Things that are a Running Survey

Tuesday, March 29

I saw this Running Survey at Fit Wanderlust Runner and thought it would be fun to do and share:

1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
I have only had the opportunity to run along a beach path once, but I'm by the mountains so it's a lot easier to run. On a hot day I would much rather be running on a mountain trail, but on a cooler day probably the beach. I guess I would love both.


2. If you could choose the flavor of gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
I love either the blue or the red. When we were running the Dopey Challenge in January, they only had yellow (gag me please!) and I opted to NOT drink it, but knowing how hot and humid it was I did drink it maybe twice throughout the marathon.

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
I would definitely purchase running shoes. I think every runner could use more pairs. ;)

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
I always prefer a training plan, but I also go with how my body is feeling. If I am tired and know that I haven't been getting enough sleep, then I obviously will take a rest day to help recoup and get more rest.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
I have run plenty of races that seem to start with downhill, but end on an uphill. I would prefer to get all of my hills done in the beginning instead of the end of my run. 

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
Barre, swimming laps, water jogging, and spin class are some that I enjoy.

7. What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
I definitely like loop runs the best. But I have done a mix of all 3 for training.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>
Shoes. Shoes are SO important in training. Watches and what you wear are also so important and I wish that I had known more of how to dress.

9. Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
When I was in Alaska last June I saw a mama moose and a baby moose sitting on the side of the road before I started my run. I did see an Ostrich in someone's yard on one of my long runs last year.


10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
I think so, but I don't think so. I'm sure if I had gotten lost that would be something I remember.

11. If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be? I think I would get sick of eating that one meal every time I got home from a run the next 30 days. I always love chocolate milk after my run.

12. Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often? It honestly depends on the weather and if I'm running outside or not. I wear capris mostly during the winter, but during the summer I wear my spandex shorts. I can't run in regular running shorts cause I chafe too much.

13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go? If I'm doing a long run (more than 13 miles) then I don't start warming up till like mile 6 - that's when my mind actually gets in the run. Any other run shorter than 13 I usually warm up around 1-2 miles.

14. What do you do with your key when you run? If I don't have my Spibelt on me then I will undo my laces (taking them out of a few of the eyelets first) and tie it into my shoe laces.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be? My first 10k. That was the summer I PR'd on my 5k, and I was getting pretty fast (not sure what's changed since then), I also remember not being able to run with any of my friends because I had to use the bathroom before I started the race.  So I used anger to get me up a huge hill at the beginning of the race.

16. What type of run is your least favorite type of run? Hill running is definitely not my favorite, but I also dread any run that is longer than 16 miles. My body is not used to running past 16, and so it is very challenging for me.

17. What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on? Not having signed up for a race and I also think I injured my knee somehow (the other one - not the one I injured last summer) and so that has been un-motivating for me. We are also going to be gearing up for another IVF cycle.

18. When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start? I do both. If I don't have the car then I will just run a certain number of miles from my house and usually they are loops. If I drive somewhere I usually either do a point-to-point run or have Chase drop me off and I run home.

19. When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance? They are definitely a must.

20. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
"I can do hard things" has been my mantra and something I have started to live by.
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Things that are Go Fund Me

Tuesday, March 22


I know I have mentioned this in a previous post but Chase and I are having a fundraiser on June 4. There is a Facebook Event you can check out. We are asking for donations, either yard sale items, or cash donations to help us with our upcoming IVF cycle in July.

We are trying to save as much money as we can in order to start our family. We are so hopeful that this will work, and it helps that our RE (doctor) is hopeful too. In the meantime we would love it if you could share this post or our Go Fund Me account with friends and family.

 


Thank you for all of your love and support!

- Chase and Tedi

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Things that are #Microblog Monday: Quote to Live By

Monday, March 21


This quote is by Dave Ramsey. If you don't know who Dave Ramsey is - he's the guy that helps you pay off debt in order to become wealthy. His reasoning for this quote is to help adults stick to a plan (paying off debt, saving for retirement, saving for a vacation, etc) and follow it, instead of acting like children and doing what feels good at that moment. But of course this quote can go in any direction you choose, and these are my thoughts on the quote.

Growing up, I did what felt good to me. When I wanted to get ice cream, I got ice cream. When I had a bad day I would go shopping, or go get a drink at the gas station (yes, I am a big Dr Pepper fan). I always thought that buying this shirt will make me happy, or telling myself that I'll feel better after I workout or going for a run. But that isn't always the case, and it doesn't always work - hello feeling guilty for having another drink with caffeine in it or feeling guilty for actually spending money on that shirt. I should probably not be living like that at all, it's not healthy to have that mindset, but I think the majority of people live with the mentality that "doing what feels good" is needed for them in order to be happy. 

So I'm an adult now - though sometimes I really wish I didn't have responsibilities that adults have. Life was so much simpler as a child, and maybe that's why we always want to be kids again (please tell me that's not just me?!). 

