Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Weeks 3 & 4, Cycle Four

We’re a little under two weeks from a big sea change here; I’ll either be miraculously pregnant, or I’ll be training for Burning River.  The biggest change this week has been the shift in my mindset; I feel as if I’ve turned the corner from hoping and praying and moved on to envisioning a day at Burning River.  In many ways, I feel as if I’m just waiting out these more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 2, Cycle Three

This week was still a mixed bag in Clove-land.  I had some really fantastic experiences that I’m fired up about, but I also had some difficult stuff going on that really caused some emotional turmoil.  The treatment cycle has kind of gotten buried beneath all of that, but perhaps that’s a mixed blessing too.I was due to pace the 5:00 group at the Eugene Marathon, and it ended up fitting into more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 1, Cycle Three

I can’t bring myself to any build-up or false expressions of hope right now.  Cycle Two was unsuccessful and we are not pregnant.  In light of the events I witnessed in Boston this week, this is the least of my concerns.  I would love to tell our readers, and perhaps even myself, that I am still disappointed, but in the more than three years we have been trying to conceive, I more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 4, Cycle Two

This particular week started icky, got way better, and then went back down the tubes with a wicked bout of PMS on Friday.  And when I say wicked, I mean wicked.  It was the kind of PMS where you know you’re being a (rhymes with witch), but no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to stop yourself.  And the carbs – oh, the carbs.  When I wasn’t thinking more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 3, Cycle Two

I realize that my week 3 log and report is coming directly on the heels of week two, but there was a lot going on in week two – and immediately thereafter, when I should have been doing my report. So this week was a bit less eventful – eventually.  It got off to a rough, then rougher start before fading into a more even keel by week’s end.  Running more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 2, Cycle Two

Sheer and utter frustration.  That would sum up this one. Saturday, March 23:  19 easy road miles.  I actually meant to run with my neighborhood group, but was having misgivings since the follicles were growing so slowly.  Kind of felt like I should just be lying on the couch growing follicles.  But then my friend Scott said he was only doing part of the hard run, so that sounded like more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 1, Cycle Two

This week was a mixed bag.  Amazing running in the Death Valley desert, but disappointment at last week’s events and the way cycle two is going.  Just like we promised ourselves that we would treat the first month as a “practice round” so we didn’t get too disappointed, we are now reminding ourselves of how incredibly unlikely it is that we’ll get pregnant two months in a row.  This is more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 4, Cycle One

Grrrrr.  That would sum up this week, though it appears to be on an upswing. As soon as I started feeling better from the symptoms of the hcg shot, I got that cold.  As soon as the cold started to get a bit better, I found out I was going to have to do a “booster” shot of hcg.  The cold got worse again before it got better, I had more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 3, Cycle One

I was hopeful that once we got through the craziness of the weekend, things would slow down a bit.  One of the (few) great things about the hcg shot is that it does mark a one week reprieve from nightly shots, and it’s just nice to get a break from that.  I do, however, do a daily pregnancy test, which is part of a process called “testing out.”  Doctors do more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 2, Cycle One

Heh.  I said I was going to tell you what it was like to balance running and infertility treatments – boy am I ever.  What a fun week. So the big news is that I was supposed to be headed to the airport right now to get a plane out of this icy dodge.  DB and I were headed down to Orlando to run the Princess Half Marathon with Gwen more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 1, Cycle 1

Last week was huge – 110 miles over three runs!!!  Of course, that included the Rocky Raccoon 100.I’m not the best with the training logs, and that’s a hump I really have to get over.  The good news is, I managed to get all of my Burning River 100 training logs on the site, so you can see what it looks like.  But then I fell off of the recovery training more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 11.30.2012

Ye-ouch.  The big news of the week is that I finally succumbed to the lower back pain that’s been bothering me on and off since I started blogging for Salty back in May.  It comes and goes, but after trying everything from stretching to massage to flipping the mattress, etc., I can no longer ignore the fact that things consistently get very ugly past 17 or so miles.  It’s nothing more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 11.23.2012

Mileage continued to climb for me this week, with two weeks left until I peak out at 100 for the first time.  I’ve often said that the first two weeks and the last two weeks of 100-mile training are the hardest, excluding the taper.  I’m definitely re-adjusting to the fatigue, but the best part was feeling my metabolism kick into first gear early last week.  This week wasn’t too terribly more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 11.16.2012

As foretold, training for the Rocky Raccoon 100 officially began this week.  Wow.  I had forgotten what that feels like.  Though my mileage is on a slow build back to the 90’s and 100’s, I still crammed my miles into five days this week so I could bookend with rest days on Monday and Friday.  I’ve been dealing with a little bit of low back pain and a tight left more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 11.9.2012

As many who follow the site and I know, it’s been a busy (and trying) couple of months for me.  Believe it or not, I do have most of my weekly training mileage written down, and rather than junk up the site with a bunch of delinquent training logs, I’m going to do a full entry on post-100 running and recovery.  So for the time being, we’ll pick up where more » Read more