Also, DMD and SBS have added a section of running mamas with photos and quotes. Check it out and get moving!
Although I haven’t gotten much running in the past few days due to a cold, tons of new snow and an aching ankle, I have been able to ride the trainer, get the car stuck again and ski a few days. The sun is starting to shine through the clouds today so I’m hoping to get my pregnant self motivated and out the door!