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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. 🙂


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


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. 🙂 Sorry about that! 🙂 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.



9:55 Pace

Overall: 80/169

F: 40/110

F 35-39: 8/25


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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 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



9:25 Pace


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


2013 IL Marathon Weekend – 8.5 Months Pregnant

This weekend was the IL Marathon events in Champaign, IL. This event has evolved and improved over the years.

For my past reports on this race you can view those here:

2012 – IL Marathon – 3:46:03

2012 – IL Marathon – 5K – 23:32

2010 – IL Marathon – 3:25:05

2010 – IL Marathon Expo

2009 – IL Half Marathon – 1:57:19

2009 – IL Marathon Expo

Over the years the IL Marathon has added a 5K option on Friday night. If you complete the 5K and then one of the other races Saturday (10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon) you get either a Mini-I Challenge, Half I-Challenge, or Full I-Challenge medal as well.

This year being 8.5 months pregnant I would be tentatively participating by walking the 5K and 10K if I was feeling up to it. Last year we ran the 5K at an easy pace before our marathons. This time Rob would be walking with me. The 5K has 6,000 participants and is very crowded. It’s a relaxed environment and it appears that running strollers may be allowed to (always check first though). It’s a great way to get into running if you haven’t raced a 5K before because it’s a casual environment. If you are a seasoned racer, just expect for this to be more about a casual pre-event to Saturday.

The 5K started at 7:30pm and I wish I would have brought my jelly ring that has lights in it. This would be a good race to bust out any glow necklaces, etc.


Rob and I walked with a little running mixed in. It was awesome to have so many people cheering “Go pregnant lady!” and “Go Mama!”.

I have to say being pregnant and staying active has really changed my outlook on running. I used to focus more on my running times and the race aspect of it all. Being forced to slow down has allowed me to enjoy the environment and appreciate the running community in a way I hadn’t before. Seeing so many different people: ages, weight, health conditions toughing it out. I always enjoyed seeing people out working hard, but now I was witnessing it mid-race and it is awesome! I said to Rob, “this confirms for me there will NEVER be an excuse or reason to not be out running a race”. Okay the only reason would be a doctor saying ‘no’, but that would be the only reason. The people around us were doing it and it reaffirmed for me that this is something I want to do forever.

We finished in 44:22 (14:17 pace).



2013 IL Marathon 5K Medal


Saturday morning was perfect race weather: low 50s, no wind (later it got up to 8mph), a little overcast. We were up at 3:30am and got on the road about 4:30am. We were parked and settled before 5:30am and got to catch up with some of our friends that were also running.


Rob in corral A. The marathon and half marathon started at 7:00am with the 10K starting at 7:40am.


I got to walk with my friend Jaime. Rob and I both had our phones in case anything came up with me and the baby. Jaime and I walked very casually and time flew as we just girl talked the whole way. Again, I got lots of encouragement from people along the way for being out active while being pregnant. We decided to count how many people said something along the way and I think we came up with 22 compliments. 🙂

I was expecting to need to stop a few times for the bathroom, but actually I felt fine and made it the whole way without any pit stops. The funniest thing that happened on our walk was that about .5 mile to the finish. This older lady in the run/walk lit up a cigarette and was smoking while walking! We couldn’t believe it! Then she started to pick up her pace and I was like “oh hell no, we have to pass this lady”. So we picked up our pace and ran into the finish to get away from this lady and also because it’s fun to run into the finish of Memorial Stadium on the 50 yard line.

All done 1:44:05 (16:45 pace). Me with my 10K medal and Mini-I Challenge medal.


Rob texted me while running the marathon, which I immediately knew if he is texting, it’s not going well for him. He had leg cramping earlier into the race and was just toughing it out to finish. He finished in 4:07:38 (9:27 pace) and got his 11th marathon completed.

Rob with his Full Marathon medal and Full I-Challenge medal.


A successful IL Marathon weekend for us. We got out there and are keeping active!


2013 IL Marathon Mini-I Challenge, 10K, and 5K medals.


Me with my medals.


We all hope that those of you that were out at the IL Marathon weekend had a great time!


Week 18 and I-Challenge

We are past week 18 and it’s not too much longer know until we know what we are having!

