Race Day - Salt Lake City Half Marathon

This is our third year running the SLC Marathon as a family.  This year there were no fulls on our team "Run Like Hales," just halfers.

This year the Expo was at the Energy Solution Arena and was fairly small.  I think with the Comicon being at the Convention Center, it was a smart move.
The back of my mom's race tee said "soon to be grandma," and somebody asked my sister how she was feeling.  hahaha 
Race morning we woke up at 5 (actually more like 3 because we were stoked about baby boy) and we drove to the Start Line like last year.  This year the start had moved a bit so getting to the beginning by car (instead of Trax which is what a majority do) was a little more complicated with different road closures than we expected.  But it wasn't too difficult and we were soon at the start meeting up with my sister, Spencer and mom.

Ben hadn't done much training for this one.  He was worried about his hip.
It was 50 degrees when we woke up and probably a few degrees cooler than that up at the start.  It was PERFECT running weather. 
(Mornings are rough, but I promise I was super happy!)
My doctor wouldn't clear me to run, so I recruited my mom to walk with me since I already had a bib!  We had a blast and walking a half marathon is NO JOKE.  I was surprised how my legs felt afterwards and my heels hurt!

So kind of funny story...The course ran down City Creek Canyon this year, and at the end of the canyon I noticed the photographers packing up, some car traffic, etc.  I think this was mile 5ish.  I was confused and decided to check my phone and saw there was a THREE HOUR 1/2 marathon time limit!!!  That's a sub 14:00 pace and almost faster than the fastest speed walk, and faster than some people can run/walk.  I never checked prior to the race because nearly all races allow walkers with a 4-5 hour time limit, and there were so many people behind us!  We were keeping a 15-16:00 pace by that point, but clearly we were behind!!  My original time estimate had been 3:45.

At this point we went into major speed walk mode because I wanted to get through downtown SLC before the roads re-opened which would mean we would have to walk the sidewalks.  LAME AS.  The sweeper bus basically leap frogged us for awhile which was hilarious (nobody was going to get on that thing!!  go away!!), but we realized the 3:00 time limit wasn't too strict and we were able to continue on without problem.
We met up with the full marathon at mile 10 and those streets had a 6:30 time limit, so we really relaxed at that point.  It was sooo inspiring because the marathoners were 3:00+ marathoners when we met up, so we were able to see them all at mile 23 when a lot of them are struggling, but they are still rocking it and were going to finish with amazing times.  It was awesome and hurt my heart a little to be walking the race, but it was just awesome and so much fun to cheer them on!!  I think my mom was also inspired to start running!!!
We came across the finish at 3:39:xx and the announcer had a ball with my mom's leg warmers.  We ran the final 100m as our family cheered for us.  :)
Even with his hip on fire, BEN came in with a new PR of 1:35:xx!   James had a 1:32:xx, Jolie a 1:59:xx, Spencer ran his FIRST race and got an awesome 2:17:xx, and my dad had been sick all week and still came in with a 2:22:xx.  (All unofficial, Garmin times off the top of my head.)  I know that Ben came in 12th in his age group and James came in 10th.  I never looked up the results, but my sister informed me that I came in 319th out of 321 in my age group.  LOL  I believe there were over 7,000 runners.

The course changed last year (for the boring worst), and the course was once again changed and was completely brand new this year!  It was a GREAT course.  It had a lot of downhill but it also had some super killer hills near the beginning and mile 8.  The views were spectacular and the Finish Line was in a great location next to the Trax station.  And the weather COOPERATED!  It was absolutely perfect.  (One week later it was a torrential downpour.  Phew.)
This was the actual 1/2 elevation which looks a bit different than above:
The finish had great snacks & entertainment and overall I'd say this was the best race that SLC has put on in the past while.  We run it every year, but next year there are plans to run the Great Wall of China marathon/ half instead if we can make our schedules work.  But we will be back to SL for sure!
Such an epic time.  Family is the best!

Have a fantastic week!

18 Weeks

My age:  29

How far along:  18w2d
Not a whole lot to see when I wear looser clothing (which is almost always).

How big is baby:  5-1/2 inches (green pepper in size)

What have you been up to:  I have been having a good day or two a week, sometimes REALLY good!  I'm still losing my cookies most days, but we did eat at Costa Vida so my food aversions seem to be lightening up.

Exercise/Activity Level:   Crossfitting and speed walking (which is actually quite exhausting).

Maternity clothes:  I bought a pair of maternity jean shorts that are pretty cute.  I have found some Ross' that carry maternity, which is awesome.

Stretch marks:  Not yet.  My mom didn't get any on her belly so I'm hoping my skin is stretchy too...  I have been rubbing baby oil gel, vitamin E, shea butter, etc., on daily.

