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.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Iron Girl 5K - Scottsdale, Arizona

After taking a nearly 5 week running break we are excited to be back running again.  We totally enjoyed our time off (2 whole glorious weeks in Jamaica and a very blessed Thanksgiving) but we really had to work to get back into race shape.

This trip proved to be quite the adventure...on our way down, I found my cell phone in my purse to be covered in water.  I couldn't contact Hannah's mom until we got to the car rental place in Arizona. (A HUGE thank you to the nice car rental counter guy who let me use his personal cell phone!)  On our way back, we almost lost Hannah's car seat to the Portland Airport because of the airlines mistake and then we arrived home to Alaska to awful roads and cold houses as the power had been out for over 4 hours.  In bed at 2am Monday morning and Hannah was thankful to find out that school was cancelled on Monday.  Fortunately, we had an awesome time at the race!
Hannah and her first cactus!

Arizona proved was much cooler than we expected and I was actually afraid we were going to be cold given our short sleeves and capris we brought to run in!  We were thankful for the 9am start so we didn't have to get up really early.  The temperature was about 58 degrees when we got to the race.  We warmed up and stretched while we were waiting in the start chute.  Since I have been running slightly slower than Hannah as I have progressed in my pregnancy, I gave Hannah a heads up about the turn around at the half way point so she didn't continue on the 10K course.  At 9am, we were off!

Hannah was keeping a pretty good pace and chit-chatted with a couple ladies as she ran as she usually does  :)  Since this was an Iron Girl race, all racers were women.  As we neared the turn around, I was watching to see Hannah go around the corner so I could cheer her on.  I was watching and watching and she didn't go by.  I realized OH MAN...SHE'S ON THE 10K COURSE!!  There was no way I was going to be able to catch up with her.  I gave the race volunteers a description of her clothes and waited minute, then kept going for the finish.  About 2 minutes later I hear from behind me...AUNTIE...I looked behind me and breathed a huge sigh of relief!  She told me that she asked someone if she was still on the 5K course.  When they said 10K, she turned around and headed back to the turn around.  Good thing I told her about the turn around! I was super proud of her...she is getting to be quite the good little racer.
I told Hannah she needed to push it to the finish and she took off.  I crossed the finish line about a minute behind Hannah and found her waiting for me at the finish just like she was supposed to :)  Hannah finished in 28:29 which was good enough for 1st place in her age group!  We got awesome medals for this race and Hannah received an Iron Girl necklace charm.  This will be our last out of state race until I have my baby (due April 4th), but we will still be running in town until then.  I found my self impatiently awaiting the local running calendar so we can begin planning our spring and summer races!

Awards Ceremony

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Susan G Komen 5K - Wichita Falls, Texas

At the Anchorage airport ready to head to Texas

We arrived in Texas on Friday afternoon...First stop American Girl Store!  We power shopped through the Galleria and hit American Girl Store and Bath & Body Works.  Next up, dinner at the American Girl Bistro thanks to Grandma's birthday gift to Hannah.  Did I mention that she is now 8 years old....I can't believe how fast time has gone  :)  Hannah's American Girl dolls got to join us at the table in their own special high chairs.  The food was excellent and so was the service!

We got on the road to head to Wichita Falls about 5pm.  After figuring out the GPS was on pedestrian mode instead of driving mode, we got on the right track.  We crashed into bed at the hotel about 9pm.  We were up at 6am, had breakfast, and headed to the race.  Sue, the race director for this race, had already alerted the registration table to our arrival.  We were sure shown some Texan hospitality for this race!  The race started at 8:45am and we were off.  It was a hot muggy morning and felt just like our run in Florida.  Hannah chit-chatted with a couple of ladies during the race.  We also had a couple of ladies recognize us from checking out our blog :) 
Pre-Racewarm ups are always so much fun!

Hannah finished the race in 28:36, and was about 30 seconds in front of me.  She didn't place in this race because the youth age group was 18 and under, but I don't think there were too many little ones in front of her.  We will have to check out the official results for a count.

After the race, many people wanted to take our picture, and two little girls asked to have a picture taken with Hannah.  It was sooooo sweet!  We were also interviewed by the local newspaper and thanked by the Mayor for selecting their race for our Texas race.  The best part was the stage introduction and the banner that Hannah received it said....DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS! 

