Thursday, December 30, 2010

Full Circle

 

2009 did not end well for me.  I experienced my second miscarriage (eerily, a year after my first one) and was completely out of sorts.  I questioned many things at that point and did not feel completely whole at that point, believing that I was just terrible at the whole  baby incubating thing.  Way to feel like a woman….. January was a rough month for me, and I took solace in running.  Whenever I was feeling down, which was a lot, I just went down to my basement and hopped on my trusty treadmill.  It cleared my head for a little bit and was great for my marathon training.

Throughout the whole winter, I trained for Boston.  I am SO SO very lucky to have run this race four times now.  Honestly, training for the marathon was the only thing that kept me going over those months.  Looking back, I never realized how truly anguished that I was.  But, the reality of this training schedule kept me focused,  and I plugged away at it.

Running with Rich Brrr!!! But I love cold weather running!

February came along, and I continued to focus on my marathon training. My first test came at the Hyannis Half Marathon, where I ran somewhat of a frustrating race.  I ended up finishing in 1:46, which was perfectly fine,  but I never felt like I really pushed it.  Apparently, my gut was correct as I crossed the half at the actual marathon in 1:44.  Hyannis was great though, as many friends were there and we went to the British Beer Company afterwards.

Along came March, a trip to Mexico, the start of a back injury and some warmer temps- it was a good month!  In retrospect, the back injury probably aided my day, as I tapered and cross-trained a little earlier than planned.

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I guess that  should be proud of myself that there is a big bottle of water on my table in this picture and not a  big pitcher of margaritas!

April arrived and I wrote down goals for the marathon. It worked, and I had the RACE OF MY LIFE!  I still cannot believe that it worked out so well.

IMG_0135Leann and I right before the race

 

Adrienne JR Livy and Charlies 

Smiling in Framingham

 

Adrienne Marathon

Still smiling right before the Newton hills

Bill and Adrienne Boston 2010

With Bill after the finish!

May arrived, and I worked with my Learn to Run students and ran with Liz for the last part of her first marathon…. I thought I was a little off that morning…. because later that week

Adrienne and Liz

 

I discovered that I was pregnant. 

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So crazy- I really did not think that it would happen again so soon.  I lived nervously for a few months and continued to run along.

 

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My favorite running partner!

Adrienne Mac and Colleen

Hingham 4th of July Race with Mac and Colleen-my last race as a secret pregnant lady

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End of the Summer Classic- August in Bare Cove Park

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Running in Hyde Park, London, with Courtney

Adrienne 25 Weeks

25 Weeks- After treadmill run in Geneva

Adrienne 29 Weeks

29 Weeks at home

And now….. I have come full circle from my emotional state a year ago.

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Today- 37 Weeks…. and still walk/running/yogaing/spinning…

Yes, I think I have dropped. Baby Ramsey is ready!

2010 started off terribly.  Yet, it ended up being one of the best years of my life personally and professionally.  It became a year of new beginnings and new hopes, which was completely unexpected.  I learned a great deal about myself this year, lessons that I hope will carry me through 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Playlist #2

Here is tomorrow's playlist.... Very bittersweet as this is the last one that I will make for quite a few weeks as tomorrow is the last class that I will teach before I have the baby.

Let the River Run 3:42 Carly Simon

Fantasy 3:48 Earth Wind and Fire

My Vision (feat. Jakatta) 3:45 Seal

I Gotta Feeling 4:49 Black Eyed Peas The

Somethin' Special (Beijing Olympic Mix) 3:06 Colbie Caillat

One More Time 5:21 Daft Punk

Viva la Vida (Workout Mix) 4:35 Julian Marshall

Amazing (Kaskade Remix) [Bonus Track] 6:34 Seal

4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) 4:05 Madonna

Brand New Day 6:20 Sting Brand New Day Rock

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year’s Playlist #1

One of my favorite things about teaching Spinning is the themed playlist.... With only two Spin classes left before maternity leave for Spinning starts, I have created two playlists to close out 2010. Here is #1, which is a little more pop heavy than the one I will use on Thursday morning.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Getting Rid of the Negativity

 

I think that my stress levels are starting to really get to me.  Today, I swore in front of my parents.  First, I never ever ever swear.  Honest to goodness!  It is just not me.  Next, if I were to swear, it would not be in front of my parents over whether or not a brand new baby dresser would fit in my car. 

Looking back at my last few posts, I realized that I have been very negative lately.  I am certainly not a Suzie Sunshine, but I do not fall into the Debbie Downer category either.  However, all I seem to do on my blog lately is complain about being pregnant although I have been SO incredibly lucky with this pregnancy.  After two years of trying to conceive and two miscarriages, I was certain that I was doomed to have a rough pregnancy.  However, there has been no morning sickness, no complications and so far, knock on wood, a really healthy baby.

My due date is less than one month away, and I can now start to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.  Instead of freaking out that running is really hard right now, I can focus on the fact that it should get a lot easier next month when I am not 9 months pregnant.  Instead of freaking out about the marathon, I can maybe take it easy on myself, and just try to run to finish like Liz suggested.  Instead of lamenting the loss of my fitness, I can start focusing on how my body has done something rather amazing over these past nine months.

New year, new attitude- I need to get rid of this negativity and start creating my own positive energy.  

Monday, December 20, 2010

Total Freak Out at the Gym Yesterday

Yesterday, my husband and I headed to the Planet Fitness for our Sunday tradition as of late. I had already walked/run 2 miles with Cisco during our morning jaunt(he had very important things to sniff while we were out), so my plan was to hit the treadmill and see what happened.

My groove was never present from the start. All my thoughts were consumed my the fact that my due date was exactly one month away. It is amazing and scary all at once. My emotions ranged from being thrilled to finally meet this little person to trepidation that I will be someone's mother. Because of the range of emotions, I never really felt like I zoned out on the treadmill yesterday, something that I am normally rather good at. Give me the feel of the belt, an I Pod Shuffle and a few televisions to glance at, and I am typically all set.

But, my pending due date was also on my gym partner's mind as well, and he almost demanded that I take it easy. I keep reminding him that any effort is taking it easy at this point comparative to how I used to work myself out, and that I too am not hoping to see the child fall out of me at the gym. Even though he was a few treadmills away, for the sake of not feeling his eyes on my back and my console the entire time, I decided to continue with the walk/run theme. I alternated a tenth of a mile fast walk with a half mile run at a 9:20 pace. I continued on my merry way for a little over an hour, completing about 6.5 miles.

