October 4, 2008

Not only did I improve my time by over a minute, I ended on a 26!!! Just before 2 miles:


The race was AWESOME. I was really stiff and not feeling that energized when we left at 6 this morning for the lightrail. We woke up at 5 and stumbled around to make a mini breakfast. I had a piece of toast with mashed banana, PB & J, plus a drizzle of honey.


And Sarah reminded me of the energizing effects of caffeine before a workout, so I had a TINY cup of coffee with milk


We left for the lightrail at 6 and ran a nice 1.3 mile warm up to get there. It was dark and cold, but we had adrenaline! My breakfast was sloshing around a bit, but I survived. Sarah and me on the lightrail, which we JUST made because it was 10 minutes early!!


Once uptown we still had 5-6 blocks to walk to the race start. There were TONS of people everywhere and we had to wait in long lines to get our chips. And it was really cold and I was getting stiff.  I have no idea how, but our other teammates Melisa and Tom, from Greensboro, found us in the crowd :)


And then we were off!!!!!!! There was really bad bottlenecking at the beginning – I was hitting people left and right. I actually ran the first half mile on a sidewalk because the street was too crowded. I feel like I could have gained a few seconds if it weren’t for the crowds during the first mile.

The husband was so fast he didn’t run, he hovered!


Sarah + Melisa. Thanks to Josh and Tom for being the photographers!!

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Me at about 1.75 miles, right before a huge hill. Charming photo of me –


The first mile was relatively flat, or at least the hills were short and were over quickly. I felt really fast and strong and did my best to sprint through the crowds. We were in a cool neighborhood too, which made the scenery more fun. But right before the 2 mile marker we headed back into the city and started up a really long low-grade hill. It probably went on for at least half a mile, or maybe even longer! I really thought I was slowing to a 9-minute mile, but I didn’t want to look at my watch. Although I was passing people, I felt sluggish and got a cramp in my side. That hill was KILLER. But I just kept running as fast as I could and soon enough we were rounding the final stretch, which I would guess was about half a mile long. I heard a man say “it’s all downhill from here” and knew I had to start sprinting. I looked at my watch for the first time and saw that I was at 21:23 and could see the finish in the distance. I knew I could beat my record time of 24:48 from 2007 at this point and sprinted the entire way in! I have to say, you guys were on my mind the whole stretch :)

At the finish line!!

My official time was 23:26 with an average mile of 7:41.

The husband = 20:39!!!!!!!! With an average mile of 6:47!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was his first timed 5K as an adult and he had no idea how he’d do. I have to say I’m very impressed!!

Sarah was 24:24 – stellar!

Melisa clocked in at 29:30 – a whole 2 minutes faster than her record time!

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Let me take a moment to thank you all again who donated on behalf of Team KERF! The $1,367.60 we raised was totally by chance. I just decided to run a race and then found out we could form teams and thought I might be able to raise a few dollars. I never thought we’d have so much success and generosity come from all of you. So THANK YOU once again!!!

Breast cancer has touched a number of my friends and family –

  • My Grandma Younger
  • My mother-in-law, Karen
  • My mom’s writing partner and good friend Lisa Flinn
  • And family friends of ours, including both mom’s of my sister’s college roommates who are still battling the disease.

I wore an “In Celebration” sign on my back while I ran


After the race we had some free coffee (I just had 2 sips of the husband’s) and a smoothie from Smoothie King (a tiny half cup). How come there aren’t cool bars like Lara and Clif at MY races!?!?!

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We moseyed back to the lightrail and made the trek home, including another 1.3 mile jog back home. All in all, I think we covered about 6.5 miles this morning!!! My legs sure feel it :)

Oatmeal Extravaganza

As promised, Team KERF members were treated to a post-race oatmeal buffet!


We made a 6X batch in our huge pot and portioned it all out into an assortment of bowls by weight so that everyone got an equal portion (since the bowls were all different sizes and it was hard to eyeball)

The Guest Batch:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 small bananas
  • 3 tbsp vanilla
  • 5 pinches salt
  • About 3/4 cup spelt berries
  • Toppings galore!


