I did not expect to have this much pain when running so “early” in my pregnancy. I had been able to maintain a decent amount of mileage and was feeling good up until the half-marathon two weeks ago which really did me in. Since then I have had pain in my lower abdominals/groin any time I run, which means very little running for this running-addicted girl.
I’d heard of other pregnant runners wearing a support belt when they run, so I thought I’d give it a try. After quite the fiasco with Amazon who said they could not ship a maternity belt to my Alaska address because “the item required special handling,” I finally went to Motherhood Maternity and bought The Ultimate Maternity Support Belt.
I covered 2.5 miles in about 23 minutes, which is better than nothing, I guess, but still not what I had pictured at this point. I have decided from here on, I will more than likely plan out my runs based on time rather than distance since psychologically I would get depressed if I knew how little ground I was covering. I’ve heard of other professional runners (Paula Radcliff and Kara Goucher) doing this, so that makes me feel better.
Later in the morning we drove out to “The Valley” (the Palmer/Wasilla area) to go hiking with some friends in Hatcher’s Pass. Prior to hiking, I had this Bear Naked energy bar. I thought it was okay. Craig said he liked it, which is saying a lot since he is not a “granola bar” person.
We hiked Gold Cord, which was a short hike with little elevation gain. The hike only took about 30 minutes (if that) and led us back to a small lake.
There were a ton of families hiking, which is exactly what Alaskans do during their days off in the summer.
I guess Craig and I were being matchy-matchy in our blue today. I love how Sadie is actually looking at the camera and appears to be smiling. She absolutely loves hiking and exploring.
Eep! There’s no stopping the baby bump now. Craig felt the baby move/kick last night and was kind of weirded out.
After our hike, we headed to a BBQ out in “real” Alaska county, just past Sutton. (You’ll miss it if you blink.) Growing up in the county, I always appreciate getting out of the city.
I brought a rhubarb dessert to the BBQ, which is a dessert my mom made all the time growing up. It looks a little ‘blah,’ but believe me, it is not. I did not bring any bars back with me; they got demolished.
If you like rhubarb desserts, give this one a try! (I can’t say it is healthy though.)
Rhubarb Crunch Bars
1 cup flour
½ cup butter
5 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ cup flour
Pinch of salt
¾ tsp. baking powder
2 cups rhubarb
Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar as for pastry.Put into buttered 9 inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.Beat eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add rhubarb. Pour over crust.Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Happy 4th of July to everyone. I am now going to attempt to sleep and hope I don’t wake up every 30 minutes to fireworks going off. Neighbors were shooting them off at 2:30 a.m. the night before the 4th of July. I wasn’t too happy about that.