Cat & Mouse…..

The time is here.  The time is now.  It is officially the time which Abby S. and I used to talk of and wonder about years ago when my baby girl wanted to start running “K-5s” with us.  Back then, my little Aby was probably 4 or 5 and I told her that she couldn’t run a 5K until she could actually say it correctly.  Big Abby and I  laughed and wondered how long it would take before little Aby would be faster than her mom.  I’m pretty sure we won’t need to be wondering for much longer. 

While I was off rehabbing my foot this summer, my baby girl, who just turned 11 came into her own in the running realm.   She keeps asking, “Mom, am I faster than you now?”  I keep saying, “Yes”.  She says, “Because your hurt?”  I say, “Yes, because I’m hurt but you would be faster even if I were healthy”.

Aby and I’s running journey started “together” in April 2011 at the Ringing In Spring 5K when she ran her first 5K.  She took 1st in her age group with a time of 33.03.  She was 9.

Aby & Me_RingingInSpring_2011    Aby_RingingInSpring 5K_1st AG

We’ve ran a lot of races since that day but one thing always holds true.  I always finish before her.  I don’t wait for her.  I have never ran a race “with” her and we don’t train together.  I run my race, she runs hers.  Some people think this is cruel but I think its real.  I can’t hold her hand when she races in school, so I don’t do it on the 5K course.  I always tell her to follow the crowd and she won’t get lost.  I finish, then go back for her.

Fast forward to this year.  She has gotten much stronger and faster.  I let her race the 5Ks that I pre-registered us for even though I had to sit them out due to injury.  She ran the Courthouse Classic (with Adella & her Hubby) with a good but not necessarily impressive time of 30:37, then the Short Run Long Day 5K (with the F’N Running Club) in 29:46.  Decent times but still in the “fun” zone.

Courthouse Classic Aby_Adella_Austin_2012          Aby & Michael_Frankfort 5K

Then Cross Country season started and she decided that she was no longer running “for fun”.  She turned on the jets and became a 7:00 min/mile runner overnight.  JUST.LIKE.THAT.

Aby_Running_out of woods_10-2-12   Aby_Running_10-2-12

She now floats when she runs.  Her best time for the 2 mile this year was a 13:54.  That’s a 6:57 pace.  Yep, sub 7.  Yep, she just turned 11.  Yep, faster than mom.

So this weekend we will run our first 5K together (Fallen Firefighters 5K Run in Bourbonnais, IL) under Aby’s new reign as the fastest runner in the house.  She asked me if she was going to beat me.  I said, yes.  Then I said, “but know that if you are in front of me, you better not slow down because I will be RUNNING.YOU.DOWN. every step of the way.  And I expect the same from you.  If I’m ahead, I will be running my ass off trying to keep you from catching me.”  I mean, that’s how everyone treats their 11 year old, right? 

Now who’s the cat and who’s the mouse?  I’m not even sure at this point but it sure is a game and it’s officially starting this weekend. Let the fun begin!

What I do know is that Aby will most definitely beat me on Sunday.  I know that I am still recovering so not up to a realistic speed as of yet.  I know that my speed has a cap, even in a healthy state and hers does not.  I probably need to get used to looking at her back but I will always keep pressing and letting her know that I’ll be there if she waivers.  I can’t wait to see how this fall racing season shapes up.  Yesterday, a lady on the trail ran a PR for her 5K because we were trying to keep Aby in sight.  She was super excited.  Aby asks me on the way  home, “What’s my 5K PR?”.  I said, “I’ll tell you on Sunday”. 

Feel free to come out and watch the showdown between Aby and I.  Or come run so that I have a shoulder to cry on when she totally kicks my ass.  Better yet, bring the cooler.  I like Corona Light.

Aby&I_Mokena Summertime Strides 5K

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Devil Dash 5K – Peotone – Race Review

This was another jam packed weekend.  Friday included an intense session with Alexis L, the Chiro/Muscle Manipulator/Miracle Worker.  I left feeling excited but sore.  Let’s hope a couple sessions with her leave me repaired and ready to kick some butt!

I also managed a 30 mile bike ride despite several mishaps, including a badly broken bike that led to dirty hands an emergency trip to a trailside bike shop.  Huge thanks to Plank Road Cyclery in Frankfort for reattaching the derailleur.


Saturday brought the Devil Dash 5K in Peotone which was a fundraiser for Aby’s school district.  Last year this race was a week earlier so we were able to participate in this and some of the other local races; however, this year, the local races all fell on the same day.  Poor planning on everyone’s part, in my opinion,  but certainly easier on the checkbook and my body.

