New Food Friday: Quinoa 2 Ways

I went for an easy 3.5 mile run this morning to celebrate it being Friday, and I felt pretty good. 

I know many of you who don’t see me every day have been anxiously awaiting a belly pic from me.  Well, this is the best I could do after my run this morning.  Stay tuned for a not sweaty or poorly taken self portrait soon.

 

 

 

New Food Friday: Fun with Quinoa

I have been trying to cook with quinoa more since it is so ridiculously good for you.  But if you know anything about my eating habits, you probably know that I am a big texture person.  I love the flavor, idea, and nutrition of quinoa, but I really don’t dig its texture.  What I usually do is mix it with another grain, usually brown rice.  It is great this way and they you get the health benefits (and yummy flavors) of both. However, I still wanted to try some new quinoa recipes to see if I can incorporate it into our diet in different ways. 

But first……

A few nutritional benefits of quinoa:

1)      Complete protein—Quinoa has a higher protein content than any other major grain (1 cup has 9 grams).  It is also one of the only vegetarian proteins that is a complete protein as it contains all 8 of the essential amino acids.

2)      Detoxifying— Quinoa is high in fiber so it is a big helper with things like constipation and bloating since it is super colon cleansing.  Quinoa is also high in vitamin B and folate which help the liver eliminate wastes from the body.

3)      High in calcium—Quinoa is one of the best sources of plant-derived calcium around; one cup provides 30 milligrams of calcium.  A great way to keep strong bones if you are lactose intolerant.

4)      Great for dieting—Quinoa is low in fat, calories and is a source of complex carbs that keep you feeling full longer. It is high in fiber and tons of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, zinc, folate, calcium…the list goes on!  Also, a great grain to eat if you are gluten intolerant, or have celiac disease.

So good for you; just eat it!!

Here are 2 ways to enjoy quinoa: a savory way and a sweet way.  Both are very healthy and super tasty.  Y is a big fan of both of these recipes (surprising since he has been getting pickier and picker these days), so I would definitely call them kid-friendly.  

Side note: I stole both of these recipes from a blog I read called Poor Girl Eats Well.  She has some great and cheap recipies and she takes beautiful pictures of them too.

  

Garlic & Cheese Quinoa Patties

 

 

 

 
 
 

The first batch was a little dark, but still yummy.

 

 

 

 
 
 

I served the quinoa patties with chicken and the asparagus from the FM.

 

 

Ingredients:

 
2 cup cooked quinoa
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup chopped red onion
4 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt (I ended up adding more as they were cooking)
1 cup panko crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice 
EVOO (for pan frying)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa and eggs.  Add the scallions, red onion, garlic and spices and stir until well combined.  Next, add the panko crumbs, followed by the cheese, and mix well.
  2.  Take a small ball of the mixture and gently form it into a 1″ ball, then flatten into a patty.  Repeat with the rest of the mixture until you have about a dozen patties.  If the mixture is too moist, add a bit more bread crumbs or a small amount of flour.  If it’s too dry, add a little water, one teaspoonful at a time.
  3.  Heat a large skillet over medium low heat and add the olive oil.  When oil is hot, carefully place patties into the skillet and cook for about 7-8 minutes on each side, or until a deep golden brown.  Remove from skillet and cool on a wire rack over a plate lined with paper towels to allow the remaining oil to drain.  Repeat with the rest of the patties.

 

Notes: I found that 7-8 minutes per side was way too long (maybe my patties were smaller).  I just kind of eye-balled it to see when they were golden brown.  But I have to admit, even the burnt ones were still pretty good. 

If you prefer you can bake the patties too for about 20 minutes at 400°.  Flip them over and bake for another 5 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack, then serve.

The best part-Y loved them!

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Muffins

Ingredients:

 
1 1/3 cup quinoa, whole wheat, or all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 TBS melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium overripe bananas, mashed
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.  Prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray or muffin liners.  In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
  2.  In a separate, larger bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until smooth.  Mix in the dry flour mixture a couple tablespoons at a time, stirring together until completely incorporated.
  3.  When all the flour has been mixed in, add the mashed bananas and the quinoa, and mix well.  Add the chopped strawberries (juice & all!) and fold into the muffin batter.  Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and cool for a couple of minutes before removing muffins from pan.  Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes, or until ready to serve.  

