Friday Five Body Weight Workout

November 8, 2013

Happy happy Friday! Woo hoo! I hope everyone has something fun (or super relaxing) planned. We are completely booked up – 2 weddings and a quick Orlando trip for the UCF homecoming game.

Here is a quick workout to get in sometime this weekend. It doesn’t require any equipment, so take a few minutes wherever you are to get in a sweat!

Friday Five Workout

 

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend, especially Meghan, Steph, and Jess, going after their first half ironmans! Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?

Spectating IRONMAN Florida

November 4, 2013

I had the privilege this past weekend to attend an amazing event – IRONMAN Florida! Not only was it an amazing experience to see so many amazing athletes complete a distance many think to be impossible, but I was able to see 3 friends check a huge item off their goal list all in the same day. Meghann and two of her siblings, Ben and Kelly, volunteered and signed up for the IRONMAN last year, and all ran across the finish line Saturday night to complete their year long journey of training and dedication.

Anderson Siblings

 

Marcus and I arrived in Panama City around 9:30 am the morning of the race, so we didn’t catch the swim or transition to the bike. We did catch everyone going from the bike to the run though, and it was quite the sight to see! The professional triathletes are unreal to see in action – everything is so precise and calculated.

IRONMAN FL

Marcus and I hung with Meghann’s family for the day on the run course, which was right in the first and 13th mile of the run course. It was an out and back course of two loops, so each athlete passed our spot 4 times. We had an awesome setup with tons of supporters for #IronSiblings.

IRONMAN FL

IRONMAN FL

All three siblings had great swim and bike times, and before we knew it, they were out for the run! Ben came up first, followed by Meghann and then Kelly.

IRONMAN FL

IRONMAN FL

Without going on and on about too much of the cheering and spectating, I figured it would be more fun to leave you with some photos from the day. All I can say about the #IRONSIBLINGS completing the race is INSPIRATIONAL! It was so so so much fun to see a best friend complete a monumental goal – one she has been working on for so much longer than just the 24 weeks her training program alloted. Meghann cross the finish line in 13:05, which is unbelievable! She kicked major ass, which is perfectly summed up with this spectator’s sign:

IRONMAN FL

So without further adieu, here is our day at IRONMAN Florida watching the #IRONSIBLINGS. Thanks for Steph for the use of a few of her photos!

IRONMAN FL

IRONMAN FL

IRONMAN FL 2

IRONMAN FL

IRONMAN FL

IRONMAN FL 3

IRONMAN FL

Ironman FL

Ironman FL

Ironman FL

And last but not least, Meghann’s (very shaky, but hey, I got it) finishing video

Congrats #IRONSIBLINGS!!! Ya’ll are all so amazing!

Would You Rather – Running Style!

November 1, 2013

Today’s post is a fun and light hearted one as I get ready to head to Panama City to watch Meghann, Kelly, and Ben complete their very first Ironman! I can not wait to be inspired by these athletes and see one of my best friends complete a goal she has been working towards for so long. Let’s play a little game – Would You Rather – Running Style!

 

Would you rather…

Run without a sports bra

or

Run without socks

Would you rather…

Run a marathon without a Garmin

or

Run a marathon without your headphones

Garmin 11 mile run

Would you rather…

Run a flat race in the heat

or

Run a hilly race in the cold

Would you rather…

Chafe between your legs

or 

Chafe under your armpit

Would you rather…

Have to take a potty break in the middle of a PR race

or

Just let it flow on course

RNR 3 port o potty

Would you rather…

Show up to a race two hours early and freeze in the cold

or 

Show up to a race a few minutes late and miss the starting gun 

Would you rather…

Run in a pair of shoes completely wrong for your foot, but that are cute

or 

Run in a pair of shoes perfect for your foot but are utterly hideous

Would you rather…

Enter a race with the cutest race tshirt

or

Enter a race with a badass medal

Gasparilla 2013

Would you rather…

Trip and fall in a race

or 

Cramp up and have to run through it

Would you rather…

Have sweat constantly get in your eyes

or

Have sunscreen constantly get in your eyes

Would you rather…

Have a Gu packet explode in your pocket during a race

or 

Mistake a stick of Vaseline for Gu during a race

Answer a few in the comments – I would love to see what you would rather!

Baby Baum: Weeks 22 & 23

October 30, 2013

Two more weeks have come and gone. I am definitely starting to feel a bit like a broken record around here – weeks are really starting to fly by. Its hard to believe I’ll be at the 6 month mark on Sunday! I completely forgot to get in the week 22 picture, but here I am Sunday, marking the start of week 23. Whoa Baby!

23 Weeks

Baby Baum has a lot going on the past couple of weeks:

  • He or she is now the size of a grapefruit, measuring 10.5 to 11.8 inches and 12.7 to 20.8 ounce
  • He or she is forming little nipples
  • It’s face is fully formed now — he or she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.
  • Baby B is listening to my voice and my heartbeat — and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.

As for me….

