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One Year Ago…

One year ago this weekend, Evan and I drove down to NYC, found out the marathon was canceled and then turned around for a long road trip back up north to run Manchester City Marathon with Ali and Emily. Most spontaneous marathon planning ever, yet one of my most fun to date.

It’s so hard to believe that an entire year has gone by since I ran my last marathon. My last real race, actually (racing while pregnant is just not the same thing). I’m trying not to freak out about what that’s going to mean when I finally do step on a starting line again sometime in 2014. Racing is just like riding a bike, right?

It helps that over the past few weeks, my mind has been overtaken by thoughts about babies and labor and breastfeeding and maternity leave. At this current moment, my own running has become a bit of an afterthought (I don’t even know who I am anymore).

But, that doesn’t mean I’m not feeling just a bit nostalgic for last fall – for those taper tantrums and pre-race nerves. Or suffering from just a teeny bit of race envy, knowing so many are gearing up for NYCM this weekend.

So just for kicks, I pulled out my marathon outfit from last year and gave it a spin. Because when you’re 8 months pregnant and unable to race, you’ve got to find other ways to entertain yourself. Oh…what’s that? You’ve always wanted to see a pregnant woman squeezed into running clothes that are clearly much too small?? Well it’s your lucky day then, because instead of keeping these to myself I’ve decided to share the photos with you!

marathon outfit_1Hey Saucony – do you need a cover model? I really think this pattern enhances my natural curves.

marathon outfit_2File this under: things you should never post on the Internets 

And now for the comparison: 2012 LBC vs 2013 LBC. I don’t know about you, but I really think the belly completes the outfit.

marathon_2012 v 2013

So this weekend, instead of racing, I’m going to be sitting on the couch in my old running clothes, drowning my sorrows in a bucket of ice cream.

Just kidding. I actually plan to do the next best thing: cheer from the sidelines. Evan — my soccer and baseball playing husband that I’ve slowly tried to morph into a runner — will be running his very first half marathon! I’ve been helping him train all summer, trying to show him that distance running truly is the most amazing thing ever. I’m not entirely sure he’s convinced, but at least he survived the training. Even though I wasn’t able to actually run the miles with him, it’s been fun to live vicariously through him. To watch as he got faster and more confident at running longer distances while I got slower and slower. And I’m hoping that these past few months of training have ignited a fire in him — after all, he’s currently the fastest person in the house. I don’t plan on letting him hold onto that title easily (no, I’m not competitive at all…).

Sunday is finally the big day that he’s been working toward for months. I’m so excited about it, I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.

Unfortunately for him, the weather forecast is looking a little less than ideal.

sunday half marathon weather

Maybe he’ll get lucky and have the wind at his back the entire time??

Crappy weather or not, I would love nothing more than to be out on the course with him on Sunday. Helping pace him through his first 13.1, getting him water every couple of miles, saying encouraging words when he needed a boost, and shutting up when he just needed time in his own head. But maybe it’s better that I won’t be. Maybe it’ll be good for me to stand on the sidelines (like he has for me, so many times before), waiting for him, encouraging him, and just letting him run his own race. Because there’s nothing like crossing the finish line of your first long distance race. Knowing all the time and commitment you put into training…focusing on all the hard work it took on race day to get there. I truly can’t wait for him to experience that.

No matter what happens on Sunday — however fast or slow he runs — I do know that Cheese Baby and I are going to be some of the proudest spectators out there. I may not be able to run, but I plan on shaking this baby bump like it’s my job.

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend, especially all you NYCM-ers!!

21 Responses to One Year Ago…

  1. L – you are the cutest! I think you look equally awesome in both pics! Fierce, competitive Lauren and glowy mommy Lauren. You are both now, and it makes you all the more awesome <3
    Krissy @ Shiawase Life´s last post ..Happy Halloween!

