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2015 We Care Twin Cities – Kid’s Run, 5K, and 10K

The last weekend of September was the We Care Twin Cities race event in town. Friday night weather was perfect, sunny and upper 60s or low 70s. We got to enjoy some time with friends while we waited for the races to begin. Friday was a kids 1/4 mile run and a family 5K race. The kid’s run was Chase’s furthest distance so far and she ran the whole way. It was so awesome seeing the determination on her face and how much she was loving it at the same time. At the end the kids got medals that were donated from past races by other runners. We Care highlights environmental awareness and information on reuse and recycling.

Up next was the 5K. Rob and I ran together and Rob pushed Chase in the stroller. She spent almost 80% of the time asking where one of her friends was that was watching the race. 🙂 We ran it easy paced, which for me these days is pretty slow, still it felt good to be out running as a family. 😀 30:03, 10:01 Pace

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The next morning Rob and I ran the 10K together. The temperature was perfect, sunny and in the 50s. Again we got time to hang out with friend and even ran with our friend Jon for a few miles. I kept my pace easy and conversational. I felt good the entire race, but I didn’t want to push my pace because I didn’t want to risk feeling bad later. It was like a nice little date getting that much quality 1:1 time with Rob. 🙂 Turns out after the race we found out that Rob got 3rd in his Age Group! 🙂 1:00:50, 9:49 Pace

My ‘Baby on Board’ sign that I put on the back of my shirt because it’s fun to be out racing pregnant. 🙂 Post race with Rob and Carissa.

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I’m not sure what races (if any) we will get in before the baby arrives. It will likely depend on weather, how I’m feeling, and what other things we have going on. If we end up running something I’ll get around to posting about it eventually. 😉


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So Long Summer

So I basically didn’t post all summer so it’s time to catch up.

I have a post of us celebrating Chase’s 2nd birthday. Also that month we got Chase’s birthday present, a play house set up. It took every night from about 6pm-9pm for like 5 days (not including the extra day for Rob to remove the sod for the rubber mulch) to get it assembled.

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We spent the summer enjoying the Farmer’s Market on the weekends and taking Chase to gymnastics class.

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I ran the Steamboat Classic 4 Mile in Peoria, IL – 38:02, 8:02 Pace and Chase and Rob watched me run.

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Chase got to join the Lake Run’s Kids Runs for the summer. Every Friday evening they had a run on a track or in a field. At the end of every run the kids get a ribbon and at the end of the summer Chase got her first trophy.

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We also checked out a couple Cornbelters baseball games.

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Our company has a fair every year and this was our first year attending. She loved the petting zoo the most.

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July 2nd we found out we were pregnant with our second baby! So for the 4th of July 5 Miler we ran easy with Chase in the stroller.

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We spent time at the park bubblers and also at our company’s pool.

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After our 9 week ultrasound we announced our pregnancy by involving Chase as a big sister in training. Chase is so excited for the baby. She changes her answer week to week if she thinks she is getting a baby brother or sister.

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We took Chase to the McLean County Fair and she enjoyed seeing all the animals and getting the chance to pet bunnies and a baby goat.

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We made trips to the zoo. Chase loved the butterfly garden at Brookfield and the carousel.

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Other summer fun included attending birthday parties, the Corn Festival of Normal, IL, and checking out the Hot Air Balloon Festival of Lincoln, IL even though we didn’t get to see the balloons take flight due to weather.

Labor day parade was a huge hit with Chase. It was very hot out, but she loved seeing all the bands and ISU’s Reggie Redbird.

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And our tradition to welcome in fall is a trip to Tanner’s Orchard in Speer, IL. Chase enjoyed her first apple cider doughnut, going off the largest slide she’s done so far, visiting lamas and goats, and picking out a pumpkin.

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I’m looking forward to fall, cooler weather, and some more adventures. Up this fall I will be posting about baby updates, home improvement projects, a couple of races, vacation, and more.


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2014 Lake Run – Half Marathon – 1:58:51

Race Takeaway: Perfect race weather does not equal perfect race experience.