The muffins (dessert!) were also a hit!

 

 

Enjoy!  Have a fabulous weekend!!


Farmers’ Market and a Long Walk

It is that time of year again! Time for the farmers’ market in Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento!  Now I know there are local farmers’ markets open year round and I try to get to those as much as I can, but this one is just so close to my new (but actually old) work and it is much easier to get to. 

Yesterday, I walked over to the first FM of the year (May-October) with friends David and Tina from work.  We have learned it is best just to bring your own lunch rather than wait in one of the long (over-priced) food vendor lines. It is great to buy some produce and then sit in the grass, eat, and people watch.   

And don’t forget to buy a yummy Dave Pop after lunch on a hot day (I passed yesterday, because it was not quite popsicle weather-IMO).  These popsicles are one of the best treats in Sacramento.  They are fruit based (some have soy milk or water) so they are healthy, and all flavors hover around 100 calories! The cantaloupe is my absolute favorite! Maybe next week ;)

My haul from the FM included 3 baskets of strawberries for $7, 2 bunches of asparagus for $5, and a ton of broccoli for $2.  I am making asparagus for dinner tonight, and trying a new muffin recipe with my strawberries.  I will let you know how those turn out.

 A Long Walk

 

You all know how much I love running, but this morning I just wasn’t feeling up to it.  My legs have been feeling very tired and heavy lately—probably as a result of the extra weight I am carrying (baby alone weighs almost 3 pounds already!)—so, I decided to take a really long walk instead.

From time to time, I forget how much I enjoy walking since I almost feel guilty if I don’t run.  It is so nice to occasionally take a bit more time to enjoy the outdoors and take in your surroundings.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t get to soak up nature as much while running for some reason.

 

I know my belly is getting bigger, and I am more tired, so this is an important time to listen to my body.  I am by no means done running until my due date (July 24), but I think I will take this opportunity to sneak in a long walk or 2 each week with no runner’s guilt attached.

Besides, I walked 5 miles today at an average pace of 14 minutes a mile…that’s not too shabby.  And the best part of the walk, was that it ended at Peet’s Coffee ;)


New Food Friday: Sweet and Savory Rice Salad

I am trying not to let recent events derail my running too much though it has been hard. 

Leaving the country for a while and my unfortunate bike incident a couple weeks ago and the fact that I am 7 months pregnant has made logging my miles each week a bit of a challenge.  I feel like I am putting in the same amount of effort, but keep getting slower and slower (i.e., a 10-minute mile feels like a 9-minute mile).  I am still managing to run between 3.5- 4.5 miles a day, 5 days a week.

This lady will have to substitute for me until I can get a good preggo running picture :)

I am not training for anything in particular (not really recommended during pregnancy, of course), but I have signed up for the Women’s Fitness Festival 5k on June 3 in downtown Sacramento.  (I have to admit it is probably the fact that Whole Foods is providing breakfast that makes me most excited.) Who knows what my fitness level will be like at that point (33 weeks pregnant), but I thought it was motivation enough just to keep my butt moving!  Anyone want to join me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Food Friday: Sweet and Savory Rice Salad

I made this cold, rice salad last Saturday for a BBQ and it seemed to be a big hit.  It could have been the fact that it was the only side salad there, but I am going to pretend my friends actually really enjoyed it.  In any case, I have had several requests for the recipe, so here you go!

I believe I got this recipe from a Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op flyer years ago, and I vaguely remember it was called “quinoa salad”.  I like quinoa in lots of ways, but am not a huge fan of its texture, so I tend to mix it with other grains or bake it into things.  Suffice it to say, for this I use brown rice instead of quinoa, though you could likely use any kind of grain really.  In addition to the grain swap, I have made other changes to the recipe, so we can just go ahead and call it creatively mine :)

I wasn’t planning on using this one for the HRL, so I only have one picture and it is of the leftover rice salad on top of a bed of spring mix that was my lunch on Monday.  Delish that way too and some added veg makes it even healthier!

 

Sweet and Savory Rice Salad

1)      Cook 1 cup brown rice. Set aside to cool.

2)      Add about a ¼ cup each:

  • dried cranberries (could use raisins or other dried fruit too),
  • chopped green onions,
  • slivered almonds, and
  • feta cheese (I probably use more than ¼ cup of feta though).

