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Weeks 25 & 26 – 2/3’s Done?!

I think how time flies in pregnancy hit me when I looked at one of my pregnancy apps on my phone and it stated “you are 2/3’s done”, what?! In an instant lists of to do’s and things to buy flooded my brain. I feel the clock ticking. 13 weeks or less now, crazy!

Week 25 bump picture


Sequined Grey Sleeveless Cowl Neck Top – Limited, Black Cardigan – Ann Taylor Loft Maternity

Black Skinny Jeans – Heidi Klum Maternity, Black Boots – Jessica Simpson

Week 26 bump pictures

Red top – Forever 21, Black and Leather Tights – Topshop Maternity, Black Caroline Wedges – Tory Burch


Purple knit dress – Old Navy Maternity, Denim Jacket – Old Navy, Brown Boots – Ann Taylor Loft


Monday (2/25):

6 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:03, 11.98 mph)

Tuesday (2/26):

2 Mile Walk (Treadmill, 4% Incline, 30:00, 15:00 Pace)

4.4 Miles Bike (Trainer, 20:00, 13.2 mph)

Wednesday (2/27) – Thursday (2/28):


Friday (3/1):

10.1 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:00, 13.47 mph)

1 Mile Run Easy (Treadmill, 9:56, 9:56 Pace)

1025 yard Swim (Gym Pool, 25:30, 2:30/100 yd)

Saturday (3/2):

1 Mile Run Easy (Treadmill, 9:49, 9:49 Pace)

9.7 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:00, 12.93 mph)

750 yard Swim (Gym Pool, 25:03, 3:21/100 yd)

Sunday (3/3):

11.5 Miles Bike (Trainer, 50:25, 13.69 mph)

Weekly Total:

Run/Walk: 4 Miles

Bike: 41.7 Miles

Swim: 1 Mile

Monday (3/4):

8.1 Miles Bike (Trainer, 40:00, 12.15 mph)

Tuesday (3/5):

3.1 Easy Run (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 30:45, 9:56 Pace)

Wednesday (3/6):

9.1 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:00, 12.13 mph)

Thursday (3/7):


Friday (3/8):

10 Miles Bike (Trainer, 45:34, 13.17 mph)

Saturday (3/9):

4 Miles Run Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 39:44, 9:56 Pace)

6.6 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:00, 13.2 mph)

Sunday (3/10):

2.3 Miles Run Easy (‘Hood, 23:03, 10:02 Pace) – Running outside with Rob! 😀


9 Miles Bike (Trainer, 40:35, 13.31 mph)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 9.4 Miles

Bike: 42.8 Miles


We got our first stroller, the Quinny Buzz! It has a quick auto unfold option. The stroller seat can be forward or facing backward, and we can use adapters to use our car seat. Plus it has super smooth movement.


We are also getting a running stroller and are currently looking at the Mountain Buggy Terrain.


One of my most favorite websites is SkinnyTaste.

I made the Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice and it was amazing! The only adjustment I made was adding scrambled egg. Next time I will make this with brown rice.



Getting Fit A Little Bit

Staying fit while pregnant for me means figuring out what works for me that day, especially in the last trimester.

First a look back….

First Trimester

The first trimester I was tired on a new level that I had never felt before. However, I was still able to run and completed a couple of half marathons, Chicago Marathon and some shorter races.



Second Trimester

Moving into the second trimester I was still feeling good and logging miles, just at a slower pace. By the 5th month, I started having “off days”. Sometimes I would try to run and my side muscles or hips would feel tight and very uncomfortable. Other days I would run and feel light as air. I only ran outside when Rob would join me. Otherwise my running has been on our treadmill.


I learned that I would need to just take what the day would bring. On these off days I would either rest, walk or walk/run if I felt like I could manage it. I also got a running belt for support. I used this even on days I didn’t feel like I needed the support, just to help make sure I would feel good the next day.


I also introduced prenatal workout DVDs now and then.

