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.