Things That Are The Dreaded Two Week Wait

Monday, October 26


Does it ever feel that when you are hopeful for something to happen the weeks seem to go by super slow? Like when you are a little kid, and you are excited for Christmas the next morning, you end up staying up all night, and not being able to fall asleep? Or, when you are getting ready to go on the vacation of a lifetime, and it's a week away, and you cannot. stop. thinking. about it?

Regardless of all the anticipation, what do you do when you are trying to be hopeful, (but are scared out of your mind at the same time) but need to stay busy to keep your mind off of it?

Well, this is what I have done the past week-ish:

-I have worked: I work about 40 hours a week, and while at work, I listen to podcasts and try and focus on other things I have more control over - because I obviously don't have control over whats going on down in the reproductive area, if you know what I mean.

-I have gone exercising: Last week I went to Barre, Piyo, Biking, and Swimming/Swim Jogging. This week I have done Barre, taken the dog for a walk, and went to a spin class.




-I have written way more on the blog than I normally do - which is definitely a plus.

-I have started planning my trip to Orlando in January for the Dopey Challenge.

- I have been on Instagram WAY more than I should be (@runningwithinfertility1).

-I made homemade Kettle Corn that I found on Pinterest (@tdearmon if you wanna follow - cause I saved that recipe) that turned out to be yummy, and way easy!

-I've watched WAY too much TV. I finished off White Collar and have been catching up on Bones. I have been trying to stay current on Dr. Who, and Once Upon a Time, which has turned into a Sunday Tradition for us.

-I cleaned out the garden - and will be getting rid of the raspberry bush (it didn't bear fruit at all this year) including the roots, sometime this week.

-Going to church on Sunday's for 3 hours, plus a long meeting on Wednesday nights for my church calling.

-Had family dessert night and met my bro's new girlfriend.

-Trying to stay positive! It's definitely hard to try and stay positive after so many failed cycles (IUI's and non-IUI's). I've never seen that double pink line on a pregnancy test. So for me to stay positive is truly a must.

 
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I did a little searching around the internet and found some stuff to help you if you are having trouble finding stuff to do during your own 2WW:

Surviving the Two Week Wait

10 Things to Do During Your TWW {Two Week Wait}

Ten Tips for Surviving the Two Week Wait


What are some things that you do to stay busy during a time where you need to be more patient?
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Things that are Dopey Challenge Training Week 2

Sunday, October 25

Dopey Challenge Training recap:



Monday: I went to Barre class. Since I haven't been going to class regularly the classes have been kicking my butt! The classes usually consist of an arm workout, a leg workout (using ballet moves), and then an ab workout. We use chairs because they don't have bars yet. The teacher is hopeful that they will be installed soon!


Tuesday: I ended up not doing any type of exercise.

Wednesday: Didn't get to the gym because I had a church meeting.

Thursday: I went to a spin class for the first time at the gym. It was a lot of fun, and my butt is sore. It definitely was a cardio workout that I needed.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Went for a 3.17 mile run. It was super nice outside. I was going to run a little bit more, but decided not to, and glad I didn't because I'm sore now. Ran me some angry miles and it felt great!



Sunday: Rest day.

Total miles for the week: 3.17

I'll be honest. It makes me really tired thinking about training for another marathon. I'm not really training for just a marathon, but the dopey challenge which is a little harder! Any pointers or words of encouragement to help me get me more motivated would be great!
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Things that are Exercising for the week aka Dopey Challenge Training Week 1

Sunday, October 18

So it's been about 3 weeks since my marathon. For the first 2 weeks I didn't do much. I basically sat around and watched a lot of TV. I had to catch up on all my shows. ;)

Last weekend Chase and I did our last IUI, and I asked what exercises I could do (see previous post HERE), and the nurse told me I could do anything except high impact activities. So this week I have been doing everything but high impact (aka anything but running/jogging).

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This is how exercising goes when you can't run...

Monday: Barre class - I haven't done the class in 3 weeks, so it was definitely a killer! and worked my full body.

Tuesday: A Piyo class. Which ended up being just me and the teacher. It was good, and it was a full body workout!
Yes I like taking pictures of my feet

Wednesday: Rest day - I was little sore from Barre, and Piyo, so I opted for a rest day. 

Thursday: Rest Day. I ended up not being able to get to the gym to bike.

Friday: Biked for 30 minutes on the bikes at the gym with Chase. I ended up biking 10 miles.

Saturday: Swam 600m - I did 100m warm up, 200m kick board (freestyle kick then breast stroke kick), then 300m freestyle. I was going to do a 1000m, but I wanted to try out water jogging (which is a lot harder than it looks). I only lasted about 10 minutes.

 Me trying to do water running... It was weird that my body was still all under the water aside from my head. It wasn't as bad as when I was on the swim team in HS where our coaches would have us raise our hands above our head and have us do kicks to keep our arms and head up.


Sunday: Rest Day
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Things that are Training for Dopey Challenge

Saturday, October 17

While I was beginning marathon training (week 4 of 24) I signed up for the Dopey Challenge. After I ran THE marathon - I have 15 weeks till the Dopey Challenge. I'm a little concerned for it, mainly because I will be running 4 consecutive days, and my body is not used to that. I think it would definitely kill me if I tried doing that now.
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I found two training plans: Hal Higdon's Dopey Challenge and Jeff Galloway's program with Run Disney. I went with Hal's Dopey Challenge but changed it for my own running needs and not being able to get in the full 13 weeks. For the marathon - I went sorta off of Hal Higdon's Marathon 3 for my training, but I ended up having to tweek it due to my knee being injured at the end of May. So instead of running 2-20 mile runs, I ended up only running 1-20 miler, and had to increase mileage faster than I had anticipated. Surprisingly I did not injure myself and had a injury free marathon.


