Monday, December 4, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 7 Recap

Well I totally called it! Last week I said that week 6 was going to be tough.  I started work after my four month maternity leave and my body felt it. I only had one goal and I couldn't even deliver that! I ran only once and unfortunately I cut that run short by two miles. I seriously felt as if there was no more gas in the tank, just running on fumes. My mind and body were just not into it.  I truly felt defeated during my run...



I know I shouldn't be so hard on myself since I was still able to get 8 miles in (and at a semi-decent pace I may add). I guess I just had higher expectations for myself. After my run I had to keep reminding myself that everyone has those runs. I also needed to remind myself that I had just finished 3 -12 hour NIGHT shifts so my body was just exhausted. I was sleep deprived before going back to work...now it's only going to get worse. It's crazy to think my body is slowly adapting to running on very little sleep.

Going back to work is definitely going to take some adjusting to. With only a few more weeks left in my training, I'm hopeful things will turn around for me. So for week 8 I am not planning on doing a long run because I don't have my husband's help with the baby (he's out of town for work) and because I am still trying figure out how to balance everything out. When I do get a chance to run I'm just going to work on speed work and endurance. I'll postpone my long run until week 9. Here's hoping week 8 goes better!


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 6 Recap

From the get-go I knew this training cycle was going to be different. I knew that I would have weeks where life would get in the way of my training. That's exactly how this past week went. I had very good intentions of increasing my mileage and getting in some good speed workouts but I was only able to run three days. Luckily those three days were good running days. I ran a total of 18 miles on those three days and had some awesome progressive runs with negative splits. Sometimes it's about the quality of the run and not the quantity. Here is how my week went:

MONDAY: Rest Day

TUESDAY: Unplanned rest day...hey it happens with a newborn

WEDNESDAY: Four mile treadmill run. Started off at a 6.2 pace and increased every mile by .2 until finishing the last mile at 6.8. In the end my average pace per mile was 9:16.

THURSDAY: Some people run 5k Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving but I opted for a 5 mile run. Originally I wanted to do my long run on Thursday but San Diego got hit with a heat wave. I was a bit unprepared for the heat so instead I settled for a 5 mile run. The run felt great! I ended up averaging a 9:08 pace and had negative splits. Even though the run felt good, there was no way I could have completed the nine miles. By the time my run was done it was already close to 80 degrees!



FRIDAY: Yet another unplanned rest day

SATURDAY: Nine mile long run! Yep...finally got out there and managed to complete my nine mile run. I was dreading this run and was making up any excuse to not do it. Ended up finishing with negative splits yet again and with a 9:08 pace! I was in shock with my time. Guys I am finally starting to feel like my running mojo is coming back!!



SUNDAY: Rest Day (much deserved)

Even though I was able to get in my long run, I still wasn't able to hit all my goals for the week. I had a hard time motivating myself to leave the house for a run when the baby was awake and happy, or to run on the treadmill when the house was a mess. I luckily have a supportive husband that helps me with the baby but mom guilt always sets in. This coming week is going to be even harder since I go back to work on Tuesday. Sadly my maternity leave has ended and it's time to go back to work. Am I ready? Absolutely not! Have I cried over going back? Of course!! I have truly enjoyed every second with my baby and it pains me to leave her. The only bright side is that she will be in good hands, my mom and my husband. So what does that mean for my training? Well it means that training will be a lot harder. I am going to have to balance work, running, and family life. Right now my only goal for this coming week is to run a 10 mile long run. If I have time for other runs in between then go me! If not then there is always next week. Wish me luck going back to work!




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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 5 Recap

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away! Man time is just flying by. That's how week 5 felt like...like it just flew by. Before I knew it, it was Sunday again and prepping for my upcoming week. Sadly I did not hit all my goals that I had hoped to achieve. I wasn't able to get to 25 miles but I was able to get my 8 mile long run. Unfortunately during my long run I wasn't able to get negative splits but I was able to get a decent pace overall. Here is how my week went:

MONDAY: Rest Day

TUESDAY: Three miles on the treadmill with alternating speed of 6.5 and 7.0 for an average pace of 8:55 per mile. I also was able to get in a quick strength training workout towards the end of the day. Worked on arms, shoulders, and legs.

WEDNESDAY: Four miles on the treadmill. I ran a half mile warmup on 6.5 speed and then went on to run 4x800s on 7.5 speed. After each 800 I ran a lap on 6.5 speed. By the end my final average pace per mile was 8:30. This workout kicked my butt. My legs were on fire by the end especially since they were tired from the day before.

THURSDAY: Three mile progressive run on the treadmill. First mile 6.5, second mile 6.6, and final mile 6.7 for an average pace of 9:07.

