Friday, May 11, 2012

Adventures of a New Mom - Walking with the baybay

While pushing a 16 pound baby up hills might sound difficult, it is so incredibly easy when you get to look at this precious face.

Baby Lo and I have gone for walks quite a bit lately. I wrote an aggressive workout plan this week. Yoga, 30 Day Shred, Running. Between knee pain and not wanting to spend excessive amounts of time inside, it was so much more appealing to get Baby Lo in the stroller and go for a walk.

My weight loss was pretty good  the last couple of weeks, even with some pigging out. I lost 2.1 last week, and .3 this week. However, I weighed this morning, a day after my weigh in day, and I was down another pound. That seems to be a trend. I literally drop a pound the day after weigh in. Whatever, it just shows up the next week. As long as the number continues to go down, I'm happy. I have about 8 pounds to go. Woo hoo!

I do have some serious toning up to do. The weight definitely looks different on me, but I still feel pretty good about myself. I'll always have a little extra skin around my belly, but that's the very inexpensive price to pay for the greatest gift one could ever receive.

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trolley Run 2012

Where to start?

Trolley Run 2012

Because of this race, I've lost 35 pounds since having Baby Lo.
Because of this race, I've forced myself into running again.
Because of this race, I've forced myself to give myself some "me" time 3 nights a week.
Because of this race, I've discovered there is still Jamie somewhere in this world of motherhood, and Jamie should be celebrated.

My last post talked about run walk intervals and my goal to finish the Trolley Run under 50 minutes. I trained on Thursday, rested Friday and Saturday, and ran the race on Sunday.

In previous lives, I took the weekend leading up to a race as an excuse to pig out, and often felt lousy on Sunday. I believe in carb loading before a race. However, this doesn't necessarily mean one should head for an all you can eat Italian buffet or an Olive Garden fetuccine Alfredo. Since I love weight watchers so much right now, I decided to try the crock pot lasagna on Saturday. It was delicious, filling, and exactly what I needed.

Sunday morning I woke up at 6:15 and Daddy Lo and I treated the day as any work day. Dressed and fed the baby, dressed and groomed ourselves, and I made myself some wheat toast with peanut butter. I forgot my bananas at work, so I brought my carrots instead. I chugged 2 bottles of water, and out the door we went. I did a self check on the way to the starting destination. Pre race butterflies were fluttering in my tummy,but I wouldn't call them nerves. I was excited! Rain was falling, but temps were fine. I dressed warm, wore my Garmin, and wrapped my iPhone in a baggie before sticking it in my pocket.

Upon arriving downtown, I hopped out of the car, kissed my baby and my husband, and jogged to the potty. I found my wave group, stretched and waited to start. My playlist started and off we went. For those who care, my playlist consisted of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilara, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, and Nsync circa 1999-2000. Thank you to for awesome c25k playlists. I listen to them even when I'm not following C25K.

While running, a lot of thoughts ran through my head.

The first mile flew by.
Race volunteers are awesome and make me want to smile while I run.
I will drink water at the water stations for the first time in my race history.
Look at me running on the painted lines in the middle of the road. Just like Bitch Cakes.
The houses on the run are simply beautiful.
I'm still not tired, and I think I actually enjoy running in the rain.
How am I passing people?
I noticed a shirt that said, "run now, wine later" and I REALLY want one.
Then I noticed two women to my right. High fiving every race volunteer and police officer, cheering while they ran. It was a welcomed distraction.

I passed the three mile mark, wondering when the "I am going to die feeling" would kick in, grateful that it hadn't yet. I remembered this race a year ago. I was under dressed, dehydrated and miserable. What a different experience this was. As we came upon the plaza, I heard a woman behind me. "we're almost there! Hey kid run with us! We're almost to the end! Hey everyone, we got this!" She kept cheering herself on, but I was certain the running Gods had put her there just for me. I wish I had found her after the race to thank her.

I reached the final stretch, still running, huge smile, and a tear escaped my eyes. I was going to run this entire race. This mama still has it. I can still, run, and I still enjoy it sometimes. I crossed the finish line with a smile and energy to spare.

4 miles
45 minutes and 1 second
11 minutes and 16 seconds per mile average pace

Thank you God. I needed this confidence boost, and next year I will do this race in under a 10:30 pace.

I can't wait until my next race! I will share pictures as soon as they are posted. In the meantime, here is my biggest fan.