Yes, its been quite a while since my last blog.Â I have been busy I guess you could say.Â We left offÂ by pedaling the California coast over 17 days last December through January.Â That experience changed me in so many ways.Â I learned my love for adventure is limitless and does not just express itself in running.Â JB and I met amazing people along the road, saw kindness in tough times, fell more in love with one another and rode hard, long days in downpouring rain.Â JB celebrated his 31st birthday and I celebrated that life can be truly simple with everything you need contained in just a few packs.
The greatest gift that I could have ever imagined came to JB and I on our 8th wedding anniversary: a new life.Â Our first child, conceived in what I thought impossible circumstances, riding 70 miles a day, my clumsy self falling many times, sleeping very little and whittling down to aÂ pretty lean body mass.Â Our little miracle, who has been something we have wanted from the moment we met each other, has found the best possible way to enter our life.Â And so here we are, 8 weeks away from meeting our child.
Its been a wonderful pregnancy.Â I have been running and working out the whole time, with no sign that I might stop anytime soon.Â My normal running routine has been extremely scaled down to just what is comfortable.Â At 6 months, my energy peaked and I was able to complete a 15k that was hilly and challenging. It was just fun to be out there and I really didn’t care about times or performance.
As I enter my 8th month, I am still able to do 4-5 miles about 3-4 days a week.Â And there are weeks I find myself spinning more and running less.Â I am still lifting light weights for arms and legs.Â The baby seems to not mind when I run and sometimes I can feel he or she curl up and just take a little nap.Â All studies suggest running while pregnant is totally fine.Â But,Â I feel like a total slacker compared to Paula Radcliffe, who somehow manages 50-60 mpw pregnant…wow!Â But then again, I have no aspirations to bust out a 2:15 marathon anytime soon.
So onward we go, preparing our life for this new arrival and new adventure…