FRIDAY: Rest Day

SATURDAY: I ran 4 miles around my neighborhood. Since I live on a mountain, my run consisted of a ton of hills but also ocean views towards the end. Final average pace per mile: 9:44

 

SUNDAY: Long run day! Today I ran 8 miles around Mission Bay. My goal for this long run was to work on negative splits but I wasn't able to accomplish that. I still ran at a pretty good pace (9:24). I actually felt pretty good which makes me hopeful for my next long run. 



This week's goals:
  • 9 mile long run
  • More speed work
  • One strength training day
  • Increase weekly mileage: 25 miles
Other than the weekly mileage I am pretty sure I can obtain all these goals. I'm planning on doing my long run on Thanksgiving day so I don't feel guilty about eating all the food! Hope you guys have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 4 Recap

Yet another training week done! Happy to report that I made my weekly mileage goal and I was even able to get a strength training workout done. My legs are slowly starting to gain that muscle that was lost during pregnancy. Even though I met my goals for the week, it was tough because I have been running on little to no sleep. My little one is hitting a growth spurt and waking up multiple times in the middle of the night to feed. So when I say I'm exhausted, I completely mean it! I got a taste of her sleeping through the night a few weeks back but sadly that was just a tease. Anyways here are the workouts I did for the week:

MONDAY: Treadmill run while the baby napped. I managed to run 3.5 miles with 4x800. By the end of the run, my average pace was 9:04.


TUESDAY: Strength training day! Once again I used dumbbells and a resistance band for this workout. I started with jumping jacks and squat jumps to get the heart pumping. Afterwards I did three sets of multiple variations of squats, dumbbell swings (I don't have a kettle ball), lunges, pelvic floor exercises, and deadlifts.

WEDNESDAY: Even after being exhausted from lack of sleep, I still managed to get in two miles on the treadmill once the baby was asleep for the night. I increased the speed every half mile making my average pace 8:54! Boom! That felt great afterwards...to break a 9 minute pace.


THURSDAY: Rest day

FRIDAY: I realized that I was way behind on my mileage goal for the week so I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. It was an interval run and also happened to be the longest run on the treadmill postpartum. It was hard but I managed to get yet another less than 9 minute pace average (8:56 to be exact)! Made me feel like I was doing something right with my training.

SATURDAY: Since I was planning on making my long run on Sunday, I made my Saturday run an easy one. I ran three miles on the treadmill with an average pace of 9:29. It was more of a shakeout run in preparation for my upcoming 7 mile run on Sunday. 

SUNDAY: Let me start by saying that I was not mentally prepared for this run. My daughter decided to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night to either feed, cry, or just talk so I was exhausted. I had to really convince myself to go for this run instead of go back to bed (which is what I desperately wanted). Needless to say I did my seven miles and kind of surprised myself. Even with the lack of sleep I managed to complete the run with a 9:26 average mile.



This coming week I just have a few goals:
  • Increase weekly mileage: 25 miles
  • Work on negative splits during my long run
  • Complete 8 mile long run
  • Continue strength training
  • Continue stretching/yoga
With my little one not really sleeping at night, getting my weekly mileage might be the toughest goal to obtain. It was hard this last week.  I had to really find the strength within me to finish with my 20 miles right at the end. We'll see how this week goes! Wish me luck!



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Monday, November 6, 2017

Got Breast Milk?

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed my baby. I wanted to provide the best nutrients so my little girl could thrive and develop. I knew it wasn't going to be an easy task because not every mother is able to breastfeed. Some never get their milk supply or others all together quit from the pain in the first few weeks. Luckily mine did come in and I powered through the painful first two weeks. From day one I tried to eat as healthy as I could in order for her to get adequate nutrition from my milk. Fast forward to now...my baby is two months old and luckily I have been able to breastfeed her exclusively. It hasn't been easy but I've stuck with it because it's what I believe to be the best I can provide for my little girl. But is it really? Is the breast milk I am providing really helping her grow?


If you are a breastfeeding mama then you should know the importance of DHA. DHA is an essential Omega-3 fatty acid that is a critical part of a baby’s health. An optimal level of DHA is important for pregnant and nursing mothers to ensure adequate infant brain development. This includes eye development, nervous and immune system health, and most importantly cognitive development. Our bodies aren't able to produce DHA naturally so we to get it from the food we consume. Most baby formulas will display the amount of DHA making it convenient to see the exact amount given to your baby. Unfortunately in breast feeding moms you don't really have an idea unless you test for it. Here's where the company EverlyWell comes into play.

EverlyWell provides a wide variety of at home tests, one of which happens to be for DHA. They make the whole process rather easy without the hassle of going to see a doctor. They mail you a kit. You provide the sample and send it back to them. Their laboratories analyze the results and in a few weeks you get your results via email.  The whole process truly was fairly simple. The kit provides everything you need to obtain a sample in the comfort of your own home. 



