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    August… Walk It Out!

    So during the month of August I got in a lot more walking and I’m getting closer to running again soon! I hit my goal of 40 miles for the month, which was a few more than I did in July and I felt decent all month long. I even got in some bleachers at practice – which was nice to get my heart rate up and not be running and feeling awkward. Towards the end of the month there was a pretty rough heat wave… which I’m glad has now left!

    Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.00.10 PMThe house projects are pretty much done now and I finally got to start on organizing the nursery and putting some things in there, which made me feel way better about the approaching month of September!

    At 36 weeks, I told B it was finally time to put in the carseat and he went out to my car and said, well this isn’t happening. So we started looking at a few used cars and found a GMC that we liked and was really reasonable. B kept my old car which he now calls his go-kart for driving to work because it gets such great gas mileage and to be honest, I’m glad we could keep it a while longer, I was sad thinking about parting with it.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.00.22 PMAs for the baby update, all my doctor check ups have been good and everything is going well, I just start to struggle with backache and hip pain at night. And the heartburn… holy toledo! A peach, some ice cream, peanuts, tomatoes, a slice of bread. It all just burns. Only a few more weeks though. I always joke to B that I turn into a pumpkin at night. I am getting more and more excited to actually know the sex of the baby! As we get closer and closer I am SO tempted to just ask the doctor to tell me, but I know continuing to wait will make it that much more worth it. I honestly cannot believe we made it this far, it’s been so fun though. I also love hearing what people guess it is.

    I know that I am getting amped to run again after I recover and looking forward to having that back into my routine and also am looking forward to heading back to the gym when I am ready! I’ve really missed that these last few months and know it will be good for me to get back into a routine even though it will now be adjusted for our new little person.

    I can’t believe it’s finally September – the month our family and hearts will grow! I’m looking forward to so many firsts including hopefully our first walk together soon!


    Tap… Tap… This Thing On?

    WHOA. Where have I been? I don’t know why but I completely have been neglecting my blog. Even though I missed it, it’s been a bit of a refresher for me for my writing for work stuff, so that’s good. But now I’m feeling the itch to start blogging more. Lucky you! So what I’ve been up to lately.

    June – 55 miles of walking and running. Went to Del Mar with B for a little mini get away and it was so relaxing. Ate way too much delicious food and hung out by the pool for a bit.

    As for running… It got more difficult this month. I focused on walking more and just enjoying being outdoors. I always thought that I would be pregnant and just running around until I was giving birth and it was hard for me to come to the realization that it might not happen, but now I’m okay with it. My doctor said to keep going as long as I felt good so I would throw in a few miles here and there in my walks to mix it up.

    Jakes Del MarOh Del Mar… SO much good food and it was so nice to be able to hang out with B distraction free. He’s been working a ton so it was nice to get quality time together and him and I just vacation well together, sounds weird but we both love napping and relaxing and just lounging around without doing much, which makes it nice because we agree on what to do a lot. It’s one thing we are the same on… usually we are complete opposites. Del MarThe weather was perfect!

    The rest of the month was filled with coaching duties, summer practice (6:30 am – YAY!) and tons of home projects. Well B is taking charge of that. He decided he hated the doors in our house. Strange, I know… and decided that we had to replace them all. NOW. So… after ripping off the casing, doors and moulding, and then sanding them down, getting them to fit and painting them… we have new doors. I do like them but the process was a bit more lengthy and invovled than I imagined it would be.

    I was looking forward to working on the nursery, but with all the construction and projects going on… I was waiting until the doors and painting was completed before adding more project to our plate.

    Onto July. So I’m almost 8 months pregnant. CRAZY.

    It was another great month of walking for the most part and I finished it out with 32 miles. I got sick the last two weeks so my walking tanked which was kind of sad because I was hopeful to get around the same numbers as June, but next month I’m hoping to get my numbers back up in August. I have been taking these mongrels with me lately, which has been fun.
    4th of JulyIt was also ‘dead period’ for cross country for most of the month which was nice because it’s a time period when the coaches can’t meet with the athletes but they are suppose to practice on their own.  My friend Nina was here from out of town and we did a ton of fun ‘LA things’ that I normally would have never done and had so much fun together. I’ve lived in CA my whole life and have never hiked to the Hollywood sign… but we did it!
    Hollywood Sign HikeB and I also went up to Big Bear for 2 days with the dogs to just get away. Like I said, he’s been a workaholic and mentioned he wanted to go to the mountains so we rented a dog friendly cabin and traveled up for two nights. I was working on a big work project so it was perfect to be away and get some work done too. Big Bear Finally it was time to start coaching again, and it’s been a somewhat good start to the season. It’s always hard during summer because the dedication isn’t as consistent and keeping the kids around is a bit difficult. If I have to be up at 5:30 am, they can do it too! It was also the month of baby N being showered by love from our family and friends. We got so many amazing gifts at the showers and I finally slowly started organizing its room. I’ll have to post about the shower Shea threw for me, it was so cute!Navy and Peach Baby ShowerI finished off the month going to cheer for the Special Olympics World Games that are happening in LA and it was awesome! A bunch of kids from our team came and it was a great day cheering on so many awesome athletes from all over the globe. Special Olympics LAAs for Baby Updates… I am feeling pretty good for the most part still, thankfully! The heat hasn’t been too bad. I do still have pretty bad insomnia, but I’ve dealt with that for a while now and it’s nothing new. Everyone tells me to sleep now!! Well, I wish I could!

