Run Nelly Run

Run Nelly Run

Running through life as self-proclaimed house wife, mother, homeschooler, and wanna-be chef

How we found out

How this little nugget came to be is actually a really entertaining story!

This spring was turning out to be my best running season yet.  I had PR’d at Boston, (even though I didn’t run the smartest race), I ran my first ultra, won over all, and PR’d by a lot in my 5K…all distances were looking great.

My coach Mat and I were anticipating my fall marathon to be pretty amazing and hoping for it to be my “coming out” race sort-of-speak.  I was seeing all my hard work pay-off

However, with lots of training comes lots of stress and potential hazards on the body. I was fighting hormone imbalances, iron deficiency to the point of feeling like I was suffering from vertigo, and just teetering on doing too much.  

Thankfully, I was smart and talked to experts ASAP, made huge changes in my life, nutrition, training, basically everything was getting an overhaul.  

Late July, early August I saw my highest mileage yet, (90 some miles), I was out pushing 135 lbs of stroller + kids while running 3 double run days a week.  I was feeling great that my symptoms had subsided…until I had my first bad workout run.

I was supposed to run 3 x 2 miles at my goal half marathon pace.  The workout was supposed to feel hard, but was also supposed to be doable.  It was super windy that day, I started my run at 3 pm, (which is tough after most of the day with the boys)…I was dry-heaving, feeling defeated, and struggling to make it through each 2 mile repeat.  I was stubborn and stuck it out and was feeling pretty deflated about the whole event.

The day after the workout my coach and I just happened to be talking.  Again, him and I were both really excited, (me a lot nervous) about my up and coming performance in October at the Mohawk Hudson Marathon in Albany.  Some how Mat brought up JOKINGLY that I better not tell him I’m pregnant.

I laughed at his hypothetical worries, I told him there was nothing to worry about…I had 2 blond birth controls called Bodhi and Trout, (there was no possible way in my mind with running as much as I was, pushing the boys around, and still nursing Trout while also working on balancing my hormones did I think pregnancy was a possibility).

However, I finished up our talk and thought about how tired and sick I felt these past few days and it would be worth a shot to at least take a test…I was sure it would say no and that I had to work on my iron levels harder.

You all know how to take a pregnancy test so I will skip the details…but not even a second later… a double line showed up, “holy smokes! I’m pregnant!” test #2….yup still pregnant.

I felt super excited, surprised, already super in love, and had to immediately call Ryan.  I will say, this is the first time in our relationship where my news of being pregnant was TRULY a surprise.  I think I had him so stunned he actually had to sit down after the news; poor guy in the middle of work and his wife drops a bomb on him, (we both were happy about having another…but, it still was a take his breath away kind of moment).

So of course I had to mention to Mat sooner than later, (he’s my coach after all), my mom and family were obviously in the know…but, now I was sitting on news that I wasn’t at the point of sharing while a half marathon was coming up, I would have to reconsider my marathon debut, and I was Run Nelly Run and running was farthest from my mind.

I did end up running my half

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It took everything in my power to run that race without getting sick and while the baby was fine..I left racing feeling pretty lousy about my abilities to run a race well.  However, it was nice to be able to talk with the other women running and let them know I was pregnant.  I was giving big kudos and I really needed that, especially when I knew my half time the previous year was 6 minutes faster.

Running was difficult for the first trimester, but thankfully, I am seeing my energy return as well as nausea subsiding.  I have had so many, “i’m going to vomit” moments these past 14 weeks that I am surprised I was able to keep it down when it counted, (like the endless times it happened at the grocery store farthest away from an exit or bathroom).

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first baby bump sighting….my team mate who knew early on said she spotted it…I had to laugh, I thought I was doing well with where I was placing myself by the machine 😉

I’m hoping to continue to run, but never at the expense of the baby or my health…only as long as both are feeling good.  

Not a fairy-tale story, but definitely worth sharing with this nugget when they get older…we thought the odds were stacked against the idea of them ever being conceived and he/she knew better 😉  

 

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