It took about two weeks to get my results and here they are:



Sadly, my results came back out of range.  On the bright side, my number was just borderline which means I am still providing my daughter a good amount of DHA (but it could be better). As I stated earlier DHA is found in the food we consume so in order to boost my number I need to change my diet a bit. Food rich in DHA include fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, and halibut.  Other sources of DHA include liver, fortified foods such as eggs, and microalgae. Another way to increase DHA is by taking a supplement. Most prenatal vitamins contain DHA so I am going to continue taking them while I breastfeed.

Breastfeeding mommas are you interested in finding out what your DHA level is? Just use the following link and type my promo code (DAISY10) at checkout to get a 10% discount with your at home test kit. EverlyWell also has other tests you can check out such as food sensitivities, metabolism test, and women's health and fertility test.  Go check them out!




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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 3 Recap

Hello November! I can't believe we are at the home stretch of the year. I swear this year is just flying by! With a new month comes new goals. They can be any goals really but my main goal for the month is to start increasing my mileage in preparation for my half marathon coming up in January. This week was hard for me to get in some runs. My husband was out of town for a few days during the week which made it hard for me to get my workout done. The baby also hasn't been napping very long so it makes it hard to get anything done when she sleeps during the day. Here is how my week looked:

MONDAY: Strength training day! I worked on my legs literally all day. Like I said earlier the baby didn't nap well this week so I started my workout in the morning and after having to stop multiple times throughout the day I finally finished all sets and reps after the baby slept for the night. I used dumbbells and a resistant band to workout my legs. Many squats and lunges were involved.

TUESDAY: Four mile run. My legs felt a bit heavy so it was a slow four mile run with the stroller.


 

WEDNESDAY: Another four mile run. A bit faster than Tuesday's run since the legs felt way better. 


THURSDAY: Rest day, lots of stretching and absolutely no running. 

FRIDAY: I walked for 50 minutes around my neighborhood with the stroller. I live on a hill so this wasn't some easy walk. I purposefully chose to walk in areas were the hill grade was steep. Pushing a stroller up these hills made me work up a sweat.

SATURDAY: Six miles! The longest distance I've ran in months. I was a bit terrified about this run but honestly I did great. I actually ran this by myself since baby Dahlia gets fussy after four miles. My pace was way better than I had expected and I managed to get negative splits. 



SUNDAY: Well today I went for an hour walk with my entire family (husband, baby, and two dogs). It wasn't really a rest day since my legs were tired afterwards. 

UPCOMING WEEKLY GOALS: So this week my long run will be a 7 mile run. I'm going to focus on negative splits on my easy runs and try to get my weekly mileage up to 20 miles. This past week I really only ran 14 miles on three runs so this week I'm hoping to get in four runs with a strength training day somewhere in the middle. I'm still not running for a specific pace so there really is no pressure. I'm still just trying to get back into cardiovascular shape. Have a great week everyone! Come back next week to hear how my half marathon training went. 

Oh and if you happen to be a nursing momma, come check out the blog tomorrow. I have a special blog post for my breastfeeding moms out there.


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 2 Recap

Hello! I am going to make this recap short and sweet since today was a long day for me. My little one didn't take any of her naps today which made for a very fussy baby and two crabby parents. Anyways here's how my week looked:

MONDAY: Once again I started the week with a beer. No workout, no running...just some good ol' carbs to prepare for the week.


TUESDAY: San Diego got a pretty intense heat wave so I ran on the treadmill. I once again used the app Aaptiv to get a quick interval run. I modified my run since I felt the speed they recommended was a bit too slow even for me. I ran a total of 3 miles and felt much stronger afterwards.


WEDNESDAY: Once again it was another hot day in San Diego so the plan was to do another run on the treadmill. Unfortunately my daughter didn't agree with my plan and woke up way to soon from her nap. Needless to say I only ran half a mile before I had to stop. Oh well!

THURSDAY: With much cooler temps, I bolted to the bay and ran four miles with the stroller. Man it felt great to get outside again! My run wasn't the worst but it also wasn't the greatest. Four miles is still tough with a stroller but I felt better than last week so I definitely noticed an improvement. 


FRIDAY: It was was supposed to be my "long run" day (and by long run I mean just five miles) but once again my little running partner had other plans. At least she let me run 3.24 miles before she started to get pretty fussy. I realized that 3-4 miles might be her sweet spot so anything more than that I may have to run by myself. 


SATURDAY: Rest day for me. 

