The pregnancy is coming to an end. I found out this morning that I will be induced on Tuesday morning unless of course something happens sooner. I will be 38 weeks tomorrow so this little guy has thankfully had two additional weeks of gestation over Juniper. All is well with the little man but he is not getting enough space to grow inside so best to get him out where he grow as much as possible.
Although I will be taking today and tomorrow off from training, I have had a great and active pregnancy. I went for a trail run as recently as Wednesday, skied last Sunday, hiked with Juniper in the pack on Thursday and Friday, and rode my bike yesterday. Yes, I’m extremely thankful I was able to do all this right until the end.
I have said it all along (and acted on it) but I feel very strongly that pregnancy is not a disease and not a reason to stop exercising. I have slowed and brought the intensity down significantly but have made sure to get out do what I love whenever I had the energy. Some of my friends and family think I’m crazy and that I should enjoy the time off but that would be miserable for me.
I’m looking forward to meeting the newest addition to our family and enjoying some time getting to know him. Then I will be itching to get back in shape as soon as possible and add some intensity to my training again.
Also celebrating our anniversary today. Happy Anniversary to the best dad!
I’ve made it past the point in my last pregnancy when Juniper was born which is a good thing for baby but tough on my mind. I kind of feel like I’m past due at this point and very ready for the delivery. But since that is probably still another week or two away, I’ve been taking advantage of the warm and sunny days.
I enjoyed a nice muddy four mile trail run yesterday and am prepping for a road ride with Juniper in a little while (before the 8-18″ of snow comes back tomorrow). At this point, I’m realizing more everyday how lucky I am to still be able to be this active this late in the pregnancy. Although I’ll admit I’m a bit cranky to still be pregnant, at least I have my running and riding to keep me same. Hopefully I can continue right up to delivery day this time as well!
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!
Ian, Juniper and I have been in Florida with Ian’s family since last week. Unfortunately it has been a little chilly but Ian and I have still managed to get out for some great running and road riding.
After finding enough warm clothes in the suitcase, Ian and I enjoyed a great beach run the first morning we were here. I got to try out my new Newton Lady Isaacs on some perfect sand for running. Now that I’m at 8 months pregnant and Ian is getting much faster, I had to send him ahead for some hard pushes every mile or so. After about 4 miles of a strong headwind, we turned around for a negative split.
Taking advantage of a great opportunity, we decided to rent road bikes and ride for the next few days while Juniper got to hang out with her grandmother. Ian and I have spent the last four days enjoying two hour road rides together – this has definitely turned into a mini babymoon. I can’t tell you the last time Ian and I actually got to train together this many days in a week.
Despite my belly getting a little bigger, the bike has felt really good. Ian does all the pulling (especially with the strong and cold winds) while I sit in behind him riding comfortably. There are both nice bike lanes and a county long bike path so we have been changing up the scenery each day.
I’m looking forward to one last beach run tomorrow before we head home. Hopefully it will be over 40 degrees so baby and I don’t freeze on the beach.