Running Through Life’s Biggest Moments

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

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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.

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

15 weeks preggers in Quebec (

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.”

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

Finally started to show around 18 weeks pregnant (

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.

Running Through Life's Biggest Moments

13 weeks pregnant and feeling like barfing! (

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!

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


09 2016

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  1. Kaitlin #

    Congrats! I’m 19 1/2 weeks (so our due dates must be really close!) with baby #3. A boy after 2 girls :) I, too, have been feeling awful until recently. Good job keeping up your miles- I’m still struggling with a very slow 3-mile routine! Best of luck on your half.

    • Karla Bruning

      Congratulations, Kaitlin! I’m due Feb. 9. 4 months to go! Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling too. It’s so frustrating. But hope you’re feeling better now!!

  2. 3

    Congratulations! Thrilled to hear your great news! Take it easy and don’t push – just enjoy! Next time you’re in Palm Springs, please join us at one of our races. We love having you!

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Molly! Next time we’re in Palm Springs we’ll def come out for a run. We had so much fun at the Red Carpet Run!

  3. 5

    What lovely news! Congratulations!

  4. 7

    Big congrats!! And nice timing to start feeling better again, for Paris.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thank you! The race ended up being perfectly timed. Phew!

  5. 9


    I was screaming with happiness as soon as I saw the pregnancy tag. I’m so thrilled for you guys. Super big hugs!!!!

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    • Karla Bruning

      Thank you, Elle!! That means so much. We’re already excited, and everyone else’s excitement is making us even more elated!

  6. 11

    I’m sad to hear about your illnesses but very excited about baby girl to be. The rest of your term and after will be a happily ever after indeed. Run safe and strong and maybe run into you there.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thank you, Heather! We had a great race–hope you did too! Sorry we didn’t see you there!

  7. 13


    You are such an inspiration to women everywhere for your strength through vulnerablility and honesty and humour.

    I am always here for you and cant wait to support and be with you through this next amazing stage.

    Vive La France this week!

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, TanTan! Can’t wait to have another tri adventure post-Cinderella 2! Now we’ll have another cheerleader!

  8. 15

    Congratulations to you both. That’s great news!
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  9. 17

    Congratulations!! Glad you’re feeling better!! Wishing you and Cinderella 2 good luck at the race. So happy for you guys!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thank you so much, Kaella! All three of us had a great run!

  10. 19

    Congratulations, Karla! Can’t wait to see pix of the two Cinderellas together :)
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