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Runnababez Revisit the year that was…2012!

26 Dec

Wow!  What a year it was for the newly formed Runnababez Elite Running team! What started out as just an idea that was discussed over a long run in the winter cold between Jackie Pirtle-Hall & Lisa Cary became a reality in  January 2012.  I don’t think either Runnababe (Jackie & Lisa) thought it would develop as quickly as it did, in it’s only first year in existence…Or maybe they did, they had big goals, big dreams, big ideas and accomplished BIG things together  in 2012! The year started off HUGE to say the least, Jackie Pirtle-Hall accomplished a life long dream and goal of hers by qualifying at the California International Marathon to run in the January 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.  Such an accomplishment took her to the top of the sport,and competing against the very best marathon runners in the nation, and against world ranked caliber runners.. 2012 saw Jackie Pirtle-Hall develop and turn herself into one of the best marathoners in the country as well.    Not only did she qualify, she placed 70th at the trials, and setting a PR (at the time) of 2:44.20.  This would be a memory for a lifetime, and the  first of many BIG achievements for Jackie.

Jackie after qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials

Jackie after qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials

Jackie running in the Olympic Trials Marathon

Jackie running in the Olympic Trials Marathon

Jackie runnning @Olympic trials to finish 70th in 2:44

Jackie & John@ Olympic Marathon Trials

Jackie & John@ Olympic Marathon Trials

Jackie's #1 fans @the trials!

Jackie’s #1 fans @the trials!

February, saw the Runnababez continuing upon their development as elite runners and as a team.  Jackie went on to compete in the US  Cross-Country Championships in ST. Louis placing 24th! In March, Jackie ran a PR in the half marathon of 1:15 at the Virginia Beach race and was the 1st American finisher in the international field!

The Runnababez put in the work, miles, strength, and discipline all winter, and it developed into a very successful spring running season.  Starting out in April, with the GO! St. Louis Marathon, Jackie went on to win that race in course record fashion, running another PR in the process regardless of the HILLS.. 2:42! 

Christine Fischer, Lisa, Jackie, & Amy Marxkors @ Illinois Christie Clinic marathon= STL girls!

Christine Fischer, Lisa, Jackie, & Amy Marxkors @ Illinois Christie Clinic marathon= STL girls!

That same weekend  Lisa Cary hit her first PR of the year (at the time) in the 3000 Meter steeplechase out in the Pomona Pitzer Califonia Invitational of 10:50 winning it as well!

Track season & marathoning was running like a full boar for these Runnababez!  Moving on two weeks later, Jackie decides to push the envelope and push the barriers into a rare and unthinkable task for most with the help of her coach (Coach Sheldon Webster)..running a 2nd marathon only two weeks later after running a previous…?!?! YEs, she did..People may think these Runnababez are crazy in some of the things they do…But, only they& their coaches’ know their bodies and how hard they trained, and what their bodies can take and not take.  Jackie took that 2nd Marathon , the Illinois Cristie Clinic marathon, down like a BEAST!  Yes, she did run a marathon two weeks prior.  Yes, she did win both. Yes, she did set the course records at both.  And yes, she did run all of them under 2:45!

Jackie winning the GO! STL marathon

Jackie winning the GO! STL marathon      

Moving into May, Lisa Cary continued upon her Steeplechasing, and chasing the trials standard…She knocked more time off her steeplechase finishing the NCC Keeler Invite in 10:42.50, and claiming first! Lisa was accepted into a few national caliber track races, one being the Music City Distance Carninval where all the Olympic Trials hopefuls ran trying to hit the trials times.  She finished with another PR in 10:40. Two weeks later, Lisa revamped and gave it one last shot at hitting the 10:15 needed to be in the Olympic Trials Steeplechase, finishing short of the 10:15, but none the less another PR 10:35 with Coach Tim Cary’s guidance at the American Milers Club series race.

