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!
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!!
RUN: 85.40 miles
SPIN: 67.38 miles
1.5hrs of Arms
2hrs of Buns
3hrs of Core
1.5hrs of Legs
2.5hrs of Yoga
Welp. April gave me some high highs and also a big fat low. :/ I PR'd in both the 5K and 10 Miler in back to back weeks. I also injured my right hip and can't run at all currently.
I was continuing my training exactly as planned- things were going great! I felt good about my progress and really thought I was going to hit my goals. I came pretty close to my A goals both times but with the unfortunate consequence of hip injury. At the BAA5K I pushed it a little too hard at the end and as soon as I crossed the line I realized there was a problem. My hip was really really sore. At the hotel I tried to work it out, rolled and stretched and we walked around a decent amount that day. By the end it felt ok and I was able to go for my long run with Ethan on Sunday with no issue.
Moving into the next week I had a 5 miler scheduled that I took on the treadmill at an easy pace and had some tenderness but nothing bad. On Friday though I was trying to just run a quick 3 mile shakeout and I could barely run 2 miles. NOT GOOD. My big scary goal race was on Sunday and now injury strikes?!?! So frustrating. I iced, elevated, advil-ed all day and most of the weekend trying to rest, stretch and hope for the best. Going into Sunday's race I told myself to just relax out there, enjoy the cool temps and not kill myself. I could feel my hip twinge a little around the 3rd mile and there was constant tightness after that but again nothing unbearable. I finished the race with a new PR but not my original goal. Still incredibly happy since Friday's run had been so bad. But then I had to get in the car and drive for 4 hours.
This was my mistake. My entire body locked up during the drive and I could barely climb out of the car. :( I was so depressed. I had 3 more races on the calendar! One of which being the following Saturday. UGH. I decided to take the week off from running completely, focusing on spin, yoga and other strength workouts. Come Saturday (which a full recap is coming next) I showed up for the race not knowing if I'd be able to run. Thankfully Krysten stuck with me as I hobbled and ran/walked the entire race. One of my worst performances but at least I had good company. After that I knew I needed help and contacted my GP for a PT referral that I started today. Fingers crossed I'll get to the bottom of this and back on the trails for my last two spring races!!
Run: 94.55 miles
Spin: 118.61 miles
4.5 hrs of Arms
4.5 hrs of Buns
4 hrs of Core
4.5 hrs of Legs
2 hrs of Yoga
Wow! Will you look at those March numbers?!?! I'm feeling so much stronger these days. I've made sure to stick to my strict schedule of every-other-day running to get my ankle back on track and I do feel like it is really working for me.
As I'm moving into the last couple of weeks of my training cycle for the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler I'm incredibly grateful to my body for not getting injured! Strength training and yoga and things I neglected in every other training cycle I've done. I also only did the spin bike when injured so this entire cycle has been a new and positive experience!
I've continued on the 10% rule for my running, gradually increasing as the weeks have gone on. WK1: 18miles, WK2: 20miles, WK3: 22miles and Wk4: 24miles. April just started toward the end of the week but I just came in at 26.5 this past weekend. WHOA. I'm feeling really good about my pacing and speed work. I've tried to make sure I take my recovery runs nice and slow (very hard for me) and then I have more power and strength when it comes to my speed work. As my mileage has increased my bed times have definitely been earlier- you try fitting in an 8 mile run and an arm workout before getting to work at 8am!! Hello 4:30am- nice to meet you. Some adjustments for sure but I'm happy with my progress and am planning to finish out this cycle strong!
So all things good in March! Really looking forward to what April will bring. I have 3 races on the calendar: BAA 5K with Jon's family and many of the Oiselle team as part of the Boston Marathon weekend [SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THIS], my planned race: GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler (going for a 1:30:00 goal!) and then the Highlander 8K with my SW VA local birds. Going to be a great month for sure!!
March 25, 2017 - Roanoke, VA Tailchaser 5K
This was my first time volunteering at a race. What sparked the signup? The NC Volee instagram challenge I'm taking part in this year. As an honorary NC team member I get to participate AND the March challenge was to volunteer for a race!
