Running full-term-style

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This is photo proof of me laying in bed while I type a mini blog post on my iPad.

Baby is full term as of yesterday (that’s 37 weeks of gestating for those who were wondering)… My life consists of laying in bed for far too long, running very slowly, eating, organizing the shit out of my already clean house, and going to doctor appointments. I have been doing an okay job of getting together with friends a few times per week (mostly because I probably won’t see anyone for awhile after the baby is born). Besides that, I’m trying my best to enjoy these last few weeks of relative calm before le bebe storm.

I have been able to keep up with and surpass my August goal of running 1-2 times per week because it has been a little cooler than expected. So, new goal: 3-4 times per week of 4 mile run/waddles. Maybe I’ll time myself for a good laugh! (Sorry to disappoint but there will be no Garmin photos. I’ll take time predictions, though!)

The countdown is on…

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The countdown is on...

Countdown until last day of school= 10 days
Countdown until baby= 86 days

May was a pretty good running month! I have to say that when I pictured my activity level months ago and what I would be able to do, I definitely didn’t see a 21 minute 5k and 10 mile runs happening. I figured I’d be doing 3 mile runs at most by now. The weather has been on my side this spring (although lately it’s been stifling).
As of last week, baby and I are officially in the third trimester! I ran a total of 89 miles this month, with 4 10 mile long runs, and several 5-6 mile runs on other days. I was hoping to hit 100 miles, but the recent heat turned some of my runs into walks or rest days. Thankfully school is almost done, so I’ll be able to run a few miles in the mornings for most of the summer instead of having to wait until after work.
More detailed post to come on how everything else is going in life (besides running). Pete and I are headed to NY this weekend for my last pregnant race, the OK 5k!

Sister love

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Sister love

My sister Steph is the spotlight athlete for Oiselle Team! After a string of PRs from 5k to marathon (including her two most recent races, the Shamrock Half Marathon and Cherry Blossom 10 Miler), she certainly deserves it. Not only that, she was also the first (along with my brother-in-law Brandon) to sign up for Piece of Cake Running.
Check out Oiselle and the Oiselle Team athlete page for more. Congrats Steph!

Half baked.

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Half baked.

This photo is from the Cherry Blossom expo last weekend. The “race” went well and we had a great weekend in DC. I managed a 7:49 average for 10 miles and kept a “conversation” pace as my doctor prescribed. We also got to meet up with some old friends and some new Oiselle Team friends while we were in town.
Baby Turner is half baked. I’m officially at 20 weeks and a day! I have so many races I want to run after the baby is born that my mind is spinning with all of the possibilities. It’s *almost* like being sidelined with an injury. Maybe that’s why some people run so well after they have a baby.
Unfortunately I’m out for Boston this year (obviously). But… Boston 2014 will hopefully be my big comeback race. Good luck to everyone racing Boston this Monday and safe travels!

One + one = three

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One + one = three

In case you didn’t hear the news, we’re expecting a mini Turner in August! I made Pete “race” the Shamrock 8k with me this past weekend and we ran it in 36:23. My damn shoe came untied in the last mile and I decided to tie it. Then afterwards I was mad for stopping because I would have been under 36 minutes. Then I got mad at myself for caring because 35 minutes isn’t fast either, and (anyway…) I’m 16 weeks pregnant. Geez.

Since there isn’t a lot out there for pregnant runners, I promise to share details about how my “training” has been going. Some of it has been good (especially lately), and some of it has been ugly.

Also, Shamrock was a success for Piece of Cake Running! We had four runners in the half marathon and all four PR’ed. They also got their money’s worth at the beer tent afterwards (we like to celebrate at Piece of Cake)…

Silver lining.

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Silver lining.

January is 2/3 of the way through already, and I have little to report in the way of running. Lots of easy runs, just laying low for January. My official Boston training begins February 18, which gives me 8 full weeks, and in the meantime I’ll be building a base with distance runs. My next race will be the Shamrock 8k in mid-March.

The silver lining is that I’ve been channeling my competitive energies in other ways. I’ve expanded my Piece of Cake Running team, and can’t wait for the spring racing season to begin. I’ve also been preoccupied with figuring out creative ways to wear Oiselle to work, such as the outfit pictured above. Still trying to determine how I might get away with wearing the sweatpants I just ordered for my birthday (can’t wear them til February 17 anyway, so I have time). Side note: I share a birthday with Michael Jordan, Apolo Anton Ohno, and Paris Hilton.

What races are on your spring calendar? Do you share a birthday with any famous names?

snow day!

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snow day!

I’m snuggled up in my Oiselle hoodie after a busy day. We woke up at 6:30 am to fit in a long run before our appointment at the portrait studio for awkward family photos. Steph and I managed to get ready in record time, although we did not have time to EAT… luckily we got lunch before we both turned into super bitchy RUNgry girls.

The rest of the day will be filled with baking Christmas cookies and writing training plans for my Piece of Cake clients. Exciting races are coming soon, and I’m really looking forward to 2013.

Anyone have book recommendations? Christmas break is the only time I have to read!

On the road…

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On the road...

This week has been all about early morning treadmill runs and surviving the last few sugar-filled school days before Christmas. Running felt great this week, and I am 100% recovered from the marathon + ready to start off 2013 with a fast 5k on New Years Day.

Today starts with an early morning run and a long trip to NY by car. So… if you see two weirdos on the New Jersey Turnpike having an end-of-the-world dance party in their Jeep, that will be us!

How are you celebrating the end of the world? Even better, how did you celebrate the end of the world on New Years Eve 1999?

RAK update

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RAK update

Well, my acts of kindness have turned more not-so-random. I sent a card to one of my friends, bought coffee for someone I already know, and am now getting my students to work on a banner for the people of Newtown, CT. I feel like the only way to fight the evil in this world is to do nice things for other people. So, tell me… How have you been dealing with all of this?

PS- I’ll work on being more random this week.