We are so happy we chose this race to do as everyone there was so friendly and kind to us.  Hannah and I both left the race feelings so welcomed and thankful that we chose such a supportive and amazing race to participate in.  We left the race right before a storm hit and are now at our next hotel to go to the Taylor Swift concert at the Cowboy's Stadium.  Should be so much fun! 

Hannah at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium heading into the Taylor Swift concert

Thank you Wichita Falls for putting on such a great race supporting breast cancer research.  We love participating in races that raise money for great causes.  5K in 50 States will never forget the hospitality of Texas  :)

Big Wild Life 5K - Anchorage, Alaska

Big Wild Life is another one of mine and Hannah's favorite races...its FLAT!! :)  But flat also equals fast.  Hannah and I were hoping for a new personal record from this race.  The weather forecast was looking pretty gloomy, but when we arrived in Anchorage, it was pretty and the skies were clear. 

Another nice thing about this race is the 5K starts at 9:30am.  It was quite the ordeal trying to make a potty stop a the port-a-potties before the race began as people were lined up across the start line.  Many marathon and half-marathoners didn't get to potty before their race began.  After they were off, Hannah and I got to line up.  It's been kinda cool to get to move closer and closer to the front as we get faster.  We lined up at the 8 minute mile sign for this race.

Uncle Greg, Justin, Auntie Shauna, and Owen joined us for the 5K this year!  The gun went off, and off we went.  Hannah and I passed her dad before mile 1 and he couldn't believe it!  The first mile went really fast, but again, my GPS watch died within 3 minutes of starting the race.  Hannah caught up to one of her friends they camp with in Willow and she kept pace with him for most of the race.  After mile 2, I started to get pretty tired (I am pregnant with my second kiddo due in early April) and Hannah was in front of me for the rest of the race.  Hannah kept looking back to check on me, which was pretty funny.

Hannah rounded the final corner to the finish and that was the last I saw of her till I crossed the finish line.  She couldn't believe that she beat me and her dad.  Hannah finished with her fastest time of 27:15, which put her in 3rd place for the 12 and under age group!  First and second were 11 and 12 years old.  Uncle Greg got 2nd place overall and Auntie Shauna and Owen finished in 38 minutes. 

Auntie Shauna and Owen coming into the finish line in-step with each other

Everyone has gotten faster over the past year!   Hannah has inspired all of us to get out there and run  :) We are excited to start the Bonny Sosa race series and look forward to catching up with racers from last year.

5k Wildlife Rescue Run - Seward, Alaska

Hannah, Owen and Justin goofing around

This race was the 1 year anniversary of Hannah's and my first 5K together, and what a long way we have come :)  Hannah and I were ready for this race and pumped up to go.  Uncle Greg, Justin, Auntie Shauna, and Owen joined us for this race too.

Grandma and Ava

We were lucky to have a rain free race as it poured down rain most of the time we were in Seward.  The race started at 12:00pm, so we also got to sleep in which was super nice!  There were several kids running this race, but overall, the race crowd seemed smaller than last year. 

About 3 minutes after we started the race, my watch died, so I had no idea how we were doing on time.  Hannah and I were excited to get to the turn around point and head back for the finish.  There was an older girl that we kept catching up to about the last half mile, but every time we caught up, she took off running again.  We were shocked at how well we did when we saw our time at the finish.

27:35 earned Hannah 3rd place in her age group, and matched our personal record time from the Heart Run in April.  Uncle Greg got 3rd place over all, and Owen finished in 34 minutes, which was 5 minutes faster than Hannah's time last year.  We might have 2 future distant runners!

Next up, Big Wild Life 5k in Anchorage...see you there!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mayors 5 Miler, Kids Run, and Half Marathon

The Mayors Run was a whole family running affair as we had a total of 6 runners.  Hannah, Justin, and I ran the 5.6 mile run (AKA 5 miler), Auntie Shauna and Owen ran the 1.7 mile kids race, and Uncle Greg ran the Half Marathon (13.1 miles).

