"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Saturday, December 29, 2012

FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k

Well, I didn't realize that I hadn't posted about our FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k until just now.  I hate to do this so late unless I'm gathering information about the race because I am not "in the moment" as I usually am right afterward.  But here goes...

It was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be a good, flat 5k race to run.  Why do I love the beach so much????????????  Oh, yeah, it's peaceful, relaxing, warm and wonderful!!  Is there any other reason?

It began at FloraBama where we had our first "issue" confronting us.  They did not have our registration!  When this happens, you are not guaranteed any perks that is contained in your registration bag, nor are you guaranteed a racing shirt.  They had two shirts left and one was Kent's size.  I'm out!!  This aggravated me so much...this is the second race in a row that we mailed our money in ahead of the date required and they didn't receive it.  They were nice about it...BUT...there we were. 

We head out to find the Starting Line as we couldn't tell where it was.  Waaaaay down the road, we saw the clock.  No one seem to be getting everyone lined up and everyone was every where asking the same question: "where do we go?"  There were some at FloraBama and some at the clock.  Okay...this is making us nervous since the clock was a good quarter mile away.  I mean...we DO want to start on time...wherever that is.  Even the police wasn't sure.  After the pre-race talk at FloraBama, we were asked to move up to the clock to start the race.  Now, we're getting somewhere. 

The race began and I felt pretty good.  We went to the bridge and turned around under it ON SAND and in sand BURRS!!  This was for several yards and it really slowed you down.  Then we were headed back to the Finish Line and this is where we encountered strong wind!  Okay...could this dinky little race not be more challenging...well, I guess it could be raining or cold!  It is after I hit the straightaway heading back that I saw Kent heading under the bridge.  He was running and I was so excited to see this.  He hasn't run in a race in quite a while since he's been focused on racewalking. 

I knew my time was suffering when I made my turn and felt like I was standing still yet running with all I had in me, through the sand.  Oh, well...all I can say is that 5k's have lost its luster for me anyway so I refocused and just did the best I could, not the best I have in the past.  I crossed the Finish Line looking for some fruit...NONE...so I got some water.  Thought maybe the fruit and food were back at FB...but as it turned out there was absolutely nothing but the water at the finish.  If you didn't pick it up there, you were totally out...unless you wanted to drink...AND...you got your registration bag...of which we didn't.  Then I felt stinging around my ankles.  When I looked down, I was "graced" with sand burrs all over me...YIKES!!  I thought I'd never get all of them off...and, yeah, they will remind you that they are still in tact!

After we settled down in FloraBama, I saw a young man handling a bunch of t-shirts.  I went up to him and asked if he had any size mediums and told him my situation.  He was VERY nice and got me a shirt [even though it was a different color, it was this year's shirt] and gave me some drink tickets.  Now, mind you, all I wanted was some water or a coke...liquor was NOT on my mind getting these tickets but I was sooo thirsty.  When I got back to my seat, Kent had rounded up 3 more.  Now, we have more than we could drink even if we wanted to get drunk, ha!  I'm feeling better now as I feel I got what I paid for...to some degree.  Everyone was looking around for food because it was stated that there would be plenty of food...NOTHING was ever found and we were getting hungrier by the minute!!  We didn't know if we placed so we waited around.  This was a small race so the potential was there.  As we looked around, we began seeing the decor above our heads.  Okay...even in my younger days, this would not have been something I'd have wanted to see. 

Bras were everywhere!!  Okay...men, get your tongues back in your mouths!!!  NO...I didn't put mine up there either!!

Back to the race info now.  We needed to get our picture at the race, of course. 

Kent did so well for not running in such a long time.  I was so proud of him.  He ran the entire first part of it.  But there were several that showed up in his age group...you'd figure, huh?  As it turned out, I got 1st place in my age group.  I was really surprised.  But the best part of this entire thing was my prize.  It is probably the best I've ever gotten.  I received this great Team In Training Running Bag...it is amazing!!  Click on the picture to see it larger.  It has a ton of pockets [inside and out], a removable padded piece inside and even nice feet on the bottom.  This thing is NOT shabby.  Check out the size!  We love it!

We walked out on the pier in the back and one thing that surprised me was the sign that required shoes.  Hey...this place is ON the beach...what gives?? 

