Monday, October 24, 2011

Congrats Brandon! Cbus Marathon

11344 Finish


Remember our Air Force 10K Brandon and I ran together in September? The one where I had a goal of running fast and couldn't understand why I was huffing and in slow motion? The one where Brandon was jumping over barrels while I barely kept up pace? Yes, that made me sick. Well, we didn't know it, but three people crossed the finish line that day!

We were almost 5 weeks pregnant when I ran the race so it was actually a good thing I didn't have my Garmin and forgot my gels. Running by feel was a great way to make sure I was keeping it safe for Baby! And 55 minutes for a 10K prego is pretty good!

Brandon took my place since I was unable to race. :) He had been cycling and running, and had a great base fitness. I was so proud of him!

He killed the Columbus Half Marathon by getting a 1:54! It was so cool to see him pushing himself and running it He ran alone so he could run at his pace and left really early that Sunday morning of the race -- I woke up at 5:50 am to get ready to go cheer him on and he had already left and was downtown Cbus! This is sometimes a bone of contention with us because I don't like to get to races too early --it makes me more nervous. The girls and I tried to find him at mile 3, 6 and 11, but didn't spot him among the 17,000-plus people. I think at mile 6 he was on the opposite side of the street. It was just really hard to spot anyone unless they spotted you too or were wearing dayglo colors.

The girls and I made pink and black shirts that said, "Run Dad Run" and "Go Shmidty!" And a sign with all of our friends name on it and "Run Jess-Sub 2 or Bust!" Jess killed it too! We saw her at mile 6 and she was so excited! She was going strong and was so happy. She achieved her goal and I was so proud of her. We had run together all summer and it was just so cool to see her get sub2!

On the opposite side of the sign we put, "I don't even know you, but I am so proud of you!" And that sign got so many smiles from runners. Runners would shout out, "Thank you!" as they ran by and it was this great community of runners and spectators. The photographer right by us said we were a great plant because we made everyone smile. :)

So proud of you Brandon! Love you babe.

After I told Brandon we were pregnant, I said, "Okay babe, you know what this means. After our last baby we are doing a marathon together." So our next goal is a marathon. And a 100 gran fondo like Levi's in Santa Rosa for our 10-year anniversary.

Oh baby!

So the reason for the blog hiatus is this little guy/girl in the photo above. We are expecting baby #3 in May! We had our first doctor's appointment last week and it went well. They took blood, did an ultrasound and we chose our hospital. The baby's heartbeat was 180 - our little hummingbird. Brandon and Ava were there with me and it was really sweet to have Ava with us. She did great and was such a big girl.

I used to feel like Superwoman. Everyday I would have tons of energy to work, clean, do fun crafts with the girls, working out every day and running and swimming without feeling like I was gasping for air. And Brandon would come home and get to rest and appreciate a home cooked meal. While I am slowly getting some energy back, after about 5 pm most days the couch beckons me. And he gets to have lots of quality time with the girls. This giving up the "notion" of being superwoman was admittedly very tough at the beginning. But what grace you get when you allow other people to do things for you.

On the way to church yesterday, Brandon said he would rather do things for other people than accept them -- it's harder to accept someone doing something nice for you and I have to agree. It takes grace to know you have weaknesses. You get tired. You are not superwoman.

In terms of exercise, now, I run and enjoy it but at a much slower pace. This slower pace actually is nice and helps me appreciate just running for running sake. And I am lifting weights again.

Spending time with the girls while sick has been nice. Cuddles on the couch and lots of kisses. That's pretty much all they want anyways. Mommy time.

Week 10 and I feel like I am finally popping in the belly a bit. I have cravings for Orangina, clementines, ice cream, anything salty like ham or sausage, beans (weird), jelly beans and hard candy. Any veggies are mostly pot, carrots or celery (last week I had 6 stalks in a sitting--heard they have lots of sodium).

Ragains visit from Colorado

This little blog has felt neglected...but here are some great pictures to bring some fall life back into it, including our family game night with Jess and Nick and the whole fam, Brandon's 34 birthday (Happy Birthday sweetie!), and sweet Luke reading to the girls. Fall is here!

Saturday, October 01, 2011