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Runnababez Racing Weekend!

2 Oct

The Runnababez were busy racing this weekend!  Jackie started it off on Saturday racing the Miles for Meso 5k in Alton, IL.  A fun, but hilly race run part on cobblestone roads.  She brought home the first place women’s overall win in a time of 17:13!

Sunday, was the St. Charles, MO Cowbell Half Marathon.  Several Runnababez toed the line including Jessica, Lisa, and Justine.  The gun went off and they all ran their races well, helping push each other over the last miles.  They all finished within 35 seconds of each other!  Justine finished in 1:37.58 which was a 2 second PR!  Lisa finished right at 1:38 a P.P.R, finishing the half marathon, on the halfway mark of her being pregnant!  Jessica who was also helping pace a friend, finished in 1:38.31!

It was a great weekend weather wise for racing, and the Runnababez enjoyed it!

jackie   team cowbell


Jackie Wins 10k & Courtney Wins 5k!

25 Sep

Jackie & Courtney raced in the Octoberfest 10k & 5k this past weekend, on a warm fall day.  The race took place on the Katy Trail in St. Charles.  Jackie won overall the 10k in a time of 37:19, men included.  Courtney McDermott won first place overall for women in the 5k in a time of 20:34, 6th including men!



Courtney McDermott Wins & Sets 5k PR!

11 Sep

Congrats to Courtney McDermott who yesterday won the Knights of Columbus – Patriot’s Day 5k out in O”Fallon, MO.!  Courtney was the first woman or man to cross the finish line for the 5k.  She also managed to set a 5k PR, 8 months or so post-partum after having  baby Ruby, in a time of 20 minutes! Courtney is continuing to train towards an upcoming fall marathon!  Go Mama go!

~ Fun. Fast. Fabulous!



I’m Pregnant?! Running &…Racing – 1st Trimester Tales: By a Runnababez

4 Sep

I, a Runnababez, recently found out I had been running with baby on board! I thought I would provide some of my experiences & feedback while training and even racing while pregnant.  There is very little info or reading on running while pregnant as it is a relatively new concept that running and working out while pregnant are now considered to be really good for the baby.  Now, Doctors actually encourage expecting moms to be active.

Find The Best Doctors

I’m lucky to have a great Dr. in Dr. Herman who I trust. He goes out of his way to help and he knows me and my athletic background, and has told me to just be, “me,” which he said is,  “Run as long and as hard as you want,  your body is use to it.  The one rule is to watch your core body temperature and not get overheated.”  You always want to run things by your doctor while pregnant, and he said I have a healthy pregnancy that also allows me to continue training.  Having a line up of the very best Doctors is critical when training hard, it’s probably one of the most important things in general is having Dr’s. you trust and who are excellent.  I have the best in Dr. Feder, and Dr. Aymerich.  They have been life savers!   Drs. like them that are truly the best at what they do! Great people and friends as well!

Learn To Listen to Your Body…(And Coach)

I have become very good at listening to my body through all the hard years of training for elite track races & triathlons.  I ride the fine red line of pushing through pain, to get results, vs. Is this about to make me sick or injured?  I actually love riding that fine red line.  I enjoy putting in the work,  of hard workouts.  Sometimes no matter what, it happens, you tip over the red line because you are trying to be the best you can be.  It’s part of the game. The part I have had to focus on, is  improving the recovery.  If you do tip over the red line, the key is to stay positive, persevere, and keep getting back on the saddle!

When you train hard for years, you know what is a good pain and a bad pain.  Your coach if you have one, will also guide you even more.  Mine, will stop me if I get tempted when feeling really good,  and want to do too much and later will wreak havoc on you later.  A good coach will for-see that.  You will not, because you are caught up in the feeling of now.  Trust your coach.  Put in the smart amount of work. Listen to your body cues.  Listen to your coach.  Results will follow.

While pregnant so far, it’s been easy to listen to my body, since I don’t run with a Garmin everyday and track paces on easy runs.  I have for the years successfully gone the route of let my body dictate the pace, based on effort.  I only worry about pace for some workouts or races.  Even, in those though I focus on perceived effort.  This has made a smooth transition to running while pregnant and not being caught up in the speeds.  Some days I feel very tired, and am running very slow but I don’t care because it’s based on effort.  Some days I feel great, and am sure running quicker but it’s all run on effort, pregnant or not pregnant for easy days.  Same goes for hard workouts, I will be told to run these repeats at, “5k effort” and run to what that effort feels like.  Sometimes, I am not even told splits because the focus is read your body effort.  During races, then you never are mentally holding yourself back either thinking I can’t do this? Because you have trained towards effort.  My times in workouts have got somewhat slower, due to the little one in me, which sucks off your oxygen and blood supply.  I have asthma as well, so it definitely feels harder to breathe when trying to run quicker.  But, overall I feel good.

Research & Running Friends

I’m currently reading a great book that is called, “Exercising Through Your Pregnancy,” by James Clapp M.D. It breaks down the science of what is happening to your body while being pregnant and running, recent research studies, and proven benefits of running while pregnant, and the benefits postpartum for continued running.

