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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.

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Chase 8 Months Old – Lots of Love

Chase is 8 months old! I can’t believe it!!

8 Month Pictures

I only got two pictures with her chalkboard when she realized it was there and took her hand and swiped it across the writing. :)

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Some photos that I have posted on Instagram.

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Big Changes

Since our last update, Chase has graduated to a big girl car seat. Instead of moving the carrier in and out of the seat base, she is in a big comfy seat and we carry her into/out of the car. It’s nice to not have to lug a heavy car seat carrier around anymore. She never made a peep about the change. She seems to still like driving and just quietly plays and sometimes falls asleep depending on how long our trip is.

We got her a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 5/70 in Licorice (black leather). Since the seat doesn’t unsnap from the base (like a carrier), we got one for each vehicle. We were very happy with our Peg Perego carrier so we just went with the seat, plus it had good reviews. We are very happy with how well they fit in our SUVs and how the seat/leather look.

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Chase is also using rolling around as a mode of transportation. :) She’s also able to move from lying down to sitting up in her crib. She is also very close to crawling and loves to pull herself up to standing.

Baby Nutrition

Chase is now on to Stage 3 foods, including new flavors like organic salmon, chicken, and leeks. Stage 3 foods are heartier combinations and chunkier in consistency. We still feed her Stage foods sometimes just because she enjoys the flavor combinations.

Baby’s First Valentine’s Day

Chase’s first Valentine’s Day was so nice. We got her a card, a couple valentine books and a Pottery Barn chair with her name. She seems to really enjoy her presents. :) We then took in valentines for her class and her teachers.

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She really enjoys reading. Here she is having story time with daddy before bed. So sweet! :)

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Lots of love!! Can’t wait to see what next month brings!

 

 

 

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Before & After: Hall Closet

For home projects I’m going to try and capture a Before & After of what we have updated. This week we tackled the hall closet and boy did it need it! :)

Before – basically it looks like a couple of college students live in our house and just throw whatever in there and shut the door. We wanted to just get it organized so it will be nice when guests come over. We decided to get the same system we have in Chase’s room from the Container Store. It’s the Elfa Platinum Ventilated system. We did the customize your system feature they have to make sure it worked specifically for our space.

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During – So this was an easy update. Just pull out all the mess and repaint. We chose a paint that closely matches the previous paint color. The main area and hallways are a butter cream type color that we got from Olympic when we had our house built, I can’t remember the color. We are planning to freshen up all the paint and decided to keep the same color type. This one is just a shade lighter, which I think makes it look brighter and works perfectly. It’s Parchment Paper by Behr. I can’t wait to get the rest of the house updated with this shade.

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After – Ah!!! Much better. :) This version of the system “Platinum Ventilated” is inexpensive when it comes to closet organization systems. We were able to get this updated for $200. Now that we have a nice system I know that Rob and I will keep it uncluttered. We don’t need 50 pairs of shoes in our downstairs closet like before. :) It’s funny how an organization system seems to keep our messes in check. I love having the system in Chase’s room and I know I will love using this one. I can’t wait to update the rest of our house with these.

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Can’t wait to post more on home updates and organization!

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