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2-1-1 Big Bend 5K

Our first family 5k! MC and I have been getting back into running, but the 5k distance was still a little bit of a jump (some of our most recent training runs were a little over 2 miles). We decided to do it because it was so close to us, and we were definitely not going to try to break any records (if not for training, but for pushing a stroller!). It was overcast, but a pretty good temperature, and overall, things went pretty well. When we opened the flap of the stroller to hand Ruby her snacks, she thought she was getting out. This caused a little fuss around mile 2, but she soon was back to being a good little passenger.

Getting geared up

Getting geared up

My beautiful wife pushing my beautiful baby

My beautiful wife pushing my beautiful baby

5k finishers!

5k finishers!

All-in-all, it was great to get back out into the 5k scene. It was also super fun to be able to do it all together as a family! As we start doing more runs with her, I think Ruby will become an even better passenger and I see lots of races in our future 🙂


MC – 38:06

Shamrock Scurry 5k

This race was about a month after we found out Maricruz was pregnant and, luckily, my parents came down the same weekend! Since I have been in Tallahassee, Mom and I haven’t been able to run many races so it is always fun when we can coordinate for one. As Maricruz was dealing with her share of morning sickness (“like feeling hungover every day without getting to drink the night before” as she described it) she decided to do the 1 mile fun run/walk. I decided it would be fun to do that with her, then follow it with the 5k with Mom and Dad. Unfortunately, I have been a total slackass and am writing this post about 6 months after the actual race so I don’t actually remember a lot of specifics about race day. I DO remember that we were about the only ones without kids in the 1 mile race (though we DID have one in utero hehe), and the 5k course had a decent hill profile. They also had a big pancake breakfast prepared and was a pretty well-organized race. It was also definitely an awesome race shirt as it was St. Patty’s themed as well. 🙂

1 mile


MC – 13:59



Mom – 31:49

Dad – 39:58

Run for the Kids Virtual 5k

This was a pretty cool idea that my mom notified us of.  The Run for the Kids people organized a virtual 5k.  So we signed up and they sent us both shirts and numbers that we were supposed to used when we ran on Valentine’s Day! I’m sure that anyone that saw us were a bit confused, but it was a pretty cool idea. Just did the familiar route near us and had a good start to our Valentine’s day!


MC – 34:34

Bowlegs 5k

Nice to get back into the groove of the race scene!  We have been running pretty consistently as of late, so I was ready to start running some races again.  Knowing races are coming up are always a good motivator for keeping with the exercise! It went fairly well, though MC had to keep reigning me in because I just kept speeding up for some reason.  As I have a lot of holiday weight I am just in the beginning of getting rid of, I would have very likely struggled towards the end had I been left to my own devices. 😉 Altogether, it was a pretty good first race of 2012!

It was also my first run trying out the RunKeeper Android app.  I didn’t look through the settings so it turned out she was pretty chatty during the run, but nothing too intrusive.  Below is the snapshot from the site. Always fun to try something new!


MC – 32:49


Bowlegs 5k

So I am a little late in posting this, but better late than never, yes? We are both just getting back into the race scene so we weren’t going for a PR or anything.  Had a good run and, as far as I remember, we only had one walk break on a long hill after mile 2.  Always nice to have a change of scenery and look forward to more races!



MC – 32:49

Red Cross Hurricane Run 5k

We are still getting back into the running scene, and this looked like a good Labor Day race for us to try out.  We got a little excited the night before with our mimosas/beermosas, so we were definitely not 100% for the race.  My advisor’s wife Marie joined us for the first time and gave Julia a running buddy since there was no way MC and I were going to keep up.  We took a few walk breaks and weren’t really going for a time.  It was just a fun run with my wife and we enjoyed not getting rained on (it looked pretty threatening).  It was also cool to run around our new neighborhood for a race instead of having to drive across town.  Hopefully, we’ll be better prepared for the next one and get back into working on our times.  I want to hit a PR this season! 🙂