I scoured our local race calendars and found one in Roanoke volunteering with Fleet Feet Sports. What I didn't realize until I got there was that it was a benefit race for the SPCA and lots of doggies would be running too! The perfect volunteer opportunity.
I received my instructions on Friday and was up bright and early Saturday morning to get my own workouts in before jumping on the road to help setup before race time. I had never been to the Roanoke Greenway area but it is really nice! There are some cute restaurants and the river is really pretty- I hope to go back for some runs and brunching very very soon!
Upon arrival to the area I discovered the road into the greenway area was already closed off (although I found out later that is just a suggestion) but I found a place to park near where other runners were parking and then headed off on foot to the water stop. Had to walk about a mile, but again it was really pretty and the weather was just perfect on Saturday.
When I arrived the main setup was already done by the Fleet Feet coordinator so I was on water cup duty. Fill 1/2 way for easy drinking and repeat! There was also a kiddie pool filled with water for all the dogs to drink from. And I got a snazzy neon yellow volunteer shirt for the day!
The race started at 10am and about 10mins later the runners started filing by. Of course the front runners were not interested in water but then there were lots of walkers and folks running with dogs. It was pretty warm at the sun was out in full force so at our spot (about halfway) those puppies were happy to see some water... some even jumped in the pool!
Overall this was a great experience and I hope that I can help out and volunteer at more races in the future. So thank you to this instagram challenge for making me sign up!!
Blacksburg, VA - March 4, 2017
Well it took awhile but I finally got a successful meetup set with the ladies in SW VA! I reached out in late fall about trying to get together and it took until March to find a working date but we finally made it happen!
There are 5 of us now in the Roanoke-Blacksburg area and so I was itching to get everyone together. I've found the 'team' feels more real when you can interact with people in real life. Social media is great but yeah IRL WAY BETTER.
We had scheduled to do a 3-4 mile on the Huckleberry Trail and then go to brunch afterwards. Of course that morning dawned ridiculously chilly so 3 miles it was. Brigitte, Krysten and I started out at the Rec Center in Christiansburg and ran just over a mile and a half before flipping around and heading back. We, of course, took some action shots for photographic evidence. I mean does it even happen if it's not on Insta?
Then we jumped in our cars and headed into Blacksburg to Lefty's for brunch. Sally met up with us for the eating. She is currently injured and not running while her docs figure out what's going on with her knee.
It took us a bit to order (too much talking going on) but then we all dug into delicious breakfasts. Lots of Oiselle and running talk, and general introductions getting to know each other a bit better. It's so nice to have these ladies in the area- I'm hopeful we can keep growing the team presence here.
We finished up brunch with the promise of our next meetup. Highlander 8K in Radford at the end of April. Hopefully Sally will be well and we'll be able to get Maria to join us too!
3.5hrs of Arms
4hrs of Buns
4.5hrs of Core
4hrs of Legs
2hrs of Yoga
As part of the #WinWithOne challenge with Oiselle for February I made myself promise to keep up with my strength workouts while I increased my mileage... and I did awesome. I am trying SO HARD to stay injury free this year that spinning and strength are a HUGE part of my overall plan. Obviously I want to get the miles in but I want to do that safely and without pain.
I've been following the 10% increase rule for running which meant my February weeks were: WK1 - 13, WK2 - 14, WK3 - 15, and WK4 - 16.5. This was also the beginning of my training for the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler. So now on WK5 as we close out February and slide into March I'm looking at a weekly mileage of 18. It feels good to be logging some longer runs but I also feel so much stronger thanks to the strength work.
My goal was to do at least one strength workout a day (combined with either spin or a run). It has meant some lifestyle changes for me as well. I find myself going to sleep between 9 and 10pm as I have a few days a week where I'm getting up at 4:30am. Now if you had told me even last year that I would be getting up at 4:30 to workout I would have laughed in your face. But something about this approach and plan has made me commit to the change and I'm loving it.
Another added bonus: I'm toning up a decent amount which makes my clothes fit even better. No real plan to lose weight- more interested in eating healthy and getting stronger- but the change is still nice. I function so much better on quality foods, sleep and exercise.
May March be just as fruitful as I climb in mileage to 26.5 for the week. I also hope to continue with all my strength workouts and remain injury free!
2017: BestYearYet. :)