Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chrissie Wellington Q&A

Last Tuesday, Kelly N and I went to Road Runner Sports in Tempe to listen to Chrissie Wellington (3 time Ironman World Champion) answer questions about training and more. I loved her response to what she eats and her nutrition plan for training. I know part of doing Ironman is about the achievement—but let's face it—one gets to EAT and eat a lot and that is a nice bonus! Sorry, the video is a bit blurry. I had to make it small to upload to blogger.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Women's Half Marathon

The inaugural Women's Half marathon that started in Scottsdale and ended in Tempe turned out to be a nice local event. The RC3 chicks had some super results. Susie K came in 13th overall and picked up a nice trophy and Oakley sunglasses for finishing 3rd in her age group. This after staying up late because she did her first figure competition in Chandler on Saturday. She got 4th in the Master's figure class. Pretty good for her first show!

Jodi Asmus and Kelly N raced their first half and both in 2 hours. Kim R PR'd by 8 minutes from her last half marathon and Nikki ran a 2:02 with Cori B right behind her a few seconds. Heidi B who has been in "retirement" came out of it briefly to run a 2:05. Jennifer L PR'd with 2:10. She's one to watch as she gets stronger both mentally and physically each race. Christina P ran on her injured foot with a 2:17 and a few seconds later was was Wendy R with 2:17 and some change. I (e) ran with cement legs after doing the Summit Challenge the Friday before, so I was happy to get in at 2:19. Shortly thereafter Emilie S finished in 2:20. She's been running on an injured toe. Renee U finished 14 minutes faster than her last half (PF Chang's) proving that getting older doesn't mean getting slower. Vicki H fast walked and beat a lot of runners to the finish (15/mile pace!). Irene M did her first half marathon following in Vicki's footsteps and fast walked it out at a 16/mile pace.

Official results can be found HERE.

Overall it was a great day and I'm so proud of all the "Chicks" for getting to the start and doing so well. I always feel extremely proud to be in the midst of these Super Women!

Susie with her award and SWEET Oakley sunglasses she won.

Sometimes Chicks Hike too... Summit Challenge

Kelly N and I (e) met up with her NWLB biking buddy Angela and friend Christine, to do the Phoenix Summit Challenge. You hike 7 summits in one day. However, I must confess we skipped South Mtn because it's boring and we were worried about finishing in time to pick up our race packets for the Women's half marathon on Sunday. Besides, I kinda think running a half marathon in the same weekend negates the fact that we skipped a summit. Here's the proof that we did at least 6!

Summit #1: Papago Park at 6:00 a.m. (L to R) Kelly, e, Angela & Christine

Summit #2: Camelback!

Summit #3: Squaw Peak (a.k.a. Piestewa Peak)

Summit #5: Lookout Mountain

Summit #6: Shaw Butte

Summit #7: North Mountain

And last but not least --our imitation of dead cockroaches! Don't be surprised if this doesn't end up on an event promo sometime. The park staff thought it was funny and held up the signage behind us for another photo to use.

Nike Women's Marathon/Half Marathon

October was a big month for RC3 Chicks as we headed to San Francisco for the October 17th Nike Women's Marathon. We got picked in the lottery as a group and we were all looking forward to this event. Spending time in San Francisco with Running Chicks is a lot of fun. The day before the race, there was serious Macy shoe buying thanks to Nikki wearing cute but uncomfortable shoes while walking around San Francisco. Needless to say there was a multiple shoe buy discount that we had to help her out with (Thanks Nikki--I love my little boots!). Dinner the night before the race was at Fino and it was nice to get all of us together. Syndie is to thank for getting our group of 13 a reservation in super busy San Francisco. You'll see in the photo that RC3 chicks clean up really well.

The blog photos are a sampling of all the photos taken by multiple cameras. We put a lot of them in one place and you can see all the photos HERE both of the marathon/half marathon scene as well as the fun around SF photos.

I can only speak for part of the half marathon course as I took the yellow signs on the full marathon route. In general, I thought it was a nice course. Hilly, but we had trained for that. I didn't train enough for downhill though as my knees took a beating. I know some of the other marathon chicks that had the same knee issues. We got poured on while running down the Great Hwy and were very cold and wet at the finish. I won't go into detail about that but I will say that Nike could do much better in making sure there are heat blankets available to wet cold marathoners.

Susie K was a superstar again and took 16th overall. In a field of tens of thousands she continues to impress and amaze us all. Darris PR'd again in the half by a minute or two. With the hilly course, there is something to be said for that. Missy L did her first marathon and got a 4:04 time. She had to do a lot of training on her own and we are so proud of her for putting in such a great first time. She would have been under the 4 hour mark on a flatter course for sure. Dara raised a ton of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and it was great to share her first marathon experience with her. I had to put a photo of her "Just Did It" sign as I think that sums up the race for all us. Personally, the best part of the Nike Women's Marathon was hanging with the "peeps". Last but not least, I know we all want to thank Heidi for our Starwood Palace Hotel accommodations. We stayed in luxury and we loved the hotel and being so close to everything we wanted to see and do.

