Get Your Rear in Gear 5K

Hey they friends!  I hope you had a great weekend and a great start to the week.  I spent most of my weekend preparing for a test I had yesterday but managed to sneak in my first post-baby 5K!  My PA school cohort got together to run the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K in Savannah on Saturday.


The Get Your Rear in Gear 5K is a race where the proceeds go towards colon cancer research and prevention.  My grandmother is currently battling colon cancer so this cause was extra special to me.  Colon cancer is often preventable or highly treatable when individuals undergo regular screening.  This race helps to raise awareness to that fact.  Chris and I loaded up the girls bright and early Saturday morning and headed down to the race start.




There we met up with other members of my class to get ready to race.  Fleet Feet Savannah helped put on the race and you could tell because it was so well organized and ran smoothly.  We did start a bit later than the 8AM start but that was ok.  The course itself was through the neighborhood.  There were police escorts at the major intersection and a water station about half-way through.  I ran with various classmates throughout the race and had a blast!


Rear in Gear 5K


Photo courtesy of a classmate.


Overall I felt pretty good during the race.  My goal for this race was to hold a 9-minute mile.  My 5K PR is 25:30 and I knew I wasn’t ready for that yet but wanted to feel strong.  I started off easily at 9 minute miles and then started dipping down into the 8s.  I definitely started to hurt near the end but pushed it in to the finish.  My time?  27:07 for an average of 8:45/mile.



I am SUPER happy with my time.  Bryn turned 3 months old on Friday and I am thrilled with where I am in my running only 3 months after having her.  I am even happier with it since the last 2 weeks have had minimal exercising due to a crazy schedule.  I would LOVE to PR my 5K this year and this race boosted my confidence.  One of the highlights?  Running into Victoria at the start and finish!!


Crazy Emmie


The Get Your Rear in Gear is a national event so you should definitely check to see if you have one in your area.  I am already looking forward to participating again next year :)

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Pooler Jingle Jog 5K

With the Christmas festivities I haven’t had a chance to post my recap of the Pooler Jingle Jog from last weekend so I am going to today because it’s a big one for me!  This was the first year the Pooler Jingle Jog was held with all proceeds went to the Empty Arms campaign to help Steve and Leigh White on their journey in adoption.  It was a pretty chilly night so tons of layers were needed.  We met my friend Cassie and her family.  Can you believe her son is only a few months old?!


Pooler Jingle Jog 2012


The race was an out-and-back from the Savannah First Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The course went through the neighborhood for full visibility of the Christmas lights.  At mile 2 there was a water station with super friendly volunteers which I thought was nice.  I didn’t go into this race with any real expectations.  One of the ladies from Moms Run This Town had registered and couldn’t do it.  A 5K race was on my training plan so I took her spot happily.  I figured if I could PR over my last 5K I would be sitting pretty.  My legs felt strong and I made it my motivation to not lose sight of Cassie (she was a collegiate sprinter).  I ran hard the entire race but crossed the finish line knowing I had more to give.  I was shocked when I saw my Garmin:


Jingle Jog 5K Results


25:30?!?!  My official time was 25:32.  I shaved 2 minutes off my PR from last month.  Um what?!  I couldn’t believe it.  I was more shocked when they announced my name as the 3rd place finisher in the 25-29 age group.  This was a small race for sure but I have never placed before.  They gave out Santa’s hats and certificates and I love it!


3rd place 25-29F Pooler Jingle Jog


I was so excited and I kept saying to Chris, “I ran in the 25’s!”.  This gave me so much more confidence as a runner but also reminded me why I love short runs 😉  Em was a trooper and the end of race festivities were awesome with hot chocolate, bananas and PB, and more Christmas lights.  I look forward to doing it again next year if they do!

Family Photo Pooler Jingle Jog


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Matthew Freeman 5K Recap

Yesterday morning Chris and I ran the Matthew Freeman 5K Run for Peace in Richmond Hill.  This was the 3rd time the race was held in J.F. Gregory by the Matthew Freeman Project.  CPT Matthew Freeman was a native of Richmond Hill and a Marine.  In 2009 he was killed in action in Afghanistan.  His parents started the foundation to help bring school supplies to the Afghanis based on one of the last things Matthew asked of his parents, to gather some supplies for the kids because all they wanted was pens and paper.