Amanda Dunne, Lisa, & Shannon Leinert at the Music City Distance Carnival - Nashville, TN.  Missouri girls

Amanda Dunne, Lisa, & Shannon Leinert at the Music City Distance Carnival – Nashville, TN. Missouri girls

 After all the Spring/summer track racing & marathoning, the Runnababez produced plenty of sparks on the fall roads!  In June, Jackie hit a road 5k PR of 16:36, winning the All American St. Louis 5k, Lisa also hit a road 5k PR of 17:18 placing 3rd, and fellow Runnababe Lauren Hubbard ran a seasons best at the race as well!  June also marked a big day for Runnababe Anna Tonkin, her wedding day to her lover for life!  She had a morning run with her Runnababe to start her day off right to becoming Mrs. Collette!

Anna pre-wedding and ready for her white wedding run!

Anna pre-wedding and ready for her white wedding run!

All American 5k STL

All American 5k STL

 July of this year, the Runnababez hosted the first annual highschool girls only Runnababez XC Camp, it was tons of fun for the girls!  And for the camp coaches! They all enjoyed getting ready for the upcoming XC season!  Lisa ran the Bix 7 a week later, and finished as the #10 American in the international race.  July was hot,  but the Runnababez continued to bring the heat…Lisa Cary blazed in the Macklind Mile running another PR of 4:48, and narrowly missing the win in a duel to line!

Runnababez Cross Country Camp 2012

Runnababez Cross Country Camp 2012

Lisa at the Maklind Mile

Lisa at the Maklind Mile

After a successful summer, the Runnababez kept fine speed into the fall road racing.  In September Lisa Cary won the Fenton 10k with another road PR of 36:53.  Lauren Hubbard placed 3rd in the 5k.  Two weeks later, Lisa ran in the elite field at Miles for Meso 5k, in Alton IL.  Holding on for 8th place.  Lauren Hubbard winning the women’s open 5k.   Here the Runnababez, met (re-met) and became friends with future Runnababe Marion Kandie.  October, Marion Kandie officially joined the Runnababez Elite team, and ran numerous 10k road wins! Finishing the season with a 34:13 road 10k PR!.

Lauren Hubbard winning the open 5k @ Miles for Meso

Lauren Hubbard winning the open 5k @ Miles for Meso

Lisa & Lauren at the finish of Fenton race

Lisa & Lauren at the finish of Fenton race

Runnababez welcome Marion Kandie to team

Runnababez welcome Marion Kandie to team

October was filled with Half Marathon races, and the Runnababez raced in every single St. Louis half it was time for some fun local racing! LOL.  Jackie Pirtle-Hall started the fall half racing by claiming the win at the Mo Cowbell in a time of 1:21. Several weeks later, Jackie places 2nd at the (hilly) Rock&Roll STL half marathon in 1:21, and after she finishes her half marathon runs in her sister, Jerren who completed her first full marathon!  A week after that Lisa Cary finishes 2nd at the (hilly) Clayton Half Marathon in 1:25.

Jackie @Rock&Roll STL finish

Jackie @Rock&Roll Half Marathon STL finish

Jackie & her sister Jerren @Rock&Roll STL finish of Marathon!

Jackie & her sister Jerren @Rock&Roll STL finish of Marathon!

Lisa on route to 2nd place - Clayton Half Marathon 2012

Lisa on route to 2nd place – Clayton Half Marathon 2012

The fall also brought upon opportunities for the Runnababez to be apart of numerous expo’s and also a motivational speaker appearance by Jackie at a local 10k.  The Runnababez saw this as a new challenge, and a new experience to  give back to the sport and become part of the St. Louis running community by supporting it away from the racing finish lines as well.  The Runnababez enjoyed discussing their experiences, helping train others, answer questions, giving feedback, talking training, nutrition,  on how to become a better runner to others trying to learn and finish their own races.  They really enjoyed this new aspect of giving back to the sport of running, that they got to be a part of and  experience as a first this year, by helping organize a boothe at expos and discuss the newly formed Runnababez racing , apparel, and training clinics they offered.