The Nike half and full RC3 Chicks at Fino.

Waiting for the shuttle bus in the cold. (L to R) Jen L., Missy, Emilie, Nikki, Elaine & E.

At the start. (L to R) E, Amy O, Syndie, Missy, Nikki, Elaine and Jen.

Pink RC marathon Chicks! Nikki, E & Jen.

Boy did she ever! Now a marathoner and still one of the coolest Chicks out there!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Time for some updates... First up Javelina Moonlight Run!

September 25th was the Javelina Moonlight Run. It's meant to be a pre Javelina Jundred training run but I used it as my last "long run" before the Nike Women's Marathon. Kelly Nash joined me and her bicycle buddy, Sue Berliner decided to participate at the last minute also. There is something kind of cool about running in the dark out in the desert. Aravapai Running puts on both events and I have to say that I just love how great Jamil and Nick Coury race direct. The aide stations were great and running Pemberton Trail is always a nice change from road running. No spectacular results as I was super conservative. Had a bit of a ankle/knee twist and so I slowed way down. I think Kelly was there for the food so we chatted, ran and walked in the dark. The moon rising in the sky during the first hour or so, was beautiful. We stopped at one lap (15.5 miles) but others kept going for 2, 3 and 4 laps. They're all super human in my book!

Sue Berliner, Kelly & E at the finish.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cool Chick Outfits...

Darris and I went through at least a couple of beers (albeit low calorie beers) last February, sewing feathers onto our Ragnar chick hats. It's nice to see that our hard work paid off. And Jennifer modeled our outfits quite nicely. See the Ragnar promo link for the full photo.

Note that other smiling person in the photo is Kim RR. She is smiling because she just handed off the relay band to Jennifer and it was rest/break time for Vehicle 1.

Chicks Tri

Christina & Kira getting ready to "Tri" for a good cause at the Red Rock Triathlon to benefit AZ Special Olympics (D.C. Ranch). The sprint triathlon took place on September 11.

Heidi (Swimmer), Christina (Runner) and Kira (Biker)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Run for the Creeks

On Saturday, August 28th some of our Chicks (and Rooster runner Mark) enjoyed the cool weather in Prescott. They were at Run for the Creeks. Per Kim R, it was a nice trail run along Willow Lake. It was the 2nd annual, supporting the Prescott Creek Preservation. There were a little over 200 runners...5K, 10K, kids 1K, and 2 mile invitational.

Amy O, Renee U, Renee R & Kim R not even looking hot and bothered in the cool Prescott climate.

Kim & Mark Rodgers with their running "Chicklets".

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon

The Napa to Sonoma half marathon was on July 18 starting in beautiful Napa at the Cuvaison Winery. Susie K, Darris, Syndie and I ran down two lane roads surrounded mostly by grape vines and vineyards. We finished in the town square in Sonoma. What a nice race this is. The scenery and weather were perfect. The RC3 superstars represented and all the girls (with the exception of myself) had a PR. Susie got second in her age group with a super fast 1:30 finish and Darris dropped 8 minutes off her previous half marathon time. She is getting faster and faster with each race. Syndie did great as well with a 2:11 something time and I was less than a minute behind her. Bobby K (Susie's running spouse) also ran a nice quick 1:45 ish. I'm sure this event will be revisited by RC3 chicks (and maybe roosters) again next year.

Here's the proof that we were there!

At the Expo at Cornerstone Gardens the day before. Darris, Syndie & Susie posing with the garden art.

Syndie with hubby Scott (left) and Darris with hubby, Paul (right) in front of the plastic daisy garden "thingy"

Super RC3 running chick, Susie K, getting her award. She got second in her age group.

Post race relaxing— E, Syndie, Darris & Susie

"Rooster Runner" Bobby with his chick (and wife) Susie

Where the start line was—Cuvaison Winery

This is pretty much what the course looked like most of the time—except with runners

Picnic lunch at V. Sattui Winery after the run. We were joined by Syndie's very cool parents and son Ryder.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Press for RC3

Here's the recent article on RC3 Running Club that ran on the Examiner online Phoenix page.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another RC3 Track Morning...

We're back on the track on Thursday mornings. I brought my camera today to get a photo to send for another RC3 feature article that may run soon. I'm quite sure we'll have a link to that in the near future.

(From left to right, bottom to back row) "e", Syndie, Susie K, Renee R, Kim R, Kristin, Jennifer L, Susan P, Shelly, Kelly, Nikki, Amy, Darris & Dara

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RC3 Chick with her Muddy Buddy in Las Vegas

While Renee, Heather, Darris and I were holed up in a REI classroom all day, Kelly Nash was having some fun in Vegas. She and her Vegas pal, Leighanne, did Muddy Buddy on Saturday (May 22nd) and finished in 4th place in their 2F age division!
Leighanne & Kelly at Muddy Buddy Vegas

Monday, May 31, 2010

RRCA Coaching Certification Classes

Darris, Heather, Renee U and I ("e") were in Las Vegas May 22-23. No casino time for us though—we spent 2 days at the REI store in Summerlin for all day coaching classes. We learned a lot both in class and outside of class studying for our post class test. We're happy to say we've passed the final in flying colors and we hope to help all our RC3 chicks with their race training plans!