Weight gained: I’m guessing I’m around 10-12 lbs. I was 10 at the last appointment, and I am sure I have put on a bit more since then. Just look at that belly from week 15 to now, week 23

Week 15week 23 comparison

 

Workouts: I have been feeling pretty great in the running department. I’ve been getting in my 3-4 days a week or running, along with 2 strength training days. I even was able to get in 5 miles this past weekend, which was awesome. I’ve been waiting to sign up for the local Turkey Trot until I knew I would be comfortable with the 10k distance. After completing the 5 miles, I know I’m ready to go!

Bump 23 weeks

Symptoms: At the end of the day, my low back is pretty sore and tight. I can tell I have something definitely pulling on my back at this point, that’s for sure. The more I stay off my feet during the day, the better I feel at night. Usually by the time Marcus and I take Winnie for her 1-1.5 mile walk at night, I’m toast! I have been feeling a bit more thirsty in the past 10 days or so too. I am always keeping my water handy. Otherwise, I am really feeling pretty normal.

Movement: I can finally say yes to this! I was feeling light flutter for about a week, and now, it is pretty distinct kicks and movements. Marcus was even able to feel the baby last weekend too, which was no doubt the best part! It only happens a couple of times a day, but he or she is definitely quite active in there.

Food Aversions or Cravings: Nothing really for either one. I did have way more sweets last weekend than usual, but I got back on track this week and am feeling a bit more normal. Whenever anyone asks, I always mention the pregnancy is a bit boring from that perspective – but I am a-ok with that!

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping like a rock. Sometimes I have to get up to use the bathroom at night, but not all the time. Lately, it is never more than once, which is great!

Stretch Marks? Nope!

Fun Things from the Week:  I found out the H&M sells maternity clothes! I picked up a couple of shirts that are so much cuter than some of the things I’ve recently found. Their pants definitely don’t fit (whoever thought skinny jeans and pregnancy go together is very confused), but I’ll take what I can get! Oh, and of course feeling Baby Baum move – hands down the most fun part.

H&M Mama Maternity line

Belly Button in or out? It is definitely poking out – not completely, but it is well on its way!

Wedding rings on or off? On :)

New baby items? We picked up the crib over the weekend, but still need to put it together. We got a dresser/changing table off of Craigslist and my mom  found a glider at Salvation Army that is perfect! We are going to recover the cushions with fabric to make it our own. I also went with my mom last week and got the fabric for the baby’s quilt and bedding. She is making the quilt for us, so Baby Baum will have something one of a kind. I can not wait to see the finished product!

Looking forward to: The next month! With the start of the holidays upon us, we will start to see a lot more family, which makes me sooo excited! I also have a goal to get the nursery done before Thanksgiving, which gives us just a few more weeks. Pressure is on 😉

Anyone else like to find used baby furniture and then spruce it up a bit to customize it?

Florida Halloween 5k Race 2013 Recap

October 28, 2013

I’m able to check another race off the list for some pregnancy running – the Florida Halloween 5k!

Florida Halloween 5k

The 5k is paired with a half marathon at a park about 45 minutes away from where I live – Fort Desoto. The half marathon course is the same place I PR’d in the half marathon this past March, so that says a lot about it – its fast! The 5k course is just a little  piece of that 13.1 course, so it went by in a flash!

The half marathon started 15 minutes before the 5k, so race day packet pickup was a breeze. I got there about 30 minutes before the start and had no issues getting my bib and t-shirt. I was able to get in a little warmup before the gun went off, which was great. It was actually a little bit chilly for the race, so getting my legs moving was key. The half marathon is definitely what brings the most participants out, so the 5k is a pretty small race. I think there was probably a couple hundred people, max.

Florida Halloween 5k

Florida Halloween 5k

My goal for the 5k, just like every race I run until Baby Baum arrives, was to just run and have a good time. I don’t use a GPS or anything to keep my pace. I just run, keeping my heart rate low and at a comfortable place. The course snakes around the nice wide sidewalks of the parks, weaving in and out of the trees and running right by the water.

Florida Halloween 5k

Florida Halloween 5kThe 5k is so short, you really don’t get bored. It’s really just a few turns, and then you are running through the finisher’s chute.

Florida Halloween 5k

One of the best parts of the 5k is ever finisher actually receives a medal. This is something that is so few and far between now a days with shorter races, so it was pretty fun to receive one, without having to race such a far distance.

Florida Halloween 5k

My intention, if I felt ok, was to get in a couple of miles after the race as well. I want to sign up for the Turkey Trot 10k next month, but didn’t want to do so without having run at least 5 miles before then. I was able to get in the extra mileage post race, which was a huge confidence booster. I am definitely going to sign up for the 10k now! Running 5 miles was no big deal so a 10k really shouldn’t be an issue. I was definitely a bit more tired after, not having ran the distance since May when I drastically cut my exercise to get pregnant. I still can’t believe its been that long!

Great job to the Florida Road Races crew for putting on another great race! Can’t wait for the next one, even if I am pushing a stroller for that race 😉