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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bonny Sosa Race #4

Jennie writing...

Another race at Kincaid Park and our super hilliest race yet!  We were thankful that it was only a 5.5K today.  Hannah and I were both worn out, as were Uncle Greg and Auntie Shauna.  I think we are all coming down with a!  It was a chilly day for the race as it was only 30 degrees.  Hannah and I had a great start, but she sure stuck to me like glue.  After the fast runner incident of last week, she grabbed my hand every time a "fast runner" went by.  Hannah was pretty tired today and when I told her we were almost done she didn't believe me!  Rarely do I ever have to encourage Hannah to finish, she must have just been off today.  It wasn't until we could see the end that Hannah perked up and finished strong.  We finished the race in 35:09, not bad for a hilly course and tired runners :)
 Owen, Auntie Shauna, Uncle Greg, Suzy-Q, Auntie Jennie & Hannah taking her post race break in the stroller :)

Owen and Hannah hanging out on the bridge at Kincaid
 Pre-race pics

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bonny Sosa Race #3

This race was at Albrecht Field in Anchorage and our most treacherous and longest race yet.  We were surprised to find out that our race was a 6.7K (4.2 miles).  About 1.5 miles into the race, Uncle Greg ran by as he was on his way back to the finish.  After we cheered, one of the fast runners behind him said "Watch out!" plowed Hannah to the ground and continued running :(  Hannah was quite the trooper though and  Auntie Jennie helped her up and brushed her off.  They walked for a little bit, and continued running to finish in 46:09. I have to share a funny sight the end of each race Hannah has taken to climbing into Suzy-Q's stroller for a ride to the place where we drop off the time cards.  I really need to get a picture to post, maybe week 4!
Hannah & Owen pre-race

Hannah kicking into high gear for the finish line

Uncle Greg, Owen, Auntie Shauna, Hannah, Auntie Jennie & Suzy-Q
Great race guys!!!!

Bonny Sosa Race #2

Bonny Sosa Race #2 was at Cartee Field in Anchorage on another beautiful fall day.  Hannah and Jennie are getting to experience more cross country-type running in this series of races, which is a plus .  Uncle Greg ended up (by accident) running farther than the Farm League, and Daddy didn't run quite far enough, oh well fun was had by all:).  This course seemed like it was not marked as well as the last race and we ended up in a LONG traffic jam for the finish line, but still finished this 5K in 35:36.  Can't wait to see how long our next race will be...Hannah loves racing a different course each week!

Auntie Shauna, Daddy, Auntie Jennie with Suzy-Q, Uncle Greg, Hannah & Owen

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Example of Hannah's love for running...

Jennie writing...

Today on my and Hannah's run, we ran to Aunt Theresa's house then back to my house for a total of 2.75 miles.  This was one of our tougher runs because it involves hills, hills, and more hills.  Hannah's a tough little runner.  Eventhough she asked if we could walk a little bit when we got to the stop sign, she only took 3 walking steps before she decided she wanted to keep running up the hill.  I think my coaching is rubbing off on Hannah because on the way up our very last LOOOONG hill to my house, Hannah keeps repeating over and over to herself..."I can do it...[breathlessly] I know I can.  Come on [breathing hard]...Almost there.  There's the green dumpster!! I pushing it up the hill?"  I just love my little runner niece!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Iron Girl 5K - Seattle, Washington

Hannah, Jennie and Suzy-Q flew down to Washington on Thursday night and stayed with my mother in law Linda for the weekend. This was a great first trip to a race for Jennie and Hannah because having a house to stay in made this first trip really nice. Not having to rent a car, stay in a hotel and having a second set of helping hands around was awesome.

Today is Hannah's 7th birthday :) She and Jennie ran the Iron Girl 5K in Seattle, Washington in 31:06 and Hannah got her very first top three finish in her age group :) Hannah's time was fast enough for a 2nd place finish in the 9 and under girls age group!  Hannah was 265 overall out of 1,369 women, so she was faster than 1,000 other people.  The women running around Hannah and Jennie were all surprised that she was such a good little runner.  Several of them said, "Boy I wish I had her energy," or "I wish I could run like her."  When Hannah heard these comments she would say, "Come on Auntie...Let's GO!" and off she went.  Hannah was sooooo excited when they called her name for age groups!  Her prize was a running bracelet that says "Race with Grace," which is very fitting as Hannah's middle name is Grace.