  2. Hahaha, I love you! You gotta have fun with your pregnant belly! You’re still in such great shape :)

    It will be 6 months before I’ve truly raced when I am in Rehoboth. That makes me nervous! I can’t imagine a whole year. I already feel like I forget what it’s like to race.
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  3. I haven’t run a marathon in a year either and my outfit would be ill fitting too. Guess I don’t have an excuse though, oops.

  4. This is the best thing I’ve read all day. I love that you aren’t throwing yourself a pity party and are amped to enjoy the weekend as a cheerleader for Evan. Have a great time!
    Anne Taite´s last post ..Baking Progress: 30 Week Update & House Hunting!

  5. Aww good luck to your hubby!! I spent two weekends in October standing on the sidelines (due to injury) cheering on my husband instead of running. It is hard sometimes but always to fun to watch!
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun´s last post ..Five Things Friday – 11/1/2013

  6. Is Evan doing the Shelburne a Half? If so, then you guys should try and go to Folino’s after. It has AMAZING pizza and is in the same building as Fiddlehead Brewery (not so good for you…)! It is right in Shelburne on 7 so it will most likely be crowded on Sunday, but it’s worth the wait. Have fun spectating!!!

    • YES! Thank you so much for the recommendation – fingers crossed we’ll be able to get in without waiting TOO long. It sounds like the perfect post-race meal (he can appreciate the beer…I’ll just eat all the pizza).

  7. Good luck to Evan! Also good luck cheering him along. Love the pics. You definitely have the pregnancy glow.
    EB @ Running on E´s last post ..Ride Recap: 24 Hours of Booty

  8. Dude, the fact that you still look awesome in those shorts goes to show that you are in fantastic shape for being 8 months along. You’ll be back at it in no time, but I love your attitude about it all! Good luck to Evan this weekend and good luck to you BOTH in a few short weeks! ;)

  9. Wasn’t that the race where you were glad to be wearing black shorts? ;-)

    Your belly is beautiful! You are such a lovely pregnant lady :)
    MILF Runner´s last post ..I’m not feeling very blogalicious right now

  10. You are TOO cute! And yes, you SHOULD post these pictures to the internet because I need something to get me through my Friday afternoon! :)

    Ha, teach me your ways so I can convince my fiancé that running is awesome.
    LindsayOnTheGo´s last post ..2013 Running Gift Ideas

  11. That’s SO funny that you put on your race outfit from last year :) You still look great in it, even with the extra pounds on the front :) Enjoy cheering this weekend!
    Caroline´s last post ..The Day Before Race Day

  12. you look so great!! you are rock that marathon outfit, belly or no belly!!
    Elizabeth´s last post ..Five things Friday!

  13. Your legs seriously do look AMAZING for being 8 months pregnant! You definitely are all belly. :) Good luck to Evan tomorrow!!!
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  14. Haha I love it! And you look great in both!

    And good luck to Evan!!
    Susan – Nurse on the Run´s last post ..tis the day before the 2013 NYC marathon

  15. Haha, I LOVE it! You have the perfect bump and look super adorable.

    I promise that you will return to racing and do just as well — if not better — than you did before. Seriously, running through pregnancy is the best thing you can do for postpartum Lauren — and you’ve done it so well. I can’t wait to hear about your first run back. You’ll feel SO light and once you get back in shape, you’ll fly.

    I hope Evan did well!
    Jen´s last post ..Pregnancy update: week 16 and it’s a…?

  16. You are adorable!! Haha, I love that you put on the outfit. Awesome :)
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)´s last post ..Weekend Overview and This Week’s Menu

  17. I LOVE this!!! Now we are all in suspense though!! How did it go for him?? Is he hooked???
    Corey´s last post ..It’s Getting Real: NYC Thoughts & Goals

  18. Eeek! I LOVE these pictures! Isnt it AMAZING how much the body changes? You look great regardless, it’s so interesting how differently (ie lower) I’m carrying. These last few weeks will fly, trust me. ENJOY THEM!
    Abbey´s last post ..Confessions of a Pregnant Woman

  19. Hahah! I love these pictures!!!
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