Now that I'm (almost for sure) done having all the babies, I'm working on building consistency and seeing how fast I can get in my old age. ;)
Long-Term Running Goals:
I'd like to be a healthy and relatively injury-free runner for the rest of my life.
I'm married to Eric (Faceless Ghost on the blog) and we have very active daughters and one dog. I have a PhD in sociology and demography, and I'm incredibly grateful to have work that is meaningful and that builds on my academic experience. I run because it makes me feel strong and it helps to keep the crazy away (there is a long history of abuse and mental illness in my extended family).
Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them
Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000,
first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with
the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and
195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video
was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is
"more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.
We had errands and yet more unpacking today, so it was almost 7 when we were ready to head over to the gym. We called first and found out that it was about to close, so we bundled up to head outside for our runs (I only wanted a couple of miles, so Eric was going to run with me until I was done and then continue on his own). It felt warmer than it was last night, and I was ready to buckle down and just get it done, but the sidewalks were super icy and I'm pretty afraid of falling down. Or tweaking my back. So I turned around after about a block. I'm counting it, though. And we're going to post a gym schedule in our apartment.
Brooks Cascadia Miles: 0.30
From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Jan 02, 2011 at 16:10:13 from 220.127.116.11
"Best gym ever"? Not quite.
From Toby on Sun, Jan 02, 2011 at 16:41:08 from 18.104.22.168
I think we are neighbors - I'm in American Fork! I belong to that "Best Gym Ever" and hate the 7pm Saturday night close time.
I too ran the Beat the New 5k...it was so slippery!
From Burt on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 12:51:35 from 22.214.171.124
Cat, out of all the bloggers that have logged miles this year, you have the lowest. If it's too icy, tie a rope around Eric and have him pull you like Napoleon did to Kip. It will still count toward your overall mileage.
From catherine on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:05:03 from 126.96.36.199
Burt - Yeah, Eric pointed that out to me, too. He thought it was funny. I think it's sad.
From Burt on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:06:32 from 188.8.131.52
Between the two of us, we're doing wonders for your self esteem :)
From Faceless Ghost on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:21:24 from 184.108.40.206
But on the bright side, you increased you mileage by more than ten times last night alone :)
From catherine on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 at 22:50:43 from 220.127.116.11
Toby - Yes, it was so slippery! I was just glad I didn't fall down. :)
Mon, Jan 03, 2011
At the gym with Eric after work/school. Alternated .5 walking at 4.0, .5 running at 6.5 (my confidence is shot after Friday night's debacle). We might turn into evening runners this semester. It's harder to fit around eating, but it's easier than waking up at 4:30.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 4.00
Tue, Jan 04, 2011
3 miles running, 3 miles walking at 4.0. I was just going to do 3 miles running interspersed with 2 miles running, but Biggest Loser was on and that show makes me want to stay on the treadmill like nothing else.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 6.00
Wed, Jan 05, 2011
You know the random pains? At our appointment yesterday the doctor said that if I feel them when I'm running, I should stop running. I'm 92% sure they're GI related, though (and 4% sure I'm making them worse in my mind than they actually are), so I'm trying to work that part out before I really stop running. Except with all the walking I've been doing, haven't I stopped already? I feel like such a poser posting walking miles on here. But it's so depressing to only post the running miles.
One mile running, 3.2 miles walking.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.20
From Carina on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 18:17:39 from 18.104.22.168
You're not a poser, you gotta do what you gotta do to work out injuries. After my third baby I had a hip problem and couldn't run for over 6 weeks. It sucks, but it's not worth making it worse.
Sat, Jan 08, 2011
Two miles walking at 4.0.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 2.00
From Burt on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 22:10:51 from 22.214.171.124
Hi Cat, just wanted you to know that over 80 people had less miles than you last week :)
From catherine on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 23:05:53 from 126.96.36.199
But I bet they were really running :)
Mon, Jan 10, 2011
On the treadmill at the gym. I've never been into the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows, but somehow the new one makes the treadmill time go quickly. Alternated .5 walking at 4, .5 running at 6.5.
I figured out the GI stuff (for now), so I think that was what was causing the random pains, but I still get some weird tightness. The Internet makes it sound like it's the fake contractions, and it seems like it's normal and stuff, even at 18 weeks, but it's unnerving. I'm thinking about switching to swimming and cycling. But I don't want to be a swimmer or a cyclist...
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 4.00
From RAD on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 23:53:26 from 188.8.131.52
ok, well first a congrats is in order! CONGRATS!! I've been so bad I haven't checked up on you forever and didn't even know. Unfortunately, I'm with your doc. If you are getting those pains (even if they are GI related) while running you should stop. It was one thing that my doc told me when I was running prego as well. They may be just GI pains, but is it worth the risk to find out? I'm not trying to discourage the running, believe me! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a strong proponent of running while prego. But, especially with your first you should take caution with those kinds of things. I didn't run until my 4th pregnancy and by then I and the doc knew what was 'normal' for me and what was not.
I will be the first to admit how hard it is to change out of the 'runners' mentality! You are used to pushing your body to the limits and loving it, but now is not that time. You have to change and start listening to your body, it is in control and it is doing FAR more important things than getting ready for a race. There will always be more races and more years to train for them. You will only be prego a few times in your life, be able to enjoy it. Run what you can, but don't over-do it, listen carefully to what your body is telling you. Shut it out on your next race after baby :)
You don't have to be a swimmer or a spinner, just take a break from the TM and running and get your body used to working out and growing a baby. You'll be able to come back! Once a runner...always a runner. Keep on doing what you can. If you can run without the pain, do it! If not, chill and walk on an incline (I would do like 10% incline) it is almost as good! Take pride right now in the fact that you are growing a new life. I had to not run for 3 1/2 months or more of my pregnancy and then was able to come back and run a 1/2 marathon at 7 months, 35 weeks and 37 weeks. So, don't despair. Your body will reward you with the most beautiful prize ever :)
From RAD on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 23:55:25 from 184.108.40.206
long story short: There is a time and season for everything. Enjoy where you are in life right now!
From catherine on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 13:14:31 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Rachel. It's pretty discouraging to think about having to stop, so I appreciate the idea that it's possible to get to a point where I feel okay about it.
From Carina on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 20:19:43 from 18.104.22.168
Ok, I feel like an idiot, I didn't know you were pregnant.
So with my last pregnancy I wanted to run, but at 10 weeks had severe bleeding and was put on bed rest for 8 weeks. It was so hard to go from running every day to just laying there. But my baby girl miraculously made it here and is perfectly healthy. If you can't run through this pregnancy you'll be ok. I ended up walking every day and really enjoyed it. It took a while, but running came back to me. And now I'm faster than I've ever been. Good luck, I know it isn't easy!
From catherine on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 21:51:55 from 22.214.171.124
Carina - That's so scary! I'm glad things turned out okay. Thanks for the encouragement.
Tue, Jan 11, 2011
Walking on the treadmill at the gym. 2.5 miles at the 8.0 incline, then .5 at 10.0 incline. I caught the last 30-40 minutes of Biggest Loser. It's so crazy to think about losing 12 pounds in a week.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From Bonnie on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 10:03:05 from 126.96.36.199
Great job ... and I agree with you about the 12 bls in one week!! Wow.
I wonder if you could water run? I actually found it really exhilarating ... and once I got a waterproof mp3 player case I actually liked it -- I could send you my waterproof case if you want to give it a try sometime?
There are a group of women runners on LetsRun that pass a waterproof case around to all the other folks that are injured or can't run, I thought that was cool and was hoping to do that with mine, and I would love to start with you ... just message me with your address ...
From catherine on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 13:40:02 from 188.8.131.52
Bonnie - That's so nice of you. I'll send you a message. Thanks.
Wed, Jan 12, 2011
Just a mile walking at the 12 incline. I got to see a little bit of that Live to Dance show, though.
Brooks Launch Miles: 1.00
Thu, Jan 13, 2011
(I wrote it in Spanish because I'm working on a Spanish survey at work, so I'm practicing. I only know a few words. (Someone else is doing the translating.))
From Lily on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:35:47 from 184.108.40.206
We are both nada today :)
From allie on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 14:56:29 from 220.127.116.11
qu te pasa calabaza?
nada nada limonada.
From RAD on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 16:01:31 from 18.104.22.168
The only spanish I know: taco, burrito, enchilada, nacho.
I obviously wouldn't be a good candidate for the translation :)
Fri, Jan 14, 2011
50 minutes on the elliptical, then fake pullups and dips.
From Toby on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 14:51:05 from 22.214.171.124
Those "fakes" sure do hurt though! Way to go!
Sat, Jan 15, 2011
Good luck to everyone who's racing today!
Yesterday I noticed the tops of my thighs touching, so I have a renewed commitment to work harder at whatever feels like a good idea. 30 minutes on the bike (I was still in bed for the 8:00 spin class), 30 minutes on the treadmill walking at 15%. I had to remember to keep pushing on the bike (it helped to watch the cadence thing), but overall I think it was an okay workout.
From allie on Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 15:12:18 from 126.96.36.199
nice workout -- i am glad you are finding some non-running activities that you can enjoy and incorporate into your routine as you go through these next few months.
From RAD on Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 15:16:54 from 188.8.131.52
Excellent workout! I find that on the bike if I turn on the mph function and try to keep the speed up it helps keep the effort high too. Sorry about the thighs - I'm still waiting for mine to not touch...
Mon, Jan 17, 2011
It was about 9:30 tonight before we were done with everything, and I still needed to go to the gym. I kind of didn't want to go, but then I thought, "What would Nan (or Allie or Melody or Lily or any number of people on the blog) do?" Probably they wouldn't have waited until it was so late to go to the gym. But if they *did* find themselves in such a situation, I'm sure they'd go. So I went. It was fine. I walked (semi-briskly) for 30 minutes at the 12% incline, and based on my heart rate and how much I sweat I decided it was similar to an easy run. That made me feel better.
Then I did fake pullups and dips, and Eric helped me with the bench press. My goal is to be able to lift the bar on my own. :)
From Faceless Ghost on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 02:12:20 from 184.108.40.206
I'm impressed with your dedication. I probably would have gone to bed - but it's taken me almost 9 months to relax about taking a day off :)
From Lily on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 23:58:37 from 220.127.116.11
You know me so well. Of course I'd go! nice work! :)
Tue, Jan 18, 2011
I'm so lucky to have a spouse who will fit his gym time around my schedule. It makes it a lot easier to go when I know he needs to go too, and it's nice that he helps me lift the weights that are too heavy for me right now.
An hour on the treadmill at a 12% incline, alternating between two brisk walking speeds. I can tell it's an okay workout because it's hard enough that it makes me want to quit early. I tried .25 of slow running at the end, and I think that the jiggling of my belly is maybe what makes the tightening come. Unfortunately, I'm not big enough yet for the support belt we bought.
I also did the incline bench press machine since I don't want to be flat on my back and the empty bar is hard enough that it's pointless to try to do it at an incline. It turns out that the machine without any weights is just the right amount of resistance as long as I do my arms separately. Yes, my arms are that wimpy.
And I got the waterproof mp3 case from Bonnie in the mail today! She's the best. I'm so excited to try water jogging.
Brooks Launch Miles: 0.25
From Lily on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:43:03 from 18.104.22.168
Water jogging. Awesome! Hmmm, maybe I should try that with my hurt msucle
From catherine on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:53:47 from 22.214.171.124
You should! And you should use Bonnie's mp3 case!
From allie on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 00:40:03 from 126.96.36.199
nice workout today. cool about the mp3 case -- i will have to agree that bonnie is the best.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011
An hour on the treadmill at 12%, alternating between the two walking speeds again. I think that tomorrow I'm going to try the whole hour at the faster speed. I was going to try the water jogging with Awesome Bonnie's waterproof mp3 case, but I had to get home to finish some grading (one of my goals for the year is to stay on top of that), so I'll probably wait until Friday when I have more time to do the whole clothes-swimsuit-clothes thing.
Oh, and I started running a little because yesterday's .25 was okay, but then the tightness came so I stopped. Also fake pullups and dips. My shoulders were a little sore from yesterday's fake bench press thing.
And really, Live to Dance isn't great. And I think that real lindy hop should mostly be a club/social dance, not a performance dance.
Brooks Launch Miles: 0.10
From Faceless Ghost on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 01:00:14 from 188.8.131.52
After Monday's Wii adventure, I've decided to become a hip-hop dancer.
From Faceless Ghost on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 01:00:25 from 184.108.40.206
Thu, Jan 20, 2011
I was all sorts of cranky about a kid who plagiarized in one of my classes and then dropped the class when I confronted him, so I wasn't really in the mood to go to the gym. But I knew I'd be glad I went, so I ended up with an hour walking on the treadmill at varying speeds and inclines. Then I worked on the fake bench press machine.
From Lily on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 15:47:03 from 220.127.116.11
Fake bench press machine. LOL
From Faceless Ghost on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 00:25:58 from 18.104.22.168
I can't believe they didn't let you nail the little cheater.
From catherine on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 00:27:41 from 22.214.171.124
They're going to give him a stern talking-to. Makes sense, right?
From Burt on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:41:22 from 126.96.36.199
Wait now. Where do you teach? Most places have very strict academic integrity rules.
From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 01:45:16 from 188.8.131.52
But apparently not online classes at BYU Idaho. Maybe they figure Rexburg is punishment enough?
From catherine on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 01:50:07 from 184.108.40.206
Burt - the plagiarism happened in an online class for BYU-Idaho. I also teach a regular class at BYU-Provo.
From Burt on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 01:52:19 from 220.127.116.11
LOL! Maybe he'll drop that class and join your other class.
Fri, Jan 21, 2011
I think I'm getting burned out on the walking on the treadmill thing. *So* excited to try the pool tomorrow. 30 minutes on a bike, 30 minutes walking up a fake hill.
Also, I know I'm supposed to gain weight because I'm pregnant, but I feel like mostly I'm just getting fatter. I feel bad for eating more, especially since I'm not running, but I'm just so hungry...
And Eric did *great* on his first-semester grades. We should all congratulate him for his hard work while still running and spending time with me at home. :)
From jun on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 00:32:24 from 18.104.22.168
Your husband is a meathead. And he's pretty smart. Congrats on dealing with a monster first semester.
From allie on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 05:31:09 from 22.214.171.124
congrats to both of you for getting through the first semester.
have fun in the pool tomorrow.
From Bonnie on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 20:33:36 from 126.96.36.199
Congratulations to your husband! How did the pool running go? Or swimming?
Hope all is well, I just checked out your blog -- you are a cutie. What are you teaching this semester?
From RAD on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 23:50:43 from 188.8.131.52
woot woot! Finding a good balance is always hard. Enjoy the eating, I always feel more 'fat' than actually pregnant looking.
From catherine on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 01:52:36 from 184.108.40.206
Bonnie - it was awesome! Thank you so much! I'm teaching an online intro to sociology class and a regular sociology of gender class. But they're for fun and extra money and not my regular job.
Good job on the grades! I'm glad you had fun working out in the pool. It's nice to change things up once in a while. Don't worry about the chubby phase of pregnancy - you'll pop out in another month or two and wish you just looked chubby! :)
Sat, Jan 22, 2011
One time I did a sprint triathlon. It was a bunch of years ago, and I can't remember why I wanted to do it. The swim part was in a lake, and I think I had gone swimming maybe twice in preparation. I started swimming like everyone else, but there were so many people that all the thrashing kind of threw me off. Then something touched my leg. Anyway, I got tired after about 30 seconds, so I started dog-paddling. Then I got more tired and decided I didn't care what people thought, so I alternated between the paddling and kind of a back stroke. A race volunteer came over in his canoe to make sure I was okay. I told him I was just slow. I think I was second-to-last overall.
So I'm not a swimmer. But guess what? There's a lot else that I can do in a pool that still feels like a good workout. Thank you again to Bonnie for helping introduce me to something that makes me hate being pregnant a little bit less!
I wasn't exactly sure how water jogging would work, but Eric said something about needing weights. I started with one of those ankle weights on each foot, but they weren't quite weighing me down enough. I put another set on, but I was still just kind of prancing around. It was better in the more shallow part, but for 3/4 of the length of the pool I could just bob around on my toes. I think our regular gym (pool was closed today in AF) has waist weights, so I'll try those on Monday.
I didn't want to get my head wet (and plus I'm still self-conscious about regular swimming (my swimmer brother is going to give me some lessons)), so next I grabbed a noodle and started kicking back and forth. That actually made my legs feel really good and tired, so I did that for about 15 minutes. But I wanted to work my arms, too, so I switched the noodle for those weird foam barbells and did little tricep thingies as I was kicking. It was awesome. I was visualizing how ripped I was going to get. Then I realized that was probably unrealistic, but I think it'd definitely help me be more toned.