Chris and I signed up with his battalion to run this year.  Our sister company is currently deployed to Afghanistan.  They did a “shadow run” for the 5K in honor of their own fallen Warriors.  One of them won his age group last year and was KIA in February.  Those of us here in Georgia went to do the race in support of them.


549th Shadow Run Banner


After a brief opening ceremony and the national anthem, we walked to the start of the trail.  Chris and I brought Bailey with us so we started near the back of the pack which was our biggest mistake.  As soon as we crossed the timing plates we were barely moving.  We ended up having a hard time weaving for the first 1/2 mile to get around everyone.  It’s a pretty narrow trail so fitting a couple hundred people on it at once is problematic until everyone settles into their pace.
At about 1 mile in we settled into our rhythm.  I didn’t go into this race with any goal in mind.  Chris has a PT test today so he was taking it easy so his plan was just to run with me.  I decided I wanted to keep sub-9 minute miles and just go with it.  Along the course the JROTC from the local high school were out as support.  There were 2 water stations on the route but we skipped both of them.  I felt great until about mile 2.5 when I started having some pretty bad cramps.


As we rounded into the last straightaway to the finish I told Chris I wasn’t going to be able to go any faster.  He said oh yes you are.  I’m pretty sure my response was “fine, I hate you” and we sped off.


Strong Finish



My Garmin said we crossed the finish at exactly 27:00.  Official results aren’t up yet but that’s a shiny new PR!  I shaved just about 30 seconds off my last 5K time!!  After the race there were bagels, bananas, and water available.  We found Emmie (who had hung out with Heather) and cooled down.


Chris and Bailey

Bailey was the first dog to cross the finish line so we told her she won her division.  She was pretty stoked.  I wore my new “I Run This Body Shirt” from Dorothy at Mile Posts.  I freaking love it.  Dorothy has inspired me to DREAM BIG. My current “dream” is to run a sub-25 minute 5K at some point.  Here’s to making it happen :)

I Run This Body T-Shirt

Overall I really enjoyed participating in the Matthew Freeman 5K Run for Peace and definitely plan on doing it again next year.  While I was not a fan of the bottleneck-start of the race, the cause and the enthusiasm makes it worth it.

Did you race this weekend?  How did it go?

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Weekend Recap

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During the week Chris works long hours.  He leaves for work by 5:30AM and doesn’t come home until past 7PM most nights.  His schedule means that during the week he barely sees Emmalyne.  We try our best to make up for the craziness of the week by making our weekends count with fun activities and quality family time.  This weekend was no different and we crammed in a lot into two short days.




Top for the Rock 5K

Our weekend started bright and early with a drive to Fort Stewart to participate in the Top for the Rock 5K. This was a low-key run on post that was free for military and their dependents. There was a clock for timing and a nicely marked course. I was impressed that they even had a water station half-way thru. I went into this run planning to have fun and keep a steady pace. Chris was on board and pushed Emmie in the BOB. We ended up running with Leslie Ann and her husband most of the way chatting and having fun. What was amazing to me is that I was running sub-9 minute miles without trying. When I crossed the finish line at 27:32 I realized I had PR’d … and I wasn’t even tired. I shaved 10 seconds off my time from my last 5K where I felt winded and spent. I guess I’m getting faster 😉


After the race we headed home, showered, and ate a quick lunch before hopping back in the car and heading north to Ottawa Farms in Bloomingdale, GA for a corn maze and pumpkin picking.  Last year we took Emmalyne to the pumpkin patch when she was two weeks old and we were excited to repeat the experience this year.  There were hay rides, pigs, pumpkins, a corn maze, a corn cannon, and a trailer ride for kids.  Admission was a bit steep for my taste at $8 per person 5 years and older but it was money well spent to do something fun with my family.  We ran into a couple of Chris’ Soldiers and tackled the maze together.  The best part of the day?  The photo ops 😉


Our Little Pumpkin ;)

Ottawa Farms Corn Maze

Emmie and Daddy

Emmie and Mommy

After a crazy busy day we met Heather, D, and Grace at one of our favorite Richmond Hill restaurants, Fish Tales for a dinner for D.  I got the shrimp quesadilla and it was delicious.  The food never disappoints there and it is right on the water so there are beautiful views too.  After dinner we all headed to our local ice cream stop where I was intruded to pumpkin ice cream.  How was I missing this before?!  My life is now complete.


