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it must be the new shoes…

Remember how I mentioned that I went to PA with the fam and also did some shopping apart from the amusement park?! Well, it’s time to cover what was purchased on that trip. I think you might have a slight guess from the title of this post.

My goal was to hit up the Under Armour outlet store, and hit it up hard! My main goal was to get new running shoes this trip, regardless of where they came from, but I really was hoping for New Balance. Sad thing is I couldn’t find a New Balance outlet close to us, so Under Armour was looking like the next best thing.

Let’s just say that it wasn’t even the next best thing, but turned out to be the best thing.

They may look super crazy, but there’s good reasons for me picking these colours.

#1. The only other colour in this style were grey and green, which are the same colours as my last pair of runners. I may be boring, but not that boring.

 

And, #2. Simplest girl rule: choose the shoe that makes your feet look the smallest. That was totally the black ones.

 

Oh, and maybe #3. Having a shoe that feels like your walking on a cloud > crazy colours!

 

I have more to say about these shoes, but before I get to that, I wanted to also quickly show you the clothing purchases from Under Armour as well. I have one shirt that I really wear from Under Armour, but other than that, I’m a loyal lululemon fan. But, seeing as lululemon is pretty much out of my price range at the moment and I need more summer running gear, Under Armour was my go to.

 

Pretty sure everything I bought, including the shoes, would have covered one pair of pants from lulu, plus a headband, if lucky. That was reason enough to switch brands.

I tested out the purple shirt yesterday with a nice 4 miler around the new subdivision, and it totally did the job for this pregnant lady. The top is super long, which I like, and will expand awesome with my belly, which I also like. It also did it’s job of absorbing all my sweat and keeping me cool!

 

 

It was my own fault for getting so sweaty in the first place, because I always seem to overdress when I run outside. Oh, when will I learn!!

This brings me to the point of my post…back to those shoes.

I was going to run outside, but decided it was too windy and also having a knock at my door from one of the construction guys saying, “in about an hour we’re turning the water off for 2-3 hours while we work on the water main” was enough convincing for me to go to my mom’s and just use her treadmill.

I felt SO fantastic in my new shoes, that I wish you could have morphed into me. I do not kid when I make the comparison to running on a cloud (if it were possible to do this).

Not only did I run 8 miles instead of the 6 I had planned to do, but I also did one of those 8 miles at 6.6mph which is pretty much unheard of for me lately. I just felt so good, and my breath was pretty even, that I made it happen! My typical pace is anywhere from 6.0 – 6.3mph so running that 6.6 felt like a huge accomplishment…especially at 23.5 weeks pregnant.

It must be the new shoes 😉

I tested out the new shorts on this run, as well, and success, no chaffing!!

Please ignore the very untoned upper leg region. I clearly have a lot of work to do before these shorts hit the streets!

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Where do you get most of your workout gear from OR which brand do you love the best?!

I always have been a lulu lover, but I could see myself getting more Under Armour now!

what i’ve learned about moving: part two

There was never the intention to make a part two of this type of post, but moving has given me a lot to vent talk about.

Part one is here.

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The additional things I’ve learned from moving:

1. Grandparents are amazing. Not only did mine come into town to help me clean and pack, but they did this for almost 7 hours with me. Had they not come up, I seriously think I would have been screwed. They probably never want to come back and visit me again because of the slave labour I put upon them, so I volunteered I go clean there house when need be.

2. Packing the little things is tedious. I think they’re worse than the big things. I felt like a bag lady.

3. Moving in summer is never fun. I think I sweat the amount I drank yesterday…which is probably the equivalent of 2.5L.

4. Don’t have your oven on the self-clean mode while you’re trying to pack up everything. Not only will it turn the already small space into an oven, but will make you sweat more than humanly possible.

5. Wear a good deodorant. The last thing you need is your grandparents avoiding your calls because you physically drained them and because they never want to smell you. Again.

6. When you think you’ve done/cleaned/cleared everything, chances are you haven’t. Did you remember to check the cupboard above the fridge?? That’s what I thought….

7. Don’t let your husband leave for a golf weekend. Ever is probably key but especially when you’re trying to move. I might have left out the minor detail that he was gone in case you were wondering why I dragged my grandparents into town.

8. And finally, don’t keep moving every 8 to 9 month like we seem to do. Find a spot and stay!!! Being gypsies was fine when it was just the two of us but babies bring tons of little things along with them (refer back to #2).

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Have you moved around a lot in your life? If so, how many times?
I’ve only been moving more recently since meeting the husband. He’s slowly pushed his gypsy ways on me!!

i went on a mini vacay

So I went on a mini vacation. It was no babymoon (wink wink husband), but it was still enjoyed nonetheless.

My mom is off work this and next week and decided to do a mini trip to Pennsylvania with my brother and sister. Naturally, I invited myself. I think I said something along the lines of, ‘and I can come too. Right?!’

My mom wanted to take my siblings to Hersheypark and also so we could check out what Hershey is all about. It was actually a pretty awesome place. Not only is a guided tour of how Hershey chocolate is made right beside the park, but it’s free admission to the tour!

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We did the little tour first and then walked on over to the park.