So...best day at the gym in a long time. Yay.
From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 13:45:43 from 220.127.116.11
Actually, I think it's a waist float, not weight. But I'm really unclear about how this whole water jogging thing works, so it would be great if someone could shed some light on the subject.
I'm glad you had a good workout :)
From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 14:22:35 from 18.104.22.168
The Internet says you run while floating, so I had the weight thing all wrong.
From allie on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 14:47:00 from 22.214.171.124
bonnie, michelleL and rivertonpaul are experts on water running.
i am glad you had a nice day at the gym and that you have found some ways to workout in the pool. i am not a swimmer either, but i really want to learn because it's excellent for building fitness without any muscle pounding.
i liked your triathlon story. :)
From Bonnie on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 10:17:57 from 126.96.36.199
If you want to learn some awesome exercises for deep water you should see if there are any deep water aerobics classes at your gym. They are really fun (although expect that the demographic will be about 40 years older than you). There are definitely "tricks" about the correct movements to work muscles (as I recall, the bicep movement feels a little like a land-based tricep curl -- but with the water resistance it works your bicep more).
I bought some shoes that really increase water resistance -- they are expensive, but I really think it helped.
I think it was Ed Eyestone (BYU coach) who once said that the action itself feels more like stomping grapes.
Here is what the marathon coach Pete Pfitzinger says:
I tell you ... I thought it was really boring at first ... but I ended up LOVING water running.
From catherine on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 12:27:42 from 188.8.131.52
Thanks Bonnie. Those are really helpful. I especially like "duration PRs" and "coming out of the water fitter than before." I'll try to mimic the video today.
Sun, Jan 23, 2011
From Burt on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 14:31:41 from 184.108.40.206
Tattle tale! :P
From catherine on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 14:33:15 from 220.127.116.11
From allie on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 23:20:44 from 18.104.22.168
From Burt on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 02:51:57 from 22.214.171.124
Zip it allie!
Mon, Jan 24, 2011
Another attempt at the pool running, this time after reviewing the things that Bonnie posted. The video helped a lot. I think I was successful. Eric wasn't so much. He thinks he's too tall. I think he needs to watch the video.
I also tried regular swimming. It kicked my butt. I could only do four laps before I felt super out of breath. Eric says it looked normal, so I think I just need more practice. I like that it makes me tired, though.
From RAD on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 14:53:16 from 126.96.36.199
I love pool running, with someone. Well, really it's kind of awkward and isn't much fun, but it is good x-training especially prego!!
I can't breathe in the water when I do real swimming, I'm a land breather and it takes a while to learn how to control my breath again in the water. Keep at it - you'll get it!
Nice job always hanging with it!!
From Scott Wesemann on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 12:04:17 from 188.8.131.52
Well, that's 3 more laps than I could do without getting out of breath. Swiming is hard.
Tue, Jan 25, 2011
Today I was more stressed about not getting caught up on work stuff than I was about not going to the gym, so I skipped the gym. I'm glad I've been being consistent, but I also don't like waking up every day and feeling like I'm more behind than the day before.
From RAD on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 14:51:07 from 184.108.40.206
We do what we can when we can. Getting the stress out of your hair is probably more than worth a trip to the gym!
From allie on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 22:45:01 from 220.127.116.11
those days are needed sometimes. good luck with all the work stuff.
Fri, Jan 28, 2011
I felt super dumpy after missing two days at the gym. Plus, last night my muscles were doing this really weird thing where if I flexed them (like if I pointed my foot hard or tried to flex my calf) they'd seize up and hurt. And then I was all antsy during the night, so maybe my muscles started to atrophy or something.
So tonight I decided that I was going to run. I walked on the 12% for a mile, and then I ran a mile very slowly. No tightness. Then I walked at 12% for half a mile, and then I ran another mile. I sped it up after the first half and got some tightness, so then I went back to the very slow run.
Our 20-week appointment is on Tuesday, so I'm going to ask about the tightness again (again). It doesn't at all hurt (though sometimes I'm sore like an hour later), and running just feels really good in the rest of my body. And it's going to be warmer outside soon.
Brooks Launch Miles: 2.00
From Burt on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 00:02:48 from 18.104.22.168
From catherine on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 00:03:42 from 22.214.171.124
From jun on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:27:22 from 126.96.36.199
That tightness during your run is pretty natural. My wife has talked about that before. If it was a stabbing pain that would be different. Always good to ask the doctor though.
Good luck on finding out what you're having. It's super exciting.
From catherine on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 14:22:47 from 188.8.131.52
Thanks Jun. That's helpful. I'm never sure what's normal or not.
From RAD on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 14:33:30 from 184.108.40.206
Sounds like a charlie horse kind of pain to me, At night sometimes I'd get those mild charlie horses that just would grip and hold on for a while. Do you have a foam roller? I would roll out my calves and that would help a ton! Also, just standing on a stair and stretching the calves made it a ton better.
I do remember feeling like my calves were constantly tight while running sometimes, I think it has to do with the added weight we're dragging around prego and blood flow issues (whether too much or too little I don't know..) either way, good luck at the dr! Can't wait to hear what you are having!!
From catherine on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 14:43:57 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Rachel. The tightness during the running is in the uterus region (I guess...it stretches, right? Does it also move?), but I'll definitely try the foam roller for the calf stuff.
From RAD on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 14:50:51 from 18.104.22.168
do you have a belly band? I was about 24 weeks-ish when I started running and I used one the whole time I ran prego and didn't have tightness in the belly (that I noticed anyway). Maybe your ab's are working hard to keep the 'bump' tucked in and secure while you run and getting the belly band would help relieve some of it? If you need one, I'd be happy to send mine off to you! :)
From Lily on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 17:40:45 from 22.214.171.124
You may already know this, but your legs seizing is totally pregnancy related. It's usually caused from the expanding uterus putting pressure on your blood vessels running from your legs to your heart.
When I ran as a prego gal, my stomach also tightened. It's kind of like a contraction. It's not a big deal but they do have those belts you can put on around your stomach to help. No worries :)
From catherine on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 18:54:39 from 126.96.36.199
Thanks Lily. I figured it was because of pregnancy, but I didn't know why.
We got a belt a few weeks ago (I knew about them because Melody always wore one when I ran with her), but it didn't quite fit yet. Maybe it's time to try it again. It makes sense that it would help.
Oh the good old Braxton Hicks and Charlie Horses. My DR said not to worry about the BH - they are totally harmless and you don't need to back off unless they make you uncomfortable. I can't stand the feeling, so I always start to walk when I get them. As for the CH- have your hubby rub your arches and calves out when they start to tighten up. The worst is when they happen at 2am... Welcome to the wonderful world of pregnancy!
Sat, Jan 29, 2011
Really Friday's entry should have been on Thursday, and this entry is for Friday. Anyway, Eric picked me up from work so that we could go to the gym before going to the gymnastics meet (go Utes!). The Sugarhouse gym is weird. It's like a dungeon with mirrors. I hung out on the treadmill walking up a fake hill for awhile, and since there was a mirror right next to me I spent some time thinking about whether I'm noticeably losing muscle tone. So then I did the quad machine for a bit.
Mon, Jan 31, 2011
I pulled out the belly band, and it fits now. Yay. So I tried running a really slow mile to see if I got any tightness. I don't think so, but the band was on kind of tightly. It's kind of like the question of whether I feel any pressure. I don't know what's pressure and what's needing to go to the bathroom. Or what's crampy from gas and what's crampy not from gas. It's all very confusing.
It felt good to do the mile. I really like running. The Bachelor was pretty good, too.
Brooks Launch Miles: 1.00
From Toby on Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 14:59:58 from 188.8.131.52
Hooray for a fitting belt! I love the Bachelor, but Slutty Salt Lake BUGS! I really hope they were messing with the previews for next week...cause if Emily goes home, I'm gonna be ticked!
From catherine on Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 15:53:36 from 184.108.40.206
I agree! I can't stand Michelle.
Tue, Feb 01, 2011
Long day, even though I didn't go to work. I cried for a lot of the trip to Salt Lake for our 20-week ultrasound because of some story on the radio about a man who killed a puppy, and then I cried for most of the trip back to American Fork (fun day for Eric) after our afternoon appointment because I can't decide if we should keep going to our OB or switch to a midwife (more emotional support and still at the hospital with doctor backup, but what if something crazy happens?).
After I finished teaching my online class I was pretty tired, and I'm probably coming down with a cold, so I thought I'd be completely justified in skipping the gym and just going to bed. But then I thought that I'd probably be happier in the long run if I just went. And maybe it's lame, but seeing that Biggest Loser would still be on was kind of the deciding factor.
About 40 minutes walking up a fake hill, then the quad and hamstring machines. I don't care about my arms. They're dead to me.
And we're having a girl. She's fine so far. I might have some arrhythmia. We're thinking of naming her Elliot, but we're still open to suggestions.
P.S. I'm *totally* 117 and not 123 like the doctor's office scale said.
I always base my weight on my home scale too. Weighing in with clothes is overrated. Congrats on the girl and good luck with your decision.
From Bonnie on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 11:11:02 from 220.127.116.11
Oh my Catherine, what a leaky morning!
Congratulations on the little girl!!
I believe that ALL doctors scales are calibrated to show 5 lbs high, I don't know why, but that has been my experience too, either that or you shouldn't have worn those 5 lb pair of shoes!!
Cheer up my dear:
A student visited his old school, 20 years after his graduation, and met an old Science professor of his. The professor happened to be grading exam papers, and the student was surprise to notice that the questions were exactly the same as they were two decades ago. He asked the professor about the possibility of the leakage of the exam paper such that the students would have known the questions in advance.
The professor smiled wryly and answered, "Don't worry about that, my dear boy. I've changed the answers every year."
From catherine on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 11:20:47 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks Melody and Bonnie. :)
From RAD on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 11:37:13 from 22.214.171.124
Gotta love those pregnancy hormones that make us cry over everything. Congrats on the little girl!! I LOVED having a girl be my oldest, she has been such a wonderful help and little mama for all her brothers...I just wish I could've had one more girl, but it's not worth trying again and getting another boy! I'm very traditional with my names, but the girl name I never got to use is Sarah Grace.
Nice job getting to the gym inspite of yourself. Those are the hardest days! Oh, and I totally agree about the scale!
From catherine on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 16:06:14 from 126.96.36.199
Rachel - Yeah, I think (I hope) it'll be good having a girl first. I hear they're harder when they become teenagers, though. And Sarah Grace is a really cute name. :)
From jun on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 16:42:34 from 188.8.131.52
Yay for a little girl!!!!! I'm so happy for you guys.
We are actually in the process of not protecting against getting pregnant any more and hope to have a little girl to finish off our family.
Don't worry about the hormones, it will pass. So excited for you guys.
From Lily on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 18:39:07 from 184.108.40.206
Catherine how exciting! Congrats! I only have 1 girl. She is so cute and my best friend. You will love it. We are pitted up against the 4 boys in the fam.
I hope you aren't getting a cold. They are the worst. This time of year is all about the peak of cold and flu. No fun.
I have been a crying foo every time I was pregnant. It happens. I noted that I was the most emotional when I was expecting my daughter.To many female hormones in the mix perhaps.
So cool you are still working out. Nice work.
From catherine on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 23:00:27 from 220.127.116.11
Jun - how exciting! Good luck. I hope everything goes well. :)
Lily - thanks. I feel like I'm not really working out so much since I'm not running, but I've got big plans to go into the next pregnancy (if I decide I can stand to do it again) in better shape and with more awareness of what's normal and what's not so that hopefully I'll be able to run more.
From Burt on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 17:47:05 from 18.104.22.168
You already know what I think you should name her.
From catherine on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 20:50:02 from 22.214.171.124
Burtette's on the table.
From Burt on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 21:41:26 from 126.96.36.199
Wed, Feb 02, 2011
I stayed home from work today and slept in so that I could maybe get over the cold faster. I don't know if it worked, but I'm less tired and I didn't cry at all today. But I had to go to Salt Lake anyway to get the holter monitor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holter_monitor) to follow up on yesterday's arrhythmia thing. Also to get Eric's birthday present (his birthday's on Friday).
I was feeling a lot better by the evening (moved from the sore throat stage to the runny nose stage), so I did about 40 minutes on the treadmill walking at various inclines and speeds. I got an oreo milkshake on the way home because of Allie.
From Lily on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 00:36:33 from 188.8.131.52
The milkshake comment has taken a bit of flight. But I like it!
I hope you feel better! btw I love the name Elliot.
From allie on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 21:46:39 from 184.108.40.206
LOL! i hope you enjoyed the milkshake. i also you are are feeling better today. take care, catherine!
Fri, Feb 04, 2011
Spent some time on the elliptical and treadmill in between work and the dinner for Eric's birthday. Happy birthday, Eric!
Sat, Feb 05, 2011
My swimmer brother (he's 9th in the state in his event) came to the rec center (they *do* have an indoor track!) in AF to give me a little swimming lesson. When I was in the locker room about to go out to the pool a cardiologist from the hospital called and said that the results from the holter test (a 24-hour EKG) had been really abnormal, and she asked me all sorts of questions like had I ever fainted and did anyone in my family ever die suddenly. I'm supposed to go to an ER if I get light-headed or dizzy or if I faint, and exercise may or may not still be okay. It was kind of weird and scary. Mostly I wish I hadn't gotten the phone call when I was out and about in my swim suit so that I could have taken notes or something, because really I have no idea what she was saying except that there's some medicine that they'd prescribe except that I'm pregnant.
I figured that nothing about me changed just because of the phone call, so I went out for the little swimming lesson (I told my brother, though, so that he could pull me out if it looked like I was dying or something). I learned that my arms should go down instead of out, I'm supposed to roll my hips as I go, half of my water-side goggle should be underwater when I turn my head to breathe, and I should make 16 arm strokes per length when I'm in the pool at Gold's. Then my brother was showing me the difference between what I do and what I *should* do, and one of the lifeguard people came over and told us we had to get out because some kid had pooped in the pool. So we went home. Short lesson, but we got reimbursement passes and I feel like I learned a lot.
Later we stopped by to see Lily and pass on Bonnie's waterproof mp3 player case. (See picture. She has one that includes Eric.) It was fun to meet her and get to know her better. I hope she's able to run again soon!
From Bonnie on Mon, Feb 07, 2011 at 00:17:59 from 220.127.116.11
you two are awesome!
weird about the questions ... I know some of my really fit friends have been known to freak out cardiologists - don't let it scare you. Personally, I think that the medicine "baseline" does not really fit athletic people. You are not the "normal" unfit person. I have super low blood pressure and have freaked out family medicine people too. It is good to know these things, and be mindful (especially when prego) but I wouldn't get overly worried, seriously, medicine is NOT about healthy people, we often don't fit within the "norm".
From jun on Mon, Feb 07, 2011 at 00:23:39 from 18.104.22.168
Yay for swimming. Boo for pooping in the pool. And yeah, Lily is awesome.
From catherine on Mon, Feb 07, 2011 at 13:01:22 from 22.214.171.124
Bonnie - Thanks. That's what Eric said, too. I guess I still feel weird about it because I consider myself healthier than many (low cholesterol, low blood pressure, low BMI), but not so healthy that I'd be abnormal. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
Sorry about your heart condition. I like how you decided that you were still "you" regardless of the testing they had just done on you. You look super cute! You're not even wearing maternity clothes yet.
From Carina on Mon, Feb 07, 2011 at 19:59:23 from 126.96.36.199
Brothers can be so funny, I really want to learn how to swim someday. I second that you look adorable, and how fun to meet Lily!
Mon, Feb 07, 2011
While I was at work the hospital called and said that a cardiologist wanted me to meet with an electrophysiologist. So I went in in the afternoon and found out that part of my heart hasn't been beating right. Since it's the bottom part it's more of a concern (like some people have no symptoms and some people die), so they admitted me to make sure that I respond okay to the medicine that should fix it.
I'm pretty mad about the whole thing. I'm mad at myself for not going to med school or even taking anatomy and chemistry so that I'd be able to understand more about what's going on, and for believing the person who told me in high school that feeling my heart pound sometimes was normal. I'm mad at society for not figuring out how to fund more pregnant woman and calcium channel blocker studies. I'm mad whoever posted the picture of a two-headed calf on Wikipedia's entry for teratology. I'm mad at every doctor who's listened to my heart and didn't think anything was wrong.
But I'm grateful that I'm at a good hospital. I'm grateful that Eric was able to spend the night here with me. I'm grateful that I'm otherwise healthy.
From RAD on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 14:48:19 from 188.8.131.52
Oh Catherine! I'm SO sorry!! I can understand your frustration at the world and everyone in it! My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this crazy experience! keep your head up, we are all pulling for you!
From allie on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:22:28 from 184.108.40.206
thinking of you, catherine. hope everything is okay. take care.
