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2014 Run Galesburg Run – 5K – 27:26

Race takeaway: Running with a stroller is hard work! 

Sunday Rob and Drew ran the Run Galesburg Run Half Marathon and Chase and I ran the 5K. This would be my first time pushing Chase in her stroller in a race. All of our past races with Chase Rob has done the pushing. It was a very warm morning, 70 degrees and sunny, and it was only 7am.

Logistically this is an easy race to get to. The start/finish is the same location and we can part in the lot right next to everything.

I forgot to pull Chase’s sunshade up for the picture. At least it provides good coverage!

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Since it’s a smaller race, there are no start corrals and the half marathon and 5K start together. The 1 mile walk begins just a few minutes after that. Strollers were asked to line up in the back so we took our position at the end. Running with a stroller in any race is a challenge. You have to be very mindful to not to clip a runner with your wheels, especially when some runners don’t run a straight line and make sudden movements or go to a dead stop or walk without moving to the side. Also passing people requires taking the outside edge most of the time. Collectively this makes for a slower time because we easily get stuck in pockets of people that are going a different pace and it requires extra maneuvering. This race only half of the road was marked off for the race so it made for congestion in many spots. Regardless I’m just so happy this race allowed the 5K to have strollers.

I was interested in just getting a good workout and not running anyone over or tipping the stroller since this was my first time alone. I wasn’t used to running without full arm movement and it took a lot more upper body strength than I originally anticipated. Chase loved the run the entire way and just quietly took in the view. I kept good distance between me and other runners when I could and then just sped up anytime there was an open pocket of space. At then end it was a total success and we finished in 27:26. The volunteers even gave Chase her own medal. 🙂

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Afterward we waited around and cheered Daddy in. He finished in 1:50:31. Drew ended up having to help a lady that went down on the course. He and another runner made sure she got water and medical attention. He finished in 2:27:17.

2014 Run Galesburg Run Finisher’s Medal (it was the same for all the race distances)

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Stats:

27:26

8:50 Pace

Overall: 95/?

F: 35/260

F 30-39: 8/67

Previous Race:

2012 Run Galesburg Half Marathon Express – 1:51:03


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2014 IL Marathon Weekend

5K Race Takeaway: Helping a friend reach a PR is so much fun!

Half Marathon Takeaway: Sometimes it’s just about finishing.

IL Marathon weekend started like usual with picking up our packets and running the 5K the night before.

  • Rob and I would be completing the Half I-Challenge by running the 5K Friday night and the Half Marathon Saturday morning.
  • Drew would be doing the Full I-Challenge by running the same 5K and then completing the Full Marathon Saturday.
  • This would be our friend Katie’s second 5K and she was looking to improve her time from her first race. We decided to run together since we were taking it easy and we could help Katie get her PR.

Let’s just say this is the closest we have ever done a packet pickup and I was stressed. 🙂 I normally like to be at race events super early, but this was cutting it WAY too close, we were there just 15 minutes before the expo ended. Whew!

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This year the 5K started on time and we eased our way into the start as the crowd got moving. I talked to Katie when she seemed to need encouragement and I tried to stay quiet when she looked like she was pushing hard and was focused. Rob and Drew ran with us and were enjoying joking around along the way. It was such a fun time running together as a posse.

Katie was able to push herself and take 2 minutes off of her time and finished in 36 minutes. Go Katie!

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BTW….notice that Rob wore the wrong bib number to the 5K? 🙂 A good lesson learned! Anyone else done that before?

Afterward we headed home to get some rest.

The next morning we were up at 3am and on the road by 4:20am. We were way ahead of the 7:00am start and so I was much more relaxed about things than the night before. 🙂 We killed time doing the normal runner routine: put on bib (the correct one Rob!), get fuel into Spibelts, go to the bathroom a 100 times, ask Drew if he is ready about a 100 times. 🙂

The weather was gorgeous, 50s, sunny, and it was going to get quite warm. Beautiful if you are running the half, potentially miserable if you were running the full. Yet we stayed optomistic that it would be a good day for everyone.

Finally it was time to line up and say bye to Katie. Katie hung out at a nearby Starbucks to see us off. In the past the course has come back on the same road so I thought it would be a good opportunity for Katie to see us again around mile 10. Apparently the course had been updated and that was not the case. Whoops! Katie was able to find the course and see Drew one more time around the halfway point and he was looking good!

My race wasn’t going so well. It wasn’t going well from the beginning, which is always a bad sign. The first mile my legs felt dead. Rob was encouraging and said “maybe they will shake out in a couple of miles”. Unfortuantely that never happened. It was just one of those days where I felt like I was dragging my tree trunk legs around. I got to the 10K at 57 minutes. From there things just worse, I was just out of gas and ready to be done. I was off pace and missed my opportunity to be on live TV at mile 10 (info at the bottom of the post). I gave the crew high 5s and trudged on. Around mile 11 Rob was trying to keep me in good spirits and reminding me we were just out to have fun and that we hadn’t been training. I then said “true, and at least I’m not injured, I just have no gas today”. Well those words came back to haunt me at mile 12. I missed seeing a small bump in the road and tripped. One of those slow motion trips and I tried to catch my steps, but after three awkward stumbles I hit the ground on my right hip, scraped both hands and twisted my right ankle. I was flipped over now facing backward, seeing other runners coming up to me asking if I were okay. I laid there saying “go, go, go” and motioning them to keep on running. Rob was said “I’m not leaving you!” and I was like “no, not you, them!”. 🙂 A cop came up and help Rob get me to my feet. I haven’t been injured like this since a training run in 2010.

