Monday, October 20, 2014

The Nursery and Other Things

We've reached October 20-something (today's my half-birthday, though that doesn't mean much!), which means the November 20-somethings are coming up, and I am definitely ready for that time to arrive.

Unfortunately, I still have a few weeks left at work, and as you can imagine, I haven't really been up to it lately even though things are kind of winding down and holiday festivities are sort of beginning.  My co-workers were so sweet in throwing me a baby shower, which "The Ukrainian" was able to attend.

In particular, I keep waking up drained and have actually been nauseated in the same way as earlier in the pregnancy, except I don't think I can justify comforting myself with bland carbs anymore.  So when I see random things like vegan cheese pop up, I give in:

Fortunately, I guess I hit a "nesting" phase in the past two weeks, so I washed everything and even packed my bag for the big day, even though it is (or just seems) SO far away.  Here are a couple of glances at the baby's room.  We have a two-bedroom, and unfortunately, the two rooms are almost the same size, so the baby has a huge room for its size.

I subsequently put the sheet cover on the crib mattress, LOL.

Those bears on the left were my childhood loves!

A lot of the items in the second picture are hand-me-downs (not the car seat, of course!), which are extremely appreciated.  We've been really lucky in that a lot of people just had babies this and last year.  We also recycled some of our other baby shower decorations for now.  In the coming weeks, I want to get my store club cards and discount stuff in order, because I'm a coupon-clipper and know I won't have as much time to keep track of pennies in the flurry of stuff.

Also, as ridiculous as it sounds, I already have the pack-n-play beside my bed so that I get used to not bumping into it at night.  It's also functioning as leverage for me when I have a hard time getting up in the middle of the night, which is understandably more often than I would like.

My main focus now is really to relax, because I am not naive and know it will be rough for a good while.  Kind of like tapering, I guess.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eight Years

I started this blog eight whole years ago. 

That seems like a lifetime ago, really.  I still remember typing up my first post regarding the Long Beach Half-Marathon, which recently had its 2014 iteration that made me feel nostalgic.

Having a place to share (and look back upon) my thoughts and life's adventures has been fun and cathartic, and I can say with some confidence that there is definitely more to come.

When I started this blog...

...I was still in college.

...I had just jumped into corporate America (while finishing my last quarter of undergrad).

...I was very dismally single.

...I had just run my second half-marathon.  

...I had not run a marathon.

During the past eight years...

...I graduated from college and graduate school.

...I have worked at about four major companies.

...I got married... and pregnant.

...I have run 29 half-marathons.

...I have run 15 marathons.

In the coming year, I anticipate/hope to be blogging about...

...running my 30th half-marathon.

...recovery. changes with a child.

...more cooking (I have hardly cooked because I can't stand the smell of cooking anything right now). running and fitness will always be an important part of my life.

Other blog-o-versary posts:
(7, 6, 5, 4, 3)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Omron Electrotherapy

Fall is basically here, and "The Ukrainian" has been stepping up his training since he is signed up for the Surf City Marathon in February and LA Marathon in March.  While I certainly don't miss running in the dark, spidery morning environment, I do miss running (in way cooler temps than we have now) in general.

Oh, and pain.  I don't miss the pain (though not to say I don't feel as though I've been running without actually haven't done so).

I was recently contacted to review Omron's Electrotherapy TENS unit.  Given my current state, I let "The Ukrainian" use this until I am up-and-running again, so to speak.  Although we've both been in the running store only to be told about my gait issues and his perfect arches, he does experience pain once in a while, mostly in his calves, and also upper body after he weight-trains.

From their representative:

With running season in full force, this unit is perfect for your sore muscles post-workout.  Users can find relief from stiff, achy and sore muscle and joint pain in about 15 minutes.  Electrotherapy TENS units are a prescription-free pain relief option recommended by professionals and favored by a growing number of acute and chronic pain sufferers. The Pain Relief Pro is easy to use and has eight pre-set modes ensure complete customization to your exact pain:

·         Five for pain in the Arm, Lower Back, Leg, Food and Joint
·         Three for relaxing your muscles: Tap, Knead, Rub
·         Ten power levels of intensity

The kit is relatively simple and comes with a remote control, a cord to connect the pads, a plastic bumpy piece to store the sticky pads after use, batteries, and instructions.  The instructions suggest how to program the unit, which of course will be for a shorter duration in the beginning.

What does it feel like?  "The Ukrainian" says he feels little taps/ticks/grabs, nothing painful at all.  There is another setting that is more like a rubbing, which he uses on his shoulder.  He's been noticing less calf tightness, though I'm not sure if this is related to using this unit.  I can't wait to try this for myself, because I can definitely use it, well, everywhere, though it's generally only for extremities and lower back.

A unit costs about $70, which isn't too bad if you were considering getting a massage for pain, because this can be used repeatedly.

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of this product but was not otherwise compensated to provide a particular opinion about it.