From Bonnie on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:26:46 from 220.127.116.11
CRUD. Oh my Catherine. I am so sorry to hear about this.
I am grateful you are posting, so keep it up, please.
From Nan on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:26:49 from 18.104.22.168
I was coming here to congratulate you on your pregnancy because based on other comments I am deducing that you are with child?! And then I read about your heart troubles and that you are in the hospital?! I'm SO sorry!
And what is with the two-headed calf? That IS maddening. Don't be mad at yourself though. It sounds like this is a scary trial in your life but it is here to teach you something and make you stronger, not frustrate you. I'm sorry you have to go through this. Its that good ol' refiner's fire.
From Nan on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:28:28 from 22.214.171.124
I'm sorry I'm so behind the times...it looks like you are 20 weeks along? Wow!! Awesome!!
From Lily on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 21:45:28 from 126.96.36.199
Catherine I hope things go over well. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Even if you just need to talk. I can do that :) I hope the best for you.
From catherine on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:09:09 from 188.8.131.52
Thanks, everyone. Eric and I really appreciate it.
From Toby on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 23:33:55 from 184.108.40.206
Ummmm...your 20 weeks and only weigh 119 lbs? I was a COW by the time I was 20 weeks! I wish you weren't in the hospital, but enjoy the quiet time while you can. Because once the little comes, it isn't quiet any more!
From catherine on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 14:35:04 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Toby. I feel really tubby, so your comment made me feel better. :)
Wed, Feb 09, 2011
Still in the hospital. They switched the medication from verapamil to diltiazem, and the new one has helped my heart rate to go down and has reduced the PVCs. I might get to go home this afternoon. And everyone (3-4 cardiologists and an OB or 2) says that the baby should be fine. And they could take me off the medicine after I give birth so I can breastfeed, and I could have the surgery really soon after and only miss 24 hours of feeding and then be normal again. So right now I'm just crossing my fingers that they won't want to increase the dose (it was suggested by someone this morning), because I think I'd say no to that. Apparently it's at the higher doses (okay, probably way high) when the bunny fetuses in animal studies start dying.
All in all, I guess it hasn't been too bad. Yeah, there's been a lot of crying, but that's because I worry a lot about the baby. Eric's pretty tired, and I know he's stressed about keeping up with his schoolwork, but the weekend is coming. The hospital kind of blows, but most of the doctors and nurses and aids are really nice and helpful. I have an awesome TA who can teach my class for as long as I need, and people at my job at the church office building are fasting for me. And at least it's something that *can* be fixed, even if I have to wait until after baby comes (hopefully healthy and un-defected) to have the surgery.
Plus, apparently all this time I may have been working off of fewer productive beats - like if my heart rate is 80, counting the "appropriate" beats it's 40. The bad beats don't happen as much during exercise, but maybe fixing the problem will eventually help me run faster.
From jun on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 13:40:04 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks for the update. While stressful and scary, it sounds like the news is promising. Best of luck with everything. We'll all be praying for you.
From Lily on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:00:56 from 22.214.171.124
I like the way you think. Stay positive and if you need something you have my number.
From catherine on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:10:07 from 126.96.36.199
Thanks Jun and Lily.
From Bonnie on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:13:52 from 188.8.131.52
Amazing that you have been so healthy for so long. I hope you get to leave the hospital soon!!
From catherine on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:18:23 from 184.108.40.206
Bonnie - Yeah, it's super weird. Especially since I don't have any symptoms (except for feeling my heart sometimes) and they found it by accident. But I really think the exercise must have helped, since they said that can regulate it.
And it looks like we're leaving later tonight. :)
From Bonnie on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:22:18 from 220.127.116.11
Yippee. And, I am very happy that the baby is fine, now you relax.
hugs to you both.
From Bonnie on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:22:29 from 18.104.22.168
...make that all three of you.
From catherine on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 19:41:09 from 22.214.171.124
From RAD on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 23:06:03 from 126.96.36.199
I hope you are safe and happy at home now! The worry never goes away, it just changes from stage to stage. Sounds like everything is going to work out well for you, I'm still keeping you in my prayers though - hope you don't mind :)
From Burt on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:38:50 from 188.8.131.52
Prayers for you.
From Bonnie on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 22:28:27 from 184.108.40.206
home again home again Catherine? Hope you are doing well.
From Scott Wesemann on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 13:54:27 from 220.127.116.11
Good luck with everything. My wife went through something similar with our first child and it was scary. Everything turned out alright, and now my baby girl is 12. Happy to hear that the outlook is good.
From catherine on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 14:34:15 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks Rachel and Burt and Bonnie (again :) ) and Scott. And everyone for your prayers. When I was there I got to a point where I realized that there was nothing I could do to control the situation, and it was really comforting to know that people were praying for us.
Thu, Feb 10, 2011
I stayed home from work today (but taught my class) to catch up on rest. I also looked up my diagnoses (premature ventricular contractions and sustained ventricular tachycardia) online (it's weird that I didn't do that in the hospital, but it's probably because I spent most of my internet time looking for stuff about the medicine and fetuses), and it made me kind of scared. Most of my worry had been about how everything would affect the baby, and I forgot to worry about what could potentially happen to me. Anyway...I've decided to stop looking up things on the internet for awhile. :)
I went to the gym with Eric in the evening since I'm supposed to do whatever physical activity feels okay, and I just did some super wimpy walking with a small incline on the treadmill for an hour. I was kind of scared to do it, but I figured that whatever's wrong with my heart is better now than it was a week ago, and I exercised a week ago and was fine. It felt good to move my legs, and I didn't at all feel dizzy or light-headed, but I'm pretty sure (according to the monitor on the treadmill, but who knows how accurate those are so also Eric checked) that my heart rate didn't get above about 55. That seemed weird to me, so I'll ask the doctor about it today. I actually felt really good for the rest of the night, though (no palpitations). And I decided to stop judging people who look like they're doing wussy workouts on the treadmill.
From Toby on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 14:27:49 from 22.214.171.124
Hooray for feeling good!
From RAD on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 14:32:32 from 126.96.36.199
Sometimes injuries put a whole new perspective on people watching! I'm glad you were able to get something in and that you felt good about it too.
From Burt on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 15:13:12 from 188.8.131.52
I've been sitting here for like 20 minutes trying to think of something to say, but all I can think of is thank you for keeping us up to date and I appreciate you sharing your feelings. Make sure you get lots of blessings!
From catherine on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 17:30:03 from 184.108.40.206
Thanks Toby and Rachel.
Really, Burt? Nothing about my super wimpy walking? :) But thanks. And Eric's been keeping the blessings coming. He's so handy...
From Burt on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 17:34:46 from 220.127.116.11
Believe it or not, I don't always make fun of people.
From allie on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 22:46:02 from 18.104.22.168
thanks for the update. so glad to hear that you are doing well.
Just say NO to the internet. I'm so glad you're home from the hospital and your HR is being managed. I'm really glad the doctors are being so vigilant and cautious. Hang in there!
Fri, Feb 11, 2011
Sat, Feb 12, 2011
Sun, Feb 13, 2011
Mon, Feb 14, 2011
Wed, Feb 16, 2011
Thu, Feb 17, 2011
When it's warm(er) outside and I see people running it makes me really really really want to run. So after my week-long hiatus from the gym during which I tried to catch up on grading and work stuff (I'm still behind, but less so now), I did a little running (alternated with walking). It's probably been 2 weeks since I ran and a week since I did anything at all, but it went pretty well. I wore the belly belt thing and had minimal jiggling and I'm pretty sure no tightness, and Baby was all sorts of active for the rest of the evening. I'm going to try to work back up to...I don't know, but more than a mile.
And, weirdly, I'm excited to go swimming again (thanks probably to Bonnie and my swimmer brother).
The heart thing is going better. I had a follow-up appointment on Monday and they said it looked like the medicine is helping, and I have another appointment in two weeks (the day before our next ultrasound). I also have to wear a monitor for 30 days (21 days left!) and send recordings throughout the day, and so far there hasn't been anything that's led anyone to tell me to go back to the hospital.
From catherine on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 14:05:37 from 22.214.171.124
It's not nearly as impressive as yours. :) And I'm pretty sure you were doing 3-6 miles/day when you were at my point...
From allie on Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 18:15:07 from 126.96.36.199
hey catherine - so glad to hear things are going better!
From catherine on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 15:24:08 from 188.8.131.52
Fri, Feb 18, 2011
Sat, Feb 19, 2011
I was mad sore in the pelvisal region after my tiny run on Thursday. Probably because I hadn't run in awhile. But it really felt like I had been riding a bike. You know...the pain on the bones, almost. I tried again today and felt the soreness come back, and I didn't want to do it anymore. It just doesn't feel good. So I'm not going to be one of those cool people who runs through her pregnancy. I'm probably going to get uber fat. I won't run a marathon this year, I'm not going to make my goal of running more miles this year than I did last year, I'll be super slow when I start running again, I'll lose my awesome leg muscles, and oh, did I say that I'm probably going to be so fat?
After the gym I bought a maternity swim suit and some chocolates. At least I like swimming now. And I got faster once...sometime probably I can do it again.
From RAD on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 15:28:39 from 184.108.40.206
Okay, I need to give you the sad face for this post :( Because I know how you feel! I had a SF that put me out of running for 3.5 months of my pregnancy! I thought for sure all the things you are thinking right now, but I kept up the cardio and was able to run again (it WAS slow) in my pregnancy. However, even if you can't do that just keep the low impact cardio up (swimming is AMAZING while prego, you'll hate the 2 steps out of the pool when you feel all the weight back on your legs) and you will be fine! You will come back and you'll never loose those awesome leg muscles. I know hope seems dark and lost right now, but just remember there is a time and season for everything - baby time now, because it is SO precious and fleeting; running time later, because the road will wait.
From catherine on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 16:10:04 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Rachel. I think it'll be okay. I feel like a bum for quitting just because it doesn't feel good, but I also feel like now is an okay time for that to be my excuse. Thanks for the encouragement. You're awesome. :)
Don't think for a minute that someone that runs through a pregnancy has an advantage over someone that doesn't. I didn't run through either of my first pregnancies and was a lot faster afterwards than I was before. Choose cardio exercises that you enjoy - not ones that cause you pain. Hang in there!
From catherine on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 21:55:51 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks Melody. I'll keep hoping that I'll be faster after.
From ty on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 04:12:55 from 22.214.171.124
Hi Catherine, i'm just figuring out if i know u, cause you look familiar. but i think it's awesome that you are working out through your pregnancy. how far along are ya?
Mon, Feb 21, 2011
Tue, Feb 22, 2011
I went with Eric to the gym tonight to try my new puffy-tummy swimsuit for the first time. I did about 25 minutes of back-and-forth kind of water jogging with the foam weights, and then I did regular swimming for 6 lengths. It was fun because I could see Eric every time I was on one side since he was on a treadmill overlooking the pool. There were also some triathletes doing laps, and a guy in the hot tub who kept trying to have arguments with people.
The six lengths kicked my trash. Eric says it's because I'm spending too much effort on keeping myself out of the water (I'm afraid of getting the nasty pool water in my mouth). I'm going to work on it.
From Lily on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 23:40:37 from 126.96.36.199
I need to swim....
Hey so did you see that we are at the same aid station for the buffalo run? I am excited to help out :)
From catherine on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 23:42:36 from 188.8.131.52
I saw that! Except I think they're going to change my assignment because I told them I could help just while Eric was doing his race, and I want to be at the start/finish when he starts/finishes. But I'll probably see you anyway, and do you know who else from the blog is going to be there? Someday I want to meet more bloggers in real life than Burt has.
From catherine on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 23:44:01 from 184.108.40.206
Oh - and if you wanted, I'd come to Orem and swim with you. Or you can come to the water aerobics class Eric and I are going to tomorrow night in American Fork. :)
From RAD on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 19:25:32 from 220.127.116.11
Swimming is SO nice when you're prego! I hope you enjoy it. You guys will be at the Buffalo run? I'm going to cheer in Kelli as she finishes her 50, well, I'm hoping to.
From Burt on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 19:31:52 from 18.104.22.168
More bloggers than me??? Thou shalt not covet.
Hey, I have a better idea for a calendar. Pregnant bloggers. Eh, you like? (said with French accent.(
From catherine on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:36:09 from 22.214.171.124
Rachel - yes, Eric's running the 50k and I'm volunteering. I wish we had an "upcoming races" feature on here to know who's going to be at what races. Or at least FRB armbands or something to identify each other...
Burt - Are there 12 pregnant bloggers?
From Toby on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 20:41:01 from 126.96.36.199
Ugh...swimming is not my favorite. It always reminds me of being injured. Glad you like it...you can swim for me!
From Burt on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 13:27:15 from 188.8.131.52
Currently I don't know if there are 12, but I can probably name 12 that have been pregnant. Those that are pregnant now are you, KellieS, and RunningAfterBabies.
Previously pregnant - Merri, Leandra, Camille, Fast Running Mommy, Lybi, Josse, Misty, RAD, and MarcieJ. That should make a pretty good calendar.
Wed, Feb 23, 2011
Eric and I went to the water aerobics class at our gym tonight. It was about how I thought it'd be cardiovascular-wise (not hard), but it was way harder than I thought it would be muscle-wise. Mostly because I have no arm muscles and we had to do this longish set of stuff with the foam weights. Sounds wimpy, but Eric has arm muscles and his arms got tired too.
Oh - at the beginning of the class the instructor asked how far along I was. It was weird because that was the first time someone who I didn't tell I was pregnant asked about it. I guess it really is obvious now. Or at least it is when I'm wearing a swim suit.
The instructor had us check our six-second heart rates throughout the class, and she wanted me to keep mine in the 70% range (everyone else got to go up to 80%). No problem - mine (between 9 and 11 each time) never got over 60% (according to the chart that was near the pool). I blame the heart medicine, because Eric's in way better shape than I am and his was always a little higher throughout the class. It'll be interesting to see if the new low heart rate pays off for running after Baby comes.
And speaking of Baby, today we're at 24 weeks, so according to our doctor Baby could survive if born now. Hopefully she'll stay in for a lot longer (though I'm okay if she doesn't want to make me wait the whole 40).
From RAD on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 15:31:06 from 184.108.40.206
It's always nice to get into the 'viable' stage of pregnancy. Takes some worry out of our minds. Water aerobics can be great, with a good teacher and some others in the class that aren't over 70 years old :)
Thu, Feb 24, 2011
Fri, Feb 25, 2011
Sat, Feb 26, 2011
Sun, Feb 27, 2011
Mon, Feb 28, 2011
Tue, Mar 01, 2011
Today was a really hard day because we found out at the ultrasound that Baby's not measuring as big as she should in her abdomen. The medicine can reduce blood flow to the placenta, so it's hard to not think that she's not doing well because of something I chose.
The other difference between now and three weeks ago is that I haven't been exercising as much. So tonight I went to the gym with Eric and did about 35 minute on the elliptical. Just in case exercising can increase the blood flow to Baby.
Wed, Mar 02, 2011
60 minutes on the elliptical during the worst basketball
game I've ever seen. It was like when you're watching a stupid show and you
keep thinking, "Why am I watching this? This is such a waste of
time." Once my 60 minutes hit, I hopped off and went over to the treadmill
next to Eric and didn't even care what happened in the last few minutes of the
game. *So* stupid.
My heart rate was between 120 and 140 pretty much after the first 10
minutes. I don't know how cardiovascular stuff really works, but I kind
of imagine it as an hour during which Baby was able to get what she
needs. I really hate that my body isn't working well enough to keep her
growing like she should.
Thu, Mar 03, 2011
2 minutes on the elliptical, then 28 minutes walking on the treadmill because it had a better TV. I'm not sure what my heart rate was, but I didn't really get sweaty or anything. I did feel some pain in my abdomen (I'm pretty sure it was from gas), so I slowed it down a little for the last 8 minutes.
Lots of ice cream for dinner. Probably not the best choice.
Fri, Mar 04, 2011
Sat, Mar 05, 2011
A half mile on the elliptical (what does that even mean?). I was watching people on the treadmill, and it made me want to run, so I did a half mile really slow. It was fine.
Sun, Mar 06, 2011
Mon, Mar 07, 2011
30 minutes on the elliptical. My heart rate was between 120 and 140.
Thu, Mar 10, 2011
Eric said something to me yesterday about how he thought it might be hard for me to get back into running after the baby comes, and it made me want to try harder now. So I went to the track with him and Tigger and ran a very slow mile (*very* slow - like 12:00). I wore the belt thing and pretty much felt fine. My goal is to do another mile Friday and Saturday, and then bump it up to one and a half starting on Monday. Then up to 2, then eventually to 3 for as long as I can. Now that I'm used to how it feels to be pregnant, I'm a lot less worried about every little ache/pain, so maybe the running will go better this time. And who cares if I'm slow? It's not like I'd stop gaining weight if I were going faster...
