Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 11

Sunday, December 27


Monday: I went and got scraped and massaged. It was pretty nice, and pretty painful at the same time. She always does a great job, and I'm not nearly as bruised as last time I did it.

Tuesday: Went to spin class with the Hubs and sister. I about died, and wasn't feeling 100%. My IT band was acting up and I started getting other pains too, yay for taper pains! ;)

Wednesday: Rest day - it's horrible when you have a migraine and are sick to your stomach all day.



Thursday: Rest Day. It also snowed a lot that night. With it being a full moon it was quite bright outside when it was time to go to bed.

Friday: Rest Day + Christmas = at least a foot of snow on the ground. No way am I running and injuring myself.

Saturday: Ran 3.15 miles on the treadmill at the gym. There was 12 miles on the schedule, and since I haven't been feeling great this week, it may have been some sort of stomach bug, or I've been eating too much crap food either way I just did what I could do. Since I'm in taper mode, I do what I can do.


Sunday: Rest Day

Total Miles for the week: 3.15
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Things that are my Year in Running

Saturday, December 26

I thought it would be fun to link up with Courtney for her Year of Running 2015. She asked a few questions, I think they are kind of like a "best of" for the year.

It has been a challenge trying to come up with my "bests" from this year. I had forgotten about some of the races I had done back in January and February. Here you go:

Best race experience: The Huntsville Marathon was a great race experience. Even though there were a few things that I thought could have been better about the race, the majority of the race was great! Plus it was my year to run my first marathon. 

Best run: I ran so much this year from previous years, that it's so hard for me to choose just one run that was great. But, if I have to choose it would be getting my PR on the St. George Half Marathon in January. I ran with my friend, Celise, and it was just the best run ever! Even though I was SO sore after.



Best new piece of running gear: I got a spi belt and it now prevents me from wearing 2 sports bras and putting my phone in between the two bras. Yeah, that's probably really gross, but it was a solution to carrying my phone. So I'm glad I was able to get something to wear around my waist, and I have used it on every run (aside from the treadmill) since.

Best running advice you’ve received this year: The saying "I am comfortable" and "You can do hard things" have been helpful the past few months. Which I would have known them earlier this year when I got injured after playing soccer

Most inspirational runner: I would say Amanda from Run to the finish, and Janae from Hungry Runner Girl have been the two that I have enjoyed and really inspired me this past year, and they always seem to have really great content on their blogs, and love to help other runners become better.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: You can see the exhaustion on my face. I was tired and sore and really sun burnt but I was so happy I was able to cross that finish line and complete my first marathon!


Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Being able to run with my sister. I ran with her back in May for the Elevate 5k, and then I set up a 10k training for her for the Addicts II Athlete 10k, but I stayed with her the entire time (even though she finished just the 5k due to an injury).

 Elevate 5k

Addicts II Athlete


If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? I could sum it up in one word actually, and that is "challenging." It's been challenging in that I have done more long runs this year than I ever have in the past, and I have done a lot of things that most people wouldn't consider doing (marathon, 2 half marathons and training for the Dopey Challenge). I also realized that I will hit over 100 miles before the end of December. I have never done that before in my history of running.

You can see my race recaps for the year HERE
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Things that are a Merry Christmas 2015

Friday, December 25

With another year going by being childless, I always am thankful that I have a family (Mom, Dad, Chase's parents) that love us even though we haven't been able to give them grandchildren/nieces/nephews.

For Chase and I, we are the only ones in our immediate family who are married. There is a large gap between my sister and I, and even my brother and me. Chase's brother is just a few years younger than us, who is not married either. I think things would feel different for me, if they were married and if they had children already. It makes it nice to be able to go to Sunday dinner with them, and enjoy being adults, without the dreaded reminder of being childless each Sunday dinner.

I had a friend tell me of a situation where a relative of hers also struggled for many many years, and was in a similar situation where no one was married, and didn't have kids. Then later (not sure how much later) they were able to have kids, and then their kids were closer in age to the rest of the cousins. So ever since then I had this feeling that maybe that's supposed to happen? I'm sure there are more lessons to be learned, even now.

This Christmas, instead of focusing on what I don't have, I am going to focus on what I do have. By remembering all things I am thankful for, and putting my focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Chase and I decided instead of getting gifts for each other this year (though we are going to see Star Wars later today) we are saving to start IVF in just 2 weeks. Our hope is that all the waiting and praying and pleading with the Lord will have hopefully worked.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that you are able to remember the true meaning of Christmas this year!