I think hobbled for what felt like a quarter of a mile. I started to cry from the pain, but mostly because my hands were so bruised I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pick up Chase. I just wanted the race to be over. At least I fell with only a mile to go, but it was hard to be near all the spectators and feel the energy of the finish and be so wounded. I told Rob I wanted to “run” in and so I ran/hobbled as best as I could to the finish. It’s probably worth mentioning that I didn’t care for the half marathon finish that wrapped around the side of the stadium. The surface was different and there were stumps from lights in the ground that would be a tripping hazard for people like me. In the end I finished: 2:12:54

With my injury I plopped down on a couple of bags of ice. I didn’t get our typical finishing pictures.

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Afterward we grabbed some food and Rob went out to meet Drew around mile 23. I found Katie and we waited for the guys to get back. Drew was having an excellent run and was set for a huge PR, but after mile 20 he ran out of gas. The temps got up to 80, I’m sure that didn’t help. That’s part of marathoning though, sometimes it just doesn’t come together. Drew was able to tough it out and finish it: 5:25:17

 Stats:

5K 36:16

11:39 Pace

Half Marathon 2:12:54

10:08 Pace

The medals – 5K, Half Marathon, and Half I-Challenge:

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Previous IL Marathon Posts:

2013 – IL Marathon – 10K – 8.5 Months Pregnant

2013 – IL Marathon – 5K – 8.5 Months Pregnant

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

The Interviews:

For those that know me or have followed my blog for awhile, you may remember last year that the local news of Champaign, IL, Channel 3, covered my story of running while pregnant. Here’s the interview from last year.

They were back to do a follow up story on us now that we have Chase. Here is this year’s interview.


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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 the 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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 Danvers Days – 5K – 27:02

Race Takeaway: I’m not ready for inclines.

Today Drew and I ran the Danvers Days 5K. Rob and Chase were our pit crew. 🙂

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This race is where I have my PR of 19:50 back in 2010. The course has quite a few turns as well as some small hills and inclines. My goal for this race was to improve upon my time from last weeks race. Drew’s goal was to PR. Our plan was to run together for the first 2 miles and then each of us give whatever we have left the rest of the way. We went out and did a warm up of 1.25 miles and then visited with friends before lining up.

Our plan was to hold back the first mile and then kick it up about 15 seconds the second mile. It was hard to hold back and not get pulled into the excitement of the race, but Drew and I kept it in check. We came across the first mile as planned.

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Then the inclines start. I struggle through the first and already by the second my legs feel smoked. Drew pulls away from me just before mile 2 and is looking strong.

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The next set of inclines and struggle through it, unable to catch Drew in front of me. Drew finished in 26:48 and met his goal of a PR by taking of 7 seconds! I finish in 27:02 and didn’t make my goal of improving from last week. I get 2nd in my age group though. I’m bummed I didn’t do better, but I recognize that it’s going to take time. I just hope to still make Chase and Rob proud that I’m trying hard to keep improving.

Brandi and her fiance ran with their 6 month old daughter in her stroller. Brandi got 1st in our age group!

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Great job to Drew and Brandi!!!

And great job to Chase who enjoyed being bundled up and slept the whole time! 🙂

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Stats:

27:02

8:43 Pace

F 35-39: 2/8

Overall: 57/127

2012 Danvers Days – 5K – 21:21

2010 Danvers Days – 5K – 19:50

2009 Danvers Days – 5K – 23:29

2008 Danvers Days – 5K – 27:20


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2013 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 26:56

Race Takeaway: Just get out there and get moving.

Saturday, August 10th I ran my first 5K since giving birth to Chase 8 weeks ago. I was in no way in shape to race so this would be just a chance to get out and have another workout. I’ve been running only when it’s worked with our schedule. Each run ranging from 2 miles to 6 miles, but with no consistency at this point.

My goals were very easy: 1) get in a workout, 2) try to beat my 5K time when I was 7 months pregnant

The weather was perfect, especially for August in Illinois. It was upper 60s / low 70s and sunny.

This was also Chase’s first real outing with the public. 🙂 We didn’t have her out and held or touched by anyone since she still very young. She just hung out in her car seat that we attached to our Mountain Buggy Terrain. Rob and Chase watched me race since Chase’s head/neck strength is still developing and this course would have bumps in it as it crosses a gravel lot.

It was nice to get out and see our friends and catch up on how their racing was going this season.

I got in a 1 mile warm up beforehand. Then I lined up about middle of the group, knowing I wouldn’t be taking off very fast. Still my first mile was faster than I planned and I am still re-learning how to gauge my effort. This race is an out and back and is on a road that is exposed to the sun and it did feel quite hot halfway through.

By mile 2 my legs were smoked and I just held on to finish as strong as I could. It made me realize how hard racing really is! It feels harder than I remember anyways. 🙂

Rob got a picture of me coming back to the finish.

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26:56 and I met my goals. Plus Chase slept the whole time, which is a bonus to know that she wasn’t fussy about the outing. 🙂

Stats:

26:56

8:41 Pace

F 35-39: 5/?

Overall: 80/219

Past performances:

2012 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 22:13

2011 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 20:03

2009 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 23:45