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.
With the arrival of February, 2010 is feeling like it is in full swing. January was a busy month of being a mom, working, training, and playing. Oh, and being pregnant and therefore being exhausted the majority of the time. The beginning of the third trimester brought some great runs and even a few road rides as well as a fall down the stairs. Unfortunately I seemed to have tweaked my back while landing on the hard tile at the bottom of the stairs. Thank goodness running, riding, and skiing still feel fine but by the end of the day my back is in lots of pain and has me sitting on the couch with a heat pack.
Whether or not I get in any training, my back seems to hurt the same amount so I have continued to get out when I can. Exercise and training are keeping me sane throughout this pregnancy. It continues to be ‘my’ time and my release from the daily stresses of a two and a half year old as well as work, household chores and daily life. I’m not sure any of us want to know what it would be like if I didn’t continue to get out and purge the stresses.
As I finish up the last few weeks of the seventh month, I’m psyched to still be active and fairly fit despite feeling like I’m so heavy I may not be able to get off the floor when I play with Juniper. Not very many more weeks until I can get out there going hard again so I may as well enjoy the moderate pace right now.
Also, check out the video of Juniper skiing on her own this weekend (yes, I’m a very proud mom!).
I’m a bit concerned that winter is going to start in March or April right after I have the baby and am ready to get back into race shape. But I’ll take advantage of the sun while I can and what better way to do that than a road ride with the older kiddo in January.
Thirty-five degrees is not hot by any means but feels pretty amazing at this time of year especially with perfectly clear skies. Juniper and I were able to enjoy a nice hour plus ride along the plowed bike path – Juniper snug in her Chariot and I loving being out on my bike. I have not been on my bike as much this pregnancy mostly due to the timing so it is great to be out at seven months. Now that I’m on a riding kick again, I’m sure we’ll get lots of snow. One just can’t win.
Get out there and enjoy it while you can!
Another bluebird day made for another great trail run. I even managed to drop 30 seconds on my ascent time of my favorite lunchtime trail run. At this stage in the game (6+ months preggo), I’m pretty psyched with that…
Although the weather on my homepage said it was 10° outside, as soon as I stepped out the door I found it was much warmer – probably closer to 30°. Normally that would be a big difference in the way I dress for a run. Shedding my hat and gloves were an easy answer but I was still worried about my core overheating (a big no-no during pregnancy). I have been testing the new Polartec Power Shield Pro
softshell fabric for a few months now and I’ve really enjoyed it for ski touring, resort skiing and sledding with Juniper. But, I never would have guessed that my go-to winter running piece would be a softshell jacket. In my experience, softshells are just too thermal and not breathable enough to wear during truly aerobic winter activities. However, Power Shield Pro is really lightweight and it allows just enough air to move through the fabric to make it really breathable. Today I put my Pro jacket to the test in relatively warm temps and it continued to impress me with its breathability. No excess body heat for the little man in the belly and half a minute shed from my time on a 4-mile jaunt! Now we need some snow so I can better test the fabric’s waterproofness.