Thursday, May 10, 2018

How Running helped me to cope with infertility

Hi all!

I hope you are all doing well, I am doing great! In case you missed my last post, the big news was that I AM PREGNANT!

So, as a running blog, unfortunately, I am going to disappoint...cause I made the decision to quit running at 12 weeks pregnant after experiencing some bleeding and being advised to take a week. My husband and I decided that we didn't want to risk anything like that happening again so I stopped running entirely.
I am still walking though! I am trying to average more than 11,000 steps each day in order to stay active.

Anyways, on my last post I also touched on the fact that my husband and I had a hard time getting pregnant.

That's the reason I actually started running again in 2016. After we had been trying to get pregnant for 6 months I needed an outlet for my constantly over thinking. Running hit the spot. It let me get away from the negative thoughts each and every month we had negative pregnancy tests. It also helped exhaust me mentally and emotionally. I will forever be grateful for running re-entering my life and giving me something to be happy and excited about when it seemed like such a negative time in my life.

It actually happens when you get help if you need it!

So, we tried for a year the old fashioned way.....nothing.

True story...if I never hear that phrase again....

We tried for 6 months using ovulation predictor kits...nothing.

Once we hit the 18 months mark, we decided it was time for us to see the doctor. I am so blessed to have a very kind and understanding OBGYN. He knew how we had been trying and was happy to help us figure out what was wrong and how we would be able to grow our family.

We ended up going through  some fertility testing. Blood work, and an HSG test. I didn't have any blockages in my tubes(thank you Lord) but my cycles were definitely out of whack and my body did not have enough opportunity to fertilize an egg before my next cycle started. So, my doctor prescribed me clomid, just 50mg to start. It adjusted my fertile days by maybe 1 or 2 days in the right direction. But no pregnancy. The second cycle I was on 100mg clomid, I almost had a regular cycle! But, still no pregnancy. Third cycle (which was to be our last try before moving forward to insemination) I took the 100mg of clomid...and nothing! My cycle was as irregular as ever! I cried on my husbands shoulder so hard thinking about having to try insemination, and the true possibility that I would never be a mother.

Mood swings are the top symptom of clomid! HA! poor Eric


If you have gone through this, or are going through it now, my heart breaks for you. It can be the hardest thing to accept that becoming a mother may always be out of reach.



Back to that 3rd round of clomid, I woke up the day before my period was due, with a broken heart. I went to work, came home, and decided to do some strength work. I went to do a push up and when my chest hit the floor I actually yelled in pain. My boobs hurt so bad. wait. WHAT?! That's an early pregnancy symptom! I ran out, bought a test, and when my husband got home from work I took the test and YES! Unbelievable! It.was.POSITIVE! My husband said "but that second line is so faint" yes, but it was there!

Long story short, this is our miracle baby. We are beyond blessed and we thank God each and everyday! I am 21 weeks pregnant now, everything was perfect at our last ultrasound and check up.



Women out there struggling with this, please, please, please, if your heart is breaking over infertility reach out and talk to someone. it helps! Talk to your spouse, doctor, friend, or me! I know what its like! I had 24 failed cycles before this miracle. I know. I love you. You can do this.

And if you are at all like me and need an escape from your own negativity, try running! Seriously! training for races and getting some sweat going everyday helped in major ways!

Please share this with anyone you may know is struggling. Or comment if you have gone through this and need some help, or someone to just listen

❤Sarah

Friday, April 13, 2018

Runner NOT running

I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile now but you know, life gets busy. Mine has been busy in the very best way though cause I found out in January that I am PREGNANT!!!! Yay!

Our little one at 7 weeks!

I’m actually 17 weeks along now and I’ve gotten 1 ultrasound and I’ve had 2 appointments that we heard our little ones heartbeat! That sound will never grow old!

My husband, Eric, and I are so excited and we’re trying our best to get the house ready for our little addition.