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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 10

Sunday, December 20


I completed a 3/4 Dopey Challenge this week, and it was definitely mentally and physically hard on my body. Thankfully, this was my last week of training hard core. The next 2 weeks are taper for me. Woo Woo!

Monday: Turned into a rest day. This has nothing to do with training, but Chase and I met with a couple that went through IVF for dinner, and briefly talked about a lot of different stuff, and I have someone I can talk to about all the ins and outs and they had the same Dr. that I do. So that should help with my January IVF cycle.

Tuesday: I went to barre class. There were only 4 in the class aside from the teacher. It was crazy small, and she didn't stop for any breaks. I was dying by the end, and my legs are definitely sore.

Wednesday: 2.51 treadmill miles while I watched House. It kept me quite entertained.


Thursday: 5.15 treadmill miles while I finished watching the episode of House from the night before and watched another episode all while running. It was nice, and I just kept it at a slow and steady pace to have somewhat fresh legs for my longer runs.


Friday: 10 miles were on the schedule, but somehow the whole week I thought I was running 11. So I ended up running 11.3 miles. I got dropped off roughly 11 miles away from home and then ran home. My work's Christmas party was during lunch and I think I ate too much, because I got a sharp pain in my stomach only when I ran never when I walked which started around mile 3. It was really weird, and eventually went away.


Saturday: I didn't really feel like getting up before the sun to go run in freezing temperatures, so I decided an extra hour of sleep would be nice and beneficial. I ran on two of my favorite trails. I did a total of 20 miles, though my GPS decided to cut out at 12.3 miles, after restarting my watch and recalculating the two distances it only added up to 19.73 miles.

I was having a serious mental issues with running and staying running. I definitely was having bowel problems and stopped at the 3 trail heads (about 2-3 miles between each) along the way to use the bathroom. I think with all the medicine that I have been taking, along with birth control, has made me constipated (TMI?! - I'm a runner we like to talk about this crap! ;) I felt a little better by the 3rd stop. Chase met me about half way, and gave me some powerade and a granola bar (I was so hungry, so it was nice to have some food in my belly). I'm just glad I completed the 20 without any injury. Just sore and


Sunday: Rest Day.

Total Miles for the week: 38.96 miles
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Things that are "It's time to move towards IVF"

Saturday, December 19

After our 3rd failed IUI cycle (you can read about my experience here about our first IUI), our RE wanted to meet up with us and chat. It was only a month to get in to see him again after the 3rd failed IUI.

This is what we talked about:

There are three pieces, the sperm, the egg, and the uterus. The semen analysis took care of the sperm part, The IUI focused on the eggs and getting some good eggs for the sperm. But because the IUI's kept failing there was a possible problem with the egg meeting the sperm. My RE said that he doesn't think my tubes are working correctly or, that I could have endometriosis, or it could also be related to my uterus being all twisted and turned. He said the next step would be In Vitro Fertilization or better known as IVF. Because I have low ovarian reserve (not enough eggs for my age), the RE recommended that I be put on tons of vitamins and the like (which I will post about later). It's pretty gross how many I have to take 3-4 times a day!


Because I am running the Dopey Challenge, Chase and I felt the need to schedule IVF for after the challenge so I won't compromise the procedure. High impact exercise will effect the procedure. Would you want to compromise a $15,000 procedure? That's a ton of money! I definitely do not want to, so I'm following doctors orders! :)

A week after meeting with our RE he wanted me to do a water ultrasound (and yes, it had to coincide with my cycle as well, and needed to be shortly after aunt flo's visit). A water ultrasound is where they inject sterile saline into the uterus to see if there are any polyps or fibroids, or any abnormalities. I started by looking it up online (way to go Tedi!) and found a whole lot of crap (seriously, though). I got SUPER nervous because of what I went through with the HSG a few years ago, and read that it was basically the same thing. So I got worried that it was going to be just as painful (they also gave me a vallium for the HSG).

So this is what my clinic did - Insert the speculum (you know the "duck bill"), insert catheter into the cervix, remove speculum, insert "the wand" and then push a bunch of sterile saline (and feel it all drip down your bum {gotta be real here}), then remove wand, and remove catheter = The End. The procedure itself wasn't too painful, but I started cramping really bad afterwards even with the Tylenol I had taken a half hour before the procedure. **Side note, be sure to use the extra big pads they give you, you will want it.

We then had to meet with the IVF coordinator for our RE. I was kind of zoned out (due to the procedure mentioned above), and thankfully Chase asked a lot of questions. They gave us my calendar of how my IVF cycle will potentially roll out. I start giving myself 2 injections a day and then reach 5 injections a day for a total of 12 days. There are a lot of smaller things that are mixed in there, and I'm sure I will have a lot more questions for my coordinator later. But that is basically the overview of IVF.


