Monday, November 21, 2011

Missing in Action?

It has been a month since my last update.  A lot has been going on since the Detroit marathon.  I have not ran any races but I am staying consistant with running about 30 miles per week, including a long run of 10 miles on the weekends.  I've also added a day of full body strength training that kicks my butt.  I Spend 2 + hours with the weights on Sundays and have now made Mondays my rest days.  I am so sore. 

I've also gained 4 pounds since the marathon. I've got a good excuse though.

I found out 5 days after the Detroit marathon that I am pregnant.  Not only was I pregnant for the Detroit marathon but I was pregnant for Dance with Dirt 50K! 

As of today, I am 11 weeks & 2 days with a due date of June 9, 2012.  This definitely affects my future race plans but I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life.  I've only told my parents so far.   Everyone else will find out around Christmas time and I am keeping it off facebook as long as I can!  I have quite a few family and friends I want to tell personally before they go reading it on a social networking site!  Who would have thought that my son would turning 14 in January and having a new baby sister or brother a few short months later. 

Recently I have noticed that my pace has slowed.  It's ok though. I am running for two.  I am going to continue with my race plans and continue to train for Boston.  My training will just be altered to fit the slower paces and to make sure I do not harm the baby.  I've done a lot of research on women who run marathons pregnant, specifically Boston.  In 2002, April Nolan was 46 years old and 32 weeks pregnant.  She finished the Boston marathon in 6:46.  not an official Boston finishing time, but she did receive 2 medals when she crossed the finish line; one for her and one for her baby.  If I can complete the course 32 weeks pregnant in 6 hours, it will require me to maitain an average pace of 13:45.  I think that is totally doable.  So far my doctor is supportive of my running.  I will continue to talk to him about it at each appointment.   My dad is very supportive and frequently reminds me that I need to listen to my doctor and my body.  If I can't run Boston, it won't be the end of the world.  I'll work hard to BQ again.  Ask me today though and I think I can do it.  But we will see how I feel come April 16, 2012.


  1. Congrats! I love that you're not telling family til Christmas, but I know :)

    I was wondering what your running plan was since Detroit - 30 mile weeks are great!

  2. That is VERY exciting news! CONGRATS!

  3. Congratulations! Very exciting! :-)

  4. Hey yo! That is awesome! Dang, baby already has a 50k and a Marathon before she is out of the womb? Crazy!

    Be sure to listen to your body as race day gets closer. We just had our first 7 weeks ago and I can't imagine my wife being able to run a Mary. It's doable, just have to be smart about it. I'm so happy for you.

  5. Wow! Congratulations. That's awesome news. Finally, I will be able to keep up with you. Haha - kidding! Take care of yourself and your baby. All the races will still be here. I can't wait to follow your progress.

  6. Congratulations!! I hope that your pregnancy goes smoothly and we get to meet up in Boston!