Saturday, May 2nd Rob and I ran the Lake Run Half Marathon at Lake Bloomington, IL. There are three distance options now with this race, the 4.37 Mile, 12K, and the half (which was added last year). Rob had ran the inaugural half last year and Chase and I cheered him on.

This year we weren’t sure what the weather would do so we decided to have Chase stay home with a sitter and we could both run the half distance. The weather turned out to be gorgeous, around 65 degrees and sunny. It was making up for the terrible weather at the IL Half Marathon the week prior.

If you come to this event, I would suggest to get there an hour early for parking reasons. Parking extends along a country road and it’s just easier if you can manage to get there early to find a spot. We waited around hanging with our friends: Jon, Brandi, Kyleigh and others. Brandi was a rock star and pushed her two year old daughter in the stroller for the half marathon – yowza!

The 12K and half start first and the 4.37 mile race starts about 30 minutes later. This race has a chip start/finish, which is a nice bonus for lining up. There are no corrals, just a clump of people so the chip start mat helps you get a better reading for your personal race. I wore both my apple watch and Garmin again, but this time on the same arm (my left) so I could compare during the race if I wanted (which I didn’t end up doing).

The temperature felt amazing and I felt good considering I haven’t been racing back to back weekends is ages. I knew the rolling hills would get to me since I’m not great with hills, but I was still feeling optimistic as my paces were still doing well even 6 miles in. That went away completely when the race course turned to a gravel (loose, big chunky gravel) . This out and back section of a mile (or more?) was so annoying, slippery, and draining that I just felt done afterward. My pace slowed way down and I was trying to remain hopeful that once back on the roads I would again regain some of my stride and get back on pace. That never happened because from mile 9 to the end my stomach was cramping and I felt very sick. I had over a year of terrible stomach issues while running and racing and it appeared it was back. This race is a small town deal so porta potty options are limited, water stops table set ups were small, and no medical that I noticed. This is not a half that I would recommend to a first timer or someone with known stomach issues (aka me). I slogged through the final miles refusing to stop at a porta potty that I finally saw next to a park area. I just wanted to be done and go home to rest.

I don’t think I’ve felt this bad in a half, that I can recall anyways. I immediately knew I was going to have to get back on my plan of taking a probiotic pill to try and correct my stomach problems in the future. In the past I saw a doctor and that was their recommendation, which did end up helping. I had just stopped when I got pregnant and subsequently started nursing. After that I just hadn’t been running enough to realize any stomach problems, but now it was time to get back into that routine again.

I crossed the finish line in 1:58:51. Rob finished in 1:52 and felt good. There were comments that the course may have been short. It can happen for newer races to potentially be long/short so hopefully if that were the case it gets addressed next year. And hopefully the course could be arranged to not include gravel.

On a side note, since I didn’t have a good race I didn’t spend time looking at my apple watch on the course. It still find the ending a workout clunky and it takes a few times to tap it to get it to stop. I still don’t see this replacing my Garmin, but still trying it out to see how it does. I also need to try out other running apps with it to see how they function.

The medals were unique, a bottle opener.

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Stats:

1:58:51

9:04 Pace

F: 17/55

F 35-39: 6/15

Overall: 58/117

Past Lake Run Performances:

2011 Lake Run – 12K – 54:01

2009 Lake Run – 12K – 1:04:03

2008 Lake Run – 4.37 Mile – 39:58


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2015 IL Marathon Weekend

Race Takeaway: Runners tough it out, rain or shine.

Friday, April 24th started the Illinois Marathon weekend with a packet pickup and 5K.

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On a cool side note, my new apple watch was delivered and waiting for me when we got home. I ran the half marathon with it and my Garmin 910xt to compare the data afterward.