Which led to my second total freakout- Boston is April 18, 2011. That means that Boston is less than 4 months away. I have to run 20 more miles then! Dear heavens..... I am just not sure how I can do that. Normally, one runs consistently and sees improvement. I have been running for the past 8 months and only seen decreased fitness, which is cleary not the upward trend a runner hopes for.

I had to ask myself- is trying to run a marathon three months postpartum just insane at this point? I have never been through this before, so I do not know. The only thing that I do know is the New Year hitting and Boston training kicking off. I am a girl who craves routine, savoring its familiarity. How will I fare with a huge life change if my life has no resemblance to normalcy?

Monday, December 13, 2010

I think the Arc Trainer hates me....

Week 35, and I can still run. However, I have come to the realization that running two days in a row just is not worth it at all anymore. I hurt in places that are not blog friendly to write about.... But, one day off, and all seems to be fine with the world, and I am able to go back to it.

But, I do need some other forms of cardio besides running and spinning, so I have been a bit more receptive to the other crazy machines that exist at the gym. I feel as if my need for them now is penance for all those years of my snobbery towards them and their users. I admit it- I mocked them both and felt a little righteous as I hit the treadmill to run. Now, I have been put in my place.

My goal for the weekends is to get in at least one long cardio workout, meaning a workout of more than an hour. The thought is that these long workouts will keep some level of fitness until Baby Ramsey arrives into the world and I have to face the reality of Boston. Somehow, I managed to get in two long workouts this weekend. But, I had to be creative and use multiple machines to achieve it.

Saturday, I taught a one hour Spin class and then I headed to the cardio deck. I did my customary zippy elliptical routine for a half hour, just trying to ignore the numb feet that I seem to gain from the elliptical machine. (I have tried everything to get this feeling to stop, but nothing seems to work!) Then, I thought I would be bold and investigate the Arc Trainer.



I spent another half hour on the Arc Trainer, and I still do not get what I was doing.... namely, because the distance that showed up as being completed just seemed so low to me.... really, one mile in 20 minutes???? I can still run faster than that. However, the settings were for the hills and maybe it was the machine? But, the big seller was that my feet were not numb! The pins and needles that the elliptical brings on were not present.

Sunday, my husband and I returned to the gym. I hit the treadmill, getting in a solid hour run at a 9:30 pace. I do get bored with the pace, but I am honestly not sure if I can handle much more now. Then, I returned to my new nemesis for an additional half hour. It is not the machine- I tried a new one. For some reason, I am just really really slow on the Arc Trainer. Very demoralizing, but at least my feet are not ready to fall off from numbness.


Moral of the story- the Arc Trainer hates me. I deserve it though for all my years of snobbery.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Six Weeks from Now

Six weeks from now, my due date will have passed. I am still in a little bit of denial that I am about to have an actual baby. It should not be such a shock as my life is filled with signs of this reality. My stomach is larger than it has ever been, and there are unopened boxes containing high chairs, pack N' plays and carseats scattered throughout my house. Yet, I still have not set up the nursery, and today, I decided to squeeze into my prepregnancy pants to see if they still fit. (Verdict- yes, I can button and zipper them under my stomach so off to work I went in them. BTW, this is nothing to be proud of, just the result of my anti-maternity clothes lunancy.)

Six weeks from now, my life will start to return to normal while at the same point be completely turned upside down. My running has been so/so lately, and I am excited to return to working at it. However, I know that I will have a little friend (and Cisco) by my side as I start to push my body back into shape. I am SO excited to be an athlete again, but so nervous to face the reality of how much fitness I have lost over these past eight months. But, I cannot wait to sweat really badly and hurt. My little bundle of joy will arrive in this world at a time when it will be a bit too cold to hit the roads with the Bob stroller. Thus, I hope Baby Ramsey likes the sound of the treadmill. I am starting to wonder how many miles I will place on my home treadmill over the winter months.

Six weeks from now, I will embark on a whole new adventure. Needless to say, I am ready.

Friday, December 3, 2010

2011 Race Calendar

I am in full on nesting mode at this point.... I have just about 6 weeks until the baby arrives, and I cannot stop cleaning and throwing things away. The spray bottle and rag have been my constant companions. Next weekend, we are getting both new windows and new rugs, and I anticipate that moment at it means that we can finally set up the nursery furniture. After two plus years of trying to stay pregnant, it is hard to believe that this baby will be a reality. I am getting a tad bit excited needless to say.

I have had a great pregnancy. It has been rather uneventful, and Definitely, I am also ready to not be pregnant as I spent all of 2010 recovering from a miscarriage, training for Boston and being pregnant. 2010 has been the year that my body has not been mine, and although I plan on nursing, I hope to reclaim it a bit post-birth.

I am also angsty to start organizing my life for after the baby and have started to think about the 2011 race calendar. This upcoming year will not be competitive, but rather a return to normalcy.

Here are the races so far on my schedule. Mary will be coaching me so I do not hurt myself as I prep for the big day, so there might certainly be more.

April 19th: Boston Marathon (in other words, go big or go home! On a side note, I think I am the only runner that has not received a confirmed entry yet, and I think the lovely ladies at the registration office are tired of me calling once a week to ask about it!)

May 20-21: Reach the Beach Realy- Wachusetts to Westport (I am part of an all female team called "Eat, Pray, Run". Two notes- I have not told my husband that I signed up for this race yet. I also am wondering if my teammates will mind me bringing an infant and the Bob with us in the van if I am still nursing.)

June 26: Cohasset Triathlon (This race will be for pure fun and not competitive. I am a wannabe triathlete, but have not committed the time to training for the sport. However, I love the idea of being one, and have done this race a few times for fun.)

I only have three races so far on the schedule, but I am so excited to get back to it!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Turkey Trot recap and a Joyful Playlist

 

This year’s annual Turkey Trot in Hingham has come and gone.  Although our July4th race here is my favorite, I do love running this race.  The course starts at the high school, meandering into Wompatuck State Park.  Because I am a female and it is a state park, I do not receive the opportunity to run on its trails very often despite its close proximity to my house.

