So excited: 1.5 weeks until baby, and thinking about training again!

Now that I've accepted the upcoming C-section, I've gone between being super excited to meet baby and thinking that I should just continue to remain pregnant FOREVER. I can keep it in, right? Baby is safe in there, I know what it's eating/drinking, it's quiet, and well... life hasn't changed for us much since I became pregnant, other than having to clean out a puke bucket every night. Welcoming baby into the world can only mean chaos, sleeplessness, and constant challenges as it grows.

I warned Nate that the morning of the 15th (C-section date) that I'll likely try to convince him we should just stay home... that I could wait another week or two... or years...

He just smiled back at me. Perhaps it's because he is beyond tired of cleaning out my "bucket" (let's get this pregnancy over with!), or perhaps it's just because he is the most rational and calm person I know and doesn't have irrational mood swings/fears. I am lucky I can count on him to get me into the car in a week and a half, walk me slowly into the hospital, hold my hand and distract me while they put the IV and spinal block in (I am SO scared of the spinal injection... I'm not good with needles to begin with, much less one that's going into my spine... I'm almost in a cold sweat now as I write about it), and will be my voice of reason through the whole thing.



Looking more and more like I'm smuggling a basketball under my shirt wherever I go!
We'll then welcome baby P into the world together.

Again, on one hand I can't wait. I can't wait to meet him/her. I hope it is healthy and strong. I can't wait to see what baby looks like.

But on the other hand, I will cherish these last few days...

A belly shot. Sorry to blind you with my paleness. But, it's fun to see how much of an actual baby/basketball this little one is! 
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On to less emotional things: today I was lucky enough to be on a panel for a Sport Performance Research Group on elite marathon training and racing. My coach is co-teaching the class, so not only was it a great opportunity to tell my story, but it was great to chat 1-1 with him.

First: the panel. I offered a very different perspective. Meghan Peyton was the other elite runner on the panel, and she has always had incredible running success: think 6x state champion, 8x D1 All-American, now a National Champion (she is so talented!). My story is one of just WANTING something crazy & doing all I could to get it. I don't know if I truly understood how crazy my dream was when I first started dreaming of it (1:24:xx 1/2 marathoner wanting to try for an OTQ... ummm, crazy) and how dedicated & in love with the dream I was.

I hope the class found my perspective interesting. If the # of questions after my presentation is representative of their interest level, then I think I'd call my presentation a success!

There were also a lot of pregnancy questions - they couldn't believe that I was there when I was due to deliver in a week and a half :).

The presentation also allowed me to touch base in person with Chris. The coach-athlete relationship is very important to me, and it's been harder than I thought to move from Jerry's coaching to Chris'. There's a lot that goes into this, but Jerry and I had something special... both blue-collar, in a way, both believing in something crazy... plus Jerry got to know me better than I knew myself through 3+ years of crazy email updates and ramblings :). Starting over with Chris was... well, different.

Plus, it didn't help that I became pregnant a few months after switching coaches :).

But, I digress. Seeing Chris in person and being able to talk about training schedules after delivery, potentially chasing Grandma's and a fall marathon next year, AHHHH! It got me so excited and solidified the fact that I'll fully trust in what he will write for me & follow it as blindly as I did with Jerry, believing in the impossible again.

I cannot wait. For baby (well...). To train and chase dreams again (well, once things heal...).

*Dream Big, Run Happy!*
~Nichole

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

5 comments:

  1. I am SO ready to get back to training as well. I know there will be sleepless nights, but I am ready to prove everyone wrong that you can train to be a competitive runner post-baby! I am so glad you've renewed your trust in Chris!! Let's get after it!!

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    1. Loved this comment - let's get after it, indeed!

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  2. I bet it's exciting to have new goals ahead of you to get you in gear after this pregnancy! Love your little basketball! Hope you're last few weeks go well (and fast)!!

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  3. Hey Nichole! I did a post today about training your vizsla to be a good running partner...did I miss anything? You are probably the local expert on the topic! http://www.therightfits.com/2014/10/tilda-tuesday-training-your-dog-to-be.html

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    1. Nice post!! I added a comment about checking their paws - when I first started running with Mesa that's the only things that held her back :). Now I have to watch when I taper/then start training higher mileage again.

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