Life and training updates

I realize it’s been PAINFULLY long since I’ve posted anything, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things and start journaling my training. I have many updates, one being the most important, and that’s MR Wentworth himself, our baby Max. He has managed to come into our lives and make it so full of joy and happiness we can’t seem to remember life before him. Emma says he is her best friend, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Thank you, Kathleen Curto Photography!
Thank you, Kathleen Curto Photography!

My pregnancy with Max was much easier the second time in terms of staying active and eating healthy. Having a two year old running around left me little couch time so we tried to make all of our activities active ones. Fortunately I craved pretty much the same things as I did my first pregnancy – bananas, plain oatmeal, and apples. Well….and the occasional mint chip but that was mainly left for the last few weeks. I was able to keep running until about 8 months, which really helped keep me strong. I even did a 22.4 mile race with my little nugget at about 17 weeks! My friends and I completed all three races for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend in 2016 – the 5k, 10k, and half marathon over three days.

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Now I sit here, 4 months postpartum, I am registered for a long list of races and challenges this year and next. I have many strength goals I need to hit because I lost a lot of It while pregnant, which is extremely normal but it kind of sucks at the same time. I somehow find myself registered for the Dopey Challenge again, and those of you that know me will laugh because we all know how THRILLED Ryan is about that! I joke, but he is the most supportive husband and without his faith in me, I don’t think I would have the courage to do it! On top of Dopey, I have the Disneyland half challenge, the Princess half marathon weekend (all three races) 2018, the Tinkerbell half marathon weekend (all three races) 2018, and the ultimate challenge – Ragnar Napa with 11 of my friends scheduled for this November.
Could there possibly be any more or better reasons to document all of this running? Tips and mistakes that I find along the way will be passed on to you as well. My goals are to keep my body as healthy as possible to avoid any injury, and have a blast along the way!
When Max was about 4 weeks old, I started back up with some heavy lifting (heavy at the time for being 4 weeks postpartum – nothing crazy!). Twice a week, my husband and I would take a class to focus on back squats, deadlifts, overhead press, and bench press and increased the weight each day. Once I felt strong enough with this class, we added in a third day and I started very slow jogs around the park by our house.

After having Emma, I had to use the Jeff Galloway method of running where you run for an amount of time and then take a walk break. I actually improved my best times overall by running for 2 minutes and speed walking for 30 seconds. I almost never get sore joints or overly fatigued too soon. Around 4 weeks after having Max I started by running a minute and walking a minute and just trying to go slow in order to really protect my joints. After having a baby and while you are nursing, your body is so pumped full of hormones it’s really easy to injure yourself, so be careful!
Since I only have until October 3rd to submit a proof of time for the Dopey Challenge, I really have to try to up my intervals and work on speed. Right now I can do about 8 miles with my 2:1 intervals (2 minutes on, 1 minute off) but as this week rolls around I’m going to try either shortening my walk break, or running for 3 minutes instead of 2. A lot about running is trial and error so if you feel yourself not being able to keep going or if you feel too tired too soon, play around with your intervals.

With two babies being at home with me, some days going to the gym feels like packing up and leaving for a European vacation. I’ve started to do the one thing I truly hate the most – HOME WORKOUTS! I’m thrilled to say I’ve actually come up with a few that are not boring, keep me focused and make the time go by so quickly! All I used were 20 lbs free weights.
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Run around the block once – roughly 2-3 minutes
45 seconds on, 15 seconds off of:
Split lunge with a shoulder press
Bicep curl to a shoulder row
Single leg dead lift to a reverse lunge
Tricep exstentions
Goblet squats

I did 4 rounds and finished with 5 minutes of abs.

I was extra lucky that day because I also managed to squeeze in 6 miles that morning. FOAM ROLLING….LOTS AND LOTS OF FOAM ROLLING!
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Race countdown:
Disneyland half marathon weekend – 163
Ragnar Napa – 227
Dopey Challenge – 288
Princess half marathon weekend – 337
Tinkerbell half marathon weekend – 415

The Disneyland 10K

Before I had my little girl, I could run like it was nothing. Sure it was a pain to go get out there and do a 10 mile run, but I could do it if I really wanted to. Even though I worked out my entire pregnancy, nothing was harder than getting back in the swing of things. Not to mention, breastfeeding leaves a a few pounds on the body until you ween (yeah, that’s something I didn’t know before – haha!) so actually running with extra weight unlike my pre-pregnancy body self has made it all the more difficult. I did run one half marathon at 4 months postpartum which in my opinion, was harder than labor. Hey, no one hands you a beautiful baby at the end of a half marathon, all you get is a banana.

So in January when I signed up for the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare, I thought what a perfect goal to set for myself! The Double Dare is a 19.3 mile run; a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. My two friends and I started training about three months ahead by doing short runs during the week and then two back to back run on the weekend to get our bodies used to running so frequently. If I’m being totally honest, I could have been more strict on how often I ran but getting into this new routine of baby and running has sometimes left me a little frazzled.

We drove down to Anaheim on Friday for race bib pick up and the usual purchases of fun RunDisney stuff. If my husband didn’t get ahold of my wallet, I probably would have spent all my money on Sweaty Bands! We did snag a few to match our costumes for the race. After bib pick up, it was a quick dinner and off to bed for our 4am wake up call.

4am rolled around, with having everything all ready the night before it was a quick change of clothes, pumping for the baby, a banana, and out the door! I of course packed some gu which I never run without. Make sure to always train with fuel you plan to run with. Trying a new snack or breakfast the day of could really upset your body. Since it was SO humid we made sure we hydrated all week. We got to our corral around 5:25am (start time was 5:30) and we defiantly made a mental note to get there a bit earlier the following day. After the beautiful national anthem and the fireworks, the race started. The great thing about RunDisney is that it attracts the most positive of people. As we started running, everyone had either something really funny to say or something really motivating. Our favorite was one guy’s sarcastic comments of “oh my gosh guys, are we running?! I didn’t train! Isn’t this the line for Disneyland?” Nothing like a little laugh at 5am to get you into the mood to run.

 

Our costumes for the 10k - Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore
Our costumes for the 10k – Piglet, Tigger, and Eyore
Miles 2-3 inside of California Adventures
Miles 2-3 inside of California Adventures

In usual Disneyland course fashion, we started mile 1 on the streets outside of Disney, weaving slowly into California Adventutres. Each mile marker fit the theme, Lilo and Stitch, buy having Hawaiian music and an Elvis look alike singing along. Since Stitch really isn’t my thing, we passed up the picture stops to just keep running. We did however get the classic castle picture around Mile 4, because well…it’s Disneyland!

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Right before passing Mile 4, we needed to get a good shot of us with Dumbo to celebrate our THREE medals we were aiming for!

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After coming around the back of Disneyland, passing Splash Mountain we ended up running through Downtown Disney to the finish line. The streets were full of people cheering on. Not just for people they knew, but for everyone. Over and over we kept hearing “We are proud of you! Keep going!” which made us smile ear to ear. Shortly after the race had started, it was all over. The first of three medals around our necks, bananas and water in hand, we made our trek back to the hotel to spend the day in the pool. Only a few more hours until our big day was upon us!
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