Unlucky for me, I’m pregnant and got to miss out on the sweet roller coasters. I love my future child, but I was seriously upset that I couldn’t be inline with my fam, riding it with them. So I took pics instead and enjoyed the free wifi (did you catch me on instagram?!)

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Sky rush was the first ride my fam went on and I believe the newest roller coaster to the park. It was so hot while I waited for them in the shade, so I don’t know how they managed while directly in the sun, surrounded by other people. The things we do for a thrill :P.

It rained halfway through the day and cooled everything off. Only bummer was a lot of the rides were shut down due to lightening, so we caught an indoor show while some of the raining and ride shutdown was going on. Everybody loves a little tap dance number to protect you from the rain! Please note that I’m being serious – I used to dance when I was younger, although tap wasn’t my strong suit!!

Little sister pose action going on while we stall to leave the stadium and into the rain.

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My fam got a few more roller coasters in once the rain passed and kinda got lucky with the line up for this one (I call it the death roller coaster).

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They were just reopening the ride when we were walking by so my mom and brother got in line and were on the third car! My sis was the smart one and hung out with me!

I promise I’ll only show you one more pic from the park. I’m so nice to my family and take pics of them on rides. I pretty much turned them into celebs. Here’s my mom and brother, again, riding on another coaster. This one was perfect for a photo shot. And don’t mind my goof ball brother – his faces are priceless.

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They loved this one so much that they did it twice. The second time they went on, my sis and I left to do a car ride (ie: my thrill ride for the day).

I actually take that back. I got to partake in one really awesome and somewhat competitive ride where you have to shoot at targets while in a moving car. We decided to do this one twice because:
a) who doesn’t love shooting at targets?!
b) what better way to escape the rain than to shoot at targets inside!!

Let’s just say I kicked some butt. I even kicked my own butt the second time. I had to take a picture of my score to prove that pregnant ladies can still have fun at amusement parks.

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Was a great day and had fun with the fam!!

We did some shopping the next day and I’ll post about that part of it in another post so I don’t go on with this post forever!!

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I’m actually posting from my phone right now (so if there’s a mess up with the pics you know why!!) because we’re right smack dab in the middle of moving. So although all of our ‘big’ stuff is at the new place (ie: where I am right now), all of our small stuff is still at the other place (ie: the majority of my kitchen). We currently don’t have Internet at the new place, so the best I can do is write from my phone!! Obviously I’ll be on it ASAP to get the internet and probably getting my food from the old place would be a good idea too 😉

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Today was suppose to be my baby update day, but I haven’t even done belly pictures yet. So look for that one tomorrow, but if not, then Sunday for sure!

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are you a roller coaster person??

I already have locked down my sister as a sitter next summer so we can take turns doing roller coasters. That’s clearly how much I miss them!!!

pregnancy running goals

I originally didn’t really have plans to set running goals while pregnant. While I was taking my summer courses, they were obviously my focus and running was just a bonus if I could squeeze it in on the side.

But, now that I’m done those courses, I think about how I was training for a half marathon last summer, and how setting running goals made me feel really good.

I kind of get mad when people act like I have to set myself back now that I’m pregnant, but in reality, I’m actually doing that to myself with running while pregnant. If I don’t allow myself to setback in other areas, then why not the same for running?

I was a runner before I was pregnant, so my body knows that it can do it while pregnant, as well. And, this was the inspiration for wanting to set my pregnancy running goals. (Ok…maybe Janae had a bit to do with it, as well!)

It’s funny because they’re actually pretty similar to my running goals from before I was pregnant – aim to run 20 miles a week over 3-4 days.

I already have two amazing accomplishments from setting these running goals within the first week of really focussing on them.

First, I ran 20 miles this week! I did a 4 miler on Tuesday, a 6 miler on Thursday, which leads me to the next amazing accomplishment…

Second, I ran a 10 miler today, which marks my first 10 miler while pregnant!

I was pretty set on running 10 miles today, and I’m just so happy that it actually happened. I’m pretty stubborn, so reaching that 20 mile marker for the week was something I was not really willing to let slide.

I know all weeks won’t be 20 milers, but just having that number as guidance each week will give me more of a push to get running, especially on the days when I start coming up with excuses!

I actually ended up running 10 and then walking an additional mile.

I actually don’t think I’ve ever really walked a mile after running either, so that’s gotta count as another accomplishment this week, too! I really enjoyed walking the mile after; it allowed me to really cool down and get my body temp back to normal. I think I’ll definitely be doing that again!

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I wanted to keep my running goals pretty basic, so that way if I don’t reach them, then it’s no hard feelings. Which is why I think I’ll be fine if one week I somehow ran 25 miles and the next it was only 5. I always want to keep running enjoyable, which is the number one reason I started doing it in the first place – because it makes me happy! NOT because of the number of miles I achieve! But let’s be honest, 20 miles for the first week did feel pretty nice 😉

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If you’re a runner, how many miles do you like to try and run a week? OR if you don’t go by miles, how many days a week do you like to fit running into your routine?

During summer courses, my typical was 1-2 days a week, but now that I’m out, I’m finding a pattern of between 2 and 4.

What running shoe are you loving right now?!

I absolutely love New Balance running shoes, and I’m currently on the hunt for a new running shoe. I’m not opposed to trying another brand, but right now I really want to get the NB Minimus. Thoughts??