Busy as a Bee and Winner of Saucony Shoe Giveaway!!!

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Multi-tasking - My husband taping (in prep for painting) while occupying our son!

Hey friends!

I know I’ve been MIA the last week – with my blog, Facebook, Twitter…basically all forms of social media!   Everything is great here – just super super busy.  Since late last week, I have spent ~12 hours / day at our new house – cleaning, unpacking, watering the newly laid sod (seriously hours a day), and letting my son get acquainted with our new home before the big move.   I don’t want the huge transition to be too difficult for him – we are going from a 2 BR apartment to a 4-BR, 3,000+ sq foot home.  So, we spend all day in the house and head back at his bedtime.  Once he’s sleeping, I have been focusing on packing up things here before going to bed passing out for the night.

It’s been a major challenge to not overdo it.  And to be honest, I’m not doing such a great job.  It’s so hard to force myself to take breaks – even if it means just putting my feet up.  When my son is napping, I get a second wind and try to get as much accomplished as I can.  I know I should be resting or even relaxing when he naps.

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    Women’s Running: Blogger on the Run + a Great Week of Pregnant Running (23 weeks)

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    I’m excited and honored to announce that I am featured on Women’s Running today as their Blogger on the Run.  I’ve been a fan of Women’s Running for a long time and am loving their new blog and especially their 50 days of giveaways.   Today is Day 23 – readers who comment on today’s post will be entered to win 1 of 8 headbands from Bondi Band!  So head over to their site, check out my article, and enter to win a new headband!


    After last weekend’s Brooklyn Half Marathon DNS, I decided to focus on getting more sleep.  Going to bed after 11pm and trying to get up at 415am to run is not a recipe for success.  This week, I have forced myself to bed by 9pm – regardless of what I’m in the middle of…and guess what?  Getting up to the alarm at 415 is slowly getting easier and easier.  I have more energy, I am focused, and my belly/baby cooperate for early morning runs:

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      Saucony Shoe Giveaway!!

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      If you are a regular reader of my blog then you probably know what a HUGE Saucony fan I am.    Love their clothes. Love their gear.  Love their shoes.  I have some lofty goals, post-baby, this fall that include running a qualifying 10k time so I can apply to be a member of the 2013 Saucony Hurricane Team (fingers crossed!).  And, I am still trying to convince Saucony HQ to make some maternity running clothes (there’s still time for this pregnancy!).

      I’ve also blogged about how much I am loving Saucony’s recent campaign – Find Your Strong Project.

      So what does Find Your Strong mean?

      Strong can be found in every runner.  Personal.  Powerful.  Insanely motivating.  We find strong in others.  We find it in ourselves, and when we share it, we all get stronger.

      Saucony’s Find Your Strong video:

      For the past (almost) two months, Saucony has held weekly contests on their website with some amazing prizes including Kinvara 3s, Guide 5s, and running gear.  This week’s theme is: My Running Food.   To enter, visit http://community.saucony.com/findyourstrongproject/ and follow the on-screen instructions.

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        Founder’s Award and a DNS

        Founder's Award

        Lots of updates from the weekend!!

        I was notified by the alumni association from my elementary school alma mater, St Christopher’s, a couple of months ago with the news that I was selected to receive the 2012 St. Christopher Founders Award (along with other honorees).

        The dinner and ceremony were amazing – there were SO many former teachers, parents of classmates, and alumni present – it was like a mini-reunion for me!  I hadn’t been back to my elementary school in almost 11 years so going back – this time with my husband and son was so much fun.  But it was strange – part of me felt like time had stopped and I was right back in school, in the gymnasium, playing basketball like I had 17 years ago (gosh, I am getting old!).

        Here are a few pictures from the evening:


        As you may remember from previous blog posts, I had planned on running the Brooklyn Half Marathon this past weekend.  However, I made the decision late Friday night to forego the race for a few reasons:

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          Pregnancy #2 vs. Pregnancy #1

          One of the questions I’m asked most frequently these days is if my second pregnancy is any different from the first.  They could NOT be any MORE different!  Although I feel and look different this time around, the major change is my overall outlook on my pregnancy.