My husband dropped me off at 7:25 for the 7:30 start and off I went.  I wanted to start out slow, which was not a problem as the crowd was thick, and I purposely started at the back knowing I would not be pushing it today.  I hit the first mile in 9:40 according to the mile marker, which was perfect for where I needed to be.  Mile two came at 18:50- a little speedier, but perfect for me these days.  According to the time clock when I crossed the finish line, it was about 28:40.  However, when checking my results later online, it said I finished in 29:23???? The former and future competitive runner in me certainly feels aggravation by this confusion, but I realize that I should just be happy with an under 30 minute 5K at 32 weeks pregnant. 

I am quite joyful for the fact that I am still running right now, and I tried to reflect this spirit in my playlist for this weekend.  Christmas music is bombarding the airways, and I shamelessly love every minute of that.  However, I realize that Spin class to Christmas music might become a bit tedious.  I tried, though, to pick songs that reflect positivity and the theme of joy present in the season…. while adding a few holiday tunes in of course!

Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat)    3:10    Jason Mraz   

Rise    4:24    Samantha James   

Love Generation (Featuring Gary Pine) [Bob Sinclar Radio Edit]    3:32    Bob Sinclar & Gary Pine   

All I Want for Christmas Is You    4:03    Mariah Carey 

Unspeakable Joy (Razor N Guido Remix)    4:08    Kim English   

Angels Eyes    6:21    Ghostland   

Sean Kingston - Beautiful Mashup    4:43    DJ Earworm   

Raise Your Glass    3:23    P!nk   

All Around the World    3:34    Lionel Richie   

Christmas / Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental)    3:25    Trans-Siberian Orchestra   

Still Still Still    4:06    Kaskade   

I Just Want to Celebrate (Mocean Worker Remix)    5:01    Rare Earth   

I Feel Love (Blue Man Group Radio Edit)    4:06    Blue Man Group   

Fairytale of New York    4:35    The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl    (This song is not that positive, but may be one of my favorite Christmas tunes)

O Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night (Instrumental)    4:19    Trans-Siberian Orchestra    Christmas Eve and Other Stories    Holiday      

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is the Experiment Coming to an End?

Tomorrow could be the end of my little experiment with pregnancy and running. As I have progressed through the months, my motivation to run was the annual Hingham Turkey Trot. My inner thoughts kept focusing on this race, and that reason came out of my mouth whenever anyone asked me how long I planned to run until. Well, tomorrow is that day, and I am sad that it is eminent. I wonder what I will use to motivate myself.

The secret is that as much as I have complained about being slow, crotch pain and so forth, I actually have looked forward to running throughout these past 32 weeks. It has made me feel more like myself, and sweat remains cathartic for my mind. Spending that time on the the treadmill is a purge of sorts, allowing me to melt some of the anxiety that each week of pregnancy brings to me.

As the weeks have progressed, I have come more to terms with my changing body and embraced my new running for what it is- pretty awesome. I gave myself a figurative pat on the back when I completed 7 miles this past Sunday, and I bounced out of bed at 4:30 this morning excited to run. This part of my life helps me in a way that nothing else really does. Am I willing to give it up for the remaining weeks after I finish the race tomorrow? I am not ready for this journey to end, so perhaps that is my answer.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New York, New York

 

Right now, I am inspired by all the things I cannot really do.  Like run marathons…. and drink fall beers which are just so very good…..

This past weekend, the New York City Marathon occurred.  NYCM has a super special place in my heart as it was my first.  Honestly, if I did not have that experience, who knows if I would have done more? 

I have only completed one small marathon- Hartford.  And, on that day, we randomly managed to run with Dean Karnazes as he completed 50 marathons in 50 states, and Leanne, Jen and I ended up on the marathon homepage (and we still are).  Needless to say, we received a lot of excitement for a small marathon.

Adrienne, Leann and Jen

We look so happy there…. as it was just at the start. 

But, what am I wearing around my neck!

But, back to New York.  Following the race this weekend, I was brought back to my own journey to the marathon.  That day in 2005, I became a marathoner.  It was an achievement that I never would have thought possible. Thus, every year since, though I have yet to return to the race, I am excited for the event.

Last Sunday, I tracked Liz and Ryan who were both running their first NYC marathons.  (Liz is my buddy, and Ryan is my colleague’s husband.) Both Liz and Ryan ran great races, and it was great to see their hard training be so successful.  I think there may have been a fist pump in my kitchen by myself after I knew of their separate finishes. Clearly, I also loved watching Massachusetts girl Shalane Flanagan kick butt and earn second place.  The women’s race was so intense, and I felt like a super geek checking the twitter and blog feed on it.

In other words, I was living vicariously and perhaps a little enviously.   I realized how marathons offer us all a way to concretely chase our dreams. They give us the opportunity to honor ourselves and our human bodies. Marathons give us some confidence that we do have something remarkable inside. 

Oh, I love marathons. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Coming to Terms….

I have been so lucky with this little pregnancy experiment- KNOCK ON WOOD! (Seeing that I still have 2 plus months to go, I cannot be jinxing myself.)  No morning sickness, no major issues except for suspected placenta previa that seems to have cured itself….  and, I am still running… and spinning….. but not doing much yoga which I thought I would end up doing a ton of.  I have always admired those mystical women in articles who tout yoga as the key to their pregnancies and deliveries, but have made zero effort to become zen like as they are.

Certainly, it has been a transitional time.  I ran the Boston marathon, had a great race and then BOOM- unexpected pregnancy.  I went from being in the best shape of my life to having another life take over me.  Initially, as I thought my running was interfering with both getting and staying pregnant, I had planned that I would not run throughout my pregnancy.  However, I was teaching a “Learn to Run” class and had no choice but to keep running.  So along I went.

I slowed down a lot and definitely cut down on the distance.  But, in the first few months, that was easy.   Yes, I was being selfish in my own little way complaining about how slow I became, and of course, now I am realizing that I should have been grateful that at least it felt easy then.  My husband snapped this picture of me on the treadmill on Sunday.  Do you think running with this body is easy? 

Adrienne 29 Weeks

Well, it is not….. and it is getting hard to stay motivated to keep going!  I go through lots of thoughts regarding what I am trying to prove to both myself and others.

I know that I am totally whiny today and am actually very fortunate that my body is allowing me to actually run.  But, I am also starting to realize that these challenges are just the tip of the iceberg of the challenges I will face in 2011, and that fact is perhaps making me even more on edge.