Dining –





With a tiny bit more coffee


And I’ll end with this goofball sporting a free pink scarf




We’re off to relax a bit (perhaps take an Ibuprofen) and then head out to Great Grapes by bike!! Let’s hope it turns out better than last year’s non-memory.

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1 coco October 4, 2008 at 12:12 pm

congrats!!!! you’re my hero!!!


2 madison (follow my weigh) October 4, 2008 at 12:13 pm

wowowow! you beat your time when you didn’t even expect to!!! haha the husband sure looks like he’s having fun “hovering”!!


3 Jen October 4, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Congrats on an AWESOME race! Have a great time today at the wine fest! :)


4 Steph October 4, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Wow Congratulations on the awesome race!
I just ran my first 5K race two weeks ago. I’m new to running, and suffer from asthma, so my time of 42 min wasn’t too impressive, but it was such a great feeling to actually finish!
Seeing your stats inspires me to keep training and improving my time. =)


5 Amy October 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm

How amazing-you all did great!! Loved Matt at the end-i needed a smile today-Thanks :)


6 Megan October 4, 2008 at 12:45 pm

What a fun morning! Love the pics! Thanks for running this race. My grandma was just diagnosed and had surgery a week ago, so it means a lot to me!


7 Julz October 4, 2008 at 12:47 pm

HOLY CRAPOLA! YOU ARE FAST WOMAN! (-ps- Thelovelymshulia comment on Youtube = Yours truly 😉 )

WAY TO GO! You and the husband are SUCH PRIME ATHLETES 😉 hehe have Fun at the Festival! And don’t worry about it… Just ENJOY it and HAVE FUN!


8 hk October 4, 2008 at 12:55 pm

so exciting, congrats, kath & matt!! And the team entire team- great work for an awesome cause:)


9 runjess October 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Good job! I’m nursing a foot injury, but hope to be back on Monday.

And…I also made acorn squash last night. I stuffed mine with quinoa.


10 Krista October 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Sounds like everyone had a blast! Congrat’s on your time…that’s great!
The oats look delish as always!


11 mom October 4, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Congrats to everyone!


12 Stacey M October 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Kath, I see you got a new food scale? I have the small roundish Salter one you recommended earlier, but I think my [travel] and general non-gentle abuse may be causing it to go buggy (randomly says negative #s when it shouldn’t/is not touched, adds a few grams randomly, etc.) Is yours a new one? Brand? Is it any better? Please advise. Thanks!


13 Christie October 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Congrats on your time and raising the money.. looks like a fun day and great friendships made throught the blogging world. Glad we can all be some inspiration to you. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.. nice voice hubby!


14 Jill - GlossyVeneer October 4, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Congrats, you should all be pleased with those times – they are great. Thank you for doing this race, I feel very strongly about raising money for various cancer research. Breast Cancer running (Race for the Cure to be exact) is how I got started. It’s hit my family hard, my mom is a 2x survivor, as is my grandmother but we’re currently waiting for results on a biopsy since it looks like she may be facing her 3rd battle with the disease. Anytime I hear about people doing good for a cause like this, it just warms my heart!


15 Alison October 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Big congrats to you all! What an amazing pace!


16 Marianne October 4, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Congrats on your race! And all of the money you were able to raise to help find a cure for breast cancer. :)


17 magpie October 4, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Awesome! Thanks for running for such a good cause :)


18 Nick October 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Haha, congratulations! Looks like you had a lot of fun.


19 caitlin (seebriderun) October 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm

awesome, awesome time! you and hubby smoked your records! yayyy!


20 Katelyn October 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Congrats, that’s fantastic!


21 HangryPants October 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Congrats Kath! You ran for a great cause. Have a wonderful day.


22 Amanda October 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Congrats on such a great race! Hope you enjoy the wine festival and gathering tonight!


23 smilesara October 4, 2008 at 1:57 pm

hey kath –
can i ask again about your exercise routine? is there a reason why you want to bike after running 6.5 miles this morning? have you “upped” the amount of calories you burn through exercise since you stopped counting calories? because it seems like you are doing a lot more than before…


24 Jenn (eating bender) October 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm

This post just made my day! Congratulations to TEAM KERF on a very successful race!! I love all of the pictures and ESPECIALLY love those videos – thank you for including those! Helium voices are the best 😉 I am so happy for all of you!


