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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

Miami ING Half Marathon

That’s right, another half! I vowed to never do it again after the last one, but the coolness of doing one with my wife (her first) was enough to suck me in for #2. THIS will definitely be number LAST though haha. Woke up bright… er… dark and early at 4:30 am to get ready. We met up with Julia (who was doing her first full) and pals near the finish line before the race then moseyed over to the start line and started getting pumped!

It started around 6:20am in downtown Miami and the weather was clear and fairly cool. Combine that with the flatness of Miami and it was definitely a pretty good half to attempt. About 4 weeks ago, I started to develop a sharp pain in my ankle, so my training was prematurely tapered to a few stationary bike sessions and a week of snowboarding. The race reaffirmed that this is probably not the best race training regimen (but I DID manage to over excel at the carbo-loading, haha).

So we spent the first 2 miles with Julia then started to pepper our run with walks to try to curtail my lingering ankle injury. I really didn’t feel too bad until around mile 9, which is when I really noticed more parts of my body starting to protest with increasing vehemence. We managed to push through and it felt amazing to finally cross that finish line. I better try to hold that one in memory because I definitely don’t want to do it again! haha. After scarfing down everything I could find at the food stations, we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest (and showers). All-in-all, it was a cool experience to share with my wife! 🙂


Maricruz – 2:41:14

*EDIT* I forgot to add a couple things. Favorite sign I saw “Run total strangers, Run!” and my favorite cheer was “You aren’t going to win the race, but try hard anyway!”




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

Palace Saloon 5k

This is apparently one of the oldest 5ks in Tallahassee. I’ve heard about it for a while, but it usually occurs Easter weekend, which typically means I am home, so I have never been able to make it. This year it finally worked out! The weather was clear and low 50s, and the course was mostly pretty flat except for one decent hill at the 2.5 mile mark (as you can see below). We have been pretty consistent with our training, but really don’t want to push things too hard so we took a few walk breaks and left plenty in the tank for a strong finish. Julia joined us until our first walk break, then it was just me and MC.

Another first for this race was a guy that we passed on the side of the course. He had been running the race and something happened and he was unconscious and could very well have been having a seizure (eyes rolling back in his head, etc.). People were on the phone with 911, but it was kinda crazy to witness. I’ve seen people struggling at the end of races, but nothing like that. Hope the guy was ok.

Anyhoo, it was a good race, glad we got to do it this year. It could definitely use some better organization (waited for like 20 minutes for beer, then just gave up and left, finish was pretty jammed, etc.), and having the start be over 1.5 miles from the finish was a little annoying. I like to be done with my exercise after the race. 🙂 Still, I was especially excited for the t-shirts given the running beer mug logo 🙂 It’s the little things!


MC – 32:39

Julia – 28:05

Up and At’m Turkey Trot 5k

The whole family did this one! It was low 40s with a light breeze, and I’m pretty sure it was the exact same course as last year. Plenty of rolling hills, but no huge ones that really destroyed us. Being sick the past two weeks, my training regimen was negligible, but I just did my best to keep up with Lauren and Mom (even if it almost killed me!). We found out later that mom actually won her age group! Woohoo!

It took us about 30 seconds to reach the start line, so I adjusted all the times accordingly.


Mom – 30:41
Lauren – 30:46
Dad – 37:36

11th Annual Alan C Sundberg, Jr. Memorial 5k Run

A beautiful morning for a run at Maclay Gardens. Everything felt pretty good and I actually had enough in me for a strong finish. I DID hold back a little during the race (but also felt a little rough), but was pretty happy with my time. Kinda nice to get back into running again. Oh, AND there were free melanoma screenings so I got checked out! This was also my first race running completely by my lonesome, which was a little odd. I like my running buddies! 🙂


Rhythm and Roots 5k

It was nice to head up to Bristol for a race. The weather is a lot more conducive to running than down in Tallahassee! MC and I were both nursing injuries so we weren’t shooting for anything fancy. We were both just happy to be able to run at all! Similar course to a lot of Bristol 5ks, but with smells of festival food luring you to the finish. 🙂


Mom – 31:45
MC – 32:58