Archive | September, 2014

Jackie Wins Miles for Meso 5k!

28 Sep

Jackie Pirtle-Hall has started off the Runnababez fall fiesta racing line-up with a victory!  Jackie easily ran away with the win at the hilly Miles for Meso 5k in Alton, IL yesterday morning with a time of 17:26.

The Runnababez have put in some good training and are ready to race!  As the saying goes, “The hay is in the barn!” In the coming weeks we will will be out and about at numerous races! Happy Racing!

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!



It’s NOT about Winning.

6 Sep

I think running & walking is great for everyone. Running regardless of how fast or slow you are does not matter in reality. What matters is how you feel doing it, who you run with, and how great you feel after.  I do not run to win.  I run because I absolutely love the feeling of a runner’s high.  My husband just laughs when I tell him, “I just have the greatest runner’s high!” After a morning run at 5 am…When I’m telling him this it’s like noon or 5pm.  Tim goes no, that’s not a runner’s high that happens while running or shortly after.  I realized that too… A Runner’s high is when endorphins release during a run and make you feel like a new person.  Well why is what I call a runner’s high any different?  I feel awesome after a hard workout.  I feel awesome when I started my day off according to me, with a run.  I feel awesome when I get to run with my Runnababez team-mates.  Afterwards I feel blessed, I feel lucky, to be able to run & be able to associate myself with so many amazing people who have accomplished so many things not only running, but in life…

I believe running should be fun.  Why are you doing this?  Why are you out there at 5 am? Why are you running a hard workout?  Why do you want to race?  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good win.. Who doesn’t love a win?  .. But if that were why you ran, why wouldn’t you pick some rinky dink 5k locally and win it because it had only 50 people, and or the fast person wasn’t in your age-group?  I can tell you why, it would be unsatisfying.

When Jackie & I joined, “forces,” or started training together, is when, “magic” started happening.  We both were training on our own after college, lonely going through the running motions on our own.  Both wondering what to do after post-collegiate running?…We both ran at Lindenwood together back in 2005-2007.. We re-met after a race in 2010 or so, talked after a race we happened to be at, and agreed we should meet up for a run and catch up.  The rest is Runnababez history.  We started running every single weekend together, even though I was training for shorter steeple and 5k races, and her the marathon.  We both had different strengths & weaknesses.  We both found ourselves laughing so hard while training and pushing hard together.  I still remember this one run in Babler park when we were venting about stresses in day to day life, and little did we know we both kept picking up the pace gradually, while venting, that we didnt realize how fast we actually just ran in Babler.  Until we were done, and stood absolutely still at the end of the run, and both go…”Um. Wow, we were moving.”  Together we both pushed each-other to be the absolute best we each could be. Training together we were better, we both pushed each-other to whole new levels in 2011-2012. The levels we were pushing towards… were no longer long-shot big dream goals but realistic goals of Olympic Trials.  That was back in 2011.


Ever since then,  we both would talk on how much we wish we had a team in St. Louis that had multiple people at the Olympic Trials or people who wanted to go big.  We thought it would be cool, having fun, working hard, competing hard, and working together to achieve being the best in the USA.  We are so lucky and blessed to have this now, I still feel like I’m in a dream.  Runnababez now have a team so solid that on any given day, any Runnababe could win any race, locally at any distance.  I think if  any runner or walker keeps the big picture in mind, that it doesn’t matter who wins the race, age-group etc.   What matters is how you feel after a good hard workout knowing you gave it your all.  Also, you never know who is looking up to you… Who did you inspire today? What new person or as I say, “baby,” could you take under your wing and help them develop?  I always loved finding a new, “baby,”while in college at Lindenwood, and teaching them, “my ways,”…Some would think I’m crazy for sure, aka Anna Tonkin / Tessa Valdez etc etc lol.

Jumping on hotel bed after good races...

Jumping on hotel bed after good races…

XC Race where we all (LU) wore,"Granny panties," and we all ran PRS… lol. Have fun. Run fast.

XC Race where we all
(LU) wore,”Granny panties,” and we all ran PRS… lol. Have fun. Run fast.

But, you know what I can tell you this, every day at track practice I would help my,”babies,”and have her learn the ways…Teach her how to train to get to nationals, teach her what to do on and off the track.. And show the babies running can be fun! It’s not all torture!  I swear!   Team-mates & training partners can help you achieve things you might not be able to do otherwise.  Why do you think Kenyans time, and time again are the most amazing runners at world level competitions?  I can tell you this, they train together not just in couples, but by hundreds.  They push each-other.  They aren’t afraid of competition.

Here is a short little tale that I find true…
Parable of the Spoons

Spiritual Story by Unknown

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like. “The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, “I don’t understand.” “It is simple” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves.”
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Amy Marxkors and her coach Jake Goldsborough

Lisa, Amanda, and Juli @Macklind Mile



We shouldn’t shy away from competion.  WE should embrace having someone pushing us to be our best. PR stands for PERSONAL RECORD..  Focus, on bettering yourself, by embracing training with people and team-mates. And always inspire someone, to go for something big. Big can be finishing a first 5k, completing a first marathon, PR’ing, it’s all relative. But, helping someone achieve a goal is priceless.

Take time to actually enjoy running. Don’t look at your garmin, just run, laugh, and enjoy the company. I guarantee you, you will get more miles in, run faster,  and most importantly..have more fun.