Looking Back at 2016 Goals and Forward at 2017 Goals

My one goal for 2016 was to run 1000 miles and by July I was on the right track until I got pregnant and had to take close to three months off of running due to round the clock nausea. By the end of October I started to get back into my running (more like walk/run) routine and it looks like I will be finishing the year at a hair under 650 miles. Which is more than I ran last year – so yay!!

Now for 2017 – in a few months my life will be changing in ways I cannot even begin to fathom. It is difficult for me to pick any goal pertaining to speed, distance, or racing. My only goal/wish/dream is to continue my running routine in the healthiest and sanest way possible. Of course I have future races dancing around in my head that I would like to accomplish – but I’m changing my perspective to focus on my new addition – who I will be meeting very soon.

A healthy mom is a happy mom – and I know lifelong fitness is important to maintain. I’m grateful to enjoy running and I hope to keep it up in the coming year.

 

2016 Go Santa Go 5k Recap

My mom moved up to Cincinnati recently, and she got bit by the racing bug when we did the 2016 Princess 5k together this past year. She really wanted to do another race with me, so I did a quick search for local 5k’s in the area and came across the Go Santa Go 5k, which was being held at Summit Park – a great new park down the street from where I live. Proceeds from the race went to the Cancer Survivors Community.

Packet pick up was the day before at my local running store – but there was also race day pickup and registration available. Included in registration was a Santa *or* Elf shirt and hat (you had to pick one). We picked Elves. The shirt and hats were intended to be worn at the race.

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My mom and I arrived about 35 minutes before the race and stayed in the car to keep warm. The temperatures that morning were in the high 30’s.

Around 5 minutes before the start we lined up at the starting line. This was probably one of the smallest races I have participated in. I believe there were about 117 participants.

When I race with my mom we stick to power walking. The course went through and around the park. During the race my mom and I pretty much chatted and people watched. Our official time was 47:47, with a pace of 15:24 per mile.

Hot chocolate and cookies were available post race and an awards ceremony was held for people who placed in their age group. Since my mother and I were certain we did not place, we left and went back to my house.

Like the Thanksgiving Day Race, this is another race I’d like to make an annual tradition. I definitely plan to bring the stroller and my little buddy next year!

2016 Thanksgiving Day Race Recap

At the end of October I got back into my running routine after two months off. Due to my “condition” I was slower and would occasionally get round ligament pain. I managed a few runs and then took another 1.5 week break due to feeling depressed about the election and a TERRIBLE migraine.

My husband had been getting excited about Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day Race – an over century long annual Cincinnati tradition. Around 13,000 people run/walk the race each year and it takes place in downtown Cincinnati.

On the evening he was registering, at the last minute, I asked him to sign me up. Until then the longest I had run had been 4 miles, but 1/3 of the race was walkers, so I figured I could take my time completing the 10k distance.

The weekend after he registered I did a 5 mile indoor track run and felt confident that I would finish upright and smiling.

The morning of the race was chilly and wet – once we arrived at the starting area – the rain started to let up. The husband and I got into our respective pace groups and we were on our way.

I kept 15:30 intervals – because I wanted to take it easy and try to minimize any pain. I really enjoyed the course. Like the Flying Pig 10k it went through downtown Cincinnati and Kentucky.

There were a few serious hills and I simply walked the uphills – at this point in my state of fitness and my other current state – I really did not want to over exert myself.

What I really loved about the race was the large attendance and family vibe. There were lots of families running and walking together, and there were a lot of strollers on the course and it got me excited that one day we could make this an annual family tradition.

I finished in 1:35, with a 15:25 pace. My slowest race thus far, but I’m darn proud I’m able to complete a 10k at 6 months pregnant.

We will definitely do this race again – I think a Thanksgiving Day run is such a fun way to get pumped for the holiday – looking forward to next year!!

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Hiatus explained AND 2016 Hyde Park Blast

Well it has been AWHILE since I last posted something. Life has changed ALOT in the past few months and it’s only going to change more.

I currently have a bun in the oven and the first five months of baking were ROUGH! I had suffered from nonstop nausea and fatigue and pretty much stopped exercising for two months.

Back in June I ran the Hyde Park Blast, and what I did not know at that time was that my little bun was along for the ride. It was a four mile race through Cincinnati’s Hyde Park district and I achieved one of my best times: a 47:28 finish with an 11:52 pace. A few weeks later I found out about my new partner in crime – and was able to run throughout July and early August until the nausea hit hard and I pretty much went out of commission.

Once I started to feel better, I set out to slowly get back into a running routine, or at least a run/walk routine. At five months, the bump was starting to show and I realized if I jostled myself too much I would get round ligament pain in my uterus – so 15:30 run/walk intervals seemed to be my golden ratio. Pretty much a power walk, but it felt great to get my body moving again.

By mid-November I felt like I had a solid enough foundation to register for the Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race, an annual 10k through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – I was a little nervous…

to be continued