For now, I will keep running but try to come to terms with the fact that change is here.  It is time to come to terms with it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We Have the Power to Change Ourselves

I admit, I stole this from Kara Goucher's blog. But, I loved this video and could not help but to repost it. We all have the power to change ourselves and be the creators of our own happiness. However, coming to this realization and then sticking with it is the hardest part of it all.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Registering for Boston Marathon 2011

Monday, October 18th has been set as a reminder on my Outlook calendar for the past few months. Any time I scrolled forward to that week, I would see a little box on that date, set for 9AM, and marked "Register for Boston". I honestly was unsure of whether or not I would run Boston when I marked my calendar; afterall, it is less than three months after my due date. After an email from Mary a few weeks prior to the registration, I determined that I would register and then see how I felt postpartum. I have never had a child before, so I honestly don't know what I am in for. However, I felt like I needed something to work for, and Mary agreed to coach me through my recovery during those months.

Thus, Monday came and I opened up the BAA website right at 9AM. Of course, as we know from all the stories, the site was completely overwhelmed with people trying to register, and it was not working for me. I went back to my work, and looked at it a few hours later, using a website that my friend Jen posted on Facebook. (And, Jen is due in November with her first so she is just as zany as me!) During the process, I noticed that I checked a waiver stating that they were not allowing deferrals for this year for the first time. I hesitated at continuing, called my husband and father asking them to both promise to help me train for this thing by assisting me with childcare, and then clicked on. Nice- I was registered and thinking that I either had set myself up for a tremendous athletic feat or tremendous pressure three months postpartum.


I received texts, emails, phone calls, tweets and Facebook messages all day reminding me to register. Boston.com reported at lunchtime that the race was half filled, and in the evening, the messages turned into sad blurbs from friends and tweeters who did not make it into the race. I felt guilty for registering, knowing that on race day, I won't be 100% recovered from having the baby, and knowing that I will be 100% involved in the baby rather than marathon training. But, I realize that I cannot let my guilt get in the way. I earned that spot at Boston last year, and I have not been able to race this year as I have been pregnant since the marathon. I deserve a marathon.

Needless to say, I do think at time, "What have I gotten myself into?" Really, I don't have any idea what it is to be sleep deprived and have a screaming infant. But, in the back of my head, I know that having something that is so selfishly for me during this time will help me get through those months and help us adjust to life as a new family. And, I know I made a wise decision to have a running coach during this time. Mary has three kids and gets what I yet don't, so working with her will give me the confidence that I can make it to the finish line on Patriot's Day.

Boston 2011 will not be my best marathon- I have no illusions about that. I do feel that it will be the most challenging and rewarding though. And, it will be great to have Baby Ramsey at the finish line to greet me.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Playlist with No Name

 

Playlist from class this morning- definite focus on hills today

 

✓    Thunder Road    4:48    Bruce Springsteen   


✓    Ready to Go    5:01    Republica   


✓    I Don't Wanna Be    3:38    Gavin DeGraw  


✓    I'm Free (Moby Remix)    3:43    The Rolling Stones & Moby   

✓    Unbelievable    3:31    EMF   


✓    Gimme Shelter    4:34    The Rolling Stones   

✓    Animal    3:32    Neon Trees   

✓    Sweet Child O' Mine    5:56    Guns N' Roses   

✓    How Far We've Come    3:31    Matchbox Twenty 

✓    I Run for Life    4:22    Melissa Etheridge   


✓    Here With Me    3:27    Dido    No Angel    Pop        3

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

There’s No Place Like Home

 

Despite my recent world travels, there is no place like home. Courtney and I ran all over Europe, including an amazing predawn run along the Seine in Paris. But, at home, I looked forward to one thing. The first morning I was back to Hingham, I did one of my most favorite things- I ran with Cisco the dog.  He is such a great running partner. 

 

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I know I am wearing a sweet outfit…. I am sure my husband appreciated my look when I showed up wearing more neon than the late 80s to the Presidential Fitness Challenge for kids that he helped to organize. (I am also sporting bright pink socks if it is not apparent in the picture.)

Cisco and I traveled almost four miles, and then I went to the gym to run over four more.  Slowing down my speed has made the pain I have been experiencing really subside.  Now, running is really enjoyable.  I feel like I am accomplishing so much.

Though I did not wear my lovely outfit, I was in all my spandexed glory at the gym.  I belong to a gym where many girls do the elliptical while talking to each other and wearing sweats with words on their rearends.  It is certainly not the most fancy place, but it is inexpensive, and I don’t really know anyone there.  Therefore, I get there, do my workout and get out.  Efficient!  Lately, I have been definitely receiving stares there, like who is the crazy pregnant lady in spandex running on the treadmill.  But, since I don’t know anyone, I really just do not care.

Needless to say, I was SO pumped that I ran almost 8 miles that day.   I have not been able to run that far in months…. but now I realize that I probably could have been was just holding back. 

I was reading the new Runners’ World today and loved the article on Bart Yasso.  It stated that he accepted his limitations as he struggled with Lyme Disease and who “when he realized he couldn’t run fast anymore, ran slow and found joy in that.”  This thought really resonated with me.  Running for me right now means surrendering to the limitations that my body is placing on me.  Yet, instead of making me more frustrated, running has made me more forgiving of myself. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Running in Rome

 

I love visiting new cities, and one the of many perks of my full time employment is this opportunity.  Arriving in a new city means new explorations and new experiences, and should life be measured  by these, it is wise to treasure each one.

Since 2007, I have traveled to Europe each fall representing my institution.  Running in each city has become somewhat of a tradition.  I have run past the Prado in Madrid, along the banks of the Seine and most recently in Hyde Park among many others.  For the first time,, I was able to experience running in Rome.  My work travels brought me here, and I immediately seized the opportunity to add this marvel to my list.

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Courtney, my travel partner, and I decided to forgo our run on Friday.  We worked straight through the day (yes, I promise we do work on these trips) and could not resist the call of Italian pasta for a late lunch.  Needless to say, being just a few days short of 6 1/2 months pregnant, lunch was quite necessary.  After filling ourselves full of lovely Italian carbohydrates, we spent much time walking and traversing the city. 