The Half Marathon and 5 miler runners started together at 9am and was warm, but not too hot.  Justin ran with Hannah and I for a while to make sure my leg was going to hold up for the race; however, if my leg was going fail, I figured it might be around mile 4...The first two miles went by really fast, but boy did mile 3 go by slow.  When Hannah and I reached mile 4, she got her second wind. Many people recognized us from our other races and we even ran into one of our blog followers...Hannah just loves that :) 

Hannah was able to kick it into high gear up the final hill.  When we crossed the finish line, Hannah asked me what our time was.  I told her our time was 55:18 and she said, "awww that's slower than our last time."  When I told her the race was 5.6 miles, she squealed and started jumping up and down.  Hannah finished 1st place in her age group of 9 and under!

Justin finished the 5 miler (his first 5 mile race) a couple minutes before Hannah and I.  Auntie Shauna and Owen finished the kids race in 22 minutes.  Hannah finished the same race last year in 23 minutes so we might just have another little up and coming runner....way to go Owen!!!  Uncle Greg finished the half marathon in 1:26:46, which placed him 17th overall out of 1800!  It was a great race for everyone :)

Hannah and I have started some serious hill training to work on our speed.  Our next 5K is the Bear Paw race on July 9th.  Our goal for this race is 26 minutes...stay tuned for our race time!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Run for Women

The Run for Women was Hannah's longest run she has done to date.  The morning was absolutely beautiful and we were happy to not freeze before the race began.  We got to wear our pink and black tutus made by Michele at krazykidlets and we fit right in with the Run for Women's pink theme!  Hannah was so anxious to start and checked my watch a thousand times to see how much longer till the race began.  We also really loved how people decorated the port a potties with fabulous pink these...they were fit for a queen!  Who knew they could be so luxurious :)

We were off at 8:45am.  In the first mile we ran into our friend Adele George and chatted for a little while.  We were by Weschester Lagoon by mile 2.  I found I had to do a lot more turning around to see Hannah, which was not fun for my knee.  Hannah was a little more tired than usual and was surprised when I told her we were only at the 5k point.  About 4 1/2 miles, we were both really pushing it for the finish. 

We got sooooo close to our goal of being under 50 minutes.  We finished our first 5 mile race in 50:10!!!
Hannah earned 5th place for her age group.  Only one 7 year old was ahead of her, and the rest were 10 year olds. 

Next up...Mayors Marathon 5.6 mile run on Saturday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Eagle River Triathlon

Nicole, Shauna, and I did the triathlon relay the morning of the kids triathlon.  Nicole swam and was the unfortunate victim of a violent lane partner who kicked her twice!  She was thankful to be able to finish her swim get out of the pool.  I did the bike leg and realized 2 minutes in that I had not eaten enough the night before.  Thankfully, my thoughtful sister got me some power gel snacks that helped me survive.  Shauna was up for the running leg, which was her very first run without Owen.  She was able to power through the pouring rain and bring it in to the finish!  Team Three Sisters was excited to finish in under 2 hours :)

The whole crew came for the kids triathlon, which was to start at 2pm.  We stood in the sweltering pool area and cheered the final adult racers out of the pool.  Hannah, Owen, and their friend Maddie were able to wait together for their test swim.

Hannah and Owen did the "long" kids triathlon which was 2 laps at the swimming pool, about 2 miles on the bike, and I'm sure a 2 mile run.  I believe the run was longer than they said it was supposed to be.  Owen got to do the bike portion with Grandpa and the run portion with Auntie Shauna.  This was Owen's first triathlon and he was pretty excited about his finish.

Hannah mastered the 2 swim laps and once she got out of the pool, she had her competitive game on.  "Come on Auntie, let's go!" and off she ran to the bike transition.

We got her changed as quickly as you can when you are a wet kiddo.  She was definitely more prepared for the bike this year as she practiced the course several times with Grandpa.  Hannah was kinda nervous with the cones and all the other people that were on the bike course with us, but she was able to finish the bike strong.

Up next was Hannah's favorite part: the run!  We ran a windy, rocky course around the practice fields by the high school and around the back side of the building.  I forgot that we were running to the bridge by the highway and both Hannah and I were disappointed when we had to turn and run the opposite direction of the finish line.  We finally got to the turn-around and headed back towards the finish.  Hannah kicked it into high gear and finished with a sprint.  Our time was about 35 minutes.

