Week 16 Pregnancy Recap

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How far along? 16 Weeks (ended about December 27, 2013). Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of an avocado, measuring 4.6 in. and weighing 3.5 oz. The baby’s hair, lashes and eyebrows are growing, taste buds are forming and it can hear my voice!! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. Symptoms The usual – tired, hungry, lots of pee breaks. Cravings/Aversions Nothing unusual. Exercise Saturday: 6 mile run Sunday: 3.7 mile run Monday: 5K run Wednesday: P90X Yoga* Thursday: 3.7 mile run *I’ve modified certain activities, as needed. For example, with yoga, I stopped doing plow and wheel when I found out I was pregnant. I loved wheel. This week, my belly got in the way of doing twisted chair pose, so that one is out now, as well. Movement? Maybe. It kind of felt like there was movement every once in a while. Milestones The Quad Screen, which screens for Down Syndrome, Edwards syndrome, Spina bifida and Anencephaly, came back normal. I am now “officially” pregnant, since a coworker who didn’t know I was pregnant asked me if I was expecting. Yup, that makes it official. Running has been feeling much better this trimester [...] Read more »

Week 15 Pregnancy Recap

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How far along? 15 Weeks (ended about December 20, 2013). Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of an orange, measuring 4 in. and weighing 2.5 oz. The baby is squirming a lot, possibly hiccuping, and moving all joints and limbs! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. Symptoms The usual – tired, hungry, lots of pee breaks. Over the past few weeks, muscles and ligaments in my lower abdomen have felt like they’re stretching, which is a little uncomfortable. Cravings/Aversions Nothing unusual. Exercise Saturday: 5.8 mile run Sunday: P90X Yoga Monday: 5K run on the treadmill (yuck – not a fan of treadmills, but will probably start using them more throughout the pregnancy) + light weights Thursday: P90X Yoga Friday: 3.8 mile run Movement? Maybe. It kind of felt like there was movement every once in a while towards the end of the week. Milestones Had my first actual doctor’s appointment (with the doctor, not the nurse). Total weight gain is 10 lbs. (whoa, but the docs don’t seem concerned by that, so maybe it will even out this trimester…?). They took a vile of blood to do the Quad Screening. Heard the baby’s heartbeat – [...] Read more »

Week 14 Pregnancy Recap

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How far along? 14 Weeks (ended about December 13, 2013). Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of a lemon, measuring 3.4 in. and weighing 1.5 oz. The baby has doubled in size since last week, kidneys are making urine, liver and spleen are working, and lanugo is forming! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. Symptoms The usual – tired, hungry, lots of pee breaks (although those seem like they may be slowing a bit). Developed a painful heat rash on my chest. I soaked a washcloth in cold water and baking soda and used that as a compress a few times each day and it was almost gone in about 3 days. Cravings/Aversions Nothing unusual. Exercise Saturday: 5.84 mile run Sunday: 8 mile OC6 (outrigger canoe paddling) Monday: 3.8 mile run Movement? Not yet. Milestones Started sleeping with the Snoogle pregnancy pillow. That thing is amazing!! << Week 13 >> Week 15 Read more »

Week 13 Pregnancy Recap

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How far along? 13 Weeks (ended about December 6, 2013). End of the first trimester!! Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of a peach, measuring 2.9 in. and weighing .81 oz. Its head is about 1/3 the size of the body, vocal cords are forming, and intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their permanent location! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. I’ve been using the BeBand for pants that feel particularly tight. That was a great invention! Symptoms The usual – tired, hungry, lots of pee breaks. Not as overwhelmingly exhausted as I was from about weeks 5-12. Cravings/Aversions At about 8pm on Saturday night, after having dinner, I was craving Papa Johns pizza (yes, specifically Papa Johns). I thought I would just have a slice or two, but I ended up eating about 80% of the small pie. Exercise Saturday: 5.4 mile run (now that the half marathon is over, I have no interest in running over 6 miles, which is a comfortable distance right now) Sunday: 12 miles OC6 (outrigger canoe paddling). 1 pee break, but wished for several more. Wednesday: P90X Yoga + 11 hour work day Friday: 4 mile [...] Read more »

Week 12 Pregnancy Recap

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How far along? 12 Weeks (ended about November 29, 2013). Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of a plum, measuring 2.1 in. and weighing .49 oz. Most critical systems are formed, reflexes are developing, fingers and toes can curl, and the brain is developing fast! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. Symptoms The usual – tired, hungry, lots of pee breaks. Cravings/Aversions Nothing unusual, but still craving peanut butter regularly. Exercise Saturday: 20 min. eliptical, 30 min. P90X yoga (mild in preparation for tomorrow’s half marathon) Sunday: Women’s Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Click Here for the race recap. Thursday: 2.9 mile run near Orlando. (No bathrooms on the trail, so I had to go back early.) Movement? Not yet. Milestones Ran a half marathon. Was told by a coworker (who knows I’m pregnant) that I was showing. << Week 11 >> Week 13 Read more »