Week 16 and 17 and Monumental Decisions

Third Trimester

Now at the third trimester I had a couple of workout set backs that I mentioned in my previous post. First, my left hip was very sore. I could even feel it just walking around and not working out. I rested for multiple days, but it wouldn’t go away. Walking on the treadmill was even a challenge. I then decided I need to see if I could get in some workout on my bike. Unfortunately not long after the decision to cross train more, I fell in a restaurant. The baby is totally fine, but my ribs took the blow on the corner of a sharp chair. That injury made it difficult to move and breathe deeply, let alone workout. After ice, aspirin and rest I was finally able to try out some light workouts. I’ve not done my prenatal DVDs during this time, because the stretching would feel awful.

Getting into cycling more was tricky with my new size. For those who cycle, you can probably attest to the need to get in “seat time” on your bike. The racing seat on my bike is not a comfy feeling while pregnant (or really ever for that matter), even with padded bike shorts and a gel seat cover. Since I’m not training for a race and just need time on my bike, I got this more comfy seat and it made all the difference.



Rob’s tri-bike, showing our old seat style.


My tri-bike, with my uber comfy seat.


Rob and I also started swimming some, which has been a fun way to get in some more exercise. I found a maternity swim suit from Old Navy. I love the suit because it feels appropriate for lap swimming and would still work for lounging by a pool.

By thinking about my overall mileage, whether it came from walking/running/cycling/swimming, has helped me stay encouraged that as long as I’m moving, I’m staying healthy and so is my baby. 🙂

Outside of actual workouts I also got this fun gadget that encourages me to walk and take the stairs. Both of which I like to do anyways, but it’s motivating to find ways to squeeze in more steps and flights of stairs. It’s call fitbit.



You can upload activities that you do without wearing your fitbit too like swimming, running on a treadmill, cycling, etc. You can also log food, but the library isn’t built out as MyFittnessPal, so it would just take some extra time to get some items logged the first time. It can also track your sleep if you want. My favorite part is looking at the dashboard on to see the metrics about how sedentary, lightly active, and highly active I am each day, week, month.

As I enter into the last stages of my pregnancy and when I reach post-pregnancy, I like that I will have my fitbit to help encourage me to walk and keep moving.

Another addition in staying healthy I purchased the Nutribullet. It’s easy to use and clean. Plus it will blend apples (sliced and cored), veggies, and fruit. I enjoy making a smoothie in the morning to take into work. It makes it very easy to get in extra fruits and veggies.


If you have a Nutribullet, let me know your favorite recipes to make with it.

If you have any other staying healthy tips or activities that you did during your pregnancy or even to manage through an injury, please share!


Week 22!!

Holy moley how does time fly by! In the matter of a week I’m getting bigger and our little baby girl is kicking more. I love every time I feel her kick!

22 Weeks of baby bumpin’ IMG_3124

Black Ponte Knit Dress – Gap Maternity, Brown Boots – Ann Taylor Loft (a million years old)

Neverfull GM Damier – Louis Vuitton


Grey Short Sleeved Top – Merona (Target), Grey Striped Long Sleeved Top – Old Navy

1969 Demi Panel Sexy Boot Cut Jeans – Gap Maternity, Boots – Million years old, not sure of brand


Pleated Dot Dress – Gap Maternity, White Tank – Liz Lange Maternity (Target), Grey 3/4 Sleeved Top – Limited

Brown Boots – Jessica Simpson


Pintuck Dot Dress – Gap Maternity, Denim Jacket – Old Navy

Brown Boots – Ann Taylor Loft, Cabana Collection 2012 Damier Azur – Louis Vuitton

Running/Workouts: Prenatal Yoga class this week was a treat because my friend Natalie joined me. 🙂 We work at the same company, but she lives in Alabama. She was up for the week and was able to make our yoga session. She always has me cracking up, I wish she could go every week! In the running department I’ve had great runs and then there are days when my body just feels sore. On those sore days I just back off running, and instead kick up the incline on the treadmill and use 2lb hand weights. It’s perfect because I still get in a workout that works for the day. To help with any uncomfortable days, I’ve been wearing this maternity belt (in black). I wear it over my shirt/shorts so that it doesn’t cause chaffing. It feels like I get extra support, yet I don’t get annoyed wearing it while running. IMG_3127 Here are my latest workouts.

