#rnrchi training: week 3

Happy last week of school to all my (local) teacher friends! Only 4.5 days for me this week and then school’s out for summer! And I seriously can NOT WAIT! Things that I’m looking forward to this summer:

  • Spending time with my kiddos (duh)
  • Going to the beach
  • A trip to Chicago with my hubby without kids!
  • Branson!
  • Taking the kids to the zoo, park, and pool
  • Swimming lessons for MacKenna!

It’s going to be a good summer!  We’re also planning on getting some stuff done around the house that we have been putting off since we moved in 8 months ago.  You know, like hanging the TV above the fireplace, finally putting pictures on the wall, and finishing painting all the bedrooms and bathrooms.  Thank goodness for both of us being off for the summer – our house will be in tip top shape come August (fingers crossed).

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I’m also looking forward to finishing up my training and actually running RnR Chicago.  It’ll be nice to start training in the morning again too!  It’s so much harder to get motivated after a long day at work when all I want to do is go home and hang out on the floor with my babies.  So, yes, the little things like that are definitely what I’m looking forward to.

But, this week was another good week of training – again, a lot of flexibility in scheduling my workouts was needed.  And this week will be much worse since there are a TON of things going on this week.  But, believe me, I will be partying it up on Friday night! ;)

Monday:  3.5 mile easy run (8:06 pace)
For time:
Back Squats 50x, 45#
Situps 100x
Jump Rope 400x
SDHP 50x
Box Jump Overs 100x
Run 1 mile

Tuesday:  3 mile easy run (7:58 pace)
5 rounds for time:
Run 200m
Inverted Row 16x
Pushups 9x

Wednesday:  21-15-9-6-3 reps:
Pushups
Front Squats, 45#
Burpees

Thursday:  5 mile treadmill hill run, including… (7:55 pace)
2 x 90s hill w/ 1 min recovery
2 x 60s hill w/ 1 min recovery
2 x 30s hill w/ 1 min recovery
4 x 15s hill w/ 1 min recovery

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Friday:  2 mile easy run (7:59 pace)
AMRAP in 12 minutes of:
Run 400m
Deadlifts 5x, 75#
(6 rounds)

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  7  mile long run (8:06 pace)
45 minutes of sand volleyball (and I’m feeling it today…)

Total:  22 miles

It’s still crazy to me that I’m training for a half marathon and my weekly mileage just now hit over 20 miles per week.  Training for 5Ks a year ago, I was running 30-40 mile weeks.  I’ll get back there eventually though.  I just have to keep reminding myself that I have plenty of time to get back to the paces I want to hit and run the races I want to run.

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making pumping at work… work

First of all, let me just preface this by saying that I feel extremely fortunate that I have been able to breastfeed both of my kiddos.  Miles has been even easier than MacKenna – either it’s like riding a bike and just came back to me easily, or he’s just a better eater (or both, really).  Besides the overactive letdown/oversupply issue we had early on in his life, he has been a great eater and I feel very blessed to have gone almost 5 months without having to supplement.  (I only made it about 4 months before I had to start giving MacKenna formula 1 bottle per day.)

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Thankfully, this has made my experience with pumping at work much easier than it was the first time around.  Oh, and that experience part again too.  Don’t get me wrong… I still LOATHE my breastpump, but not nearly as much as I did with MacKenna.

Pumping at work when I was breastfeeding with MacKenna was stressful.  Like I said, I only made it 4 months (aka back at work for 1 month) before we had to start supplementing my supply.  I just was not producing enough to keep up with her (very minimal) demand.  She has always been a terrible eater, which caused my supply to be completely lacking, no matter how much I was pumping.  I would pump for 20-30 minutes and only get 1 or 2 ounces on each side.  It made for a not very pleasant experience and something I was definitely not looking forward to with Mr. Miles.

But, I have to admit, this time around has been much easier.  Again, he’s also a better eater, so I think that makes a huge difference.  Here’s how my day typically goes:

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I wake up at 4:15 AM every day to shower and I usually pump while I’m putting on my makeup.  I have a makeshift hands-free bra and just set the pump on the counter, plug it in, and pump.  It usually takes me 10-15 minutes and I get about 3 ounces on each side, which equals a bottle for him.  Go Me!  I wake him up around 5:30 to feed him, so I think that has really helped with my morning supply.

I have been extremely lucky with my pumping situation at work with both babies.  Both times I have had a tiny little closet to go in to have some privacy while pumping and a big break in the middle of my day to spend some time pumping.  I know not everyone is that fortunate to have breaks built into their day.  Of course, there is always something that can come up during my plan time and I have actually not been able to pump because I was stuck in a meeting and then had to teach, but I mostly get those 15 minutes to pump in the middle of my day.  I don’t get nearly as much – maybe 4 ounces total – during my lunch time, but that’s the only time I have and I still have to get things done during my plan time.  Once the school day is over, I spend about 15 minutes pumping before either going to work out or heading home.