However, Saturday morning we needed to run.  We headed from our hotel and into the Villa Borghese.  This park is quite hilly, and I must have looked like quite the site as my pregnant belly in all its spandex glory slowly trudged up its hills.  Though I did not manage another 10K, we did complete 5 miles in 48 minutes.  Clearly, the hills and all our walking from the day before slowed me considerably.  The mission was complete though, and we ended our time in Rome in a fitting manner.

I sit on the train to Milan right now, wondering when my next run will be.  What will I encounter next?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another 10K

Just when I thought I would have to start cutting down, I have managed to run two 10KS this week.... Typically, that is nothing in a week. However, I am finding that if I go slower, I have less issues with the pelvic stretching. Go figure! Who knew it would be that simple.

I am still in London, but my colleague Courtney had her I Pod sensor to measure the mileage. We ran through Kensington and into Hyde Park, visiting Peter along the way.



Peter Pan is so magical- love him!

All in all, we completed 6 miles at a 9:15 pace. I was super impressed with myself again. And very grateful to Courtney as she was willing to run with me and the belly.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Running in Kilometers

 

One week home, and now another two weeks back in hotels….. Although I hate leaving my husband and golden, I am terribly lucky that this trip brings me to Europe.  Right now, I am in London, where the weather is misty and the hotel gym is not that bad! 

I spend a lot of time in the fall visiting hotel gyms.  Some are downright terrible and do not even deserve the gym moniker. Courtney, my travel partner, reminded me of the time last fall when the gym at our hotel in Paris was heated.  Yes, it was about 95 degrees in there- like running in the middle of the day during the summer!  Others are amazing- the Sheraton gym in New Orleans comes to mind. 

A challenge is always presented when running on a treadmill in a country that is not the US; the darn thing is in kilometers.  I am dreadful at math, so trying to figure out how many kilometers equals a mile is awful.  But, trying to calculate how many kilometers per hour equals how many minutes per mile is a whole other disaster, and one that I cannot figure out still after all these travel seasons.

However, the kilometers per hour dilemma gave me a break from focusing on the numbers.  Being pregnant, running on the treadmill means a constant reminder of how much slower I am pace-wise and how I am only hitting 3.5 miles when I typically have completed four.  Without even consciously choosing to think these things, I do it as the NUMBERS are directly in front of me.  Today, when I was running on the treadmill at the hotel gym, I received a much needed break from this mind game as I could not calculate the numbers.  Yes, I was faced with it at the 5K mark and the 10K mark, but it only happened twice.  Other times I could not figure it out and was forced to ignore it.

Numbers are a great training tool.  We know how many miles we should run on a long run during training season.  We use splits to help us determine a predicted race time.  Numbers assist us with goal setting. 

I am an athlete in a bit of a rest period right now.  And, not being able to see the numbers gave me two gifts today.  First, I was able to give myself a break mentally.  Second, my run was just for pure exercise and enjoyment.  I ran because I could.   I ran because I liked it.  (And, my whole issue with the stretching ligaments in the pelvic area was not as bad because I was not pushing as fast…. talk about learning to listen to your body!)

How many times have I let myself become wrapped up in the numbers game with running?  How can I use the next three months as a time to focus on running by feel rather than running by the numbers?  So many things to consider…..

On a less serious note, pictures from after the workout today…. the belly is getting huge….

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And, a lovely sweaty shot of me after the run…..

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I promise I do clean myself up at times…. Here is a picture from our friend’s wedding this weekend. 

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Travel Season Has Arrived

For the past five Septembers, my life gets completely thrown up in the air. My job requires that I spend most of the fall traveling, visiting high schools in the US and Europe. Great fun- I love my job and meeting the kids and counselors! However, both my workout schedule and Internet time are severely disrupted. Yikes!

I traveled throughout the state of New Jersey for the past few weeks. Travel season is very busy. I typically leave the hotel around 7AM and get back anywhere from 8-10 PM. It makes for a long day! This year, I was EXTRA tired, and I think that week 24might have something to do with it.

Because I was at hotels and it was very early in the morning, every one of my workouts was done at the hotel gym. Secretly, I did not care because it allows me some quality time with the object of my affection- the treadmill. I realize that most people hate the treadmill, but I LOVE IT!!!!! It keeps me honest, and more importantly, I feel like a wimp if I don't reach my goals. It is the Jillian Michaels of my world. I also ventured to the elliptical which is highly unusual for me. Maddingly, I find lately that I cannot run two days in a row anymore. I am sore in the baby area the next day after a run- I am not sure why or if it means I need a maternity support belt.... all these things to figure out. But, what most shocked me was that I had solid workouts on the elliptical. It was not running, but I did not feel that it was without purpose.

I am home for a week until I head to Europe. I have so many thoughts swirling through my head right now that I cannot wait to have a little bit more time this week for a more reflective post.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I felt like a runner today….

 

Workout- 5 miles, 45:50, on the treadmill

This morning, when I first got to work,  I stumbled upon the Run Like A Mother Book  blog via google reader.  Here, Dimity, one of the authors, wrote how she decided while pregnaBant to run the Nike Women’s Marathon.  She “needed something for me”.  Reading her entry, I just got it so completely.  Baby Ramsey is only about halfway there, but right now, I am itching for something that is for me.  I read Liz’s blog  and get jealous about her NYC marathon training in the same way that I used to read pregnancy blogs and feel wistful about that.  Yes, I completely realize the irony of that! 

When reading Dimity’s reflection today, I just got it.   I may not love the  limitations that pregnancy brings in terms of athletic pursuits, but I smile every time I realize that I will have a baby in January.  And, then I smile even more when I think of the nice Bob stroller that I will be running with that little baby over the roads.  This image is inspiring me to keep running, knowing that I can share this with my new companion as well as return to being me.

I was on the phone with a colleague close to my workout time and was totally thinking of ditching my run today.  But, I was inspired by the post today and decided to head over to the gym to use the treadmill.  I had ONE of the BEST runs that I have had since I was pregnant.  Today I was not frustrated because I am slower than I once was.  I was instead thinking of this as training for me runs to come.  Base mileage if you will.

