Archive | November, 2013

Always an Adventure

11 Nov

After a hectic month and half racing season culminated with Jackie and Cheryl bringing home 2nd and 3rd place honors in the St Louis Track Club Half Marathon, the Runnababez planned to relax for a bit before tackling their next races. Apparently a bit is equal to about 6 days.

Cheryl took a quick trip down memory lane this weekend. Her William Woods Owls women won their conference Cross Country meet and qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Along with the Owls success, Cheryl was able to make it to Jefferson City to cheer on her alma mater, Lafayette High School, to a 3rd place showing at the Missouri State Cross Country Championships.

Speaking of the Missouri State Cross Country Championships, Amanda had one heck of a weekend. As an assistant coach for the Festus Tigers, Amanda was pulling double duty with both their boys and girls teams qualifying to the state meet. The boys set the tone early with 3 All State athletes, including the individual State Champ. That was good enough for Amanda’s boys to earn the 2nd place trophy. A little over an hour later, her girls were crossing the line earning 4 All State awards and another podium finish and 2nd place trophy.

Amandas Team State Trophy

Heading a bit farther east, the Runnababez were being represented in our nation’s capital as well. Runnababez buddy Lauryn was enjoying a weekend in Washington DC and decided to partake in the Veterans Day 10k. Gotta love seeing the Runnababez logo in front of the Lincoln Memorial during Veterans Day weekend.

Lauryn at Lincoln Memorial

Finally, heading south, Lisa arrived in Fort Lauderdale for a long planned vacation. Upon arriving at the hotel, she found that the turnaround for a half marathon to be run the following morning was right at the front door step. Well that got someone very fired up to race. With a 4:30 am alarm clock (3:30 body clock) and a 5:15 taxi, she headed out for a morning of half marathoning. A quick 10 min cab ride and raceday registration later, and Lisa was ready to roll. Hot, humid, and very windy weather kept the times far from what you would expect on a flat course. Not sure how she’d feel one week after a rough marathon experience in Indianapolis, Lisa settled into a nice rhythm keeping the womens leader in eyesight. Racheting the pace down over the final miles, Lisa ran out of real estate to bring home the race win, but enjoyed one heck of a fun race.

Lisa along the beach

Check out the race articles from The Sun Sentinel here, and Runnersweb here.

Awards

Daring Greatly

4 Nov

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

The Man in the Arena was part of a Teddy Roosevelt speech from over one hundred years ago. It is so apropos in describing this past weekend’s races for the Runnababez that you could deem it The Runnababe in the Arena. Lisa, Jackie, and Cheryl all put themselves out there this weekend to test their mettle against some of the best runners in the US to see just how deep the water really is. They all came away with varying results, but also all came away a stronger person for the experiences.

The weekend started at the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis. It was a cool breezy Saturday morning that set the tone for a fast race. Lisa had been battling a cold throughout the week leading into the race, but was hoping to have turned the corner. This was a beautiful morning, a fast course, and a world class field, it was too good to pass up the opportunity to test oneself, therefore the cold was going to just have to be put on the back burner. As the race got underway, the first few miles clicked off perfectly smoothly, right on pace. Unfortunately, that’s about the end of the good news for the day. Missing her first water bottle around the 10k mark, Lisa went to her back up GU that she had with her. Apparently her stomach did not want to keep anything down, and promptly deposited said GU back on the sidewalk. Knowing that her cold was going to make this a long day, Lisa throttled back the pace in hopes of managing the circumstances. As the race went on, and she was unable to keep much fuel down, it became more of a dogged determination to finish than worry about time. It is said that you learn more from the races that go poorly than the one’s that go well. Finishing the race a little over 30 minutes slower than expected in 3:22, Lisa learned a lot. In Runnababez speak, Lisa “badgered” the last half of the course because quitting was not an option.

Sunday morning dawned in Clayton at the St Louis Track Club Half Marathon crisp, cold, and clear. As the sun rose across the horizon, the temps quickly climbed to offer the competitors a gorgeous day for racing. Jackie and Cheryl looked to continue their one-two punch that saw Jackie come away with the GO! Halloween 10k victory, and Cheryl a 2nd place finish in the GO! Halloween half in her first ever race beyond 10k. Only 3 short months after welcoming Gwyneth Hall into the world, Jackie has gradually worked her way back up the ladder from 5k to 10k to now taking on a half marathon. Early on, it became a two horse race between Jackie and 2-time Olympian Liza Hunter-Galvan. With each athlete pushing the pace and trying to break their opponent, they flew through the hilly course on record pace. As they climbed the last long hill into Clayton, Jackie cut into Liza’s lead, only to run out of real estate before the finish line. Both ladies broke former St Louisan and 2x US womens road 10k champ Lynn Deninno’s 26 year old course record in the process with Jackie finishing in 1:18:44. Cheryl found herself in heated race for 3rd place as well. Lining up for only her second half marathon ever, Cheryl was leery how her body would respond only 3 weeks after her first half. With former Olympic Trials marathon qualifier and StL Track Club Half winner Julie Lossos, 3x Gasparilla Half Marathon Champ Terri Rejimbal, and sub 3 hour marathoner Laura Gillette in the mix, there was plenty of experience for her to latch onto and learn from. Around the halfway mark, Cheryl gradually pulled away and started looking for people to chase. Cheryl powered up the final hill still running strong, well ahead of her inaugural half pace. Breaking the line in 1:21:52, earned her 3rd place in a stellar field.

Cheryl StL Track Club Half

The past 6 weeks saw the Runnababez tackle numerous races throughout the Midwest. They carried themselves with class as they won award after award, always staying true to their Fun. Fast. Fabulous beliefs. Congratulations to everyone on their fall exploits. Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing you at a race down the road.