SUNDAY: I realized that my training week starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday (which happens to be today). Since the weather was amazing this morning, I asked my husband if he could watch the baby while I did my five mile run. Today was the first time I ran outside without the baby and stroller. It was nice to have some "me" time but I realized I missed the company. I guess that motivated me to run faster because I did WAY better than I thought I would. It made me really excited and hopeful that I may do well on this half marathon after all.



So a few things I realized this week:
  • Running with a stroller is a lot harder than I thought. I am way slower running with it. 
  • Even though running with a stroller is hard, I truly enjoy it because of the company. I love having my baby around me. 
  • I am more flexible than I thought I was. This week I had two days in which my runs had to be stopped due to the baby. In the past if I missed a run I felt guilty and tried to catch up on my miles on another day. My approach is way different this time around. If I miss them then oh well. Life goes on. 
  • Oh yeah...In my mind I could have sworn the race was on 1/21/18 but nope it is on 1/14/18! So that means I am running with one less week of training. Whoops!
This coming week I am hoping to tie in some strength work, add more speed work, make my long run six miles, and start incorporating the foam roller or stretch more. My mileage is going to slowly start increasing in the upcoming weeks so I have to get better at recovery. I'll be honest I hate the foam roller. If I could stretch a bit more post runs, I think I can avoid the foam roll all together. We shall see.  So there you have it folks. Week 2 done! Have a great week.


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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Half Marathon Training: Week 1 Recap

Well, I can officially say I survived my first week of training for my upcoming half marathon! I was even surprised I managed to workout 5 days out of the week with a newborn. Somehow I was able to sneak in my runs during her nap times which worked out perfectly. Hopefully this continues but I'm not holding my breath. This little one has a mind of her own. Also, this past week we had a break in the weather and actually had some really cool temps...the perfect running weather! I made sure to take advantage because Mother Nature is drunk and this coming week it's expected to get into the 90s! The 90s in late October?!?! That is just unheard of but whatever. Anyways here is a quick recap on how my week went.

MONDAY: Okay so don't laugh or judge me, but I started my training by taking a rest day and drinking a beer. It wasn't my intention, but the day got busy.  When I finally put my baby down for the night, the last thing I wanted to do was hop on the treadmill. Soooo I drank a beer to celebrate the beginning of Week 1 instead. 


TUESDAY: So Tuesday was really the first real day of training. I wanted to just get a feel of how I felt running after last week. Remember I barely got cleared just last week so it's like starting from scratch. I decided to just run three miles to get an idea of where I stood. Well, I managed to finish the three miles but it wasn't pretty. It was hot. I was slow. I even kind of felt awkward running. I finished though and I just told myself that at least I am going forward. 


WEDNESDAY: I really wanted to run outside but I wasn't able to leave the house, so I hopped on the treadmill for Wednesday's workout. It was actually the first time back on since I was pregnant. It was also my first run all by myself. Up until then, all my runs postpartum had been with my baby in the stroller. It felt kind of liberating but I actually missed her. She's turned into my little running buddy. One of the accounts I follow on Instagram posted an interval workout that included an 800 meter run, burpees, and squats. Since I needed to run and also work on strengthening my legs and core, I modified her workout. I started of by running a slow 800 meter warm-up, followed by four sets of intervals that were composed of a faster 800 meter run, burpees, and squats. I then finished it with an 800 meter cool down run. Needless to say, I was drained by the end of this workout. 


THURSDAY: Sadly, even though the weather was nice, I had to also make Thursday's workout indoors on my treadmill. To make things a bit more interesting though, I used the app Aaptiv. Have you tried it before? I got a free two week membership to give it a try. Basically I chose a treadmill workout and someone coached me through it with music in the background. It was kind of cool but I still need to play with the app a bit more before I am truly sold on it. Either way I managed to do some more interval work but this time just running. My body was happy that I didn't have to do anymore burpees or squats. 


FRIDAY: The weather was perfect! It was in the 60s with some light drizzle. I took advantage and went to Lake Murray to log in some miles. I wanted to push myself by running four miles. I know it may not sound like much since I was used to running longer distances but the key word is "used" to.  Those four miles were tough. Even with the cooler temps, I still was exhausted when I finished. I was actually surprised my baby didn't fuss during the run since it's the longest she has been in the stroller. 



SATURDAY: Saturday was all about cross training. I went to a spin class hosted by the San Diego Sweat Pink Chapter. I am a member of the community so it was fun to meet up with other amazing ladies and get our sweat on early in the morning. There were goodies at the end and some lucky ladies actually walked away with some cool prizes. If you are in San Diego and want to join our community, email me and I'll get you in contact with the right people. The more the merrier. Anyways, the workout was a lot of fun. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I loved taking spin classes while I was pregnant. I really enjoined hoping back on the bike.