MC – 34:43

Julia – 28:02

Marie – 28:10

Operation One Voice – Race for Fallen Heroes 5k

As I was getting ready to write this post, I realized that I still need to try to dig through and replenish my old race posts, if I can. Until then, I guess I will just continue on as usual. I did this race (its first running) a few years ago, then we ran it the next year, Julia and MC did it last year, and this year I got to partake again as well. It followed the fairly standard Maclay Gardens 5k route, which ends up being around half trail / half road running. Except for a few spots of sand, I enjoy trail running so it is a pretty good race. I’ve gotten WAY out of shape so I wasn’t expecting much. Mostly just went out to have a fun run with my wife. Took a few walk breaks and finished in about the time I had expected. I look forward to getting back into race season and getting back in shape!


MC – 33:44.51

Julia – 27:29.98

Seaside Half Marathon and 5k

After MC lovingly stayed with me during the ING half marathon together, this gave her a chance to really go out there and see what she could do. We made a weekend of it with some friends and had a pretty good time (though I’m not sure how much my “carbo loading” the day before helped, haha).

MC, Julia, Mac, and Barb were all running the half marathon and Brian and I opted for the 5k. ¬†Both were simple out-and-back routes, and the course was about as flat as you can get. MC’s goal was to break 2:10 in the half and I just wanted to not die or puke during the 5k. 🙂 Last time I tried to run, my ankle injuries flared up so I was actually hoping to just make it through without that giving me too much trouble. The weather was pretty cool (mostly because it was windy) and overcast, but about perfect, in my opinion, for running since I very quickly generate a lot of heat. Given my goal and how little exercise I have been doing, I was actually pretty happy with how I finished and was SUPER proud of MC for obliterating her goal!! We were originally planning on hanging out at the race grounds for the day, but it was pretty chilly with the wind and overcastedness so we didn’t actually last too long.

All-in-all it was a pretty fun race and we had a great weekend (despite the dismal weather) and all seemed pretty happy with their race results.



Brian – 32:37


MC – 2:04:52

Julia – 2:04:52

Mac – 1:56:59

Barb – 2:17:45

Fallen Heroes 5k

I can’t believe I forgot to blog about this race! They were pretty slow to get the results published, and I think I just got caught up in other things. Anyhoo, since we are easing back into our running, we decided to ease into this as well and do something similar to what we had been doing in training (i.e. run 5 minutes, walk 2). Definitely not setting any records, but it was good to get out there and start running races again and kinda cool to have a good group meet up to run. Some elevation change and a mix of road and trail running kept it interesting. This year it was at Maclay Gardens, which We look forward to many more!


MC – 35:35

Lynn – 35:35

Brian – 35:16

Julia – 27:22

Timothy – 26:47

Animal Chase 5k

Since I had to go home for a few things, I thought it would be cool to try to coordinate a race with my mom. She’s the one that got me started running 5ks and we don’t get to run quite as few together since I’ve been down in Florida. It was cool to get out with my old running buddy. I have had some persistent nausea since last sunday so I didn’t have high hopes for the race, though MC and I have been pretty good about running 3 times a week as of late. The weather was fairly cool and it was at the Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA where we have run several races before. It is a fairly flat out-and-back, but as you can see below, we got to do all the uphill on the way back. I was using Dad’s Garmin, and for some reason she got a little confused on the way back.

Especially given the circumstances, we went out at a pretty good pace (or at least a pace that was pretty fast for us). I think that contributed to me looking like I was going to die as I crossed the finish line, but at least I remembered to stop my watch!

I don’t think wakeboarding the day before was very helpful either. Still, it was a nice race, and since it was small that helped our positions! Mom won the female grandmaster division and I placed 3rd in my age group! Gotta love the small races 😉 I didn’t really think about it at the time, but it also kinda worked out as an early Mother’s Day activity. Running races was our thing for a while, so Happy early Mother’s Day Momma!

As I have said before, this training stuff really does make a difference! 🙂 Hopefully MC and I will keep it up and will be setting some PRs in no time.


Mom – 29:21