Lisa Competes and Finishes top 25 in 1/2 Ironman …14 weeks post baby!

21 Dec

It wasn’t by no means an easy road on birth of baby…or to get to this point…Me, Lisa from my point of view of this all was wild. Yes. I am wild. I am not normal. Realized that long ago…So, I signed up for this half Ironman Florida, thought it be a fun end of year vacation for our family before I even knew was pregnant over year ago.. to get the “cheap” rate. Little did I know I soon found out I was pregnant! A positive gift we were so so happy for 🙂 so I spent well 7-8 months getting ready for a new baby like a “normal” person , but I kept trying moooveee as much as possible, via running, bike or swim with another kiddo 3yr old . We were excited!! Post baby he was born early again like my last son but born at 36 weeks vs 31( and my severe pre-clampsia wasn’t as severe but carefully monitored with my excellent Dr. who knows me so well told me you are doing great keep up what I was doing with exercise but had me edit hardness and heart rates) … so good improvement,…

However Callan he still ended up in NICU for two weeks aka you the parent are too. Got home after juggling getting our other son to and from from pre school and sleeping at home, shifting nights at hospital with my husband. FINALLY WE ALL GOT HOME!!! But, then again …chaos strikes, little Callan got RSV and ended back in ICU for two more weeks. It was chaos. I got thru it with Tim, Family, and Running…Running once again always there, shoes all is needed, can run from treadmill, did a few runs from hospital, treadmill at midnight, and came back ok can handle this, can do this. We did it.

For this pregnancy … I chose to try to get to the Half ironman STill!! Asked Coach is it still crazy, I kind of want to keep it on plan to shoot for , to see if possible during pregnancy, to give a goal to get in shape? He goes yes keep at it all…. I chose this time around to incorporate not just running, but swimming, and biking on trainer. I enjoyed swimming as most added addition to running. I am a natural swimmer, from previous club swim teams and high-school it comes natural to me now. I like it to relax and use as add in as need. I saw myself feeling overall better this go -around pregnant with swimming and biking because it gave more options. I love running, that is what I will choose first always, but other options was what I credit to a much even quicker return to the “game” of competing.

This Half Ironman Florida was about competing again, and feeling good, fun, and feeling like there is more …I felt all the above, and I want more, I feel more fire, more love, more fierce, more tough mentally, more desire for speed, more desire to improve myself still! At end of day it’s all about did you have fun and can you improve YOURSELF! anddd… Did your family also have fun and was there too : )

Cheers! Happy Holidays and Happy New YEAR!

Runnababez November Racing Updates

26 Nov

Several Runnababez been very busy with races in November! Jackie Pirtle-Hall started off November running the Clayton 1/2 Marathon soon after getting over the flu. She placed 1st woman overall in 1:23! A few weeks later she ran the Girls on Run 5k with her daughters, Sam (14) and Gwyn (9). Winning the race with Gwyn’s urging to go win and don’t let the boys beat you! LOL. Sam placed top 10 in her age-group! Then this week Jackie capped off November with a first place overall woman at the Turkey Trot St. Charles running 17:29 for the 5k!

Jessica File had been putting in training over the months, to go run the Indi Marathon. She said she felt just ok, and ran 3:25 ! This is also a Boston Qualifier for her if she so chooses! Then she capped off the month running the Turkey Trot St. Charles in 20:45 to place top 3 in her age-group.

Monica Lewis ran the Timber and Trails race of 8ish miles at Cuivre River a few weeks ago on a very rainy day and mud filled trails, and she said it was soo fun ha!

Sarah Winter ran a turkey trot out of town and look forward to hearing how that went for her.

Hope all enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving!

Spooky fast and fun runs at Go! Halloween races!

29 Oct

Last weekend several Runnababez ran in the various distances at the Go! Halloween races. Lisa ran in the 5k, placing 5th woman overall at 8 weeks post-partum running as “Steve Prefontaine” lol. Her son TJ, ran the fun-run mile in 11:30 a new best time for him!

