Marathon Mom 17 Weeks & 2018 Game Plan
We all know plans can swiftly get swept out the window in a heartbeat. Especially in the case of a tiny human heartbeat! But, for me it brings me peace and a sense of excitement to continue to dream up big goals, create plans and work towards them. Recently I’ve been emotionally struggling. You can read the short depressing paragraph here if you so wish. I thought briefly about taking the post down because it was written in a rash of emotion but I think it’s important for folks to see every side of me. And just maybe someone else out there is struggling and they need to know that they are so not alone or crazy. There is truly nothing I am hiding. Now, let’s look onward to the future through newly minted sunny eyes! Because after a hard rainstorm often the sun shines the brightest!
Nashville marathon April 2018!
I will not be racing this one for obvious reasons. Hello post baby body and all the snuggles I can soak up!
Goal: No time goal. I only have this: raise $3,000 for St.Jude Children’s Hospital!! I absolutely could not wait to register as a St.Jude Hero again!! I’ve designed a cute, hot pink coffee mug to kick things off! Purchase one here to support the St. Jude mission all the while caffeinating your life if style.
Plan: tentatively planning on using a cookie cutter plan from Advanced Marathoning* staying on the lower mileage side. I will be focused on nursing a newborn. No need to rush the miles. ❤️
Rocket City marathon December 2018
This will be the mommy come-back ‘A’ goal. I chose this race based off the coolness of the season, flatter course, affordable rooms and a smaller sea of runners compared to the Rock n Roll marathons. My brother-in-law ran it, running a solid PR (personal record) and just really enjoyed it. There’s also a fun museum nearby for the family. I’m hoping this will end up being a win-win for all.
Goal time: TBA depending naturally on quite a few factors! Should would love to see that 3:20 eventually….With Nashville ran in 3:28 given the circumstances I think I’ve got a realistic shot.
Plan: hoping to work with the coach again. I had great success with his coaching and training methods.
Baby and mommy update
Baby’s heart rate: 142 strong heartbeat! We got to hear it at the doc this past week. Always puts a smile on my face and helps get my perspective on point. Baby’s heart rate is perfect, all my vitals are perfect. Healthy pregnancy so far!
Feeling movement: I have felt a few butterflies!! They are not often and big movements but most definitely there. Especially in the evenings when I finally lay down for bed or if I’m standing at my computer for too long.
Boy or girl? We will find out gender in 3 more weeks August 16th. Longest three weeks of my life currently!!
Cravings: eggs and carbs. It will remain carbs. Gimme all your waffles, pancakes and pizza!! Ha! I do still eat my salads… 🙊
Symptoms: mood swings and lots of tears, struggling with fatigue but not as bad as weeks 11-14 for sure! Swelling hands, face, legs and feet. It’s worse if don’t get my run in. Body image issues. Lack of drive and motivation. I just want to read all.the.baby.things.
Weight: total gained about 6 pounds. Mentally struggling with the ‘fluffy’ look. But, doc reassures me it’s all for baby’s best! I am floored at how emotionally challenging I’m finding this whole watch-my-body-grow thing. Especially when you spend years whittling it down for a fast race. God is still working on grace with me…if I was talking to my pregnant best friend I would tell her she was gorgeous and glowing and to shut her face up about the weight and ‘softer’ version of her body. Because it’s growing a freaking miracle!!!
Workouts: PiYo (modifying some core work–2nd trimester mommas don’t belong on their backs due to nerves and blood flow supply.) on BOD (workouts at-home), running 5-6 days a week, strength training once a week with my own routine.
I decided to cut back to 30 miles a week simply because anything more was generally making me more tired. Some women can run 50+ miles a week throughout pregnancy. Turns out I am not one of those magical unicorns.
Work: still working with one-on-one clients and I have a few fun things coming up! Stay tuned for the Pink Payne Fit 2018 Athletes Calendar! I will be sending out emails very soon to the athletes.
Family: Hubby and I took a mini ‘babymoon’ (I’ll have more details soon!) and the big kid went off to camp in Florida for a whole five days.
Kid funny of the day:
As soon as the boy kid got off the bus he opened his arms out real wide as if in gesture to give me a hug and exclaims: “Mom!! Your belly got big!! You’re really showing!”
ha!! Then, he does hug me and baby.
But, the coolest thing about the kid going to camp? He camp back telling me about how Christianity is not just about going to church. And that he prayed a lot while he was there, he felt good about himself and that he really feels like he’s talked to God. <3 Thank you camp WyldLife.
Would you say you are a big planner, dreamer? Does it put your mind at ease to dream, create and plan?
Are you a coffee drinker?
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