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Heart House – 4 Mile – 27:16

Today’s race has rolling hills for the first and last mile. It was a pretty day, but quite windy.

Since our guest speaking at Catch the Wave I’ve received a very nice email and then today I was stopped after getting our packet by a woman who also saw us speak and said how much she enjoyed it. 🙂 Then during the race the best part was on the turn around and so many people were saying “Go Christine”, “Go 56 (my bib number)”. It made me so happy! Rob said that he had the same thing happen to him. 🙂

Rob got a PR with 25:52 and was 3rd in his Age Group!

I ended up 3rd female and 1st in my Age Group, plus a new PR to boot!

My new time of 27:16 beat my previous 4M PR of 27:39 from November 2009 and my time on this same course in 2009 was 32:49.

After our race we headed out with some fellow runners and did a cool down running on the opposite side of the course which meant we got the chance to say “good job” back to runners coming in. I saw a lady who was working hard and caught her eye to see she was struggling a bit and I asked if she wanted company and could I run in with her. She said yes and I asked her if she had run this course before and she said it was her first race ever. She took intermittent walk breaks and was worried that she would be last in. I assured her that 1) she was not last and 2) there is no last person in this race, last place is for the people sitting at home not doing anything today. I told her how awesome it was she was doing this and how I was exactly where she is three years ago. She got a little sick and tried to apologize and I said “sorry” should be a curse word in running, “please don’t say sorry”. I told her that getting sick is like a badge of honor, and all runners do it eventually,  it means you are pushing yourself hard. I told her if she gets sick in the finish chute to not worry, that she gets cool points for it. We get close to the finish and I said to push all she had left as hard as she could and she could rest for the rest of the day. She did just that and I grabbed her a water and met her at the end of the chute, had her look back at all the people still finishing, and said how you feel right now is how all of us feel regardless of our pace, it’s hard work out there! I introduced myself and gave her a hug. Then her friends and family showed up to congratulate her and I said “she did it!” and told her I hope to see her at more races and left her to celebrate and relax.



6:49 Pace

F 30-34: 1/10

F: 3/?

Overall: 22/184


IL Marathon Training: Week 8 Day 5

Today I ended up having to go into work for the morning, then off to run errands and then I ran 9 Miles Recovery outside. It was originally supposed to be a General Aerobic run, but my right foot felt tight so I made it a recovery run instead and took it easy. It was such an enjoyable run and good thing I was taking it easy because it was SUPER windy out. 🙂 Later on we went out to dinner with our friends Mary and Steve. As usual it was a very nice time! 😀


IL Marathon Training: Week 8 Day 4

What a week! It flew by!!

So Monday I did 9 Miles Easy on the Exercise Bike followed by some random strengthening exercises.

Tuesday we had an awesome opportunity to speak to our local running clubs training program for a local race. The group is called “Catch The Wave” and it gets together weekly for a few months to help provide people pace groups to do training runs with and share running information. Rob and I were asked to come and speak to the group on our experience of losing over 100lbs collectively with our training and nutrition changes (I’ve lost 48lbs and Rob has lost 65lbs). It was a bit of an off the cuff speech where we went over how we went from zero running experience to completing multiple marathons and I BQed. I was so psyched to share our story. I do need to sit down and write it out and make a page for it on the blog. One of my favorite parts was getting to say that people shouldn’t worry about saying they are not a runner or a marathoner because I used to say those same things and it’s surprising what can be accomplished incrementally over time. And if you aren’t sure about a marathon, what’s the worst that’s going to happen? You get picked up by the SAG wagon? So what, you still get a story out of the situation. I did have another thought that I forgot to say there because there was so much to cover so I’ll say it now in case anyone who hasn’t raced or raced a longer distance reads this blog.

I guarantee with every finish line you cross you will leave with a new experience and a new lesson. Aren’t you curious to know what it is? I know I am!

After our 15 min speech we got to run with one of the pace groups and I got to hang out with one of our friends. I was so excited to get to spend some time with her. I got in 3.08 Miles Recovery. It would have been about 5 Miles had I remembered to start my Garmin after the water and stretching breaks, but oh well no worries.

Wednesday was 11 Miles VO2 Max W/6 X 100M Strides at 5K Race Pace. And tonight was 15 Miles Med-Long.


IL Marathon Training: Week 7 Complete

What a great and exhausting week!

