Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Little Press for RC3

RC3 is in Foothills Focus today. You can read the online story from the link below. I personally loved how Kim described meeting up with the group as a "home coming". I totally feel that way but couldn't quite describe that bond.

http://www.thefoothillsfocus.com/123009-ccrunners.asp

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Reach 11 Sunday Run

Here are the Chicks who ran at Reach 11 today. Nikki came post photo to help support Jennifer in her 20 miler today. It was her last long run before PF Chang's marathon. I also ran most of it with her. Our half marathon girls looked pretty fresh at the end of their 11 mile run. I think they're all ready for PF Chang's in a couple weeks. Go Chicks!


Front row (left to right): Christina, Kira, e, Darris and Jodi.
Back row: Jennifer, Emilie, Syndie and Jamee.

Spur Cross Run

We had a really nice turnout for some pre holiday running (12-20-2009) and training for PF Chang's half marathon. Good thing I remembered to throw my camera in the car!



Thursday, December 24, 2009

More Tucson Pictures


Bridget, Claire and I as we run along the 1/2 marathon course.
All smiles after we crossed the finish line. I have to say, these girls are awesome to run with. We've got a great group of chicks! Go RC3!

Pictures courtsey of Marathon Photo.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Finally! All About Tucson ...

Hard to believe that last weekend some of us Chicks were at Tucson doing lots of running. Kim, Claire, Bridget and Susie did the half marathon. Kim, Claire and Bridget all finished together and I understand they improved by almost a half hour from PF Chang's last January. Susie (who we also call "Wind") was going for a top 10 finish in the women's overall. She was in the top 7 until about mile 9 when she had to take a little bathroom break. She ended up in 14th place in the women's overall competition and 3rd in her age group. She's definitely our competitor in the group and she is an inspiration to all of us. Heather, Renee, Syndie & Christina ran the marathon relay. They did a great job and it was wonderful seeing them along the course when Nikki and I ran the full marathon.

Nikki is likely still celebrating the completion of her first marathon. Congratulations Nikki! She is such a strong runner and her time is a little distorted by the fact that she ran with me through 21 miles of not feeling well. I think I got bitten by the flu bug and my marathon was much longer and harder than anticipated. I finished with a time not to my liking, but considering the circumstances, I was happy to finish. There are always more marathons to run. I was very happy that Syndie ran with Nikki to the finish and I'm sure that was a big boost on that last 5 mile stint after Susie and I (Susie met us at the 19 mile mark to run us to the finish) convinced her to go ahead and finish strong.

Overall, it was a good little road trip. We had a nice pre race dinner at NORTH and had a little birthday celebration for Heather.

Click on photos for a full size image.



Here's Susie sprinting through the finish line in the half marathon.



Heather, Christina, e, Nikki, Syndie and Susie. Kim, Claire and Bridget were M.I.A. In fact, I have no photos of them running the half. Apparently, they finished a bit sooner than Kim's spouse, Mark, anticipated and he missed them finishing. Renee had to head home right after her relay leg so we're missing her as well.




Renee finishing her leg of the relay team. Renee got to experience the marathon start with Nikki and I in the morning. I wish I had a photo of how pretty it was at sunrise at the start in Oracle.



Syndie running Nikki to the finish line.


Nikki crossing the finish line. Congratulations Nikki!

Christina bringing it home for the RC3 relay team.
Here I (e) am coming to the finish. It was good to have my running buddy there to run in with me. That was plan A all along and although we separated in the last 5 or 6 miles, we both finished it out and I'm very proud of Nikki for doing her first marathon. I think she may be doing this again. Whether you have a good day or a bad day running, there is always an emotional attachment to crossing that finishing line.


Relay chicks, Heather and Syndie.



Syndie with her son, Ryder and hubby, Scott. Ryder ran with his mom for quite a ways at the end of her relay leg. He's already a good soccer player and has lots of practice running back and forth on the field. How many soccer fields did you run at Tucson Ryder?




Christina and her brother Matt. Matt ran the half marathon in 1:18 placing him in the top 10 overall finishers. He is one speedy dude! Now that he's done Tucson once, he will be a contender to win in all if he gives it another go next year.