Most importantly, I felt like a runner today, instead of a pregnant lady.  I had a little confidence that my life is not just all about carrying this little human, although certainly that is my most important task right now.  I was a runner first in my mind for 45 minutes, and it was awesome.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Three Decent Workouts

I REALLY hate not having anything to train for. I am trying the race once a month philosophy, but two realities are hitting me hard. First, I cannot work on pace. I just need to run right now. Next, I am not a superhero woman who will run a marathon or even a half while she is pregnant. It was a long road to this baby. Though I am assured that the baby will not fall out of me running, I cannot imagine running at my current pace for that many miles. Thus, I am limited to 10Ks or less, which is not really a challenge.

But, I keep trudging along with it. This week, so far, I have taught Spinning on Tuesday,which was awesome. (Yes, I realize it is smug to say it was a good class! But we really kicked butt that day.)

Here is the playlist:

Sunday Morning 4:05 Maroon 5
Mr. Brightside 3:43 The Killers
Viva! (Orion Mix) 3:16 Bond
Sun Is Shining (Radio Mix) 3:02 Yanou
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
Teenage Dream 3:48 Katy Perry
Stop for a Minute (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix) [feat. K'naan] 4:26 Keane
Jump N' Move 3:19 The Brand New Heavies Featuring Jamalski Let's Never Stop Falling In Love 3:02 Pink Martini
Viva la Vida (Workout Mix) 4:35 Julian Marshall
So Lonely 4:48 The Police
Mine 3:51 Taylor Swift (Yes, using this song makes me a tween)

I know the instructor is know really supposed to get her workout in, but I have been trying to really work myself during the classes. Work at Babson has been busy, and I do not always have the chance to workout during lunch anymore.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to hit the gym. Unfortunately, the air was hot and heavy as our gym is not air conditioned and the treadmills are on the second floor. The temperature outside was not much better, and I figured this was my best option. So I hopped on, ran my four miles as that is all I can manage in the time and had crazy hair and flushed cheeks for the rest of the day. Even with taking a shower (no shampoo), I never quite cooled down. I hate when that happens!

This morning I woke up at 4:30, which has been an annoying habit of mine for the past few weeks. I have no clue why it is happening. Typically, I try to go back to sleep. I tried this unsuccessfully until I just got up at 5, ran 3 miles on the treadmill as it was rather dark and then took Cisco the dog outside for two more. Success- another workout snuck past a sleeping husband!

All of these workouts were okay, but not great. But, then my friend Courtney put it in perspective for me, reminding me that some pregnant people are not even allowed to exercise. Oh yes, I need to remember this and start being grateful that this baby belly can still run. It is permissible to have okay workouts. Not everday can be done at high intensity in a training cycle, so why am I thinking that this will happen in a pregnancy? I need to think of the pregnancy more as a base phase, where I am just building, trying to keep the engines going.

One picture- 21 weeks

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Know It's Not Far....

But, it is something! I ran a little over 5 miles tonight. It was the perfect late summer night, cool but warm enough to still be dressed in a tank and a running skirt.... and a pregnant belly.



Before I headed out, my husband asked how far I was going to go. I answered vaguely and headed along my way. He and my father spent some time together today, and both made each other more paranoid that running is going to cause the baby to fall out of me. I am not sure where these two received their medical degrees....

But, despite the feeling of having to pee the entire last half mile, I made it without this or any other calamity occuring. I am slow, but I am enjoying the fact that I am still out there.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

End of Summer Classic- the Recap

 

My little buddy Cisco and I are big fans of Bare Cove Park in Hingham. There are lots of trails, water views and many other dog friends to meet and greet.  Plus, the entrance to the park is just over a  mile from our house. What more can we ask for?

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For the past two years, I have run in the End of Summer Classic sponsored by Marathon Sports.  I am not a big fan of after work races, but this event is an exception as it is so close to my home.  My husband joined me last year, and thus I picked him up at the train station this past Thursday before we headed to the race. It took all of two seconds to park as the station is directly across from the entrance of the park.

We picked up our numbers.  As we had registered early (#59 and #60), we received two Mizuno technical shirts.  They were short sleeve and white with this logo on the front:

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I am a big fan of the technical shirt give away.  It just seems  so 1998 to give away cotton tee-shirts.  However, I realize that most races still do, and that makes me appreciate the End of Summer Classic even more.

Because I am about to enter my 5th month of pregnancy (holy yikes!), there was no plan for the race but to enjoy it and take it easy.  We lined up nearly at the end of the pack, allowing the faster runners to gain the better starting position.  We definitely lost some time lining up so far back, but the point of the race was participation rather than a time goal.  Plus, my husband did not seem to mind, even though I kept telling him to go ahead of me.  I hated the fact that I knew I was slowing him down!

The race takes you along the river, and hits some actual trails. It was a very zenlike running experience for me.  Just me, Bill, Baby Ramsey and a nice evening run- I realized I have much to be grateful for.

We finished in just over 47 minutes (and because I think it took us at least a minute to get over the starting line, probably 46 plus).  The race committee had lots of barbeque foods, including pulled pork sandwiches.  I am not a meat eater, but my carnivore husband enjoyed it thoroughly.  Great race, great event, and one I look forward to being faster at next year!

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We love this race and hope Baby Ramsey enjoyed it as well!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hills, Hills, Hills

 

This week’s playlist and profile is all about hills- steady hills, hill repeats, sprints on hills, you name it!

 

My Friend    5:00    Groove Armada   

Barely Breathing    4:15    Duncan Sheik   

Follow Through    4:00    Gavin DeGraw   

Collide    4:09    Howie Day   

I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (Radio Edit)    4:11    Scissor Sisters   

Let Forever Be    3:42    The Chemical Brothers        

The Mummers' Dance    6:11    Loreena McKennitt   

Teenage Dream    3:48    Katy Perry  

Honey (Faze Action Dub)    5:24    Tosca   

Life Is Beautiful    6:15    Vega4   


Worn Me Down    3:43    Rachael Yamagata   

Ooh La La    2:58    Goldfrapp   

I'll Melt With You    4:03    Nouvelle Vague   

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dilemmas

I love running. In fact, I even bought this lululemon bottle proclaiming my love for it.



Isn't she just adorable?

However, these days, our relationship is challenged as a someone intrudes on it. You may be thinking that it is Baby Ramsey..... but it is actually my husband Bill.

