Hershey Half Marathon 2014 Race Recap

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Hey there party people!! As promised, I thought I would share my recap of this year’s half marathon!

Saturday afternoon I headed to Hershey to pick up my packet. I loved seeing all the kids headed in to the park in costume! And the entrance to the building where we pick up the packet is always festive.

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When I got inside, I walked around the expo a little bit. There was a good turn out crowd-wise, but it wasn’t packed to the point of being un-enjoyable. I even spotted Another Mother Runner there!

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I had to snap a picture of being in the “A” line to pick up my packet for the very first time! <—– total cheese ball I know. But I waited a long time to be Mrs. Albright during a run and wanted to document the moment. :)

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I don’t keep every single bib from every race I run, but I thought this year’s bib for Hershey was particularly cute! Plus since I ran this one pregnant, I’ll hold to it as a keepsake.

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One thing about Hershey and their swag bags—they never disappointment. I loved the tech shirt and the bag. They also give you two free tickets to Hersheypark In the Dark! My friend Mindy has a family of 4 so I gave her my two tickets so she could take her whole family courtesy of the Half Marathon.

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I tried my hardest that evening to get a good night’s sleep, but my mind was reeling and I kept waking up every few hours worried that I wasn’t going to hear my alarm clock. I was also a tad worried about how the run was going to go. Was I going to feel okay? Were baby and I going to make it without issue? Am I making a mistake by attempting this run?

Needless to say, I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Even still, I was up and at ‘em at 5:30am. I laid my clothes out the night before so all I had to do was throw them on. I made my way downstairs and had a yummy pumpkin spice bagel with cream cheese for breakfast! I decided to wait until I got home after the race to take my prenatal vitamin on the off chance that it would upset my stomach.

I made my wait to Hershey, and arrived a little less than an hour before the start. I sat in my car for a little while to stay warm for as long as possible, but then headed to the start line with about 30 minutes to go. I decided to take advantage of the down time by going potty (this was the first of SIX potty trips) and doing some stretching.

It was a super cold and windy morning, and about 10 minutes before the start of the race it started to drizzle. *great* I saw this as a sign that I should head for shelter and take advantage of the potty one last time before the start.

Thankfully by the time I came back out, the drizzle had stopped and the race was starting. Here we go!!! No turning back now!

I ran with the 14 minute group because I was going in to this race with the mindset that time was not important, finishing was. And I pretty much stuck with that mentality the whole time. About a half mile in I spotted a potty station and thought to myself that I should take advantage of every potty I see. Even though I had already gone, I was still feeling pressure and the urge to pee and wanted to take advantage of there not being a line.

I apologize—I’ll try to refrain from all the potty talk as much as I can. :-)

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Baby Update: 19 Weeks

 

Good day all! First thing’s first—I have some giveaway winners to announce:
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So lets to the baby update shall we?! As you know, I kicked off my 19th week with a little half marathon. I’ll be doing a full recap of the race tomorrow. For today, you get a bump shot of me with my finishers medal:

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So what has our little Baby Albright been up to this week:

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of an heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

 

We’ve already been talking to our little stinker for quite some time now. Kenzer and Alfie have made a habit of referring to Baby A by whatever food size he/she is that week, and throwing an “E” sound at the end of it. So this week they’ll be rubbing my belly saying “Hi little Tomatie!!” I find it quite cute from both of them!

 

What has Mama been up to this week:

Workouts: Now that the half marathon is over, I’ve decided to put running by the wayside until after the baby is born. I may go for a run here or there, but I think I’m going to spend more time focused on lifting light weights, walking, AND I may even try my hand at some yoga!

Symptoms: I’m still have crazy dreams and restless legs at night. Thankfully, my moods haven’t been crazy—in fact I’d argue I may have mellowed out a bit! And I’ve had the enjoyable side effects of pregnancy in the form of a clear complexion, and fast growing hair and nails. I’ll take it!!

Food Aversions: None! (I actually almost wish I had some! lol)

Food Cravings:

  • I’ve been loving pretzels and anything salty really.
  • I’ve also been loving caramel chews.

What I’m Missing: Truthfully—I’m missing being part of the itty bitty titty club. :( I’m not exactly enjoying the big boobage I’ve got going on. There are times when I just want my body to be *my* body again. The bump doesn’t bother me at all, I love that —I just wish other things weren’t growing with it (like the “girls” and my thighs!)

What I’m Loving: This is going to sound terrible, but I love that Alfie is giving me a little bit of a “pass” on some of the manual labor around the house. :) We still have a few things to get done outside before winter, and I love that he’s become more aware of the fact that I’ve got a little one with me vs. thinking I can do everything just like I used to. He’s even pampered me a bit—which is so NOT us.

Sleep: Meh—its still be shotty at best.

Rings on/off: On!

Looking Forward To: Our gender ultrasound is one week away!!! I am SO excited to see our little baby again! And REALLY excited that Kenzer will see it too. AND excited to have the gender confirmed for us from the blood test we had a 12 weeks. Unfortunately my friends, you’re going to have to wait to find out the gender a little closer to Christmas (if I can hold it in that long and not give it away!) ;-)

Baby Items Purchased: Nothing new to report! I’m still looking for suggestions on strollers/jogging strollers so if you have one shoot me a line!

Fitness Friday: My Game Plan for Running the Hershey Half at 19 weeks Pregnant

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  And so here it is. This Sunday I’ll be running the Hershey Half Marathon! This will be my 4th time running the Hershey Half, and my 5th half marathon in total. However as you all know—running a half this time will be very very different. I’ll be running it 19 weeks pregnant! When I […]

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A Blogiversary Celebration!

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  Aww! Here’s where I get all sappy. Hard to believe we’ve turned 2 around here. Sometimes it feels like 2 years flew by, other times it feels like it’s been a looooonnnngggg two years! I started this blog with the intention of documenting nutritional choices, workout choices, and running choices. But quickly came to […]

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Baby Update: 18 Weeks

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  Won’t be long until we’re at the half way mark! I have this nasty habit of looking too far ahead on things. I look ahead, and rush through the process when in reality I should savor every second in the present. In the here and now. As a quick side note—I want to wish […]

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Mad Libs and Cleaning

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  Hello my people! Just popping in quickly on this beautiful Columbus day. (It’s actually kind of dreary/overcast here, but for some reason I LOVE days like this) Friday night Kenzer and I headed to the mall to pick up a gift and some cards for my dad. He turns the big 5-8 tomorrow!! Of […]

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Fitness Friday: I’m shooting for a PW (personal worst) for this half marathon

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  Rather than all this talk of PR’s/PB’s, lets flip things around a bit and say I’m shooting for a PW in 10 days. My half marathons have gotten progressively worse over the years (this time with good reason of course). So instead of beating myself up about, I’ll just shoot for it. I need […]

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Baby Update: 17 Weeks

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  Eeeeeeee! 17 Weeks!! I’m so excited! There’s no hiding it at work now! I told my immediate boss right away, but was waiting as long as possible to tell folks working throughout the rest of the company. This week I’m in back to back meetings at our headquarters for most of the week, and […]

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The Best Welcome Home Ever

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  You guys………. I was SO glad to get home Friday evening it’s not funny. I had a half day of training on Friday, and while I was getting ready that morning I noticed my bump has been making quite an appearance lately. I’m so excited, I just had to snap a picture and send […]

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On the Road Again….

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  Well folks, I’m on the road again. This time for work and not play. I’m on my way to Tampa for a two day training as I type this. I can’t even tell you the last time I’ve flown anywhere. It may have been back when I was pregnant with Kenzer. I thought I […]

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