After we left, we decided to go to the Wharf and look at the Christmas decorations.  Everything there is magnified and you feel like a little kid again.  In the last year, they have added an ice skating rink.  I couldn't believe that in this area...and it is not enclosed.  How in the world do they keep it iced nine months out of the year, I don't know.  We also saw some beautiful orange trees loaded down ready for picking. 

Well, this is it for now.  I'm gathering information for my last post Year In Review.  Thanks, as always, for visiting me in my little world.  So for now, all I can say is

Run 4 It

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jingle Bell for Arthritis 5k/10k

What a gorgeous day!  Ran in the Jingle Bell for Arthritis 10k Race in Pensacola on Saturday (11/24/12).  The day started out quite cold.  The numbers didn't seem to say it but the wind was a killer knocking the chill factor much lower.  We thought we'd freeze until our bodies got warmed up.  This course is flat and fast.  I love how it runs close to the beach.  The sun on the water really made it beautiful today. 

The Race Is On:
I felt good and strong.  There was one lady that stayed close to me and I wondered if she was in my age group.  We passed each other off and on.  I ran steady most of a race but it seemed she was pushing to get up even with me or pass me.  I didn't feel she was a threat because it just looked like she was giving it about all she had throughout the 10k.  Keeping a steady pace until the last half mile, played out to my advantage.  It was then that she gave out and fell behind. 

I had asked Kent to try and get my picture crossing the line since he would be in from his 5k before I got finished.  Not having good 5k and 10k times lately, I told him to look for me just under an hour.  I felt stronger at the end and was able to kick it up a notch in the last half mile all the way across the Finish Line.  My race was great.  I crossed the line at 56:27...not too far off my PR, but better than in some time.  As a matter of fact, Kent was standing right at the end and when I saw him he was eating and drinking.  There was NO sign of a camera anywhere!!!  Then...he saw me!  I'll have to say that seeing his mouth drop was priceless.  He had NO idea I would finish as well as I did.  Sooooooooooo...there was no Finish Line pic.  The camera was safely kept in his pocket.  Oh, well.  I still loved the look on his face. 

This race had a Santa Chase with 8 year olds and younger.  It was so cute.  Here is Santa giving instructions. 

And, off they go!  Click on the photo to get a lively view of the race.  I loved all the laughing and giggling. 

After getting some refreshments, Kent shared that he was the first overall male racewalker.  There was no one in front of him.  In most all Pensacola races, they start the racewalkers 1-2 minutes after the runners have taken off.  When the awards began, they called out another man's name for the overall.  He started with the runners; therefore having over a minute's lead AND with the time that he came in, it was obvious that he ran...it was way too fast!!!  I was soooo sad for Kent.  He deserved the win.  Racewalkers stand a 50/50 chance in actual competing against each other.  There are so many people that cheat, it's not funny...and it is HARD to do!  He got 1st Place in his age group but it really took the pleasure out of the win.  The 'cheater' did not even show up for his award. 

I had looked up on the board and saw that I came in second.  I looked for the one that came in ahead of me to see her time but there was no one.  Then I looked below my name and saw a lady in my age group getting first place.  This certainly didn't make sense.  I went back and sat down waiting for the awards, then I got to thinking...do they have me listed as male or female??  Yes, this is a legitimate question!  With a name like 'Robbie', it can go be a man or woman's name.  Several times this club has put me in the male group because they can't distinguish the name from a male or female.  It is obvious they do NOT check the box that you mark if you were a male or female.  I went back to check and they had me as male!!  Once they changed this, I got first place in my age group and the lady that I beat came up to get her award and it was the lady that I ran with off and on during the race; she WAS in my a/g.  Boy, am I glad that I had extra energy for a stronger run at the end.  She got second. 

I got to thinking...hey, it's pretty cool when you can place in the male AND female categories.  I'm a happy camper.  I really haven't thought of placing in the last few races because I know I have done better and I'm happy with just racing again.  I think my attitude has relieved me of what I call 'placing stress'.  Now, if only I can get Pensacola Runners to recognize me as a female and not male.  Think I'm gonna use my middle name next time.  Ann is hard to fly as a male, ha! 

Here is a pic of our medals.  They were kinda small but still had Jingle Bell on them.  Mine is the green ribboned one. 