          Breaking the news to my husband and family.  When I found out I was pregnant with our first child two years ago, I told my husband, parents, and sisters (with the exception of one) in person.  I had my husband come home from work (I told a small white lie) because I wanted to share the news immediately and wanted it to be face-to-face!  This time, other than my mom (who I was with when I took the pregnancy test) and my sister who lives next door, I broke the news to everyone over the phone – even to my husband who was at work!

          Books, websites, resources. Hours after telling my husband two years ago, we were in Barnes and Noble buying a handful of pregnancy books.  These (along with a few key websites and an awesome day-by-day pregnancy guide-book that a girlfriend sent me) were my bibles for the next 5-6 months.  The books were always by my side and I read and studied whenever I could – I wanted to know every single detail of pregnancy that I could.  I knew the baby’s current size, weight, developments, skills, etc.  Ask me how big Pumpkin is right now.  The answer?  I honestly have no idea. It’s not that I don’t care how big he/she is or what developmental stage he/she is up to – but there are different priorities right now in my life right now.  I know and remember what I need to in order to have a safe, healthy, and successful pregnancy.  The size of the baby (and fruit/vegetable comparison), while the highlight of my week for pregnancy #1, is no longer my focus these days.

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            Feature on BlogHer!


            I received an email yesterday from one of the editors at BlogHer informing me that they loved one of my recent posts and were planning on spotlighting me and the post on the BlogHer homepage and the BlogHer Moms tab!

            It’s a post I really enjoyed writing…but especially enjoyed reading all of the amazing and honest comments from fellow moms.  My hope was (and still is) that it helps those expectant moms who may have put on “too much weight” during their pregnancy despite eating healthy and staying active – as you can see from the comments, there are MANY healthy, active women who put on more than the recommended weight.

            If you haven’t read the post yet or want to head over to show some love, here is the link on the BlogHer site!

            Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines – do they really help moms?

              Happy Bump Day! (22 weeks)

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              Happy Hump Bump Day!

              Well another two weeks have come and gone…I am now in my 22nd week of pregnancy.  I have my fetal anatomy ultrasound later today…despite being able to feel the baby kick and move pretty frequently these days, I always get nervous in the hours leading up to an appointment.  Did/does anyone else experience this? 

              Today would be the day that we could find out the sex of the baby – if we wanted to…I have to say, there is a small part of me that would love to know – simply for the logistics of painting Pumpkin’s room before we move in a few weeks…But, in the end, I know the surprise is what we want.  I’ve learned that it’s easier to not find out if you are proactive and just tell the technician / nurse as soon as you walk in the room that you don’t want to know.  Otherwise, he/she will ask you midway through the appointment while you are excited and happy to be seeing the baby in 3D/4D.

              I’m really starting to feel exhausted by the end of each day.  My calves, ankles, and feet are a little swollen at night if I don’t make a concerted effort to sit with my feet elevated for 15-20 minutes in the afternoon.  But it’s easier said then done. My son has slowly transitioned to one nap a day – so from 1pm until his bedtime (630/7pm), I am often on the go with him – trips to the boardwalk, the zoo, the park…We also closed on our first home on Monday…so all of my “free” time is spent packing up our apartment or cleaning the new house…the hours just seem to disappear these days.

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                Happy Mother’s Day + SECOND Erica Sara Designs Giveaway Winner

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                Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies and soon-t0-be-mommies out there! Hope you all had a wonderful day spent with family and lots of good food!

                I had planned on a long run early yesterday morning but after my son woke up (for the day) at 4:15am and my belly not feeling “right”, I decided to forego the run and spend the early morning hours cuddling and reading in bed with my son.

