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A lot of my life involves pictures.  Pictures I take of Ivy.  Family selfies of me, Ryan, Ivy and Owen Otter.  Pictures to publicize races and events.  And pictures others take of me.  A few weeks ago, we had our #OwenOtter fundraiser at the Hooker Brewery.  The event was a huge success and we raised …
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14weeks5

When I woke up on Monday morning (actually when I woke up for the second time — Ivy was up at 1:30 a.m. but I didn’t check my email during that particular late night frolic) I found the following note from my coach in my Training Peaks account: Did I read that correctly?  Fourteen weeks …
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As many of you know, Ryan is racing Ironman Lake Placid and raising $10,000 for the Adirondack Medical Center in honor of #OwenOtter.  So far, we’ve surpassed $1,500 in donations, but there’s a long way to go.  We’re holding a fundraiser at the Hooker Brewery on March 18, 2017 (tickets are $25 when purchased online and …
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In the circles I frequent (especially the ones on social media) there are lots of new mommas, especially new mommas who happen to be runners and triathletes.  A pretty frequent topic of conversation has been “what will running be like post-partum” and “what doctors and health care professionals don’t tell you.”  While there are lots …
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  While I’ve been back at work since Thanksgiving, I was lucky to avoid travel for the last two months.  My luck changed this past week and I needed to travel to Tulsa for a case.  Traveling for work is not new.  In 2016 while pregnant, I travelled a total of 37 days (right through …
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ivy-run

As I sit here, I’ve officially been back to work for almost four weeks after a fourteen week maternity leave.  Our fourth trimester went by incredibly fast and its hard to believe its almost the end of 2016.  Pretty much everything in the last year has been an adjustment — being pregnant, giving birth, staying home with Ivy …
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oiselle9

One of the difficulties I’ve faced training post-pregnancy is that nothing fits me (carrying an extra 40 lbs will do that to you). Although some of my pre-pregnancy workout gear is stretchy enough to remain in use, I’ve had to purchase a fairly extensive exercise wardrobe in the last few weeks.  While its been on …
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food9

I try really hard to keep a positive (or at least productive) attitude even though I find it very easy to be self deprecating, especially when it comes to body composition and, in turn, food. Despite an almost complete and total meltdown related to the fact that I haven’t lost any weight since I was …
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  This week marks my “official” return to training and eventually racing.  The plan this week (its exciting to have a plan loaded into Training Peaks) is to do about three total hours of swimming, biking and running coupled with lots of core work.  As awesome as it would be to trust myself to write …
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fat5

Yesterday I was cleared to begin training again by my OB.  I would love to report that I’m in good shape and rearing to go, but unfortunately there’s an 800 lb gorilla in the room — the amount of weight I gained trying to get pregnant and during my pregnancy.  In September of 2015 when I …
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