My husband, Phil, and I keep a mental list of the best things we’ve done as a couple. Some of our running exploits are definitely Top 10. Running through life has definitely been fun.
But the Top 3 are (and we’re in complete agreement on these):
1) Adopt Cinderella
Our beloved doghter easily takes the top spot. She brings so much joy to our lives. All I have to do after a bad day is simply look at Cinderella and I feel instantly better. She is the furry love of our lives.
2) Move In Together
This was the big commitment. We tackled the tough life decisions before that point because we didn’t want to move forward unless we both thought this was it. Thankfully, it was.
3) Get Married
Some people told us, “You’ll see, it’s so different once you’re married.” Meh, not really. It was so different once we moved in together. That was the really big step for us. I was never the girl who dreamed about her wedding. But throwing a wedding was pretty darn fun.
Of course, we ran through it all.
Now, we’ve got another potential list-topper in the hopper.
Yep, I’m pregnant. I’m 20 weeks—almost 5 months along—and half-way to my due date. Cinderella 2 is due in early February. It’s a girl! I’m running through life’s next challenge.
My “belly” has finally popped; I’ve been able to “hide it” a lot longer than I expected. I’ve gained 12 lbs—half of the 25 lbs total my doctor has recommended. So I’m right on track. But instead of it going to my bump, it’s spread itself pretty evenly all over my body. Yep, I’m “pregnant all over.”
While Phil and I are both incredibly excited, it’s been a rough few months for me. You may have noticed I’ve been MIA here on the blog and in social media. Well, I’ve had horrible nausea, vomiting, gagging, dry-heaving, the works. Add in debilitating fatigue, the flu, bronchitis, a cold, and a few random fevers. I basically had to go into survival mode. Everything non-essential fell by the wayside.
I did my best to keep running through it all. I figured if I’m nauseated lying down and nauseated when I run, I might as well run. Yep, I did a lot of barfing and gagging during workouts. But there were times I had to dial it back. Over the last 20 weeks, I had to take a total of 7 weeks off—when I had the flu, bronchitis, a cold, fevers, or was simply too tired to get out of bed, let alone go for a run.
The worst was when I did run I was positively sucking wind. I had to run 2-3 minutes per mile slower than usual, struggling to eke out 3 miles in a stretch.
But good news! Over the last few weeks I’ve finally started feeling human again. I’m still tired, but actually functional. And running once again feels easy. Yay! I’ve worked my way back up to 8 miles in one go. And I’m so relieved. Running is my de-stressor, my mental escape. I need it especially now!
So yep, I’m still doing the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon this weekend! Phil is going to run it with me and we’re going to take it easy since I haven’t quite trained up to the distance. But seeing that I ran my second fastest half-marathon ever at Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May (during what was technically my first week of pregnancy), I think my legs will remember how to make their way through 13.1-miles.
I’m really excited that this will be Cinderella 2’s first running race. Since Phil and I got engaged at a Disney race, I think it appropriate that our offspring will make her running debut at a Disney race. (Her first race ever was the swim portion of the Wild Dog Triathlon last month).
So here’s to Cinderella 2. I’m officially running for two!