3)      For dressing, mix together:

  • ¼ cup EVOO,
  • 3 TBS lemon juice,
  • 2 TBS honey,
  • 2 TBS fresh thyme (finely chopped), and
  • ½ tsp salt.

4)      Toss dressing with rice mixture and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

(Note: I always double the dressing as the rice really seems to soak it up.  I usually put half on and refrigerate, then add a bit more before serving. The extra dressing is also nice if you have leftovers.)

Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!


Beginner Running Safety

In light of my recent bike run-in (quite literally), I thought it might be a good time to address some beginner running safety rules. And clearly this is not just for beginners….it appears we could all use a refresher ;)

 

A Few Simple Rules

 

A lot of these safety suggestions are pretty much common sense, but I think they bear mentioning since perhaps some of us don’t consciously think about these things:

1)      Start with a quick safety check and use common sense.  Are your shoes double-knotted? Are you running in a safe area that you are familiar with? Did you tell someone where you were going? Are you wearing white/bright clothing (especially at dawn or dusk)? If you are unsure about a person, place, or thing while running, avoid it!

2)      Avoid running alone in unpopulated or unfamiliar areas.  This probably applies more to women, but men can get hurt or lost as well. 

3)      Carry some form of identification. There are many ways you can carry personal info with you while running. The easiest is probably to purchase a wearable ID like Road ID for your wrist or shoe. I carry my ID and/or cell phone on long runs and during races.  If you absolutely cannot stand to carry anything with you, write your name, emergency contact, and blood type on the inside sole of one of your running shoes.

Example of a wrist Road ID

 

4)      Run against traffic. Run on the sidewalk if at all possible or a trail/track where there are no cars. But if you find yourself on the street, be sure to run against traffic (even if you are on the sidewalk-take it from me).  And of course, we cannot forget bicycles; they are subject to the same rules as cars (not that they always follow them) and should be riding in the same direction. Facing oncoming traffic means you can keep an eye on them both.

5)      If possible, run with others.This is especially true if you are running at night.  Safety in numbers; you can help each other spot potential hazards.  Also, should the unthinkable happen, you have someone to assist you in getting the help you need.

6)      Limit your distractions. This is the hardest safety “rule” to follow, and I myself break it quite frequently. This basically means: leave the iPod at home if you are running outside. Taking up your sense of hearing with music means you can’t hear cyclists yelling at you, oncoming cars, unleashed dogs, car horns, etc. This is a hard rule for a lot of us, but might be one of the most important.  Leave the headphones (and TV watching-ha!) for treadmill running.

As I mentioned above, a lot of these things are common sense and we (me anyway) think we are safe while running.  I just know that being hit by a bike in what I thought was a very empty street and when I thought I was being quite safe, has made me rethink my running safety routine.  Even if you are just getting outside for an evening stroll, walking to the light rail station in the morning, or taking your kids to the park, be sure to consider these safety suggestions too!


Beware of Bikes

Hi all.  Once again, I have been MIA as the HRL, but this time I have a really good excuse that actually has something to do with running (not like spending 10 days in Europe just for fun, although that did have to do with eating a lot).

Last weekend, I was hit by a bicycle while running in my neighborhood.  I have to admit, I usually worry more about cars, but never really bikes, though I still watch out for them.  And I did this time too, but I was hit straight on from behind. 

What happened you ask? I am not 100% sure.  This is what I remember in a nutshell: I was running on the sidewalk (like always) and there was a guy leaf blowing in his front yard. To avoid him (and his evil leaf blower), I stepped off the sidewalk and ran for a bit where cars would park if there were any.  (Basically I was running between the bike lane and the sidewalk.) I was there long enough to check my watch, look around, and I was just about to get back on the sidewalk, when WHAM!

The tire of the bike hit me in the back of the calf (I do not remember this, but it is evidenced by the cuts and bruises there and the handlebar shaped bruise on my opposite hip), and I went flying forward right onto the ground.  I slid on my face, knees, and right arm which also broke 3 of my front teeth.  This fact alone sent me into a panic!  I basically freaked out, yelled at the girl who hit me, and ran home….not exactly what I should have done, but I wanted the comfort of being at home and that was all I could think about.

I was/am pretty scraped up and bruised, and of course there were the broken teeth (no pics of these, sorry folks). But the good news is that Baby Boy Nance was not hurt in the encounter and is kicking and moving around just as much (if not more) than ever.