The Eagle River Triathlon marked the 1 year anniversary of Hannah and I beginning our running together and it was a happy day.  What a long way we have both come and can't wait to see where Hannah's running leads us next  :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Skinny Mini 6K

Hannah and I geared up for our first "long" race of the year with the Skinny Raven  Skinny Mini 6K in Anchorage.  The weather was a mixture of clouds and sun and thankfully we didn't get rained on during the race.  Hannah was pumped up to run this race and at 7pm we were off.  The first mile went really fast as we ran it in about 8 minutes.  We were able to maintain about a 9 minute mile pace for the whole race.  About 2 1/2 miles into the race, I looked behind me to check where Hannah was, and there she was chit-chatting with another lady as she was running.  I started laughing and told Hannah to catch up with me.  She told the lady, "Gotta go" and started running faster to catch up.  The last mile was pretty tough as most of it was uphill.  Many people cheered Hannah on and told her how good she was doing.  We didn't know until we crossed the finish line how well she really did.  Hannah was the very first kiddo under age 12 to cross the finish line.  Our time was 34:11, which was good enough for Hannah's very first age group 1st place finish!!  She was soooo excited!

I have been dealing with IT band syndrome and am trying to stave it off so we can run our very first 5 mile race at the Run for Women.  We can't wait to run with a group of  more than 6,000 women.  On June 11th you can check us out wearing our pink and black tutus made by our friend Michele at Krazykidlets!/krazykidlets  :)

Anchorage Heart Run 5K

Hannah and I had quite the crew joining us for the Heart Run.  Auntie Shauna and Owen were going to run the 1.3 mile kids run and Justin (daddy) was joining us for the 5K.  Nicole (mommy) came as cheerleader for all.  Hannah wanted this race to be our fastest race ever and we were hoping to finish in about 27 minutes.  Hannah and I lined up at the very front to avoid being caught in the race congestion typical at the beginning of races.  The gun went off and off we went.  Hannah was in high gear the first quarter mile and was running a 6:30 mile pace, we slowed down a little and finished our first mile in 8 minutes. Our second mile we finished in 9 minutes, and our third mile was about 10 minutes for an overall time of 27:35...our fastest time ever!  That last quarter mile sure as a killer for both of us and we were both happy to be done.

Justin finished about 1 minute in front of us.  Auntie Shauna and Owen started their race just as Hannah and I finished.  After about 30 minutes we started to wonder where they were.  They finally came across the finish line and all of the cheerleaders were frozen.  It was such a cold morning and poor Nicole had forgotten her jacket and was wearing flip-flops because she had an 11:00 pedicure scheduled since it was the day before her graduation!  Auntie Shauna and Owen ended up running a surprise 5K as well because the officials didn't have people turn around in the right place.  Well at least they got a good work out!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shamrock Scramble

Hannah and I ran in the Shamrock Scramble held at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage on Saturday, March 19th.  When I woke up and looked at the temperature, it was a cold COLD 10 degrees!  We were both grumbling about how cold it was, but we were still ready to race.  By the time the race started at 10am, it warmed up to 17/18 degrees which felt surprisingly better :) 

Pre race goofing around

The sun was shining and we could even feel a bit of warmth from it...yay for spring!!!!  Everyone waited inside until the very last minute, and the race people had to tell everyone it was time to head to the start line.  We walked out as a group, had a brief introduction to the course, and we were off!
Grandma, Suzy-Q and Owen hanging out inside waiting for Hannah and Jennie to come back :)

This race reminded us of the Jingle Bell 5K we did back in December as we were running on a lot of snow.  Hannah and I were huffing and puffing just 10 minutes after beginning our run.  When we reached the 2 mile mark, I realized the race had been shortened due poor trail conditions and now was not a 5K!  We crossed the finish line in 25:15 and the race ended up being 2.16 miles, not bad for a snow-covered trail.  Hannah was the only kiddo running this race and many people cheered her on as we ran.  We are looking forward to running the UAA Spring Break Up run on April 9th!
Coming into the finish line

Way to go Team 5K in 50 States