For now, it's getting with my insurance and making sure we will be able to pay a $3,000 up front deposit (some, if not most of their patients have to pay the full amount up front the day of their baseline appointment {First day of their cycle}). We are very lucky that we will be able to have some coverage from the insurance. But it still is going to be a very expensive procedure.

I will be sure to post updates on the progress, and you will most likely see me post pictures of the process on Instagram.

Disclaimer: Just remember that my experience isn't going to be the same as the next person's experience. The meds will be different, the cost will be different, the support will be different, and your body is different than mine.  
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Things that are My Favorite Winter Activities

Friday, December 18

This week's Friday Five is my favorite winter activities. I am normally a hermit when it comes to winter. I don't like being cold, and I especially don't like the snow (and I have a winter birthday too...). There are a few things that I do like to do in the winter and here's a few of them:

1. Snowshoeing - I've only been twice, but I seriously loved it! I'm hoping we can do it again soon - if we get enough snow!

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2. Cuddling up and watching a good movie - and any movie will work. I just like cuddling.

3. Running (that's a no brainer) - and a good winter race in St. George, UT calls for a little warmer weather. Or maybe Orlando, FL over my birthday!? Uh, YES!

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4. Going up to Salt Lake City and seeing the lights on Temple Square - they are always beautiful, and we really love to see the Salt Lake temple all lit up around Christmas.



5. Ice Skating - Cool story; Chase and I went on our first date ice skating. He fell on his butt A LOT, and really wanted to hold my hand - but it was the first date (who does that?!)! We've only been a few times since, and we try and go around when our first date was to reminisce. And if you wanted to know... Our first date anniversary was December 16. (no the below picture isn't from our first date).



P.S. I'm linking up with Cynthia, Mar and Courtney for this week's Friday Five.
What are things that you do in the winter?
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Things that are #Microblog Monday: Self Preservation

Monday, December 14

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Find out by reading the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too.

So a while back I asked what felt to be a sensitive question on a Facebook Infertility Group: "For the past few years (I'm not sure how many now), I don't have that burning desire to become a mom. Like it's nowhere to be found in my heart or in my body. Is this normal to have happen? For the desire to become a parent leaving? I'm not sure if it has just come as I've gotten older (I will be 30 in January), and I feel like all hope is lost (I'm very dramatic if you can't tell ;P) or maybe I'm just content with how our lives are now? I have tried doing google searches to see if other women feel the same way, but I can't find any content at all. I would love to know your thoughts."
 
I got amazing responses, and for their sake I am not saying who said what, because sometimes they want to be anonymous.

"I will say I think it's pretty normal to not have the desire....sometimes this journey beats it out of us and it's almost self preservation."

"...Whatever anyone feels is valid and normal. There are so many who do not feel content with the way their lives are (children or no children), so I commend you for this!"

"I think it is important to keep in mind that one of the things that makes infertility so difficult is that it is always a fresh wound.Infertility isn't like most loss divorce and death may be semi permanent and permanent states but for many each month that goes by is a reminder of a failed treatment. A scab may start to form when we start a new treatment or think THIS month will work but when the cycle end it rips wide open again. It would seem only natural that the strain on one emotionally and physically would eventual cause your brain to say I don't want this anymore." 

"Sometimes feeling like "not wanting it too much" is a form of self protection. It keeps us guarded and protects us from pain. However when you run towards your fears, instead of running away that's when you get to live your best life. When you feel disconnected from something (and bring awareness to it) that is the beginning of connection. When you go towards what you don't understand, this is when we grow."
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A few months ago, I was talking to some friends, and I had mentioned before that I wanted them to let me know when they started trying to have another child. I felt my question was valid and that my feelings were valid, and that's why I asked. One of my friends said "that's between me and my husband," yes it is between you and your husband, but I only was trying to protect my heart from being broken. Couldn't you see that, after 6+ years of us trying?

Just recently I felt like I had healed and moved on from that conversation and I was going to suggest to my friend (cause they had been trying since the beginning of the year) to go get an ovulation predictor kit, and maybe go see her gyno/ob to check her hormone levels. Well, it turns out I didn't need to suggest anything, because they ended up getting pregnant. So in a way, my heart was protected when I saw their pregnancy announcement on Facebook (without them sharing or calling/texting to us first). Not sure what would have happened if she hadn't said anything a few months ago. 

So my question: Why do I feel the need to protect myself? To preserve myself? 

Well the answer is that I don't want my heart to get broken, again. I know it will still get broken eventually, but I want it to be fair and far between, and be as minimal as possible. 