The ironic thing is that I was on high alert the entire week I spent in Amsterdam since bikes are constantly whizzing around super-fast and definitely do not give pedestrians the right-of-way.

Little did I know that it was my own neighborhood I would have to worry about…. in California, USA where pedestrians have the right-of-way. Me thinks it might even be the law!

Apparently, pedestrians are hit by bicyclists more frequently than previously thought, but it is a very hard thing to keep track of statistically speaking.  I know I didn’t file a police report or go to the ER, and most people that are hit don’t.  Most pedestrians are not injured too badly, but some bike/person accidents end tragically.

The moral of the story is: be careful even if you think you always are. I am up and running again, and besides my follow-up dental visit this week (to polish, shape, and put on the finishing touches), I am just left with my scabs and bruises. It could have been much, much worse–there were no broken bones and the baby is fine.

And that is all I could ask for.


Beginner Runner Eating

I know it has been a while since an installment of Beginner Running Thursday seeing as though I was on vacation and all, but the HRL is back to talk about Beginning Eating.

 

What should I eat before a run?

This can be a tricky question because you don’t want to eat right before you run because it will likely lead to cramping or side stitches. Conversely, you can’t go on a completely empty stomach either because you will feel lethargic or run out of energy. 

The solution then is to eat a snack about 1 ½ -2 hours before you run. This should be something that is contains both carbohydrates and protein (but ideally contains more carbos than protein). Good examples are:

  • A bowl of cereal with milk
  • A bagel with nut butter
  • Turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread
  • A piece of fruit and an energy bar

 

Just be wary of overly fatty or spicy foods, or anything super high in fiber.  These tend to digest slowly and make you gassy or cause other gastrointestinal distress (you will know if it happens to you!).

 

What if you run first thing in the morning like me?  Unfortunately, there is a slightly different answer for everyone; I can tell you what works for me.  If I am running less than 5 miles, I eat a banana and drink a glass of water when I first get up. By the time I get Y ready for daycare and get my running stuff on, it has been about ½ hour-45 minutes. 

 

I have also run 3-4 miles first thing in the morning (literally get up at 5:00 and go) with nothing to eat beforehand and been totally fine too.

If I am doing a long run, I do wake up early and make sure to eat a bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts (plus, coffee and water) at least an hour before. 

Figuring out what to eat before your run will take a little trial and error, but after a few runs you will figure out what works for you.

 

 

What should I eat after my run?

The answer to this question depends on what kind of running you are doing.  If you just ran an easy 3-4 miler, it is probably ideal that you just wait until your next scheduled meal and make it a healthy one.

However, if you come back from a short run (30-45 minutes) SUPER hungry (like I do first thing in the morning) it is probably a sign that you started the run a bit low on carbos. It is best in this case to eat high-fiber foods to avoid eating too many calories.  If you run in the morning like me, just eat your breakfast and make it one with mostly carbs and a bit of protein.  I usually have a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and nuts, or a piece of while grain toast with nut butter and jam.

After a long run (longer than 60 minutes) that really tires you out, have a quick snack as soon as you can (within 30 minutes is ideal).  This can be as simple as a sports drink and energy bar.  Within an hour of eating that snack, you should have a full, healthy meal ideally in a 4:1 carbs-to-protein ratio. 

After my long runs, I always have a Luna Bar and a Nuun electrolyte hydration tablet as soon as possible (pre-shower).  Then I fix a plate of brown rice or whole wheat pasta, with veggies and feta cheese. I also throw on any leftover chicken, pork, or tofu we have in the fridge.

 

 

These are just guidelines and different runners have different preferences and habits.  I know I am repeating myself, but you have to try and see what works best for you—trial and error.

This just scratches the surface about eating and running.  There is a TON more to talk about like overall diet and what to eat during a run.  Good thing I love talking about food and nutrition ;) Until next time!


Easter and Glucose

It was Easter this weekend and whether you actually celebrate the holiday of Easter or not, there was no denying it was a beautiful couple of days!

Saturday Y and a few of his friends (Damien and Abby) went to Fairytale Town for their annual Eggstravaganza spring event. 

The Easter egg hunt was divided into different “divisions” according to the kids’ ages.  Y, D, and A had to go in the 0-3 age group though they are all on the old end of the spectrum.  The rules stated that all you needed was one egg that you then would trade in for a prize.  Having just had an egg hunt at day care the day before where each egg had candy in it, the boys ran around collecting as many eggs as possible and were the very confused when they were all empty.