Brooks Launch Miles: 1.00
Sat, Mar 12, 2011
It was so nice outside! I went to the AF high school track and was just going to do a mile, but I kept going for the extra half since I didn't run yesterday. Everything felt fine, but my lower abdomen/inner thighs got a little sore during the last two laps. Tigger trotted along and seemed to enjoy himself until we had to pass the colorguard/flag people on the way back to the car.
Sun, Mar 13, 2011
Mon, Mar 14, 2011
At the track with Tigger and Eric. It was kind of painful after the first lap - like some sort of side ache or stitch in my abdomen/tummy - but I kept going. Later Baby was bopping all around, so I know she's fine. I'm going to stick it out until Friday to see if the pain goes away - maybe it's just soreness after not running for awhile (and then being 20 pounds heavier).
Tue, Mar 15, 2011
I wanted to keep up with my running-every-day goal. But during the second lap my abdomen hurt, my inner thighs hurt, my pelvis hurt, and my back-bum (the SI joint problem) hurt. So I decided to stop. I felt like such a wuss. Plus, I *want* to run. Nothing else makes my leg muscles feel good. And I want to be able to get back to it soon after Baby comes. I'm really disappointed in my body. I expected more from it.
I guess it's cool that it's growing a person, though.
Brooks Launch Miles: 0.50
Mon, Mar 21, 2011
Thirty minutes walking on the treadmill (15 minutes at an incline, 15 minutes faster on the flat).
Tue, Mar 22, 2011
Twenty minutes on the stairmaster. This might be my new favorite not-running thing because it actually makes my legs feel like they're doing something.
Mon, Apr 11, 2011
Tue, Apr 12, 2011
Wed, Apr 13, 2011
Something. I can't remember. Probably elliptical.
Thu, Apr 14, 2011
Something. This might have been the day where we went on a walk with Tigger and got caught out in the crazy wind.
Fri, Apr 15, 2011
Something on the elliptical. Probably 30 minutes/2 miles.
Sat, Apr 16, 2011
Went to the gym in the morning (ish...after I got out of bed, so really it was more around noon) and did about 30 minutes (2 miles) on the elliptical. Then Eric went back later to do his meathead workout, so I did another 1.5 elliptical miles. I was pretty happy about the week since this is the first time in maybe several months that I've done something every day.
Sat, Jun 18, 2011
I've been feeling super antsy staying home and not exercising this past week, so I decided that today was going to be the day to start running again. Plus my weight has stayed the same for about 4 days (after dropping 1-2 pounds a day after Baby came) even though I'm breastfeeding and not eating a ton.
So I took Tigger out to the high school track a few blocks away and started jogging. Things felt jiggly but not too bad. Then I peed myself. Even though I had gone to the bathroom before leaving home. I knew there had to be a limit to how much pee would come out, but after a quarter mile it didn't seem to be stopping so I went home.
I'm going to try again on Monday.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 0.25
From RAD on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 21:37:09 from 220.127.116.11
I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you! :) Oh, the joys of motherhood. I'm glad the running felt good and I hope that those abs start holding that bladder up for you again soon. It does come back, just slowly.
Kiss that sweet baby!
From catherine on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 13:26:40 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks Rachel. I'm hoping it won't be too long before I feel like things are at least a little more normal. Or at least manageable. :)
And your baby's about a year now, right? Congratulations!
From Bonnie on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 13:38:00 from 22.214.171.124
Whoohoo, welcome back Catherine! Hope all is well, can't wait until you post a picture or two!
From catherine on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 22:10:06 from 126.96.36.199
From Scott Wesemann on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 22:36:35 from 188.8.131.52
Nice to see you back running again. Congrats on your cute baby.
Sun, Jun 19, 2011
I didn't feel like waiting until tomorrow to try running again. So I slapped on an adult diaper and took another trip to the track with Tigger. I felt pretty good during the mile and thought about going longer, but I stopped just in case there's a reason my doctor said to wait at least three weeks before running.
I was really really glad to be out, though. I stink at breastfeeding, and staying home every day makes me miserable, and several times a day (and night) I want to run away, but at least I'm going to be able to run again.
Here's a picture of Baby. She's two weeks old today! And already she's changed a lot since she came out.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
From Lily on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:32:24 from 184.108.40.206
Awww Catherine. I know what you're going through. 4 times over now.
Get out of the house at least once a day and go to the store, or something. Makes things more bearable. I want to come visit and see your baby. She's a little doll.
From catherine on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 23:18:51 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Lily. You should come see her! She's super cute and tiny.
From allie on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 23:36:45 from 18.104.22.168
very, very cute. congratulations.
Mon, Jun 20, 2011
There was something going on at the high school track so I did a mile on the treadmill at the gym. Not as good as being out in the sun, but still nice to run (even if it's only a tiny bit).
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
Tue, Jun 21, 2011
Down the street and back with Tigger. Slowest mile so far, but I keep telling myself that right now it's just about consistency.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.06
Fri, Jun 24, 2011
Around the track. It was okay. I wish I were running the AF half tomorrow. Good luck, racers!
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.50
From allie on Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 17:12:42 from 22.214.171.124
nice job, catherine. i wish i were running it too. maybe next year we can both run it! how are you feeling? and how's the baby?
From RAD on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 01:45:43 from 126.96.36.199
I'm glad you are enjoying some time out! Your sweet little girl is just precious. Sorry life had you down earlier this week, no one usually tells you how horrible having a beautiful little baby can be. It is so NOT easy! Getting out and doing your thing, even if you have to bring baby along will help TREMENDOUSLY! Keep at it and know that it will pass. Some days it may seem like an eternity, but it will pass.
From catherine on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 18:53:33 from 188.8.131.52
Allie - I'm feeling okay. And Baby's super cute. Yes, let's run it next year - we'll both PR, and you'll win and I'll not pee myself. :)
Rachel - Yes, she's amazing, but it was a hard adjustment. I talked to someone yesterday who had to pump every 2 hours for the first 6 weeks of one of her babies, though, and that made me feel like I don't have it that bad.
Sun, Jun 26, 2011
At the track before church. I'm *so* ready to have my normal body back. It felt like a lot farther than it really was.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 124.00
Mon, Jun 27, 2011
A short jaunt down the street.
Baby had a weight check today and was up to 6 pounds 3.5 ounces - almost a pound above her birth weight of 5 pounds 5.9 ounces!
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
From RAD on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 01:04:44 from 184.108.40.206
WOW! You may feel like you're struggling with breastfeeding, but the weight stats say differently :)
Glad you got another short jaunt in. I'm impressed you're able to keep the mileage low. Once I started running, I just went for it! You are being good.
From catherine on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 01:57:40 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Rachel. I pump/bottle feed after every feeding, so that's kind of a bummer, but I'm getting help from two lactation consultants and at least Baby's growing.
And I'm keeping the mileage down because I still pee myself when I run...but hopefully that'll get resolved sometime too. :)
From Lily on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 02:17:58 from 18.104.22.168
Glad you're getting out Catherine, even if it's just a small jaumt. The bladder issue will resolve sonn, nothing to worry about.
From catherine on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 20:30:08 from 22.214.171.124
From JulieC on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 08:28:23 from 126.96.36.199
: D wt gain always so welcoming in a baby. ahh....the joys of pp recovery, when your body is still NOT your body...it will get there!
Wed, Jun 29, 2011
Almost three minutes per mile faster than normal (for me right now). I was running to the Smart Cookie store, so I stepped it up to a pace that felt like I was pushing (but not too hard). It was still a bunch slower than I used to be, but it gave me a lot of confidence to see some improvement.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 2.00
Fri, Jul 01, 2011
Barefoot (because I didn't feel like changing out of my regular clothes/flip flops) on the treadmill at the hotel at Eric's family reunion for a half mile (because that's how long it took before I started peeing myself).
I'm registered for a 5K on Monday - a bunch of people in Eric's family are running it or the half marathon (Freedom races in Salt Lake), and I thought I'd be able to beat the cousin who had her baby 10 weeks ago. But she decided to upgrade to the half. *And* she can breastfeed her baby. I'm such a dud.
From Nan on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 19:38:31 from 188.8.131.52
Hahaha. I was just catching up on your blog and decided this is the post I have to comment on. Gotta love the ol' post-baby bladder. I peed myself for months after each kid. I'm sorry to admit, I still do sometimes. My bladder is just not the same.
Keep working with breastfeeding, it will pay off. Make sure her mouth opens up BIG before she latches on. I saw the picture of her and she is gorgeous!!
Sat, Jul 02, 2011
On the treadmill at the hotel with Eric. His parents watched Baby for us. It's the first time we've exercised together since back in the day.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.50
From allie on Sun, Jul 03, 2011 at 16:27:49 from 184.108.40.206
nice job. glad you got some exercise time together.
Mon, Jul 04, 2011
Freedom 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:27:21
A bunch of people in Eric's family were doing the Freedom half marathon or 5k today. I had registered for the 5k a few months before Elliott was born just in case I'd be able to run, and when she came 11 days early I figured the race would be a good goal. Even though I wanted to beat everyone in Eric's family who was running it, I was going into it thinking it would be kind of a practice fake-long-run for me.
Eric's parents met me at the capitol building to watch Elliott (Eric was already off doing the half), and I rode the shuttle bus to the start with two of Eric's cousins and an aunt. They were talking about run/walk strategies and waiting for people at the finish. I didn't want them to feel like I was going to ditch them so I didn't really talk about my goal of finishing in under 30 minutes. I used the port-a-potty about 5 times in hopes that I wouldn't have bladder problems, and then we moved to the start and began.
I tried to go only a little faster than was comfortable. I had the adrenaline at the beginning, and my first mile was 8:21. I felt pretty good, but I kept slowing down. My second mile was 8:45, and after that I got super tired (probably because I only got 4-5 hours of sleep last night because of Baby, and I've only run up to 2 miles since her delivery 4 weeks ago). My third mile was 9:35, and the last 0.08 (the course was a little short according to my Garmin) was at a 7:51 pace. My average pace for the race was 8:52.
So I did beat everyone who was doing the 5K, but they weren't trying to race me and they don't run much. And Eric's sister beat Eric's cousin in the half (though the cousin didn't know he was racing the sister), so Eric and I won a thing of Jelly Bellies from Eric's brother. And the cousin who had a baby 10 weeks ago finished the half in about 3 hours and wished that she hadn't tried to run it.
When we were hanging out after the race we saw Allie and met Fiddy. He seems very British.
Overall it was a good experience. It's a lot slower than I was last summer, but it's faster than I was before last year. Cardiovascularly I was fine, so I think I'll do better once my body gets used to running again. As with the other running I've done since not being pregnant, it feels a lot harder than it should. It's no fun being out of shape. And I'm going to be a bunch sore in my back and pelvis region. But my starting place could be a lot worse, and if I keep doing things that are a little hard they'll become easier.
Also I really need to stop being an emotional eater so I can drop the rest of my preggo weight. That'll help too. :)
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.10
From Bonnie on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 15:48:54 from 220.127.116.11
Yea! Welcome back Catherine! Good job getting out there - you have to start somewhere and I think it is great that you are faster than you were a couple years ago, you will come back much faster this time around.
Have a great 4th!
From allie on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 17:11:13 from 18.104.22.168
way to go, catherine! it was nice to see you today. your baby is absolutely adorable! i think you ran great considering you are just four weeks post-baby, and i agree with bonnie that your fitness will come back quickly.
what gave you the hint that fiddy is british? :)
From Lily on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 21:56:18 from 22.214.171.124
So awesome that you even ran this! I am impressed!
I still would love to come see your Elliot. I bet she is adorable!
Emotional eating....ugh. I know all about that!
From Kelli on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 00:56:16 from 126.96.36.199
OH, when you figure out how to not be an emotional eater, FILL ME IN! Man, do I have issues!!
Great job on this race, You have a superb attitude about it and it sounds like you are right on track to get it all back post baby! YEAH! Glad you had a good time.
From catherine on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 04:33:17 from 188.8.131.52
Thanks Bonnie and Kelli :)
Allie - It was good to see you too. I'm glad you could have a trouble-free 6 miles.
Thanks Lily. I'd love for you to meet Elliott - just let me know when.
You are doing so great! Don't sweat the emotional eating. I think that my hormones play more of a role with the weight than what I actually eat. B/c of our bathroom remodel it's been several days since I got on a scale. I was shocked to see another 2lbs lost without "trying." It will come!
From RAD on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 at 15:21:01 from 184.108.40.206
What a great 'back at it' race! I'm with RAB on the weight...it will come. It's SO hard being impatient with it, but don't try too hard, just let it happen.
Nice job beating everyone :)
Wed, Jul 06, 2011
Barefoot at the track. Just to do something.
From Faceless Ghost on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 at 12:30:49 from 220.127.116.11
Like the Tarahumara?
From catherine on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 at 15:04:38 from 18.104.22.168
Yes, just like them. I had my chia goo, and all of my physical ailments were magically healed.
From RAD on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 at 15:21:56 from 22.214.171.124
I need me some of that goo!
Glad you were able to get out - that is the hardest part most of the time.
From jun on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 at 15:33:42 from 126.96.36.199
Wow, look who's back! How's mama and baby?
From catherine on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 at 19:07:37 from 188.8.131.52
RAD - It *is* the hardest part! I don't know how all of you people with multiple kids do it.
Jun - We're good! Sorry we couldn't come on Monday. How are you and your family?
Sat, Jul 09, 2011
It was too hot to run outside by the time Eric was home and I was on a break from feeding Baby, so I went to the gym for some treadmill time. Three slow miles, and then walking for a half mile to stretch out a bit.
Every day this week I've wanted to run, but it's been really easy to find excuses. We're still struggling with the breastfeeding so the early morning feeding lasts around 2 hours (but the feeding-pumping-feeding routine must be working, because yesterday Baby was 7 pounds 6.5 ounces (2 pounds above her birth weight)), and I never feel like getting up an hour or two later to run before Eric leaves. By the time I can leave Baby with Eric in the evening I'm so tired that I just want to go to sleep. But there are tons of people on this blog who have babies and who still get their runs in, so hopefully I'll be able to suck it up and do better next week.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From Bonnie on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 13:00:39 from 184.108.40.206
I think the "carving out the time" is one of the hardest things about running (and exercising in general).
You can only do the best you can do Catherine, try to ease into as much of a routine as you can. Most importantly, enjoy!
From catherine on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 01:03:44 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Bonnie. And thanks for the example you set of getting so many great runs in even though you're busy with so many things!
From RAD on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 01:31:09 from 18.104.22.168
You must remember everyone and every baby is different. My baby was my fourth and my best nurser by far! He could eat anywhere well and quickly :) So, I only had to grab him out of his crib lay in bed with him-switch-then I was up and ready to get out. The fact that you are working SO hard to get the nursing down (especially with a preemie) is phenomenal!! People don't understand how horribly exhausting it all can be! Those seven pounds didn't come easy. Don't feel like you have to 'suck it up' and do it. One of my favorite sayings, given to me by a FAR wiser man than myself, is "We are NOT runners; we are people who run." Running will be here tomorrow, next week, and next year. BUT, little, sweet, tiny, newborn, baby Elliot will only be around a VERY short time. Seriously you blink and they hate you :)
Like Bonnie said, enjoy. If you can't enjoy running right now...don't! If you can't enjoy Elliot without running...run! :) We all know what a drug running is and you've been deprived SO long that it's hard not to want to get back into it, I think we all can understand that one!
Just know that we will all be here supporting you whether you run just .10 to not get a goose egg or 100 miles. One of my favorite thing about the blog is the support you get whether or not you're running. Even if you just started posting cute pictures of Elliot every day we'd all just sit and coo over them and visit the blog to see her :)
You couldn't help but stay active and run, so know it will be here regardless. Elliot right now is fleeting. There is a time and a season for everything and we always wish for days gone by, so try to enjoy what you've got. Run your running...don't let it run you! Good luck with the delicate balancing act. It is SO not easy...even if others make it look that way.
Mon, Jul 11, 2011
Down the street right before going to bed just so I didn't have to have 0 for the day.
From RAD on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 01:05:35 from 22.214.171.124
I like this!! :)
Tue, Jul 12, 2011
I picked Eric up at school so that he could watch Elliott while I ran on the treadmill at the gym. It was nice to get a run in when I wasn't too tired.
I tried .1 mile at a faster pace and it kicked my trash. I can't believe I used to run a bunch of miles at that pace. But my body is still getting used to running again, so probably it'll be easier later.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From RAD on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 01:06:24 from 126.96.36.199
Nice miles! I know the pace was slower, but the speed will come back. Give it some time (which is VERY hard!).