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5K Stats:

29:05

9:21 Pace

Saturday, April 25th 3am came quickly with the normal groggy wake up and second guessing why I choose to do this to myself, but that usually passes after the first cup of coffee. 😀 We were out the door just after 4am and were in the parking lot by 5am. The race start was 7am, but timing of any race road closures or other factors I prefer to be parked early and wait. We all tried to cat nap in the car until it was closer to time to line up. The weather would not be favorable. I was anticipating spitting cold rain off and on and 15-20 mph winds at times making the temperature feel more like upper 30s. I’ve become a weather wuss and would rather feel a little over dress than under, a personal choice really. So while waiting in the car I was able to debate my clothing options. I went with capris and a stocking cap (which I should have brought a running baseball style hat instead), but I was originally planning on just a long sleeved shirt. At the last minute I changed into a short sleeve shirt and then wore a light weight jacket over top. The good thing is that allowed me to carry my phone and key in my pockets versus a belt, but they asked that anyone wearing their bib under layers lift up their shirt or unzip for the chip mat readers. It was a tradeoff, but I’m glad I had the extra layer from the rain.

We waited as long as we could before lining up. Rob had corral A and I had B, but he just ended up staying with me since it really didn’t matter when we started. We also ran into our friend Carissa so we got couple minutes to chat before we took off. I probably looked a little silly holding up my jacket to make sure my bib was exposed at the start line for the chip mat, but wearing two watches probably was also helping with my dork factor. 😀

As we headed out the first few miles there was barely a mist, but then it started raining and it continued on and off throughout the rest of the race. It was enough rain that I decided to pull down my jacket sleeve over my watch to protect it. I figured I really only wanted to see the data after my race, it wasn’t needed mid-race. I was able to keep pretty even pacing, except in the ~20+mph winds and downpours, multiple times on the course. I was happy with my choice in having a jacket because I could unzip the front when the weather was better and zip back up when it got worse. I did try to push my pace at the halfway point to the end, but I wasn’t able to pick up my speed. It was just wasn’t my day for that apparently. I felt terrible for those running the marathon in the bad weather conditions, especially for those who had ‘fist marathon’ bibs on their backs. 😦 Also, I felt terrible for the volunteers having to deal with the weather and I tried to thank as many of them as possible along the way. Before I knew it I was at the finish and luckily a volunteer reminded me to unzip my jacket to make sure my bib scanned as I crossed the finish mat. Unzipping my jacket caused it to be clunky with my phone and key in the pockets, but oh well. I was finished (1:56) and ready to get dry and warm again. Rob was there waiting for me and finished 1:47. We both improved our times from our last half marathon race. Drew has been dealing with injuries and was able to finish. Hopefully some more rehabilitation time for his hip/leg will help for our summer race plans.

After my race I found out that my wet jacket sleeve must have touched my apple watch and stop my workout. The recording stopped around mile 11. As far as I know there is not a locking feature on the touch screen for workout purposes. Since I don’t see this watch replacing my Garmin, it was annoying, but not critical since it was just extra data. I’m sure there will be a lot of reviews of the apple watch over time, but I may do one just to share my experiences, especially if/how I incorporate it into workouts in the future.

Unfortunately for those running the full marathon the weather got so bad that they had to cancel the race after 3 hours and 15 minutes due to the conditions and lighting. Our hearts goes out to those who were toughing it out on the course and then had to stop. 😦 IL Marathon has identified those that were not able to finish and are offering them complimentary entry to 2016.

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Chase loves running. She insisted on wearing a medal and my running shoes. She then proceeded to try to take off and say ‘running’. Love it!! 😀

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Half Marathon Stats:

1:56:26

8:52 Pace

Previous performances:

2014 IL Marathon Weekend

2013 IL Marathon Weekend (8.5 Months Pregnant)

2012 IL 5K – 23:32

2009 IL Half Marathon – 1:57:19

What’s the worst race conditions you’ve run in?

Have you ever been in a race that was cancelled while running?

Do you have the apple watch and what do you think about it?


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2015 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 1:57:55

Race Takeaway: Training isn’t required to have a good time.

I’ve written about this race over the years so I’m going to try to focus on aspects of the race that I may not have covered in previous posts in case you are reading this considering the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in the future.

The weather in the past has ranged from low 30s to mid-50s. Saturday (4/4) was low 30s, sunny, very light breeze, a nice day overall.