We leave you with one thought.  No matter how healthy/unhealthy, overweight/underweight or how young/old you are, set your goals.  Then you must

Run 4 It

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Turkey Trot 5k

I'm a little late getting this post out as we've been on the road back and forth due to Thanksgiving.  So let me recap this race.  This race was on Saturday, 11/17/12.

We ran this Pensacola race last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.  This year we were dry...yep, it rained throughout the race making it colder than we wanted it to be.  Yay for the sun this year!  We really enjoy running Pensacola races.  Being mostly flat makes it easy to push yourself, and having the gorgeous scenes all around you, as most we've run are along the beach or across bridges, just bathes your mind and puts it in a peaceful state.  Oh, the memories we've had and plan on enjoying in the future.  This race was no different. 

Not long after starting, we hit the beach road and ran there for a good bit of the race.  Being an out and back, we got to enjoy the beach's beauty for a while.  The wind was a little gusty but you just have to love the beauty we had to take our minds off of it...and after all, the beach always has SOME kinda breeze going on.  Many wore shorts and I'm thinking that they removed their long pants before the race because the temp was definitely cool enough for long pants and we didn't see that many shorts before it started.  Here is our pic after we went inside to warm up after the race. 

Here's Kent coming in to the Finish Line.  He did well in his race. 

While we were inside enjoying the warmth and getting refreshments, we enjoyed really good turkey chili.  Okay...we were demolishing this second bowl here along with some fruit...someone knows how to cook chili here.  Yummm!!

We love the reason for this race.  They provide as many Thanksgiving meals as they can with the money.  The ones that 'need' food are able to pick up an entire meal with a whole turkey to take home and enjoy with their families with dignity.  I'm so glad to be a part of this because we are so blessed!!  This year they provided 139 full meals!  Now, we're ALL winners here. 

After enjoying our meals, the awards began.  Everyone that won the top medals were awarded with a huge turkey to cook for Thanksgiving.  Kent received 1st place in his age group and I did, too.  I was surprised because I wasn't looking for anything because I've gotten a little slower than I use to [okay...I'm not training like I use to either NOR eating well ALL the time]. 

Oh, yeah...the lady in black standing behind me were giving out Wild Turkey shots [see the man in the front with his] to every winner.  And, for those that may be wondering...NO, we didn't partake.  Gave mine to the director on the left behind me. 

Instead of receiving race shirts this year, they gave large, zippered, insulated totes.  I really liked them but not sure if we'll need two.  One should hold more than we would need; guess we have one when that one wears out.  They appear to be quite durable, too.

All in all, we love this race and hope to do it next year.  I love the fact that you have a place to go inside and warm up if it is cold outside. 

If you didn't do a Turkey Trot somewhere during Thanksgiving, then you better get off that couch and

Run 4 It...
You have nothing to lose but unwanted pounds gained!  And, yes, you probably did...we all did.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jazz Half = Fun = New PR

This half marathon was different from any I've done before.  This is my 7th and thought I'd learned all there is to know on basically flat races.  All my long training runs were not good and I was afraid I would have to walk some.  Actually, I only had one long run that was a solid run and it was my last one.  Thankfully, it was 12 miles.  I'll have to say that I was soooo not looking forward to this race and just wanted to get it over!!  Yep, this can and does happen.  At least, I had miles on my legs and should be ready strength-wise. 

Secondly, this was my first "girls trip" and I have to admit I was a bit anxious.  It's been a looong time since I'd been to a slumber party and I didn't know what to expect.  Sweet Deleica, who got us all together to race this one, did a fantastic job in getting a very nice hotel room close to the race start and finish, as well as to downtown so we could walk every where we wanted to. 

Thirdly, this is the first race, and a half marathon at that, that I did without Kent at my side at the end.  All in all, I was a little bit on edge until each thing was checked off the list.  As these happened, I became more relaxed.  That is, when we woke up the next morning and didn't oversleep, ha! 

When we got there, we headed on over to get our race packet and take it to the hotel.  Here is a pic of Devon, Serina [who met us there with her family], me and Deleica.  We were so disappointed in our shirts.  Oh, they were nice tech shirts and we liked the design but they HAD to be youth sizes!!!  Not a single person could come close to fitting into their shirts and that's AFTER we had asked for a larger size.  This was pathetic, to say the least.  I really felt sorry for Devon, the one on the left, as this was her first half marathon and now she will not get to enjoy wearing her shirt. 

