Team 5K in 50 States

Team 5K in 50 States: Hannah and Auntie Jennie

Running Buddies: Auntie Shauna, Owen (brother), Dad (Justin), and Uncle Greg.

Cheerleaders: Mom (Nicole), Grandma, Grandpa, Ava (AKA Suzy-Q, cousin), Baby Kaelyn (cousin), Grammy Farr, and Grandpa Tom.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What a fun race!!!!

The Big Wild Life races were a family event this weekend.  Hannah and Auntie Jennie ran the 5k and Owen and Auntie Shauna ran the 2k.  Alaska's unpredictable weather showed through, when we left the house it was cloudy with a peak of sunshine, when Owen and Shauna ran it was rather warm and 40 minutes later when Hannah and Jennie ran it was chilly!  The pre-race wait was fun because there was a giant T-Rex made of foam and tons of costumed animals walking around.  Owen and Shauna ran their first 2k in about 30 minutes, way to go for their first official run!  Hannah and Jennie ran an amazing 33:25 5k.  This was Hannah's personal best :)  Hannah keeps telling me that she wants to do a 5k in 26 minutes so we will see what the next race holds for us.

I am having a harder time finding races here locally in the upcoming months.  Since we are relatively new to this I don't know if running is mostly a summer sport here or if maybe I am just missing them.

PS - This was Hannah's 3rd 5k race in 8 days!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fossil 5K

Today was a nasty rainy day to run a race!  This was Hannah's first cross-country 5k and discovered Auntie and Hannah need to do more hill training.  After a potty break in the most disgusting port-a-potty ever, Hannah and Jennie lined up and took off to set her next PR (personal record).  The goal was to beat 36 minutes.  Hannah slipped and fell while running, but jumped up and kept running like a little champ!  At 24 minutes into the race, Hannah and Auntie ran into a bull moose.  They walked behind it for 8 minutes with about 15 other racers before it decided to get off the trail.  A 4 and 6 year old brother and sister were the people to beat for this race.  Hannah finished in 41:32, although she would have finished in 36 minutes had it not been for the moose.  Our next race is the Big Wild Life 5K on August 15th and will keep 36 minutes as the goal.

Seward Sealife Run

Alaska can now be checked off on the map.  Hannah and Auntie Jennie ran in the Seward Sealife 5k on August 7th.  As Hannah and Auntie Jennie were running, Hannah says "I haven't run this far before."  Auntie replies that she ran this far last week with her dad.  Hannah replies "My daddy let me run/walk AND he gave me a piggy back ride!"  Hannah was rather tired for this race as she was sick and did not get to bed till 1am.  Thankfully the race was not until noon the next day.  Hannah thrives on the competition and usually picks a runner near by as the person/people to "beat."  Two ladies were our pacers for this race and we got a picture taken with them at the end.  Hannah took 4 minute off her last 5K time in this race and ended with 39:05.  We are looking forward to the Fossil 5k at Kincaid Park on August 10th.  The goal is to run 36 minutes.