Monday (2/4):

4.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 41:49, 9:51 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga – 1 Hour

Tuesday (2/5):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1-2% incline, 39:15, 9:49 Pace)

Wednesday (2/6):

3 Miles Walk Hills (Treadmill, 4-6% incline, 2lb ea hand weights, 44:58, 15:00 Pace)

Thursday (2/7):

AM – 2.5 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, 1-2% incline, 30:42, 12:17 Pace)

PM – 1 Mile Easy (Gym Treadmill, 10:06, 10:06 Pace)

Friday (2/8):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 38:30, 9:38 Pace)

Saturday (2/9):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 47:53, 9:35 Pace)

Sunday (2/10):

6.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 1:00:37, 9:42 Pace)

Weekly Total:

Run/Walk: 30 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time – 1 Hour

Home Projects:

It’s not a nursery update, but Rob updated our guest half bath by repainting it in the same shade as the nursery. The color is Anonymous by Behr.


This coming week will be a lot of fun things: rug for the nursery should be here, Valentine’s Day, and Rob and I start baby classes!


Cha Cha Cha Chia

Rob and I love to read books on our iPad and I’ve just finished Dean Karnazes‘ book “Run!”. It’s a MUST read for runners. Dean has such a conversational writing style and the insane adventures he gets into are so inspiring. The man is a machine. We were able to see him speak at Illinois State University October 2010.

We were also fortune to get to meet him at the 2011 Chicago Marathon Expo. He was so kind and engaging, really wanting to get to know everyone that came to see him. He had just a calm and happy demeanor, like talking to a friend instead of meeting a celebrity. In the short time speaking with him and having him sign our bibs you could see how he is in the moment and cherishes every interaction.

Rob is in the middle of reading “Born to Run” and has mentioned on multiple occasions that I need to pick it up next. In the book they highlight the power of the Chia seed. Chia seeds are apparently a superfood that can offer up great health benefits to everyone, especially runners. For a seed, it’s super rich in Omega 3s and protein. One ounce can contain 9% of one’s daily protein intake (for a 2,000 cal diet), 13% of healthy fats, and 42% of one’s daily fiber, plus it also packs a punch of vitamins. Details about the seed can be found here.

Since it’s a seed still in its natural state and not some man-made potion I’m interested in giving it a try and adding it to our diet. I’ve ordered two pounds of the stuff and it sounds like it can be steeped to make tea, baked into breads, and added to smoothies. I have started research on chia seed recipes in anticipation of it arriving on my doorstep. If you have any chia seed recipes to share, please let me know! 🙂 Once I get some time trying the seed out I will post thoughts on incorporating it into drinks and foods.

What running related books are you reading at the moment? Anything to recommend?





Wednesday (10/5:)

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 44:01, 8:49 Pace)

Yoga 50 Mins

Thursday (10/6):

7 Miles Easy w/2 @ MGP (Treadmill, 57:48, 8:16 Pace)

My friend Lisa is a great runner and triathlete. If she wasn’t awesome enough already she also is an amazing chef. She even made me a gluten-free cake for my birthday, it was so delicious! Lisa found out that a local store and deli, The Garlic Press, was having a gluten-free cooking class. I haven’t ever taken a cooking class before. I was a bit intimidated that the menu was quite elaborate and I’m not at Lisa’s level of cooking. However, this class was different in that only the chef cooked and we watched. It worked out perfectly because then I could spend three hours catching up with Lisa and learn some new recipes.

Everything tasted amazing! Lisa and I made notes of adjustments and plan to make some of this for our husbands. Thank you Lisa for finding this class and thinking of me. It was such a great time!