Women’s Half Marathon (While Pregnant) Race Recap

Michele Pre-WomensHalf

Fourth half marathon this year, second while pregnant (although I didn’t know the first time), three bathroom breaks. Pre-Race Training for this half marathon was rough. I have been absolutely exhausted throughout my first trimester, so running after work was out of the question and running early in the morning was hit or miss. I have consistently run 1-2 minutes per mile slower during training and occasionally walked in the middle of short runs, either because I was winded or worried about my body temperature rising too high. During long weekend runs, I have taken between 2 and 4 bathroom breaks and I never made it past 10 miles after the first month or so of pregnancy. Needless to say, I had few expectations for this half marathon. I knew I could probably make it 10 miles, so it would be easy to walk the final 3.1. I was not opposed to walk breaks throughout the half marathon (as needed) and I wanted to make absolutely sure I stayed hydrated throughout. I also knew I would be taking bathroom breaks because my bladder can’t seem to make it 20 minutes most days. Women’s Half Marathon This was my first Women’s [...] Read more »

Week 11 Pregnancy Recap

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How far along? 11 Weeks (ended about November 22, 2013). Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of a lime, measuring 1.6 in. and weighing .25 oz. Fingers and toes are no longer webbed and tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds are forming! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. Symptoms Tired, lots of pee breaks, losing my breath faster when starting each run, 1-2 minutes slower than normal for each run, really hungry. Cravings/Aversions Nothing unusual, but I have been craving peanut butter regularly. Exercise Saturday: 3 mile leisurely stand-up-paddleboard excursion (1 mile paddle to the park + SUP Poker Run) Sunday: 9.5 mile run (3 pee breaks) Monday: P90X Yoga Recurring tweak in my back, so I took the rest of the week off in preparation for the half marathon coming up on Sunday. Movement? Not yet. Milestones We told friends and family and announced our pregnancy on Facebook. << Week 10 >> Week 12 Read more »

Week 10 Pregnancy Recap

Announcement

How far along? 10 Weeks (ended about November 15, 2013). I really wish I had a pre-pregnancy picture available! Size of Baby According to The Bump, the baby is about the size of a prune, measuring 1.2 in. and weighing .14 oz. Cartilage and bones are forming, organs are beginning to function, fingernails and hair are starting to grow, and the baby is swallowing and kicking! Maternity Clothes? Not yet. Symptoms Tired, lots of pee breaks, losing my breath faster when starting each run, 1-2 minutes slower than normal for each run, really hungry. Cravings/Aversions Craved a tuna sandwich from Panera Bread on Tuesday. Exercise Saturday: P90X Yoga Sunday: 9 miles running (5.75 outside, 3.25 on the treadmill, 3 bathroom breaks) Wednesday: 3.8 mile run Friday: 3.8 mile run Movement? Not yet. Milestones Nothing significant. I’m starting to feel like I look pregnant. Told work I was pregnant because of the half marathon we have coming up this month, but we haven’t announced to most friends/family yet. >> Week 11 Read more »

Madeira Beach Triathlon Recap

Madeira Swim Start

It’s not a bad idea to train for a triathlon before participating in one. Even if it’s a sprint triathlon and even if you’re in decent shape. Just a little training – nothing crazy. Maybe hop on a bike and go swimming a few times before the race. A bare minimum would be something like my training for the Siesta Key Tri in October 2012. I’ve done some running lately, but not as much as usual, and I haven’t been on a bike since the Siesta Key Tri 7 months ago. I swam 1/4 mile last weekend, but that was the extent of my swim training. The Madeira Beach Triathlon was 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. Not a problem when it comes to finishing. More of a problem when it comes to finishing with a decent time and not leaving my body screaming in pain. Swim I began the swim in the 5th wave (out of 6). I had anticipated a swim start, but for some reason they switched it to a beach start this year. During my first tri (Siesta Key), I began the swim in the back of the group, but I ended [...] Read more »

Teal Running to #TurnTampaBayTeal

Running For Brews

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Tampa Bay is turning teal to raise awareness about sexual violence and to raise funds to support Take Back the Night (TBTN). #TurnTampaBayTeal #TBTN2013 Read #TurnTampaBayTeal for SAAM for more details on Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), Take Back the Night, and the #TurnTampaBayTeal campaign. Several teal-themed, donation-based events have been popping up throughout the Tampa Bay area. On April 17th and 18th, Nicole Huau, Tom Rockhill, and Johnny McDrama with Running for Brews hosted two teal-themed Take Back the Night donation runs – one in St. Pete (4/17) and one in Tampa (4/18). Survivors of sexual assault are 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol. Because of the connection between sexual assault and alcohol abuse, it was greatly appreciated that a socially-based, charity-driven, community-oriented running club that begins and ends each run at a bar helped the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay spread the word about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Take Back the Night! The Boston Marathon tragedy happened on 4/15/13, so with teal-colored bibs, we ran through the streets of St. Pete and Tampa for two nights to honor Boston and Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Thanks to [...] Read more »