In a funk…

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Sort of. More like, I’m kind of over being pregnant. I miss running. I’m nervous about the pain of labor.

We went to the beach this weekend and the weather was perfect. It had been so oppressive for the past two weeks, that I had barely been outside. Thankfully we got a break in the weather and the weekend was gorgeous.

I know I probably look uncomfortable here, but I promise you I was extremely relaxed.

I know I probably look uncomfortable here, but I promise you I was extremely relaxed.

I had trouble sleeping on Friday night and woke up kind of early. When I let Bella out at 6 am, I noticed how cool it was outside and decided to take her for a run. It had been almost a month since my last run on land, but I took it easy and we ended up going 6 miles!

I’m going to try to run at least once or twice per week until the baby is born, and the rest of my workouts will be in the pool. I’ve been going to the pool 3-4 times per week for about an hour, mostly water running but I have done a few actual swimming workouts just to mix it up.

Yesterday I cleaned out my closet and stored most of my maternity clothes. I haven’t brought in all of my old clothes yet (a lot of them are in storage above our garage), but just looking at some of my normal clothes without elastic waistbands got me excited.

I have also been thinking a lot about what races I will be doing this fall and winter. My biggest goal for the rest of 2013, though, is to get back to running consistently and increasing my training volume. I know exactly what I need to do in order to make this next year a good one, and I already have some big ideas and plans set into motion.

On that note, I need to get to the pool.

oiselle at pool

Summertime and baby plans

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If you haven’t heard… it’s HOT here on the East Coast. Thankfully my sister shared the helpful hint of using baby powder to help with pregnant-lady swamp ass. There are some things women fail to disclose about pregnancy, and this is one of them– summertime is a bitch and you WILL get swamp ass and you WILL feel like crying while walking from your air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned grocery store. I actually did cry TWICE in the past month because I felt so overwhelming hot (and also because I was so mad at myself for being such a crybaby about the heat).

I’ve taken an unplanned hiatus from running. I only totaled 46 running miles in June, and my last run was a 5 miler on June 27th. At the end of June Pete and I went on a trip to a family party in Boston, followed by a short vacation to Maine for a few days, and ending with Fourth of July in New York and my sister Lia’s baby shower.

At Popham Beach State Park in Maine

At Popham Beach State Park in Maine

Goldenrod Kisses (the BEST saltwater taffy) York Beach, Maine

Goldenrod Kisses (the BEST saltwater taffy) York, Maine

While we were staying with my sister Steph at her house I ended up spending a lot of time in the pool, and I instantly realized that it was time to make the switch to pool running. I didn’t plan to stop running, and I will probably try running again before the baby is born, but for now it feels great to be in the pool.

I always feel a little self-conscious about water running because I feel like everyone thinks I can’t swim or something. In high school we used to water run in the lake during cross country season, or I would cross train in our pool during the summer so I never really thought about what a real swimmer would think of me. I tried using one of those flotation belts (so it would be apparent that I was water running and not doggie paddling) when I was injured in college, but it made it way too easy and it’s even more embarrassing to have to wear a giant foam belt (then people REALLY think you can’t swim). I already have people staring at me anyway (there aren’t a lot of pregnant ladies walking around at universities), so I guess I just need to suck it up.

The only other major event around here is that Pete and I completed our childbirth course, and we are officially certified to birth a child.

It's official!

It’s official!

I have also decided to attempt a non-medicated birth, which basically means that I would like to be able to walk around and use various labor positions and breathing techniques rather than go straight for the narcotics and/or epidural. Obviously I am keeping an open mind because you never know what will happen, but after thinking about it for awhile I came to this decision. So there’s that.

I’m officially 34 weeks today, 3 weeks from full term and 6 weeks from my due date. Things are going well overall, the baby is in a good position, nursery is set, hospital bag is packed. Pete and I went to our dentist appointments this morning and my dentist asked me if I was ready to go… and I answered her with a resounding YES. I didn’t even think about it until afterwards, but it’s true. We have a few (boring) details to sort out still, but overall I am ready!

12 weeks (130.0 lbs)

12 weeks (130.0 lbs)

33 weeks (153.4 lbs)

33 weeks (153.4 lbs)

I’m a little slow with the weekly bump shots. I usually forget until it’s almost the next week. Like, I took this one two days ago. Also, I’m up 26.8 lbs in case anyone is keeping count.

Any labor advice you’d like to share? Any books or movies you think are helpful? Or apps?