the significance of this weekend

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!

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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.

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Last year, I was here:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

  • Soon soon soon!! They have to come out eventually, right? Right? ; )
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  • Oh boo. don’t you hate the false hopes!! Saying a prayer that things get happening for you soon. :)
    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun recently posted..I Ran A Half Marathon This Morning…And No, I’m Not Too Thrilled About It

  • Come on Baby! I’m definitely on baby watch!!!!

    (I’m seriously tossing around the idea of running Chicago next year! If I do, I’ll be bugging you for some info!)
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  • Jen

    Happy almost due date! Congrats on the great run! And omg your 5k PR is amazing! I bet next year you’ll be even faster and you’ll have the cutest cheerleader on the sidelines! I hope you go into labor soon :)
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  • Sheila

    Wow! You remind me of a college friend who’s also into running and continued to run when she was pregnant with her first child. She was so proud of it and said that all the exercise she got helped her during labor.
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  • Mary Kratochvil

    Good luck Kristen. We are anxiously waiting to hear of Baby M’s arrival. Hope it is soon, and all goes well.

  • Ugh, I hate that people give you dirty looks! People are way too quick to judge. While I am amazed that you are running this far into your pregnancy, I still think it is a great thing you are doing because you are able to. Good luck this weekend, I’ll check Twitter ;)
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  • I think you are such a rockstar for running a 5k this morning at 39+ weeks pregnant! I can’t believe people are giving you dirty looks- obviously they are just jealous!