From Faceless Ghost on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:27:49 from 188.8.131.52
I agree with Rachel. Slowly increase your miles and your pace will decrease on its own when your body is ready.
From catherine on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 15:12:07 from 184.108.40.206
From Lily on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 15:18:57 from 220.127.116.11
It's crazy how it does that to us. I've had my last two kids since I started running and so I know exactly what you're talking about. Just takes time. :)
From Burt on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 17:22:02 from 18.104.22.168
Nice quote FG. Did you find it in a fortune cookie?
From Faceless Ghost on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 17:31:12 from 22.214.171.124
I write those little fortune cookie messages for a living.
From Burt on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 17:34:58 from 126.96.36.199
Nice. I hear that's a lucrative business. Of course it takes some special skill to see into the future and all, so you should be compensated well for it. Good for you.
Wed, Jul 13, 2011
So...I'm afraid of the dark. I never run outside at night when it's dark unless I'm with someone else. Eric got the book Free Range Kids for us to read, and from that book I know that something bad happening to someone doesn't mean that there's an equal risk of something bad happening to me, but when I run outside in the dark alone I feel like there are killers and attackers lurking in every dark shadow.
Anyway, I had to watch presentations for the online class I teach tonight, so I missed the window during which I felt like going to the gym. So I headed outside just before bed for a quick "run" (another one like Monday's, but hopefully a little longer). A couple of blocks away I heard a guy on a phone walking toward me on a perpendicular street. He said, "Hey, what up, dude? No, this is Biscuit, man!" I assumed he was a drug-dealing attacker and that Biscuit was his secret gang name, so I casually turned around and ran back home.
Here's a picture of Baby. She smiles now.
Nike Free Miles: 0.43
From Bonnie on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 20:56:19 from 188.8.131.52
Oh My Goodness, what a beautiful baby! Look at that smile!
Great job fitting it in Catherine!!
Thu, Jul 14, 2011
A mile and a half at the gym before I had to watch presentations for the online class.
After the presentations (but before it was dark) I went out for a loop (3.5) around the Mt Timpanogos temple that I've been wanting to do since we moved here. It was a little rough. On the way up I was thinking that I didn't want to wuss out on the hill, and then the thought of the jelly bellies and two servings of ice cream I had had earlier kept me going. By the time I was a little over half done I wanted to call Eric to come get me. But I kept going, and even though I was super slow I'm glad I finished.
I signed up for the Tour de Donut on Saturday. Mostly because I want the excuse to eat as many donuts as I can. Partly because it raises money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I haven't ridden a bike since last fall-ish, but hey...the donuts...
Here's a picture of Baby.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 5.00
From allie on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 01:18:38 from 184.108.40.206
i just heard about this 'tour de donut' from a co-worker and it sounds like a lot of fun. i would never survive something like that because i have the weakest stomach on the planet. i hear the strategy is to eat 2/3 of your total amount of donuts on the first loop. also, lick every donut you pick up so you are not tempted to put any back :) have fun! i look forward to hearing about it.
From Faceless Ghost on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 02:16:14 from 220.127.116.11
I do rock.
Fri, Jul 15, 2011
I ran part of the walk with Eric and Elliott. Let's call it a taper.
I also practiced on the bike for tomorrow. I felt like a little kid learning to ride.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 0.21
Sat, Jul 16, 2011
Run for Mali 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:27:40, Place overall: 6
Last Sunday I found out that a few of the women in my ward were planning on running in a 5K this Saturday. Eric tells me that several of them run in the early mornings, and I've been curious about whether or not they're fast. So I signed up for the 5K to see.
It was kind of a hard course - hilly, and steeper than rolling. I was a little worried as we drove to the start, but it ended up going okay. The race wasn't competitive at all (the winner was an 11-year-old in 21:50), so I didn't feel too frustrated about being out of shape. I was annoyed that they started almost 10 minutes late, because the Tour de Donut was an hour after the 5K start and was 20 minutes away, but it worked out. I ran close to the same time that I ran an almost completely downhill 5K two weeks ago, so I feel like I'm making progress.
I was a few minutes late starting the Tour de Donut, but it was okay because it was chip timed and I wasn't going to win anyway and I was kind of nervous about starting with 600 other cyclists since I don't have a ton of experience on the bike. Plus it was fun passing the people at the back (except for the weaving kids who made me super nervous).
The race is three 7-mile laps with a donut break between each. There's a 3-minute time deduction for each donut consumed. The donuts are really why I registered for the race; I thought it sounded fun when I heard about it a year or so ago, but when I was reading Fat Cyclist's blog earlier this week I was super hungry and I wanted the excuse to eat junk. I was able to eat 4 donuts after the first lap, but during the second they didn't feel great in my stomach. Also, I figured that since I was going to be slower than most people regardless, eating more donuts wasn't really going to help anything. So I skipped them after the second lap.
It was a super fun day. Eric was very sweet to wait until later for his run so that I could do my thing, and he was very supportive and encouraging. My mom watched Elliott for us, so Eric rode the last two donut laps with me. It was nice to have the "alone" time.
Elliott had a good day, too - until the ride home when she woke up and was hungry.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.10
From Carina on Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 21:02:38 from 18.104.22.168
Way to go! Getting back into the groove is hard with a newborn! You're doing great!!
Did you really just have a baby? You are SO SKINNY! And one tough chick to boot. Nice job, Catherine.
From catherine on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 16:38:29 from 22.214.171.124
Thanks Carina. And thanks Melody - but really I'm so soft and paunchy!
From allie on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 18:12:14 from 126.96.36.199
nice job on both events! i'd say 4 donuts is quite impressive.
From RAD on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 19:47:34 from 188.8.131.52
What a wonderful Saturday! I'm with RAB too - you look GREAT for just having a baby. Holy Moly girl! To define soft and paunchy you must see me - a YEAR later! :)
Congrats on the race and feeling stronger and then heading off to the donut race. I love it! You should try the Krispy Kreme challenge :)
From catherine on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 20:05:07 from 184.108.40.206
Thanks Allie and RAD. Is there really a Krispy Kreme challenge? I would totally sign up for that.
From Burt on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 20:13:10 from 220.127.116.11
that's my kinda race. nice job.
From Bonnie on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 20:27:06 from 18.104.22.168
Congratulations Catherine!! You look fabulous!!
From Bonnie on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 20:27:23 from 22.214.171.124
and Elliot is beautiful!
From RAD on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 21:17:48 from 126.96.36.199
oh yes, yes there is! :)
QP (my sister) did the challenge this year, and you can read her report here: http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-05-2011.html
From catherine on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 23:52:59 from 188.8.131.52
RAD - That's awesome. We should make a local one. I'm already hungry for donuts again.
Mon, Jul 18, 2011
No, I couldn't tack on the extra 0.08 to make it 3 miles.
I've decided it might be easier to get my runs in in the mornings, so I went out this morning at 7:00 for what I wanted to be a 3-mile out-and-back. It did not go well. I was kind of tired after having the 2-6 shift with Elliott (she wasn't awake the whole time, but the sleep I got was spotty), and my feet and calves and shins and back were sore from Saturday. And I got pretty crampy (not sure if it was poops crampy or post-pregnancy crampy) after a mile. It was one of my slower runs since Elliott. It ended up being more of a loop that brought me home just short of 3 miles, but I was very ready to be done by the end.
The frustration of being so out of shape has been a good lesson to me. I guess it's okay to get out of shape because of making a person, but it would be a huge bummer if I ever got out of shape just because of laziness.
Speaking of babies, Elliott's going bald. Every time we wash her head or put lotion on some of her hair falls out. Did that happen to anyone else's babies? It seems a little normal according to the Internet, but I'm wondering how long it takes for the new hair to come in.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 2.92
From Lily on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:18:51 from 184.108.40.206
Awww don't worry, all your fitness will return.
My babies all lost their hair. Then it grows back in and it's so cute!
From Burt on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:24:53 from 220.127.116.11
You're a rockstar.
From catherine on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 14:26:17 from 18.104.22.168
Maybe we're all rock stars.
Lily - How long did it take for the hair to grow back?
From Lily on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 15:23:01 from 22.214.171.124
A few months. It's kind of slow but it will come back, promise!
From Burt on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 15:23:50 from 126.96.36.199
It took my son 4 years.
From RAD on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 19:00:22 from 188.8.131.52
Burt, don't scare her like that!!
Catherine, yup, all my children's hair fell out like that too. My daughter was bald for forever (I won't scare you like Burt did), but the others each got progressively better. I think it is more than normal for it to happen, especially the bald spot on the back/sides of the head from sleeping :) My youngest got bald man syndrome. He lost it on the top, but not so much on the sides - kind of funny for a while. But, it does all grow back. Just give it a couple months and be grateful she is a girl and you can put some cute big bows in her hair. No one will ever notice.
Sorry the run didn't go great, but it will come back. Patience, it's not easy, but it IS worth it!
From Burt on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 19:02:05 from 184.108.40.206
Just keepin' it real.
From catherine on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 20:03:47 from 220.127.116.11
RAD - that's what's happening to Elliott (the old man head)!
From catherine on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 20:05:10 from 18.104.22.168
I posted a picture.
From RAD on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 20:11:20 from 22.214.171.124
Poor girl! Well, more like poor mom - she doesn't care :) It will grow back, in the meantime get some big cute headbands that you can find at any 2-bit boutique and doll her up :)
From allie on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 21:21:45 from 126.96.36.199
my mom always tells me (makes fun of me) that i was bald until i was 4. but i do have hair now so it all works out.
the fitness will return! you are doing great.
From Burt on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 21:37:38 from 188.8.131.52
Um, allie...nevermind. You didn't start chemo until you were 6, right?
Tue, Jul 19, 2011
At night before it was dark-dark. *So* tired.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 0.82
Wed, Jul 20, 2011
Around the neighborhood at night.
I feel like I'll never be un-tired.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
Thu, Jul 21, 2011
No running today. Elliott was up *all* night last night. We think it might be because of the two diet Dr. Peppers I had at dinner. Stupid, stupid, stupid. But to be fair, I didn't know that would happen.
From RAD on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 21:33:54 from 184.108.40.206
ugghhh...my baby was a caffeine sensitive baby too. SO frustrating and hard when you just want a little! Sorry :(
Fri, Jul 22, 2011
Still *so* tired. I went out for my little 1-mile loop, and as I was passing our house and about to go around the cul-de-sac a bug flew into my mouth. Usually I can be tough about bugs and not let them bother me, but somehow the idea of it got to me and I puked. I staggered into our house and puked again in the bathroom and some of it got on my shoe. Gross.
Here's a picture of Elliott. She was up to 8 pounds 9.5 ounces yesterday.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 0.86
From allie on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 02:27:03 from 220.127.116.11
elliott is adorable!
sorry about the puking :(
From Faceless Ghost on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 02:38:02 from 18.104.22.168
I thought it was funny.
From RAD on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 21:35:14 from 22.214.171.124
I can't blame you on the puke! You do have an adorable daughter though. Totally worth those sleepless nights :)
Sorry I missed you today! bye-wing said you had a green shirt on and I kept looking for a green shirt as I finished over and over and over again, but never found you!
Mon, Jul 25, 2011
Deseret News 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:57:01, Place overall: 439, Place in age division: 78
The distance was beyond my current fitness level, but I wanted to do this race for tradition since I've done it the last two years.
I started at the very back since I had been waiting in line at the start for a potty, so I got to pass people almost the whole way. It was neat for the first couple of miles to be able to see the big mass of people down the hill ahead of me - it reminded me of when I did the Country Music Half-Marathon and could see a sea of people filling the street. A little way in I saw someone wearing a "The Quiet Pirate" sign on her back, so I ran up to her and asked if she was The Quiet Pirate. It turns out it was bye-wing, and she said that RAD was ahead with the same sign. So I looked for RAD for the rest of the race, but she was way too speedy for me to catch. I loved the idea of signs, though - I vote we all wear FRB signs at all of our races so that we can meet each other.
I liked when the motorcycle escorts and the lying-down-bike guy passed. It made me want to be at the head of a race with a motorcycle escort someday. Maybe after I'm done childbearing I can find a race that's big enough to have motorcycles but small enough that it doesn't attract people who are fast. Or men. Because they only have motorcycles for the lead, right? Not for the male and female leads?
Since a 10K is out of my current range, I was really only happy for the first 4 miles. Then I wanted to quit (the race and running in general). My feet were killing me, and my legs were about out. But it was about when the race joins up with the parade route, and I felt all sorts of social pressure to not walk in front of the parade-watchers. And I tried to think of Elliott and how I want to set an example of not quitting for her. I can't say enough about how much I don't like that 200 E stretch, though, and the bit up toward the park is worse. Even when I'm in shape I hate it.
I did have a kind-of goal to beat my 2009 time (55:32). I was pretty much just in "finish" mode, but I thought that since I was faster in 2010 I'd be a little faster now even though I pretty much took the last 6 months off. But I didn't make it. Based on my splits and how I felt, though, I'm pretty positive that I would have been at least a few minutes faster if I had run just a little more in the last couple of weeks. Gosh - how many times do I need to learn the consistency lesson?
I wrote in my last year's race report that it was interesting to see how different I felt in 2010 compared to 2009. I was *so* sad at the race in 2009 - I had just left all my friends in Pennsylvania, and I felt really alone. One of the things that made me cry (I cried every day for at least a week after I moved (I'm not good with change)) was seeing all the people waiting for people at the finish line. I specifically remember a woman finishing and running over to her man-partner and baby. I thought it was really neat that they had been waiting for her. At the race in 2010 I was super happy to be with Eric and stuff. And even though I felt like crap (and stupid for doing too much), the end today was the best so far.
From allie on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 21:21:22 from 126.96.36.199
nice job, catherine. the last mile of that race is tough, but you hung on and finished it out just fine. you are comping back amazingly well. love the pictures!
From Lily on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 16:53:34 from 188.8.131.52
What a great write up. You keep it up with your running, eventually things will come back the way they once were. You'll see Catherine :)
From catherine on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 20:06:27 from 184.108.40.206
Thanks Lily and Allie :)
From RAD on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 20:19:49 from 220.127.116.11
Having someone there at the finish is by FAR the best part of running. I'm glad your race was so much better today than 09.
Sweet little Elliot is SO cute!
I am bummed I didn't get to see you, I bet you were finishing while Carolyn and I were in the runner's corral and starting to walk back and look for bye-wing.
I'm with Lily on the running - it will come back. Remember - a time and a season for everything. Right now is Elliot's time and season. Soon she'll be independent of you and you will have more time on your hands (and sleep) and it will all click again!
Oh, and I'm with you on that last parade stretch of the race. If I didn't have my pride I'd probably walk that as well! It STINKS!!!
From catherine on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 08:55:22 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks Rachel. And guess what? I looked a the comments to your race report last year, and I missed meeting you then too! For reals we should meet *next* year? :)
Tue, Jul 26, 2011
On a pretty bike path that parallels a little river.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
From allie on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 19:37:37 from 22.214.171.124
that sounds nice :)
Wed, Jul 27, 2011
Eric took Elliott to work today so that I could get some school stuff done at home, so I slept in a bit after helping get her ready to go and then went to the gym since it was pretty warm outside. Two easy miles on the treadmill. Felt okay, but my lower legs were a little sore from Monday.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 2.00
From RAD on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 20:20:53 from 126.96.36.199
Oh, you ain't jokin' girl! I still wince walking down stairs. Dumb downhill races that burn out my quads!!
Nice job getting some sleep and TM time in, even with sore legs.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011
It's nice that a mile feels super easy again. Still slow, but that'll change as I get more miles.
As I was out on my little loop through the neighborhood, a truck of guys passed and whistled. I flipped them off (I know - super uncouth), but my timing was a little off and they were already past me, and it looked more like I was directing the gesture toward an oncoming car. Now I'm afraid that it was someone from our ward. What if it was, and what if they recognized me and waved or something, and what if they think I gave them the bird in response? How embarrassing.
Elliott was 9 pounds and 1.5 ounces today, up to the 15th percentile from the 5th a few weeks ago. She's turning into a little tubber. :)
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
From allie on Mon, Aug 01, 2011 at 23:59:17 from 188.8.131.52
From jun on Fri, Aug 05, 2011 at 00:35:51 from 184.108.40.206
Bwahahaha. I did that years ago and had the same fear that the person might know me. I've reserved my flipping off for Matt and Scott since then. And Elliot is silly cute!
Mon, Aug 01, 2011
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
Tue, Aug 02, 2011
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.80
Wed, Aug 03, 2011
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.80
Thu, Aug 04, 2011
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
Fri, Aug 05, 2011
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 5.00
Mon, Aug 08, 2011
AM: I haven't run yet today, but last week I only posted my distances so I wanted to catch up on the blog part.
