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2013 We Care Twin Cities – 10K – 1:01:30

Race Takeaway: Sometimes a downgrade is an upgrade.

Saturday morning was the We Care Twin Cities 10K and Half Marathon. As I talked about in my race post for the 5K the night before, Drew and I downgraded from the Half Marathon to the 10K. This turned out to be the best option because that meant that we could all run together as our wolf pack. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chase was doing well and we got up with no issues and were out the door in plenty of time to get parked and wait for our race. The race start is at Eastview Church, which is so nice because we are able to use the facilities there and hang out. We got to see some of our fellow running friends and catch up about racing. It was so nice to see Anand, Kerry, and more. I hope you all had a great race!

The weather was perfect, light breeze and just about 60 degrees.

10K Race Start

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I was expecting based on my time at Eureka Heart House 10K the weekend before that with those hills I could easily run this course, which is relatively flat at the same pace or better, but I was wrong. My legs felt DEAD. I couldn’t get my pace up so we hovered around 9:15-9:30s. It was disappointing that one of the race volunteers wasn’t paying attention and you could see that she let a large chunk of runners go the wrong direction in Tipton Park. We weren’t sure if this would make their race long or short in the end, but based on friend’s blog posts it sounds like they ended up running long.

By the turn around point, I was wiped. I really struggled through the last 5K. My legs were like lead and I was so exhausted. I think the week had finally caught up with me. I haven’t felt that miserable in a race in a long time. Rob and Drew were so nice and encouraging the whole way. To the point it actually got annoying because I was struggling so much I asked them to stop talking to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry about that! ๐Ÿ™‚ They were very conversational and we knew Drew would easily PR, but I wanted him to run ahead earlier on to gain every second he could. Finally by mile 5 Drew did break away and easily set a new PR with a 1:01, a 2 minute improvement. He wasn’t even hurting at the end so he can easily PR again, great job Drew! I on the other hand was dying the whole way back and came in at 1:01:30. I was really hoping to have a good day out there with perfect weather and a flatter course, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still I’m happy that I we were able to be out and Chase slept the whole way again.

Stats:

1:01:30

9:55 Pace

Overall: 80/169

F: 40/110

F 35-39: 8/25


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2013 We Care Twin Cities – 5K – 25:42

Race Takeaway: Setting a healthy family example is such a wonderful responsibility.

The We Care Twin Cities race weekend includes a 5K Friday night and 10K and Half Marathon Saturday morning.

This race weekend almost didn’t happen for us. Chase was sick with hand/foot/mouth all week. She had just a couple spots and it never spread worse, thank goodness. But it was clear she was not herself and wanted to be held constantly day and night. It made for a very long week, which included me sleeping sitting up for 6 days straight. Needless to say I was drained. We just took each day as it was and decided if Chase wasn’t feeling well we wouldn’t be running. Thursday her spots were gone and she seemed to be getting back to herself. By Friday morning she seemed back to good and we took her to daycare to see how she did for the day. She had a really good day so we figured we would give the racing a try. However, I was signed up for the half marathon and so was Drew. We decided that we would downgrade our races to the 10K and all run together instead.

Friday’s packet pickup was at GE Park with the Kids Fun Run and 5K on the Constitution Trail. Packet pick up was easy and quick. This race revolves around energy management and environmentally friendly choices. Which meant that the race would also look for improvements, including having trophies from recycled/donated awards from any sport.

Also, the We Care Twin Cities races would have theย Hydrapouch for water stops, instead of cups.

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I’m all for environmentally friendly opportunities, but I’m not yet sold on these as a viable solution. Each runner received one in their race packet. I haven’t looked into the carbon footprint to make one of these, but it just seems that this versus paper cups that this would be less friendly if you don’t use this for more than one race. I can’t imagine how many of these will get tossed in the trash and never used. Also, this is a self serve option, which seems depending on the size of the race would make for congested water stops. While that was not the case during our races, we brought our own water since we had the stroller to stow it in.

So my question to you is, have you used these before in a race? What do you think? Why do you love them or hate them? Do you think these will become more popular at races?