Hey Mama


Sunday (9/25):

17 Miles Long (‘Hood, 2:19:52, 8:14 Pace)

Monday (9/26):

7.2 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:00, 14.4 mph)

Tuesday (9/27):

7.9 Miles Bike (Trainer, 35:00, 13.54 mph)

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:06:34, 8:20 Pace)

Wednesday (9/28):

6.8 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:04, 13.57 mph)

Yoga 50 Mins

Thursday (9/29):


Friday (9/30):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 31:06, 7:47 Pace)

Yoga 50 Mins

Saturday (10/1):
15.25 Miles Bike (Spin Class, 49:00, 18.67 mph)

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:05:51, 8:14 Pace)

Sunday (10/2):
13.1 Miles Long (‘Hood, 1:39:09, 7:35 Pace)
15.2 Miles Bike (Spin class, 52:47, 17.28 mph)

Monday (10/3):

Tuesday (10/4):

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 57:22, 8:14 Pace)

Last Thursday after work Rob and I went to a Mat Kearney concert at a small venue near University of Illinois. Mat sounded amazing, even more so in person. It was a great concert, but Rob and I quickly noticed that we were the minority in the age category. A couple blurry pictures from my phone.

Over the weekend I made fish tacos with tilapia. I cooked the fish with a little olive oil, lime juice, paprika, chili power, onion powder, cumin and garlic salt for 15 minutes @ 425 degrees. After cooking I served it with corn tortillas, fresh salsa and guacamole.

I also made up my version of Spanish Rice in my new rice cooker. I used Trader Joe’s brown rice medley and cooked it to the rice cooker instructions. Then in a separate pot I warmed a can of diced tomatoes and black beans, both drained and added the same spices that I put on the fish. I’m going to take the left over rice mix and add mexican cheese, stuff red peppers and bake in the oven for another meal. 🙂

Monday was a rest day so Rob and I took the Cub out for a flight. It was a gorgeous day!


How do you Monster?

Sunday I ran my 18 miles outside, showered and dressed for spin class. My post recovery fuel was a Green Monster with Hammer Vanilla Soy.

For anyone who doesn’t Green Monster, you need to asap! They are delicious and packed full of nutrients. Basically you make a standard smoothie and add green spinach and you can’t even taste it, but it adds such a boost to your energy.

My Hammer Vanilla Soy Green Monster post long run is:

  • Banana
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • One scoop of Hammer Vanilla Soy
  • Spoonful of almond butter (any nut butter will do, or you can omit)
  • Big handful of raw fresh spinach

Blend in a blender and then add ice and blend again.

Depending on the amount of ice and ingredients it can make quite a bit. I store the extra in a cup and freeze for later.

How do you Monster? What is your favorite smoothie mix?


Alexian Brothers – HM – 1:46:30

Rob, Drew and I went up to the Chicago area for the Alexian Brothers Half Marathon. A half marathon in the midst of a mid-west heat wave. We knew it would be stifling.

The Expo was a quick packet pickup including a nice tech shirt, aluminium bottle, and reusable grocery bag. We made time for a few pictures.

We had pre-race dinner at P.F. Changs since I needed a gluten free meal. If you need gluten free food, definitely check out P.F. Changs. They have GF items listed in the regular menu so no big GF announcement and menu run down from the waiter needed. The GF Chicken Lettuce Wraps and GF Steamed Ginger Salmon was so delicious! Afterward we walked around and found a Red Mango, a yogurt store with similar flavors and toppings of Pinkberry. We were stuffed from dinner so we had a tiny bit to investigate. 🙂 It was no Pinkberry though, it is still my fave.

We got to sleep early, but were awakened in the middle of the night to record setting rainfall and storm. We were jarred awake multiple times in the night to the thunder and lighting strikes. Chicago O’Hare received 8 inches of rain in the matter of a couple hours. We woke up to hearing that Chicago had areas of flooding. We had to re-route our way to the race because of flooded roads.

