Every year we head to the lake for Father’s Day and also participate in the Courthouse Classic in LaGrange, IN. The race is always the day before Father’s Day, on a Saturday and benefits the Lakeland Cross Country teams. Good race. Good cause. Good family fun.
One of the sponsors for this race, if you don’t remember from last year’s report, is a local grocery store so our goodie bag always contains groceries and usable items. Then they specifically pack Aby’s for a “kid” and give her school supplies, candy and activity books.
My SWAG bag, Aby’s SWAG bag & the cool tee for the 2013 race.
This race is cheap too, which is especially nice if you are taking the entire family. The 5K run/walk pre-registration cost was $14 and the 1 mile fun run (kids only) was $9. Win!!
This was Aby’s third year running this event. I like running the same event annually because it’s about the only way to compare your fitness
or lack there of over time. And while I am getting slower, Aby is getting faster without even training, which is super exciting.
Aby’s Courthouse Classic 5K history in time & photos: 2011 (age 9) – 33:19, 2012 – 30:37 & 2013 – 25:09
If I’m being honest, I wasn’t all hip on returning to run this year
and registered only after Aby begged. I didn’t run last year (the 2012 race) because of a torn tendon (which happened on June 2, 2012). I’m okay now but still not running fast and I’ve been having a hamstring “issue” that seems to dislike any sort of uphill/incline or long/open stride. In short, I honestly can’t run fast, even when I try. In fact, it’s been so long since I’ve ran fast that I wish I could just erase those “fast” times out of my brain to eliminate my constant disappointment. I’m trying to focus on the fact that 1) I can run and 2) running makes me happy. Does running faster make me happier? Yes. But only a little. I just want to run and I want to be able to do it with Aby while she still wants to actually do it with me. So I registered for this race even though I knew it would be a disaster I wouldn’t be fast and I wouldn’t be able to perform up to my own expectations.
To complicate the situation, I’m TRI training and Friday is my long bike day. And while I felt good on the 55 mile bike ride Friday ….
My legs were “slightly” fatigued when I hit the start line on SAT morning. Oh well, it’s not always about me and we were here to get Aby
off her ass running and ready to start training for Cross Country season. And thankfully my friend Adella came along so that I had a shoulder to cry on friend in misery.
We all three stand on the start line together, somewhat near the front. The gun goes off. Aby takes off. We follow. My little girl has one mission in life, to beat her momma at any and all foot races. Good news, I just need to stay close and she runs. If I get close enough to pass then she surges to get further ahead of me. It’s a game of cat & mouse. We play it for about a mile. We hit the mile mark, which has a volunteer reading splits: 7:45. I think at this point I may have laughed. I was pushing it, not dogging it, pushing it and starting to fade. I, of course, think back to split times from “years gone by” when they started with a 6 instead of a 7 but that’s been a while now so I push it out of my head. I keep pushing and keep fading. My legs feel like bricks. My quads burn. My hamstrings ….. well you don’t really want to know what they were saying. Good bye, Aby. Good bye, Adella. Good bye, Noble County Runner, Jim!
Although, I didn’t remember this course being so hilly (a few small inclines in reality!) from years previous, I did remember the finish to be downhill. By the time I reach this downhill, Aby and Adella were waiting for me
and probably wondering if I DNF’d. I finished my slowest Courthouse Classic 5K to date: 25:51. Hmmmm, I should probably be disappointed but I’m going to revel in the fact that Aby didn’t steal the car and leave me did well, that Adella hung tight with her to try to push her when I couldn’t and that I ran and finished another race that last year I couldn’t even have walked. So it’s a win in my book and I’ll keep chasing down my little girl. I doubt I’ll catch her but I’ll keep trying if for no other reason than to make her surge ahead and run faster, even if for just a minute. Goooooo, Aby!!
When results came in, Aby won her age group. Adella took 3rd in “our” age group and I finished in the 4th spot. In unprecedented fashion, the race officials gave out a 4th place award for age groups this year. I’ve ran a lot of races and never seen age groups go 4 deep. Thank you!! It was nice to be able to take a pic with the girls and us all have some “bling” to show for our run. Me, Aby & Adella below.
“Run”way Fashion: Team Tough Chik run singlets (this is what tough looks like) and RunningSkirts snow leopard skirts.
Yep, I’ll be back for the 2014 Courthouse Classic. Come try to beat me. I might be faster. I might be slower. Who knows what another year will bring, but I’ll be there. It’s a tradition for us.
** Run the Courthouse Classic ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **
Yay Aby! I love the pictures!
I love your matching outfits. That is just too darn cute. And congratulations on your time! Even if it was your slowest, it’s still a fast time to many and you should be proud.
4th AG award?! How cool!
It’s hard to lose speed when you have an injury, but I think you are on the right track with focusing on being able to run at all. I try to remind myself of the months I had to rest due to stress fractures, whenever I think I am having a “crappy” run.
Awesome swag bags!
Oh TTF…ya think too much about “fast”….speed is relative to intensity…so all that matters is what intensity you ran the 5k….not the time. Losing or lost speed is usually more connected to loss of neuro-muscular conditioning that comes with interval training, and aerobic base and strength that comes with building long-run distance and weekly volume, and the strength from hill work. When all those factors are incorporated into consistent training over some period of time…the faster comes with it.
Speed or being fast is why I don’t like the 5k’s. The distance is a walk in the park for an endurance monster like I am…so to run a a 5k for any meaning for me means to run it at that borderline of “uncomfortableness” that one can only build through consistent training for 5k racing. If you are good/trained enough you might be able to run 1st half of 5k at 90% HR max…then if you got the moxy…pick-it-up to 95% and then the last 2-3 minutes being going all out at 100% HR max….then cross the finish line and feel the urge to puke!
That is my measure of how hard my effort was….the urge to up-chuck after stopping just across the finish line. I have experienced it at times in the 5k…Mel’s Turkey Trot and even at the end of full marathons! And it matters not about the time….but when I get the feeling across the line…I know I gave it my best.
The training to run fast at shorter distance is different from that for training for half or full marathon distance.
Let me know if I can help….getting faster is just a matter of training to get faster….and as Abby probably recognizes….takes time….sometimes a whole summer of slower, base-building running.
Awww you and Aby did great!! Love the outfits too! My stepson loves to run races with me too and his only goal is to beat me! Lol!
I know you think you’re slow compared to your usual speed, but good golly, I think you’re FAST!!