We were actually trying to get pregnant for awhile, 2 years exactly, actually. We even had to get fertility testing done. It ended up that my body needed some help with timing and on our last round of clomid (a medicine that helps with ovulation), it worked! We prayed every day for those 2 years for this and we feel truly blessed!
A gift from my BFF, already up in the nursery!

So, why no running? Well, I’ll get to that.

The first trimester seemed to go so quickly. I felt nauseous all the time but I never threw up, and I kept on running! I was still doing piyo workouts with Eric too! On the days I felt good I took full advantage and worked out as usual. Unfortunately though, at 12 weeks I overdid it. I ran and did strength, I woke up the next morning to bleeding. It was terrible. My heart ached. But I stopped bleeding and didn’t feel anything else, no cramps or pain. We called the doctor and went over everything and it was decided I needed to take a week off running and lifting. Well, my husband and I  talked about it and after that week I just didn’t feel comfortable finding out how much was too much. I quit running. For now. I do miss it sometimes but I’m happy walking for now. And I’m thrilled that we’ve had nothing but positive check ups at the doctors!
Little bump action week 15

This second trimester has been so much easier! I don't feel sick anymore and I'm not quite as tired all the time. I haven't had any strong cravings yet, but I do seem to be favoring sweets. I have to pee all the time, and my favorite thing, my belly is GROWING! I can now understand why some women say that they loved being pregnant!
Oh, a FAQ, are we finding out the gender? Nope.
So the due date is September 16th! Our next ultrasound is May 1st, and that’s my halfway point.
I never stop rubbing my belly! I love my baby so much already!

I'll keep you updated on each trimester and soon enough I'll have a little running buddy! I also plan on doing a post on how running helped me cope with infertility.

I hope you all have a great day! And if you have any good tips for a new mom PLEASE leave them in a comment!! Thanks!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Meatless Monday?

Have any of you heard of "Meatless Monday"?




I think I've heard about it once or twice but I never thought too much of it. You see, I eat meat, and I cook dinner everyday for myself and my meat eating husband. I also didn't think my husband would really be interested in cutting out the meat for a day or two a week, so I haven't really considered it.

Well, color me shocked, he asked if we could try going meatless for a week! I LOVE this. There are so many delicious looking meals out there.

Here's a few I think I'm going to try.

Slow cooker creamy tortellini soup- This looks so rich and smooth

Portobello fajitas- YUM! I love the idea of using mushrooms as the "meat"

15 minute vegetable lo mein- Who doesn't love Asian food!

Minestone soup- This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden and this is supposed to be a great copycat
So these are the one's that I'm hoping to try over the next week or so. What do you think? Have you ever tried meatless Monday? or have you gone meatless for longer periods of time?

If you have any good recipes please let me know in the comments!!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 Goals!





Can you believe it's already 2018!? Part of me thinks 2017 went by slowly and dragged on, but then at times it feels like I blinked in 2012 and now its 2018 and I don't know how we got here!

So, nows the time of year where people make resolutions. Some people love it and do it each year, some think it's unnecessary. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle.

See, I think it's always a good thing to want to improve as a person, but I don't think it can all be decided on what that looks like till more in the day to day. I like to think of 2-3 big goals then from there break it into smaller steps and changing habits.

I sat down and really thought about what I want out of this year, and what kind of wife, daughter, runner, friend, and person I want to be.

This is me researching resolutions.....

My main goal is to be more consistent:
1. With reading Scripture and praying, I want to be closer with God and more consistently working on that relationship.
2. With organizing, keeping my house clean and tidy. I want to get on a routine with laundry, cleaning, and clearing out clutter.
3. With running! Stick to a training plan and keep time off after races to a more reasonable length. Mileage goal: 750 miles.


Source
For the first 2 points on my list I plan on investing in a good women's devotional, and daily scripture reading. I also plan on finding a good cleaning schedule (I'll check out pinterest) and sticking it up on my fridge!

For my final sub-goal, running. Ah, I love running....till I get out of the habit, then it's so HARD to get back to it. Which is exactly why my goal is to run consistently, so I don't have to struggle to get back into it every couple of months. 

My sister got me this awesome 2018 planner designed specifically for runners! I found a goal race (March 31st, Cook Forest-it hasn't opened for registration yet though) a half-marathon, I went onto my Garmin Connect and found a great training plan, and started filling in my new planner! 











All in all, I have a very good feeling about this year!

So, how about you, any resolutions? Or goals?

Did you make life resolutions and running resolutions?

Do you have a mileage goal for 2018?

❤Sarah

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017!

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!



I know I sure did! I also had some fun before Christmas and I thought you may like to see what we've been up to.


First we got our Christmas tree! Isn't Sydney cute in this picture!?


Eric and I went with our friend Martin to see the light show in town, it's the 3rd year the three of us have gone together. One of my favorite traditions!

We went out to eat together first, isn't this sushi just beautiful? Sushi is one of my top 3 favorite foods!

Cookie decorating for our nephews 5th birthday! I think they ended up being more icing than cookie.....

We had some snow before Christmas this year, and we had a white Christmas!! Finally! It's been a few years so I was so excited to wake up to snow yesterday❤

Eric and I after our Church Christmas Eve candlelight service. I love this man, this was our 5th Christmas together. We actually got engaged right before our 1st Christmas 2013, we had only been dating 6 months but we knew this was it for us. So, I think I've always loved this time of year, but add an engagement memory and it really makes it special.

So, that's a quick look at our holiday season, I hope you had as much fun making memories as we did!

Mine are my mother-in-laws cinnamon rolls!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A more relaxed approach.....

As some of you may have noticed my running has been, well, less than impressive. Well, it's true, last fall/winter I was running 23-29 miles a week and sticking to a training plan for my first half-marathon. This year my average weekly mileage is 10. that's it. 10 stinking miles.



Part of me is really embarrassed by that, and I feel like I should have an explanation for it. Then there is part of me that really gets it.



I love to run, it's a fun and healthy hobby. It gives me both a mental and physical boost that I think I'll be going after for my whole life. But guess what....it's just my hobby. So I don't HAVE to run. I get to run when I feel that desire, or I can skip.

Lately I've chosen more and more often to just hang around at home with my husband and my dogs. We both work full-time, have obligations at the church, and have other interests, so I genuinely want to just hang out with Eric. I've also had some health related stress, nothing serious, just an issue that requires a lot of visits with my doctor and planning for the future. So, due to all that, I'm choosing at times to just not run.



Ok, now that all of that is said.....I really miss running consistently. I want to be back to it. I've been trying to run at least 3 days a week. Even if it's just a few miles.I know what I need to do. Pick a race. Sign-up for it. Find a training plan. And get going!!!

So now I need your help PLEASE!

Please COMMENT  with either an idea for building up base miles or where to find a great training plan!

SO WHAT SHOULD I TRAIN FOR?
5k?
10k?
Half-marathon?
Spartan?

HELP! PLEASE GIVE ME ANY IDEA

Thanks!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Launch 4 Review

I've put about 250 miles on my Brooks Launch 4's so I figured I'm over due letting you know what I think of them!



I really love my Pittsburgh shoes!






These shoes are really great at supporting my high arches, and giving me enough cushion to put in a lot of miles.

It's a neutral shoe and it definitely supports me well even though I have some issues with under-pronation.



The fit is great, I stuck with a size 7 (same as my ghost 9's), but this one felt like it fit better. My foot wasn't moving around in my shoe causing blisters.

If I were to compare them to my Ghost 9's again, I would say that they were a lighter and less bulky shoe.

I truly believe that the Launches are going to be my go-to shoe for a very very long time!

What shoes do you run in?

Have you ever ran in the Launches?

Sarah❤