Similar to last year, we’ve battled the flu in our household for the last month. Therefore my “training” has been minimal. My expectations were to run easy and for as long as possible, hopefully not having to walk the hills. Which worked out great! I had an enjoyable run and while I was sore from not formally training, I was able to run the entire time.

This race will always be a favorite for us for the following reasons:

  • Proximity – this race is about an hour drive away
  • Parking/driving accessibility – Finding the race location and getting parked is very easy. There is on street and parking decks near the Hilton. We’ve never had an issue getting close to the start/finish due to race course closures.
  • Packet pickup available race day – This was the first year that we picked up our packet race day. It was super easy that we will likely do that in the future since it’s an hour drive each way for us to get them the night before.
  • Good/changing scenery – I’m not very familiar with Springfield, but the course takes you through enough neighborhoods and parks to keep it interesting. You run past historic locations related to Lincoln, including the old State Capitol Building. The course has hills starting at 10K and then every couple of miles to the finish.
  • Easy going crowd/start corral – In previous years people casually line up with no corrals. This year they asked for people to line up to the pacers that aligned to their goal, but just an honor system. People seemed to respect that and I like that people don’t get all pushy to get one inch closer to the start corral like other larger races. Everyone is very chill
  • Chip start/finish – sometimes a smaller race doesn’t have a chip start mat, this one does.
  • Instant unofficial results – right after the finish look for a small tent, they will print you your chip results right then and there
  • Penny Medals! Last year they had a $5 bill medal. We always love a unique medal. 🙂

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Things that could be improved:

The race shirt – I’m not a fan of white tech running shirts personally. I just donate running shirts that I don’t use, so it’s no biggie.

The water stops could use more volunteers/tables, but again it’s manageable. They have enough stops for water, but they aren’t very big and can get congested. They consistently offer water on both sides of the street, which is beneficial.

Water and Gatorade bottles were passed out at the end, but I think the only food option was to attend a pub and purchase a meal at a discount. While that’s a nice after party I think they should offer some sort of fruit/bread for people that may have blood sugar or recovery fuel needs. Perhaps they have it and I just didn’t see where it was located. Since our car was so close it wasn’t an issue to bring our own things if we wanted.

Overall we plan to keep attending this race. It’s a fun way to kick off the running year and see a lot of our friends from the area.

Stats:

1:57:55

9:00 Pace

Past Performances:

2014 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 2:07:07

2012 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 1:41:39

2011 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – 1:40:15


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2014 Festival of Lights – 4M – 30:45

Race Takeaway: I will run for bloody marys. 🙂

This post is long overdue….

This race was at the end of 2014, the Saturday after Thanksgiving (11/29), Rob and I ran the Peoria Festival of Lights River Trail Classic 4 Miler. We had a perfect day for the race it was sunny, light breeze, and the temps were in the mid-30s. This race is typically freezing temps so this was a nice day to get out and run. Chase was recovering from a cold so we kept her home with our sitter.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts about this race, it’s a point to point course with a night downhill grading most of the way. If you get there early enough you could opt to run the course backward and get in a 4 mile warmup to the start. We took the buses and did a shorter .4 mile warm up before it was time to go.

Rob and I started way to far in the back, which meant being slowed down at the beginning while trying to find opportunities to get around people. Rob took off in front of me and easily in the first mile I found my pace and was able to keep things pretty even splits around 7:40s.

I finished in 30:45 and Rob was done in 28:xx. The results for this race are not easily available on the internet.

Afterward we enjoyed some breakfast and Smoking Aces Bloody Mary’s at One World. 😀

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Stats:

30:45

7:41 Pace

Previous Performances:

2012 Festival of Lights – 4M – 30:16 (11 weeks pregnant)

2011 Festival of Lights – 4M – 27:41

2010 Festival of Lights – 4M – 26:16

2009 Festival of Lights – 4M – 27:39

2008 Festival of Lights – 4M – 35:05


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2014 Jingle Bell Normal – 5K – 24:36

Race Takeaway: I just need to keep plugging away at my training and racing.