After this, we hit the streets...well...maybe that's not the proper word for New Orleans; but we did start out walking from the hotel, down several streets, through the French Quarter [where we partook of wonderful Beignets-you've GOT to have some of those when you go to NOLA] and on to getting dinner.  We ate at Mulate's where we were entertained by an eccentric band using instruments that people used over 50 years ago, like an accordian, washboard and a kazoo type thing.

I got a grilled chicken po-boy.  Just couldn't see going to NOLA and not getting some of their fantastic bread!!  I am NOT a bread eater but I can't resist theirs.  I really kinda worried about the eating the night before the race.  I mean I stick with pasta in every long race I've done.  As a matter of fact, I'm just now getting to where I'm loosening up on this "rule" when it comes to 5k's.  Hoping I didn't overload on protein and cause any stomach ills during the race, I rested in what was going to happen was going to happen.  And, it was really, really good.  Here is a pic of my meal.  Doesn't it look delish??  Devon and Deleica's pic follows.  They got blackened fish and it looked good, too.

We tried to sleep but as with most runners, sleep usually evades you when you need it most.  But when you get up for the day, the butterflies start fluttering.  I loved that our names were on our race bibs.  We dressed in costume, too.


Here we are all huddled up before the race for a quick photo.  It started at the break of dawn so it was still dark here.  Also, the wind was quite strong at the first and end of the race making the temps feel so much colder than what it was.  See my hair?? 

As the race started, I focused on my own race and tried to keep an eye on my pace.  I was so afraid I was going to start out too fast and peter out at the end.  I felt so good...the best I'd felt for a race in a very long time.  I noticed off and on that my pace was faster than it should be and I "tried" to slow down; but again, I really felt good and thought I'd run my race as I felt with some caution on my speed.  The course was really pretty and I enjoyed every bit of it.  The roads were not the NOLA roads I was familiar with in past races.  These were nice and, yes, there was construction off and on throughout.  Photographers were all along the route taking pics.  Though I was sent the link to mine, I couldn't get them copied to put them on my blog...ugh!  [Well, I don't take good pics anyhow.]  Anyway, I had begun to pick up my speed at the 10-11 miles and as I got to the 12th, I sped up a little more.  I came up to the 13th mile and knew I only had .10 to go.  Then, I saw the clock in the distance.  I felt great and looked at the clock; I had gotten a PR!!!!  Oh, my!!  I had not expected to see that. 

When I got something to eat, I sat down and looked at my watch again thinking that I had mis-looked at the numbers.  With my phone in one hand, dialing Kent as fast as I could, I couldn't believe that this had really happened.  I was almost hyperventilating, I was so excited...really!  I thought I had beat my PR by a lot more at first; but...I STILL had a PR by 53 seconds!!!  That's almost a minute and I had about decided that I wouldn't get another PR in a half marathon...that I had peaked.  Well, here's my info:  http://www.jazzhalf.com/results/2012/half-marathon?first_name_op=starts&first_name=Robbie&last_name_op=starts&last_name=Headrick&division= I, also, came in 9th out of 43 ladies in MY age group alone.  That is a great thing by itself in such a big race.  There were 2083 runners and I came in 1078th.  There were lots to eat after the race: chicken/sausage pasta, chili dogs, Blue Bell ice cream and drink. The only thing I thought was unusual was I saw NO fruit at the end of the race. 

This was an amazing race and weekend to say the least.  Thoroughly enjoyed being with the girls, great food and nice race festivities and I worried over nothing.  I left so stoked I was probably intolerable to be around, ha!  I loved every exciting, unnerving moment.  One thing I learned from this half that I will take with me in the future is that always do your long runs as scheduled even if you have to/need/or do walk some.  The time on your legs will make them strong and all of this WILL pay off in the end.  And, second, to keep a positive attitude.  Do NOT let a single negative thought enter your mind that you don't have a postive one to replace it with before it takes root.  I never would have believed it, but I do now.  So, if you're thinking you're not prepared but yet you've done as your program says, have faith in your training, keep your head up and nurse a positive attitude.  It will pay off.  After all, not everyone can run 13 miles!!  Now, go

Run 4 It

Monday, October 22, 2012

OS Rotary 5k

First and foremost I want to share what one of my intentions was in this race.  It was to run in honor of Erin Dunston, my FB friend, who is a survivor of breast cancer.  With that said, here is my picture [I know...it's a bad one] with my button on before we left for the race.  Go Erin!! Second, I wanted to use this race as speedwork/hillwork for my upcoming half next weekend.