And... the REI store was right next to the Total Wine store. Obviously, we had to unwind afterwards and that store came in handy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Nike Women's Marathon... We're IN!!

Our RC3 group was successful at getting a random lottery draw for the Nike Womens' Marathon. We'll have 6 chicks in the full marathon (Jennifer L, Nikki, Susie K, Elaine, Melissa L (Missy) and myself (e). We will also have 6 chicks in the half marathon (Syndie, Darris, Emilie, Amy O, Kristin and her daughter, Melissa)

This event has become extremely popular and thus the lottery to get in. We are so thrilled to be lucky on our FIRST lottery event as a group!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Cave Creek Trail Run Report... Dos

We have more photos to show you of our fun Cave Creek Trail Run. Most of these are compliments of Cave Creek Trail Run. You can see all of the photos they took here.. Kristin N forwarded a couple of her daughter, Melissa, who finished 2nd in the Jr. Women 10k. Since both Melissa and Gunnar did so well and they are the offspring of some speedy RC3 chicks, I think we need to have another division of RC3... How about we call the kids "Peeps"?

My only disclaimer is that some of these fine photos are the result of a very nice photographer that posted to his mobile me account and has allowed for them to be downloaded. Thank you!

As always, if you click on the photo, you'll get a bigger/better view.

Jr. "Peep" Melissa Nelson and her 10k, 2nd place women's Jr award .

Proud RC3 chick Kristin with daughter Melissa.

Little Peep, Gunnar with his goodie bag. He not only placed 2nd in the Jr 5k division, but he also found the only prize egg on the 5k course.

Gunnar showing off his second place trophy.

Gunnar and Dad, Bobby running into the finish. You'll get to see where Mom (Susie was) in a subsequent post.

Nice photo of Dara before she took her kids off on the 2k scavenger hunt.

Having a chat after the race was over.

Waiting for the start.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cave Creek Trail Run Report

The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the inaugural Cave Creek Trail Run. It was cold at the start but near perfect running temps and sunny for the race. The course is on primitive trails that go through State land that the City of Cave Creek is trying to purchase for preservation. I think I can speak for all the RC3 Chicks who signed up when I say we all felt this was a worthy cause. Proceeds for the race went towards the purchase fund.

I loved the course. It was very challenging and technical. Lots of rocky uphill and downhill. However, time and distance seem to go by faster when one is concentrating on keeping their footing and the scenery is awesome.

The highlights were seeing so many RC3 chicks show up for the 5k and 10k. Susy Q (Schlottmann) and Syndie did the 5k course. Shelly, Susan P, Kristin N, Renee U, Christina, Darris and myself did the 10K. Jennifer L, Emilie S and Dara L were there doing the 2k fun run/hike with their kids (they had a great kid friendly venue). Fast chick, Susie Kramer, was not there but her son Gunnar was there to represent. We were so excited when he got this big second place trophy in the juniors division. He also was the lucky finder of the one prize egg on the 5k course. Needless to say, it was a great day for Gunnar and his Dad (Bobby) who participated with Gunnar.

And there is some back story behind the firemen photo with the veiled runner chick...
Megan (who is from Wisconsin and who we did not meet until after the race) ran the Cave Creek Trail run instead of getting married on Saturday by no fault of her own. I think whoever that guy was that left this obviously strong and beautiful woman was stupid. However, as Darris told her--these things happen for a reason. She'll be better off and a much smarter guy will make her happy. I confess, I asked these attractive young fire dudes to help us put a little smile on her face. She'll get a good laugh out of this photo when she looks back on the whole thing. And well... afterwards, we thought we should all get our photo taken with a fireman too!

Megan from Wisconsin and her fireman friends. We wish you well Megan.
You can come run with RC3 chicks anytime you're in town!

Awesome awards! These are the coolest I've seen in a long time.

One can never overlook an opportunity to get their photo taken with a fireman... from left to right Shelly, Christina, Renee (425) cute Fire Dude #1, e (408), Kristin N, Susan P (in back) cute Fire Dude #2 and Darris.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Syndie and Ryder's Spur Cross Adventure

The Cave Creek Trail Run (CCTR) is only 2 weeks away. Syndie and her son Ryder are participating. They pre-ran/hiked the trail last weekend and took some nice photos.

Shelly, Missy, Suzy Q and I were there earlier in the a.m. However, we were not as brave to do the creek crossing. Guess we needed a kiddie there to tell us to stop being wimpy!

Looks like it was lots of fun. Go Ryder! We RC3 chicks love to see the kids participating in events with us.

Thanks for sharing Syndie. I think the CCTR is going to be quite scenic with all the wildflowers that were getting ready to break out.

Is that a mountain lion??

Outdoor Syndie chick!

So... was is cold??

Ryder makes that stone hopping look easy.