Jackie speaking at expo

Jackie speaking at expo

Lisa & Jackie with Runnababez apparel at expo

Lisa & Jackie with Runnababez apparel at expo

Lauren, Dean  Karnazes, & Lisa @Rock&Roll expo

Winding down the year… Lisa Cary wins the Chesterfield Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in 17:47 on a cold and windy winters day, along with fellow friend Mikey Aitken who claims the win on the men’s side. Lisa Cary dabbled in the marathon in December, since running lots of base miles anyway for next year’s track season. Lisa gained valuable experience in completing  the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, her 3rd  marathon and most successful one due to practicing patience and pacing at (Coach Cary’s urging…) The middle distance runner  finished 7th female overall on a hot December’s day.

Lisa and Mens Champ & Runnababez buddy Mike Aitken

Lisa and Mens Champ & Runnababez buddy Mike Aitken

Lisa & Dad @Turkey Trot 2012 an annual tradition

Lisa & Dad @Turkey Trot 2012 an annual tradition

 Well, whew! What a year it was for the newly formed 2012 Runnababez team!  This year was an amazing year, filled with laughs, miles, trials, tribulations, learning,  and successes.  WE, as Runnababez would like to thank our coaches Sheldon Webster & Tim Cary, our families, our key supporters in Emerge Fitness, Comprehensive Chiropractic, Precision Health, St. Louis Track Club, Fleet Feet Sports & many more because without our supporters we wouldn’t have been able to compete as we did this year! We are very thankful for all your help and support in trying to be the best runners we can be!  Looking forward to a happy, healthy, PR filled, & new adventures in the upcoming year of 2013! 

runnababez at wash u

Happy New Year!  and Happy training!   ~The Runnababez

Runnababez January Speed Clinics Schedule!

11 Dec

Ladies!  January means a new year, resolutions, and new goals! Runnababez would love to help you get ready to hit some new PR’s for 2013!  Whether, it be knocking some time off your road 5k PR, or helping you learn how to incorporte speed work for the very first time, all levels are welcome!  We also will be having a winter warmup speed clinic to jump start the high-school girls running plans to prep for track season!

Sign up now to reserve your spot!  Come learn, run, and develop your speed with us!

 

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Memphis Marathon Pre-race Week & Race Recap

3 Dec

Pre-Blurbs by Day leading up to…. Memphis Marathon …By: Lisa Lewis Cary

Main theme of the week is I got extremely hungry leading up to race, most likely due to cut back in training and body trying to refuel and rebuild when it has a chance and cut in activity.  This, “extreme hunger,” has happened a few times when going through a taper period.  To all those who have also dealt with this, “Hunger Runner Games,” you are not the only one! 

Week 1 (2 weeks out): I feel like my body is hibernating like a BIG fat bear and storing up excess fat for winter and knows that a big effort race is coming.  So, annoying.   I guess that happens when you start cutting back on training, after putting in solid work/training…?

Week 2:

Monday – Tempo run in AM feel normal.

Tuesday – I feel VERY tired.  I look tired. I wake up naturally FUSSY.  I drink caffeine.  Puzzling, since I got  8 hrs of sleep. Throughout the day at work, I feel irritated, agitated, and hungry like a beast.  FEROCIOUSLY hungry.  I come home from work and eat two 1/3 pound burgers, chips, salad, & finish two bowls of icecream.  I take an iron pill, wow magically after eating like a beast I feel, “Normal.” And my mind feels happier lol. : )  You might think, ok I just need to snack all day.  I already snack every few hours on fruit, carbs etc.  too! ha!

Wednesday-  I feel “normal” and don’t feel too tired from the cumulative effect of, “marathon”(my marathon aka base) training and  I don’t feel fussy. Hopefully my taper kicks in soon.  Thus far not crazy hungry, must have been all the meat I ate yesterday that makes me feel ok or body was low on fat.    Man, “ it’s” (my body) is high maintenance lol.  Mind of it’s own.  Thank goodness that mind, body rage of a war, is over. But oh wait a sec..It’s not over !  Lunch time I was caught again with lots of hunger ate my lunch plus addition of pizza brought in for the office.