When we got there, there were so many people milling around. Different from this race a couple of years ago. It was fun seeing all the costumes. As we picked up our packets, I saw Nancy P. It was nice to see her and I wanted to give her a "real" hug and congratulate her in person since she has done her first and second triathlon in about a month's time!! I'm so proud of her. She's worked hard, even learning how to swim this summer. 

I looked in the bag to see what our shirts looked like; that's always exciting to see.  We were to wear something reflective since we'd be running in the dark; therefore the reflective vest you see above.  BUT...when I saw the shirt we got, I stripped off the one I had on and put that one on.  I've never raced in a brand new shirt before.  It was a neon orange tech shirt.  I LOVE it!! 

I decided to run without my iPod this time mostly due to it being at night and I wanted to be alert to anyone yelling out a danger ahead of me; and I wanted to focus more on the placement of my feet so as not to trip, step in a hole, turn my ankle or fall over my own two feet. The Jazz Half is next week and I wasn't shooting for a PR in this race anyhow. So I took it easy. Another reason I ran easy was that this course is a tough one...can you spell H.I.L.L.Y.??? Wow...it was hard. With no music to distract me from the sounds of other runners breathing hard, their footstrikes and all the jingling and sounds of their Halloween costumes, it made it even tougher. This is one reason I love my iPod! It hides the sounds of running, whether it's mine or others around me and keeps me focused on MY race. But this is good to run without it occasionally. Now, to leave my Garmin at home once in a while...hmmmmmm...really don't see that one happening but miracles do occur. I'm such a tech-freak! I'm trying to do better. 

One thing that was different from most races, including this one that I ran a couple of years ago, is the crowd support.  It was so nice to have strangers cheer you on throughout the entire race. I really enjoyed that. Thanks, everyone!! It helped pull me up those hills.  I heard off and on from others how much it meant to them, too.

I thought the last mile would never come. Boy, it seemed like it just went on and on. I was never so excited to see a finisher's clock as I was this night. On top of that, you could smell that woooonnnderrrrfuuuulll Shed's BBQ!!! Oh, my...I could hardly wait to get my sandwich AND it didn't disappoint!  It was sooooo good. I'd have pics of them but this photographer doesn't do night pics well AT ALL!! You'll see.

Ran up with Bob C. before the race and chatted and then again after the race.  I had NO idea where he was in the race.  He's usually just ahead of me but it was dark and there were several places that it was as black as a sack of cats and couldn't have told you if there were 2 or 22 just ahead of me!!  As it turned out, Bob and I actually were within seconds of finishing.  When I saw him after the race his knee and leg was bloody.  Said he fell right at the Finish Line.  His son walked up and he had done the very same thing about 5 minutes before.  His hands were tore up, too.  As I went back to the Finish Line to see Kent cross the line, the guy that finished a second or two behind him fell, too, right at my feet!  He fell hard and I'm sure he was sore the next day.  I'm wondering if there wasn't something that caused these falls...and wondering how many others fell.  There were two different shutes for men and women so we didn't cross the line at that place. 

Talked with Mike B. a while the awards were called out.  He is so nice and such a FAST runner and is usually one of the first ones to cross the line ALL the time!!  He told me that he wanted to beat this one guy and he was ahead of Mike a good bit of the way; but when they began the hills, it seemed to have taken some power out of him and Mike caught him.  I was getting excited while he was relaying the story.  BUT....right at the end, this guy caught back up to him and beat him.  He is the second best in the state!!!  Man, I wished Mike could have won!  You're so close, Mike, I look for you to overcome him real soon! 

Kent won First Overall Racewalker...good job...in the dark!!  Getting ready to go, Kent insisted on staying for my age group awards.  I was definitely not expecting a single bit of recognition.  Then all of a sudden they called out my name!!  I was shocked!  I was the recipient of the First Place award in my age group.  The awards were very pretty handmade clay ones and am a proud owner of one now.  Aren't they pretty??  I love them!

Miss Mississippi, who is from Ocean Springs, was there to give out the awards.  Here are our pictures as good as I could get.  A photographer was there taking photos and I hope to have these replaced when I can locate the pics. 

