Saturday, September 17, 2011

Davidson Run for Green 5k/10k/Half-Marathon

September 17, 2011 7:30 AM
Davidson, NC

Time Pace Division Division
Bib #
Owen (1/2) 1:40:12 7:39 M35-39 10/32 33/151 43/299 855
Malissa (5k) 38:07 12:17 F25-29 9/9 99/144 183/248 107
Michael (10k) 46:49 7:32 M1-14 3/3 19/51 24/140 465
Kyle (5k) 38:06 12:16 M1-10 3/8 84/104 182/248 106
Alicia (5k) 29:51 9:37 F1-10 2/9 40/144 95/248 105
Grandma (5k) 48:40 15:40 F60-64 4/8 129/144 226/248 141
Gramps (5k) 29:50 9:37 M45-49 6/16 55/104 94/248 142

Written by Owen

This was the race we planned months ago when we first challenged Grandma to run a 5k with us.  We've run lots of races in between then and now, but we all managed to set new PR's today.  50° and overcast made for perfect running weather.

Gramps and Alicia before the race

I'm in the middle ready for the half-marathon to start

Gramps and Alicia

Michael near the finish

Too fast for the camera

Picking up the kids awards.

All three kids placed in their age division.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Malissa's Long Run Dilemma Solved

Written by Malissa

After having a horrible long run last week I decided I needed to find a running partner to help me with my long runs. 

The first person that came to my mind was my friend Joana. I texted her to see what her pace was, hoping it was faster but not too much faster than me. Come to find out she was a lot faster than me but wanted to run with me anyways. 

The first two miles felt great, averaging 11:33 and 11:54. The third mile I got a massive cramp behind the right side of my rib cage. Joana knew right away that it was from me talking too much. Because I don't normally run with anyone, I'm not use to talking while I run. So she told me to take a break from talking and focus on my breathing. That mile I averaged 13:08. The fourth, fifth, and sixth mile we picked back up the pace and averaged 11:42, 11:57, 11:34.

I'm so thankful to Joana for running with me. It was such a selfless act on her part. We were running a lot slower than what she was use to but she didn't seem to mind.  

It was my fastest long run ever and other than my cramp at the beginning, It felt great. Looks like I found my running partner!

Here's a look at last Saturday's run by myself and today's run with Joana.

last Saturday's run:

and today's run:

Such a big difference! Thanks again Joana!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Malissa's Long Run Dilemma

Written by Malissa

Saturday morning was my first long run since the half marathon. I had seven miles to run and planned to run it at a twelve minute pace. I've been running an eleven minute pace during my short runs so I thought for sure I would be able to run a twelve minute pace on Saturday.

Well, it didn't go as planned. No matter what I tried I couldn't get my legs to go faster than my usual fourteen minute pace but then on my last mile I pushed out a 12:04. 

I think I know what my problem is. I can push myself on the short distances because I know it will only last a little while but struggle with the longer distances. I think I need to find a running partner for my long runs. Someone that will help push me through to the end.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sunset Run 5k

September 2, 2011 8:00 PM
Salisbury, NC
Time Pace Division Division
Bib #
Michael 21:23 6:54 M1-10 1/5 25/138 28/267 109
Owen 22:27 7:15 M35-39 2/11 34/138 40/267 258

Written by Owen

We're always looking for races to run.  We've also been waiting for Malissa's dad (the kids call him Opa) and step-mom (the kids call her Neina) to be able to watch Michael run.  So when we found this race in Salisbury, which is near Spencer, where he lives; plus he'd be working at a booth before the race, we signed up.

This was a night race, starting at 8 PM. It was part of a kids festival Salisbury was putting on. The festivities began at 4 PM, so we headed up there, grabbed a bite to eat and met up with Opa and Neina at around 4:30.  Malissa's brother Michael and his wife Sarah also were in town.

Opa's booth was one where you got to smash a car, that was fun...

The kids did other fun stuff like bingo...

The weather turned nasty so we headed back to Opa's house for an hour or so, for some visiting time.  Carla's sister and her husband joined us there.

My goal for this race was anything below 23 minutes.  That's what it takes to qualify for the "A" corral at the Peachtree Road Race.  Michael had already qualified for that corral and I want to be with him.  I knew all I had to do was beat 7:25 per mile and I'd do it.

The race started and Michael said "See ya!" and he wasn't kidding, he was gone!  I never saw him again.  I ran the first mile at 7:00 flat.  I always start races fast no matter how hard I try to slow down.  The second and third mile were right around 7:20 each, so I did it!

Michael's goal was 20:15 so he could qualify for the "Sub-A" corral at the Peachtree Road Race.  I didn't think he could do that (yet) and was worried he'd go out too fast.  After I finished, I asked him how he did.  He missed a PR by 2 seconds and finished at 21:23, which is a 6:54 pace.  That kid is amazing.

Here's everyone while Michael and I were running:

Here's Michael and I right after we finished:

Then we went to the award ceremony, which was delayed by a band that did not want to stop.  I've never seen so many "one more song"s in my life.  I knew Michael would win his division, but I told everyone to hang around until they announce my division, because there was a slim chance I could place.  Sure enough, I had.  2nd Place in the 35-39 men.  My first AG award.

Here are video highlights:

By the time the award ceremony was over, it was after 10 PM, and I had to get up at 5 AM for my 17 mile run (I know, bad scheduling) so we headed home.  Below is the Garmin data for the race and for my Saturday morning 17 miler.