Monday, August 4, 2014

25 weeks + race crazy

I think Poppyseed has definitely gone through a growth spurt this week... because there were a few days when I was completely exhausted and super hungry. And my belly just feels like it is streeeeetching like crazy. (And I know I still have a long way to go!)

So, I may have gone from not running at all to running three races in one week. Ha. Granted, I didn't run much at all between those three races, and took it pretty easy. Poppyseed just loves to run! (Or so I tell myself. I am somewhat afraid he is going to want to be rocked/swung constantly once he comes out since he's so used to moving back and forth in the womb.)

We participated in a lot of fun races this week. My SI joint pain has significantly lessened, and I have been able to get back to running a bit! (Which makes me so happy. Either Poppyseed has moved around a little bit or the exercises the chiropractor gave me are finally starting to work.) I've run about every other day since the beginning of last week. The local YMCA had a fun 5k on the river walk trail and we ran that on Tuesday night.

On Saturday, we actually ran two races. My Business Man even participated in one of them!

The first was the inaugural Warrior Mode 1-Mile Dash for Cash. I had no desire to run this race... I figured there would be a ton of fast people. It's a 1-mile race, and there were cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. ($1000, $200, $100.) I figured with all the money there'd be so much competition! However, it was the first year for the race, and after someone put a bug in my ear that not many women had signed up, I decided last minute to go ahead and give it a shot. (Nothing like deciding at 9:30pm that you will be running a 1-mile race the next morning. While 6 months pregnant. After stuffing your face with gyros. Pita bread is a carb?)

I did a little over a mile warm-up and then just hoped to place in the top 3! There were only about 8-10 women in the race. I ended up finishing 2nd place with a 6:07 mile. (First place woman ran a 5:14 - fast!) I was quite surprised and happy about that. Especially the $200 which will be buying me a prenatal massage. :)

And this lovely picture in the newspaper on Sunday. It must have been a slow news day, because they had an entire page spread devoted to pictures from the Dash for Cash. Lol.
Just a couple hours later was the Warrior Mode Urban Adventure. It's like a giant scavenger hunt all through the Bean Town, with checkpoints and challenges to complete along the way. We participated with a group of friends, and had a lot of fun.

Lindsey pointed out to me that I misled them because I never actually provided any cupcakes after the running. Whoops! 
Our team name was 'Will Run for Cupcakes', sponsored by Sara's Sweets of course. We covered about 7 miles around town on foot and managed to place 3rd in our division! Not too bad! 

Digging in the wet sand. I chose to observe this challenge rather than participate.

One of us had to get to the other side of this fence. Steve is so skinny, he squeezed right through. ;)

The bucket challenge - Rachel & Chris took one for the team and got soaked!

This was about 5.5 miles in... still all smiles!
My Business Man (who, if you know him... he is not much of an exerciser) couldn't believe that he basically ran and walked 7 miles and it didn't even feel like exercise. Too bad we will probably have to wait til next year for him to do that kind of distance again. ;)

After the race, I headed downtown to host a Cupcake Eating Contest at a kids' event and then close up the cupcake counter... needless to say, I was completely zonked by the end of the day. I pretty much laid on the couch for 6 hours and went to bed.

Sunday was pretty much the same - rest and relaxation. My Business Man got some nursery furniture put together while I spent some quality time at the pool. I may or may not have taken a nap in the new glider.

25 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: He is about the size of a cauliflower, anywhere from 1.5-2.5 pounds.

Sleep: Pretty good! (Fingers crossed it stays this way.)

Movement: Awesome... still my favorite part. On Sunday, he was going crazy during Sunday School right after I had a (caffeinated) iced coffee and chocolate sprinkle donut. You could even see it from the outside.

Running: About 24 miles plus 1 cross training workout. The plan for this week is to run every other day and go for walks, swim, or use the elliptical on the others. And continue to do my chiropractor exercises.

Cravings: None that I can really think of! I have been getting random whiffs of mashed potatoes so those have been sounding good, but I haven't had the energy to make them. We might have to get KFC with mashed potatoes and biscuits one night this week.

Looking forward to: Going home for a long weekend to see our families! It will be so nice to spend some QT with the grandparents-to-be... plus my mom & I have a list of foodie places back home we've been wanting to check out. Of course. :-P


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