We were on vacation last week so Eric and I each had an easier time of getting out for our runs (check out his adventures over on his blog - http://facelessghost.fastrunningblog.com). I was excited to run all six days, but then with the driving home and everything I didn't make it out on Saturday. But I had good runs all the other days, and I'm looking forward to doing a little bit better this week. I also saw when we got home that I had dropped below 120 - I had kind of hit a wall for a bit, and I was convinced that the breastfeeding was actually making my body retain weight instead of being a magical weight-loss solution, so it was nice to see a change after several weeks of staying the same.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
PM: Today was my first day back at work. I was kind of excited to go back because I had been feeling antsy and unproductive at home, but I was nervous about missing Elliott. When I got to work I had a hard time for a bit because there wasn't a place for me to pump (there was supposed to be, and they fixed it later, but maybe I cried a little for a second (but in the privacy of my office and the bathroom)), but then Eric called after Elliott had gotten her 2-month shots. She was screaming in the background, and I completely lost it. But he took good care of her and she's fine now. She's lucky to have such a great daddy!
And I ran 3 miles at the gym after I got home.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From RAD on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 17:59:11 from 220.127.116.11
Ahhh! Great news all around! Excellent work Cathrine, and I'm glad you got a nice vaca as well.
Girl you are getting SKINNY! Your trip sounded like fun.
From allie on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 18:42:23 from 18.104.22.168
welcome back. looks like you guys had a great time!
From catherine on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 11:55:14 from 22.214.171.124
Thanks Rachel, Melody, and Allie.
From RAD on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 19:01:31 from 126.96.36.199
First day back at work is SO hard! Especially after such a great weekend. Glad daddy and Elliott were able to work things out together. She looks rather peaceful :)
From Bonnie on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 12:34:14 from 188.8.131.52
This is one of the sweetest pictures Catherine!! I hope this week goes smoothly for you.
Tue, Aug 09, 2011
On the treadmill at the gym after work. I'm really really grateful that it's easier to run now. I'm still not fast, and I dread going longer than 4-5 miles, but it's *way* better than it was a couple or few weeks ago.
I'm *not* grateful about my new weight-loss plan. After staying at about the same weight for about a month I decided it was time to be more proactive, so I signed up on myfitnesspal.com so that I could track (roughly, I guess, since it's not like I have one of those arm things like they have on Biggest Loser) my calories. The program gave me a number of calories to stay under in order to lose weight, and it's not very much. Monday I exceeded it by almost 1,000 calories, and today I decided to buckle down. I kept to the limit, but by dinner time I was super hungry and probably more than a little cranky (sorry, Eric). I'm going to try it for about a week before I decide whether to stick with it. But weight loss is supposed to be hard, right? If it weren't, we wouldn't have the obesity problem?
Really I just want to sit down with some Oreos and ice cream. Maybe Extreme Moose Tracks. Or anything Ben and Jerry's.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 2.00
From jun on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:24:37 from 184.108.40.206
My wife tracked calories (including buying a food scale) for several months and lost a ton of weight. She calculated the number of calories she could eat per day/per week so that she would lose 1lbs a week. Over twelve weeks she lost like 14 lbs. It really does work. Of course, now she's gained it all back thanks to baby #3 for her. Ha.
From catherine on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:36:44 from 220.127.116.11
Yeah...having babies messes up people's bodies. Thanks for the success story, though - I keep telling myself it'll be worth it when I don't have to haul the extra X pounds around.
From Carina on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:58:40 from 18.104.22.168
The joys of having babies! Be patient, it will come off. Losing weight is hard!!
From Burt on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 15:38:15 from 22.214.171.124
You make me laugh.
From catherine on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 15:44:54 from 126.96.36.199
Burt makes everyone laugh.
From Burt on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 15:47:43 from 188.8.131.52
From Lily on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 00:06:56 from 184.108.40.206
Carina is right, losing weight is HARD. You can do it. Remember the weight that comes off slowly is the weight that usually stays off. Go for it!
Your mileage will go up in time. All in due time dear :)
From catherine on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 01:35:06 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Lily :)
Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Day 2 of staying under the calories given by myfitnesspal.com. It wasn't quite as hard as yesterday, but I was a little more cranky by dinner. I skipped the cheese at lunch so that I could have a little bit of ice cream (1/2 cup of Ben and Jerry's) after dinner. That made me a little happier.
And three miles at the gym, with 2 quarters toward the end at my goal (for now) 5K pace.
Here's the video Eric sent me while I was at work today. He'd like me to clarify that when he says "Say hi to Mommy," he's talking about me and not him.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From Carina on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:13:13 from 18.104.22.168
What an adorable baby!!! Makes it all worth it :)
From Lily on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:51:01 from 22.214.171.124
She's a little doll. I need to come see her for sure. How about next week? I'll prvt mesg you. :)
From catherine on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 15:03:09 from 126.96.36.199
She *is* super cute! I love her so much.
Thu, Aug 11, 2011
Big fail day on the running front. Elliott was crazy fussy for Eric all day, and after I got home she was crazy fussy for me. She slept during our 45-minute walk, but after that she was fussy again. It was almost 11:00 by the time things were settled down, but at that point I wanted the half hour of sleep more than I wanted the run. I could have gotten it in by running instead of walking or by leaving work earlier or by just forgoing the sleep, but I didn't.
I was still under my calories today, but since I didn't run I didn't get to have the 2 glasses of milk I wanted after dinner.
Here's a picture of Elliott in the stroller.
From Bonnie on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:49:47 from 188.8.131.52
ahhh ... what a sweetie!! Good for you getting her out for her walk! Sounds to me like she likes walking ...
Don't you worry about that weight girl -I hit a major plateau from months 2-4, then I magically lost (no dieting!) about 6 pounds. Go ahead and eat that Ben and Jerry's :)
From RAD on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 13:06:50 from 184.108.40.206
What a cute little stinker! Sorry she rained on your run, but I think sleep is better :)
I'm with Melody don't worry too much about the weight. I stayed pretty stagnant with mine the whole time I was nursing and now with just a small diet change have dropped 7 in about 3 weeks. You may not be where you want, but just remember a time and season for everything. Now it's time to be there for Elliott.
From Lily on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 19:54:22 from 220.127.116.11
She's so sweet. If you guys ever need a babysitter, experienced Mama of 4 here that can help :) Serious.
Fri, Aug 12, 2011
From jun on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 13:01:56 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks so much for stopping by the hospital yesterday. It really meant a lot to us knowing you guys would go out of your way to see us. Emily felt bad that she was running around so much while you were there. She wanted to talk, but there just seemed to be a lot going on. Again, thank you so much for being there.
From catherine on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 15:52:20 from 22.214.171.124
No problem. I'm so sorry you guys have to be there. For sure let us know if there's anything we can do for you.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011
The pee problem is back. Stupid pelvic floor or whatever...
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 2.00
From Lily on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 12:37:50 from 126.96.36.199
Kegals!!!! Kegals!!!! Kegals!!!! Be grateful you don't have my poo problem. TMI, I know. (Google rectocele if you are curious though).
Wed, Aug 17, 2011
No running today. Yes, I'm a slacker. These days all of the stars have to align in order for me to want to go running. I've been super tired before and after work (but I'm quitting the full-time job in 2 weeks and will just be teaching a couple of classes (one online, one regular) this fall so that I'll have more time to spend with my cute little Elliott and on the dissertation that has to be finished before 2014 (and sure we'll be poor, but it's temporary)), and then sick, and there's the pee thing, and so...I haven't been running much.
But my sister joined the blog (part of the agreement in which I give her the Nike Frees that I hate)! So once she gets things up and running, please give her a welcome (http://bonsue.fastrunningblog.com)!
From allie on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 20:10:09 from 188.8.131.52
no worries about the running -- you are busy with a lot of things. just run when you can and when you feel like it and the stars will gradually align again. glad to hear your sister has joined the blog!
Fri, Aug 19, 2011
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From Lily on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 19:59:54 from 184.108.40.206
Missing you on the blog-o!
From allie on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 19:40:36 from 220.127.116.11
me too! hope all is well.
From catherine on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 12:08:54 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks, Allie and Lily. You two are tops.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011
Thu, Aug 25, 2011
Sat, Aug 27, 2011
BYU Law Alumni 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:26:44
A 5k at Eric's school. Almost the same course as the BYU Homecoming 5k. I wanted to sit down and cry on the uphill part, but we made it in with the first stroller.
There was a girl there with weird-looking Launches. It turned out that she had someone take the soles off, make it so there's zero drop, and add in some sort of 1,500-mile sole. Also that Jon guy who won Deseret News was there, and obviously he beat everyone by like 20 minutes.
I haven't been running much since I went back to work full-time, but next week is my last week of that. Also, it bums me out to run wearing a diaper. Not as much as having pee pants, but still quite a bit. I'm working on the kegels.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.10
From Lily on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 15:12:58 from 22.214.171.124
You did it and that's all that matters! :)
From allie on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 22:36:41 from 126.96.36.199
nice job, catherine! fun that you all got to run together. cute picture :)
From RAD on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 02:31:22 from 188.8.131.52
Nice race Catherine! Pushing a stroller is no easy feat - especially on the uphills!! I was just a few miles down the road, we should've met up for an after race treat :)
Good luck with your last week of work and getting rid of diapers AND pee pants! :)
From catherine on Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 11:01:55 from 184.108.40.206
RAD - Eric was pushing the stroller. :) And too bad I missed another chance to meet you! Someday...
Mon, Sep 05, 2011
I decided not to run last week. I was feeling really discouraged about my running issues, and it was my last week of working full-time and my first week of teaching my class at BYU, so I just decided to drop running from my list of things to do.
Speaking of my BYU class (sociology of gender), this semester is going to be harder than last semester. I have twice as many students, and somehow they seem to be a lot more conservative. Last semester I worried that I wasn't feminist enough. This semester I'm worried about the several students (male and female) who have said in class or in their papers that they don't think that women should get paid the same as a man for doing the same job.
After Eric got back from his "epic" ride with his brother, Elliott and I trotted out with the jog stroller. It was my first run pushing the stroller, and it went pretty well. I was a bit slower than normal, but I was glad to have the additional arm and core workout.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 115.40
From Bonnie on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 17:57:04 from 220.127.116.11
yikes! I am glad statistics is a little more cut-and-dry, it is difficult enough to teach without worrying about how conservative, or not, your class is. One of my favorite classes in college was Sex Stratification (I think we used the book, Women and Men in Society). The professor was so scattered and always came in a little late and a little harried. She was always traveling (she was a consultant with the world bank and lots of other places). I thought her life seemed so cool, it is one of the reasons I decided not to be a MD and instead decided to go into research ;-). Now that I am very much like her, I realize it is not as "fun" as it looked ;-)
From Kelli on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 22:44:26 from 18.104.22.168
Hmmm....interesting that some women would have that take when it comes to this class. My two nieces are here from AZ at BYU, one of them might be a bit like that. I bet she is in your class!!! (Kidding, there are so many students that is not likely!)
I took a Women's Studies class when I was in school at the University of Utah and we had to write a paper about what we would be IF we our current study was no longer a choice (so for me, what i would be if I was not studying to be a teacher). I wrote my paper on being a mom and I thought I was going to be lynched!!! Back then, it was all I wanted (I was already a mother to one child). Anyway, it can be a touch subject. I am sure it is a very different class at BYU than the U. ;o)
Now, if I could go back, I would have many more answers to that question (cause I have already been a teacher/still am and I am a mother to 5 so that one is checked off!) Oh the possibilities....but at the time, I just wanted to be a stay at home mommy!
From Jody on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 22:49:58 from 22.214.171.124
Interesting topic. I am with Bonnie, I work full time + some and travel and it is not fun. I live for weeks when I am home and with my family. However, as a women in the workplace - the expectations of women are higher than men. If a man chooses to leave early one day to spend time with his family - he is a good family guy. If a female does that, she can't balance work and home life. Sorry, on my soap box.
Good luck this semester, interesting topic, especially at BYU.
From Kelli on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 23:01:08 from 126.96.36.199
OH my, if anyone understands that topic, it is YOU, Jody!!! You are so busy AND you have the kids to take care on top of it. Being a working mom is no easy task, and you have all of that traveling on top of it (something many women, me included, could not pull off!!!)
From Jody on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 23:04:04 from 188.8.131.52
Interestingly enough, I just came across this article in the FW Star Telegram. This is what drives me absolutely crazy. Women want equality and I am all for it, but then we ask for more.... This is the problem - Equal is Equal, not equal is what ever I want...
Sometimes, we as a gender, do ourselves no favors...
From catherine on Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 00:36:49 from 184.108.40.206
Bonnie - Social statistics is my other favorite class to teach (though after this semester it might be my *only* favorite) because it's so straightforward. R-squared is the same for everyone, regardless of how they see the world.
Kelli - I think some students feel pressure to not say they want to be a stay-at-home mom even at BYU. On the first day of class I ask everyone what they want to be doing in 5 years, and hardly any of the women say they want to be an at-home mom even though it comes out later that there are many who are hoping for that instead of getting a job or going to grad school. I'm glad you got to reach both your goals!
Jody - That was an interesting article. I left my full-time job because after I had Elliott I needed more flexibility and the corporation I worked for didn't do flex time or telecommuting. Three of my male coworkers also had children during the past year. They asked for more flexible work schedules too, but they're supporting 3-5 kids each and can't quit or go part-time. Fortunately they each have stay-at-home spouses. Hopefully the efforts of women like those in that article will promote family-friendly arrangements that men can take advantage of so that they, too, can better combine work and family.
From Lily on Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 11:18:11 from 220.127.116.11
Wow, I'm glad I'm not the teacher. Messed up.
But on a good note, glad you got a 3 mile run in. :)
Tue, Sep 06, 2011
Wed, Sep 07, 2011
Another 3 miles with Elliott in the jog stroller. It was easier than Monday. I like pushing the stroller because I feel absolutely no pressure to try to go fast. Plus it makes my arms sore. That's good because I'm afraid that when Elliott gains a few more pounds I won't be able to carry her. My arms are *that* wussy.
And my class went better yesterday. I think that one of the articles I assign for the first day causes students to get more defensive than they normally would. Probably I'm going to drop it for future semesters.
And remember all the heartstuff? Tomorrow morning I go in for an attempt at ablation to fix the problem permanently. It's relatively minor for a heart procedure, but I'm still scared. It'd be great to not have to worry about it happening again next time I'm pregnant, though.
And I broke the 115-pound barrier. All of you who said that I'd eventually lose more weight (back when I was stuck at about 123) were right. I should have trusted you. :)
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
Thu, Sep 08, 2011
We went to the hospital this morning so that I could get the ablation thing done for my heart. But after trying for about 2 hours to induce the arrhythmia, the doctors decided that it wasn't going to happen. I was awake for about half that - it was pretty wild feeling them pump me full of stuff to get my heart up to 190 bpm while I was just lying there (and I think that that should totally count as a workout). So we might have to deal with the heart problem if I get pregnant again, but at least I know that for now my heart is super healthy.
In other news, we stepped into the cutest baby clothes store I've ever seen on the way home (I just have the effects of the general anesthesia, so I'm pretty much fine), and I wanted everything for Elliott. But there's no way I'm going to spend 70 dollars on an outfit (~100 if I wanted the shoes) that she's going to grow out of in a month and a half. Eric and I don't even spend that much on our clothes. (Okay, sometimes Eric gets an expensive pair of jeans, but it's because he's so tall and skinny that only a few brands fit him well. But he wears them for like 5 years.)
From RAD on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 23:49:38 from 18.104.22.168
Oh, I LOVE those stores, but hate them, because they make me feel POOR! Sorry (well, maybe) they couldn't get the heart arrhythmia to reproduce. It is nice to know your heart is good and healthy!
Sat, Sep 10, 2011
I went out for a jog with Elliott in the stroller and turned around after just a bit because of the bladder problem. Maybe I should ride the bike instead of running.
Anyway, as we were going home a car pulled alongside us and a girl took a picture with her phone. It was weird. Then the driver said, "Is that a real baby?" I said, "Do you mean am I walking around with a doll in a stroller?" She said, "Yeah." I waited for her to answer her own question. She didn't, so I said, "It's a real baby." She said, "Oh, I thought it wasn't real - I only saw it was real just a second ago." I said, "Okay." The passenger said, "You're a friendly one, aren't you." I said, "Your friend thought I was pushing a doll in a stroller." And then we continued home.
It makes sense to think that they were just trying to say that Elliott is cute. If that's the case, that was nice of them. But I think it's wrong for people to take pictures of people's children without asking. I also think that there's a difference between being matter-of-fact and being unfriendly, especially when strangers interrupt someone's walk of dejection (because of the bladder problem) to ask stupid questions.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 0.30
From peaks on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 14:54:30 from 22.214.171.124
That is a funny story! People can be so odd. (by odd I mean annoying) How old were they?