So back to the 5K….as I was saying packet pickup was a breeze and we waited for our race to start at 6pm by watching the kids fun run. It was so awesome to witness all these families out with their children encouraging a healthy lifestyle of running. We got to see some of our friends with all of their kids and it’s just a fun site to see the whole family taking part. It’s going to be so fun to see Chase running in these races and getting her medal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Us before the race that I posted on twitter.

The 5K was a small field of people and we were the only stroller. We started in the very back. It proved challenging because the path of the Constitution Trail isn’t wide enough for even the smallest race, so it gets congested easily. We carefully passed people when possible and finally got out in the open to set our own pace by Mile 1. The course winds through Tipton Park, which has sometimes caused race path direction confusion (more on that for Saturday’s race), but they had this course well marked with volunteers pointing the way.

It was a perfect night for running and we really enjoyed this race. I pushed as hard as I could, even though I hadn’t been running and was so exhausted from the past week. I was able to fight through it and come out with 25:42, which was an improvement on my previous post-baby 5Ks and good enough for 1st in my age group and 3rd in Rob’s age group.

Again, Chase slept the whole way while running. I think she really enjoys our running time. She usually looks mesmerized by the trees, sky, and breeze and then peacefully closes her eyes and starts to snooze. ๐Ÿ™‚

We didn’t stick around for awards though. We haven’t done an evening race with Chase before and it was definitely getting close to her bedtime. So we got her home, fed, and ready for bed.

Stats:

25:42

8:17 Pace

Overall: 15/76

F: 5/44

F 35-39: 1/7


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2013 Eureka Heart House – 10K – 58:20

Race Takeaway: Hills zap me, but at least I’m out moving.

This morning was the Heart House 2 Mile Walk / 4 Mile Race/ and 10K Race in Eureka, IL. It was low 50s, sunny, but breezy.

Racing with a baby has changed my approach to race morning. Before Chase I would make sure we were up and hustling to get ready so that we would get to the race with more than enough time. I would stress if we aren’t at a race at least an hour ahead. I want to know that we have enough time to park, register or pick up our packet, get extra warm up clothes off, bibs on, and a warm up with time to spare. Now that’s all changed.

Rob and I still move with focus and hustle in the morning, but the X factor is how is Chase feeling. And Rob and I are both okay with whatever happens. In the case of this morning Chase was extra hungry and took her time eating. Plus she pooped three times (it happens), which meant lots of changes before getting her all bundled up for the race. We weren’t stressed at all. We were like “hey if she doesn’t seem happy we won’t go”, and she was a totally happy baby. And when we got out the door very late, we figured “hey maybe we will just have a nice drive and go out for a run somewhere”.

Turns out we made it there with about 15 minutes, which was just enough time to get ourselves registered and Chase ready.

Chase was super snuggy warm with her pumpkin hat, long sleeved onesie, cardigan, pants, two pair of socks, and two blankets. She probably doesn’t need all of that, but we would rather go over board bundling her up because it’s always easy to remove a layer. ๐Ÿ™‚

We decided this race Rob would still push Chase and we would each run our own pace. Rob would take it easy on any turns or bumpy road conditions.

This race is HILLY. I’ve never been good with hills, even in my best shape so this was a butt kick for me today. I only passed Rob and Chase briefly at mile 2 where it was gravel, Rob was walking to make sure it wasn’t too bumpy for Chase. He then got past me before mile 3. I managed to keep my pace under 9 minute miles for the first three miles, but I was zapped by the hills and just survived the rest of the way. I just told myself it was good to be out and moving no matter what to be a good example to Chase. After mile 4 it was awesome to be able to see in the distance Rob ahead on the course pushing the stroller and picking up speed. There is no way I could have survived with pushing the stroller on this course, I’m so glad Rob was happy to do it. Chase slept the whole way too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rob and Chase finished in 52:30 and I was done at 58:20.

I nursed Chase afterward in the back of the car and Rob went to check the results.ย This was a very small field so Rob and I both got 2nd in our Age Groups.

Us with our finisher medals and Chase. Chase was ready to go and we headed out.

2013 Eureka Heart House 10K

Stats:

58:20

9:25 Pace


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2013 Morton Pumpkin Festival – 10K – 56:59

Race Takeaway: First race as a family felt amazing!

This morning was our first race as a family, the Morton Pumpkin Festival 10K. It was a chilly 50 degrees when we left for the race so we made sure Chase was bundled up, including wearing her new pumpkin hat.

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This festival is quite big so we always make sure to get there early due to parking. We got there and parked with no issues.

Chase all bundled up.

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While picking up our race packets I got to meet Michelle. Thank you Michelle for saying hi and reading my blog! So nice to meet you!!

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We waited around for the race to start, but it was delayed by 30 minutes due to a car accident on the route. Luckily Chase napped the whole time.

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Once the race got going we took our time weaving the stroller through the crowd. We took the course wide and stayed on the outside to make sure we were not in the way. Rob let me set the pace so I tried to gauge my effort knowing we had miles to go. It was awesome having runners comment on how cute Chase is. Plus they were impressed with me being out racing. It felt good to have people saying “go mama” and “good job”.

Time passed by quickly and before we knew it we were back in 56:59. Chase slept the whole way. ๐Ÿ™‚ Chase’s first race done! Her with the finisher’s medal.

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After the race I met another reader, Tim. So nice to meet you Tim! I hope your race went well today!

Stats:

56:59

9:22 Pace

Past race performances:

2012 – Morton Pumpkin Festival – 10K – 46:45

2008 – Morton Pumpkin Festival – 10K – 1:00:42

2007 – Morton Pumpkin Festival – 10K – 1:00:55


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Chase 3 Months Old – And a Special Occasion

Chase is now 3 months (13 weeks) old!! It’s amazing to see the changes in her every day, she’s growing up so fast!

3 Month Photos

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Purple Dress – Target, Headband – Etsy Store: my2lilpixies

3 Month – Baby Milestones

Chase is still improving with her head control. She’s getting so close to being able to hold her head up. She’s also continuing to get better leg and arm control. This month it’s been fun to see her genuine smile and excitement to see us, it’s just heart melting! Plus she’s starting to laugh at things she finds funny (like just lightly tickling her or kissing her hands). Her laugh is one of the best sounds I’ve ever heard. ๐Ÿ˜€

Chase was baptized on Sunday, September 8th at the church where we got married, which made it so special.

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Chase’s big day. Ready to head to church.

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This was Chase’s first church service. It was when she normally takes a nap, but the singing and organ music kept her awake. Chase’s baptism was in the middle of the service so Rob and I were on pins and needles wondering if she would last until then without freaking out and crying. Also, we were worried about an explosive poop before or during the ceremony. Luckily she wasn’t upset by her new surroundings and enjoyed sitting in her car seat with her wubbanub giraffe.

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She was totally calm during the actual baptism and we made it through with no tears!

After the ceremony, Chase is asleep.
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We had family over for the occasion, including uncle Drew!

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This fall we our wolf pack (Rob, me, and Drew) will be out racing with our newest member, wolf cub Chase. ๐Ÿ™‚ Team Throwdown will need a onesie for Chase and a new team picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

Team Throwdown – 2010

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Workouts

Speaking of running, my workouts are still hit and miss since they greatly depend on Chase’s sleep and breastfeeding needs. I’m still barely keeping up with her in milk supply so we haven’t supplemented with formula yet. Even if we have to eventually I will still be breastfeeding as long as I can.

As for sleep, Chase’s sleep is good for a few nights (up 2-3 times in the night) and then awful for a few nights (up off and on all night long, wanting to be held the whole time), which makes morning running difficult. I’ve been zapped of energy between the lack of sleep, work, and breastfeeding that working out only happens when a small window of opportunity arrises. Luckily the weather is finally mild again so most evenings Rob, Chase, and I should be able to go out for a run again. I love fall weather! It will be so nice to be out as a family running. While I’m not in any sort of shape, I’m still planning to run (and die) at some upcoming races. I figured it’s better to be out. I love running so much that I will have fun even when I’m dying from my lack of stamina.

More on that soon!!