Nikki and Syndie happy to be done!



A little birthday cake for Heather at our pre race dinner at NORTH. Kim's kids (Brianna and Jason) were glad that her iron willpower left them with a good portion of chocolate cake.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

FREE CHIROPRACTIC EXAMS!!!

FREE CHIROPRACTIC EXAMS FOR THE CHICKS!!!!
I did my very first 5k last weekend (The Luminaria Run). I had a great time and was very thankful afterwards for my husband and the adjustment he gave me after the run. It made me think of all you guys running these intense marathons! All the best athletes all have a chiropractor! My husband Keith and I invite you to take advantage of a free exam at his office--including xrays($350 value)---if needed! Just call his office and tell him that you are a Running Chick! Or check out our website www.smigielfamilychiropractic.com
602-485-9390
Happy Running
Angela

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Luminaria Run


We missed the Kids' Dash, but Mark, Brianna, Jayson and I competed in the 2 mile race. Brianna ran the majority of the race; her goal was to be the first in the family to finish. She did a great job. I think we have a future running chick on our hands. Mark caught up to her at the finish line. Jayson and I walked (which was fine after my 10.5 mile run Saturday AM and his six year old legs). We did run to the finish line! It was a great first family race. I see many more in our future.

Running With Little Chicks

Black Mountain Elementary Girls on the Run and Buddy Runners. Darris' daughter, Payton, was quite the fashion statement. She's in the stripes, with matching monkey gloves and hat. She is a mini Darris!

Here's a "shout out" to our own RC3 super chick, Darris, who buddied us up with the Black Mountain Elementary School Girls On The Run program. Darris is the coach and she did a fantastic job prepping her girls for the Runner's Den, Fiesta 5K. She was there at the finish to award the medals to the girls. The smiles on their faces after they crossed the finish and got their medal was priceless.

Jamee, Susie and I buddied up and talked the girls through. A 5k is a long way when you're 8-11 years old. Especially when you shoot off the start at lightening speed! An awesome performance by Susie and her buddy, Signe. They finished in 24 minutes earning both of them a spot in the top 25 women. Susie won her age group (which is also my age group... hopefully, she'll "age up" soon so I can move up a place : ) Signe was 3rd overall in her age group and not far behind 1st and 2nd place.

I ran with Signe's younger sister Annika, who is 8 years old. Bless her heart, she started off a little fast trying to catch her older sister. Our pace was between 8:00-8:30 for that first mile. I'm thankful she got tired, because I don't know if I could have held that pace for the next 2 miles. Needless to say we finished in 31:33. Annika was 15th overall in her age group (She is in her older sister's age group so both Susie and Signe need to "age up"!!).

Jamee ran with Claudia who was a little farther back because she probably was too excited to think to go to the bathroom before the race. Rumor has it there may have been a porta john stop not to mention some double fisted drinking at the water stops. They finished in 45 minutes. Still a good time—again 3.1 miles is a LONG way for a little runner chick!

I have to say, this was really rewarding and fun. I hope all you RC3 chicks get a chance to be a buddy at the Spring GOTR 5k. Again, kudos to Darris for showing her "chick-a-tude". You could tell the girls just loved her as their coach!

You can get race results at Active.com or raceplaceevents.com. Click on photos for full size photo.


Susie leading her buddy Signe to the Finish Line!

Annika and I ("e") crossing the finish line. Yay! We're done!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RC3 Chicks Run World Run Day

World Run Day was November 8th. It's an event set up for runners to take a day to recognize and run for their charity of choice. RC3 chicks had various charities and run distances. Some for MDA and others for local charities. Regardless, it looks like it was another beautiful Arizona morning.

From left to right: Darris, Syndie, Christina, Renee U.,
Heather, Kim, Jamee & Kira


Injured Runner Renee

It's nice to know that Renee R. is not letting her wrist injury slow her down. We're looking forward to seeing her walking and running again in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, she is traveling around and supporting her daughter Mallory and her WSU soccer team. WSU plays Villinova in the first round of the NCAA soccer tournament this Friday. Best of luck to Mallory and the WSU team and happy healing Renee. We miss you!