                As I had mentioned in a previous post, my family and I celebrate Mother’s Day each year with brunch.  We decided to go to a local restaurant – Pasticceria Bruno – this year and could not have been happier with our choice.  The food was delicious, service was great, and we got to enjoy about two hours of eating, talking, and watching my son and niece play around with each other.

                After brunch, we made our way back to my mom’s house to have coffee, dessert, and play in the park.  The dessert from Pasticceria Bruno is to die for:

                One of the highlights of the day for me was getting A TON of clothes from my sisters.  Between me and my older sister buying new homes (and trying to give away things we don’t need/want) and my two younger sisters doing some serious spring cleaning of their own, my mom’s entire family room was filled with shirts, pants, dresses, and shoes.  It was awesome – I have an entire bag of (new-to-me) clothes to wear both during pregnancy (some of the bigger shirts) and after Pumpkin is born in September!!

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                  Why YOU should apply for the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge


                  Last summer, I applied for the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge (FL5BC).  I didn’t think I would be selected so figured there was no harm in applying – I did it on a whim without even telling my husband or family members…A few weeks later, I found out that I made it through the first round of applications and had a phone interview with several members of NYRR and Foot Locker as part of round 2.  A week later I was sitting in Foot Locker’s headquarters in NYC for a face-to-face interview (final round of applications).  Then, sometime in early August, I got a phone call and was told I was selected to represent my home borough – Staten Island.

                  Participating in the FL5BC was the highlight of my running career – I’m not sure if anything is even going to come close to comparing to my whole experience.  If you are a resident of NYC and planning/training to run within the window of time (3:30 – 4:00), I would seriously recommend applying to participate this year –  you will NOT regret it.

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                    FitBlogNYC: Friends + Inspiration + Awesome Swag = Day to Remember

                    Oakley's newest sunglasses - designed for the active, yet stylish woman!

                    I’ve been looking forward to FitBlogNYC for over a month now – it was going to be my first “real” blogger/tweet-up event and I knew there would be oodles of twitter and FitFluential friends that I would FINALLY get to meet.

                    It did not disappoint.

                    A few highlights of the day:

                    – Got to catch up with some old friends (LeticiaErica, and Christine) and meet so many that I’ve been chatting with for months (NicoleKatie, Jessica, and Cat – to name only a few of the many, many girls that were there).

                    – Four fabulous FitFluential ladies chaired an informative, upbeat, and fun seminar on How To Turn Your Blog Into a Business.  Two of them in particular have me SO much about social media, twitter, and blogging – Kelly Olexa (CEO/Founder of FitFluential) and Carla Birnberg.  Being able to meet Kelly and Carla, in person, after months and months of interaction through social media felt surreal – but they are exactly as they portray themselves on their blogs and videos.

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                      Suggested Weight Gain During Pregnancy – Harmful or Helpful?

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                      I had another post planned for today, but after I received an email from a reader yesterday (that I have not been able to get out of my head), I felt this issue needed to be addressed and discussed.

                      Below is a quick synopsis of the email I received(I want to keep her anonymous):
                      Reader X is pregnant with her first child. She’s an extremely active (biked 100 miles just before she got pregnant), petite woman ( she would get turned away if she tried to donate blood), who has continued to eat healthy and remain active during the early part of her pregnancy.  She gained 10 pounds in her first trimester and although she was initially okay with this weight gain, is now distraught because her doctor gave her a hard time about it at her last appointment.

                      I briefly talked about my weight gain during my first pregnancy in a previous post.  I am not ashamed to admit that I gained 9 pounds by week 10.  I was eating healthy, running, and maintaining my usual active lifestyle (occasionally biking, walking, doing the elliptical and strength training).  The numbers on the scale were going up and I was starting to freak out.  I had known my doctor for most of my life (I went to high school with his daughter) and therefore, he knew my lifestyle and calmed me down.  He told me over and over again that every woman’s body handles pregnancy differently – and the quick weight gain was my body’s way of preparing itself for the next 7 months and then for labor and delivery.  The weight gain was primarily in my thighs, hips, and butt – the areas that would receive most of the pressure from the pregnancy and L&D.  My doctor was right – over the next 7 months, I gained a total of 16 pounds – I went into labor having gained 25 pounds (which, according to most pregnancy sources, is on the low end of the 25-35 range for a woman of my BMI/weight).

