6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Winter in WA

Watching the news my hearts goes out to those who are suffering with snow storms and tough winter conditions.  Winter has been a bit chilly here for my taste but nothing that would not stop us from getting outside.  In fact I have walked or run every day since January 27th- 16 days straight!!  My team at work is great, we have made our 2 mile lunch walk a habit.   This is awesome to get fresh air and keep me going the whole day. 

This past weekend was stellar.  We opted to go for a hike on Saturday to nearby Mud Mountain Dam.  The park itself is closed on the weekends, which was a bit baffling, guessing it is a winter thing.  This was our first time hiking here but we quickly found the trail system.  I used my Garmin since we had the boys and I did not want to overdo it.  A backpack with water, snacks and first aid kit and off we went.  Our little guy lead for about 80% of the trip.  Both kids love hiking and told us that several times during the day.  The views of the nearby river were amazing and the mostly level hike was great on the body.  I also got to test my Brooks Cascadia trail shoes which are like pillows on my feet, I can’t wait to wear them again!!

On Sunday Tall Grandma (Thanks Mom!!) offered to watch our boys and Kerrie’s kiddo so they could have a play date while we ran.  We opted to run on the Orting trail, the best for a 3 person team.  I felt great from the start.  Kerrie and I chatted a lot with MM getting a few words in here and there.  I carried my handheld because I feel a cold coming on and had a very dry throat.  I was happy to have the water as we went.  And SCORE we ran the whole time.. this is big for me, since getting pregnant I have stopped at every run at least once for various reasons, so I was pumped to be able to run the whole 10K.  We averaged about 10:15 pace, conversational and comfortable, PERFECT!!  I love running with my husband, but I MISS my running friends like crazy so this was the best of both worlds.

 After the run I took a nice nap and RELAXED the rest of the day…  and for your viewing pleasure here is my 17 week belly picture.. The tank top says “Sweating for Two” made from decals that my talented friend sent me.. I love it and plan to wear it once volleyball starts again..

Pregnancy Week 17:
*My goal is to walk/run 10-15 miles a week as long as I can. 

Miles Run Pregnant: 142.7 total- 12.3 in week 16

Miles Walked Pregnant: 46 total- 11.3 in week 16

Current Craving: Chicken Pad Thai, Salads and Ice Cream

Current Aversion: Cooked meat

Excitement: 20 week ultrasound is scheduled for March 4th, if baby cooperates we will know the gender!!

Gripes: Dry skin along with breakouts

Purchases:  More maternity clothes... waiting to get items for baby until we know the gender.


Amy @ Run Mom Run said...

Winter this year in WA has been so great, relatively dry, meaning lots and lots of great excercise days!

Great job on the 10k! All the hard work now will make it easier post baby for sure!

Unknown said...

I hate to even comment on our winter, for fear of change. :)

Looking great Mel - that hike location looks really nice.

Unknown said...

Congrats on a great run! :) WOOHOO! You are doing awesome momma!

Love the shirt!!!

Average Woman Runner said...

It's going to be so exciting learning the gender!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are making the rest of us feel lazy now.

Erik Ammon said...

Yay on Grandparents watching kids so we can get out for a bit!! Woohooo! :) Will you tell the gender or keep it a secret?

Anonymous said...

You look so cute in this tank top! :-)

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