Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Running and other such psysiological experiences

One of my 3 New Year's resolution was to run a 5k. Kevin jumped on board with that one and we have now completed it...dun dun dun!... 4 times. My goal the first time was to finish it. In under 40 minutes. I only had a time goal because that's the kind of goal people wanted me to have. I gave myself lots of time, since I really had no idea how long it would take me. I ran/walked it in just under 35 minutes. Then after I discovered I was addicted to running I did some research and started running based on my heart rate, aka: MUCH more slowly. I ran the second one with no walking in 37 minutes. We signed up for the third one at a time that was not ideal at all, because Kevin had some friends running it. So, going into it straight off vacation, having run twice in the three weeks preceding the race, I stopped to walk twice and came in at the back of the pack at 41 minutes. Ok, I was not in the pack. I was in the stragglers half a mile behind the pack. :) I then had 2 weeks to train hard for what I decided would be my last 5k this year. My goal was to once again run the whole thing, and reverse the trend of going slower each time. I met both goals coming in at just over 38 minutes.

All right. I admit it, that's not the whole story. In addition to shaking up my training with two vacations, in the middle there sometime I got pregnant. :) Yes, really. I just made an announcement, lost in the middle of a post with no pictures. (Now we'll know who really reads this thing.) It's sort of amazing to me how immediately after becoming pregnant my heart rate patterns went wacko. I attribute my extra minute on the last 5k to those wacko patterns. My only complaint is that nobody could tell I was pregnant. I mean, I knew the reason the guy in the giant tomato suit was going as slowly as I was, but he couldn't tell that I was blaming my time on pregnancy. The truth is though, it turns out I'm just slow. That's all there is to it. I know I'm not running up to my potential yet, but I've come to the conclusion that my potential is significantly less than those of the other folks running 5k's around here.

Ok, Ok. I know you don't want to read about running anymore. There is another thing I wanted to talk about. I had my second miscarriage in February. (That's why I was in the hospital for this post.) So, I was going into this pregnancy 1 for 3 in sucessful pregnancies. In other words I was skeptical for self preservation. Not to mention that I was bleeding again. So, I made an appointment as soon as I could. Many Doctors around here don't want to see you until 10 weeks, but mine said he'd take me at 8. So, I went in and they did the whole ultrasound thing. I was watching as all those indistinguishable green lines swirl around the screen, wondering how Dr.'s can ever tell what they are seeing, when my Dr. grabbed my by the shoulder and said excitedly, "There's a heartbeat!" It was like he was as excited as I was. As if he hadn't seen it hundreds of times before. It was fabulous. I love my Dr.

So, there you all have it. I'm due January 22, but I think it would be really, really, really cool if this one came a day early. That would be my Grandpa Lee's birthday, and Alena was born on my Grandma Wanda's birthday. That would be cool wouldn't it? But for now, I just get a little bit of a happy grimace every afternoon when morning sickness hits, because I know that I'm still pregnant. Yay!


Blogger Jess said...

Yay! :D congrats.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

YAY!!!!! :) Congrats!! :)

(yes, I really read it) :)

10:06 PM  
Blogger heather said...

Woohoo! So very exciting! Were you the pregnant woman needing snacks you referred to in your bullet-pointed update? And PS. I always read your posts...they are just too entertaining! You are a very talented writer. It's like reading short stories. Keep 'em coming! :)

11:51 PM  
Blogger candice said...

i think you are amazing just for running 5K's, regardless of how quickly or slowly you finish it --- at least you finish!! good job.

and congratulations on this pregnancy, i'm so sorry for the loss of the last two. miscarriages are so hard. keep us posted on how everything goes. our two little ones will be 4 months apart (we are due october 1 :) that is so fun, hate being pregnant but love my babies.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Congratulations!! We're so happy for you!

Also, way to go being a 5k runner! I made a goal a while back to do a triathlon by the time I was thirty. Then I took it back.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Hooray! I'm so happy for you. When I read about the "pregnant woman" in the last post, I tried so hard not to be one of those people who takes every little thing as an announcement. I know how much you love them. :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Talyn said...

Actually, the pregnant woman I referred to in my bullet post was my sister. Had I meant to include myself I would have had to say "pregnant women." Which we did indeed have. And we needed LOTS of snacks.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Ashley Bybee Stepp said...

I am so excited for you! Exercise helps pregnancies beyond belief! Good luck!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Mikey said...

YAY for you and Kevin! Thats awesome! hope all goes well with this one. Chelsey is doing well, but looking foward to having the baby in september (the weather is getting hotter and hotter in beijing, at the same time she is getting larger and larger ;)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Lark said...

Or 24 Jan your great grandma Laura's birthday. Grandma Laura will be 121 years older, grandpa Lee 93 years older.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

That is fantastic! And the pregnancy thing is pretty durn great as well! :) I'm happy for you guys, and hope everything goes smoothly this time around. B and I need to get busy if we want to keep up with the Wongs...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Cary said...

I read the entire post! Even the middle part about you being pregnant--congrats! And I laughed out loud when I read the tomato suit comment. The image in my mind was awesome.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Wow...HOORAY for you guys! On the pregnancy and the running bit of it. Well, if you can be pregnant and run, you should continue to run so you can feel fit as you get more pregnant. At least walk you know. So...where are you going to put the new little one? I guess you can put a basinette on top of the laundry machine..haha!

11:18 PM  
Blogger Talyn said...

I am keeping up with the running, I'm just done racing for the summer.

12:23 AM  
Blogger The Good Life: GMGE said...

Congrats and best of luck to you! Hope all goes well.

1:13 PM  

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