But fun was had by all, and after a snack we went to see the Easter bunny.  Now, I am not sure if everyone has this experience, but I have never seen a “normal” (i.e., not crazy/weird/psychotic) looking Easter Bunny. 

This one wasn’t as weird as some and the kids seemed to like him, and I guess that is all that matters.

 

 

 

This morning, I had to go in for my 2-hour glucose test at Sutter to check for gestational diabetes.  It could be argued that a couple days after Easter (read: eating lots of Easter candy) might not the best time to have one’s blood sugar checked, but I have to have the test done before I am 26 weeks, and time is running out.

I know very little about gestational diabetes, but I learned a few things today (thank you Wikipedia). You are at a higher risk for developing diabetes if you:

  • have previously been diagnosed with diabetes (no)
  • have a family history of type 2 diabetes (no)
  • are of African-American, Hispanic, or Native American heritage (nope)
  • are over the age of 35 (well, I am not OVER it)
  • are overweight or obese (not yet, depends on how much Easter candy is left)
  • are a smoker (no)
  • have polycystic Ovarian syndrome (negative).

 

BUT, 40-60% of women diagnosed have none of these risk factors at all.  And typically women with gestational diabetes have no symptoms!  If they do, they tend to be increased thirst, increased urination (like you can tell while you are pregnant), fatigue (again…I am pregnant), nausea, bladder infection, yeast infection, and blurred vision.

Well, I have none of those things (except the aforementioned increased peeing and fatigue), so hopefully all goes well.  The doctor said they would call if they found anything to worry about, so I will keep you updated.

On the plus side, I started studying (for real) for my personal trainer certification while waiting all morning in the lab.  I now know some fascinating stuff about the circulatory and respiratory systems!!!

Question: Have you ever seen an Easter Bunny lately that didn’t scare you? 


New Food Friday: Winter Lentil Soup

Happy Friday, everyone! 

Where has the Hungry Running Lady been you may ask?  I was in Europe on a girls’ trip with my mom and my sister. We went to Paris and Amsterdam and a few places in between.  It was super fun, but I really missed Y and MN and was glad to get home to see them.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t do any running while I was on vacation, as my mom did not feel comfortable with me running in an unfamiliar place/country.  This was generally fine since we ended up walking what felt to be about 10 miles a day. 

The only time I was jealous of joggers I saw was in Paris.  Folks were running by the Notre Dame cathedral alongside the River Seine in the direction of the Eiffel Tower……imagine if that was you every day running route!!  I was a bit envious of this, but decided that if one ran by the Eiffel Tower everyday it would cease to be amazing.  Right?!!  Hmmmmm?

 

 

 

 

New Food Friday: Winter Lentil Soup

It is New Food Friday, but it is no longer (officially) Winter (though it felt like it this morning-brrrr!).  But I made this recipe before going to Europe, and I am posting it anyway.  I did find my pictures from making the soup, and I do remember that it was delicious and we all liked it.  (I froze some of it too, so I am looking forward to jogging my memory here sometime soon!)

 

Throw all your veggies and lentils in a pot and simmer till tender. I love soup; it is so easy!

 

I served it up with homemade garlic bread.

 

Y ate it......

 

...well, the garlic bread anyway!

 

Winter Lentil Soup

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, breaking them up with a spoon, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add 6 cups water and bring to a boil. Stir in the sweet potatoes, kale, lentils, thyme, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer until the lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Spoon into bowls and top with the Parmesan, if using.

 

Easy, good, and good for you!

Tonight I am making homemade mac and cheese…..not sure if it is super “good for you” or easy to make, but it sure is good!!!

Have a great weekend!


Beginner Gear

One of the best things about running for exercise is that it doesn’t take a lot of money or equipment the same way that other sports can. 

Warning: You can really spend as much or as little money on running gear as you want to, but there is lots of fun stuff out there to buy, so the more you get into it the more special clothes, gadgets, and $400 GPS watches you buy.         Just saying.

Beginner Running—What Should I Wear?

1)      Shoes:  It goes without saying, that shoes are the most important thing you need for running.  Don’t just use some old, worn out tennis shoes you found in the back of your closet, make sure your shoes are specifically made for running (not tennis or walking or looks). 