I preface this whole post by saying that I cannot imagine having a husband other than Bill. Isn't that the point of marriage, finding the one that we cannot live without? Plus, he pushes me to be a better and nicer person which is something that I truthfully need. He is also the reason that I started running. Before I met him, Bill had completed three Boston Marathons, and needless to say, as a nonrunner at the time, I was rather impressed.

Bill has been super supportive of all my marathoning and is truly my biggest cheerleader in all of my athletic endeavors. He is clearly the manager of Team Adrienne, toting bikes on cars and going to races. I am like his little protege who has done well.

But, my manager has been pulling back a bit. It was a long road to Baby Ramsey, and I think he is a little nervous that I am trying to stay active as I carry the little one around these months. My doctor has assured me that running is perfectly fine, and believe me, I am not running as far or as fast as I once was. But, Bill is ready for me to hang up the running sneakers for a bit. He is not convinced it is in the baby's best interest to keep running. Believe me, if the doctor told me I needed to give it up, I would it a heartbeat. But, she hasn't!

Meanwhile, I am ready to go. I am certainly frustrated by my lack of speed, but I still love the feeling that running gives me. Yesterday, even though it was raining, I was determined to get one in and ran 5 sweaty miles on my treadmill basement. It was awesome! I felt like a runner and not just a pregnant lady. But, Bill came down forty minutes into it to see how much longer I was going for. (For the record, it took me 46 minutes to run those 5 miles.... blah, but not bad for pregnancy!)

Then, when I came upstairs, it was a million questions and comments. How fast did I go? Was my stomach bouncing? Was it strenuous? Oh dear heavens, it was the inquisition. And, this is what it is like everytime I come back from a run. Therefore, I have been avoiding runs to avoid the cross examination. (P.S. Bill is an attorney so it really is one!)

Now, I am starting to think of alternate strategies so that I can run. I have decided that I will run at work so that I can conveniently forget to mention it. Most wives hide their shopping habits- me, I have to be covert in my running. Oh goodness.... I am a crazy lady!

I realize that it must be frustrating for him as I am the sole one in charge of this baby right now. Only what happens with me will affect this baby at this point. That is not a feeling that I can relate to, and I certainly cannot understand what it must be like to have no control over your child's welfare. More importantly, I understand that I need to respect the fact that this baby is Bill's child as well, and not just mine. He should have leverage in the decisions I make throughout the pregnancy.

What a headache! It is a good thing that I love him so very much.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wardrobe Malfunctions

Well, I have hit 18 weeks of pregnancy.  So far, so good.  Baby Ramsey has not caused too much trouble for me yet!

Being the crazy woman that I am, I am determined to get through the next few weeks of summer with wearing my normal clothes.  There are  a few things that are on the taboo list, and I have been making do with some of my looser fitting clothing.  For example, it was actually serendipity that I bought too big pants after completing a 20  miler in preparation for Boston.  My things and butt were swollen when I went shopping that afternoon. They were big for awhile, but now they are accommodating the bulging belly.

I have one little problem though- I need longer workout shirts.  Between the growing chest and stomach, I feel somewhat indecent.  I need to cover up both the girls and the burgeoning baby.  I remembered that my friend Polly loves the shirts by lucy, as they are longer than the normal shirt.  With a little persuasion and a promise that he could visit the Yard House during my shopping, my husband agreed to head to Legacy Place in Dedham so I could visit the nearest lucy location.

I was not disappointed.  A super cute girl named Beth helped me find some shirts that will stretch as I grow.  I also found a pair of shorts that I think will work a little later down the road.

Here is the damage….

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This top is definitely for yoga and spin…. Need a little bit more support for running.

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These two will definitely work for running.  They are very long right now so I hoping they will fit over the growing belly down the line.

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Love that these shorts have a zip pocket in the back!

The other great part of lucy is that they offer a pro discount.  I brought in a copy of my Spin Certification, filled out a form and received a card that gives me 30% off.  It was painless and super easy.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mission Accomplished

I think my new attitude towards running is working a little bit. I headed to the gym this morning early before teaching Spin and was able to run 4 solid miles in 36 minutes. Slow for old Adrienne, but perfect and happy for current Adrienne. For the first time, I was happy after a run as I knew it was a part of my training!

Playlist for today at Spin- it was so random

Breathe Me 4:35 Sia

Unspeakable Joy (Razor N Guido Remix) 4:08 Kim English

I Like It (feat. Pitbull) 3:52 Enrique Iglesias

Love Generation (Featuring Gary Pine) [Bob Sinclar Radio Edit] 3:32

Familiar Feeling (Timo Maas Main Mix) 4:03 Moloko

Love's Divine 4:35 Seal

Sun Is Shining (Radio Mix) 3:02 Yanou

Stop for a Minute (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix) [feat. K'naan] 4:26

What a Feeling 4:05 Irene Cara

Dreams 4:16 The Cranberries

Runnin' Down a Dream 4:23 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

You Get What You Give 5:01 New Radicals

Breathless 3:29 The Corrs

Brand New Day 6:20 Sting

Thursday, August 5, 2010

End of Summer Classic

 

It has been a frustrating summer running-wise.  Although I am super excited to be expecting my first child, I am a completely different athlete now from the girl who ran 3:36 in a marathon less than 5 months ago.  Has that much really changed in that short a period? Well, except the fact that I am growing a person?

I came out of that marathon feeling strong and very confident in abilities with excitement building for the short summer races.  I wanted to go fast!  Vroom!

Looking back, I remember running the end of the Providence Marathon with Liz and feeling that morning that I did not have my usual zip.  It was awesome and such an honor to run with her during her first marathon that I shrugged it off. But, thinking about how I felt after Boston last year and running speedy 5Ks, and then thinking back to post-Boston this year, I should have known something was up.

At least what was up was great news!

But, and I know this is SO selfish, but a little part of me was missing. I love training for a race, even more than I love running the actual race itself.  There is something so lovely about training plans and looking back on a week and seeing what one has accomplished. I love my  L St buddies and escaping my house on Sunday morning. Although I complain about my lack of speed, I think I missed training even more.  Even worse, I was losing major motivation and being a big Debbie Downer.  What is that point of running if I don’t have a goal to work towards?  Mrs. Negative Attitude- that was me!

This week, I came to a realization.  I am not going to get any faster in the next few months, but only slower.  So, what if I can adjust my goals?  What if my goal can be to participate in one race a month until I deliver this baby?  What if I can stop being discouraged about my lack of speed and start celebrating my healthy pregnancy?  That can be my training goal- bingo!