So what's in store for this coming week? Well I am going to aim for a five mile run, more interval work, strength training, and I'll be bringing out the foam roll. My legs aren't as sore as I thought they would be but I need to get better at stretching at the end of my workouts. That's where the foam roll will come into play. I have a very serious love/hate relationship with it, but I think most people typically do. Thanks for following me in this postpartum fitness journey. See you guys next week to recap Week 2 of my half marathon training. If you can't wait until next weekend, then come follow me and my workouts on Instagram. Have a great week everyone!



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Monday, October 16, 2017

Training For My First Race Postpartum

When I was barely nine weeks pregnant I completed a half marathon. I had been given the green light from my doctor, so I finished that race with my little bundle of joy inside me. That race is one of my favorite half marathons so I was actually really happy that I was able to complete it. And I still felt great afterwards so that was an added bonus. Immediately after the race was over (maybe about a week later) I signed up for the 2018 race knowing I would only be a few months postpartum. I figured it would be my motivation to get back into shape. Well now that I am officially cleared to run and workout, I have 14 weeks to get ready for the Carlsbad Half Marathon.


Usually before I start my training for any race I set a goal. I like to write down what I want to accomplish just so that I can keep myself accountable. This time around I am having a hard time figuring out what my main goal will be. I have been eyeing a PR, but lets be honest I would probably cause more harm to my body if I push for that. It took nine months (technically10) to create my tiny little human being, so I imagine it will take that long for everything to fall back into place. 

I know there are some female runners that can just pick up where they left off but I am unfortunately not one of those. Last week was my first time running and I can say with all honesty that I ran faster while being pregnant. Yeah I didn't expect that but hey I am rolling with the punches. I figured I would be slow but not that slow. Take in mind though, I am now running with a stroller so that is something I have to get used to. Something else I have to get used to is being more flexible. There will be days when I know I won't be able to run or workout because the baby will require my attention. Also, I am still trying to figure out this whole nursing and running thing. I literally have to plan my days around my baby's naps and feedings. So knowing all of this, it makes it a bit hard to set a goal and create an adequate training plan.  


What I've decided is to go week by week and modify my training plan accordingly. For the most part I'll shoot for 3-4 weekly runs, but I am not going to be worried about time. I figure the time will start to go down further along. I'm thinking half way through my training I'll get an idea of what my pace will be for the race. I'll also incorporate at least 2-3 weight lifting days to get back the muscle I lost during pregnancy. In the past, weight lifting has helped me strengthen muscles pivotal in running and in turn helped me get faster (double bonus). Stamina is what I am most worried about this time around. Last week the most I was able run was three miles and I was huffing and puffing to finish that. I'm hopeful that each week my stamina will get better...fingers crossed. Lastly, I am hoping to find the time to blog about my first race postpartum. I am going to shoot for posting my weekly training workouts on either Sunday or Monday. So follow me along on my training for my first race postpartum!


Any new moms out there training for their first race?
(would love to hear from you)



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Surviving The First Six Weeks Postpartum

When I became pregnant I started reading on what to expect during the 40 weeks. I read articles online, blogs, books, and even talked to my friends that have had kids. When it came to labor, I knew what to expect since I've attended many deliveries for my job. Sure my birth story was not what I initially wanted but in the end I received a beautiful baby girl. What people didn't warn me about (and what I failed to research) was what would happen after birth. Yeah, nobody likes talking about it because it isn't pleasant. They want you to be all happy with your baby and not be tainted by what your body goes through afterwards. 

So yeah, postpartum completely took me by surprise. Somehow I just assumed that once the baby came out, my body would go back to normal. I mean seriously what was I thinking? I knew I would be lacking sleep but the rest of the stuff that came along was a little bit of a shock to me. 

*This blog entry may contain a bit of TMI so if you don't care to read about what the female body goes through after having a baby then I suggest you check my blog later. *

Oh recovery! Yeah, I am now six weeks postpartum and am finally starting to feel "normal." I had many complications during my labor so it made my recovery a bit tough. During my long labor, I had to receive many fluids and wasn't able to move around. Well those fluids kind of just stayed around. I literally weighed more after giving birth because I was retaining so much fluid. My ankles were non-existent. The swelling subsided I want to say around the beginning of week two. Luckily since I had gained minimal weight during my pregnancy, once the swelling was gone I was pretty much back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Immediately after giving birth the process of learning how to breast feed began. Right away my little one latched on and went to town. Unfortunately she wasn't latching correctly so my nipples cracked within the first 24 hours. My milk came within three days but the damage had been done and every time she latched it felt like someone was stabbing my breast with a sharp knife. This happened for about two weeks. I would cry every time she ate due to the immense pain and on top of that I was having to deal with engorgement issues. Now I know why women give up on breastfeeding early on. I had to keep reminding myself that this was all for her. With the help of a lactation consultant and my very good friend from college, I was able to receive great advice on breastfeeding and managed to push through the pain. 

