Archive | June, 2015

Lisa & Amanda Continue Powering Out PRS!

27 Jun

Runnbabez Lisa & Amanda continue on their PR streak today!  Just last week both Runnababez PR’d in the GO! All American Road 5k.  The race got underway today in ideal racing conditions at a sunny & 67 degree day!  Much different than last week’s pouring rain and lightning!

As the horn sounded the ladies were running lined straight across the street dead even going through 400 meters with everyone in a tight pack.  Soon after 400 meters Hilary Orf took the lead, Lisa & Margo Richardson hung together elbow to elbow a few seconds back hitting the half way mark at 2:26-27.  At halfway Margo made a move, and pushed up the pace a notch.  Lisa hung within striking distance right behind, until right past quarter mile to go, then Lisa battled back big and rachetted the pace down another couple levels.. again. The race was on between Margo & Lisa,  with 200 meters to go they were burning on all cylinders going at the finish in a dead sprint.  The race was a huge negative split, with Lisa & Margo running around 2:14-16 for the last 800!  This is what an exciting mile race should be like! And what a race it was! Holding on to a sprint into the line, Lisa ended up in 2nd place but with a BIG PR of 4:42.6, dropping 7 seconds off her previous best.  Following suit, was Runnababe Amanda Albrecht who was racing head to head with competitors Crystal Harris & Erika Holroyd, until 400 meters to go when she made her big move, and blazed into a new massive mile PR of 5:00! Amanda knocked 20 seconds off her personal best!

Lisa & Amanda went at this race with game faces & badgered hard! The women’s race run here in the streets of St. Louis, was once again highly competitive & producing national caliber level race results right here in town, with 6 women going 5:00 or faster!

Congrats to fellow friends Shawn O’neal who PR’d today in the mile with 5:20! & Mikey Aitken ran in the Elite Men’s mile running a 4:18. Lisa’s sister, Monica Merkley is beginning to get some speed in her legs and beat her goal of going sub 7 minutes, by running a 6:52 mile! Great times out there today!

Lisa & Amanda PR at Macklind Mile!  (Photo courtesy of Brett Newman)

Lisa & Amanda PR at Macklind Mile!


Lisa battling against Margo Richardson  (Photo courtesy of Brett Newman)


Amanda racing @ Macklind Mile ( photo courtesy of Brett Newman)

Shawn, Monica, Lisa & Amanda (photo courtesy Brett Newman)

Shawn, Monica, Lisa & Amanda (photo courtesy Brett Newman)

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!

~ Runnababez

Lisa & Amanda Set Road 5k PRS @ GO! ALL AMERICAN !

22 Jun

The Go! All American 5k yesterday was a wet one to say the least ! Torrential downpours and lightning all around, the race gun sounded!  Lisa Cary blazed out on her own leading through 2 miles, hoping to just get after it and race, this made for a tough last mile.  But, she came away with 2nd place overall, and a road 5k Pr by one second in 17:17!  Winning $200 & an apple pie! Amanda Albrecht following in a more even split, producing a 18:36 5k PR , 11th overall & taking home another prized apple pie!

The Runnababez  toed the line probably against one of the most competitive women’s St. Louis 5k fields in years.  2015 brought results of 12 women under 19 minutes, and 6 women all under 18 minutes! Lisa battled with Margo Richardson over the last mile, while Amanda had her hands full with numerous other competitive ladies. The race featured great competition from other local ladies in Hilary Orf, Andrea Karl, Julie Lossos and Margaret Lyons to name a few.  St. Louis women’s running over the past couple of years has increased in strength and brought about much more competitive racing that the Runnababez thoroughly enjoy! Maybe soon down the road St. Louis will be seen as one of the top training grounds for women’s national level runners!?

Fun. Fast. Fabulous!


Lisa Cary Sets PR in Steeplechase!

8 Jun

After a long winter of marathon base training for a spring marathon Lisa found herself wanting to get back on the track…  She fought her way through bizarre early spring illnesses such as the flu, and an overnight hospital stay…while in marathon training and even after all of it still managed a marathon PR.  Lisa however missed the track.  The aggression and thrill of going all out on the track, racing competitors to the wire, has always been her favorite.  After half a year of marathon training Lisa found herself tired of practicing pacing long distances and wanted back to what she loved all out track racing, with Coach Cary’s agreement they decided to hop in a last minute track meet.  The post collegiate pro track meet, the Music City Distance Carnival would be Lisa’s first time putting track spikes on in 2015.  Lisa came into the race with one week of hurdle training and only a 2000 meter make shift steeple time trial at her alma mater Lindenwood a week beforehand, Coach and her decided to give it a go for a steeple.  Lisa toed the line in Nashville, that featured some of the best steeplechaser’s in the nation, and a few from other countries.  The gun went off, and Lisa got herself right in the mix of previous Olympic Trials finalists, on a hot and humid night.  Half way through Lisa faded out the back end of the pack and was in last place, doubting herself for a few laps on if she was able to keep up the quick pace for the grueling barrier hurdling & water pits that were still left to go.  However, she snapped back to her badger race mode with 3 laps left, and quickly caught back up through the pack passing Kenyan runner Susan Tanui, and sprinting past Olympic Trials steeple competitor Mary Goldkamp at the finish line to finish in a new PR of 10:29!

Lisa, 800 meter runner Erika Charles from Speed Factory Athletics, & Carmen Graves Steeplechaser @ Music City Distance Carnival

Lisa, 800 meter runner Erika Charles from Speed Factory Athletics, & Carmen Graves Steeplechaser @ Music City Distance Carnival


Lisa racing in the steeple