The weather was muggy, but cooler from the storms, around 75ish degrees. This fitness weekend included a 5K and 10K, but what was more unique was that there was multiple distance inline skate races occurring through the weekend. In fact our pace “car” to lead the race was an inline skater!

My hips have been sore and I wasn’t sure what I would be able to do at this race. Rob suggested we just run together and make it a training run. I told him that I wanted to try and run my half marathon pace (which would be slower for him) to see if I could shake things out. After the first three miles I was still on pace, but my hip soreness wasn’t improving and my legs still felt heavy. I slowed my pace and was hoping to stay in marathon goal pace for the remainder of the run.

My legs felt heavy. On a good note my stomach was intact! It was so nice to race without a rumbling stomach,  now if only my legs would cooperate. Rob was positive and encouraging, but I was frustrated with how stale I felt. Since this wasn’t a race-race, I backed off the pace and took it easy since I wasn’t having a good day. We even walked through three water stops. Normally I don’t take gatorade on a course because the mix can be done wrong and it can upset my stomach, but since we were at mile 10 we walked and got some gatorade and got surprised that the flavor wasn’t the standard lemon-lime, but grape! It was yummy!

Rob and I finished the race hand in hand, which we have never done. 🙂 I will post pictures when they have them available.


Date: 07.23.2011


8:08 Pace

4th Age Group

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It’s been a crazy hectic week, but we are managing to throw some fun into the mix. I’ll post workouts and such later. Just a couple pictures from our flying adventures. I’ll be updating the nutrition page with some gluten-free favorites too.

Out and about, no where in particular.

Flying to Indianapolis to go shopping.

Heading back.


A New Way


Wednesday (6/8):

6 Tempo (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up 2 @ LT 2 Cool Down, 49:07, 8:12 Pace)

Thursday (6/9):


Friday (6/10):

6 General Aerobic (Const Trail, 48:16, 8:03 Pace)

Saturday (6/11):

6 Easy (‘Hood, 52:21, 8:44 Pace)

Sunday (6/12):

0.91 Warm Up (8:41, 9:33 Pace)

4 Mile Race (Peoria Chiefs, 27:49, 6:58 Pace, 1st Female Overall)

0.63 Cool Down (5:33, 8:49 Pace)

Monday (6/13):


Tuesday (6/14):

5.15 Tempo (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up 3 @ LT .15 Cool Down, Tummy troubles cut cool down short)

Wednesday (6/15):

6.4 Easy (‘Hood, 56:11, 8:47 Pace)

Sunday after the race we headed over to dinner with Drew’s family. They are so sweet and made us feel right at home. Rob and Drew’s dad went for a flight in his Archer.

Work priorities are still filling my plate the most, but I’m also trying to focus on my lifestyle change to gluten-free. It will take a bit more planning, but luckily the changes so far don’t seem super dramatic. It’s just figuring out a new way to make recipes at home. I’m trying to look at it as a discovery of new grains and foods to try. I will be updating my nutrition page with my favorite gluten-free finds. 🙂

Here is what I made for dinner the other night. I used polenta sliced and heated in a pan with olive oil. Then I layered the slices with fresh basil from our garden and topped it with a little herb olive oil and had gluten-free pasta sauce on the side. I also had a gluten-free “wheat tasting” baguette that was super yummy for dipping.

Rob’s version had basil herb cheese in between the layers. I’m still staying lactose free until my stomach is better. I may try a little when I’m feeling better to see if it’s something I can have moderately.

It was delish! The only thing I would change is I would use a little less olive oil next time, the polenta didn’t need very much.  Polenta is very versatile and it says that it can be used in dishes that call for pasta or grains. If you have any great polenta or gluten-free recipes, please share! I’m sure restaurant choices will be a bit trickier. I’ve started mapping out some gluten-free menus. If you have a fave place give me a shout! Thanks! 😀