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Participants 41095A (me) and 41095B (you!)

Tough Mother, Tough Baby

™_shirtDad and I had registered for this June 1st Tough Mudder before we found out that I was pregnant. Rather than trying to transfer the registration, we planned on me running it as long as it was safe to do so. Since the pregnancy has been easy so far, I have been able to continue working out and running up until this point and so, at 28 weeks, I felt great going into it…slow, but otherwise great! When I had asked about running longer distances, the midwives at the Birth Center were thrilled that I was still staying active and reassured me that it is fine to continue running as long as I feel ok. In fact, one of them told me that the best thing I can do now is to stay in shape because I am training for the hardest work of my life (she was not referring to the Mudder, though…pretty sure she was referring to getting you out!)

IMG_4451Dad ran with some great friends who you will get to know very soon. And your Aunt Jenna was nice enough to run with me (sometimes walk with me…there were lots of hills, which was seriously tough). Jenna did all of the obstacles and made them look easy! She was awesome. Your Dad is so handsome in his Mudder gear – look at him! What a stud. You are going to be so handsome too.

IMG_4450I got some funny comments along the 10.5 mile route…lots of high fives and encouragement and the occasional, “I heard about you” and even a few expletives about me being the toughest something or another on the course. HAHA! My favorite, though, was the guy who commented, “That baby better be one tough kid!” Of course, I took that opportunity to respond, “Yeah, if he comes out and ends up being wimpy, I’m blaming it on his Dad.” In all seriousness, you know I want you to be exactly like your Dad. But I had to say it.

IMG_4498We ended up finishing in about 3.5 hours. Not too shabby, kid. Check that one off the list.

  • 1. Hike Angel’s Landing
  • 2. Run a Tough Mudder
  • 3. Do These Things Prior to Being Born

Now seriously…don’t come out wimpy or I won’t know what to do with you!


5 thoughts on “Participants 41095A (me) and 41095B (you!)

  1. Shirley

    17 Jun on 2013 at 6:12 am

    Hi Katie! I love reading your notes to little Denny! What a blessing it will be (for him & you!!) to look back on! (You are such a good writer!) S.

    • Katie R. Dennstaedt

      06 Jul on 2013 at 12:29 am

      Thanks! I am enjoying keeping a little journal of the pregnancy journey…now if I could just be committed to writing once a week! Oh well, I guess whatever I have is better than nothing. I do hope that he will be able to look back and enjoy it someday.

  2. Christina M.

    27 Jul on 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Great job! I’m doing TM in Oct and just found out I am preggo. I still wanna run. Not to be selfish but I’ve trained to hard to not to… I would be 16 weeks. Out of curiosity were there any obstacles you skipped?

    • Katie R. Dennstaedt

      28 Jul on 2013 at 1:06 am

      Oh, that’s exciting! I actually did skip almost all of the obstacles this time around as so many of them require impact, lifting, crawling, etc. When I talked to my midwives about doing the run, they felt that if I still felt good running 10 miles by the time the event came around, that it would be fine for me to do the running part. But we all agreed that the obstacles could wait for the next time. With that being said, there were 2 obstacles that I did end up doing b/c they were basically short swims and it felt amazing to get in the water! October should be nice and cool, though. But just be careful! Running should be totally fine, but personally, I didn’t feel it was worth the risk of trying to do the other stuff. But, of course, that means I will have to get back for another FULL tough mudder experience sometime in my non-pregnant future 😉 CONGRATS and good luck with your training!

  3. Christina M.

    28 Jul on 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks so much! I totally plan on doing it and skipping some things. I ran 12 miles yesterday so I think I’ll be good. We will have to wait and see how it all plays out. One way or another ill do the full deal in 2014. Funny part is I was preggo last week when I did the savage race and didn’t even know yet.

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