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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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Chase 10 Months Old – Springtime Fun

I’m late posting this, but Chase is 10 months old! She is just growing so fast! She’s getting so tall and is fitting into 12 month clothes already.

Baby Milestones

Milestones this month include: crawling up a storm, pulling herself up, standing no hands for a few seconds, pointing, waving hi/bye, and she has two teeth (one on the top and one on the bottom) and more that are about to pop through!

Chase’s 10 Month Photos

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Baby Nutrition

Chase has been a really good eater. Around 9 months after she would finish her baby food we would introduce some easy finger foods. This month she has shown that she would prefer to feed herself so we start off her meals with finger foods and then follow up with baby food as needed to complete her meal. She is getting a lot more variety in finger foods too. Here are some example meals:

  • whole wheat pasta, steamed broccoli, pasterized goat cheese, steamed diced apple
  • scrambled egg, pancake, steamed diced apple
  • diced banana, toast, scrambled egg
  • diced turkey, mixed veggies
  • grilled cheese, diced avocado
  • diced sweet potato, fiesta corn (with green and red pepper)

She’s also enjoyed: soft pretzels, ham, egg noodles, and hawaiian rolls.

Springtime Fun

Springtime fun has included taking rides with her first trike (our Easter present to Chase).

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Chase’s first time on a playground slide.

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Chase’s first Easter, including visiting the Easter bunny, going to church, and lunch with family.

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Chase did not like the Easter bunny, so I provided some interference.

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We can’t wait to see what the next month holds!

 

 


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2014 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 2:07:07

Race Takeaway: My love of running makes me do crazy things.

Saturday, April 5th was the 2014 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon.

Before we get to the race day, I have to share some back story. Drew, Rob, and I had signed up ages ago as we were planning out our 2014 racing season. Drew’s training is focused on the IL Marathon at the end of April and doing this half marathon would be a good training run to test his fitness and potentially set a new PR. I had planned a conservative running plan that was focused on the IL Half Marathon and was going to use this race as way to help shock me back into running this far again. My last long run was 16 miles back in December 2012 when I was about 4 months pregnant. I had started my training run the week of Christmas 2013 and all was going pretty well through the mid-February 2014. I was slowly building my miles while trying to manage work, caring for our baby, taking care of the home, and preparing for an exam. My longest run to that point was 8 miles. Then wham, our house was hit with sickness that lasted over 5 weeks! Rob, Chase, and I were all miserable. Each of us had been to the doctor and were all on meds. Needless to say my running completely stopped. I was just lucky to make it through the day and baby wasn’t sleeping well either between being sick and teething. Because of our illnesses we had missed our first two races of the year, a 5K and 10K. March was just punishing.

So the week before this race I was finally coming out of the sickness. Rob was still down for the count. I was able to run 3 days for just 2 miles each day. I was in no condition to be doing a half marathon. Nor would I advise anyone to do what I was about to do. I knew that running this race would likely leave me VERY sore and run the risk of an injury. Also, I knew that it would be very likely that I would feel miserable for at least half of the race. Still I just couldn’t pass up the chance to finally run. The winter in Illinois has been the longest that I can remember and after over a month of sickness, I just wanted to be out running, no matter how much it would likely hurt.

I decided that I would try to run easy for around 6-8 miles and then expected that I could end up having to walk the rest of the race. This race has hills with the biggest ones around miles 8, 10, and 11. Hills are not my thing, even when I am in shape. I just try to survive them.

So with a plan of taking it easy and surviving it was time to go race. This would be my third time running this race. I wasn’t there last year, but since 2012 the packet pick up and race start/finish had changed. Even so, the race logistics were the same, it was very easy to navigate getting around. This was the largest year of participants, over 2,000.

We were up at 4 am and out the door by 5am to drive the hour to get to Springfield, IL.

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We were able to find on street parking near the new start/finish location on 6th and Washington. It was low 30s, sunny, with a light breeze. It was perfect running weather. I decided to run in capris, long sleeved shirt, gloves, and hat. We wore sweatshirts when waiting around before the start.

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There are no start corrals, but because the race is a smaller event it really didn’t feel like an issue. After a few words from President Lincoln and his wife and the national anthem we were off.