Hannah and Ava were really good fliers and the 3 1/2 hour flight to Seattle was a good "test" flight.  Besides Ava spilling hot coffee on both of them, it went mostly without a hitch.  Jennie told me that she has a few suggestions for their next trip which is to Chicago in October.  We can't wait to see how Hannah does in her next out of state race!

In the box that Hannah bracelet came in, there was a little card that talked about the phrase Race With Grace and I loved it so here it is...Grace, also the name of the symbol used in the Iron Girl logo, is within us all.  It's what makes women heroic, charming and limitless.  Grace is with us in difficult times and happy times, silly times and sad times.  Grace is with us physically, mentally and emotionally.

May you always find Grace in your life and in your next race!!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bonny Sosa Race #1

Well, on the drive in it appeared to be a typical Kincaid kind of day...rainy and windy :( As we were sitting in the car I pulled out my camera to take a picture, only to realize that I had forgotten the memory card in my computer at home, UGH!  Luckily Justin has an Andriod phone with a semi decent camera on it so I was at least able to get a few pictures. 

After getting registered in the main Kincaid chalet we headed down to the race starting area to find that the rain had stopped YAY!!!!!  Of course the course was muddy and full of puddles, but who would want to run a race at Kincaid any other way?  This is the first year that we have run the in the Bonny Sosa series so everything was new to us.  At sign in we received a piece of paper showing the race route in a loopy sort of diagram.  It turns out that the three race leagues had a loop assigned to them.  The munchkin league (red flags) was a 2.5k and the farm league (blue flags) was a 3.8k and the lightning league (yellow flags) was a 4.3k but the trick was the the farm league had to run the farm loop and the munchkin loop, while the lighting league had to run the lightning loop, the farm loop and the munchkin loop. Racers were allowed to run in any order they wanted so long as they completed the appropriate numbers of loops.  The munchkin league ran a total of 2.5k, the farm league ran a total of 6.3k and the lightning league ran a total of 10.6k.

Today's race was a true family event, we had a total of 6 racers.  There were 829 total racers.  Justin (my hubby and Hannah and Owen's daddy), Jennie, Greg (Jennie's husband) and Hannah ran the farm league 6.3k and Shauna and Owen ran the munchkin league 2.5k. Suzy-Q (Jennie's daughter) and I stayed back to cheer them on and take their pics.  The farm and lightning league took off first and our group of 4 ran the farm loop first and the munchkin loop second.  The munchkin league got started one minute after the other leagues and of course they all ran the munchkin loop :)

Shauna and Owen were the first of our group in, in about 19 minutes.  Auntie Shauna said that this was the hilliest course they have ran but that Owen did and awesome job!  While Shauna and Owen went up to the chalet to turn in their time cards I was at the finish line waiting for Greg to come in and boy did he come in fast!  The first two farm league racers came in at 21:03 and 21:04 and Greg was right behind them at 21:28...awesome 3rd place finish.  Jennie and Hannah came in at 37:42 and Justin was right behind then at 37:50.  Being that this was a 6.3k and Hannah's longest race ever and that the course was hilly we figure that this was Hannah's personal best time :)  After doing a little math it looks like Hannah and Jennie maintained a 9:40 mile pace. I am thinking that Hannah may be able to break the 30 minute mark in her upcoming Iron Girl 5k in Seattle on Sunday and maybe, just maybe if things go well, she might be able to place in the top three finishers of her age division which would be a first for her!

Auntie Jennie, Hannah and Suzy-Q all fly out Thursday evening to Washington to get ready for the Iron Girl 5k.  If you see them around wish them good luck!!!

Uncle Greg, Hannah, Auntie Jennie, Owen, Auntie Shauna and Daddy

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hannah and Jennie have been training for the Iron Girl 5K and we are thinking that she might just have a chance at placing in the top 3 of her age group.  Her age group will be 9 and under so it all depends on who is racing that day.  Our best guess is that Hannah may run the race in 31 minutes.  Auntie Jennie has been taking Suzy-Q in her BOB stroller for the runs with Hannah and Jennie is really having to work to keep up with Hannah on the hills :)  I am sad that I won't be in Washington when Hannah runs but I know that she will be in great hands with Grammy and Auntie Jennie.  This will be Jennie (and Suzy-Q of course) and Hannah's first out of state trip together.  It looks like their flight only has 2 first class seats left and no coach seats available so I am crossing my fingers that maybe they can take a bump to another flight and get some Alaska Airlines travel credit for their next out of state trip.

We now have the Princess 5K (Disneyworld) in February and the Pumpkins in the Park 5K (Chicago) booked and Hannah is really looking forward to her upcoming trips!!!!