Renee sporting her WSU cast and daughter, Mallory

Monday, November 2, 2009

Javelina Jundred Pacing Experience

Nikki and I (e) spent Halloween night into the early morning on Sunday pacing at the Javelina Jundred (JJ100). It was quite an experience running/walking/hiking through the desert, during a full moon, talking with runners who have such great determination to conquer 100 miles. I've often wondered what it takes to run such distances and how one would train for it (Okay, I admit that I might be thinking about doing an ultra as a future goal). I think I found the answers I needed.

After keeping track of our adopted runner, Tammy Massie, via the JJ100 webcast at home, I arrived at McDowell Mountain Park/Pemberton trail at 5:00 p.m. as I had calculated by Tammy's previous laps that she would be arriving about 5:40 p.m. When she arrived after 6:00 p.m., she was clearly going through an emotional swing and contemplating stopping. However, after she sat down and started going through her aid station routine, we started to talk through it. She decided to start the 4th lap and at least go for the 100k buckle a.k.a the "Wuss Out Award". Not a great name for that award as I feel that running 60+ miles is NOT for wussies. Tammy admitted that perhaps this desert environment was a bit harder for her than she thought. The Arizona afternoon sun beating down on you for a good portion of the day can suck the life right out of you and I think many of the participants that train in cooler weather found it difficult to complete the 100 miles. I'm sure that is a major reason that the JJ100 has a 50% finish rate. We got started on the lap and at the second aid station, Tammy had mentally decided that she would not be able to continue physically after the 4th lap (Each lap was 15.4 miles). We had downhill for the remaining 5 miles to the start/finish and this helped her get to that 100k mark.

After we broke the news to Nikki that Tammy was going to DNF, Nikki and I planned to meet Sunday morning to complete our marathon training run. Just as we were packing up our stuff we were asked if we would pace a couple of guys that had just come in from their 5th lap and needed some help. Nikki had already prepped herself to check off 15.4 miles so it took her about 15 seconds before she started making her way to the start. I decided to buck up and pace again since Nikki would be pacing the same lap. We went to the start and Nikki hooked up with Phil (a.k.a. The Puker) and I with Troy (#169) who was dressed in Indian garb for Halloween. Troy and I started off at a fast walk so he could get his legs going again and then worked it into a jog/run for a little over 2 miles. After that we did a run/jog/walk routine. We were ahead of Nikki and Phil (#205) but not far as we saw them coming into the first aid station as we were leaving. Phil was having some difficulty and per Nikki had to make stops to throw up. Thus... he is now known to us as "the Puker". Troy had talked with Phil earlier and he told me that Phil had run across the country for charity for 96 days and has been in countless ultra marathons including Badwater.

Apparently Phil was feeling better later because they passed us before the second aid station (aid stations were every 5 miles). I know Nikki was of huge help to him with her fresh legs and we all know she can keep a conversation. Both Phil & Troy completed the JJ100 and well within the 30 hour cut off time.

I got home at 5:30 a.m. and went to sleep feeling like I got a taste of ultra marathoning. I came to the conclusion from my conversations with both Tammy and Troy that there is one common denominator amongst these ultra marathoners: They are strong willed and determined to overcome both personal and physical obstacles. Troy told me that when he completes an ultra that he sometimes becomes emotional with the sense of accomplishment he feels afterwards. I think that's all I needed to know to make a decision to go a little bit farther next year.

Nikki, Tammy and I after she finished completing her 4th lap and with her 100k buckle.

Tammy resting and getting ready to finish out her duty as a research participant. She was part of a study on Hyponatremia and how much salt is lost and how much is really needed to replace it for endurance athletes. She had to leave a bagged urine sample in a box at each aid station. She also had blood draws every other lap and had to keep a log of everything she ate.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Inspirational Words...


"You're better than you think you are
and you can do more than you think you can!"

Ken Chlouber, Founder of the Leadville 100

With all the many events coming up in the next few months—and all the training for those events—I just wanted to offer up these words that I find truly inspirational.

Running can be a personal challenge and at the same time a personal triumph. Remember how far you've come and know that you can go even farther...