In answer to my own question from the FB group: My feelings on becoming a parent have changed. I feel it's time for me to not be as focused on exercising/running and more focused on treatments, and having success. You will definitely see me running/exercising all the way up until I can't exercise anymore per doctors.

What have you done to protect your heart from being broken?
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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 9

Sunday, December 13


Monday: Barre class - I was surprised at how many people were there. I love the teacher and she's the only one I like going to. 

Tuesday: Ran 4.03 miles on the treadmill, and ran it in 48:28. Not my fastest time, but I was on my feet which is what really matters most. I watched Dr. Who while I was running. I think actually watching a TV show helped a lot. Normally I am constantly thinking of how much I hate being on the treadmill while running on the treadmill, but I was surprised to find watching a TV show helped me. I've tried several times to try and read, but I feel like I bounce too much to focus on words.


Wednesday: I was thinking that I wasn't going to have enough time to go running, and things ended up working out in my favor and I was able to get a run in. I did 3.10 miles, but it was a fast 3 miles, and ran it in 30:20. I think I do better when it's cold outside as far as my pace. Either that or all this strength training is really paying off! ;)
 Really pretty Sunset against the mountains

Thursday: I had an appointment with my chiropractor, which was heavenly. He massaged my ankle and calves after telling him what happened on Saturday's long run. I told him I was doing a lot more strength training and he was really happy with that.

Friday: I ran 5.38 miles. 6 were on the schedule, but the route that I took didn't get me all of the 6 miles. I really struggled with running the first few miles, because my calves were on fire. I kept stopping and stretching as well as walking. I realized that I was running funny, and changed up how my feet were landing on the ground, and it seemed to work, because my calves stopped hurting. Not sure if it was from my foot placement, or the fact that my legs were warmed up.

Saturday: So Friday night I was really struggling and I seriously wanted to not go out and run. I was mentally trying to prepare for my run, and it was not happening. Well I randomly remembered that I could find my bib number for the Dopey Challenge. So I got on to the Facebook group and looked it up and sure enough that started getting me excited for it, and it got me a little pumped to run 16 miles. I had a few tough beginning miles and had trouble getting into a groove. Once I got into the groove I felt like I could run a long time, then I would slow to a walk so I could take a drink and take in some gels. When I finally looked down at my watch and saw I only had 3 miles left, it made me pretty happy. I actually ran this 16 miles 10 minutes faster (3:16) than my previous 16 miles that I did in training for the Huntsville Marathon.

Sunday: Rest Day
Hurley wanted to lay on my while I was foam rolling today


Total Miles for the week: 28.5 miles
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Things that are Thinking Out Loud and the 100th post!

Thursday, December 10

I'm linking up with Amanda with Running with Spoons for

1. I haven't started putting up my Christmas decorations... Like nothing is up, I haven't even taken down my Thanksgiving decorations. It's really horrible, but I'm just not into it this year. I'll probably get my Christmas Tree up this weekend, but that might be all I put up as far as decorations go.

2. Training for a marathon aka The Dopey Challenge is really hard, and I can't wait for taper to begin. Running is hard, but when you are training for races it should be exciting not dreadful. I think I am just saying things like this it means I am just tired, and physically exhausted.


3. I've only written a 100 posts in over a year, and today's a celebration.

4. I've got a lot of infertility related things that have happened in the past month and need to blog about it. It's exciting and scary at the same time!

5. My favorite show is Dr. Who. and the Weeping Angels scare me the most. If you want to see them watch the episode "Blink," and you'll see why - and you thought the below picture was enough! ;)

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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 8

Monday, December 7


You ever have those weeks where it's just all time stressful? Yeah, that was this week! That's why I'm a day late posting my weekly training recap...

Monday: I was planning on running to the gym, going to Barre, and then run home. That didn't work, I ended up driving to the last 30 minutes of Barre, tried to do some weights in the weight room (it was WAY too crowded) and only being able to run a mile on the treadmill before calling it quits.

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: Sumo squats, reverse lunges, and girly push-ups. That's all that I was able to get myself to do.

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: Ran 7.17 miles, I wasn't trying to shoot for a particular pace, but I just needed to be getting some miles in.
 I saw a glimpse at the Timpanogos Temple (the little white dot in the picture), you can see it better with the naked eye, rather than a camera. 


