I know I don’t usually post on the weekend, but since I know there are a lot of people on Baby Watch this weekend since my due date is tomorrow, I figured I throw something up today.
Which means, yes… I’m still here.
I really had my hopes up last night. I had some cramping all day yesterday, and after going out to dinner for my mom’s birthday, I promptly went to bed (well, I stayed up to watch the Cardinals game, of course) with a pretty bad upset stomach. I’m not sure if it was baby-related, food-related, or nervousness from watching the Cardinals game, but I was just sure I was going to wake up at 3 AM with contractions.
Well, I woke up at 3 AM, but only to relieve my bladder. So, yes. I’m still here, anxiously awaiting Baby M’s arrival also.
I did, however, get in a wonderful run this morning in an attempt to get this process moving along a little faster. This morning was a reminder to why I start running before 8 AM – so many people + cars out and I got quite a few dirty looks running with the 30 pound bowling ball strapped to my belly. Otherwise, it was a wonderful 5K run! And hopefully my last before I have a baby!
This weekend has a lot of significance for me. It has been a “big” weekend for me for the past 2 years regarding running. Two years ago, I toed the line of the O’Fallon Fall Fest 5K. I was in the best shape of my life since I had been training with a high school cross country team. I was determined to break 20 minutes in the 5K (my previous PR was 20:53 in the race 2 years prior to that). Not only did I end up finishing with a time of 19:58, but I also won the race! That was by far one of the proudest moments of my life. I will never forget the feelings of overwhelming joy + sheer exhaustion I felt after that race.
Last year, I was here:
The Chicago Marathon. Another extremely proud moment in my life, although it is probably the worst race I’ve ever run. I started off way too fast and by mile 18, I was completely drained. However, I did PR with a time of 3:51 (my previous marathon was 4:00:16), even though I was really hoping to Boston Qualify with Chicago. I WILL run Chicago again!
This year, I’m still running, albeit much, much slower. Two years ago, I would’ve cried had I ever run a 37 minute 5K. However, now I am thankful to still be able to actually tie my running shoes and go for a 3-mile run/walk at 39 weeks + 6 days pregnant, despite the dirty looks I might get from strangers.
Tomorrow is my due date. I can’t believe it is actually here – finally! I have no idea when I will go into labor, but I am hoping that tomorrow morning, I am watching the start of the 2011 Chicago Marathon from a hospital room.
I probably will not post anything until Monday morning, but follow me on Twitter and I will hopefully have a baby update for you either way (baby or no baby). Friends + family will receive a text or email, so I will keep you posted that way since I know most of you don’t do Twitter.