25 smilesara October 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm

oops!!! i clicked post too quickly…i also meant to say congrats on the new race record! perhaps more importantly, we all admire your efforts to raise so much money for charity too…


26 VeggieGirl October 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm

HELL YES, KATH!!!!!!!!!! 😀


27 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Congrats to you all on your awesome racing times! And hurray for running for such a good cause!

The oatmeal looks delish! Love the pic of the oatmeal buffet setup!


28 Jessica October 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Wow! I bet you feel very accomplished – hope your body replenishes itself soon so you’ll feel better.


29 zestycook October 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Excellent Work Kath….You did great. Congrats to the KERF team in general…. great to see


30 sirenjess October 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Wow that’s great! I too shaved some time off my 5k time. The last race I did my time was 23:04 and the year before same race I ran it in like 27 and some change.


31 Biz319 October 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Wow – awesome times for everyone!

Glad the weather held up for you too – looks like a beautiful day!

Off to play catch with my daughter.

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!


32 Michelle October 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Wow, what an amazing race!! I aspire to run that fast!! It’s hard though but i am really pushing!!

You look super great in the video of you running!!



33 Meghann October 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm

What can I say, our races are yust cooler to be sport the free larabars? :)

Congrats on beating your previous time!


34 JOY October 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Great job!!!! That’s an amazing time!


35 emmy October 4, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Congrats on your faster time! All in all it sounds like a perfect Saturday.


36 Justy2003 October 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Awesome job, team KERF! You all had great times! And way to end on a 26, Kath! :) The race and oatmeal breakfast look like so much fun! AND wine tonight?! Perfect day…


37 Erin October 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm

That’s incredible! Great job to all of you!


38 mom October 4, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Kath, We ran into your first grade teacher last night. She was pleased and surprised to see you in Shape Magazine. She posted the article outside of her classroom, with a note that you are a former student.


39 Brittany October 4, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Woo Hoo… what a great time for a 5K. I love that you made a huge batch of your oats for the whole gang. :)


40 Amy October 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Congrats on the time, Kath!!! And congrats to everyone who ran. You all did awesome.

Matt… lol. That’s really all I have to say.


41 Kelsey October 4, 2008 at 9:45 pm

WOOOOHOO! Great job both for getting an awesome time and helping a good cause. :]

PS the video at the end made me REALLY laugh!!


42 RD2be October 4, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Wow, I’m super impressed by your time. Congrats!


43 Cookienurse October 5, 2008 at 12:24 am

Amazing times, great job to you both and for supporting a worthwhile cause!


44 Jana October 5, 2008 at 1:49 am

Hey Kath,
congratulations! I’m proud of y’all!

Great pictures, it looks like you had a super good time… and that post-race oatmeal looks delicious. 😉


45 Thinspired October 5, 2008 at 4:05 am

I know it’s been said already but AWESOME job, Kath!


46 Kath October 5, 2008 at 8:31 am

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on the race!!!!!

Stacey M,
We got this one a while back from Amazon. I like this one fine. It’s another Saltar. I think all scales go buggy after a while, which is why we got a new one.

smilesara ,
You often seem to want to find a calorie motive in my actions. I would encourage you to look at the bigger picture. ALL of the exercise I did yesterday was done for a reason other than burning calories. We ran to and from the lightrail for a pre-race warm-up and because it didn’t make sense to drive a mile. We ran the race for a good cause and for the fun of it. We biked to the wine festival because we obviously didn’t want to drink and drive, but also because we’re trying to use our cars as little as possible on the weekends. There is so much more to these activities than burning calories.



47 andrunwithit October 5, 2008 at 11:44 am

Cute video and great time!!! I really like 5k runs, because they’re the shortest (!!) so you can really run all out and feel like you’re FLYING… sounds like that’s what you did!


48 Heather October 5, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Congrats on a great race, Kath!!


49 bobbi October 6, 2008 at 8:57 am

what a fun race! You did great:) Love the videos!


50 Ally October 6, 2008 at 9:38 am

Awesome time Kath!! Great job, you’re really fast!


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