Fish Tales and Pumpkin Ice Cream


8 Miles on Sunday


I woke up bright and early Sunday morning and met Heather and Leslie Ann at J.F. Gregory for an 8 mile run.  I was SUPER nervous going into this run because I missed my last 2 long runs because I was sick.  I ended up seriously feeling great.  I talked the entire time, which I never do, my legs felt strong, and when we were done I knew I could have fun longer and faster.  I was never winded and it was just a great run.  It was the confidence boost I needed going into the Army Ten Miler next weekend!


We spent the rest of the day doing chores and getting our lives together for another crazy busy week!  We leave for DC on Thursday and I can’t freaking wait :)


How was your weekend?  Have you ever PR’d on accident?


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Run For Your Lives Recap

Emmie and I are safely back in Georgia!  We got back late Tuesday night and have been going non-stop since.  Last night we had our first FRG (family readiness group) meeting with the company Chris commands and it went well!  Chris’ mom also came into town.  Today I am hosting a “welcome” event for a new spouse to our battalion at my house for about 20 people.  Needless to say it’s been a bit crazy 😉  SO I am SUPER excited to have one of my best friends guest posting for me today!  I met Amanda when we were at Fort Hood.  She and her sweet family now live in Colorado but Skype helps keep us connected 😉  She is a mom of two and pretty bad-a** as her post will tell you!  Thanks for helping me out this week Amanda!



Hey Everyone! My name is Amanda and I am a fellow blogger and Army wife friend of Madeline’s! I was pretty excited when she asked me to write on her blog because I get to share with all of you!  I recently ran a 5k obstacle race called Run For Your Lives and she asked me to share my experience.


It is a zombie infested 5k-adventure race. My husband showed me the race online and we knew immediately we had to run it but we had one obstacle of our own before we could race it together, who would watch our two lovely kids. So, we called up his mom and she jumped at the opportunity to come out and watch them. I got online to register and it was super easy. It was a little pricey but I think most races like this cost about the same. It was $85/person and it included a t-shirt, beer, and access to the apocalypse party afterwards that featured live music. There was also suppose to be camping afterwards to continue the party but because of all the wildfires recently in Colorado the camping was canceled.


Race day finally arrived and I was so excited. We got up and made the hour and half drive to a town right outside Denver. They had a parking area and shuttle to the race area. It was $10 to park unless you owned a Subaru and it was free because Subaru was one of the main sponsors. I actually own a Subaru Forrester but we chose to leave it at home with my mother-in-law and the kids. Once we got there we had to check-in and get our race packets. It went very smoothly and I think it is because there were races that started every 30 minutes so that is kind of how everyone showed up; and it wasn’t too crowded at any one time.  They also had a tent where you could check your backpack or whatever else you chose to bring along. That came in handy because we had to bring clean clothes to change into.
Run For Your Lives


Now on to the fun part, the race! The obstacles ranged from climbing over hurdles, sliding down huge water slides, and crawling through mud. There were also 2 obstacles that had low electric voltage.
Run For Your Lives Obstacles


The hardest obstacles were all the HILLS! If you have ever been to Colorado then you would know that it is very mountainous. I think that was what made me so tired. I felt like I was going up one hill and then the next.


And the worst part was when you would have to run and dodge 10-15 zombies while running up these big hills. The job of the zombies was to steal your health. You were given three flags to wear around your waist like you would in flag football and you needed to get through the race dead or alive.
Run For Your Lives Race Zombies
I finished with 1 flag and I was so proud because my husband finished with none! I ended up placing 3rd in female age group 20-29 and 8th overall!
Run For Your Lives Finish
I had such a blast dodging zombies that we are already planning to do the race again if it comes back to Denver next year. I was able to take some pictures to show what some of the course looked like. Enjoy and I highly suggest if there is one in your area to “Run For Your Lives!”
Amanda and Brian




Thank you Amanda!  I get spooked pretty easily so running from zombies sounds intense!  Haha.  BUT I may have to run for my life at some point 😉  SO proud of you for rocking yours first race post-baby!!


Have you ever done a zombie race?