Sunday I ran the local Jingle Bell 5K. While it was a nice 50 degrees outside the winds were 17mph which were no fun for racing. Rob, Chase, and I went out for breakfast and then picked up my packet early. The race wasn’t until 1pm and that would be in the middle of Chase’s nap so Rob and Chase stayed home while I ran this one.

The expo and race are hosted at Heartland Community College, which means ample parking, facilities (aka bathrooms), and space to relax and get ready. Chase enjoyed going to the expo and running around the gymnasium. 🙂

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When Chase took her nap I headed back over for the race around noon. I had plenty of time on my hands so I headed outside in my warm up pants and jacket and did a 2.54 mile warm up. I got to see a lot of our friends and catch up on how their racing season was going. I chose to wear compression socks, shorts, long sleeves. I decided against a hat so I wouldn’t get too warm.

The course was new this year so I had no idea where we would be running, but I just followed the herd. We ran around the parking lot, out on to the constitution trail, around the inside the Corn Crib Stadium field, and then out and around the parking lot of Heartland to the finish. I felt fine the first 1.5 miles, but then we had the head winds and about .5 mile incline coming back on the constitution trail to Heartland. I tried pushing through the winds, but it felt like running in slow motion. It felt like time was moving slowly and the race felt longer than my 10K the previous week! Finally the torture was over and my time was 24:36, fourth in my age group.

I’m glad that I was able to get out and race, espeically with a race in town. It proved to be a good workout.

Stats:

24:36

7:56 Pace

F 35-39: 4/29

F: 24/182

Overall: 72/316

Previous Race Performances (in Bloomington/Normal):

2010 Jingle Bell – 5K – 21:25 (Normal, IL Heartland, but different course)

2009 Jingle Bell – 5K – 22:25 (Normal, IL Marriot course)

2008 Jingle Bell – 5K – 27:30 (Bloomington, IL course)

 


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2014 Canal Connection – 10K – 51:58

Sunday, November 2nd we drove up to Utica, IL to run Canal Connection 10K. Drew and I were the runners and Chase and Rob were pit crew. I’ve probably mentioned this is other posts about this race, but it’s a point to point race between LaSalle and Utica via a tow path along a canal. The rock and dirt tow path was used years ago with horses tied to barges/cargo that was floating in the canal.

It was a sunny, but chilly morning, around 40 degrees with 12 mph winds. While it was chilly, I prefer to be under dressed than over dressed. I went with long sleeved shirt, shorts, and hat.

We grabbed our packets, said goodbye to Rob and Chase, and hoped on the bus to take us over to LaSalle. We hung out in a school building until the race start, chatting with our friend Brandi. We did only a 2 minute warm up before the start. We tucked into the middle of the starting line and then we were off.

The first mile goes through town and across a bridge. Then it’s a right turn down hill onto the path. The course is well marked and there are water stop options at mile 2 and 4. I put my head down and just plugged away at the miles. Time flew by and before I know it we are on the final mile and about to make our turn out uphill and out of the path. Rob and Chase were there to greet me, which was the best sight and motivated me to finish it up.

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Official results had me at 51:58 and Drew at 56:10 (PR for Drew!).

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Stats:

51:58

8:22 Pace

Past race performances:

2012 Canal Connection 10K – 48:57

2011 Canal Connection 10K – 44:24

2010 Canal Connection 10K – 43:21

2009 Canal Connection 10K – 48:15


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2014 Quad Cities – Half Marathon – 2:02:57

Race takeaway: Summon your inner billy goat and go for it!

Sunday I had the opportunity to run Quad Cities Half Marathon, thanks to a fellow runner and race organizer for this event, Michelle. I took her up on the offer to run at this event and I told her that I would be happy to share my feedback. So this post will be longer than my past race posts because I want to share as much as I can about the race as possible. It got me thinking that I should probably do a better job in general on racing posts (espeically for bigger events) in hopes that it helps someone in understanding the logistics to determine if it’s the race for them. Sound good? If so, then settle in for a lot more detail. 🙂

Race Information

Quad Cities website, twitter, and Facebook page will give you all the information you could ever want for your race (5K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon). The directions, information about the start/finish location, and course information was all complete.

