Route 66

Hey guys.  It’s been awhile!

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On Sunday, I ran my first half marathon since baby: the Route 66 half.  The Route 66 is my absolute favorite race.  I started running the 5k in 2011 and have worked my way up to the half (I’ll hit the full someday!).

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I showed up downtown on Race morning at 7am and it was a FREEZING  33° .  Apparently, I’m the only person in the world (at least the only person in my family) who didn’t keep my heat blanket from last year for this year’s wait at the starting line.  My bro and sis-in-law were so kind as to grab me one at the 5k on Sat, so I didn’t freeze for too long.  My sister and I kept telling ourselves ‘at least it’s not  18° …at least it’s not  18° ‘ (it was  18°  at the starting line in 2013 and we *barely* survived that one…ha)!

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We were in corral C, so we got started around 8:10ish and, for the first 10 miles, I was KILL. ING. IT.  I mean, I was smiling, humming to myself, thinking about how great life was for 10 miles!  I was keeping a 10:30-11:30 pace (which was awesome, since my training wasn’t great).  And then…MY PHONE SHUT OFF.  For some reason, everything went downhill after that!

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My IT started bothering me around mile 10 or 11.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had IT pain, but it feels like your bones are rubbing together.  It’s not fun.  But, it felt totally fine when I was walking.  Soooo, I walked a lot between miles 11-13!  I was definitely having to pep talk myself to get through those last few miles.  But, remember how I broke my pinky toe recently?  It didn’t even bother me!

Anyhoo, I crossed the finish line and got my medal and, more importantly, my spaghetti!  I don’t know what it is about running 13 miles and then eating that spaghetti, but it is SO FABULOUS.  Anyone else love it as much as I do?!

Back to the medal: aren’t they the greatest?!  These medals are SO photogenic!  I’ve seen so many cool pictures of them!  Of course, I snapped a million pics of my own.

I love the Route 66.  I love how the community rallies around it.  There are always so many people along the way cheering the runners on!  The bands are great, the signs are great, and I’ll definitely be trying all the Jell-O shots next year (when I’m not nursing a baby!).

If you’ve never run the Route 66, it’s a MUST.  It’s a hilly course (I hear a lot of ‘when did Tulsa get hills??’ as I was running), but it’s definitely worth it.  There’s something about seeing the town on foot rather than in the car ❤️

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Registration is already open for next year.  Go sign up!

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Plateau

So I have 100% plateaued post baby.  Gained 55 and I’ve lost btwn 30-35 (depending on the mood of the scale!)…but I’ve been stuck here for a month or so.  I realize it’s 100% my fault (thank you, taco Thursday).  I’m *trying* not to stress it, but then you see all these other runner mamas who just pop right back into pre-baby shape!  I’ve been trying different healthy recipes – who knew quinoa was actually good?!  I just have to work on portion control, which is hard because breastfeeding mamas are STARVING about 90% of the time!

It took me 9 months to get back into my pants with baby #1 and, let’s face it, I ain’t as young now as I was then.  So, I’m giving myself a little extra time this time!

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Oooooh, hey there tummy.  You’re still around, huh?

Instead of whining, let me tell you about my last month.

I signed up for the #streakingwiththeCOOLkids run streak.  I was to run or walk at least a mile every day in June.  Guess what…I did it!  I probably walked half/ran half and my feet hurt, but I got it done!  It was nice to have that to inspire me to get off my fanny and get to work.  We all know the previous months weren’t super kind to me, so June was the month to get back on track!

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30 days of selfies

I used to C25k app to help prep for my first post baby 5k – the Fleet Feet Firecracker 5k.  My friend, Melissa, and my big dude ran it with me.  Big dude and I discussed a run 5 mins/walk 5 mins routine, since he’s not a runner (he’s just in it for the medal).  Wellllllll, I think he may have forgotten just how long 3 miles really is, because he STRUGGLED.  When we hit 2.5 miles, he told us to go on without him.  We ran the rest and finished I 42:50.  Almost 20 mins slower than my PR, but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be (and we did walk a lot with the dude!).

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Medals, friends, and baby’s first 5k

Dude perked up as soon as he was done.  He said, “next time you ask if I wanna do a race, I’m gonna say ‘maybe’ instead of yes.”  whatever you say, big guy!

The medals were cool.  They get bigger every year!

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2014, 2015, 2016

Next up, C210k training for the Bedlam 10k.  Oh yeah, and I’m doing ANOTHER run streak.  #hthrunstreak (holiday to holiday run streak) – run or walk at least a mile a day from July 4th to Labor Day.

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You should join me!

Hitting the Max

Let me tell you about my last month…

So I went for my six week postpartum check and was cleared to run, right?  And then I fell.  We thought my arm wasn’t broken, but it kept hurting and kept hurting , so I went to an orthopedist (Dr Emel at EOOC – go see him if you’re in need.  He’s one of the best!).  Turns out, I had a radial head fracture.  He put me in this SWEET splint and told me to come back in 10 days.image

A few days later, I fell down the stairs.  I’m not even kidding.  Thankfully, I had my arm strapped into the splint, so I didn’t break it any more than it was already broken, but I did get some impressive bruises.