Belly Button:  In

Sleep:   I'm weaning off Diclegis (80$ for a <month supply -- crazy!), but my sleep isn't very good anymore so I may start adding Unisom back in.  I read somewhere that I should avoid sleeping flat on my back now, but I can only sleep on my back because of my neck problems.  Anybody hear this?  I guess I should ask my doc.

Best Moment of the Week:   Our gender reveal family dinner at Happy Sumo!!  Also the SLC 1/2 Marathon with my family was a huge high point (recap coming).

Worst Moment of the Week:  Mornings and plane flights.  Also coming home from such a fun family-filled vacation is always sad once Monday morning hits.

Food cravings:   Pickled cucumbers and cheese?

Food aversions:   Anything smelly.

Symptoms:  I find I'm not able to do things as easily anymore (like jump a short fence haha).  My eyesight has changed that I need to visit the doctor for a [temporary?] new prescription.  Still throwing up and always nauseated, but we're getting there.  Bad skin.

Movement:  I don't think so?  Any day now!

Gender:  A baby BOY!!  He will be the first boy to carry on the Buhr name.

What I’m looking forward to:   Getting the nursery going!  Seeing if baby has mommy's or daddy's eyes, etc.

What I’m nervous about/praying for:  The big scan next week where they get all the measurements, etc.  I pray all is well in the development.

What I miss:  This past week I really missed Monster energy drinks.  But mostly running!  After SLC and then watching the Boston Marathon on Monday (go Meb!), I am already planning my comeback and the purchase of a treadmill.

Next appointment:  4/30/14 Ultra Sound!!

Baby's Gender Reveal

This is all over our FB right now, but for those who haven't yet heard!...
We found out the gender of our lil baby, and it's a boy!  He is no longer an it!  And it is so very real now.  So real, in fact, that we barely got any sleep the night after we cut the cake because we were pretty dang excited!

It was a little stressful making the whole gender reveal thing happen the same weekend as the SLC Marathon where we flew up to run with the fam.  My original doctor appointment wasn't for another week and the ultra sound tech refused to do the "big scan" a few days early because those days make a difference in lil baby's development.  Luckily my doctor is freaking awesome and said we'd make it work and just do a quick gender scan and leave the big scan for a couple of weeks later.

The tech turned off the screen while she searched out the gender.  Baby wasn't cooperating at first and he wouldn't uncross his legs, but eventually she got him to.  She put the ultrasound pictures and a note in an envelope, sealed it and handed it to me and I was on my way to wait for two+ days!
I posted the picture of the envelope online and everybody thought we were crazy for waiting, I was surprised!  It wasn't even hard to wait.  I guess since we originally didn't plan to find out until Friday, it was pretty easy to not be tempted.

We flew into SLC and first thing stopped by this awesome bakery/cafe downtown (250 S, 300 E), Gourmandise.  They rock and the manager knew what we were going for and took the envelope in the back to note the gender, resealed it and gave it back to us.  He'd have the cake done in 24 hours and at that point the suspense really built while we waited...
Friday, 4/18/14, the family all met at the race expo and then hit up Happy Sumo for some sushi and the big reveal.  It was just an amazing day/night, what more can I say!?
We all made guesses and most of us thought it was a boy.  Ben and I have always thought it was a boy and I even had a dream that he was.
A bonus is last summer we inherited a dozen big boxes of boy clothes, etc., from when Dallin was a baby, and most of them are still in pristine condition.  Looks like we will be using them.  :]
I remember when Elder Hales was Santa's Little Helper like it was yesterday.  [Now he's on a mission and currently serving in THATCHER!]
Seriously stop it.  Dying of mini human clothing cuteness.
This is the most surreal journey I think either Ben and I have been on.  So grateful to be going through it, especially together.

Have a fantastic week!

Finding out we're pregnant.

The story for anybody interested... ...bueler...bueler...

Friday [1/10/14] I decided to try a pregnancy test since I could be pregnant, though technically I wouldn't miss my cycle for almost another week.  I had purchased 50 tests on Amazon for like $20, took one and went on my run.  When I got back, I saw that the test had a very, very faint line. I showed it to Ben that night and he agreed that there was something, but it was so faint you could almost not see it unless you compared the test side by side with a new one.

All throughout that weekend I was truly exhausted and mopey, a new life trend I would find.  Then Monday rolled around [1/13/14] and I remembered to take another test right after Ben left for work.  There was most definitely a line, still faint, but very much there and darker.  The Wondfo test strips are really sensitive and get darker as the levels of HCG in your system multiply, so that's when I was realizing that this was really happening to us, like, um "HOLY CRAP!"

I took tests pretty much daily for a few days and we watched the line get darker.  Then we dropped $7 on a store bought test and that was the final confirmation I personally needed, though I think Ben was pretty convinced at this point.  POSITIVE.  Maybe this really will be the year we start our lil Buhr family??

