Sunday, January 2, 2011

We're No. 1

I made a list of 11 goals for 2011 only to give you 10. I told you to stay tuned. But I did it with good intentions because my No. 1 for 2011 is big. Huge.

In 2011, I want to be more like Kara Goucher.

kara goucher

She runs marathons, like, super fast – she was third at Boston in 2009. She’s an Olympian, having participated in the 2008 Beijing Games. She’s uber dedicated to running and passionate about the sport. And she might just be the nicest person you’ll ever meet (I met her at RnR Chicago).

But you’re not going to find me in Boston in April. You won’t see me in London in 2012. And, depending on my mood, whether I’m even nice is questionable.

So … just how do I want to be more like Kara Goucher?

me kara kara pregnant

I want to be like Kara Goucher in the mom sort of way.

Yes, jelly beans, I am with child. Pregnant. Knocked up. I have a bun in the oven. A member of the pudding club.

The blessed child is due July 13, which puts me at the very end of my first trimester. While I haven’t a hard time of it so far – no morning sickness – it hasn’t been easy so to speak. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that all I want to do is sleep and eat (seriously, I am hungry ALL THE TIME) and I will gain weight (5-ish pounds so far).

It’s also the reason I’ve been slowing down, the reason I’ve been focusing on shorter distances, the reason I cry on my runs. But I am determined to run. Until the doctor tells me to toss the sneakers, I will be out on the trails trying, at least, to do my thing.


  1. WOO HOO!!!! Confetti and Party Horns!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! You and your hubby will make amazing parents!!!

  2. congrats!!! that is wonderful news.

  3. Ohh the joy!!!

    Congratulations and many, many blessings this year!!!

    I had a baby girl in August and feel so grateful. I was swimming all the way up to the last week and only stopped cause my gym was closing for the annual cleanup. Let me tell you, swimming and weights were crucial for me to feel "normal" during those high hormone months!!!

  4. Congrats! Obviously 2011 is going to be a great year for you and your family!

  5. Congrats! What a wonderful news to start the new year with!
    I want to be Kara too when and if I ever get pregnant. I'm looking at running strollers now and I am not even close to being pregnant. Ha!

  6. Congrats! Enjoy every minute of it!

  7. Yay, exciting! Congratulations!!!

  8. Yay! So happy for you! And what an exciting time to follow your exercise journey, can we say inspiration?


  9. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! My little boy will be 2 on Thursday and there is nothing like it in this world. Sooo amazing how much love you can have for one person. CONGRATS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

  10. You're inspiring all those future mommies out there to stay healthy and in shape even with a little one on the way!! :) Go girl!! Congrats!!

  11. July is such a great baby month being a November baby I can say that I wished I was able to have an outside birthday party.


  12. Congrats! I love your blog, and I was so excited to read this! I found out I was pregnant in July 2010 (due in March), and it has been wonderful. I've never eaten this healthy, I'm still working out, and I have never felt better. I've only gained about 10 lbs! Good luck to you! :-)