Friday, October 23, 2009

What Chicks do on Halloween...

Run through the desert at night with CRAZY running people!

Nikki, Renee and I (e) will be pacing ultra running chick Tammy Massie Halloween night as she runs in the Javelina Jundred. She'll be our East Coast "adopted" running Chick and we're going to pace her through the last 47-50 miles around Pemberton Trail at McDowell Mountain Park. Tammy is not a newbie to this ultra running stuff. Check out her blog "Life on the Run" and you'll wonder when she is NOT running. In fact, she'll be doing the Marine Corp Marathon this weekend as a warm-up for the Javelina Jundred.

I'm contemplating doing an ultra event next year, so this will be a good experience for me to see what it's all about. My full report and photos of this desert adventure to follow after.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Moab "Other Half Marathon"

Like I told my RC3 "Peeps" when I got back from Moab— only two words for the Moab "Other Half Marathon"—LOVED IT!!!
Things that made it great:
  • Location, location, location... Moab is beautiful in October
  • Fire pits and yummy hot chocolate at the start
    (they also had coffee, water etc)
  • Super efficient shuttle system. We got their before the sunrise and seeing the sunrise over the red rocks was beautiful.
  • Very nice tech tops!
  • Finding a running buddy for the morning who helped make the miles go by quicker (Thank you Paula from Salt Lake City)
  • Awesome scenery all the way
  • Wicked fast downhill at the end
I did this race as a marathon training run. There is BIG marathon training mileage this week and so I enjoyed being able to ONLY run 13.1 on the weekend. It's so strange how I now think of that as a short run. Before the race I buddied up with Paula Nielson-Williams, a Canadian transplant in Salt Lake City. That was really great as we chatted the whole way and the miles seemed to go by much quicker. We made a pact to go all out on the last mile to the finish at Sorrel River Ranch. With the wicked fast downhill at the end that was not a problem. I finished 2 hours 8 minutes and 43 seconds by the "gun time". There were no timing chips in this race (the only bad thing) so I lost about a minute getting to the starting line behind the "shufflers". Lesson learned for next year. I'll get right up to the front pack—unless of course they do timing chips. My GPS has my start line to finish line time as 2 hour 7 minutes. I'm not going to be in the Olympics any time soon so no biggie. However, I now think that I might be closer to a 2 hour half marathoner since I still had energy left at the end. Perhaps I'll get more serious about meeting that goal at the Carlsbad half in January. For the moment, my focus moves on to the next event (more on that in my next blog) and running the Tucson Marathon December 13th.


At Sorrel River Ranch drinking from my sippy cup.
Blue skies and red rocks. Did NOT suck!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Race for the Cure

Here is a photo of Jamee, Kim and Renee U. at Race for the Cure this morning. It's a little "fuzzy" since it's a cell phone photo. Good job Chicks!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Are you listening??

As I got out of bed this morning, my conversation started with all my body parts, talking about what we did at Boot Camp yesterday and if a 5 OR 4 mile run would be best for me tomorrow..... (but are you listening??).
It's GREAT running weather right now and I have high hopes for long distance runs with little effort. As runners, walkers, sprinters OR exercise enthusiasts (take your pick) - this is our "Prime Time" to get out there and make some fitness breakthroughs (but are you listening??).
How many times have you ignored those little "aches and pains" - telling yourself "no pain, no gain?" How many of us have learned the hard way what those "aches and pains" are telling us? Do you remember last year at this time when we pushed through the pain and eventually it took you "out of the game" for days, weeks or even months (for some of us)?
Let me be that friendly voice to remind you to listen to your body when it tells you to slow down, take a little break OR STOP for a bit. It will be worth it in the "long run" (no pun intended)!
Be smart, be safe and take care of your body..... a very smart "Chick" always says; "If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"!
Are you listening??