I had moved over to make room for the other ladies that won so this looks kinda funny this far apart.

Here is a better pic of Kent with his award.  The flash of the camera blinded him.  Sorry, Honey!!

A final word about the race director. Leonard V. did an outstanding job putting on this race. Seems not a single thing was forgotten. One of the best things we love about the GCRC races is the fast, efficient way LV gets the results. And, on top of that, he has their website updated within a very few hours!!! We wait only a reasonable amount of time for the awards presentation. The races in Alabama and Florida could take a LOT of lessons from you, my friend!! Great job and we enjoyed it immensely!

And, now we'd like to say...put on your shoes, get your water and go

Run 4 It

you'll not regret it!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Race for Grace 5k & Week

This has been a good week.  The temps have been nice for running and looks like it won't be long before it stays cooler.  This equates to enjoyable runs...as long as it doesn't start freezing!  Okay...what can I say?  I like it perfect...according to me, ha! 

Ran 6 miles on Wednesday with each mile run faster than the previous.  Ran 6 more on Friday and it felt even better with each mile better again.  I'm loving those negative splits!!  Needing to get my miles in, I decided to make the race on Saturday a "training" run instead of a race.  BUT...I felt good, the temp was cooperating and those "running bugs" attacked and I ran harder than I had planned.  That was okay.  I did feel good for the first time in a very long time.  This is the second race I've done since spring and the last one was miserable with heat and humidity. 

I've been training for the Jazz Half coming up in a couple of weeks and am quite perplexed right now.  I've been getting in my miles but at the same time I do not feel prepared.  I know this doesn't make sense but I don't feel ready.  There is one more week to run a long one before cutting back for the race the following week.  Having time on my feet should be preparation enough and with it being in New Orleans...well...what can I say?  It's GOT to be entertaining!  Now, on to my race report...

Race for Grace 5k
I was excited about this race for a couple of reasons.  One, I wanted to meet my FB friend, Gina Mooney, who I feel like I know through our many posts and constant support.  The first thing that struck me was that she was taller than I expected.  For some reason, I had in my mind that she was short and tiny.  She's tall, thin and as beautiful as her pictures show her to be.  Gina, you did a fantastic job as race director!  I know it's hard work and everything went well.  So good to see you.

Second, I was excited about racing again.  Yeah...for the first time in a long time, I was looking forward to racing again.  Though I had run 6 miles the day before when I usually rest the day before a race, I decided to use this race as a training run.  Well...I met in the middle and ran harder but not as hard as I could have.  This race gave me the distance I needed to get in my 25 miles I shoot for each week.  I don't always make it but this week I got in 26.65 miles.  I'm happy with that. 

It was so good to see Audrey, Raul and Sherri & Gary D., who we haven't seen in over a year!!!  I'm so thankful for Facebook cause I stay in touch with so many friends, like these.  I've really missed visiting with them at races.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed running on the Long Leaf Trace.  Yeah...it's been over a year since I've run there, too.  Kent was feeling much better by Saturday and was able to racewalk again.  He's had a tough "row to hoe" lately and it's not over yet...just another step for now and we're looking forward to a better 2013. 

Here are some pics that were taken by us and our faithful photographer, Frank B.  Races would be left up to just those that attend and their memories if not for him!  Thanks so much!!

Raul and I wore the same Half Marathon Rock 'n Roll shirt from 2010! How odd we thought to pull out the same one to wear.  Great minds think alike!

And, off we go!

Kent...almost there.

Another shot of him coming in strong. Raul & me cheering him in.

Pushing it at the end.

Feeling good and strong...the way I love to feel at the end of a race.  I've missed you "good feeling"!!

Our friend, Tom Smith, getting his medal.

Kent won 1st Place Overall Racewalker. So proud...he's had a tough couple of weeks and wasn't even sure he could just walk it, much less racewalk it, which is soooo much harder.

Receiving my 1st Place medal and $15 gift certificate to a new local running store, Runner's High.

Kent & I with our medals.  Thanks, Shelby, for taking this pic.

It was a great day and we both left happy with our results and many nice visits. It was so good to see our sweet granddaughter, Shelby Headrick.   It was a total surprise to see her and we loved having her cheer us on at the Finish Line!!!