So there are a few things that I'm doing by stepping up and becoming an adult:

1. I'm saying no to letting my money control me and I'm starting to control my money, by setting budgets and working towards becoming debt free... which leads to
2. We are going to come up with a plan to pay for our next cycle of IVF with cash instead of on credit or getting a loan (because I don't want another loan). 
3. I've created a training plan and will try and follow it more than my past training - because lets get real I have a huge goal in mind (running an 8:30 pace for any race - prefer a 10k or higher). I'll talk more on that later since it will need to be broken down into smaller steps.

Realizing that creating a plan and following it is just like goal setting, but this is a more detailed plan that is written down and followed. This isn't your typical "resolution" that you see at the beginning of the year. This is a serious (you are sick of things being this way, kind of serious) plan that you will stick to.
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What are some goals that you are planning on sticking to?

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Things that are Our IVF Journey Take Two

Sunday, March 20


So after what felt like a forever long wait, we finally had our #WTC or #WTF chat with our RE.

Here are some things that we discussed:

He told me what he thinks happened with the failed IVF cycle - That when the embryo went to attach to the uterus, it attached near a blood vessel. Which is why I experienced a lot of bleeding a week after embryo transfer (ET), and thinking that I started my period. That week that my numbers were high on Monday (February 8) but then dropped that Friday (February 12), my RE said that the placenta wasn't able to attach strong enough to the uterus. Which caused it to dislodge and he thinks that's why my hCG numbers dropped in between Monday and Friday.

I asked to be tested to see if I could possibly have something that would cause recurrent miscarriages and my mom had a few miscarriages so that's why I'm a little concerned. I don't want to spend thousand of dollars and then learn that I have something that could cause me to miscarry. After our meeting they drew up labs for those tests and took at least 6 vials (I'm thinking that there was more), then called the next day and told me I had to come back in to get 4 more vials drawn up. These are just a few of the tests that they told me they were going to run: antiphospholipids, MTHFR, antithrombin, and factor V.

My RE suggested that instead of getting laparoscopic surgery, which could cost thousands of dollars, that we try a depo-lupron shot. The monthly shot suppresses the pituitary gland, which will stop the ovaries from producing estrogen to help suppress the endometriosis and help it to not grow more. I guess endometriosis likes to feed off of the estrogen produced by the ovaries. When I start the shots for the next 3 months, he said I will have menopause like symptoms (aka hot flashes, and probably several other symptoms).
Doing these two things will help us be ready to start another fresh IVF cycle in July. And hopefully get us more eggs to work with and maybe have a few embryos to freeze.


Chase and I have done everything that we could to pay for all of our tests and treatments up to this point, selling a lot of stuff including Chase's beloved motorcycle, being on a "rice and beans" budget for food, and saving everything that we can. We feel strongly that we shouldn't go into debt in order to pay for this next IVF cycle. We can save up a really good portion of what we need for our cycle, but unfortunately it still won't be enough. That's why we are going to have a fundraiser to hopefully raise the rest of the money that we won't be able to save up on our own. We have a lot of family and friends that live out of town who would love to help but probably won't be able to make it. So Chase and I created a Go Fund Me page.
Both Chase and I are very hopeful for our upcoming IVF cycle, our RE is hopeful too, which just gives us more hope (I mean he's seen a lot of success, right?!). It's really hard for me to ask people for help (hello pride talking - I'm the type of person who wants to do it on my own). I know there are lots of people who struggle and who want to help but maybe feel they aren't able to, and that's okay, I understand. We would love any help that you could give us - whether that is prayers, donations or sharing our journey with others.

If you live close by and would like to donate to our yard sale in June, message me.
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Things that are My Favorite Half Marathons

Friday, March 18

I have only run a handful of half marathons, but for some reason half marathons are my favorite distance. I haven't done anything past a marathon, maybe I will someday be adventurous like a few of my running friends who do ultras. For now I will just stick to half marathons and an occasional marathon (St George?!). I have done a lot in training for marathons, and I have only PR'd twice. You can always count your first race as your PR because you have nothing to base it on (please tell me I'm right?!). 

Here are my favorite's and a little on why:

1. TIMPanogos Half Marathon

This was a fun course and seemed a lot longer than I was thinking, but they had creamies at the end of the race! I couldn't pass up that goodness!


2. St. George Half Marathon

I have run this race twice and would have ran it a 3rd time this year, but my last day to do high impact exercise was the day before. I PR'd twice on this race (1st half marathon, and then again with the help from my friend Celise).

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3. Disney's Donald Half Marathon

This race was just plain fun. Lots of photo ops with characters, and plus I got to run a half marathon for my birthday! Disney races are definitely worth the cost.


4. The Haunted Half Marathon

This was Chase's first half, and it was so fun to run with him. I'm not sure he would run it again, or any half marathon again for that matter.


5. Cedar City Half Marathon

This was a love/hate course for me. The steep downhill killed me and then the little rolling hills at the end. But I ran with my friend Shanalee for most of the course.