Friday, September 25, 2009

Massage Discount

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For you achy or stressed out running chicks..Holistic Health Therapies has graciously offered to give us a discount on in-home massages. Just mention that you are an RC3 chick and Ginger will give you an hour massage for $70. She's a wonderful therapist and I know you ladies will adore her. She also offers reiki, cupping, reflexology and several other services. Hope you are all having a great week!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Meet RC3 Chick—Lori Spataro

Lori's getting out on the Thursday track sessions. Some long legs on this Chick for sure. We've known Lori right from the get-go when we all met at boot camp and we're happy to share her "coolness" with you.

Lori and running hubby Lucian

What are your goals or why do you run? I'm planning on running in my first 5K this October in Race For The Cure! I'm a real beginner at this running thing but I'm loving it. I started with the idea I would improve my fitness level but now I feel I need to challenge myself more, so I hope to do a half marathon within a year...everyone needs to hold me to that!!

Do you have a favorite running song? Don't laugh but I love to run to hip-hop music...LOL...my daughter is rolling her eyes at me right now, seriously I love all kinds of music so if anyone got a hold of my ipod they would probably say what the heck??

Where's your favorite place to run? Last summer my family and I went to Coronado island for vacation and every morning we took our dog to the beach for a run. I would have to say that has been my favorite spot so far!

Tell us a little about YOU. Well, I moved to Arizona from Ohio in 1985 and never looked back! Shocker huh? I have a daughter from my first marriage...Lauren is in her senior year at the UofA and I'm looking forward to her graduation and finding a job! ha-ha Seriously though, I remarried 2 years ago to a wonderful man who supports my running as he is a runner himself. I have been a hairstylist for 20 years and I cherish my free time. I love to read, exercise, go to movies and of course shop! I feel so fortunate to be a part of such an inspirational group of women in RC3...I look forward to running with you chicks for a long time.

Favorite saying or inspiration. There are so many people that inspire me but my father tops the list. He encouraged me to try new things without the fear of failure. He taught me the true meaning of the "glass half full" even after his Alzheimer's diagnosis he remained positive and up beat all the time. I lost my dad two years ago but I still hear his words of wisdom.

Do you have a "mantra" that keeps you going? That's simple...Never give up!

Monday, September 14, 2009

ARR I-Did-A-Green-Run

Some of the RC3 Chicks put it all out there in the Arizona heat to participate in their first running event—the ARR (Arizona Road Racers) I-Did-A-Green-Run. The race promoted being "Greener" by giving out grab bag T-shirts, collecting running shoes for recycling and making sure there were recycling bins available for all the cans and cups. September is still a bit "toasty" here in Arizona so these chicks (and chick dude) deserve a pat on the back. Or in Christina's case, water on the head (you had to be there).

Here's the RC3 Chicks and Mark who was a Chick "Dude" for the morning. Left to right, Christina, Vicki, Kira, Renee, Kim & Mark.

Here's Kira who looks awfully happy to be running. She did a great job considering how hot it was and being her first 10k. She came in under an hour.

Kim and hubby Mark. Both ran the 10k and we won't say who beat who over the finish line as we RC3 Chicks are all about peace and harmony.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Long Country Roads...

Thought I'd share a few photos the spouse took of me running my 15 mile long run in Michigan. I ran from my Parent's farm in Fitchburg thru Leslie and finished up at my high school friend's house in Onondaga (Audrey). She fixed me an awesome waffle breakfast. The weather was perfect and I really enjoyed this long run. Very few cars to worry about and lots of scenery. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I forgot that it was a LONG run. I'm back in Cave Creek for 16 this weekend and am looking forward to running with my "peeps"!

I just made the turn off the first part of Fitchburg Road when my hubby snapped this photo. Only 3 or 4 miles into my run at this point. Click on photo for more detail.

Fitchburg road goes all the way to Leslie which is about 8 miles from my Parents.

Here I am running past the Leslie water tower. If you ever actually drove through Leslie you might see the irony in the slogan on the tank.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

RC3 Getting Bigger and Better!


Our club started out as just a few chicks running together and now we've grown to 36 members. We are now an official non-profit organization and a member club of the RRCA. It's great to see how far we've come and look forward to how much farther we can go!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Inspiration













Hello Chicks,

I would like to share a couple of pictures of three of our RC3 Chicks from the Peavine Trail Run in Prescott we had last month. "E", Nikki, & Kim.

