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

Weekly Running Log

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

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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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