Founder’s Award and a DNS

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:

– With moving day rapidly approaching, I’ve been spending a few hours each day at our new home cleaning.  Most of my time has been spent on my hands and knees cleaning the floors, stairs, or moulding along the floors.  It’s a new house but it was built about 18-24 months ago so dust and dirt have built up in all of the little corners and crevices (of course, the hardest places to clean!).

– The Founders Dinner Friday night ran much later than I had anticipated – my family and I didn’t get home until almost 11:30pm and I needed to be up just after 4am in order to pack and leave in time for the race.  If I had been getting enough sleep all week, this would not have been the worst thing, but I have had a few consecutive bad nights of sleep, so 4+ hours of sleep before the race was not going to be enough to function properly.

– My darling niece had her 4th birthday party Saturday afternoon.  Running the race would have meant that I would be rushing home after I finished in order to shower and get ready in time for the 12pm party.  I knew I was going to be exhausted after running 13 miles – and didn’t want to be completely out of it for her party.  There were family and friends that I haven’t seen in months and I wanted to enjoy their company instead of needing to have my feet up and/or to sneak away for a nap.

As much as I was looking forward to running on Saturday, enjoying the race environment and seeing lots of friends who were running, I knew it was the best decision for me and Pumpkin.

Lately, I am having a hard time limiting my activities.  I feel good enough to do most things I want to these days.  But I am not recovering nearly as quickly as I would be if I were not pregnant.  I’m not really even talking about running – it’s more the other aspects of my day – cleaning the new house, packing the apartment, spending time with AJ outside.

As much as I would love to be, I am not Superwoman.

After a week of doing too much, I was physically and mentally exhausted by Friday afternoon.  I could barely stand up Friday night at the awards ceremony and all I wanted to do was sit down.  The thought of running at all on Saturday – let alone 13 miles – was making me cringe.

So I “slept in” Saturday and got up at 530am with my son – didn’t run, napped when he did in the AM, and enjoyed my niece’s birthday party.  Then, my husband got up with our son Sunday morning and I went back to bed – til almost 9am (I never, ever, ever sleep past 7am).   I got almost 11 hours of sleep and woke up feeling like my old self.  I enjoyed an easy 8 mile run later on in the morning and kept the cleaning and packing to a minimum.

I’m not going to lie – it sucked not racing Saturday.  It was hard to see all the race updates and finishing times without being a part of it.  But, pushing myself is not my focus or priority these days.  Pumpkin is.  His/her health and well-being takes precedence over everything else in my life – and will for the next 4 months.

Did you try to do too much when you were pregnant?  How did you know when to draw the line??

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    2. Such a smart decision. I know that it must have been disappointing though but cleaning and moving and celebrating are all such hard work!! I know that I have a hard time drawing the line. I so want to be supermom but when I try to do that, I don’t do a very good job at anything. I’m learning to pull back a little bit and try to focus and be intentional. Congrats on your award too! You all look so great in the pictures!
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    3. Such a smart decision!! I bet you were much happier that you didn’t run that half, even if you ARE pretty much a superhero to me 😉 And you look beautiful at the awards event!!
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    4. Oh… you so made the right decision. :) There’s always more races and moving in itself is a HUGE job!!! I wish I could come help you! Um, and how cute can you look in all those pictures from the event??? :)
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    5. I think as moms and as runners it is sometimes hard to remember that we are not superwoman because we are frequently asked to be and because running makes us feel like we are! Good for you for making the right choice for you and for your baby!
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    6. You went to St. Christophers in Midland? That’s my parrish. I was there Sunday for a CCD brunch. :) Congrats! Glad you decided to relax this weekend. Plus I’m no longer disappointed that I was running late and didn’t get to see you, cuz you weren’t there. :)
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    7. Sleep is ESSENTIAL. Never underestimate sleep any time in life- but ESPECIALLY when you’re pregnant. With my last baby, I had planned to run a HM when I was 27 weeks pregnant. I REALLY wanted to run it for fun. I had a scary dehydration/ early contractions after a HOT (90+ degree) ten mile run around 19 weeks and it put an end to all my “long” runs. I kept running 4-5 days a week but I cut down all my runs to 3-5 miles. I really wanted to be THAT pregnant running mom who could still run far and fast but when it came to my baby and his health- NOTHING was more important than that. Obviously, I know many other moms who can run further and faster later in their pregnancy but I wasn’t willing to take that chance after I had that scare. So, when it came time for the HM that I had planned on doing and had already registered for I had to let it go. I came to the realization that I will have PLENTY of opportunities to race and train the rest of my life. This baby would only be inside of me a few more months and I wanted him to be as healthy as possible. The lower mileage seemed to be just fine and once the fall weather came along that helped a lot too.