Now, the bleeding...yeah I just assumed I would only bleed for a few days like a period. Once again, what the hell was I thinking? I bleed for four weeks. I am not kidding when I say that big blood clots kept coming out of me almost daily the first week. At this point it seriously felt as if some type of fluid was leaking out of my body from every orifice. I remember being so happy when I transitioned to a panty liner instead of wearing those huge pads. It felt like I was wearing a diaper. I practically lived in pajamas or very loose workout clothes for those four weeks. Wearing tights/leggings was just not an option for the first few weeks.

Okay, probably the most unpleasant things after birth (for me) were the healing of my stitches and the hemorrhoids. Both were incredibly unpleasant and unwanted. Sitting down was painful. I was this close to asking my husband to run to the store and get me one of those donuts to sit on. The stitches took longer to heal because of where they were. Whenever I used the restroom, it felt like they were tearing and opening up. But I have to say the worst of it was dealing with the hemorrhoids. Actually my constipation led to the hemorrhoids but they kind of go hand in hand. I guess it's completely normal to develop hemorrhoids after pregnancy...something I probably would have liked to know prior. Running used to help me keep regular but since I wasn't cleared for that yet I had to try other things. I tried everything to fix my constipation: drink more water, increase fiber intake, eat prunes, even taking both a pill and powdered stool softeners. I would cringe every time I had to use the restroom. There were many times I would just cry in the toilet from the pain of using the restroom. 

Oh and to top it all off, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression very early on. Something I never thought would happen to me but it did. My husband noticed it right away which made me be proactive and seek help immediately. Luckily I was seen right away with a therapist and a specialized OBGYN that deals with mothers with postpartum depression. I even joined a support group that has helped me out a lot. Of all the things that were happening to my body, this one was probably the scariest. I literally have no control over how I am feeling. The hormones are causing my emotions to be all over the place. Early on, I would cry for no reason and I lost pleasure in doing things that I used to like. It was as if I was having an out of body experience. Unfortunately, I am still dealing with this and will be for awhile. It honestly feels like I've lost myself and am now on a journey to finding myself back. Not sure how long it will take but I'm trying. 

When you combine all these things and add on to the fact that you aren't able to run/workout, it makes for a very miserable first few weeks after having a baby. Walks helped but it was never enough. I never realized how much I needed running in my life. I've always said that running is my therapy and it couldn't be more true now more than ever. Luckily this week I got cleared and am now able to lace up my running shoes and log in some miles! I have a new running partner with me which is making running 10x more enjoyable than before. 😀





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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Birth Story

It's been three weeks postpartum and it all still seems surreal. I look at my daughter daily and just gush at how absolutely perfect she is. I hold her close to me and kiss her as often as I can because this time right now with her goes by quickly from what I am told. I still cannot believe I am a mother! I am now responsible for this tiny little human being that has captivated both her mommy and daddy's hearts.


Even though my pregnancy was absolutely perfect, I wish I could say the same about my labor. My labor was absolutely painful and long! Her official due date was August 18th but on that day I still felt great.  That night though, at exactly 10:45pm I got my first contraction and they kept on coming from that point on. I was always told I would just know when my contractions would hit and boy were they right! It was like a heavy menstrual cramp that wouldn't let up. Even though I knew labor was starting, my contractions were still about 10-15 minutes apart and manageable, so I figured I should try to get some rest. Well that night I got about 3.5 hours of sleep. It wasn't the greatest sleep but it was enough. 

The next day I downloaded a contraction app on my phone and started to monitor my contractions a bit more closely. The intensity of the contractions was getting worse and the time in between them was shortening. I also started noticing that I was starting to get "back labor" as well. So not only did I feel like my uterus was contracting but my back was starting to give me a lot of problems with every contraction. By that evening my contractions were 4-5 minutes apart so I called the hospital. I was informed that unfortunately I should hold off until I am 2-3 minutes apart since it is my first pregnancy. Also, my water still hadn't broken so I was still intact. I waited a few more hours and by that night the contractions had progressed to the criteria the nurse had told me and off we went to the hospital. Oh I should also point out that apparently my hospital was at full capacity and was actually diverting pregnant women to other hospitals. I was a bit upset by this but we took our chances anyway. We were actually able to get a room in triage while they assessed me. The pain was intense and I was exhausted! All I wanted was to get this show on the road and imagine my disappointment when I was told I was only 1 cm dilated! Ugh! They told me I needed to go home and get some rest tonight. How could I get rest with labor pains every 2-3 minutes and only getting worse? They actually recommended I take some morphine and try to sleep as much as possible since they assured me that by tomorrow I should be more dilated and hopefully have my baby. 

