Week 18 and I-Challenge

We are past week 18 and it’s not too much longer know until we know what we are having!

Here are some outfits from the week:


Purple Sweater – Liz Lange Maternity (Target, on sale for $10!), Black denim skinny jeans – A&G

Angelfish Slip-On Boat Shoe in Black/Houndstooth – Sperry


Black Studded Pintucked Pleated Top – Forever 21, Black Skinny Jeans – Heidi Klum Maternity

Black Caroline Wedges – Tory Burch


Red Flowy Gorgette Top – Forever 21, Black tank underneath – Ann Taylor Loft

Black faux leather paneled leggings – Topshop Maternity, Black Caroline Wedges – Tory Burch

And I got Bellybuds! These are little speakers that use a tacky substance to stick to your belly and safely play music to your baby. Plus you can listen along using the splitter or use a microphone if you have one, to talk to your baby. Rob and I are making sure baby gets exposed to the classics early: Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer 🙂 Make sure to read the instructions, they recommend no more than an hour a day and the new Belly Buds have a pre/post pregnant setting. Their website says they are looking to make after baby attachments so Bellybuds can be re-used. I will probably just sell them afterward. I would recommend these to a friend or they would make a great gift to someone you know who is pregnant.



In running news, Rob will be running the IL Marathon again this year at the end of Aprile. He will be doing the I-Challenge, which means running the 5K the night before. I hope to be able to “run” or run/walk and complete the Mini I-Challenge which is the 5K (with Rob) and the 10K the next day. I figured even though I’ll be around 7.5 months pregnant it will feel good to be moving around than just standing and waiting for Rob’s race. I will just have to see how I feel that day and also what the weather is like, but for now the plan is to be out and moving around that weekend. 🙂

Some runs have been better than others. I’ve had easy and light as air feeling running 5 miles and then the next time I struggle through a .5 mile and need to walk. When my running isn’t going well it feels like tightness in the lower abdomen so I ordered a belly band to try with running. When it gets here I’ll post on if it seems to help with that feeling.

I’ve also tried out a prenatal yoga class in town. It’s an hour and half class, but the first half hour is more for the mothers to be to share their experiences and learn from each other. The hour of yoga work is very light and so far has focused on breathing, balance, hip openers, lower back, and then anything that the class wants to add that day. It’s nice to mix up from a yoga DVD and get out to a class. A class is able offer many more modification options being pregnant, plus you get the comradere of others going through the same thing.

Tuesday (1/1):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 46:23, 9:17 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga DVD – 20 Minutes

Wednesday (1/2):

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 28:25, 9:29 Pace)

Thursday (1/3) – Friday (1/4):


Saturday (1/5):

2 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 18:45, 9:23 Pace)

1 Mile Walk (Treadmill, .5% incline, 14:39 Pace)

Sunday (1/6):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 46:15, 9:15 Pace)

Weights – 10 Minutes

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 20 Miles

Strengthening: 2 Times – 30 Mins

Monday (1/7):

4.5 Miles Easy (Treamill, 42:49, 9:31 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga Class – 1 Hour

Tuesday (1/8):

3.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 30:03, 9:15 Pace)

Wednesday (1/9):


Thursday (1/10):

1.5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 14:19, 9:33 Pace)

1.75 Miles Walk (Treadmill, .5 – 2% incline, 26:59, 15:26 Pace)

Friday (1/11):

3.25 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, 38:28, 11:51 Pace)

Saturday (1/12):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 58:10, 9:42 Pace)

Sunday (1/13):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 58:37, 9:47 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 26.25 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time – 1 Hour

Monday (1/14):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 39:05, 9:47 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga Class – 1 Hour

Tuesday (1/15):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 39:09, 9:48 Pace)


I’m not sure why I’ve never attempted to make a Mexican Pizza before at home. I made it vegetarian and healthy as possible by whipping it up with these ingredients and steps. It was super yummy and I love how it’s something I can modify really with whatever ingredients I have on hand.

  • First I make a packaged pizza crust according to the directions. This time I used Gluten Free Namaste brand because we have loved it in the past, but something was different this time. The past couple of pizza crusts have come out thinner than the past times we’ve used it and it just didn’t taste as good. I’m not sure if the ingredients or instructions changed, but I think we will trying a new pizza crust brand next time.
  • I layered this pizza with:
    • Vegetarian refried beans
    • A little taco sauce
    • A little salsa
    • Reduced fat shredded mexican cheese
    • Red bell pepper
    • Black olives
  • Then pop back into the oven to bake, according to pizza crust instructions until it’s melted and bubbly
  • Then take it out and I added jalepenos, diced green onion, and then I piped fat free sour cream in a baggie and squeezed it on top.


5 thoughts on “Week 18 and I-Challenge

  1. Hey Christine,

    I’m doing both the Illinois Marathon again and the GO! Marathon. We might just cross paths this time around! 🙂


  2. I love seeing that you are still able to run. I know how much you love it and I know how much it will benefit you. I truly believe running is why I had such an easy and fun pregnancy.

    You look amazing!! Such cute outifts you put together.

    p.s. I am drooling over your pizza!


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