I like that this race is on a Sunday because that allowed me to run other races Friday and Saturday.

Expo

Saturday afternoon we drove up to the expo at the iWireless Center. It was super easy to find and parking was a breeze (and free).  What made it even better is that the start/finish of the race would be in the exact same location, bonus! When traveling for races it can sometimes be stressful figuring out all the places you need to be. Having everything in the same location is perfect!

We had made a decision to not stay over night for the race, but if we do next time there is also a Radisson right next to the expo/start/finish area.

The expo is about medium sized to others we have seen. It had vendor options for fuel, clothing, etc. I went to the bib number lookup wall and thought I had my name. The names were sorted by last name, but the first names were all out of order. Little did I know that there was another “Christine” and while my name is common, I just didn’t think about it. Luckily they had a chip check table. Note: ALWAYS check your chip to make sure it works! This is how I found out I had the wrong bib number, because when the chip scanned it showed a different age and location. I’m SO glad I checked it and didn’t mess up my race and another person’s race.

The long sleeved tech shirt was very nice too. The design was simple and neutral for both men and women.

After getting my bib and shirt we headed outside and enjoyed watching the kids run, music, and festivities going on.

Getting to the Start

Sunday morning I was up at 3:30am, got ready, and was out the door by 4:15am. We chose to not stay the night before the race because the last time we traveled for a race it was hard on Chase to sleep in the hotel (and therefore we also didn’t sleep). I would rather stay home and have all of us comfortable and get up at a crazy early hour to drive to the race. It was a 2 hour drive to the start/finish and again it was easy to get parked and settled.

I had a chance to meet up with Michelle while she was working at the race. Drew and Tina also came up to watch the race and see me and other friends running the marathon.

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There were no start corrals based on pace, it was just open and people could line up wherever they wanted. Also, they started the 5K, half marathon, and full marathon at the exact same time. Even though the 5K course turned after a couple of blocks, it still makes for a crowded start and a crazy herd of runners all and very different paces. I think it would be good if they could have the 5K start 30 minutes later than the half and full marathon. Also, over time it may be good to have corrals by pace. They did have pacers if you like to run with one during your race.

The Course

The course is really nice at this race. I think for the half we ran over four different bridges. It was sunny and warm, but the breeze off of the Mississippi river kept the temperatures comfortable. The course changes enough every few miles that it kept it interesting the entire time, making the miles fly by. There were various bands and artists along the course too. The views along the river were so beautiful. The course is not flat and had hills throughout. I had to summon my inner billy goat to get up them. I am not good at running hills, so I just try to survive them. I met a couple of women while running, one from Omaha and the other from Avon, IL. We chatted about our races and it put it in perspective that I thought the course was hilly and the lady from Omaha thought it was flat. 🙂 If either of you ladies happen to be reading this please post and say hi! I hope your races went well!

The water stops could use some improvement. I felt like they had enough water locations and I liked that they had large paper cups. The water stops varied in what they were offering. Some had water only, others had water and gatorade. The gatorade they had was cherry, which is a rare flavor for a race (normally you get lemon lime), so it was delicious. 🙂 The water stops from mile 7 on were small. Instead of having three tables of water and volunteers they had only one table, which meant I accidentally missed getting water because I was expecting more opportunities to get a drink. So the subsequent water stops I made sure to stop and get a good drink before continuing on. It wasn’t a big deal because I wasn’t racing for a time or running  a full marathon, but if I was, this would have stressed me a bit. I’ve seen worse, so this wasn’t a deal breaker. Just some minor improvements would make a big difference.

The course has some uneven terrain in small sections and one of the bridges you run over grating, but given that the race is running all around the river, it wasn’t unexpected. Some races in Chicago have the same with over their bridges and near the lake, so I’m used to that being a part of the course.

Since I wasn’t able to train I was worried how I would feel as the miles continued on, but I actually felt good the whole way. I think I lucked out because I took it easy the entire time.

