Mami’s Newest Ultrarunner: baby Enrique’s Birth Story

 

Enrique’s Birth Story

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After five years, I forgot what sleepless nights and having a newborn felt like. Somehow, Enrique is nearing a month old come Sunday, and I haven’t the foggiest clue as to where the time went.

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Enrique definitely has the makings of an ultrarunner with his ability to go the distance. After 42 weeks sitting cozy in mami’s tummy, he had no intentions of greeting the world, so we met our midwife at the hospital on May 30th. We stopped by my local, vegetarian-friendly market for a Cacao Mint Kale smoothie, which had become an addiction of mine the last few weeks of pregnancy. The staff had become used to seeing my face and growing belly, asking week after week, when Enrique was coming. Hearing that we were finally on our way to the hospital, they gave me a double serving of my favorite smoothie on the house! 😀 SWEET! 😀

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At the hospital, we officially started induction at 4 p.m. Everything went smoothly until around midnight or so. The nurses, hearing how I ran a 50k and two marathons in my third trimester, had bets going as to when I’d finally ask for an epidural. My midwife knew my goal was to hold off as long as possible, as last time, labor stalled, and my epidural wore off before delivery. This time, I was able to use the breathing techniques from yoga to hold off on the epidural until the contractions were about 1-2 minutes apart, at which point concentrating on breathing became incredibly difficult. I was told that if I wait any longer, I might not be able to get the epidural, so I finally agreed. The delivery nurse on call grinned. Apparently, she won the bet. 😛

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Welcome to the world baby Enrique!

You can never know how your body will react to anesthesia. Shortly after the epidural, people began flooding our room, administering additional Continue reading

Mango Chili Pineapple Kabobs Recipe

Nothing beats grilled pineapple at a bbq, and this is one kabob that is sure to please your palate! I first found this recipe at SnixyKitchen and made a few changes, based on what I had on hand at the time. The end result is a kabob that is slightly less tangy/tart, yet isn’t overly sweet at the same time.

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Top Ten Reasons to Join in on a Group Run

credit: Jeff Galloway

credit: Jeff Galloway

As a Galloway proponent and blogger, my readers have the first opportunities to receive advice from Galloway himself!

Whether you’re starting out or are a veteran, Galloway is a seasoned runner and coach, frequently offering words of wisdom to runners of all abilities to help them improve their running capacity and have fun!

Christmas Caroling Run...Yes, we sang the ENTIRE time! :D

Christmas Caroling Group Run…Yes, we sang the ENTIRE time! :D

One way is to join in on a local group run. By joining group runs, you’ll not only become a better runner, but you’ll also get the chance to step out of your comfort zone and build relationships with other runners in your community.

Here are ten reasons why you should check out a group run now: Continue reading