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

Weekly Running Log

Monday, March 11, 2013

Circle K 5k & Leprechaun 5k

I'm posting a couple of races this time.  The first one is the Circle K 5k done on March 2nd.  Kent racewalked and did well.  It was on Pensacola Beach and, boy, was it cold with VERY strong winds!!  Man!!  I thought it would blow your clothes off.  Needless to say, as soon as I finished getting pre-race pics, I headed to the car to wait for him to come in.

Even racewalkers have to warm up!  I'm already in the car keeping warm.

If you notice, it doesn't appear as though anyone was very happy, it was so cold.  People were all huddled around any building or person they could close enough to before lining up.  Brrrrr....  Despite the cold/wind, it was an absolutely gorgeous day! 
Kent coming in strong

They had great post race food!  There were Subway sandwiches, red beans and rice, different flavors of Jerky, chips and flavored Green Tea drinks.  Also, sweet potato turnovers.  It was all good! 

Kent was awarded 2nd place.  Actually, he was first.  They gave the first place to a female and didn't correct it though she came up and got the award herself!!!!  Regardless, he got a nice cap, a paddle ball set for the beach, and a $10 gas gift card from Circle K Stores. 

Next race is the Leprechaun 5k in Robertsdale.  Temperatures were much nicer just a few days later.  I decided to run this race though it was still a little too early to be running hard after the marathon.  I knew I could do the distance but my legs aren't completely where they should be but I wanted to give it a try.  Thought if I could do it under 30 minutes then that would be good.  We liked our shirts.  Though they are not tech, they are still nice quality shirts. 

I ran well and felt good.  The out-and-back course was nice.  It's funny how you don't realize a descend in the road until you are returning and it becomes an elevation.  Though it wasn't much, it was about half the distance.  The same with wind.  You don't realize there is an 18 mph wind when it's against your back but when you turn around and face it, going uphill, then you begin to suck air.  I'm glad I made good time going out because it dropped a little coming back.  BUT...all I could think about was how good I felt and that I was running better than I thought I would...still hoping for a 10 minute pace.  My legs felt good and not sore. 

After coming in, I ran to get my camera to catch Kent coming in.  He had another strong race. 

This week's race, again, had good post-race food.  There was great pizza...soooo good and hot.  Then we had Irish Stew, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Note to self: take pics BEFORE we start eating.  But then, you may not want to see ALL we eat either, ha!

And, when it was all said and done, we both came out winners.  Kent was the First Overall Male Racewalker and I got GrandMasters!!  It's become harder to get the GrandMasters Award nowadays for a couple of reasons.  One is the fact that younger, strong runners have entered the 50+ age group and I'm nearing the Sr. GrandMasters age and the other is that I am more focused on distance running which slows me down in shorter races.  I've lost interest in 5ks because it seems I don't begin to "warm up" until 3-4 miles...which, in essence, the 5k race is over.  But...with that said, it made me feel really good to know that I can run faster than I thought I could especially since I had not run hard in MONTHS, due to training for the marathon.  Don't get me wrong...my time was terrible but my pace was better than it had been for a while.  But I did get under a 9 minute pace...sooooo much better than ever expected.  I'm looking forward to stronger, shorter races now.
Us and our awards.

And, here are our award cups up close.  They are nice and large. 

We loved these two races and hope to do them again next year.  They were really nice and fun! 

We ran up with Tanya D. from the Coast.  She has lost a ton of weight since we saw her last.  She looked great!  We, also, saw our friends from LA Fleet Feet.  We see them a lot running in races in the area.  They are a great group of folks.  Thanks, Diane G., for taking my picture here.  You did great, too!  Good job, Mo!  You're comeback from your recent cancer surgery is amazing...keep up the good work!

Well, that's it for now.  Let me hear how your runs are going.  And, if you're not running, it's time for you to get out and

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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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