First here is the weekly mileage run down:

M: Rest

T: 5 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 38:59, 7:48 Pace)

W: Rest

R: 11 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:25:14, 7:45 Pace)

F: 6.26 Miles Recovery W/6 X 100M Strides (‘Hood, 46:32, 7:27 Pace)

Sa: 5 Miles Recovery (Treamdill, 1% Incline 41:12, 8:15 Pace), Planks and Wall Sit

Su: 13.1 Miles Race (Go! St. Louis Half Marathon, 1:36:50, 7:24 Pace, 7th Age Group)

Total: 40.36 Miles

After the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon it was time to throw down on the BEST BBQ we have ever had! Pappy’s Smokehouse!!!

The smoker outside on the street.

This place is usually a 2 hour minimum wait. Luckily we got there within the first 15 minutes of opening and had to wait about 20 minutes. After we were done the line was out the door and down the hall. This place usually doesn’t even stay open until close because they sell out of everything before then.

This amazing mecca of BBQ is covered in famous people’s autographs and photos including folks like Willie Nelson. One of the visitors putting this place on the map is Man vs. Food Adam Richman who now has a menu item in his name called “The Adam Bomb”. This menu choice is no joke: One full slab, a beef sandwich, pork sandwich, 1/4 chicken, 4 side orders, and frito pie with hot links. Yes, he ate it all.

Pappy’s is a Memphis style BBQ. Their motto: “The sauce is on the side because we got nothin to hide.”

My ginormous rib platter choice was in the making since August of 2009. I told Rob that I wanted to eat some really good ribs since I rarely have them. We had planned to fly to Lambert’s but the airport has had their runway closed for repairs and then timed passed and I have been waiting for the appropriate time to throw down on some ribs and today was the day. What perfect ribs to wait for! They were seasoned unlike no other and I used very little BBQ sauce on the side because they were amazing with the dry rub. Also, they had the best sweet potatoe fries I’ve ever had, they were made with brown sugar, yum! I had never had fried corn on the cob before so I gave it a couple bites and decided although it’s not bad I needed to save the space for the amazing BBQ ribs instead. 🙂

Rob’s platter was beef brisket and pulled pork and was equally satisfied with his choice.

After the marathon of eating we had a good food coma nap and then headed to City Museum. This place is an interactive art playground with fun for all ages and they serve alcohol.

I put the wrestling moves on this same sumo statue back in 2008, this was round two. 🙂

One of the many slides.

Down the hatch!

Inside one of the buses that’s suspended. Rob makes a good angry bus driver. 🙂

Taking a break.

Every square inch of City Museum is covered in art and materials that have all been reused. Even the pillars in the cafe had tiny old toys in them.

There are petrified trees you can climb through.

Once again we never saw everything at City Museum so we will definitely be back!

A blurry picture of my lighter dinner at the hotel, cobb salad with no cheese, no bacon, no dressing.


2010 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon – 1:36:50

About ready to go, just need a ponytail.

This race logistically is so easy. The event starts just a couple blocks from our hotel. It was 51 degrees and a light breeze. This course was not flat. I’m looking forward to IL Marathon for less incline. The course loops around Budweiser Brewery and the smell of hops was very nice.

Coming back the crowds are so nice and encouraging. They were shouting out our names since they are printed on our bibs, which is a lot of fun. I got a lot of women shouting at me “cute shoes!” throughout the course and the guys around me would look at me funny, but I would shout back “thanks!!”. Got to love the pink Lunaracers! 😀 At one point these ladies around mile 8 shouted “cute shoes” and the guy next to me said “I doubt they were talking to me.” and I said, “Hard to say, you may want to consider some pink shoes though to make certain”. 🙂

Up next was the run by Pappy’s Smokehouse and it smelled amazing because they were smoking up the meat. It’s a very delicious and brutal smell when there is a race to finish first. I thought “I will be back Pappy’s!!”.

Just before Mile 10 I got to see Rob on the turn around and shout “Go Baby! Shake ‘N Bake!”. 🙂

I felt great the whole race and that I’m getting stronger with my pacing even with the hills.

Rob and I both PRed!

Rob finished in 1:33:58!! 

I was 1:36:50 which was 7th in my Age Group!

My previous HM time was 1:51:51 so this is a great sign that things are progressing!

Medal up close.

Now it’s time to get cleaned up to have some Pappy’s Smokehouse and fill up on an insane amount of BBQ! I’ll update this post with more pictures soon. Thanks for all the well wishes!



7:24 Pace

F 30-34: 7/1,122

F: 42/6,820

Overall: 247/10,703