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Week 2 training & the hiccups (or kidney stones) that accompanied it

I knew going into last week’s training that it was probably not going to be my best training week in terms of hitting all the miles required, but I had no idea it would turn out the way it did! Last week was busy for me in terms of class & assignments, and since that is my top priority right now and it’s sooooo early in the training cycle, I was okay with it. I missed my Sunday 9-miler because I was on a home visit – I always feel blah about missing a long run, but it is what it is! I intended to do a second 5-miler this week as well but didn’t get to it. Oh well. Here’s what the week looked like:

Sun: no run

Mon: 3.1 at 8:48 min/mile – I was NOT feeling well that morning!

Tues: no run

Wed: 5 miles at 8:40 min/mile

Thurs: 3.1 miles at 8:20 min/mile

Fri: no run

Sat: 7.1 at 8:37 min/mile

The 7-miler was my scheduled long run this week (it was a low-mileage Kurtis week), and while it was scheduled for Sunday, I wanted to get it in on Saturday because Audrey & Caroline had their own races to run Sunday morning – Potomac River Running’s Mighty Mile Kids’ Race! They were both really excited for it, especially Audrey. Good thing I got that mileage in early since Sunday morning took an unexpected and unpleasant turn.

I woke up around 4:30am on Sunday with abdominal and pain on my right side. I thought I had pulled a muscle or something and tried to switch positions and go back to sleep. That did not work out very well – I could not find relief no matter what position I tried! I suffered alone for a while, but then I started getting nauseous and throwing up. I felt like maaaaybe I should wake Brian up, but I didn’t want to get him up so early! We are going through a bad sleeping spurt w/ the girls, and he is always up at the crack of dawn (or before). I didn’t want to be the cause of the early wakeup this time when we go to bed every night hoping that the next morning is the morning the girls sleep in! I couldn’t stand it anymore, though, so I woke up and told him what was going on. He said that I looked so pathetic that he couldn’t find it in his heart to be mad at me…ah, love. 🙂 We sat on the couch for a little while with me in fetal position before I decided I was going to try and get some sleep. I went back to bed and still couldn’t get any relief, and then I threw up again – all over the sheets. I called Brian in and he sat next to me for a while. Eventually it got bad enough that we decided to get the girls up and go to the ER, so the girls came along with their crazy bedhead and footie pajamas.

Long story short – after lots of time in the hospital, more throwing up, an IV, a urinalysis w/ elevated red blood cell count, bloodwork, and a CT scan, the diagnosis was a kidney stone. I actually passed it in the waiting room, and it wasn’t very long after that I felt way better. B told me he could tell when I was feeling better because I actually talked audibly instead of whispering and mumbling 😉 On our way out of the hospital, we spotted the Ft Belvoir Fisher House! I don’t really pay attention that much when leaving the hospital because usually I am driving chatty children home from doctor appointments, so this was maybe the second time I noticed it. I remember when they were building both FH and the hospital and that area was just a huge pile of dirt. So cool to see it up and running – and it is beautiful!

So, yeah. That was our “relaxing” Sunday morning! I have had two natural births (I call Audrey’s birth a “supernatural” birth), so I am not a wimp when it comes to pain – and that is what made B realize it was serious because I don’t cry wolf with things. If I complain, I am probably already way past being in normal pain and on my way towards excruciating pain, ha ha. And for the record, I prefer childbirth to kidney stones. At least with labor you can move around and ease the pain, contractions come in waves and aren’t constant, AND you get a sweet baby after.

The girls were angels during that whole 4 hours in the hospital, but Audrey was really sad to miss her race. I am doing a 4th of July 5K, so she gets to come run the fun run to make up for it!

Here’s to a better training week this week – it can’t get worse, right? I will leave you with pics of my sweet baby Bear (her older sister was pouting in the other room):





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Week/weekend recap {Mother’s Day, Running, Adventures}

There is nothing quite like having a beautiful weekend to celebrate and relax! As I mentioned in the last post, free time is not something we get a lot of these days, so we really cherish the weekends with zero (or close to zero) major plans. And after last week at work,I feel like I really earned this weekend! Things have been crazy around here for a ton of reasons, including (but not limited to) the new construction going on in my particular office area and general end-of-the-semester craziness. Without getting into too much detail, I left work pretty frazzled almost every day last week.

On Saturday, B & I divided & conquered, with him taking Audrey to her gymnastics class and a friend’s birthday party and me taking Caroline to a girls’ brunch and grocery shopping. It was so nice getting to spend time with Caroline one-on-one since most of my one-on-one child time is with Audrey (since she and I go to work/school together). I rarely get that Caroline time these days, and she is really starting to turn into her own little person, so I loved every minute of it (and so did she!). She never gets to hang out with our friends while not in big sister’s shadow, so I think it was something she enjoyed, too. Also, she fell in love with grits this weekend!

Our Mother’s Day was spent relaxing & spending time together. We went to brunch at the Ft Belvoir Officers’ Club, which has a beautiful view of the Potomac River. Audrey and Caroline adored this meal, especially because there was a plethora of dessert options. Caroline now gets really annoyed if she can’t feed herself, so it’s a good thing there was a really thick, almost spill-proof mousse there because she was not letting me feed it to her. We capped it off with lots of playing outside, Audrey running through the sprinkler, Caroline trying it once and then deciding that, “no thank you, this is definitely not for me!”  I don’t know, there isn’t really too much to summarize, but it was such a great weekend. Audrey gifted me with a homemade coaster and a potted plant in a pot that she decorated, and Caroline & Brian brought flowers home on Friday. All in all, it was a simple & sweet day with my girls, and that is all I wanted!

On the running front, since I am no longer in race/taper mode, I have been able to get back into more of a groove. This has helped my sanity immensely! I got in 30 miles this week, including yesterday’s 10.5 mile long run (hey, I had to earn my brunch!) My pace has been pretty decent, too, with Friday’s 5.5 mile run at an 8:12 min/mile, and yesterday’s 10.5 mile at an 8:27 min/mile. Instead of reaching for the Gu gel this time around, I had Jelly Belly Sports Beans during my long run instead. I definitely prefer these to Gu so far!


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