9.30.2013

16 Weeks: Baby's First Half


16 weeks has been really good to me! I feel great and my energy is back, the baby is kicking daily and of course I ran my first half marathon pregnant. As far as training goes, I've kept up the gym 4 times a week and was using one day over the weekend for a long run {10+ miles}.

I used to daydream what it would be like to be a pregnant runner, imaging the end result while I was going through endless Dr appts and treatments. I'm old enough to know that sometimes you can have the best intentions, but that you can't control everything especially when it comes to your body. I'm lucky enough to have had a low risk pregnancy which means I can continue my workout regimen, for the most part, without worry. In fact it's encouraged! Was it easy to workout while I was dealing with all day morning sickness for 11 weeks? Heck no. In fact I've never had a harder time getting up at the crack of dawn in my life. The weekend were the hardest, but again the end result is what I'm after so I keep doing it.

Months ago Brandi and I were asked to come to Fort Wayne to run the Fort 4 Fitness Half Marathon in Indiana. Of course we said yes, meeting some of our northern readers and friends, some of who ran their first half, was amazing.




We stayed in the hotel connected to the Fort Wayne Ballpark where the race was being held, it sure is nice to not have to fight parking and people the morning of a big race. I might always stay in a nearby hotel :)


The finish was over home plate which was fun, when you ran the last leg in the stadium people where everywhere cheering and they called your name and put your sweaty face on the jumbotron. I knew I wasn't trying to PR so my goal was just to run and have fun. The first 7 miles I stayed with Holly, but I had to speed it up after that to make it to the next bathroom. The worst part about running while pregnant is peeing, a LOT. Big thank you to the Fort for having bathrooms every mile!!! I skipped on mile and seriously thought I was going to have to find a bush, there is no 'sweating it out' which is what I normally do. The pressure on my bladder is overwhelming at points. The bathrooms go fast the first half, but the second half I had to wait in lines which is SO frustrating! Regardless 12 trips later I finished my 5th Half in 2:25.


Running while pregnant is hard, my mind wants to go faster, but my body just won't. I had a few moments where I felt a little defeated by how slow I felt I was going, I had to keep reminding myself that I'm carrying around extra weight, fluid, and you know a human. Once I reached that finish line though, I just felt proud. Proud of sticking to my guns and of pushing myself to do more. This is completely different that the last time I was pregnant, I gave up then, but that's not in my vocabulary anymore! After everyone finished we all met up for lunch with our non runner friends at a cute place called Dash-In in downtown FW.


I was so so so excited to meet so many people I talk to online in real life! This is Jill from Sugar Love Boutique and her adorable daughter {who just turned 16 and is like the SWEETEST teenager I've ever met!!}.  They are both just as friendly and stylish in real life as I imagined they would be.


My girls are amazing and surprised me with a baby shower!! This freaking fantastic cake was made by Brooke {@myivorysmile} she just does them for fun, how awesome is that!?! So many people came and celebrated with me, I'm completely overwhelmed by the love I felt. Thank you!!! I promise next time I come I'll shower first, whew, haha.


I had a genius idea to go and spend the afternoon getting pedi's so we loaded in the car and OMG, such a good idea. New post race tradition!


That night we had a low key dinner and did a little dancing at an 80's themed club. Honestly the 80's music should be supplemental to other dance music, not the main source of it. I can only handle so much Michael Jackson.


The weekend went way too fast, but was worth it. I love my girls and we always have a great time together. Thank you to Ashley for hosting us in Fort Wayne and thank you FW for being such a great little town, everyone is so dang nice! Oh and Holly thanks you for the beer shots at mile 11 :)


Big things coming for this week, my sonogram is Wednesday morning and Saturday is the big reveal! Boy or Girl??? I can't wait!

27 comments :

  1. Great recap! and you did an awesome time running that half with a baby!! So great to meet you and be inspired by you daily. Can't wait to see if it's a boy or a girl and more importantly if the $300 bounce house was worth it :)

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  2. Meg you are such an inspiration! Congratulations on such a great accomplishment. What a strong and determined lady you are. Way to go Meg!

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  3. I hope you guys come back to Indiana. I had another event planned so I couldn't make it up there, but would love to meet you guys if you come back next year or next week! LOL!

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  4. You did so awesome girl. I loved hanging out and spending the weekend with you - and teasing my hair to sleep next to you:) HA... Hugs - can't wait to hear - BLUE OR PINK!

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  5. Great to meet you! I am so impressed with you running this thing pregnant! You were super nice in person and I was so excited to meet all you girls. (I call you my imaginary friends when talking about you all tee hee) Thank you all for inspiring me to get off my butt and run! It felt great!

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  6. Dang girl you are a ninja! So inspiring!!!!

    XO Barbie
    The Parlor Girl

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  7. Dang girl you are a ninja! So inspiring!!!!

    XO Barbie
    The Parlor Girl

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  8. I love how close y'all are! Such great friends. - Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio

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  9. You did so awesome! I had no idea you stopped every mile. You would have totally beat me without the potty breaks!

    I think G and I are going to start trying after my marathon, and I would LOVE to be able to run as long as you have.

    Again, so great to meet you! Looking forward to reading about the rest of you pregnancy!

    -Em

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  10. I get frustrated not being able to walk as fast as I used to. I tried to speed through Wal-Mart after work on Friday & by the time I got to the car, I was out of breath and cramping. Whoops! Congrats on finishing your preggo half! :-)

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  11. That is so insanely awesome that you ran a half while pregnant. I remember those all day morning sickness days very clearly!

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  12. Look likes you had a good time! Such a cute cake and congrats on getting through the half! All those bathrooms breaks suck I'm sure but at least you finished!!

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  13. I cannot thank you enough for coming up for the half! It was great meeting you finally!! You are everything I hoped you would be, and more!!!

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  14. I have been so excited all weekend to read all of the recaps of the big race!!! They have all given me more motivation for my half in 3 weeks!!! You are amazing...running prego....love it!

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  15. Sounds like a lot of fun. Congrats on finishing.. pregnant. I would have gave up. I love that last picture, it says so many things, Great Friends being one of them.

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  16. Yes, Brooke is my IRL friend and she is awesome!! I'm so glad she could come meet you guys and that you guys had fun!!

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  17. Yes, Brooke is my IRL friend and she is awesome!! I'm so glad she could come meet you guys and that you guys had fun!!

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  18. Penis!... Not vagina juice. LOL

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  19. Awesome job! Such an inspiration. If you can do a half preggo then I have no excuse to not get a few miles in each day lol. And I think you should do a reader poll. My vote is boy!

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  20. Where is the cute sweater with the hot pink elbow pads from?!

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  21. Where is the cute sweater with the hot pink elbow pads from?!

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  22. Where is the cute sweater with the hot pink elbow pads from?!

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  23. Way to go on your half! You look so cute with your baby bump showing. Cannot wait for the big reveal post.

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  24. Congrats on finishing that sucker! Seriously. And I was wondering if you were going to pee in the bushes or not LOL. The annoying thing about being pregnant is you feel like you have to pee SOOOOO bad, and then when you go it's like dink and its over. that's it?!! Hahaha. Anyway I admire you for working out during your morning sickness too. i skipped the gym for a good 5 weeks because of that.

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