Congrats to Jackie Pirtle-Hall who took home the win for women in the Go! 10k! Running it in 37 minutes! She dressed up as Forest Gump ha!

Sarah Grigsby went long and ran the Go! Half-Marathon placing 5th woman overall in a time of 1:32!

Fun costumes, and fun runs~!

Lisa Back After Baby! & Runnababez Cowbell it!

10 Oct

The Runnababez are back in action everywhere! First off the recap on Cowbell, Runnababez had Sarah Winter in the 5k, take the win in a stellar time of 17:58, placing first woman and second including men! Jessica File went long for the half marathon and ran to a top 15 place for women in a time of 1:33!

This past weekend Lisa Cary returned to racing just 6 weeks after having a baby and was cleared to begin running easy by her Dr. 3 weeks after having her son via emergency c-section. He is doing well now, after a 2 week stay in the NICU. Lisa enjoyed getting to toe a line again and blow some stress in the run at the Celebration Life 5k she ran for her friend, whose brother passed away. Lisa said if it wasn’t for this reason she probably wouldn’t have raced…as still battling the baby exhaustion. She later found herself running to first woman overall, 5th including men in a time of 20:55! Not light the earth on fire fast for her, but it was a good time with very limited easy runs in the past few weeks , she quite surprised herself ! Later credits this to remaining physically active all thru her pregnancy with keeping up running, supplementing cross-training in biking and also swimming, made this relative quick return to post partum “fitness”.

Let’s get ready for more fun fall racing!

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!


Jackie 2nd in Miles 4 Meso 5k!

28 Sep

Congrats to Jackie Pirtle-Hall for placing second woman overall in the Miles 4 Meso 5k race in Alton, IL this past weekend. She returned to racing, after coming back from battling a injury. She placed 2nd in 17:45, which also placed her top 5 including men! She enjoyed the fun race atmosphere, and all the fun post race activities this race is known for as well.

Jackie with top 5 Women at Miles 4 Meso 5k

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!


Runnababez & Their Babez Race Macklind Mile~!

28 Jun

Last weekend Lisa & several Runnababez kids “babiez” , Lauren Hubbard’s daughter Payton (12), and TJ Cary Lisa’s son (3) raced in the St. Louis Macklind Mile road race. Lisa no stranger to the race, and past winner of the Macklind Mile, couldn’t stay away from the fun. So found herself to the start line of the Women’s Competitive wave running 28 weeks pregnant. She decided to go “easy cruise” to start and see how she felt at half way. She ran a negative split, picking it up the last half to run 6:24 in the wave. Payton Hubbard, a very good up and coming runner was fresh off her Blazer’s track season broke 7 minutes in the mile running 6:54!

Next up was TJ Cary in the Recreational Mile wave, he was very excited to run his first race with his Mom, after watching her run races, and himself playing and doing drills with his Mom & Dad, “Coach” around the house and track for fun since he was born . TJ had fun picking up and racing people around him, and found himself running the whole way, except for a water dump on his head half way. He crossed the finish line earning his first race medal, becoming the 1st official 3 year old boy to run a road mile in Missouri, and earning the Missouri State Road Mile record for a 3 yr old boy in 12:31! He joins his Mom, Lisa now in the Missouri State Road Race Age-Records book! He said he can’t wait to race again!

A very fun. FAST. Fabulous morning!

Lisa & TJ Cary
Payton, Lisa & Mikey @Macklind Mile

November Racing Updates

13 Dec

Catching up on a few November racing updates from some Runnababez… The month started off strong with Sarah Winter winning first place woman overall, at the Clayton Half Marathon in a time of 1:24 !

Monica won the Bellefontaine Neighbors 5k, for her first overall win in a race! Her friend Meredith completed her first ever 5k in the same race!

Lisa did the Kirwood Turkey Trot, placing 5th overall. That same week she later ran the 2 hr Turkey Trot Trail , in Rockwood’s Reservation Turkey Trail placing first woman overall in the event, which she finished 6 very hilly loops, is a trail she loves to run on weekly.

Happy Holidays Runners!


Courtney returns to Boston! Jessica 2nd in Half!