From catherine on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:48:38 from 126.96.36.199
I'm not sure - I thought they were my age, but they were probably younger - maybe around 25?
From peaks on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 16:11:58 from 188.8.131.52
that blows my "pesky teenagers" theory out of the water. ;)
Tue, Sep 13, 2011
Elliott and I walked Eric to his internship, and then we did 3 miles with the jog stroller.
At what point do I go see a urologist? I'm okay with waiting it out, but if I'm going to end up there three months from now anyway...
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
From RAD on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 01:59:11 from 184.108.40.206
I don't know hard/fast rules for that kind of thing, but if it is still causing you a lot of problems and you're sincerely concerned - call one! Just explain the situation and maybe set up a consult. If you've got good insurance coverage and/or can afford it, do it. It will make you feel better and maybe give you some answers. That is my 2 cents!
Nice job getting the miles in with a jogger - those do count a double :)
From Lily on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 15:36:33 from 220.127.116.11
I think if you're still struggling, maybe it's time to go? So sorry!
Mon, Sep 19, 2011
We renewed our gym memberships today. So I did three sets of knee raises and a mile on the treadmill in the cardio cinema to Juno. I like the gym. It's peaceful there.
And here's a picture of cute Elliott. She's growing up into a funny little girl.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
From RAD on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 01:01:23 from 18.104.22.168
funny how your perception of the gym changes after children :)
Nice work in the sweat box!
From catherine on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 01:02:46 from 22.214.171.124
Thanks Rachel! And yes, it's definitely different after Elliott. I even feel like work is a break sometimes. (I love Elliott to bits and pieces, though.)
From RAD on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 01:44:39 from 126.96.36.199
What a cute little thing!
Yes, I understand. Trust me...I've got 4 of them. Although I love them all and wouldn't trade them for the world there is a good reason I throw them in chuck a child for an hour or two a day to exercise. It is the only break I get!!
From jun on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:30:59 from 188.8.131.52
She is wicked-cute, that's for sure.
From Lily on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:42:16 from 184.108.40.206
She is adorable :)
I like the gym to.
Thu, Sep 22, 2011
Eric and I have been staying late in my office at BYU to get our studying/working done. So far we're both more productive there than at home, and when we're both studying at the same place we can take turns taking care of Elliott. So today I decided that I would run around campus a bit before we head back to American Fork. I really enjoy running around BYU. And Elliott likes hanging out in my office.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.00
From allie on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 01:55:19 from 220.127.116.11
looks like a nice set-up for everyone. elliott is getting big!
From RAD on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 13:01:58 from 18.104.22.168
How fun! It's nice to only have one kid - that stays in one place - so you can make stuff like this work!
From jun on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 23:41:18 from 22.214.171.124
You guys are awesome.
Thu, Sep 29, 2011
In the dark with Eric and Elliott. We didn't see Biscuit.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.25
Sat, Oct 01, 2011
With Eric and Elliott. We were going to go farther but I got scared about whether Biscuit or his goons would be on the bike path. I was kind of a scaredy-cat before, but now with Elliott I'm maybe a little irrational.
Afterward we went to Blue Lemon. I had some sort of pear chicken pecan salad. It was good but not great.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 1.25
Mon, Oct 03, 2011
I have a friend who wants to lose a lot of weight who just started going to the gym. She's gone every day for 3 weeks. It makes me feel like I should be more consistent. It's a lot easier for me physically, even with whatever issues I have. Plus I want to have toned legs again. And not keep 8 extra pounds every time I have a baby.
Brooks Launch - Blue Miles: 3.00
Tue, Oct 04, 2011
First time running two days in a row since mid-August. I was just going to do a mile, but when I got there I did 1.5, and then I decided I would do 2, but once you've gone even a step past 2 it's less than a mile to get 3. And on the pee problem - in case anyone's wondering, for now I've decided that my two options are to run with a bladder problem or not run at all. So there it is.
Eric and I have been talking about how we can get a little more time to work on the things we need to do, and today we thought of having someone come in our home while we're home for a few hours a week to entertain/take care of Elliott. So we can be there but not have to stop working when she starts to fuss. Any ideas about how to find someone for that kind of thing?
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
Wed, Oct 05, 2011
Today I really did just do a mile. I still have a bunch of grading I have to get done tonight, and I'm not prepared for my class tomorrow afternoon, so I opted to just put in an appearance on the treadmill.
Tonight we also figured out that we have over 550 ounces of breastmilk in the freezer. I'd try to donate some if it weren't so caffeinated (doesn't bother Elliott).
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 1.00
From jun on Thu, Oct 06, 2011 at 15:08:15 from 126.96.36.199
"if it weren't so caffeinated"
From Bonnie on Thu, Oct 06, 2011 at 16:49:30 from 188.8.131.52
I'd take some of that! I had to stop nursing last week bc my liitle guy hadn't gained much weight since the marathon. I was doing really well up until that point. Way to pump!!!
From catherine on Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 01:42:23 from 184.108.40.206
Melody - If you want some it's yours.
From allie on Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 16:35:43 from 220.127.116.11
nice job making an appearance. :)
very cute picture.
From Lily on Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 18:56:35 from 18.104.22.168
Thu, Oct 06, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 0.15
Fri, Oct 07, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 2.00
Sat, Oct 08, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.00
Mon, Oct 10, 2011
I went to my first Zumba class. Just for the last 30 minutes. It was fun, but I'm not sure yet how it's different from a dance aerobics class. I was afraid I'd be the most awkward person in the class, but I wasn't.
Then 3 miles on the treadmill in the cardio cinema to Return to Me. Not the best treadmill movie, but whatever.
Remember my friend who's trying to lose a lot of weight who goes to the gym every day and who inspires me to run every day? We're myfitnesspal.com friends and I noticed that she burns more calories walking for a half hour than I do running for a half hour. That doesn't seem fair. But it also doesn't seem fair if walking for her is the same effort as running is for me.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From jun on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 16:15:12 from 22.214.171.124
It's probably not fair that your your kid is cuter than hers (I am assuming she has a child), but that's life. I think you win. Ha.
From RAD on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 16:36:14 from 126.96.36.199
I'm with Jun! That girl is just too cute!
As far as the calorie thing goes, I'm sure it has to do with the weight factor. If she is trying to lose a lot of weight, she probably weighs a lot more than you do. That is how you can calculate your calories/hour/mile etc. is by using primarily your weight. I burn only 3 calories more per mile running a 7mm than I do a 9mm, but I burn more per mile than most women because I'm tall (read: heavy). I get 120 (approx) per mile where most women only get 100 or less. So, if she weighs that much more than you she will burn more at a slower speed/cardio than you will, just because she has more weight to move around. It's a perk of being tall (read: heavy) :)
Zumba is a bit of a novelty for me, fun occasionally, but only when I'm in the mood. Glad you are doing well on the TM miles and hopefully your 'problem' is getting better?
From Scott Wesemann on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 16:45:14 from 188.8.131.52
Wow, cute kid! Look at those eyes.
From catherine on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 06:02:05 from 184.108.40.206
Thanks, everyone! We like to look at her.
Rachel - no, the problem isn't better. I just decided that I'd rather deal with it than not run. And we have insurance again after the 18th, so I'll probably go to the doctor after that.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011
Maybe I ran too soon after eating dinner. Or after eating about a hundred candy corns. But I had a side ache the whole run and felt pretty sick for the last mile. Fortunately (?) I didn't puke.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
Wed, Oct 12, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 2.00
Thu, Oct 13, 2011
I didn't know if I'd feel like doing 3 miles today - I was up pretty late working on stuff, and then this morning our carbon monoxide detector went off while we were still sleeping (false alarm), so I got about 4 hours of sleep. But I wasn't too tired and Clueless was on.
I'm pretty sure we saw Sasha today on I-15 in Utah County. I waved but he didn't see me.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
Fri, Oct 14, 2011
Long day at work. The gym was almost closed when I got home, and I didn't want to drive to another gym like I did last Friday. And I'm afraid of running in the dark. So...there it is.
Sat, Oct 15, 2011
At the 800 N gym in Orem. Take the Lead was playing in the cardio cinema. I had never heard of it, but it kept me interested for all 6 miles. I even wanted to stay longer to see how it ended, but Eric and Elliott were waiting for me at Eric's sister's house. I did ballroom dance while I was at BYU and sometimes I miss it. Eric says he'll go with me but we haven't made it happen yet.
And...this week was my highest mileage week of 2011.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.00
From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 03:26:34 from 220.127.116.11
Good job this week.
And you can go ahead and tell people that the real reason we don't dance is that no one can handle my amazing moves.
From jun on Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 19:29:18 from 18.104.22.168
My mom was a folk dancer at the Y and taught me several ballroom steps when I was younger. I've wanted to take some formal classes with Emily since we've been married. Maybe once the dust has settled from having all these kids.
From RAD on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 15:50:16 from 22.214.171.124
awesome work this week! I love when you can get so caught up in something while you're running that despite any fatigue, you just want to keep going.
I hope you get back to ballroom soon, it is SO beautiful and graceful. No denying that I don't have that :)
From catherine on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 16:12:46 from 126.96.36.199
Thanks Eric and RAD. Jun - you and Emily and Eric and I should all go sometime. There's a place in Murray that has reasonably-priced lessons and then a dance after. With a band.
From RAD on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 16:22:46 from 188.8.131.52
Murray Arts Center, they are GREAT! Don't ask me how I know...I just do. No, I never did ballroom there. I did dance there for about 10 years, yes, classic ballet. No, don't ask to see pictures, it's not pretty!!! Like I said NO DENYING I don't have that.
From catherine on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 16:29:35 from 184.108.40.206
Do they still have pictures of ballet classes on the wall? :)
From RAD on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 16:31:35 from 220.127.116.11
What? No! They'd darn stinkin' better well NOT have pictures of ballet classes on the walls!!! I might have to get my legal team down there if they do :)
Mon, Oct 17, 2011
Tonight's going to be a really late night because I have to catch up on some grading before tomorrow, so I didn't really want to go run and I felt totally justified in staying home. But I remembered how RAD went running recently when she didn't feel like it, so I went so I could be like her. :)
On the way home I stopped by the grocery store and there was a kid on one of those big, tricked-out, low-rider bicycles. I was kind of making fun of him in my mind, especially when I heard that he had some sort of boom box (are there boom boxes anymore?) or bike stereo playing gangster rap. But then I saw his face and realized that he's someone's kid and I felt bad. I hope no one ever makes fun of Elliott, even if it's only in their minds.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From jun on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:21:52 from 18.104.22.168
Seriously, look at that photo. How could anyone make fun of your kid.
Speaking of kids, my sis-in-law had her baby yesterday. Little girl - Penelope. She was 9 lbs 4 oz. Big baby.
From RAD on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 14:02:27 from 22.214.171.124
She is such a beautiful little girl! I couldn't ever see anyone making fun of her.
Congrats on getting out and getting it done. Mind whining is the hardest thing to over come - I hope it's never as bad for you as it is for me! :)
From Lily on Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 23:21:01 from 126.96.36.199
Catherine she is seriously such a doll!
Tue, Oct 18, 2011
Wed, Oct 19, 2011
Thu, Oct 20, 2011
Some of the things that motivate me to run:
* Looking at the graph view of my mileage for this year and last
* Seeing lean people
* Starting to run and remembering that I really like it
* Seeing un-lean people
* Thinking about how I'll regret not running if I don't run
* Thinking about other people who are consistent runners
* Thinking about people I want to beat in races
* Thinking about race times I want to eventually get
* Looking at the scale :)
* Seeing pictures of myself when I was consistently running
* Thinking about all the things in my life I'm a slacker about
* Wanting Elliott to grow up with parents who run
Fri, Oct 21, 2011
Sat, Oct 22, 2011
Outside. It was really really nice.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
Tue, Oct 25, 2011
Yesterday was the first day in about 3 weeks that I didn't run. Boo for me.
Just a mile on the treadmill.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 1.00
From allie on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 20:04:54 from 188.8.131.52
your consistency has been great. love the picture!
From Bonnie on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 13:43:13 from 184.108.40.206
Oh my goodness, what a cutie!!!
Everyone deserves a little break Catherine! You have been doing so well!!
From RAD on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 13:47:06 from 220.127.116.11
You're doing AWESOME! How can you want to get out and run when you have that cute angel waiting at home for you?!? :) -okay, all mothers know the answer to that, but still :)
Wed, Oct 26, 2011
A half mile on the treadmill. The week (~5 hours of sleep/night) was starting to catch up with me.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 0.50
Fri, Oct 28, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.16
From RAD on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 00:49:23 from 18.104.22.168
Nice miles there girl! :)
From allie on Tue, Nov 01, 2011 at 12:07:17 from 22.214.171.124
good job, catherine.
From catherine on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 00:18:53 from 126.96.36.199
Thanks Rachel and Allie!
Tue, Nov 01, 2011
I was totally going to run last night. I even made it to the gym parking lot. But Elliott's 5 months old on Friday and I had decided that I'd stop pumping for her at 6 months and I was pre-sad about it and some people going into the gym saw me crying and then I was embarrassed so I went home.
But today in my class some students were talking about the Halloween Half and their times, and I thought to myself, "Self, you should have run that race." So I was all sorts of motivated to run tonight.
Speaking of running and babies, lots of times I feel sorry for myself because of all the fatness I got when I was pregnant. But the other day I noticed that I was only about 10 miles lower than Eric for the month, and I realized that he's had to sacrifice a lot too. I'm proud of him for still doing something every day, especially since most of the time it happens after midnight.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.65
From RAD on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 00:30:34 from 188.8.131.52
Those darn kids bring us more heartache than we can really handle sometimes. Sorry it scared you away from the gym. I've done a fair share of crying in classes and on TM's. I just pretend like no one cares even if they see me :)
Dads do make a lot of unseen sacrifices, glad Eric is a good man! You two are amazing parents raising one beautiful baby girl!!!
From catherine on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 00:33:56 from 184.108.40.206
Thanks Rachel. You're sweet. :)
From jun on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 10:16:34 from 220.127.116.11
Are you guys coming over the the Half Prego Half Marathon and 10k? We need to hang out again.
From catherine on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 10:58:33 from 18.104.22.168
Jun - I think so. I think Eric keeps meaning to email you.
From Faceless Ghost on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 13:45:26 from 22.214.171.124
Jun--yes, Catherine and I will be there. I'm planning to run, but if it's too cold I'll probably just eat :)
From Toby on Thu, Nov 03, 2011 at 19:12:29 from 126.96.36.199
Ummmm....fatness and 111 lbs don't go in the same sentence :) Don't be so hard on yourself! Enjoy the different "stages" motherhood brings. Nice run!
From catherine on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 01:48:31 from 188.8.131.52
Thanks Toby :)
Wed, Nov 02, 2011
I'm pretty sure that at some point my body is going to naturally not want any more Halloween candy. I'm all about being natural (much like the tarahumara), so until that happens I'm going to keep eating it. All day every day.
Three easy miles on the treadmill, but .10 at 6:00 twice during the last mile.
Elliott likes oatmeal.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From RAD on Thu, Nov 03, 2011 at 15:10:09 from 184.108.40.206
I love those first feeding pics :) She just has the most adorable, beautiful eyes!! I'm with you on the naturally not wanting any more candy, I think I should try that with ice cream too, good thing I'm already topped out on broccoli and yogurt! :)
Too cute. Don't be bummed about the stopping pumping. I know how you feel though. When the DR told me to stop nursing I was upset for a while. But it didn't last long and he is still super healthy and happy. And not waking up in the night anymore so I'm a lot happier too!
From catherine on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 01:48:05 from 220.127.116.11
Thanks Rachel and Melody.
Thu, Nov 03, 2011
Thursdays are like my Fridays because once I teach my class in the afternoon I don't have anything else I really have to worry about until Monday nights (my Friday/Monday job requires very little thought). And lately even Tuesday-Thursday hasn't been that bad because we have someone come over to watch Elliott for about 8 hours during the week, so I've actually been able to prepare for my classes. This means that often I feel like everyone else is taking care of Elliott more than I am, but I figure it's just until the end of the semester (when I quit the Friday/Monday job! Yay!).
Three easy miles on the treadmill, and Cold Stone for dessert (we got those discount coupons from Costco).
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From Nan on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 10:37:50 from 18.104.22.168
YES!! She got him!
From Bonnie on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 10:53:06 from 22.214.171.124
ha ha ha ... classic ...
From catherine on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 12:27:32 from 126.96.36.199
It was really gross. He took her out of her carseat and said, "I think she's poopy." Then he saw her leg and his shirt and the puddle in her seat.
From RAD on Sat, Nov 05, 2011 at 18:30:16 from 188.8.131.52
Oh, how I love this picture...priceless!
Nice job on the run and getting through the craziness until the semester ends!