Enter the End of Summer Classic. 

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This race through Bare Cove Park in Hingham and sponsored by Marathon Sports has become a favorite of mine.  The first year the race was run, it advertised itself as a four miler.  I remember crossing the finish line and thinking that I must have been very slow.  (Looking at the results later, it turned out that the course was a little longer than four.) 

Last year, my husband Bill ran it with me.  The organizers extended the race to 5 miles, and it was such a great way to unwind after the workday.   We ran and chatted and then met up with some friends at the post race party. That is another great thing about the race- it takes place during the week.  So, on a summer night, you can go run by the water!

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Plus, it would be so lame of me to miss a race that I have run every one of since its existence just because I am nervous that I will not be happy with my time. For that reason alone, the End of Summer Classic is not to be missed.  I am glad that I can use it to start my new goals- run, enjoy and celebrate! Now, I just have a few more weeks to train for the race, and I know that this little goal will keep me motivated.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Let's Rock Playlist

Well, maybe Christopher Cross does not count as rock, but it is still a great cool down song.....

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Let's Spend The Night Together 3:28 The Rolling Stones

Sweet Child O' Mine 5:56 Guns N' Roses

Right Now 5:22 Van Halen

Paranoid 2:48 Black Sabbath

Jessica 7:29 The Allman Brothers Band

Take Me Home Tonight 3:31 Eddie Money

It's My Life 3:51 Bon Jovi

More Than a Feeling 4:47 Boston Boston 1

We Belong 3:42 Pat Benatar Greatest Hits Rock

Sailing 4:15 Christopher Cross

Monday, July 19, 2010

Busy Bee

 

The past week has been so busy.  I work in college admission, specifically with international students, and this past Thursday through Sunday Boston hosted the 2010 Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) Annual Conference.  Thank heavens that Northeastern University bore 90% of the responsibility!  But, we at Babson hosted the almost 900 person group on Friday evening for a lobsterbake.  Despite the storm that rolled through at one point, it was a successful evening.

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Lots and lots of lobsters were served!  Too bad I do not eat lobsters….

One of the great things about having the conference in my home city was that I could take my fellow running counselors for a little exploring.  Friday morning, a few friends asked if I would guide them on a run.  These are friends who think of me as a Boston Marathon runner, and not Mrs. Pregnant Runner, so I was a little nervous even though they were forewarned that I am not speedy these days.  However, Anna reminded me that my slow is her good speed and out we set.  We ran from NU down Mass Ave, and then turned onto the Charles River path towards downtown.

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Even though it was 6 AM, it was rather humid already, so we just ran along at the new Adrienne pace, averaging  just under 9 minute miles.  Reaching the Hatch Shell, we turned around, running back to Mass Ave.  Then, I took them for a little treat- we ran down Boylston so that we could cross the Boston Marathon finish line!

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Stefano, one of the group, is currently training for his first marathon and wants to run the big event some day.  I figured it would just be a little more inspiration for him!  He thought about maybe coming up this year, but I am going to see if I can get him to hold off until next year in case this one does not pan out for me.

On that note, running has been so so….. Not really exciting, slow and now honestly, it is starting to be a little harder.  I think it is mainly because I let my fitness go during the first trimester, since I was so nervous about miscarriage.  So tonight found me having a date with the treadmill, and then I rounded out my 5 miles with a few more on the elliptical.

It is funny.  I keep looking at my stomach to see if I look pregnant yet.  I feel that it is a bit fuller, but I cannot really decide.  Since I am crazy, it is almost as if once I feel like I am looking pregnant, I can cut myself a little more mental slack when it comes to the workouts…. 

So, I leave you with belly shot #1.  I promise I will not post too many….. And, I realize that I am sticking out my stomach a little bit so maybe it is not entirely accurate.  But, I think I am starting to look a little bit preggers.

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14 weeks of Baby Ramsey

P.S. I love working out in my Running Skirt.  With the expanding waistline, it is way more comfortable than the elastic band of shorts.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fourth of July Road Race Recap

 

There is nothing like starting the day with a solid workout.  Knowing that I’ve accomplished a few miles before most people have pressed start on the coffee machine gives me a little smugness.  And, when you have accomplished these miles at a race, and then you get to go to barbeques and parade parties and eat whatever you want because of these miles, well, that makes me really smug….

For this reason, the Hingham Fourth of July Road Race goes down as one of the must do races for Adrienne each year.

I love this race.  I anticipate seeing all my friends, Spinning students and running buddies, chatting it up with everyone before the gun goes off.  Running down Main St never gets old, and because they striped the middle line red, white and blue instead of yellow this year, it gave me a whole new appreciation for this little town I live in.  I am very easy to please like that!

Typically, I love this race because after the first congested mile, I can be speedy.  I can run without abandon all the way back to my house.  (My house is less than a quarter mile from the finish line!)  It is freeing just to run by feel.

This year was a little different.  After Boston, I typically run some great local 5 and 10Ks, turning in some decent times after the fitness I gained from marathon training.  In a normal year, the Hingham race is my last good race before I relax for the summer.

Well, this year was not normal in the least….. I was running for two….

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Yes, Baby Ramsey decided to run the race with me as well.  So, being a nervous first time mother, I just wanted to get to the finish line.  I ran slower than I ever did before.  And, that was frustrating.  I felt like I could run faster.  But, I was nervous that Baby Ramsey was running with me as well. I was still in secrecy mode that the first trimester brings, and I just had to smile when some inquiring minds asked me if I was feeling well that day. 

Truthfully, even though I wanted to run faster, I was feeling great!  I loved that I had a little secret partner in crime, and I loved that I shared my all time favorite race with my new addition. 

Baby Ramsey seems to like running.  I think we will go for a few more together as we spend the next few months together.  The baby better learn sooner or later that the mama likes her runs.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fourth of July in Pictures

 

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Paul McCann’s 70th Birthday Celebration

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Yes, Hingham striped the last mile of the race with this

instead of a yellow line

 

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Polly and her son Tim- his first road race and he beat mom!

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Allison and her dad Paul- her first race since having her son

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L St Buddies- Me, Mac and Colleen

Flag over downtown

The Finish Line

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Cisco the Patriotic Golden

 

Race recap to come!