Saturday: 18 miles were on the schedule, and I ran 18.04 miles. I started shortly after 8:30 and finished just after noon. It took me 3:43 minutes. My pace was fairly consistent the whole run, but I did feel like I took more walking breaks than normal. There was a point where I said hi to this guy who was walking the opposite direction of me. He gave me the creeps, so I kept running past him. Well I stopped shortly up the trail, and turned back around, and he was following me. It scared me enough that I started running and I kept on running. I was hoping that I could get as much distance from him from me, and I surely did. I've never had that fight or flight feeling in my stomach, but wow I was really moving and it's crazy when the adrenalin kicks in. I actually said a prayer before my run to keep me safe, and to stay injury free, and guess what?! It helped, and I'm ever thankful that I was kept safe.

 I was pretty tired after running 3.5 hours, and boy was I glad to see that little below showing 1 mile left of the trail I was on!

Chase brought the dogs with him to come get me... and only the punk wanted to get in the picture with me! :)

A few hours after my run I think my calves were really tight and something happened with my Achilles tendon, and throughout the night it felt bruised, and it got harder and harder for me to walk. That night (after our ward Christmas party) I used some tiger balm, and massaged it. Sunday I woke up and it was still pretty tight. After a few hours of walking up and down the stairs without shoes on it started feeling a lot better. I massaged it again before church - but with different cream, then again before bed. It is now doing a lot better and I may be able to go for a run tomorrow.

Sunday: Rest Day

Total Miles for the Week: 25.2 miles
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Things that are #Microblog Monday: Finding Faith

Monday, November 30

The past few weeks I have been focusing my studies and really pondering faith. I am preparing a lesson for this next Sunday in Church, and this is the topic that I have chosen: Having Faith in Christ during trials. At one point I felt my faith had left me and my hope was gone. So as a last resort I went and talked with my Bishop and he suggested reading a talk from April 2009 General Conference on Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been a great talk for me to read and reread.

The other day I was on Instagram and one of the runners that I follow who has also struggled with infertility posted this quote:

I'm hoping that my studying and pondering what faith is and how I can start applying it will help me be stronger and to trust in God more.

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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 7

Sunday, November 29


Monday: 3 miles were on the schedule and so I did a 3 mile run. Not too bad. I felt pretty good. I just need to remember to use my foam roller after each run. I haven't been doing it, and I've noticed a difference in how my runs feel.

I run with baby legs on my arms under my tech shirt. It kept my arms pretty warm through the run.

Tuesday: I had Barre and my squats and lunges on the schedule, but I ended up not having time to go to Barre, because of other church responsibilities. So it turned into being a rest day for me.

Wednesday: 1 mile was on the schedule, and I ended up running an 8:32 mile. Woo woo for me! ;) That was my fastest mile to date.



Thursday: 6 miles were on the schedule and I ended up running 5.12 miles with Chase. He wanted to eat all the food on Thanksgiving, so he ran with me.

Yes that is one of my Huntsville Marathon Shirts. The company that supplied the shirts screwed up the numbers as far as how many they were supposed to make, so this was a unisex medium instead of a women's medium. They finally sent me the right one a few weeks ago.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 14 miles were on the schedule and I ended up running 12.11 miles. I woke up to snow, and it was not a pretty sight for me. I was worried about falling and slipping on the snow, and to be honest. I have never been running in/on the snow, so I was very very nervous. I know I live in Utah, and I haven't run on the snow?! I realized during/after my run, that I haven't been taking good care of my body. I started getting the same pain that I got when I injured myself last year, and after the past few weeks I have just felt tired and worn down.

I had the worst rats nest after my run.


I told myself that this next week I would be strength training a few more times, aka going to Barre. After my run I immediately foam rolled (something I haven't been doing, shame on me), and then I did my squats and reverse lunge sets.

Sunday: Rest Day! Much needed cause I am sore from yesterdays run/workout.

Total Miles for the Week: 21.41 miles
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Things that are 5 Things I am Grateful For

Friday, November 27

If you don't know me very well, that's okay. The one thing you should know about me is that Thanksgiving is my Favorite Holiday! Seriously! Hands Down! Favorite!

I feel a lot of times Thanksgiving gets thrown under the bus when it comes to Christmas. It makes me mad seeing Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving. I love giving and I love the Christmas season, but I also love remembering things we are thankful for, because being grateful is a sign that you are happy and that you have a positive outlook on life (says my gratitude journal that I own).
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1. That I am able to run. I don't know how many people tell me that they wish they could run like me, or run as much as I have been running.


2. That I have a loving husband who supports me in my running addiction, and will even help me on my long runs as being a support for me, like he did back in September for my 20 miler.

3. Living in a Country that allows me to believe what I believe, and be who I want to be.

4. For Friends and Family who love and support us.

5. For my Two little furbabies, Hurley and Pepper.


What are you Thankful for this season?

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