    Every time we see the doctor, they say everything checks out well and is looking good. The last ultrasound we saw the baby yawning a TON, and it seems SO shy. Always looking away from the camera and hiding its face with its hands. They said now it’s about 4 pounds and looks pretty big! Great.

    This month I’ve been having some sciatic pain and the doctor said it’s probably how the baby is positioned. I’ve been going to the chiropractor and it’s been helping a ton. I found some stretches that have been helping a bit and have been walking and trying to stay healthy. Throughout my pregnancy I haven’t had any weird cravings yet, but maybe in these last few months I’ll go nuts. I still can’t believe that in 2 months we’ll have a little baby in our house, joining our family! It’s so crazy to think about.

    So that’s a brief update… here’s to more consistent blogging!


    Fun in San Diego with Saucony!

    Recently, a few of the members of the Saucony 26 Strong team had a photoshoot with Competitor Magazine in San Diego and reached out to me to join in on the fun! I couldn’t make the shoot last year with the 26 Strong team, so I was really excited that I could make the dates this year. I drove down to meet up with the team and my cadet for the first time on and got a little down time before everyone else arrived, after I checked in, I took advantage of the warm weather and the pool.

    La Estancia Pool - Fun in San Diego with Saucony 26 StrongThe first evening we spent time together bonding as a group and had a great dinner with everyone and I met my cadet for the first time. I was pretty nervous to meet her, I mean, we were sharing a room together and I was going to coach her to finishing one of the biggest accomplishments in her life! I was hopeful we would get along and click easily and as soon as I met her I was relieved. After chatting with everyone well into the evening and then going back to our room and talking more, I knew we would get along great and I also was finding out more about her running routine and goals for Chicago.

    The next morning we had to be up really early to get our hair and makeup done and then we were off to Balboa Park for the first photo shoot of the day. It was so pretty out and such a nice location! I remember when the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon started there and how nervous I was running my first full! It seems like so long ago. At the park we took quite a few group shots and then Bridget and I snapped this one quickly before going to our next location. (I got the group photo from Angela over at Happy Fit Mama – she had to sit out running in some shots because she’s recovering from an injury, but she is so awesome and it was great to meet her and her cadet, Marina!)

    Running Photoshoot with Saucony 26 Strong

    Saucony 26 Strong Photoshoot

    I was in all grey and Bridget got the bright colorful shirt :) I felt kind of funny trying to run hard and keep up with everyone. I haven’t been running as much as I was before getting pregnant so it was definitely interesting, but everyone was really encouraging telling me that I looked great. Then, later in the day we switched outfits and I was a little skeptical of this shirt on the hanger, but loved it on! The colors are so fun and summery and it was really lightweight.

    Saucony 26 Strong PhotoshootThe next location we went to were trails behind UC San Diego and it was so pretty! I was reminded of the area by my house that has some very, very short trails but I usually include them into my running route because it’s shady and a nice surface to run on, even if it’s not for that long. We got a few more photos and then headed back to the hotel for dinner. I was SO tired that night! It was a long, but very fun day.

    The next morning we were up early again and headed out to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. The sky looked really pretty even though it was cloudy. I got another cool patterned tank top to wear and some really comfortable shorts that were a little more relaxed than the spandex I had worn the day before. It was definitely different running with big lights around and a photographer telling you to do it again and again and again, but it was so much fun!

    Saucony 26 Strong PhotoshootThe group then had to split up because some of them were flying back to the east coast that afternoon but we made sure to get a quick photo before everyone left. It was really a great group to chat with about running and training and goals for Chicago. I was so thankful that everyone was so nice and friendly and I love my cadet! I know she will do so great in Chicago and am looking forward to getting her into training after she runs the Mammoth Half Marathon.

