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


Run without socks

Would you rather…

Run a marathon without a Garmin


Run a marathon without your headphones

Garmin 11 mile run

Would you rather…

Run a flat race in the heat


Run a hilly race in the cold

Would you rather…

Chafe between your legs


Chafe under your armpit

Would you rather…

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


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


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


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


Enter a race with a badass medal

Gasparilla 2013

Would you rather…

Trip and fall in a race


Cramp up and have to run through it

Would you rather…

Have sweat constantly get in your eyes


Have sunscreen constantly get in your eyes

Would you rather…

Have a Gu packet explode in your pocket during a race


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 😉

The Art of a Race Schedule

October 23, 2013

At least once a year, it seems like runners all talk about what their upcoming race schedule looks like. Most of the time, a schedule greatly depends on the type of runner you are, but there can also be a few other factors. Here are some ways to help you plan your upcoming races- or at least help understand how others make theirs.

Do you have a goal race?

This should be the first question you ask yourself. If you have a goal race, then the other races you schedule should support your training schedule for that race. For example, if you plan to run a marathon and your schedule calls for a 20 mile run with some goal pace miles, it is probably not the best idea to race a 10k on the same weekend. Your legs will not receive the benefit from the goal pace miles for your long run, and will also be tired from the pace you held during the 10k. Racing distance that do not help your goal race can be detrimental to your training as they can really tire your legs for the upcoming workouts in the week ahead.

My favorite way to race during marathon season is to enter in a few half marathons and turn them into long runs. I’ll either tack on some warm up miles, cool down miles, or both to reach my scheduled distance for the day. Earning a medal and running with course support is a great way to keep your mind off of the distance, and to practice your race day tactics too!

Yes, I still have a paper calendar :)

Yes, I still have a paper calendar :)

Do you want to travel or stay local?

Does your city or town offer a lot of races to choose from, or will you have to travel to find a race that suits you? If you can race pretty close to home, that makes life a bit easier. You don’t have to worry about taking off of work to travel or reserving that hotel room months in advance. You can also use your money to enter into more races, rather than paying for plane tickets and travel expenses. However, racing out of town is not at all a bad thing. You get a completely new race experience and course. Having the excuse for a runcation is always a lot of fun – I mean, what’s better than exploring a new city by running 26.2 miles on foot?

Mary & Emily Chicago

Are you running with friends?

Traveling in a group can either make things harder or easier, depending on who you are traveling with. Be sure to fully understand everyone’s agenda for the trip and learn to be a bit flexible. Remember, you don’t necessarily have to do every single activity together either. Have a loose schedule to follow – how and when you are getting to the expo, your pre-race meal, etc. – and the rest of the trip should be a piece of cake.


What type of year is best for racing for you?

Some people thrive running in warmer weather and others just hate running in the cold. Look at your most important races’ average temperatures and try your best to plan around that. Of course, be sure to know that average temperatures are by no means written in stone. It could be way warmer or way cooler than expected. A rule of thumb: October and April/May races can easily be hot or cold. Otherwise, November-March races tend to be a bit cooler for the northern states (most of the time).

RNR Pre Race

What does your race budget look like?

I know not everyone uses budgeting tools, but I sure do. If you have a goal race, take that money out of your budget first. Then, look for races that fit within your training schedule to help support your goals. Like I mentioned before, littering your marathon schedule with a bunch of 5k’s isn’t the best idea. However, if you are aiming for a 10k or 15k, a few 5k’s may be just what you need to work on your legs speed.

How do you decide on races for your race calendar? Share your tips in the comments for everyone to benefit from :)



The peerFit Passport

October 19, 2013

Last year, I went to a luncheon for a launch of peerFit, a health technology company based in Florida. From their website, “peerFit is a health-technology company that empowers people to get fit by connecting them to group fitness. Through its free mobile application and website, peerFit offers fitness consumers interactive and motivational fitness features in order to get and stay fit”.

They’ve come out with a new concept for people to get a taste of different fitness classes before committing to a long term package at a certain studio.


Here in Tampa, we can pick from 5 different places to go to from with our peerFit Passport.


They include a long & lean section, and then the strength and power section. Right now, I will probably only be visiting studios that apply to long & lean. With the pregnancy, I’m not trying to get my heart rate up too high or push myself too hard. I’m all about lifting weights and staying fit, but just not at the level the strength and power classes provide.

Back in April, I visited Orange Theory Fitness, so I know it is a pretty kicking workout. It pushes you to your limits in a group setting, and you can really see a lot of results from it. I’m not familiar with Performance Compound, however I am crazy interested to try it out. Here is a quick snip it from their website “The Compound has paved its way as the industry leader in providing holistic programming to all clients dedicated to improving performance. Our performance programs have serviced MLB All-Star’s, Gold Glove Winner’s, NFL Pro-Bowlers, NHL Conn Smythe award winners, as well as executives, tactical, amateur, collegiate, high school, youth and weekend warriors. We want to challenge your physical & mental preparation as well as how you perceive everyday challenges. We will motivate you, inspire you and deliver results driven training to every program we offer.”

Performance Compund

As for the long & lean classes, I am definitely planning on hitting up all of them. I have heard nothing but amazing things about South Tampa Pilates. Classes range in experience level from educating beginners, engaging intermediates and challenging advanced devotees. You can choose from private, semi- private and class environments on any given day of the week.

South Tampa Pilates Studio image

Surf Fit is another one of the studios in the long and lean category. From their website, “it is our mission to cater to all fitness levels.  We know that building a strong CORE is the foundation to proper fitness.” I am definitely going to check this class out for sure. It seems completely scalable, which is perfect for me right now.

Last but not least is Body Heat Yoga Studio. I am a little bit hesitant to check this one out right now because of the heat, but I might give it a shot, and if it bothers me too much, I’ll just go ahead and leave the class early. It seems like a great studio, offering a good range of class times.

PASSPORT pageBanner

I am excited to get to using the Passport and check out a few new studios in Tampa. I’ll be sure to report back when I visit some of the new places! If you are in the Tampa area, check out the Living Social deal for the passport that is being featured now! You have 11 more days to purchase it for just $39.

Do you have anything available in your area like the peerFit passport?