Fri, Nov 04, 2011
I didn't think I'd run today - late night last night, early morning this morning, and then right after work we're heading to Orem to babysit Elliott's cousin so his parents can go to the BYU game. But I realized that I could run to meet a friend for lunch at Himalayan Kitchen. It was warm enough to run barefoot. My tummy was too full of yummy food to run back to work, though.
From RAD on Sat, Nov 05, 2011 at 18:31:00 from 184.108.40.206
I see 2 full and happy tummies in this post :) Warm enough for barefoot? I'm not sure 100 is enough for me to go barefoot. I'm a pampered princess in my shoes!
Sat, Nov 05, 2011
Gym was closed. I ran towards Cold Stone until Eric and Elliott picked me up.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 0.60
Wed, Nov 09, 2011
Last .25 at 6:31.
I went to Penn State for the PhD I haven't yet gotten (deadline:2014). I never went to a game and I hated campus on game weekends, but I still felt and appreciated Joe Paterno's influence while I was there. And Graham Spanier is a sociologist and demographer and plays the washboard (three things that make people cool). I'm sad about some of the decisions being made, though I know I don't know the whole story.
Anyway...tomorrow I'm going to see a urogyn for the pee problem. Sometimes I think that talking about the pee problem on a public blog is TMI, but then I think that sometime someone else trying to run with the same problem might read my blog and find it helpful.
And here's Elliott! She turned 5 months old on Saturday. I love looking through my posts over the past few months and seeing how much she's changed.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 2.25
From RAD on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 01:32:45 from 220.127.116.11
She seriously is SO cute!
This whole Penn state thing hurts my head :(
Good luck at the doc tomorrow!! I hope you get good answers, and not complicated ones.
From catherine on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 01:41:06 from 18.104.22.168
I wasn't trying to 1up you :). I'm excited to hear about your solution. Wish mine wasn't so complicated. Jet don't judge me if you see that I had an accident.
From catherine on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 09:44:05 from 22.214.171.124
I know you weren't! I really am very sorry about yours. And is it the kind of thing where it can't really be fixed until you're done having kids? And for sure no judgment...
From Bonnie on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 11:28:33 from 126.96.36.199
I think there are a lot of women with both of these problems ... I am a pee problem gal myself (happens when you get old too). Catherine, I have used a few non-surgical solutions, way too TMI for the blog, but if you PM me I will share ...
Sat, Nov 12, 2011
Spent a bunch of the day with Eric and Elliott at Jun's Half-Pregnant Half-Marathon. I was glad I wasn't running since (1) I don't like running in the wind, (2) I don't like running on trails that have big hills, (3) I'm not in shape to run a half-marathon, and (4) what to do with Elliott if Eric and I are both running? But there weren't any women running the half, so I totally would have won! Bummer. :)
It was a lot of fun to meet other people who like running, and the barbecue/Altra lovefest after the race at Jun's was a good time.
In between getting home, pumping for Elliott, and going dancing with Eric (yay! And he did great! We're planning on going again after Thanksgiving, so all you couples who want to be out dancing on the weekends should join us) I did a quick mile at the gym. Easy first half, 6:31 last half. I need to run more miles (to be able to run longer) and get stronger (to be able to run faster), so I figured I'd try to work on the getting stronger part in the time I had left myself.
P.S. On the pee thing - (1) totally should have gone to a urogyn sooner. We have a great non-surgical, non-pharmacological plan that will eventually include some sort of device. But (2) apparently there's some other pregnancy/delivery-related problem that has to get resolved first (not at all running-related, so I won't go into it here), so the fix is really at least a month or two away.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 1.00
From jun on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 14:28:09 from 188.8.131.52
A. Second best quote of the week - "the barbecue/Altra lovefest after the race at Jun's was a good time." It was totally an Altra Lovefest.
B. I think you've mentioned this before, but when you are talking about 'dancing' you mean ballroom, right? Once Emily is unpregnant we'd love to join. We've been talking for years about taking lessons and/or going dancing.
From catherine on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 14:32:28 from 184.108.40.206
Yes, ballroom. And swing (west coast swing and lindy, which aren't in the 10 dances that I think count as ballroom, but which still aren't probably what most people think when they hear that someone is "going dancing").
From catherine on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 14:36:26 from 220.127.116.11
And for sure let's all go after your baby comes and Emily feels like dancing. :)
From jun on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 14:49:46 from 18.104.22.168
Yes, let's definitely go. I've done a bit of ballroom and west coast swing before, but I'd need a refresher. We'll hit you guys up once Emily is back to normal.
From Lily on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:31:43 from 22.214.171.124
I hope you get it figured out and fixed. And as for Elliot, if you both ever need to run at the same time I will gladly watch her :)
Tue, Nov 22, 2011
On the treadmill at the gym. Bedtime Stories was in the cardio cinema. 30 seconds at 6:00 twice in the last half mile.
Yesterday was my last day at one of my jobs. I'm very very happy to be finished there. Onward and upward, I always say.
Kinvara 2 Miles: 5.00
From jun on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 20:01:32 from 126.96.36.199
Congrats on the transition. Way to get the miles. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
From RAD on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 00:23:33 from 188.8.131.52
I'd really like to run in a cardio cinema sometime. Might make a TM run worth it :) Hey, if you aren't out of town I'd love to have you join me Friday! Check out my blog or PM me for details.
Wed, Nov 23, 2011
Cardio cinema, Kate and Leopold. Interesting enough, I guess. Two bouts of 30 seconds at 6:00 in the last half mile.
Good luck to everyone running a turkey trot tomorrow!
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 2.00
Thu, Nov 24, 2011
SDRC Thanksgiving 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:24:51
My mom started a walk-run program about a month ago and decided that she wanted to register for this race with the goal of running the whole thing. Eric and I decided to run it too to show support and get a baseline as we go into the winter. And my swimmer brother ran it too.
Eric and I tried to start near the front (rightfully so for him, not so much for me) and tried to distance ourselves from the people talking about walking. The start was almost 15 minutes late, but once we were off it was a nice little course. My parents live in Bountiful so it was nice to be familiar with the streets. My goal was to be under my time from a 5k in January 2010 (24:20) because I figure I'm somewhere around there fitness-wise right now, and I think I was close (I'm not sure about my exact time because the finish line clock was at least 5 minutes off and I forgot to stop my garmin right away and I can't find if the results are posted anywhere). My splits were 6:59, 8-something, and 8-something. I missed getting a pie (I ended up 4th in my age group) by about 30 seconds. I probably would have tried harder if I had known it would have been that close.
As with all of my post-pregnancy runs, it was a bummer to see how far I am from where I was. But it was also encouraging to see that, even given my inconsistency, I'm improving. And I know more now than I did last year, so hopefully it will take me less time to get faster.
And of course it was fun to run with my family. Elliott and I wore the matching purple running shorts Eric bought us while I was pregnant, my mom made her goal of running an entire 5k for the first time ever (go Mom!), and my brother was 4th in his age group too (a bigger accomplishment than my 4th place because he had the high school cross country people in his group).
Kinvara 2 Miles: 3.10
From Lily on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 23:47:28 from 184.108.40.206
How fun and definite improvement. You are going to be back where you were in no time. I just know it. Love the purple shorts!
I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)
From RAD on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 00:06:15 from 220.127.116.11
What an awesome race! I love your matching shorts :) I'm glad you feel good about your improvements even though it may not be as much as you want.
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope to see you guys tomorrow!!
From Kam on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 00:35:01 from 18.104.22.168
It's coming back for you, Catherine. Nice race! It was so warm, and wind-free.
From Kelli on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 17:32:30 from 22.214.171.124
Nice job, running with the family is a good tradition to have! And you all did great! You are doing very well post baby! I did not even start running until after I had 4 kids.
It was nice to meet you guys this morning, Elliot is adorable! I miss babies.
From Bonnie on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 22:06:02 from 126.96.36.199
Great job Catherine, you are making tremendous progress -- as is Elliott (she just gets cuter every day!).
From Smooth on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 22:23:58 from 188.8.131.52
GREAT race! CONGRATZ on the improvement post-babt and to the whole family! Bummer about so close to winning a pie!
It was so nice to meet you this morning. Elliott is adorable!!! Those matching shorts are so cute. It won't be long when you, your mom and Elliott will be doing a three-generation race together! :)
From catherine on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 23:17:38 from 184.108.40.206
From Tara on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 20:25:18 from 220.127.116.11
Nice job! Coming back after pregnancy is never easy. Good job getting back out there!
From catherine on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 20:31:38 from 18.104.22.168
Thanks Tara! I'm lucky to have the examples of so many women on the blog who have been amazing at running between and after having children.
Fri, Nov 25, 2011
Eric and I (and Elliott) met up with RAD, the QP, and several other runners from the blog this morning for a nice out-and-back. It hadn't gotten so windy yet, so the weather was almost perfect (for November). I'm really glad we went - it's fun meeting other FRBers, and I always love running with Eric.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.00
From allie on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 00:27:21 from 22.214.171.124
great to see you this morning. glad you and eric could enjoy a run together with elliot. you're a whiz with that stoller!
From Chad on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 11:22:10 from 126.96.36.199
Your little guy is so cute! It was good to meet you and wow, I'm already on your "FRBers I've met in real life:" list. You're quick.
From Kelli on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 11:34:17 from 188.8.131.52
Elliott is a little trooper! SO ADORABLE!
From RAD on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 17:08:13 from 184.108.40.206
It really was a perfect running weather day, especially for November!! Elliott really is the cutest thing ever. I love that you were able to bring her. It was nice to meet Eric too!
From Steam8 on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 22:32:00 from 220.127.116.11
Elliot is adorable! It was so fun to meet you and your hub. There was quite a buzz about you having a baby a few months ago on here and I didn't know who you were. Seeing little Elliott made me so baby hungry...I really want one more...but, my hub says, "no". Enjoy every second, it goes by waaaaay too fast!
From catherine on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 23:20:03 from 18.104.22.168
Allie - Thanks! Mostly I'm afraid of crowding people with it, so I try to keep a big buffer zone.
Chad - Thanks! But she's a girl. :)
Kelli, RAD, and Steam8 - Thanks! We hope she stays cute. But we'll love her even if she doesn't. :)
From Chad on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 12:00:02 from 22.214.171.124
Elliott is just adorable. I'm glad I got to meet you and your hubby and see Elliott, even if it was just for a few miles.
Hope to see y'all when I make it back again next time.
Sat, Nov 26, 2011
At the gym. I really really like The Devil Wears Prada. It makes me hope that someday I can buy all the clothes. Then I feel shallow for hoping that. Plus, Anne Hathaway is probably 2 inches taller than me, so it's not like I'd look the same in all the clothes anyway.
Highest mileage week of the year! :P
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.00
From Lily on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 23:37:43 from 126.96.36.199
I love that movie too. I need to tell the gym on 8th north to update their cinema movies. Please tell me how to embed a picture. I've tried copy and pasting html codes from flikr and picasa web using the insert image icon. I'm technologically retarted on this site.
From jun on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 13:44:09 from 188.8.131.52
Emily watches it at least once a week. I tolerate it.
Runningafterbabies, usually there will be a 'direct link' associated to the picture. You copy that one and then click on the "add photo" icon in the menu bar and paste it in there. You'll probably have to resize it once it loads into your post. Just click and drag a corner down.
I can create a job aid, if you want.
Mon, Nov 28, 2011
Today was the first Monday in a few months that I haven't had to drive Elliott to/from Bountiful before/after working a long day. Yay! (But my mom misses taking care of her.) Three miles in the gym in the afternoon.
We had our physicals tonight for our life insurance applications. I wore my cascadias because I'm afraid of having a higher premium because my BMI is lower. I wish they'd go by % fat or something.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From Smooth on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 02:38:25 from 184.108.40.206
That is one SWEET picture!!!
I hear ya on the BMI thing that life insurance based off on...very lame!
From catherine on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 00:48:54 from 220.127.116.11
And it doesn't make sense for tall or short people. :/
From Chad Robinson on Fri, Dec 02, 2011 at 03:26:39 from 18.104.22.168
I need lead boots to get my BMI up for life insurance. We had to shop around a bit to find one that wasn't tight on the BMI requirement.
From catherine on Fri, Dec 02, 2011 at 03:39:38 from 22.214.171.124
Chad - I'm glad you found one! I'm still super annoyed at how much extra I would have had to pay over the term of the policy if I hadn't been able to get in their stupid "normal" range.
Tue, Nov 29, 2011
On the treadmill at the gym. A little too soon after eating. But the soup I had for dinner was so good that I didn't mind and I'm even looking forward to having it tomorrow (for the third day in a row). For reals. Here's the recipe.
2 cans diced tomatoes (including liquid)
2 cans chili beans (drained)
1 diced sweet potato (but we'd probably do 2 if we made it again)
1 cup corn
1 chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped/minced/whatever garlic
1.5 tbsp chili powder, 1.5 tsp cumin, 2 tbsp brown sugar
Everything goes in the crock pot for awhile.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From Smooth on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 01:26:00 from 126.96.36.199
Mmmmm, that soup looks yummy! :) I think I'll make that tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
From catherine on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 17:36:07 from 188.8.131.52
Smooth - I hope you love it! You can mess with the seasonings a bunch - I like things a little sweeter, but if Eric were making it he'd put less (or no) sugar in and more chili powder.
Wed, Nov 30, 2011
Super lame about all the cold tonight. Three treadmill miles.
About halfway through I got some kind of nerve-ish pain in my right bumcheek. I finished my planned 3 miles, but over the next couple of days I'll have to figure out if I just need to stretch more or if I'm increasing mileage too quickly. Since quitting the church job my goal is 20 miles/week for probably a couple of months while I get my body used to running consistently. I feel like 20 miles isn't too big of a jump even if I wasn't running at all (but I was running some), but maybe it is. Or maybe it was just one of those random still-lactating-and-so-still-have-loose-joints (that's real, right?) pains.
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
From Burt on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 22:14:37 from 184.108.40.206
I get so embarrassed when I come to your blog.
From catherine on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 22:18:01 from 220.127.116.11
Because I talk about lactating? Or because the pictures I post are cuter than the pictures you post? Or because you know that if you visit my blog you'll have to comment and then I'll visit your blog and read about how you did a two-handed point, and really that's probably one of the most embarrassing things someone can do?
From Burt on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 22:27:49 from 18.104.22.168
All of the above.
From catherine on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 22:31:00 from 22.214.171.124
That sounds like sciatica to me. It is a nerve that runs right down your bum and can get triggered by a lot of different things. Having babies triggers mine.
From Burt on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 15:12:52 from 126.96.36.199
Interesting. Cat just had a baby. We may be on to something.
Thu, Dec 01, 2011
All I wanted in the world tonight was to not go to the gym. I think mostly because I lost my keys yesterday and I didn't want to have to ask for a new tag thing. And also because I was tired. I was going to wait until Elliott was asleep, and then I got distracted by something else, and then she woke up, and then I was going to go after she was asleep again, and then I looked for my keys for awhile, and finally I was able to haul myself out the door. As I was leaving I said, "I could already be asleep by now." Eric said, "Yes, and even having finished your run." By the time I got to the gym I only had time for 2 miles before they closed. But at least it was no big deal getting a replacement pass.
No bumcheek pain (must have been a fluke), but some calf pain that just felt like normal running-muscle growing pain.
Speaking of weight (like I was earlier this week), I saw this on my cousin's husband's facebook page and thought it was funny:
trick is to keep losing weight until your friends and family ask you if
you've been sick. then you know you're within 10 pounds. if they start
whispering to each other, wondering if you've got cancer or aids, you're
within 5. When they actually do an intervention, you're at race weight."
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 2.00
From allie on Fri, Dec 02, 2011 at 18:06:15 from 188.8.131.52
hahaha. i like the quote. and i always love the pictures you post. so cute!
From RAD on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 at 17:13:17 from 184.108.40.206
I was laughing so hard! When I was within 5 pounds of my ideal running weight before baby my mom told me I was too 'skeletony' - so yup. I believe it!
Glad you got out the door - even if it was late! I'm not sure I could take my eyes off that Sleeping Beauty :)
Wed, Dec 07, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 1.00
Sat, Dec 10, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 2.00
Mon, Dec 12, 2011
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.00
Tue, Dec 13, 2011
At the gym on the treadmill. I got distracted by that Toddlers and Tiaras show. Scary stuff.
This is our last week before going on vacation. I've got some mad grading to do, and Eric has two finals. But next week we'll be running around in California!
Oh - and we both got the best rates for our life insurance policies. Those Cascadias have sure come in handy...
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 3.50
From RAD on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 00:02:08 from 220.127.116.11
Hope you all are having a nice, warm time in CA!!!
Oh, and I agree that Toddlers and Tiaras is scary! YIKES!