    Saucony 26 Strong Photoshoot in San DiegoJust this past week, the magazine came out so I wanted to share that you can pick up a copy and get some great info on running your first marathon, meeting this year’s #Saucony26Strong Cadets and see a familiar face!

    Saucony 26 Strong in Competitor Magazine!


    Staying healthy in the summer months!

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Athleta, all opinions are my own.

    With summer weather quickly heating up, I have been doing a few more things outside to stay active during my pregnancy. I love the summer months and love being warmed by the sun. I have been walking a lot lately and I am enjoying exploring new local areas and little local parks, which has made it more fun to walk. It doesn’t give me the same rush as running but I still can get my heart rate up and feel healthy, I know it’s really good for the baby too. Athleta recently sent me a few pieces from their Summer collection and I wanted to share a few of my favorites!

    The Athleta shorts I’m wearing are actually perfect for walking because they have pockets AND an elastic waist band in the back, so I know they will be with me until the end of my pregnancy. I love pockets on shorts because I can stash my phone or keys in them and feel safe having those things with me. It’s actually hard to find running shorts with pockets! These will probably be put into my normal rotation of normal clothes because they have such a cute pattern that they look like normal shorts!

    Something new that I have added to my routine is doing light prenatal yoga to help with my back. I’ve always had back problems and asked my doctor about it and he told me this would possibly help me stretch out my lower back. I usually do this at home, in the backyard or living room with just my laptop because it makes me feel way more comfortable than going to a class and it lets me go at my own pace. If I go to take a class, I get super competitive and frustrated when I can’t keep up. I also have been doing a few arm workouts after yoga with light weights at home.

    These striped capris have become a favorite as well! They are comfortable and really allow a lot of give, which is key when you’re growing weekly. The top is a great staple for summer as it’s really lightweight. I also love the bright color especially for walking at dusk.

    Finishing off the perfect summer day? Dinner with B of course! We went out to a local BBQ and I took a risk and wore this light-colored dress, but luckily I didn’t spill anything on it, even with all the BBQ I had eaten! This dress was perfect for my currently changing body and it’s so comfortable. I have struggled a bit with dressing myself right now because I don’t have a big bump yet but I feel really boxy and thick. I don’t know if strangers would be able to tell if I was pregnant or just had a lot of pizza, so this dress is forgiving and helps with my confidence.

    Maxis have been a great option and I know that maxis will be great, especially in the heat of the summer. This one was perfect with more than enough room to grow and it was really long, which is hard to find because I’m 5’7. Another thing that really made this dress stand out to me is the fact that it’s made of a blend of spandex, so it’s really comfortable and it also has a built in bra, making it easy to wear and not having to worry about bra straps hanging out.

    No matter what I’m doing, especially as the weather gets warmer, I make sure I have a water bottle with me because I get thirsty so much faster now. I love the summer, and being active while pregnant has become easier with comfortable clothes and accepting the fact that I can enjoy doing new and different activities and will be able to run with a new running partner in the future! There are so many options to get outside and enjoy the weather, even if it’s just for a short period of time – like taking the bike around the block! As long as my doctor approves me to continue up with my activity, I will be biking, walking, running when I can, and yoga-ing my way into September!

    It’s that time again!

    Cross Country is BACK! Though the fall is still a while away, training begins now and I’m looking forward to another great season coaching. I do love all my track kids, but the goofy group of distance kids are something else special. It’s always an interesting process meeting the new kids who want to come out for the team and trying to remember new names but by the end of the summer, everyone is like a giant family and there are both jokes and many, many miles run. It’s crazy the bond that they form and share by the end of the season and it’s amazing to be a part of such a unique sport.

    Cross Country is strange. There is no way to sugar coat it. It’s not that mainstream and most people wonder why anyone would ever want to ‘just run’ for a sport. Even in high school when I was running, I never really thought how strange it was to run, until many of my friends asked me why I wanted to be on the team. Being on cross country helped me develop my love running and now how I act as a coach. Though cross country doesn’t seem to have the same amount of showiness as track and field because there aren’t sprints, I still think it’s so exciting and love watching races.

    Recently, a movie was made that highlighted cross country and the team bond that many athletes share throughout the season. If you have the chance, check out McFarland, which was inspirational and I LOVED it! If you’re a runner, you should definitely watch it and if you’re not, it still is a great story. When B and I went to see it, we both enjoyed it for different reasons.

    McFarland, USA

    In honor of my favorite season being back, I was offered to give away a copy of the movie and jumped at the chance! All you have to do is enter below and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday. Good luck!

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