I'm linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed up for What?! for Friday Five.
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Things that are an Article on "Infertility in Utah: A Unique Experience"

Wednesday, March 16


There was an article that was on KSL back in January that briefly talks about a couple struggling with infertility, while the remainder of the article focuses on statistics given by the newly established Utah Infertility Resource Center (UIRC). In the article they surveyed women/couples (the majority in Utah, and I guess from one of the support groups that I'm in on Facebook) on a few different things related to infertility; infertility by the numbers, what infertility feels like, barriers to treatment, and reaching out for support. If you are interested in reading the full article it can be found HERE. I think the main points in the article are great and need to be reiterated.

Infertility by the numbers
The article listed a website where you can compare fertility clinics and gives you a "smart" rating which is based on multiple births, percent of transfers resulting in live births, single births, and number of cycles performed at the clinic. So if you are thinking of switching clinics or are moving, you may want to check it out.

What infertility feels like
The UIRC found that most women with infertility seemed isolated. I have definitely felt isolated, especially at church. Infertility is quite the emotional roller coaster. I think it is a lot worse when you are going through a fertility treatment (either on fertility meds, going through IUI or IVF). I have experienced all the emotions you could even think of; anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety (especially at church, around lots of moms with kids, and pregnant ladies), depression, and fear of never becoming a parent. Those are just a few of the emotions that come up, obviously not all at once, but I have experienced them one time or another.

Barriers to Treatment
I think the most common barrier is not having the money to pay for treatments. When medicated IUI cycles are around $1,000+, and IVF being anywhere from $10,000-$20,000 it can definitely put a financial burden on the couple struggling. It also doesn't help that not all insurances cover the cost of infertility. Mine thankfully covered up to $5,000 for fertility treatments, but since it was a lifetime max I could only use it once. It also is very hard when your RE is pushing treatments, but you are not mentally ready for that 2nd IVF cycle. I think feelings of hopelessness are another barrier to treatment - you are hopeless that the treatment will not work, or work again after a failed cycle, so it's harder the next time if you choose to do it again.

Reaching out for Support
Support doesn't necessarily mean going to or participating in a support group, though I have found it beneficial when I have questions, and am not having luck on performing an online search. It is also good to know that you aren't alone in your struggle. I often get told by friends and family that I'm not alone - I know I'm not alone, but if I have feelings of depression or isolation, then I feel that I am alone. Finding support, whether a support group, a friend who is going through infertility too, or going to an class/event to learn more about a certain subject can be greatly beneficial.
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Things that are Trials and "Why did this happen to me?"

Wednesday, March 2

For the longest time, growing up, I always thought that if something bad happened to me I had done something wrong and had sinned at one point. I read my scriptures, I prayed daily, I went to church, I had a testimony of Christ. Bad things still happen to good people, that's just life. We all are given trials, I personally believe that we decided what trials we were given before we came to this earth. 



While Chase and I were dating I had this feeling... This feeling was one that told me that if you married him, you may not be able to have children. It wasn't very loud, just a soft little voice that came to me. I kind of brushed it off, because I wasn't ready to have kids. I was 21 and living the dream, definitely not prepared to be a mom. Nor do I think I'm ready to be a parent now, after having been married for 8+ years.
 
I can't remember where or when I found this quote, but it got me thinking about the trials that we face here on the earth and how we can in turn better ourselves by the hardships we face: 

"Something wonderful happens when we really know, without a doubt, that God loves us—our questions completely change. Instead of asking, “Why did this happen to me?” or “Why doesn’t God care about me?” we say, “Well, I know God loves me; I know that. So what can I learn from this experience?”
Sometimes we think our trials come because we did something wrong. That’s not always true. Adversity is simply part of earth life. From it we can grow and progress if we choose to. Yes, some trials come because of our own disobedience, but many trials are simply part of life."
God already knows what we’re made of, but perhaps He wants us to learn what we’re made of. I think we would all agree that we learn more from our tough times than from our easy times. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We don’t know the meaning of all things, but we know God loves His children! And because He loves us, He will never desert us."

Looking back and going through infertility, I don't know how many times I felt abandoned by God. I felt like he had left me completely. But the one thing that I did not do, nor forget to do, was get down on my knees and pray. When I have felt so low and depressed by infertility, and the many other trials that we face aside from infertility, I always hear a little voice pop into my head say "have you prayed?" In a way it has humbled me enough to remember that God still wants to hear from me, and that he is still really there, wanting me to come talk to Him about my problems, and that He has not deserted me.

I want you to remember, that God will never abandon you. He is still there always listening to you, but you have to humble yourself and pray to Him. That is the only way that He will give help to you, if you, but ask. 

Our trials are to help us become strong and to overcome our weaknesses. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, His grace is sufficient for us. Meaning He will give us aid if we but ask for His help, and because He loves us and is a merciful God.



His strength is made perfect in weakness. We can gain His strength for our own trials and weaknesses. I have learned that through this trial of infertility that I have gained more strength to get through the trials I am faced with every day.

Remember that God is a merciful God and that He loves us and will give us strength when we but pray to Him with a humble heart.

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