Finish/After Party

At the finish there was a large crowd of spectators. I crossed the finish in 2:02 and smiling. I got my finisher’s medal and got to see Michelle for a moment and thank her again for the race. The finish line food and celebrating was excellent! They had a large open area and there were food options everywhere. They had: bagels, cookies, oranges, bananas, grapes, watermelon, chips, pretzels, hot dogs, sausages, beer, etc. I had to head home so I didn’t get to see the band.

Overall

Overall this race is a must do. This fall race has a great medal, shirt, scenic course, and amenities. Rob and I will definitely be back in the future! And if you have people wanting to spectate they will likely also enjoy this race and location.

Stats

2:02:57

9:24 Pace

Disclaimer: My registration for this event was covered. However, the observations and opinions shared on this blog are my own.


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2014 We Care Twin Cities – 10K – 58:26

Race Takeaway: It’s so cool running a race with Chase in the stroller!

Saturday morning we were up at 4:45am to get ourselves ready and then to get Chase going. She’s typically up at 5:30am on her own so she was ready to go. Today would be a full day. We had our races in the morning, 10K for Chase and I, and half marathon for Rob. Then we would be grabbing lunch and getting on the road to get to the Quad Cities expo. I will be running the Quad Cities Half Marathon Sunday morning. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m not at all race ready, but I’m still going to get all of the races completed.

This race is in Normal, IL and is VERY easy logistically for parking and bathrooms because it’s hosted by Eastview Christian Church. So if you are in the area and newer to running or want your family to be a part of your race, this is one is good for that. You have the amenities of the entire church and it’s very easy to get to start/finish right outside the door.

Chase loved running around and waving to all of the runners waiting to get started. 🙂 It was so cute to watch her say “hi” and clap at everyone.

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The half marathon started promptly at 7:00am and we wished Daddy well. Then Chase and I went back to the church and relaxed until our 10K start at 7:30am. We started in the back and just looked for opportunities to move up when space allowed. My goal was to run easy and feel better than I did last year at this race. Last year I had a rough race day, which you can read about here.

Today was different because I would be pushing the stroller (instead of Rob) and I knew I would need to run easy to keep my energy for managing it and I also have a half marathon to do. Unfortunately the locking front wheel on our Mountain Buggy was a bit out of alignment so the stroller would veer to the left constantly. Lesson learned – test out the stroller running before the race 😉 We made due, it was just annoying to never be able to let go with one arm so I could pump my arm. Instead I was more like a T-Rex with my hands planted on the arm rest, constantly adjusting to fight the shift of the front wheel.

Chase passed out asleep almost as soon as we started. She loves napping in the stroller on runs, which makes it nice, knowing that she is cuddled up and happy. Running with a stroller is a lot of fun because the other runners and spectators are so nice. I got a lot of compliments on being out there running with a stroller and also multiple women commented on Chase’s cute shoes (Nike free). 🙂 It’s just really energizing to have so many people making nice comments along the way.

Another great part about this being a local race is that we get to see so many of our friends and fellow runners. 🙂 It was so nice to see them out there racing or supporting their friends and family.

Before I knew it we were half way and turning around. I felt good, but the uphill grading to come back to the finish was getting me like it always does. 🙂 We finished in 58:26, feeling good!

Since the start times for both races were offset we weren’t going to have to wait long to see Daddy. I got Chase a quick diaper change and a snack and we got to see him finish in 1:54:40. Great job, especially since he hasn’t been running! We are so proud of him!

We Care Twin Cities Mini-Challenge Finisher’s Medal

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We grabbed some food and hung out with our friends Brandi, Jon, and Kyleigh real quick. We had to get home to get changed and get on the road to the Quad Cities expo.

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Stats:

58:26

9:25 Pace

F 35-39: 9/20

F: 51/123

Overall: 96/189

Past Performances:

2013 We Care Twin Cities – 10K – 1:01:30

2012 We Care Twin Cities – HM – 1:41:49 (I was pregnant and didn’t know it yet)