July Race Update

15 Aug

The month of July included Courtney McDermott running in for the win of the O”fallon Firecracker 5k!  She ran the 5k in 20:39, on the hot humid day. Stay tuned as the Runnababez get ready to race more and train for fall!




Jackie PR’s at IL Marathon!

30 Apr

Congrats to Jackie Pirtle-Hall again on another great marathon race!  She this past weekend, placed 2nd woman overall at the Christi Clinic Illinois Marathon in Champaign, IL.  This was her 2nd marathon within a 3 week window…and she ran away with a new marathon PR!  Jackie ran 2:41  to shave a minute off her previous best time ever which was run back in 2012.

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!



Jackie Pirtle-Hall Marathon Winner Q&A

10 Apr

Jackie just recently ran an amazing race at the Go! St. Louis Marathon last weekend, winning, and qualifying for her second Olympic Marathon Trials.  She qualified in 2012, narrowly missed the time in 2016, by a few seconds, and now has punched her ticket to the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials.  We ask her a few questions about marathoning and her recent race.

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Amazing race and time at the Go! Marathon, tell us how the race broke or went down for you? I just tried to stay as calm, and  in a rhythm for as long as I could. When I realized 2nd woman was coming up on me at mile 10, I realized I needed to start pressing each mile and not look back. I had to stay confident and focused and not let my emotions take over. I felt great until mile 22, when my IT bands started to hurt.  I just kept trying to not get emotional and take it one mile at a time. When I got to mile 25 I  realized I was going to get the OTQ (Olympic Trials Qualifying) time.  So, I ran a 5:46 pace into the finish. I was so happy!

Did you know you were going to attempt the Olympic Trials Qualifier time headed into the race? Before I got sick I secretly knew I could do it but that wasn’t the goal. I went into the race just wanting to finish and go for the win.

How was qualifying for this Olympic trials different than last time for you? So, it was way different, since I was surprised.  I got to keep some of the emotion out of it and just press and run… The surprise made the emotional high that much more amazing!

This was win #3 for you at the Go! Marathon, what draws you back to the Go!? And how was this win different? I like not having to travel and also running in my hometown.  I feel proud running with and for our strong St. Louis running community. When I run in front of people who expect performances, it makes it emotionally hard.  But, I like stepping up to a challenge that scares me. It’s so much easier to go and compete at a race no one can see or hear about the results…I can take the emotion and expectations out of it… But, when I put myself out there and follow through, to me that’s courageous.  Show up- face your fears- don’t be afraid to fail… and when you succeed, the result is so much more satisfying.

How was your final training preparation leading into the Go!? Anything different than past marathons?  I had to do some 10k sessions to get some of my foot speed lost during all my trail running I did for Pikes Peak Marathon (last year). It was hard but fun!

What is your favorite marathon dinner? Pancakes the day before, protein after the race.

What is your favorite training fuel? Gu is just so easy, but also Gu Roctane fluid for hard long sessions.

Why do you love the marathon? It really tests character and strength; it’s hard.

What is your favorite training area or trail in St. Louis? Forest Park and Katy trail.

The Runnababez look forward to Jackie competing in the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2020!  Will you be next to step up to your goals and challenges? Whether trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials, Boston, PR? Jackie and the Runnababez love a challenge. Embrace the pain and get to work!  Go for your goals!


“We must embrace the pain, and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!


Courtney Wins 5k!

5 Apr

Congrats to Courtney McDermott for continuing on her string of great spring races~!  She recently placed first overall, men included in the Easter Escapades 5k in O’fallon.  She brought home the  win in a time of 20:09, which is a new 5k PR!  Jackie’s daughter Samantha participated in the 5k as well placing first in the 10 and under division!


Jackie Win’s Cottleville St. Pat’s Run!

19 Mar

Congrats to Jackie Pirtle-Hall for winning the St. Patty’s Day 7k run in Cottleville, MO this past weekend.  She averaged 5:40 per mile, running the race in 24:40 which was also the second fastest time including men!

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!


Courtney PRS in Half Marathon!

14 Mar

Courtney McDermott won the Creve Coeur St. Paddy’s Half Marathon this past weekend, and also set a new PR in the distance of 1:33.  She said it felt great, and ran a steady pace and with the pacer throughout.

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!

Courtney Wins 5k!

3 Mar

Congrats to Courtney McDermott who won the Ultimate Girls 5k last weekend in St. Charles.  Courtney ran the 5k in 20:15, close to beating almost all the men as well.  That’s pretty much the definition of an ultimate girl, or shall we say Ultimate Runnababe!