February 27, 2018 | 12:43PM & 12:44PM
Introducing Graham Edward and Luke Patrick to the world! Our sweet baby boys decided to make an early appearance at 35 weeks, 1 day. Full story to come soon. :)
When I found out I was pregnant I had just started my comeback from my TFL injury. I had cleared PT and was finally starting to get some good running back in. And cue life! Here comes pregnancy and BONUS there's not one but two babies. WHAT?
I knew that whenever I got pregnant I wanted to stay as active as possible. This was incredibly important to me- for the baby as well as for recovery afterwards. Well when I found out I was carrying two babies I wasn't sure what that meant for my fitness plan. My OB told me I could continue running and working out for the meantime. She said I would know when it was too hard/too much and to stop.
I slowed my running down A LOT and just focused on getting out there regardless of time. No real long distances- the most I did was 5 miles. My first goal was to make it to 20 weeks. I thought if I could get halfway that would be fantastic. Then I hit 20 weeks, ran the Richmond 8K, and felt great! I decided then I would keep going and reevaluate each week how I felt.
Weeks continued to pass by and then suddenly it was the end of the year and I was approaching the 30 week mark! Craziness. The belly was quite large at this point and I had shifted to intervals but was still doing some running. I decided I was going to get to 30 weeks and then shift to walking and yoga only for the remainder of the pregnancy.
I ended up with 183.6 pregnancy running miles. Something I'm incredibly proud of. Now to continue staying as fit as I can before the little guys get here!!
2018: The year of the comeback
Now I know I'm starting off the year out of commission but I have big plans to make a comeback as a stronger runner than I was before!
I'm planning to hire a coach to get back into shape. One to help with my body and core strength after pregnancy and two to give me a solid plan to get back to running.
The only real goals I have other than strength and learning to run again are to complete a half marathon by the end of the year.. maybe even hitting last year's goal of a sub 2-hour race, and a sub 26min 5K. Just giving myself GRACE to comeback strong.
Here's to the comeback!
Richmond, VA - November 11, 2017 | Time: 59:31
Pregnant running is no joke!! I took this on at 20 weeks pregnant with twins?! I wasn't sure how it was going to go- but then on the day it went great!!
The weather was ridiculously cold so dressing was harder than expected but I had on my running for three tank over various layers. :) My plan was to run to the mile marker and then walk a couple of minutes (repeat) until I made it to the end. Jon's mom stayed with me the entire time to make sure I made it ok. We ended up finishing in under an hour which had been my tentative goal... I just wasn't sure if I was going to be able to achieve it. But yes.. 59:31!! BOOM. I felt like such a badass afterwards. :)
Jon ran the half and totally rocked it out of the park and his dad ran the marathon and qualified for Boston in 2019!
It was a great weekend with family and I'm so proud of how far I've come with pregnant running. Anything past this point is just icing on the cake!
October 28, 2017 - Catawba, VA
Our good friends JJ and Kevin came to visit - our annual tradition! We took on a VT football game (of course) and decided the next morning that we'd do a hike on the AT to experience the fall leaves changing. McAfee Knob seemed like the 'easiest' choice for this pregnant lady so we headed out Sunday morning to give it a go.
Going up was definitely more challenging for me than any other time we'd done this hike but I kept moving. I was SO HAPPY to reach the top and take some fun photos and rest for a few. Then it was time to head back down (which I did in record speed compared to going up). After I was SO HUNGRY. Definitely glad I did it, but it will be a little bit before we try another!!
Well, large life announcement on the way.... we're expecting TWINS! I found out just after camp that I was pregnant and got an appointment scheduled with my doctor. When I went in for that first ultrasound (what I thought was around 7 weeks) actually turned about to be 9 weeks AND there was more than one baby. Ironically the tech asked me if there were twins in my family and at first I said no forgetting about my aunts ;p So guess I got that gene... haha!
We waited until we passed the 12 week mark, had all the genetic tests done, and made sure everything was viable before sharing the news with our families. It has been a whirlwind for sure since then! Everyone is excited! I have to say I wasn't sure how I would feel about pregnancy but so far minus about 2 weeks of morning sickness it has been fine. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm growing two babies but at least this way I only have to do this one time. We only ever thought about a family of four... so bam instant family! I'm hoping to continue being active for as long as my body allows. And hopefully completing at least one race with them!
Cullowhee, NC - August 21, 2017
We were close enough to the total eclipse zone that we had to drive down to experience it. Jon's family had staked out a good area, with bathrooms, etc. that we could stay at while the eclipse took place. We were over in Cullowhee (where Western is located) about 30mins from Waynesville. We got there early and got a spot under a pavilion and next to bathrooms. We were in a nice park and took turns walking laps between snacks. :) Finally it was time- we had special glasses so we could watch the eclipse begin. Once it hit totality we were able to remove those and it was crazy how quiet and dark it got for two minutes. I've never experienced anything like it- it was SO COOL. I'm glad we made the journey as it's something I'll never forget.
I took a few photos, not that the Iphone can really capture what it was like but it gives you an idea. A can't miss experience for sure!
Middleburg, VA - July 28-31, 2017
Last year I went to Southern Bird Camp in NC and made some great friends, had a wonderful time, and became a much better runner. This year I'm going in coming off injury, up to the DC area, and looking forward to spending time with old and new friends.