Well at this point I am over 24 hours of labor and still no signs of my little girl. The morphine did help but it made me a bit nauseas since they gave it to me on an empty stomach. I slept another 3-4 hours that night but when I woke up I just felt miserable. I had no energy and I was in a lot of pain. My husband throughout all this was amazing. He tried to make me as comfortable as possible but at that point there really wasn't much he could do. Walking seemed to help, so I walked around my living room and even walked around my block outside. I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy. The contractions started to stack up and were getting longer so I called the hospital and they advised me to go and get checked out. So off we went again. I was certain that this was going to be it. The pain was too much for me to handle anymore and I was just genuinely exhausted. Once again though, I was devastated when the nurse told me I was still only 1 cm dilated. I just broke down and balled my eyes out. How could this be? How can I only be 1 cm dilated and be in this much pain? They advised me to once again take the morphine. I hesitated in taking it again but my body was barely running on little sleep. I wish I could say that I went back home and got some rest but nope...that did not happen. 

So by now I am 48 hours into labor, only 1 cm dilated, and contracting like crazy. The morphine didn't work and all I did was cry that night whenever I got a contraction. I took a hot shower around three in the morning to see if that would help but unfortunately it did nothing. My poor husband tried everything to comfort me but nothing helped. He even called the hospital to let them know the morphine didn't even touch me and that I was miserable but they couldn't do anything for me. Needless to say I did not sleep that night.  My mother called early in the morning to check on me and later came by to help out my husband. So remember I said I was having back labor as well as the regular contractions? Well that day I started to get leg pains with every contraction just to add to the mix. It was excruciating and all I could do was breathe through them. That day I was barely eating. The thought of food just made me cringe but my husband tried his best to get food in my belly. I ate fruit, some oatmeal, maybe a quarter of shake he made me, and saltine crackers. I tried a hot bath, bouncing on a ball, heat packs for my back, massage, different positions, slight walking, but I just couldn't get relief. Towards the end of the day, my husband swears I was starting to talk gibberish and not making any sense. I guess at that point he got scared and told me we needed to head back to the hospital. I do remember just crying and telling him, "What's the point? They are just going to tell me I am not dilated enough." Somehow my husband convinced me get ready because we were heading back to the hospital. I cried all the way there from the pain. I couldn't believe I was now 72 hours into labor and heading back to the hospital.

I can only imagine how I looked being wheeled into labor and delivery by my husband. I had showered but my hair was a mess, I had no makeup on, and I was crying uncontrollably through the hallways of the hospital. I couldn't walk anymore because the pain was too much. Once I got to triage they saw me right away and examined me in between my horrible contractions. When the nurse told me I was was 5 cm dilated I just cried of pure relief! You would have thought I had my baby! I was just ecstatic that I was finally getting admitted and hopefully soon the pain would go away.  I was never against having an epidural for pain. I told myself if I truly needed it I would take it. Given my long labor at home I needed relief and rest before I needed to push so as soon as they asked if I wanted it, I quickly said yes!


I was told once admitted that it wouldn't be long before the baby made her appearance. Yeah...they were wrong! I was in labor for another 30 hours at the hospital. They tried everything to get her out but she was not having it. They started pitocin on me to speed up the contractions, they broke my water, they had me turn to different positions to encourage her to drop but she wasn't having none of it. Unfortunately when they broke my water they found some meconium which is something I feared since she was 5 days late at this point. I ended up getting a fever so they had to start antibiotics on me. Since my daughter was failure to progress the possibility of a C-section intensified. Oh and I had to go on oxygen since my baby was starting to get stressed out in the womb and having decels. Around 1:30 am they said it was time to start pushing. Of course the epidural had worn off at this point so I could feel everything. When the first contraction came to push, my baby's heart beat dropped drastically causing a whole sworm of people in my room. They feared that she had her umbilical chord wrapped around her neck and told me that I would have to vacuum her out or have a c-section. I said no to both those options and pursued having a vaginal delivery. My nurse was amazing! She supported my decision and even had me position myself in a way that would cause less stress on the baby. Because of the drop in her heart rate during contractions, I was only able to push every other contraction which was incredibly hard. Now that the epidural had worn off I could feel everything once again. Somewhere towards the end I remember looking at my husband and telling him, "I can do this!" I don't know where I got that burst of energy but it worked. Maybe a few pushes later and out she came! I cried when they placed her on me because she was finally here, my miracle baby. She gave me a run for my money but once she was out, she was perfect in every way. Because of my labor she had to be examined by the NICU team for a bit until she was cleared to do skin to skin with me. I can't even express how amazing that felt to have close to me. 


My labor was hard and long but I received the biggest blessing in the end. Dahlia Amerie Gomez is the apple of my eye and I couldn't be more happy to be her momma.