My advice is to go to a running/sporting goods store like Fleet Feet  and have an expert fit you for your first pair of running shoes.  Tell them what kind of running you do, what your goals are, and if you have any current problems (i.e., shin splints, knee pain).  They will watch you run in your shoes right there in the store to check and see if they are working for you.  The other good thing about a store like Fleet Feet is that they will take your shoes back for store credit even if you run with them for a week outside (I actually did this last year!). 

Here are a few links with more information:

Runner’s World

Web MD

Tips on Healthy Living

About.com

2)      Clothing:  The most important thing for women is to make sure that you have a good, supportive sports bra (make sure it is made for high impact activity).  You can go to Fleet Feet and be fitted for one there too, but I went to Target, tried on a ton, and bought a couple that fit well.  I still wear and love them….so bras don’t need to cost a fortune (though I wouldn’t call any of them cheap).

In the beginning, really anything goes as far as what you wear running.  Find a comfortable pair of exercise pants and a T-shirt, or whatever you usually exercise in.  What is most important is not to over dress.  Once you start running, it is going to feel at least 15-20 degrees warmer outside; it is a good thing to start your run feeling a little chilly. 

If you decide to become more serious about running, you will want to invest in some technical running clothes made of synthetic fabrics.  These let your skin breathe and wick away moisture. (I also buy most of my running clothes at Target.) These also tend to be a little more fitted, and keep fabric from rubbing on you while running long distances.  This doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal, but anything rubbing on you (no matter how soft) for 10+ miles is going to be uncomfortable and chafe.   

Examples of technical running clothes

Runners of any kind should avoid 100% cotton socks.  Sports socks made with synthetic fabrics will be more comfortable and keep you from getting blisters.

These are just a few guidelines for some of the gear you might need for running, but it really isn’t complicated.  Do not become overwhelmed!  The most important thing is figuring out what works best for you.

Beginner homework for this week:

Walk briskly (briskly!!) for two minutes, and then jog at an easy pace for five minutes.

Repeat four times per workout. Try to squeeze in at least 3 workouts this week.


Shamrock’n Update

Yesterday was the 8th running of the Shamrock’n Half Marathon –Sacramento’s largest half marathon.  This is the 3rd time I have run this race, but the first time while pregnant!  

Side note: This was not my first race while pregnant however;  I found out I was having another baby just before the CIM  so I actually ran a marathon while pregnant too!  The doctor said it was fine as long as I had been running before.  That just means I have to run another marathon to see how fast I can go while not pregnant ;)

 

 

 

The Race

Ironman Barry and Traci picked me up at 7:00 yesterday morning.  We parked in Downtown Sac and walked across the Tower Bridge to Raley Field where the Start/Finish line was.  All three of us had signed up for Wave 2 which was for runners with between a 9:16 and a 10:30 minute/mile pace. 

It was a great day for a race: overcast (a few rain drops as we waited at the starting line in fact) but not too cold.  Though Barry looks kind of cold:

 

 

 

I was a big nerd and made a special shirt just for the race:

 

 

  

Confession time:  I made my own shirt for two main reasons (besides the fact that I thought it was cute):  1) I am proud of myself for still running!  It has been harder than I thought to keep at it due to the fact that I tire more quickly and have to pee more often, and 2) I wanted to provide others with an explanation for my ever expanding gut should anyone notice.  My water belt greatly accentuates my stomach and I admit I am a little self-conscience.   Shallow, but true.

 

 

The Results

Overall the race went well for all of us.  Ironman Barry left us in the dust around mile 2, but Traci and I stuck together the whole race.  I did feel more tired than normal and I hesitated to really push myself; I just really tried to listen to my body. 

I drank a lot at the aide stations, and peed a lot at the Porta Potties.

This was my slowest half marathon ever, but that is ok.  Going into this race (and training) I decided I was doing this to keep myself running and in shape while pregnant, and that is exactly what it did. 

Now that the race is over, I am going to keep running, but I think I am going to stick to lower mileage for the rest of my pregnancy.  The longer (8 mile+) runs have really been taking it out of me (and come with a longer recovery time).  I am still really enjoying my 3-5 mile runs though, so I will definitely keep those on the schedule……along with prenatal yoga, and Jillian, and long walks, and long naps

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend !!