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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.


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.



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!!


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.


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. 🙂 Chase’s first race done! Her with the finisher’s medal.


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



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





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. 😀

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

Rob and I – 2003



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


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.


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

After the ceremony, Chase is asleep.

We had family over for the occasion, including uncle Drew!


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

Team Throwdown – 2010

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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!!