I am lucky to have the Runnababez ladies as some of my best friends, they are the best.  Tough & all around successful ladies! I’m lucky to have several Runnababez that are Moms, as friends and running partners, to be encouraged , ask questions, and be motivated by, as they ran throughout their pregnancies and came back postpartum strong.  Jackie & Courtney are super moms! They show me it is possible to run through pregnancy, after, balance work, family, and come back and hit big running goals!  I also have also been reading other professional runners & triathletes blogs to get their point of view and experiences while training and coming back to racing after baby such as: Stephanie Bruce, Kara Goucher, Deena Kastor, Gwen Joregenson, Paula Radcliffe, and Miranda Carfrae.  Each of their experiences of training while pregnant is a little different, and every pregnancy is different.  But, learning from others on what to possibly expect is helpful.

Personal Experience: Training & Racing 1st Trimester

At, first for several races I didn’t know I was pregnant such as the Music City Track Meet, Steamboat, and the Macklind mile.  I ran much slower than expected after some of the best training workouts ever,  I thought I just had extreme muscle fatigue from lots of speed work.  So, I took a week off of training.  I came back feeling more tired…Little did I know, I soon would find out I was pregnant, and had been running for 2!

The first 10 weeks the only pregnancy symptoms I had were muscle soreness, and overall super hit-by-train tired.  (I  know) I was lucky to not suffer from any morning sickness at all!  I managed to get runs in, some rather short, some workouts, all throughout those 10 weeks.  I have been headed back towards more triathlon training while pregnant, with adding back in biking, and swimming, more options if tired.  Later on, I figure if running doesn’t feel good I can easily do more swimming or biking.

Weeks 10-14.  I feel great!? Am I really pregnant?! I will knock on wood though…I have felt so good, where I almost feel back to pre-pregnant self?!  Oh, but than the random days knock me back down and remind me,  “Yep! I am pregnant!  I am tired…good night!” Sometimes It’s 8pm lol.  Overall, I have been able to run “normal” for me, now getting in several workouts per week, and long runs as well.  I have tested the waters of racing while “knowing” I was pregnant during week 10, which was a transition week from feeling very tired to good. I raced a 5k at the Diva Dash in Forest Park, finishing 3rd overall in a time that was roughly 3 minutes slower than my PR at 20:15.  But, it is my “P.P.R”(Pregnant Personal Record) for 5k so far !  I felt good that day.  Week 11 I ran a 5k at Kimmswick, and I didn’t feel good.  I felt very tired, I ran 21 minutes for the 5k.  By looking at me you wouldn’t know I was pregnant yet…But, if you saw my time, you would ask what’s wrong? Like several did in those races when I didn’t know I was pregnant. I feel fine, my times are slower is all.



We all love being our best. Especially if you are an athlete lot’s of focus is on hitting , “P.Rs.” I have always gone from one goal to the next and I love it.  I feel lost without a goal.  It’s how I am wired.  I always want to know what I can do better.  I’m used to training hard to set PR’s to try and qualify for things.  Now, I am focused on a number one goal of a healthy baby and eventually a good mom.  But, I also haven’t lost the competitive side of me.  I never will.  I have put my focus on baby.  I have shifted it to setting,”P.P.r’s” instead. I hope other Mom’s to-be can be encouraged to go for their own “P.P.R”, you shouldn’t have to stop doing what makes you feel good, like exercise,while getting excited for baby!

Diva Dash 5k

@Diva Dash – 5k “P.P.R!”

So far, I just feel really happy & blessed to have baby on board!  We are super excited!  I look forward to training and racing in the second trimester.  Anyone who knows me well, knows I love training and even more so racing.  So,  my new running buddy & I don’t plan on stopping… we shall see what it brings?! Perhaps more P.P.R’s in 5k ,or other distances.  Tim & I are very lucky to have supportive family & friends!  We already can’t wait to meet baby!


~ Fun. Fast. Fabulous!





Jackie Places 3rd Overall Pike’s Peak Marathon!

29 Aug

Jackie competed in the Pike’s Peak Marathon, in Colorado and it is considered one of the toughest marathons in the country.  The race is mostly run on trail, that heads up and down Pike’s Peak.  She reached the ascent of around 14,000 ft. leading the females in 2 hrs 58 mins.  She finished the race badgering home as 3rd female overall, and 14th including men in a time of 4:46.  The two females who finished ahead of her were from Colorado.  This was Jackie’s first ,”Mountain Marathon!”

Jackie Wins Fleet Feet 5 mile!

8 Aug

Jackie Pirtle-Hall wins the Fleet Feet Flat 5 mile race this past weekend.  The race took place in St. Charles, MO finishing on the Katy Trail.  She ran 28:29 for first place female, and 5th overall including men!

Runnababez Racing Recaps

8 Jul

Over the past month a few Runnababez have toed the starting lines around town.  Today Jackie took home the win in the United Way 10k in Fenton, MO running 35:50, on a nice warm summer morning, good enough to place her 2nd overall men included!

A few weeks prior Jackie partook in the Go! All-American 5k, one of the most competitive summer St. Louis 5ks around.  She ran a 16:37 for the win, and also took home a traditional apple pie, along with some prize money!

Over in Peoria, Illinois Lisa Cary raced the Steamboat Classic 4 miler.  A famous road-race that draws elite runners from across the country.  It was a steamy humid day indeed, and Lisa found herself finishing in the top 25, at 18th place female overall. First place finisher was an Olympian for Burundi, Diane Nukuri…Fellow training partner “Runnadude” Fabian Munoz, who currently runs for Coach Cary training for Cross-Country at Lindenwood-Belleville, also placed 18th in the mens side.


Lisa and the top 25 women@ Steamboat Classic