Devil Dash 2012

The Peotone race is one that I will participate in, as long as I am able, and as long as my kids are in the school district but it’s not one that’s going to draw a big crowd even if they don’t do it on the same day as everyone else.   We had 68 finishers this year and I was 13th, the 3rd woman overall.   Aby was 27th.  She was the youngest runner but did not receive an award because they did not have an age division for her.  The age groups started at age 13 and they were a bit skewed compared to other races.  My normal age group would be 35-39 or 30-39 if it’s a small race.  However, my age group was 33-45 on Saturday. 

The race was very family friendly and we took the entire family & a few extras!  Aby, Michael & Jackie are below in the first photo.  Me, Aby & Nicki & Michael are in the second photo.  Aby & I were rocking our Team Tough Chik singlets although neither of us were feeling too tough after this race!

Devil Dash_2012_kids & jackie Devil Dash_group

Out of the 68 finishers, there were lots of run/walkers, mom’s with jogging strollers, etc.  We all came out to help raise money for our kids school district.  I doubt we had many participants out of the district but this was about our kids and that’s why we at the start line.

My time wasn’t in the normal range, not even for a less than ideal day but I ran, and I finished in 26:41.  Always consider a run and a finish a success because there are so many people who would love to be able to do what YOU do, each and every day.  Try not to beat yourself up when you don’t perform as you want/expect.  We are very fortunate for our health, even with a few aches & pains, and our desire to get out and be active, feel the wind in our hair and the sun on our faces! 

The course was a bit shy of the 5K distance last year and I ran a 22:17….huge difference, I know, but we had two different days and two different courses.  The 2011 race was cool, overcast and seemed to be the perfect race.  I was feeling good and strong the entire time and I remember thinking the course was great.  I think I was #6 overall last year, 2nd female and I won my age group.

This year it was hot, the course was slightly long (3.3 miles) and it seemed like we made a million turns.   I felt lost in a town that I am in several times a day.  I know it’s all perception but this was quite possibly the longest 5K ever both literally and figuratively.  I also was having trouble and couldn’t get a full stretch on my stride.  This started when I tripped over the crack in the sidewalk, see that recap HERE, and has progressed into something of its own.  I feel as if I have bricks hanging off each side of my bum!  When I stride out to run fast, it’s like my leg catches and its just too tight to hit full stride.  How the heck do I explain that to the chiro?  She’s gonna think I’m crazy!!  So the fact that I was struggling physically quite possibly attributed to my less than ideal race.  You can see in the photos that it doesn’t look as if I was picking my feet up at all.  Going to talk to Ms. Alexis about this on Friday.

devil dash 2012_me devil dash 2012_me2 devil dash 2012_me3

Aby was apparently having no trouble getting her feet off the ground.  🙂

devil dash 2012_aby  devil dash 2012_aby3 devil dash 2012_aby4

There was 1 water stop at the half way point, volunteers or police at every turn, except the turn into/thru the Jr. High parking lot and park district area.  We ran thru this area last year and we ran thru it again this year although I have no idea if this was part of the new route.  If we had cut this area and ran straight into the water stop, I’m pretty sure that we would have been right on the 3.1 mark but we all did the same thing and ran the same route regardless of if it was right or wrong so that’s all that matters. 

No chip timing and the start commenced by the sounding of a horn, which left us all looking around wondering if we should start…..which we eventually did take off.  Kinda funny really.  We received a nice technical tee that was a men’s size.  There were lots of post race snacks/drinks and the awards were given out as soon as people realized they had won something.  The race was overall much smoother than last year but I’m holding out for the 3rd time is the charm and hoping that the 2013 route will be more runner friendly, have fewer turns and is on the money distance wise.  Not a bad race for the price it’s 2nd year but I know they will do better in the future. 

After the race, hubby took us out on the boat so we could lick our wounds for some  R&R!  Yay, thanks honey!  Aby and Michael love the boat and being on the water. 

Kids on Boat_5-19-12

I am making an effort this year to cover up more and protect my sunspots face from the sun.  I have always been a sunscreen nazi but am also going to try to wear a hat and glasses this year for added protection.  I opted for the Ryder Shots sunglasses because of the photchromic property which lightens and darkens the shade of the lens to the conditions.  I have been wearing these non-stop on the run and bike for over about a month so knew they were light weight and wouldn’t bother me and I was right, I didn’t have to take them off once the entire day.  Big win for me!  I think I’m going to add a pair of the polarized Ryders to my “collection” for our boat outings. 


Did you race this weekend?  How did you perform in the heat wave?  Tell us how you did!  Do you like to boat and spend time on the water or is it all pool time for you?

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **