Monday, March 31, 2014

Such a rad time! (My Color Me Rad race recap)

This past Sunday, the 30th, I participated in the Color Me Rad 5k in Orlando.  Last year, I did it with my best friend Kelly and her friend Jesamy, who also became my friend after that.  :-)  We had so much fun and I looked forward to doing it this year.  Sadly, I wasn't able to do it with either Kelly or Jesamy, but I did get to run with my friends Kirsten and Ty and their daughter, Addie.

We started in the 8:20 wave.  There were waves every 20 minutes from 8-9 a.m.  I didn't realize how close I lived to the location of the race until I got directions on my phone on the way there, which resulted in me getting there about 45 minutes early.  About 20 minutes or so later, my friends showed up.  We all made our way to the start line.  When we started, we were nice and white.  That didn't last long.  We started getting colored before we even started the run.  They had bought color bombs (packets of the colored cornstarch) and Addie was ready to start using them!

Before the start of the race, I was so nice and clean! 

I'm already getting colored before we even start!

They started our wave and as we crossed the start line, they were blowing color at people.  I think it was blue.  Suffice it to say, no one stayed white for too long.  Lol.  We started making it a game of tag with Addie.  It's one way to get a kid through a 5k that's fun for everyone!  Well, at least until the adults are out of energy less than a mile into the run.  Lol.  The first station we came up on was purple.  We ran through it and we all got a decent amount.

Thanks to the torrential downpours on Saturday, the course, which was very grassy, had turned pretty muddy.  Everyone's shoes got wet because there really wasn't anywhere dry to go.  I think my poor shoes are still drying out.  Soon after that, we hit the second color station, blue.  This one was colored water.  The temperatures were below 60 degrees when we started.  Everyone was a little chilly after that station.  We kept going and the kiddo decided she wanted to use a couple color bombs.  After opening one, she got me, her parents, and then some random strangers in front of us.  That's what I love about these races.  You can come up behind someone, throw powder on them, and they just laugh and say thanks.

My friend during the race.  Lovin those glasses!  They were part of the swag.

She was sooooo freakin excited!

We hit yellow third and then wound our way around to orange.  This year, they added half a mile onto the course because last year, it was only about 2.6 miles instead of 3.1  It also meant they had to add another color station.  Trust me, we weren't complaining.  We got to orange and the last lady with the powder DOUSED Addie in it.  It was pretty funny to see her afterwards.  We kept going to the finish line.  Right before, though, was the last color station, which was pink.  I, sadly, did not get any pink on me.  They kept missing me when they were tossing the powder on us.  Luckily, Ty had grabbed a handful to throw on Addie, but decided to throw it on me instead.  Lol.  Right after that, we finished the race, then went off to the side and opened the rest of the packets and got each other some more.  One of the photographers came up on us as Kirsten was throwing orange on me and got some pictures of that and then of the kiddo pouring powder all over herself, especially her braids.  I look forward to seeing those pictures.  :-)

Overall, it was a great race.  I definitely want to do it again next year.  At 17 weeks pregnant, I felt better this year than I did last year at 2 months postpartum.  I'm pretty sure I looked better, too.  Lol.  The next race coming up is the Darcy Foundation 5k in a little less than 2 weeks.  Matt and I will be running that race together.  It should be lots of fun!

So colorful!

One happy family!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


So, today I had my monthly doctor's appointment.  I will be 16 weeks pregnant tomorrow.  The baby's heartbeat was good and normal.  I've gained 7 pounds over the last month and I am not happy about that.  I need some serious help with keeping my weight steady.  I did ask the doctor about this annoying cough and he said that right now, I obviously have no immune system, so I just need to be more careful about getting sick.

There was some really exciting news, at least for me.  He said I can increase my mileage to 4-5 miles!  I told him I did 4 on Saturday (not actually meaning to), but had no pain or bleeding, and he said that it was fine if I did more, as long as I don't do too much.  10k, here I come!  Lol.  I'm going to see if I can talk him into letting me do at least one at my next appointment in another month, depending on how I feel.  The parents are also okay with me doing more, as long as the doctor's okay with it and I listen to both his instructions and how my body does.

I scheduled the ultrasound for next month, as well, so we can see how baby boy is doing.  We're all moved into our new home, though we're still unpacking a few boxes.  I do need to find a nice bookshelf to put mine and Matt's books on.  Between the two of us, we have a lot.  Lol.  Next week is Matt's spring break.  I don't have my work schedule yet, but I'm hoping to find a couple cool things for us to do, depending on when I have off.

My plans to go to Ohio for Mother's Day are slowly solidifying.  Because moving cost so much, I'll have to wait to buy the tickets next month, but I'm excited!  Matt and I will be up there for about 5 days and will stay with one of my best friends.  It'll be my last trip out of state before baby's born.  That's pretty much it for now.  I'll let you all know how things go as the pregnancy continues.  Hopefully, the pregnancy insomnia will go away soon, cause I'd really like to get a good night's sleep.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The biggest drawback

I've gotta say, the biggest drawback to being pregnant is that I have absolutely NO immune system.  I always get sicker quicker when I'm pregnant.  For example, I've had this nasty cough for a little over 2 weeks now.  There haven't been any other symptoms, just the cough.  I ended up calling my doc on Friday night, who recommended heading to the ER in case I had the flu.  I go to the hospital and you know what they tell me?  My lungs are completely clear, but they're going to give me antibiotics.  I didn't think that made much sense, especially since I've been coughing stuff up every day, but he's the doctor, so I'm going to listen.  I started taking the antibiotics and the cough isn't as frequent, but it's just as hard.

Oh, we've got big news (kinda).  We're moving to a new home on Thursday.  The place we live now is raising the rent to $855/month (from $708), which makes no sense because there's another complex around the corner from us that is owned by the same company and charges $130 less for a 2/2.  We currently live in a 2/1.  The new place we're moving to is a 2/2 and charges about what we pay now.  It's also in a better location, being closer to Matt's preschool and Universal (where the hubby works). Hopefully, it all goes well.  The parents texted me today to remind me not to lift heavy things during the move.  :-)

My next OB appointment is on the 19th.  Matt and I have a 2-miler this weekend and then I'm meeting up with some mamas on the 18th to celebrate some big accomplishments.  I've got races planned through next month, though they're all 5ks.  I'm particularly excited for the Pig Run of Lake Nona in April.  You get to eat a donut halfway through the run!  Matt and I will each eat 1 donut (you can eat up to a dozen).  Hopefully, in May, I'll get to go to Ohio for a visit.  I'm hoping the rest of the pregnancy will fly by with all the plans I've got!