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Drew and I were together the first mile and then got separated trying to find out groove after that. I was trying to run easy, but was still just so happy to be out that I was running sub-9, knowing it wouldn’t last. My pace slowed by mile 5 and Drew passed me. He sounded good and asked me how I felt. I told him my stomach was feeling funky, but otherwise I was okay. I was hoping that I wouldn’t be spending time in the porta-potty later on. By mile 6 was I was averaging 9 min miles and came around the 10K at 56:35 (9:08 pace). The hills started after that and I new that I would need to walk so I made the decision to walk the hills and water stops. Around mile 10 we go into and out of a cemetery. I got to see Drew leaving as I was going in and got to shout at him super loud, “Go Drew! Fight for it!! Pop pop pop!!!”. Drew smiled and looked at me like “settle down”. 🙂

It was funny on the hills because anytime we were going down hill I wouldn’t brake my stride. Sometimes people get scared of  the incline and start to lean back and change their stride to slow down. In our past training we learned how to lean into the downward slope and not brake your steps. It makes you go super fast and keeps you from getting injured. I had gotten up to 6:27 pace on some of my downhills. So here I would go super fast to save my legs and then walk up the hills. People would look at me funny as I zoomed past them and then would switch to walking. 🙂 It looked silly, but hey it’s my race and I need to preserved my legs as much as possible. And I was definitely feeling the grind from being on my feet this long, since it’s been over a year since I’ve ran this far.

By the last mile I was sore, but still smiling. I was so happy that I got out there and got to feel the energy of the runners, volunteers, and spectators. It was so worth it and I did better than I expected. As I came through the finish chute I high fived the rows of specters with there hands out and shouted “I just had a baby!! Woo!!!!”. I was so proud to be out doing what I love, even with everything that’s been going on. Even with my walking through the hills and water stops after mile 6, I came in at 2:07:07.

After getting the finisher medal Rob and Drew easily found me. Drew got his sub-2, 1:59:11 and a new PR!!!

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The Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon has a unique finisher’s medals. Normally they are a large penny, but since this year was the 50th anniversary, they had a 5 dollar bill. Man that thing was heavy too!

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Stats:

2:07:07

9:42 Pace

F: 318/1134

F 35-39: 56/209

Overall: 822/?

Previous races:

2012 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 1:41:39

2011 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 1:40:15


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Chase 9 Months Old – Such a Big Girl!

I know I say this in every monthly milestone post, but I seriously can’t believe our sweet baby girl is 9 months!

Here are some 9 month photos

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We had a professional photo shoot and got some spring and Easter pictures with Chase’s Easter basket.

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Pink Dress – Von Maur, Pink Headband – Etsy Store Pinkpaisleybowtique,Easter Basket and Liner – Pottery Barn, Purple Easter Grass – Target, Easter Bunny and Books – Diapers.com, Plastic Easter Eggs – Meijer

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Coral Dress – Target, Coral Headband – Etsy Store Pinkpaisleybowtique

Baby Milestones

Chase has been crawling backwards and now has started moving forwards! She’s also pulling up to stand. She’s now also eating cut pieces of banana, avocado, and steamed carrots. She’s just started drinking some from a sippy cup too. She doesn’t have teeth yet, but her two bottom front teeth are trying to pop through. Should be any day now! She loves saying mama and dada all the time and babbles often. 🙂

She’s 20lbs 1 ounce (77%), 29 inches long (90%),  18″ head circumference (97%)

We have a lot of events coming up, one we are in the middle of driving to while I write this post. 🙂 More on that coming soon!


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The Sinus Infection from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks

I was hoping to have some fun posts to share including our first 5K race of the 2014 season, but instead sickness has been running rampant in our household. First, Chase got a cold and had a runny nose and cough for about a week, which then turned into an ear infection complete with fevers. She wasn’t sleeping well and finally with antibiotics and Tylenol we got her more comfortable. After a good four days of bad sleep I was ready to catch up on rest and get back to normal, but instead Rob and I both got hit BAD with the same thing. For next two weeks we’ve been severely congested and having fevers. During this time Chase’s ear infection cleared up in her right ear and then moved to the left ear. It has been completely exhausting. Needless to say I haven’t been running, heck I’ve been barely functional in general. So I’ve missed 3 weeks of training and I’m behind at work and my studies from taking care of Chase and then being sick myself.

We didn’t run St. Pat’s 5K in town on Sunday. I wasn’t completely sad about that since the temp was in the 20s and we had 30 mph winds.

We are looking at some other spring races. We do have the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon early April and I will be running with basically no training. The longest run I’ve done is 8 miles and that was over a month ago. I’ll still be going, but my goal will be just to complete it.

Since my training is all messed up, I think I may just restart my training plan with a focus on RNR Chicago Half Marathon July 20th. At least then I can start to slowly build back my training and just endure the couple of half marathons I have this spring.