[I definitely cropped out half the test strip that touched bodily fluid.]
Life carried on as normal and I didn't feel anything but tired (I did notice a difference in my heart rate when I ran PF Changs and I walk/ran the hotter 2nd half).  
Ben's family came to stay with us around week 5 and Ben was BURSTING at the seams, but we were like, "should we tell your family?  Well, hmmm let's not tell anybody until we see the doctor."  Then Ben and Tom were chatting and I overheard Tom say quietly, "so is she sick?"  LOL (Ben you're cute.)  Tom was sworn to secrecy at that time.

My sister and Greg came to visit right before week 6 and I was still feeling good so we didn't say anything (though I had no idea that she found my prenatals and they secretly drew a conclusion).  This is the first grandbaby for my parents, so I didn't want to tell my family too early even though I was dying to ask my mom questions that for some reason I had never yet asked.  I also hoped that since I wasn't sick at that point, that maybe I wouldn't get too sick... 

Week 6 came and Ben made delicious fish for dinner one night and it made my stomach churn, but I didn't want to make Ben feel bad so I didn't say anything.  I made a crock pot later that week and ended up putting it outside because of "that smell."  A couple of days later the pattern began of sleeping with my bowl and a bland diet of waffles.

A few days after that, I heard Ben's sister on the phone ask him how I was feeling, so I realized Ben was REALLY bursting at the seams.  haha  Liz was sworn to secrecy.  Our "secret" never leaked either (I had fears it would end up on FB for my family to read).

We flew up to [Logan] Utah at week 9 for my sweet grandpa's funeral.  The plane ride was tough and I knew I was going to have to tell my dad because I needed some medication to survive the early morning funeral (I didn't get in to see my doc until 9-1/2 weeks).  I was definitely watched out for that weekend during my grandpa's funeral.  That was one of my best weekends and I'm grateful.  I was still quite nervous about miscarrying, and I still am today but I do feel more confident about this lil munchikin now that we're closer to the 1/2 mark.
My dad didn't seem too surprised (he always has a way of knowing), and then on the way to dinner we told my siblings, Jolie, James and Spencer!
"Guess what...????"  
"You're pregnant!!"  :P
My mom and Jeff were on a cruise so we told them right when they got back even though I probably would have told her FIRST.  :)  We were going to be creative in telling the family, but that so didn't happen.  However, we did send Dil a package with random baby food/items and no letter, but he figured it out!
Fast forward and the days have been slow, but looking back I can't believe how fast the weeks have gone by.  We're getting really excited and grateful for this little one and hope all continues to go well between now and September forever!

16 Weeks

My age:  29

How far along:  16w2d

A less than flattering angle for you all...(these pics are a week and a half ago).

How big is baby:  4-1/2 inches-ish

What have you been up to:  I'm still working and staying busy hanging out with the family.  I recently have been able to start reading again, and have been doing much of that.

My newest true crime author...

Exercise/Activity Level:   The brakes have been put on running, but I have been doing Crossfit twice a week and recently started speed walking my old running routes, which has really made me happy and feel more accomplished.
Have a 1/2 marathon coming up...

Maternity clothes:  I have one pair of jeans and a pair of yoga pants/leggings that are multiple sizes too big, in hopes I can stretch into them for awhile.  I love them and wear them way too much.

Stretch marks:  No

Belly Button:  In

Sleep:   I am able to sleep pretty well with Diclegis (Unisom + Vitamin B6), which was prescribed for my nausea, but didn't end up helping.  But yahoo for sleep!

Best Moment of the Week:   We spent time in Vegas last week with Ben's family.  It was nice.  I ate a lot of popsicles and Caprisuns, held the cutest babies ever, and soaked up some family chat and sun time in the lazy river.  I also felt good most afternoons and ate a hamburger.  :]

Worst Moment of the Week:  Sunday mornings are the most stressful since I can't miss sacrament meeting if possible.

Food cravings:  Shaved ice, popsicles, Caprisuns, and the weird one ...pizza lunchables!

Food aversions:   Meat, saucey stuff and anything smelly.  I also struggle with my prenatals and have temporarily switched to the gummies.

Symptoms:  Nausea, bad skin, and I have had some rib/back pain on the right side (isn't it early for that?).

Movement:  Not yet that I've recognized.  Any day now please!...

Gender:  Don't know yet, but we hopefully will find out next week.

What I’m looking forward to:   Getting my diet back so I know baby is getting proper nutrition.  Finding out the sex and getting the baby's room going!!  [Also, getting past this awkward stage where I feel like a finny rather than prego.]

What I’m nervous about/praying for:  Everything!  Praying all is well with this lil one.

What I miss:  Real sushi, cold cut meats, Monster, caffeine (I opted to avoid it), bleaching my teeth, using my Lilash, running, energy, and not carrying a bowl around.  But it is ALL worth it and I am still quite optimistic the bowl days are limited.  :]

Next appointment:  4/16/14 Our gender scan next week...