25 Oct

Congrats to Courtney McDermott who competed in her 3rd Boston Marathon. She returned to race in the Boston Marathon coming back after having her second baby a few years ago. She ran a very solid race of 3:30 on the hilly streets! She enjoyed some comradery with fellow running buddies from St.L as well!

Jessica File recently competed in her 2nd Half marathon this month, at the Go! Halloween Race in Eureka. She said she enjoyed the scenic course, and found her flow in this race picking it up the last 3 miles to run right at her PR for the half marathon of 1:29! She placed 2nd woman overall, and 9th including men!

Ironman. Cowbells. & Canyons…

6 Oct

What a wild endurance weekend for the Runnababez to say the least! We will begin by recap of Lisa Cary’s first Ironman Triathlon. She transitioned quickly from a peak of training for the mile/steeplechase Olympic trial qualifier races in track, to Ironman in only 16 weeks training. Coach told her it would be tight, but they both came up with her training to get her in great endurance triathlon shape relatively quickly for this Ironman. Lisa began her first Ironman in Muncie, Indiana… it was a long one 2.4 miles of a lake swim/117 mile bike/27.4 mile run all done in a days work! Things got underway with a two loop course in swim, complete one loop swim run across the beach for a short distance dive back in and complete loop 2. Lisa had a great swim, 2nd loop had lap traffic from people doing the half Ironman. She ran out to transition into the bike. Lisa said she was feeling good and at eaze for the first half of bike avg. around 19mph to that point…Then the pouring rain and wind came for the remaining of the Ironman. She pulled over multiple times to wipe her handlebars with toilet paper from pit stops so her hands wouldn’t slip, she was nervous, wanted to stay upright and not wipeout, so she slowed and took it easy to finish the ride in avg. around 17mph with hills, wind and rain! After that it was time to do a marathon plus run.. She was soaked, wasn’t planning on a down pour, shout out to Coach Tim to pull his socks off his feet so she could run in somewhat dry socks. He threw them over fence and off she went, hips tight from tense ride, feeling otherwise ok pending an extra hour in the saddle . Lisa kept clicking the run miles off, just kept moving, and tried not to stop at all for aid stations dumping fluids into hand held bottle. She found herself approaching the finish line 13 hrs later ,no matter what the rough conditions as an …IRONMAN! So, thankful for her support crew, of Coach-Hubby, TJ, Her Dad, Biking fool, and her dog Zato all made the journey to support and cheer, she ended up placing top 15 in her age-group in 14th place! She said she enjoyed the training/race and already wants another one…but with no rain ; )

More adventure for the sisters…Monica Lewis embarked on the trail running adventure of a lifetime this past weeked, completing 3 X half trail marathons, in 3 days in Zion, Horshoe Bend and more! Monica said it was, “The hardest trail runs of her life, but the most beautiful place on earth! She loved the adventure and challenge!

The weekend wrapped up on Sunday, in St. Charles with the MO Cowbell Half Marathon finishing on some of the Runnababez very familiar training grounds of the Katy Trail. Jessica File, and Brooke Schulte competed in the half marathon. They both finished within seconds of each-other to finish top 15 women overall , in 1:34 on the humid STL day! Fellow buddy Rachel, was also in town and ran the half marathon.

This past weekend was a cumulation of hard work, dedication, and commitment. It shows if you commit to a goal, you can achieve it. TO sometimes RISK it, for a big goal, or adventure as you only live once! The time is now. Go for your goals.

FUN. FAST. FABULOUS! ~ Runnababez

Lisa 6th Overall in Triathlon

20 Sep

Lisa Cary finished 6th woman overall at a competitive regional triathlon, 11th including men at the Lake Carlyle Triathlon in IL. The “sprint” triathlon was 750 meter swim, 12.5 mile bike, 3.6 mile run. This was her first triathlon back in 5 years, and was practicing going through transitions and making sure equipment/gear all good in the midst of heavy training wrapping up. Lisa dove into a warm lake swim, averaged around 19mph on the windy bike course, and had a strong run, but ran out of ground to catch a few ladies ahead of her.