Hilton Head Vacation

After my Finance II exam last Friday (yes, I lived to tell about it) I picked up the aunt-to-be Sarah from the airport so that we could head out for our annual Hilton Head vacation Saturday morning. We met my parents on the island and Anthony arrived from a work event on Sunday. Sarah also brought along our childhood friend Ava. The entire week’s weather did not disappoint. In fact, normally we save an outlet shopping trip for a rainy day but we had none.

Harbor Town Marina

Harbor Town Marina

The week included hours spent near or in the complex pool and trips to the beach but not much ocean swimming. We often started the day off with a jog followed by either tennis or a bike ride. It’s tradition that we rent beach cruiser bikes all week and we all ride them as often as possible. Inside the Sea Pines planation where our condo is there are sidewalks and trails everywhere so to say it’s bike friendly is an understatement. The beach is 1.5 miles and Harbor Town Marina, where the Heritage golf tournament takes place, is maybe a quarter mile from the front door.

The group in Harbor Town Marina

The group in Harbor Town Marina


This was the first week I truly felt the affects of being 19 weeks pregnant. Last year it was nothing to run six miles then play over an hour of tennis followed by trolling around on bikes later on in the day. My runs were no more than 4 miles (with some walking in there too) and tennis never felt that great. It got hot fairly quickly so I hit some balls with Anthony but not more than 20-30 minutes and only twice. Riding on those big comfy beach cruisers was enjoyable though and that happened multiple times a day! I found myself taking extra shade breaks or spending a lot of time in the pool so as not to overheat. Added fun this year was we brought Anthony’s Jeep and we promptly took off the tops and windows the second we got the island.

One evening we all went out on a sunset catamaran trip out and around Daufuskie Island and like the weather, the sunset was perfection. We saw dolphins and even a manatee inside the harbor before we set sail.

Grandma and Dad to be

Grandma and Dad to be


A and I catamoran

Another tradition includes San Miguel’s on Cinco De Mayo. I think this may be our 5th year in a row visiting this Mexican restaurant and we look forward to it every trip. With queso, fajitas, chips and salsa, quesadillas and burritos no one left with any room to spare. Another favorite is The Black Marlin. Not exaggerating, every dish there is divine including the warm bread pudding a la mode. I would be remiss if I did not mention Hudson’s. My family has been visiting this seafood restaurant since before I was born and it’s also a yearly tradition. I’ve ordered their crab cakes three years in a row now and I think I finally digested my last hush puppy today! Such good eating on this trip!

Post dinner at Hudson's

Post dinner at Hudson’s

By yesterday we were ready to leave the sandy condo and get back home. Sarah flew out of Raleigh so Anthony, Sarah and I headed out of Hilton Head around 9am with plenty of laundry, a good tan and much needed rest.

Running into the second trimester

When we found out we were expecting I was about seven weeks into a pretty demanding, sixteen week marathon training program for the Rock N Roll Raleigh Marathon. Before we even met with our OB for the first ultrasound I knew I wasn’t going to continue marathon training. Although I had finished seventeen, two eighteen and one twenty miler already I knew how much those twenty milers took out of me and with four more to go that just wasn’t happening. I couldn’t grow another human being to best of my abilities while continuing with those super long runs. So with that said I switched to the 1/2 marathon option and decided I would jog, walk, skip my way through it and just enjoy being able to exercise!

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So out with the Tuesday and Thursday speed workouts, replaced by 4-6 miles at whatever pace felt comfortable. Almost immediately I dropped back from 8:30/8:45 pace to 9:30 – 10 minute/mile page. Weekend runs got cut in half and although much slower I’ve continued with anything from 8 – 10 miles on Saturday mornings. I take walk breaks when needed, bring a water bottle on long runs and overall I have felt great.

My doctor was totally fine with me continuing to run as long as it felt comfortable and I scaled back my intensity. She warned as my center of gravity began to shift and my ligaments and joints loosened it may become uncomfortable at which point I’ll switch to the elliptical. Right on time as I have entered my second trimester, I have started noticing the need for a bathroom break as my tummy grows and presses on my bladder. There’s a few routes I can frequent that have a bathroom so that may become the norm as I will only continue to grow!

I’m very much looking forward to this Sunday. Running and the time it allows me to spend with my two running partners is priceless for me (especially working from home). I am so thankful I have felt healthy and strong enough, especially with what could have been a rough first months, to still meet up for a few miles a few days a week. I’m also thankful those running friends don’t mind putting their paces aside and slowing it down for me.

The two Lisa's and I

The two Lisa’s and I

Sunday will be my last long run until after baby but for a few of those 13.1 miles I will be able to run with my college roommate, Amanda, with whom I did the Richmond marathon a few years ago. She is doing the full but the first seven miles we can run together before my turn around.

I’ll be sure to recap out fun weekend after Sunday’s race!