Did you miss me?
Maybe don’t answer that. Chances are you didn’t even register that I’ve been silent for several months. That’s ok. You’re a busy person; I get it.
I’ve been absent for a while because, basically, life happened. It does that, doesn’t it? Life interrupts the best laid plans of us all, and we just have to roll with it for a bit. In the end, we get through our difficult season, our busy season, or our scary season, and we press on with a little more grit and a little more faith.
What happened to me, you ask? I’ll try an summarize as succinctly as possible:
I Got Injured
In short, after my marathon this past spring, I struggled with a heel injury. The doctor said it was an “atypical” form of plantar fasciitis. You can read more about the struggles of injury here and why I started to incorporate more cross training.
I Went on Vacation
My husband and I went on our first kid-free vacation since having children! We took a road trip to Hilton Head, SC and had a wonderful time. I made sure to include plenty of activity on our vacation as well as lots of yummy food and relaxing.
I Found Out I was Expecting #4
After a lot of prayer and consideration, we also decided that we weren’t done growing our family, and God blessed us with pregnancy #4! I’m due in April with another baby girl, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
This pregnancy has been harder on me this time around. Maybe because I’m older, maybe because I’m chasing three kids around, but either way, it’s been an interesting ride. I daily try and remind myself to be grateful. I know there are many women who would love to be in my position but struggle with pregnancies, and I never want to sound insensitive or ungrateful.
I Got Sick
Speaking of pregnancy struggles, I get incredibly sick in the first trimester. Like, vomiting several times a day, every day, sick. I wasn’t sick enough that I needed medical attention, but it definitely was a miserable time. Running and blogging were the last thing on my mind.
I Got Worn Down
More so than any other pregnancy, I was worn out. I struggled with a lot of round ligament pain, some cramping, and plenty of fatigue. Everything is fine and I’ve had many discussions with my doctor, but the fourth time around is much harder.
I Got My Strength Back
After a rough first trimester and a scary beginning to the second, I finally was able to increase my activity level. With my third pregnancy, I was able to run through almost all of it and it was amazing. This time around has been quite different. I’m simply trying to get at least 25-30 minutes of activity three times a week, whether that’s walking or my current favorite: weight training. (Check here for some weight training workouts for pregnancy!)
I’m hoping to stay active for the remaining 9ish weeks of this pregnancy, because I know how good it feels on the other side!
You may also notice that things look a little different around the blog too. That was intentional. I needed to simplify my life a bit and that included downgrading my site and taking it easy. The posts are the same, the author is the same, and the encouragement is still the same, no worries!
I’ll still be here, sharing my thoughts and musings on running, faith, food, and life. I would love to hear from you, so please reach out and let me know how you’re doing! Are you running? Expecting? Looking to improve your health? Let me know how you’re doing!