Thursday – Travel to Memphis with Tim, do a shake out run on treadmill at hotel after we visited the expo and got my packet and #.  Tim and I hit Beale street to have some fun and get some dinner.  I was still hungry after my “first,” dinner at, “Pork with an Attitude.”  Great BBQ!  WE head over to this place called , “Flying Fish,” our favorite find of places to eat by Beale Street.  Highly recommend going to the, “Flying Fish,” if ever in Memphis!  I get Shrimp kabobs with rice.  Now, I’m finally full!  Got to fuel the fire and eat the big meal today instead of tomorrow night!

Friday- Slept in, got a shake out easy run.  Legs didn’t feel good until last 5 mins of run.  I was going to go for 2nd easy 10-15 minute run but I could tell my legs felt fine so I turned back in to hotel and didn’t run, and Tim and I eat dinner.  My meal was a light dinner, rice and chicken.  Tim headed back to Flying Fish.  Night, night and in bed by 10.

Saturday: Race Day!  I make my way to the elite room where I see my fellow Fleet Feet running pal, Amy Marxkors.  We chat and walk over to the line together, she also did a talk at the expo for her book, the “Lola Papers,” which I have just started and I love thus far it is all about marathon misadventures which we all can relate to ; ) Ok, so my race plan was to just run or start with the Fleet Feet Memphis 3:05 pacer, “Feb,” for at least 13 miles and see how I felt.  Since I was granted an , “elite,” entry I could of started on the front line, and the race went out in 2 minutes waves.  I opted not to do that since I am so new to marathoning and, since my goal was to practice pacing and run with the 3:05 leader.  I also would of been too tempted or easy to get caught up going out too fast.  Just a week ago at the turkey trot, I had no sense of pace what so ever, I came through the mile in about 5:10 which I definitely didn’t need to have happen in a marathon! I also like to run by feel, and don’t like to , “monitor,” my run speeds on easy days with Garmins. …I enoy running , and don’t want to force or be a slave to the watch.  Easy days are meant to go easy, and I let my body decide that speed.  It could be 7 min miles, it could be 9 min miles, it doesn’t matter the point is to recover enough to have juice to go all out on hard days, which I do… I only time track workouts and most of the time don’t want to know my times until I am done. .. Anyway, I am glad I lined up with the 2nd corrall and the miles clicked by quick for first 13 chatting with the 3:05 pacer and new 3:05 pacing pals.  I felt great and very easy all the way up till 13, when the temps were climbing outside nearing almost 70 degrees.  I hung with Feb, who by the way was awesome!  He is an avid Ultramarathoner!  He was very funny and good pacer! We came through the half at 1:32-33.  I  hung with Feb until 17, when my legs got hit by bricks at that point, all of the sudden.  I managed to keep plugging away, and keep stomach queaziness to a very minimum ( still need to figure the exact ratio of gatorade/water/ and GU) but I did much better with my own squeezy bottles that was a condensed Perpetuem/Water mix I did take 2 GU’s one at mile 7 and one at 16.  Mile by mile I just kept the legs moving at that point, I saw many people walking and not looking so great I think due to the temps.  I was going to attempt to pick up the pace or “push” around 23, but that didn’t happen!  The best I could do was keep moving forward in my shuffle.  Last mile I felt like I got hit again with new bricks, and was willing my body to the finish.  I didn’t walk ! And was able to finish my 3rd marathon in a 14 minute PR of 3:11.  Finishing 7th Female Overall, and 49th including men.  Overall, I was happy with my race because I held back and focused on my pace, and my race for over half of the race distance, just like Coach Cary and I had planned.  Weather was not ideal, but still had a great race for this mid-distance runner!  Running long is very new to me, but have found myself enjoying not only the training but the marathon race itself!  I enjoyed the flow of the Memphis course and the rolling hills, in that it helped use different muscle groups. 

Congrats to all who finished that beast in the heat as well! Until next time! Another lesson learned, and another marathon under my belt! 

Happy Running & Happy Holidays!

~Lisa