The Chicks training for the Tucson Marathon have been working very hard since that beautiful day, running further and training harder as the Marathon day soon approaches. Kudos to the RC3 Chicks! You are all truly inspirational, keep up the hard work.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Meet RC3 Chick—Bonnie Mull

We're proud of how cool our RC3 chicks are both in running and in their daily lives. This month we would like you to meet another RC3 running Mom Bonnie...


Bonnie with her family. Husband, Steve and daughter, Tia

Name/Nickname: Bon, B, Bonster
What are your goals? Hum, this is a tough one as I do not consider myself a runner. I have not done any type of formal running or training, and come to think of it I am not really sure how I even got roped into boot camp or the running club, but I am really happy to be involved in both. My goal is to try to get into shape and be healthy, I will keep you posted with my ongoing challenge.

Do you have a favorite running song? I do not listen to an ipod, but when I do listen to music I switch throughout the day – anything from LL Cool J, the Fugees, Bon Jovi, and Rod Stewart, up to Fergie.

Where's your favorite place to run? Aside from boot camp and an occasional run with the awesome RC3 chicks, the majority of my running comes from chasing after my ever so sweet 6 year old daughter Tiamarie (who goes by T or Tia).

Tell us a little about YOU. I have lived in Phoenix since 1973, whoa that is a really long time! I moved to the Desert Hills area in 1999 with my then fiancĂ© and now husband Steve. We moved into a house we built a in 2004 at 7th St south of the Carefree Hwy in a little tucked away area with amazing views. Currently in our home resides a houseful of one’s—1 dad, 1 mom, 1 daughter, 1 dog, 1 cat and 1 fish – hopefully Noah’s Ark never comes calling… Aside from being a licensed real estate agent for the past 5 years, my husband and I own a business that sells artificial grass and putting greens—who knew there was so much to learn about synthetic grass. If anyone is interested you can visit our showroom and warehouse at Cave Creek Rd and the Loop 101 at 2720 E Mohawk Ln, or our websites at www.SyntheticGrassStore.com or www.AZTurfMasters.com

Favorite saying or inspiration. A while ago, someone quoted the following statement and I personally find it true for me; “To be happy you need 3 things; something to do, something to look forward to and someone to love”. I feel that if you have these things in life you’re doing pretty well.

I enjoy getting out of town with my family to Point Loma San Diego any chance I get. As a family we also like to Lake Pleasant a few dozen times a year, along with the ski slopes at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

Do you have a "mantra" that keeps you going? When I am trying to make it through the timed mile at boot camp I pull out a favorite saying from Dory (Finding Nemo, which was the first movie my daughter watched over and over and….) So instead of “just keep swimming” I say “just keep running” over and over, and somehow the run is over! Other than that my sister in law got me hooked on “good times” from a classic Saturday Night Live skit with Alec Baldwin. I am not really sure how inspiring these are, but this what I have up my sleeve!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Peavine Trail Run

Six of us did a road trip this am to Prescott to run on the Peavine Trail. All of us agreed that it was a really fantastic running trail and we'll be going back for sure. We ran eight miles today. The Peavine Trail is 5.2 miles long but you can make it a much longer run as it connects with other trails around Watson lake and to Prescott valley. This would make a great place to do longer marathon training runs. The run is a gradual uphill for about 3 miles but you don't really notice it because of the view of Watson Lake and the rock formations to distract you. Click on the more info below for a few photos of the Peavine trail. Next time I'm going to take a video recorder that I can put on my visor so I can record some of the nicer views and heavy breathing (that would be me).

We had a super time joking around and having a nice breakfast afterwards. Some of the highlights were our interpretations of how we should respond if we were spotted by a hungry mountain lion (there were warning signs on the trail) and what slogans we could put on the back of our shirts.

We got some mountain bike dude to take our photo. From left to right: Renee U, Renee R, Kim, e, Nikki & Heather. Forgive us if we look like we just ran...

The breakfast spread. We had giant muffins (so giant we had to split it 3 ways), fruit & some awesome protein drink that Renee R. got at Costco (which makes me want to get a Costco membership) and juice.