Throughout the day, I typically pump 8-10 ounces total.  Add in the morning 6 ounces, and I’m still a full bottle short of what Miles typically eats during the day.  This time around, I was smart enough to pump every day on my maternity leave after I showered.  I had a HUGE supply built up and I try as much as I can to pump on the weekends, although I’m the first to admit that I probably don’t do it nearly as much as I need to.  Right now, I’m only 2 or 3 days ahead of what the babysitter has, but I only have to make it 6 more days of him taking a bottle before I’m off for the summer.

Other things that have helped me make pumping at work easier:

  • Hands-free bras – I just took some old sports bras, cut holes in them, and I wear them under another sportsbra.
  • Finding a bag that could fit all my c.r.a.p. and my pump – I am a minimalist so the less bags I can carry in, the better!  My ThirtyOne bag works perfectly and fits all my stuff, including workout clothes and shoes, in it.
  • Extra pumping supplies – I’ll admit that I HATE cleaning the pump parts.  I borrowed a pump the first time around but bought one this time, so I actually have 2 sets of parts.  Usually one is at home being cleaned or soaking in the sink and I can have the other set at work with me.
  • Not washing the parts after every feeding – As long as the milk and parts are refrigerated, there’s no need to clean them!  I know Caitlin puts hers in a bag until the next time she pumps, but I just stick the parts in my lunch box and put it back in the fridge.  Makes it so much quicker and easier!

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So, that’s what works for me.  Right now, it’s going pretty well and I’m thankful that it looks like I can make it through the summer still exclusively breastfeeding.  Miles will be 5 months next week (what?!) and my goal was 6 months exclusively breastfeeding.  I’m hoping to at least make it to August and then I will decide from there.  I still plan on breastfeeding him as long as possible, but am trying to avoid supplementing if I can.

The next thing I’m going to have to figure out is how to pump and store my milk while I’m away from him for 3 days in Chicago.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated on traveling, racing, and pumping!

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mother’s day

I don’t know about you, but I had a really fantastic Mother’s Day!  I feel like this Mother’s Day was even more special just because I now have 2 reasons to celebrate!

My day started about as good as it can get – with a 6 mile run!  Most moms – especially a mom of an infant – would want to sleep in on Mother’s Day.  Instead, I set my alarm early to get my long run in before the kids got up.  And I was pleasantly surprised to come home to Kenna in our bed and Miles still asleep in his crib.

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I woke up and fed Miles, got ready, went to church, came home, fed Miles, and then headed out to the wineries in Augusta for a picnic with Matt’s family.  I love this Mother’s Day tradition with them and was thankful that I actually got to partake this year.  Last year, I was 7 weeks pregnant and just kept switching out Matt’s empty wine glass with my full one!  Ha!

We had a smorgasbord of food that was absolutely delicious.  I love snacky meals, especially when they include lots of veggies and carbs.  The beer bread I made ended up being awesome, and I helped myself to more than a few handfuls of chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels.  The wine was great too – I had a glass of dry white, one of sweet white, and a glass of Norton.

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We left the wineries and got home just before the clouds moved in and it started raining.  We got cleaned up, fed Miles again, and then headed downtown to Ballpark Village for dinner with my family at Cardinals Nation.

I’ve only been to BPV once – on opening day last year – and it was packed.  It was nice to be there after the crowds were gone (there was a game earlier in the day, so we were able to avoid the crowds by going in the evening) and really take it all in.  We were seated at a table with perfect views of the stadium.

We started with some pretzel bites with cheese to start, which were soooo good!  I decided on the smoked salmon wrap (sans bacon) with French fries and an Abita Purple Haze to drink.  The wrap reminded me a lot of a sushi roll with avocado, but I felt it was missing something without the bacon.  It definitely needed some salt or something crunchy to really round out the flavors.

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We also got some great family pictures in right outside the stadium after the rain stopped.  Love my 2 kiddos so much!

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We finished the night by stopping by the Fudgery for some self-serve frozen custard!  I’ve only had self-serve frozen yogurt so I was pumped that they had frozen custard.  I was starting to feel pretty full, so I stuck with a little swirl of chocolate and vanilla with sprinkles, chocolate chips, puppy chow, and chocolate covered Rice Krispies.  It definitely hit the spot!

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It was a perfect Mother’s Day!  It wasn’t about the gifts (which I did get a few – including a name ring for Miles that matches my MacKenna ring), but about spending time with the people I love the most.  Matt did a wonderful job making sure that I felt special and loved on Mother’s Day.  I’m very thankful for my wonderful husband and my 2 babies for making me a mom!

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