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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welcome To The World My Beautiful Daughter

On August 23, 2017 at 2:51am I gave birth to the most amazing and precious human being, our beautiful daughter Dahlia Amerie Gomez. Words cannot express how much we love her. From the moment she arrived, she stole our hearts. My pregnancy with her was amazing but unfortunately her labor was a different story. I'll definitely be reminding her of that once she's older! It has been a week since we brought her home and even though recovery for me has been tough, and the sleepless nights have made me into a zombie...it's been all worth it! It's really the small victories in my life right now that make me happy like taking a shower, brushing my teeth, getting three hours of uninterrupted sleep, and of course cuddles with my baby.


I am so lucky that she chose me to be her mother. My promise to her is to always love her unconditionally, be there in her times of need, and support her through any obstacles she will face. All I ask is that she realizes how much we prayed for her and how much she means to us. It was a long journey to get to her but she was worth the wait. 


"For this Child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart." 
- 1 Samuel 1:2.7





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Thursday, August 17, 2017

7 SAFE Exercises To Do While Pregnant


There has always been such a stigma about women exercising while pregnant. I've had to endure weird looks from people when out on runs and have also received comments from my own family about how I'm hurting my baby for exercising. I've expressed my frustrations about it here, but instead of getting mad at people for accusing me of hurting my baby I decided to do some research on what exercises are ACTUALLY safe to do while pregnant. So this blog post is for all the pregnant mommas out there that still want to exercise while pregnant. As long as you get the green light from your medical provider, these 7 exercises are safe to do during your pregnancy. They have helped me stay active and healthy during my entire pregnancy.  I'm currently 39 weeks pregnant and any day now our little miracle baby will be joining our family. Yes, I'm one of the lucky ones that has been able to exercise during my entire pregnancy. Fair warming, it does gets a bit harder towards the end of the pregnancy since the bump just kinda takes over.  I've just learned to modify workouts and listen to my body. Happy exercising mommas!



Walking/Running: Probably the easiest and safest exercise to do while pregnant. Getting in just a 30 minute cardio session with walking or running can safely help you stay active during pregnancy. Since I was runner prior to getting pregnant, my doctor said it was safe for me to continue during my pregnancy. My pace got slower but I just tried to maintain a healthy and safe heart rate for me and for my baby. Now that I am on my final stretch I have been logging in more treadmill miles in my garage but I'm still out there!

Barre: Barre is an excellent way to continue being active during pregnancy.  It is a mostly low-impact form of exercise for elongating your muscles and can be modified during all stages of pregnancy to keep your body healthy, strong, and flexible for labor. This in turn helps your muscles bear the weight you gain throughout your pregnancy and protect your joints from injuries as your ligaments relax.


Swimming/Water Aerobics: Pregnancy during the summer is not always easy. Looking for a great way to cool off and still get a good workout? Then take a water aerobic class or go out and swim some laps at your local pool. You'll feel lighter and more limber while out on the pool. It's also incredibly gentle on your loosening ligaments and joints.


Spin/Cycling: Indoor cycling is a great way to exercise while not putting any strain on your knees or joints. You can go at your own pace without the risk of falling. Wether you take a spin class or just hop on a stationary bike, you are guaranteed a good workout. The further along in your pregnancy though, you will have to make adjustments to the seat and handlebars since the baby bump can get in the way. If you are taking a spin class feel free to sit out sprints and hills if you feel overheated or exhausted at any point. Listen to your body ladies!


Yoga: Prenatal yoga is amazing for pregnant mommas since it encourages relaxation, deep core breathing, and flexibility which are all important during labor. Wether you go take a class at a yoga studio or watch a YouTube video, yoga is a great way to strengthen your core. There are specific prenatal yoga classes out there but if their isn't one around you then just ask your yoga instructor for modified poses. Side note: definitely avoid Bikram yoga since you need to pass on exercises that overheat you.    


Weight Lifting (modified): Light weights are totally safe during your pregnancy. Instead of using heavier weights opt for more repetitions. If you happen to have a gym membership, you can switch to using the machines. This can help with reducing your risk of injury since it is a controlled range of motion. I know there are some power lifters that continue to lift heavy during pregnancy (i.e. crossfit), but since I've never tried the sport I can't say yes or no to continuing. My advice is to listen to your body and stick to your medical provider's recommendations.

Pilates: During my pregnancy I did not actually try pilates but I do have pregnant friends that swear by it. I also know that many pilates studios have specific workouts geared towards pregnant women. A pregnancy-appropriate pilates workout focuses on strengthening your core and lengthening your muscles. By doing all those core exercises you help ease backaches, improve your posture, and your flexibility. All of which will help you out during labor.




Are you currently pregnant and still exercising?





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