THEN, my doc (Dr Hubbard at Tulsa OB/GYN…love her!) called w the results from my 6 week postpartum check.  I had a lot of precancerous cells.  So many, in fact, that it was thiiiiiiiis close to being full on cervical cancer.  She said I need to have a biopsy under general anesthesia in 2 weeks and that, sometimes, the biopsy is curative.  Otherwise, I’d need a hysterectomy.

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Those are the ‘fall risk’ socks 😂😂😂

I had the biopsy (called a cold knife conization – you can watch one on YouTube…though I don’t recommend it!) and took it easy for a few days.  The Dr called two days later and said I did NOT have cancer, but I definitely had cancerous cells.  She got it all out during the biopsy and everything looked very good, but she’s going to have me follow up with a gynecological oncologist to monitor for awhile.

The moral is THAT story is to get yourself checked EVERY YEAR!!!  Last year, my results were normal enough to warrant skipping a year, I just happen to have a dr who insists on checking every year (THANK GOODNESS).  She said mine went from 0-60 pretty quickly and, if I had skipped a year, it wouldn’t have been good.

After that, my left eye started hurting and swelling!  I went to the eye dr (Harrel Eyecare.  Again, they’re fabulous!).  I have “several clogged ducts” and they suggested three treatments of this thing called Miboflow.  It’s kind of like a warm massage on your eyelids and, YOU GUYS, it felt like a day at the spa.  I go again next week and I’m excited!

On to last week!  I went to the orthopedist to be released.  As I was pulling into the parking lot, my oldest dude’s school called and the convo went a little like this:

school: you need to come pick up your son, we think he broke his arm.

me: OH MY GOSH!!!  Really?!!  Oh my gosh!  Well, geez!  I’m at the dr for my own broken arm, can I pick him up in, like, 45 mins?

school: umm………I think you need to come get him now.

So I cancel my appt and rush off to school to pick him up.  YOU GUYS.  His arm looked like Stretch Armstrong.  We went right over to St Francis pediatric ER (I totally recommend taking your kids there if needed) and had it reset.  It’s not good when you’re on a first name basis with your orthopedist!  Dude got a sweet black waterproof cast, but there goes band camp and swim camp next month!

It’s kind of like God said, “well, you’ve hit your out of pocket max, let’s just throw a lifetime of ailments into these few months.”  I appreciate the financial consideration 😉

With all that, I ended up taking 11 weeks off of running (plus a month or two at the end of my pregnancy).  I started back up last week doing a C25K app on the treadmill and it’s going well!  I don’t have a whole lot of endurance at the moment, but I’ll get there!  I still don’t have much strength in my right arm for running with the stroller, but I’m working on it!

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C25K is no joke!

I’m down 30 lbs so far.  20 to go!

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First run back

I went to the doc Friday and was cleared to run.  FINALLY!  I haven’t run since November, so I was READY.

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look at that baby!

The plan is to start super slow, since I’m breastfeeding.  Don’t want to go out too hard or it can affect my supply.  Little dude needs that!

The  weather yesterday was SO nice, so we packed little dude in the stroller and set off.

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We were doing a run 2 blocks, walk 2 blocks thing and, man, I was feeling good!  It was windy, my chest was burning a little, but my legs were feeling great!

UNTIL

I fell.  We were going from street to sidewalk using a driveway and I was taken out by a half inch of concrete sticking up.  SHEESH!  I sat on the ground, bloody and hurting, as cars drove by (Hubs was with me).  Seriously, the ONLY time we saw anyone else was right when I fell…that’s not embarrassing at all.  I tend to only fall when lots of people are around.

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When we got home, Hubs took a look at my arm and we decided it would be prudent to go to the ER.  Btw, I highly recommend St John BA for all your emergency needs👍🏼

Xrays (OUCH!) showed no obvious breaks.  They wrapped up my arm, gave me a shot of something (breastfeeding friendly, I asked), and sent me home.

Super thankful that hubs was pushing the stroller.  I fell so hard that I probably would’ve taken the stroller down with me!

MAJOR kudos to hubs, who has been doing everything while I sit here w a baby in my lap.  I’m typing this with my left hand 😉

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We’re still in our jammies

I may be down, but I’m not out.

 

So here’s the thing…

Hey guys, I’m new here!

I had a little dude 6 weeks ago and I should be getting clearance to become more active in 4 days (eesh – no more excuses)!

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it’s a babyyyyyyy!!!

I want to document my journey from maternity jeans back to skinny jeans because all you see online is how so-and-so left the hospital after baby in her size 2s.

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the day before I had my babe!

I’m here to say THAT ISN’T REAL LIFE (for most of us, at least)!  I’m still in maternity clothes – my regular clothes laugh when I look in their direction.

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1 day postpartum.  Woooooow.

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1 week postpartum. Getting better!

I gained 50 lbs.  It’s safe to say I enjoyed chicken pot pies and chocolate.  Now begins the hard part.  In the last 6 weeks, I’ve lost 25 lbs.

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I’m posting all these unflattering pics like…

 

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5 weeks postpartum

Join me as I start my journey to lose the rest.

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yup, still maternity jeans! Look at that booty, though 🙂

25 lbs to go 😀