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

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The Finish Line

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Cisco the Patriotic Golden

 

Race recap to come!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fourth of July Spinning Mix

American Honey 3:45 Lady Antebellum

American Baby 4:35 Dave Matthews Band

American Boy (feat. Kanye West) 4:45 Estelle Shine

A Fun Little Mix to Celebrate Independence Day

American Dream 4:29 Jakatta

Living in America 4:09 James Brown
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America 4:19 Neil Diamond

Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly 3:48 Aaron Tippin

American Girl 3:35 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

American Land 4:44 Bruce Springsteen

Pink Houses 4:44 John Mellencamp Words & Music

God Bless America 3:48 Celine Dion