Currently

>>My tolerance for alcohol has not recovered from 14 months (and counting) of minimal drinking. Tonight I had one 16oz train beer and I was basically drunk when Fizz picked me up.

>>I am obsessed with Facebook groups. Mom groups, breastfeeding groups, running groups, moms who run groups and the biggest time suck of all: local online garage sale groups. It’s a black hole I’m not sure I can climb out of.

Facebook group obsession

Just a handful of the groups I am in….

>>I am still upset about a lie Fizz told last week. We were getting Jennie ready for daycare and he very enthusiastically said, “I forgot to tell you that Jennie won outfit of the week 2 weeks in a row at daycare!!!” Me: “OMG really?” (feeling very proud of my outfit selections) and “Wow I’m so trendy that I dress my baby well enough to win an award!” Reality: he made it up. There is no “outfit of the week” contest.

baby jennie fizz

Our dog ate the bumbo. We “fixed” i.”

>>I am enjoying my sore legs. I am so happy to have finished the 10 mile race on Sunday feeling relatively strong! I really needed the boost in confidence. It’s hasn’t been the easiest road back to running after the baby. I’m nowhere near “back” but it’s nice to see the progress!

Battle of Brooklyn10 miler

Photo Credit: JackRabbit Sports

>>I am wondering how I can make friends with the couple I sit next to each and every day on the train to NYC.

friendship somecard

Also – in case anyone was VERY worried about my bleeding nipples, it turns out they weren’t bleeding. My boobs chafed a bit (I found small scrapes today). I will be on the lookout for a new sports bra :)

NYC Runs Queens Half Marathon preparation Week 5 (of 9)

Good news, I survived the 10-miler and I’m thrilled!

8/11/14-8/17/14

M: OFF

T: OFF

W: T25 core

Th: OFF

F: OFF

S: MRTT 5k, 28:30 (9:13 avg)

Su: Battle of Brooklyn 10-miler, 1:41:56 (10:11 avg)

Weekly total: 13.1 miles, 25 min XT

This was a great (running) week for me. I am really happy.

On Saturday, I was able to meet more moms from the local mom running group that I joined! I ended up running the 5k with the stroller. It may sound weird but I just wanted to be near her. The course was harder than I had originally thought (lots of mini hills, not easy with the stroller but a killer arm workout) but it was really fantastic and I ran comfortably.

MRTT union county 5k

MRTT 5k with stroller

Jennie slept during the entire race. She is so not interested in running.

Sunday morning was an early morning and surprisingly went exactly as planned (which happens never). I woke up at 5, pumped, got ready and got on the road at 6 (Jennie miraculously stayed asleep past 4 AM)! I drove to Jersey City to scoop Dori.

jersey city manhattan sunrise

A true no filter NYC sunrise that I took while driving. #safe

I wanted to get to Brooklyn early so I could pump before the race (which I did, on a curb near the bag check). Dori and I met up with Ali (finally met her in real life) and then it was time to start. We kept the pace comfortable and kept up the conversation which helped the miles tick rather fast.

Splits per Dori’s Garmin: 10:08, 10:22, 10:17, 9:58, 9:59, 9:57, 9:46, 9:54, 10:08, 10:02

I finished with a giant smile on my face and I was thankful for Dori for running with me (it would have been much harder to accomplish alone). It was the first double-digit run since 10/26/13 (I looked on my Daily Mile). This finish means a couple of things:

>>It may not be as fast or as easy as I expected, but the skills will come back.

>>I will be able to finish the half marathon on 9/14.

battle of brooklyn 10 miler

After the race I had two bagels and Shake Shack frozen custard (which was arguably the best post-race snack EVER). Can I still say I am eating for two? I think so.

Since it has been so long, I am nursing some really sore legs! OH – and this happened for the first time EVER…

photo 4-7

I didn’t notice it until I looked at the sports bra hours later. It never hurt and there was no sign of it afterwards. Naturally, I googled “breastfeeding running bloody nipples” and found that it can happen. Is it normal though? Who knows? Has this every happened to anyone?

I’ll leave you with that fabulous image. I hope everyone had a nice weekend and that your nipples did not bleed.

Another 5k

One day, a couple of weeks after Jennie was born, I was sitting in my living room thinking about the fact that I have no local (same or immediate neighboring town) friends. Cue: sadness. 

A couple of my girlfriends suggested I join a local mom-focused Facebook group so I could get to know some women in the area. With some help, Kylie found me the exact Facebook group I needed, Union County Moms Run this Town! Fast forward a bit, I have some new friends and a new resource for local running (I am still new to the area).

Tomorrow, this group is hosting a small 5k. I am participating but am not sure of how I will be racing.

My options:

1. Run casually with the stroller
2. Run casually without the stroller
3. Try to race. Try to beat last weeks’ finish time.

I am leaning towards running casually with the stroller. I am running the Battle of Brooklyn 10 miler on Sunday and it already seems like a stretch that I can run that far so adding some speed the day before might not be the best idea! Note: if you want to run 10 miler too, use code: battlerunningbun for $10 off registration fee!

I’m excited to have a bib on 2 days in a row!!!!! I’m also excited to NOT be traveling this weekend. All though I’ve enjoyed spending time with some family every single weekend this summer, I’m happy to stay home. I have a lot to do (wedding planning, food shopping, running, laundry, stare at Jennie, wash my hair LOL). I will report back on Sunday with the results of these excursions (and will most definitely plaster pictures all over Instagram in the meantime)!

Also, Lily says #TGIF.

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