So what's stopping you?? Now put on some shoes and go

Run 4 It

Thursday, October 4, 2012

5k For Katlyn

It was an exciting day Saturday when I ran my first 5k since February!  Yep, February!!  Whether I was up to speed on my running or not, I was determined to run this one to support Katlyn's family and help with their medical bills. Katlyn is 14 and was in an ATV accident this summer and suffered brain damage. She has had numerous issues to deal with that probably 100% of the rest of us will never experience or understand. Just about 10 days ago she was released from the hospital and is now recuperating at home. My race today was not for me...it was to praise God Who has seen fit to continue to use Katlyn to do His will. 

The race was held at West Ellisville Baptist Church in and around the area; it started and ended there.  Not long after we turned the corner, the climb began along a rough road.  There were small hills that were in the first half of the course. The announcer had warned us of the roads and to be careful and, boy, was he right.  As a matter of fact, one of my friends, Angie, fell at the beginning of the race. 
For those that haven't experienced a fall...this really hurts...OUCH! But the race went on.

My Garmin had been hard reset the day before and I thought it was ready. Glancing at it off and on the distance reading kept showing a very long 5k. Really discouraged that maybe it hadn't been measured right, I probably didn't push as I should have. So I thought when I got to the Finish Line I would at least smile at the camera and end the race happily. This did NOT happen!! The camera quit just before I got there! I didn't realize it until later. I ran to the car to get my camera to try to catch Kent and friends crossing the line. Of course, by then the camera was cooperating. I felt so bad for Frank because he feverishly worked and worked on the thing. What stress he must have been under!!

Here are my friends, Serina and Deleica, coming in strong with Kent right behind them a few steps. This is NOT a good pic of him because he was walking very strong and this "snap" was not timed good to catch the action.

Toward the end of the race, I began hearing "here comes Katlyn" and I honestly thought she was going to appear in a wheelchair.  Immediately, there were cheers, smiles and lots of clapping.  My eyes and heart were overwhelmed at what was happening. Coming around the corner, I saw Katlyn and her Mom (Tasha) running...yep, I said running...to the Finish Line.  It brought tears to my eyes as I watched what God had done and is doing in this young lady and her family's life.  She can hardly walk and there she was running the last tenth of the mile.  All I could think of is all the pettiness I let enter my life when God is waiting to do something so amazing and now I'm seeing it happen in Katlyn.  God is so good.

I knew this wasn't going to be my best race but I ran the best I could considering the heat, humidity and terrain. It was a good race, but a little tough one. Folks, you have to get going again regardless of whether it's your "best" day or not. 

Awards time came and I secured the Grandmasters Award.  I was so excited!  The GM awards are getting a little further away from me since I'm going UP the age range and many stronger, younger runners are entering it.  Actually, they had my gender wrong and I placed in the men's age group!   I was a little perturbed about it at first since "female" was on my registration and on my bib tab; but then I got to thinking.  Hmmmm...I placed in the MEN's age group.  Now, that was something, ha!!  Sadly, being considered a "male" has happened to me before.  Think I'm gonna start using my middle name to differentiate male and female to those that aren't familiar with me.  Here are a couple of pictures with the trophy, which I'll treasure because it has Katlyn's name on it.

Love this pic of us

Those that stayed to have a group pic with Katlyn

Gary came up late and missed the group pic but got one with his trophy

And now a few shots with friends.

Several things didn't go well but all-in-all I was okay with it cause, after all, it wasn't about me today. Don't let how you feel keep you from racing with friends! If you've not been running well, as I have, or whether you're just annoyed with life...put on your shoes and get out there and

Run 4 It,

2018 Races

12/09/18...MS Gulf Coast Half Marathon
12/01/18...Honeybee 5k (cancelled-weather)
11/17/18...Seville Quarter Turkey Trot 5k
11/11/18...Battleship 12k
10/20/18...Hope Haven Run for Hope 5k
10/13/18...Shrimp Festival 5k
09/29/18...Don McCloskey 5k
09/01/18...Bloody Mary 5k
01/27/18...Casino Bridge 5k

Through December...200 Mile Fall Challenge
Through August...175 Mile Spring Challenge
Through June...150 Mile Spring Challenge

2018 Goals

Bike 500 miles.
Improve gear shifting.
Strength training 2 hours/week.
Run 600 miles.
Improve running without walking.
No processed sugar 75% of time.
Improve positive thinking.
NEVER give up!

2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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