In front of the trail system sign. Of course, I ("e") took the photo. There is also one with me in it but for some reason I appear to have my eyes sealed shut.

For more about the Peavine Trail (with a few photos) and the Mile High trails in Prescott, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Just Get Out of Bed...

My motivation was seriously lacking this morning. It would have been soooooooo easy to push the snooze button and not go for the Tuesday run. However, I KNEW there would be other RC3 chicks who would show up to run. Thank you Renee R, Christina, Vicki and Heidi for making it all worthwhile. I ended up having a really nice run. And I just have to say that I'm quite impressed with how quickly Renee and Christina are improving. They were not far behind Heidi and I and they were SMILING as they ran toward the finish point. We also have an extremely fast walker in our group. You have to jog to even keep up with Vicki walking. She would finish in front of a lot of marathoners at her walking pace. So if you think walking is not as good as running, we can pair you up with Vicki for a few miles and you'll change your tune.

I know summer is tough and the runs are super early but I just want to let you all know that you will be glad you rolled out of bed and joined in on a schedule run/walk/super fast Vicki walk. This is the time to prepare for all the fun fall and winter running events that we have coming up.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

RC3 Chick, Trish, TV appearance

The nice thing about our RC3 Chicks is that we have diversity in our daily lives and jobs. Trish is finishing out a degree in holistic healing and was featured on the local news this a.m. demonstrating doggy acupressure. Although, she had the speaking roll, I think Hope was the true star.

Check it out HERE

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Meet RC3 Chick—Renee Ureel

Monthly, we'll be featuring one of our RC3 Chicks. We are quite proud of the cool mix of runners in our group. This month we would like to introduce you to Renee...


Renee with her Grandson, Nathan, at her Son's wedding.

Name/Nickname: I don’t have a nickname but I do get this comment often if I use the first initial of my first name together with my last name r u reel.

What are your goals? I’ve been off the running routine for a long time because of an illness. So when I joined boot camp (Cave Creek Adventure Boot Camp) and realized we had so much running to do in our workouts, it got me thinking that I would like to see if I could get back on the running track again. When you great chicks decided to start up a running club, I was even more interested and got excited about running again. I have wanted to join a running club for a long time but was unable to find one that fit my needs. My goal is to run in the PF Changs half marathon in January. I haven’t signed up yet so I may need a little push.

Do you have a favorite running song? I do not have a “favorite” running song. I really like to mix it up. I load the NOW cd’s into my IPod so the songs are current but different and always changing.

Where's your favorite place to run? My favorites place to run with our group is Spur Cross. I like looking at the mountain views when we’re running away from Cave Creek Road. When traveling I like getting the opportunity to run in different places. I’ve run in Death Valley, Telluride, Moab and through Hell (Michigan) just to name a few.

Tell us a little about YOU. We’ve lived in the Cave Creek area actually Desert Hills about 6 years. I used to travel a lot for work so it’s just recently that we are spending more time in our area. My husband, Brad and I enjoy hiking and jeep trails. We have covered a lot on ground in Arizona, places like Crown King, Bumble Bee and Payson. There is still a portion of the original stage coach trail from Phoenix to Prescott which we’ve traveled. Pretty interesting to think folks from years ago journeyed down that same road. I have two married children and a three year old grandson who all reside in Michigan.

Favorite saying or inspiration. A while ago, someone quoted the following statement and I personally find it true for me; “To be happy you need 3 things; something to do, something to look forward to and someone to love”. I feel that if you have these things in life you’re doing pretty well.

Do you have a "mantra" that keeps you going? When running I don’t have a mantra but I do use the technique where I say to myself, I can run to that tree and then I can run to that driveway and so on. It makes the run more fun for me and it proves to me that I can go further than I first thought.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Track Morning


Another day on the track. We had a nice turnout and I think everyone got in a solid workout. There was one token "Dude" sharing the track with us today (Rich?). He was very nice and impressed us with his bleacher hopping skills. Plus he was our photographer for the morning.

AND we welcomed Trish for her first RC3 run this a.m. It's always good to have new Chicks!

Note: Click on photo for closer view.