      BTW- my sister ran in the Brooklyn Half and set a 10 minute PR!! She ran a 1:34 and qualified for NYC!!! So now we can run it together! :-) I thought of you Saturday and wondered how it went. I know it was probably a little hard to come to the decision you made but know you made the right one!!
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      • Hey Tia! Thanks for your sweet comment =) I have a feeling that I’m going to have to taper my running back a bit once the warm weather hits. I’m finding that I have to force myself to drink a ton of water these days and always feel thirsty. So weird!
        CONGRATS to your sister! That is awesome! I was thinking about her this weekend and meant to send you a note to see how she did. That is a fantastic time! And how fun that you guys are going to get to run NYC together now =) Looking forward to meeting you guys in Nov! (I’m going to be out cheering!)

    8. Sleeping in does not equal 5:30. I love the pictures with your family…GORGEOUS! I wish I could help you come clean and I am so happy that you made the right decision for you and that little one inside of you:) I find myself trying to do too much often but I am getting better and better at letting myself lie down and relax rather than doing something that I was supposed to do!

      • Haha. My son typically gets up at 5am, so 530 is a treat most mornings!! Plus, lately, I’ve been getting up at 430 to run before hubby has to go to work. I’m just too tired during my son’s 1st nap =)
        I will fly you out here this weekend if you want to help clean – you finish with teaching on Friday, right? HAHA =)
        Loved your 26 week update!!!

    9. You made the right decision!! Listening to our bodies can be so hard, especially as runners. We want to RUN ALL THE MILES and finish ALL THE RACES, but sometimes we have to say when’s when!!!

      You look beautiful for your award dinner!! & your little boy all dressed up in a tux.. OMG I can’t handle all the cuteness
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    10. So glad to hear that you’re feeling back to normal. Packing and cleaning can be really draining especially when pregnant. I applaud you for listening to your body. It can be so hard to quiet that “type A” voice that tells you that you can do it all (I have a hard time with that too;-) Hopefully this week will be restful and refreshing to you, with a few good runs in there too!

      PS Your baby bump is looking super cute! I feel like the summer will fly by and Sept. will be here in no time!
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      • Thanks, Sarah! It’s honestly taking so much more energy out of me than I anticipated. I get frustrated b/c I really am feeling the need to nest and want everything to be clean and perfect…but I know I need to take it easy.

        I know! I feel the same way! So much going on this summer!! We will both be holding our new ones in a few short months – aghhh!! xoxo

    11. so smart — i definitely know how hard that is! especially with pregnancies #2 and #3, i found myself having to make a lot of choices and really listen to my body and to my heart. it’s not easy!
      it sounds like you had a fantastic weekend – full of so much joy! congrats on the honor at your school!! that is really neat!
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    12. I had to make the same decision last month. It was tough but I knew it was what I had to do. For me I started getting broad ligament pain when I ran so a half marathon was definitely out of the question!
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    13. Congrats on the Founders Award! That had to be such a fun trip down memory lane!

      I would have made the same decision on the race…you can’t do it all and sometimes rest calls louder than anything else. And cute little nieces. ; )

      You know from doing this before that before you know it, you’ll be back at it in “normal” shape. This was a time to let a race go and not look back.
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    14. Good for you in taking a break from the race and resting. Mentally, that is so hard to do but your body will thank you this week. Your little guys is so sweet and I love your belly!
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    15. Good for you, Michele – you definitely did the right thing by not running Saturday. Running a half is tough on any given day – let alone when you’re pregnant! I ran one when I was 23 weeks and felt good while I was running, however I was signed up to do a 10 mile race two weeks later…and I just knew I couldn’t do it. After the half I had recurring calf pain (an injury from a few years ago that flares up now and again) and I was just TIRED. It took me so long to recover. So while I was bummed about it, I switched to the 5K and I know it was the right thing to do. I know not running that 10 mile race is the reason I’m still able to run now and that’s even more important.
      Congrats on receiving the Founders Award!