Let's just say there were highs and lows about this year's camp. I was super excited to reunite with a lot of the ladies I've met at the NC camp as well as through Instagram and up in the DC area. However the housing arrangements were spread so far apart and most of the activities took place up at the main area so it made for some difficultly AND not feeling particularly welcome. (which made me sad considering everything Oiselle stands for and everything I've gotten out of it so far).
Anyway, recapping from the beginning. I arrived on Friday in misty rain looking forward to catching up with friends and meeting new ones. I had convinced Wynsor to join the team this past spring and she got a last minute spot into camp! She arrived almost the same time I did. We ended up being in the same cabin and decided to share a bunk bed set. There was an optional first run on the first day that I opted out of. I figured coming off my injury and knowing I'd be running every other day at camp it might be best not to try the first day in the misty rain on slippery rocks. Brooklyn, MaryEllen and Amy arrived and they were staying down in the cabins as well. We all headed up for happy hour at the main lodge, followed by tasty dinner. The evening closed out with a welcome and talk from Haute Volee Becki Spellman. She talked about her story, how she came to run with Oiselle, and offered advice to us novice runners. We were supposed to close out with a bonfire but the weather was nasty so we headed back to our cabin to hang out and head to sleep.
Day 2 started with a quick breakfast at the main house, and then we climbed into cars to head to the W&OD trail in neighboring Leesburg. I ran 5 miles with Casey (a DMV bird from the Eastern Shore of Maryland) who was happy to go my slow pace. We all ran our own mileage and so had grouped up the night before based on our plan. Afterwards we headed to a breakfast place to fill up because we were all starving!! Then it was back for a late lunch at the lodge, showers and we decided to visit one of the local wineries as pool time was cancelled due to rain/cool temps. :( We were back in time for a core session with Becki and then it was time for Twilight Polo. I had never experienced this before but it was a literal polo match. We had yummy bbq and delicious wine while watching the horses. It was fun!
Day 3 it was finally sunny!! We opted for a short run on the grounds as we didn't want to drive again over to the big traill. Talk about gravelly! Then we got to experience how to do a real warmup with Erika Pierce. I had met Erika at Southern Bird Camp the year prior. She's a kick ass masters runner and SUPER nice. Then it was time for lunch! Of course we decided to visit another brewery/winery for the afternoon and then got a little pool time in. That evening was full of a trunk show (new Fall/Winter Oiselle) and a gear swap. We grabbed some snacks and headed back to our cabin to hang out before heading to bed.
Day 4 started with a prediction run... that yours truly won!! I predicted my time within 15 seconds. Boom. Mic Drop. Then a last breakfast with everyone, lots of hugs and photos and it was time to get back on the road. Love my Oiselle friends. Can't wait for the 2018 camp!
RUN: 0 miles
SPIN: 21.29 miles
2.5 hrs of Core
30mins of Buns
2 hrs of Yoga
A big old goose egg for running this month. I started physical therapy to fix my hip issue and am taking it REALLY easy right now. Lots of strength training and core while completing all the PT exercises each week.
I had to defer my June half as well as miss the Biltmore Classic race. So frustrating but glad to be healing and working toward a solution with my therapist.
Looking forward to hopefully starting back next month so I can make the deferred race as well as be able to run some at Bird Camp!!
Charlottesville, VA - June 9-11, 2017
A weekend getaway with the college besties and their hubbies.
Caitlin's parents live in Charlottesville these days and opened up their home to us for the weekend. We were the first to arrive as C-ville isn't too far for us! They we nice enough to let us bring Loki along as well. All the other girls arrived shortly after and we ate a quick lunch before jumping in the pool for the afternoon. SO NICE. We even got Loki on the floats but in general he hated the pool and ran back and forth barking at everyone in terror.
That evening we drove up the mountain for a beautiful sunset with snacks and wine. The view was great and it was nice to catch up over a few glasses. Plus we got to ride in the back of a truck back and forth! We closed out the night with a late dinner and some cornhole. Great first evening!!
Jon and I got up early to get in a short run (which was quite hilly!). Of course Loki came along and he wanted to run ahead with Jon- I had to wrangle him to keep him back with me. ;p Then a light breakfast and showers before the gang piled into cars to visit Blue Mountain Brewery for lunch. The had a 10 sampler that I just had to try of all their tasty beverages and I had a delicious wrap for lunch. It was pretty hot out there but thankfully we got a nice spot under the canopy to enjoy our lunches.
Our next stop was over to King Family Vineyards where we hung out under the awning and sampled some of their whites and Crose. We finally got a table after stalking a group and really enjoyed our afternoon together. Then we headed back to the Lyttle's for an evening of croquet! I LOVE that they have a croquet court set up in their front yard. It's SO FUN to play! :) We then got to watch a beautiful sunset to close out the day. LOVE!!
Our final day kicked off with another run/walk before we packed up our cars to head to Monticello. We were walking from the grounds over to this cute restaurant spot for lunch. It was SO HOT out there and poor Loki managed to hike almost the whole way before Jon had to carry him at the end. Lunch was super yummy and ended in ice cream. Then we all said our goodbyes and it was back on the road to B-burg.
Great weekend catching up with some of my favorite ladies (and their hubbies!)