Though my training has already begun, I will not be running for the next 2 weeks. I am going to strengthen up (barre class, weights and anything else I can think of) and do a lot of lower impact running (elliptical and water running) which will get my heart rate up, but should not have an impact on the fertility aspect, since my previous post on Running and Fertility talked about not running during the two week wait (2ww).

I will again keep an account of my training plans because I think it can help someone who wants to start but doesn't know how or where to go to find training helps.

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Things that are Running and Fertility Treatments

Wednesday, October 14


For whatever reason running has been given a bad name when it comes to infertility, fertility and fertility treatments. You probably shouldn't run or train for a marathon while in the midst of fertility treatments - like I did. Though my average miles per week were nothing compared to that of an elite athlete (running anywhere from 60-100 miles a week) or even other running bloggers that I follow (who run about 35-60 miles a week). It probably still wasn't the healthiest thing for me to do while undergoing treatments, but I did it, and I can't go back and change it.

I unfortunately have been talked about behind my back in my exercise (mainly running) and trying to get pregnant and going through infertility treatments. Some will argue that the intensity is bad (reaching exhaustion), and others will say that the pounding of legs against the pavement causes too much inflammation and stress to the body. Which doesn't allow the female body to get pregnant - putting all the body's energy and blood towards fixing muscles rather than having the blood going towards reproductive organs.

My fertility office told me I could exercise still, but not do anything more then what I was already doing (so in my mind running was fine - they didn't say anything against running). But then come to find out when I asked the nurse (who performed our IUI) about the two week wait (2ww), she said nothing high impact, as it could interfere with implantation. So I can do everything BUT run.

I have done some thorough research and keep coming with mixed findings. AND the biggest factor for me... I have never seen any clinical studies suggesting that running increases inflammation and stress to your body, and that would interfere with your body's natural fertility. I am an educated person, and have learned that you must do research, you cannot rely on "this person said this," or "that person said that." What I have read on many blogs and .com sites - They are either against any type of exercise during treatments, and then there are some that are okay with it, and don't see any difference. Those that are for it, are for women with PCOS who are heavier and need to lose a few pounds in order to get pregnant, and then there's the other side of the spectrum for those elite athletes, who probably should cut back on their activity level in order to increase chances of getting pregnant. I haven't found anything for my current situation, nor do I believe I will find something. Me and my body type are smack dab in the middle, I don't have PCOS and I'm not an elite athlete.

I found this cohort study that "cannot prove that heavy exercise causes infertility, a suggestion the researchers themselves are careful to avoid making. While this particular study has found an association between heavy exercise and fertility problems, this may be due to another factor, which could mean that the women who exercise most are systematically different from those who exercise less. For example, it is possible that, irrespective of their current weight, those women who exercise the most may be on low-calorie diets, and this intentional dieting may also affect their fertility."

So what I have concluded from my own personal research, and just based on how I feel. That your diet (what you are eating every day) can affect your fertility, as well as your exercise habits, it's not just exercise that can affect fertility. Obviously you need to go off of how your body ultimately feels. Being on fertility drugs can really mess with you, you can gain a lot of weight and not be doing anything different.

What I'm getting at is that there are lots of factors that can affect fertility and what you do during your treatments. So don't assume that it could be just exercise, or just your diet. It could very much be a mixture of them.

So is it okay to run during treatments? I think for me yes, I am very much going to be running still, not as much and not during the 2ww. But I would definitely agree that you need to talk to your doctor before doing anything out of what you normally do day to day.

During my research I found a few sites that I thought would be beneficial to others:

Stroller Jealousy: The Life of the Infertile Runner

Can Long Distance Running Hurt Your Fertility?

Infertility and the Female Runner

How Diet Affects Fertility - Really good read on carbs, protein, fat, dairy, and exercise

Can Jogging Affect Fertility - Has references down at the bottom

IVF and Running

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Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional, if you have questions about running while doing fertility treatments I would talk to your RE, or your medical doctor.  
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Things that are my Favorite Fitness Bloggers

Friday, October 2

I'm linking up for this week's Friday Five with Mar on the Run, Eat Pray Run DC, and You Signed up for What?!.


I was introduced to blogging back in 2007, and I started following all sorts of crafty bloggers, and loved finding the cutest craft. I am not a very crafty person. A few years ago (after I had started running) I went to this retreat down in St. George for running called She Runs. It was a 2 day event and they had classes all day Friday and on Saturday they had a half marathon and a 5k race for all of the women that participated. It was then that I met my first fitness blogger, and so the story begins...

1. Hungry Runner Girl She is amazingly fast, and she lives here in my hometown. I met her in person a few weeks ago while I was out running and she saw her shirt (I'm hungry because I run, I run because I'm hungry), and had to stop and chat with me! She's freaking adorable!

2. Run Eat Repeat, Monica is hilarious! I have never met her, but she cracks me up on a daily basis.

3. Run to the Finish, Amanda always has great advice and such great content on her blog! She just traveled to Iceland, and it looks SO pretty!

4. Sweat 4 Sweets, Kristi & Ashley are amazing, they have done a lot of 70.3 races, and are prepping for Kona right now! They kind of helped me with wanting to do a triathlon, reading races and seeing how fun it is.

5. Of course I love reading the blogs for the link up party every week. Though I don't get to read through all of them, I do love reading the ones that I can get to. :)

What blogs do you love reading?
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