Here are some outfits from the week:


Purple Sweater – Liz Lange Maternity (Target, on sale for $10!), Black denim skinny jeans – A&G

Angelfish Slip-On Boat Shoe in Black/Houndstooth – Sperry


Black Studded Pintucked Pleated Top – Forever 21, Black Skinny Jeans – Heidi Klum Maternity

Black Caroline Wedges – Tory Burch


Red Flowy Gorgette Top – Forever 21, Black tank underneath – Ann Taylor Loft

Black faux leather paneled leggings – Topshop Maternity, Black Caroline Wedges – Tory Burch

And I got Bellybuds! These are little speakers that use a tacky substance to stick to your belly and safely play music to your baby. Plus you can listen along using the splitter or use a microphone if you have one, to talk to your baby. Rob and I are making sure baby gets exposed to the classics early: Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer 🙂 Make sure to read the instructions, they recommend no more than an hour a day and the new Belly Buds have a pre/post pregnant setting. Their website says they are looking to make after baby attachments so Bellybuds can be re-used. I will probably just sell them afterward. I would recommend these to a friend or they would make a great gift to someone you know who is pregnant.



In running news, Rob will be running the IL Marathon again this year at the end of Aprile. He will be doing the I-Challenge, which means running the 5K the night before. I hope to be able to “run” or run/walk and complete the Mini I-Challenge which is the 5K (with Rob) and the 10K the next day. I figured even though I’ll be around 7.5 months pregnant it will feel good to be moving around than just standing and waiting for Rob’s race. I will just have to see how I feel that day and also what the weather is like, but for now the plan is to be out and moving around that weekend. 🙂

Some runs have been better than others. I’ve had easy and light as air feeling running 5 miles and then the next time I struggle through a .5 mile and need to walk. When my running isn’t going well it feels like tightness in the lower abdomen so I ordered a belly band to try with running. When it gets here I’ll post on if it seems to help with that feeling.

I’ve also tried out a prenatal yoga class in town. It’s an hour and half class, but the first half hour is more for the mothers to be to share their experiences and learn from each other. The hour of yoga work is very light and so far has focused on breathing, balance, hip openers, lower back, and then anything that the class wants to add that day. It’s nice to mix up from a yoga DVD and get out to a class. A class is able offer many more modification options being pregnant, plus you get the comradere of others going through the same thing.

Tuesday (1/1):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 46:23, 9:17 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga DVD – 20 Minutes

Wednesday (1/2):

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 28:25, 9:29 Pace)

Thursday (1/3) – Friday (1/4):


Saturday (1/5):

2 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 18:45, 9:23 Pace)

1 Mile Walk (Treadmill, .5% incline, 14:39 Pace)

Sunday (1/6):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 46:15, 9:15 Pace)

Weights – 10 Minutes

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 20 Miles

Strengthening: 2 Times – 30 Mins

Monday (1/7):

4.5 Miles Easy (Treamill, 42:49, 9:31 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga Class – 1 Hour

Tuesday (1/8):

3.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 30:03, 9:15 Pace)

Wednesday (1/9):


Thursday (1/10):

1.5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 14:19, 9:33 Pace)

1.75 Miles Walk (Treadmill, .5 – 2% incline, 26:59, 15:26 Pace)

Friday (1/11):

3.25 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, 38:28, 11:51 Pace)

Saturday (1/12):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 58:10, 9:42 Pace)

Sunday (1/13):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 58:37, 9:47 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 26.25 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time – 1 Hour

Monday (1/14):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 39:05, 9:47 Pace)

Prenatal Yoga Class – 1 Hour

Tuesday (1/15):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, .5% incline, 39:09, 9:48 Pace)


I’m not sure why I’ve never attempted to make a Mexican Pizza before at home. I made it vegetarian and healthy as possible by whipping it up with these ingredients and steps. It was super yummy and I love how it’s something I can modify really with whatever ingredients I have on hand.

  • First I make a packaged pizza crust according to the directions. This time I used Gluten Free Namaste brand because we have loved it in the past, but something was different this time. The past couple of pizza crusts have come out thinner than the past times we’ve used it and it just didn’t taste as good. I’m not sure if the ingredients or instructions changed, but I think we will trying a new pizza crust brand next time.
  • I layered this pizza with:
    • Vegetarian refried beans
    • A little taco sauce
    • A little salsa
    • Reduced fat shredded mexican cheese
    • Red bell pepper
    • Black olives
  • Then pop back into the oven to bake, according to pizza crust instructions until it’s melted and bubbly
  • Then take it out and I added jalepenos, diced green onion, and then I piped fat free sour cream in a baggie and squeezed it on top.