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                        How to Run a Marathon while 20 Weeks Pregnant

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                        Spoiler alert…this post is NOT about running 26.2 miles all at once when you are pregnant!  I’m a believer in the everything in moderation thinking during pregnancy, so I will likely never run a marathon when I am expecting.

                        This past weekend, I ran the 26.2 miles over the course of 3 days.  Yes, I know I didn’t actually run a marathon by technical terms, but this is the closest I will likely get to running a marathon for the next 6-7 months!

                        One of the things I miss most about running when I am pregnant is the challenge…During pregnancy #1, I didn’t have any measurable goals for myself.  Yes, I wanted to stay healthy and active and run as far into pregnancy as I could, but there were no day-to-day or week-to-week goals.  I would run however far I felt up to running.  While this is definitely a great way to go about running during pregnancy, I found it boring and for months, felt like something was missing.  I missed the excitement of having a goal, having something to strive for, and then the euphoric feeling afterwards of achieving that goal.

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                          Erica Sara Designs Giveaway WINNER + Discount Code!!


                          Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

                          I contacted Erica to select the winner using randomnumber.org – since there were several of my family and friends who entered the giveaway, I wanted a third-party to select the winner!!

                          You have one week to contact me at nycrunningmama@gmail.com before another winner is chosen!!

                          If you didn’t win, you still have time to order a Mother’s Day Necklace from Erica Sara Designs – all the product and contact information is on her website.

                          Erica has graciously offered all of my readers 10% off their ENTIRE order from now until May 13, 2012 (Mother’s Day) – use code RUNNINGMAMA10 at checkout!

                            Happy Bump Day! (20 weeks)


                            Happy Hump Bump Day! 

                            Today marks the start of Week 20 of pregnancy – I’m already halfway through with this pregnancy (assuming Pumpkin decides to make a punctual appearance)!

                            The last two weeks have seen their share of good and bad days.  The good days have been amazing – no aches or pains and lots of running miles.  But I’ve also had a handful of days where I felt achy and just wanted to stay in bed and lounge around all day.  I guess it’s a blessing, in a way, to have AJ around – he forces me to be active even on days when I would prefer to sit on the couch and veg.

                            Cravings – Lately I have been craving dairy like it’s nobody’s business – so lots of chocolate milk, pepper jack cheese, and mozzarella.  I also am constantly in the mood for steak or creamy pasta (think unhealthy) most nights for dinner.  Surprisingly, I’m not craving ice cream this pregnancy – with my son, we were making almost nightly visits to the local ice cream shop.

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                              Please Don’t Judge My Parenting


                              I had planned on publishing a different post today, but after last night’s experience, I felt the need to vent.

                              My sister, my (almost) 16 month old son, and I went out for a very early dinner to our local diner.   It’s not as easy as it once was to take him out to eat.  My son has always had a desire to be on the move – he crawled and walked extremely early and would much rather be on his feet, free to explore and wander than strapped in to a chair.

                              So asking – or expecting – him to sit patiently in a highchair for upwards of an hour while there are so many fun new things to see and touch and people to walk over to, smile at, and babble to is a long shot.   The one thing that will usually occupy him and keep him entertained is food.   He loves eating and meal time is now another part of his independence – he has perfected the use of a fork (which he is very proud of) and is happy to spend large amounts of time feeding himself.    

                              However, tonight was one of those nights where he had no interest in eating, and therefore sitting. Maybe it was because he was up twice during the night or that his third molar just cut.  Maybe he was just cranky and having an off day.  Maybe he was being a normal 16 month old boy.  Whatever the reason, he had no desire to sit in the highchair or behave the way I’m used to when we are in public.

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