The lives we live!

It has been another busy crazy action packed week for the Cambergs (which is why I am a bit late on blogging).

Josh ran in his 1st track meet about 10 days ago down in Tucson. This event now holds the record for longest kids sporting event at our house (7.5 hours not including the drive), Katherine’s gymnastics meet held it previously at 5 hrs.

Josh with his new Brooks Track spikes ready to test them out!

Josh with his new Brooks Track spikes ready to test them out!

I had an 8 mile run with hills scheduled. Between his events I packed in the miles and did sprints up and down the parking garage at the high school to get my hill work. Not the most exciting workout but I got her done! I did not want to miss any of his first track meet.

Josh racing 1500m love that form. Dude is flying through the air.

Josh racing 1500m love that form. Dude is flying through the air.

He raced 3 events

3000m ran 12:26

800m 2:55

1500m 554 (it was 87 degrees and super windy after being there over 7 hrs).

IMG_9916In between the events he was having fun hanging out with his new teammates. They started doing Parkour moves on some exercise equipment, well it kept them limber!

Josh performing parkour moves between races.

Josh performing parkour moves between races.

I am really proud of him. It was a long day having gotten up around 5am. He had lots of fun and was proud.

Post Chipolte in my new Oiselle Distance shorts after a very long day!

Post Chipolte in my new Oiselle Distance shorts after a very long day!

All day we talked of eating at El Charro and getting an Eeggee’s frozen drink. By the time we left we were so exhausted we stopped at Chipolte and devoured our food.

The next weekend March 23 was looming as the day we had a huge packed schedule. MDA walk, Little League Opening Day, cousins arriving from out-of-town, 1st baseball game of the season.

MDA walk opening day little league 002Here we are at the MDA walk with my friend Lauri and her son Jared. He was diagnosed with Duchenes when he was 6 yrs old. I still remember the day she called me. We have been doing the walk for 9yrs now.

MDA walk opening day little league 003Lauri and Jareds new plates!!

MDA walk opening day little league 005Jared was blazing the trail on the walk so Katherine decided to run ahead. Next thing I know I see 2 teenage boys in their wheelchair going off course with my daughter getting lost. I told Jared if you are going to be the race leader you must know the course. They had a great time.

Then it was off to Little League. Josh was excited to get called up to the majors last week and play on a team with boys and coach he has played with for several years. So he went from a diamondback to a Yankee! Cant believe I only took 1 picture at the game!! He did great in his first majors game. He was thrilled to have his cousins, Uncle Craig and Aunt Julie at his game.

MDA walk opening day little league 007 We had a great big Mexican feast at our house with all the relatives that night. The kids had fun swimming in the pool and having a jacuzzi party. Then raiding the kitchen for more food. I was trying to corral everyone to bed around 9pm (I had an early wakeup and 16 mile run).

MDA walk opening day little league 010My nephew Andrew was asking me lots of questions about my running. His family got to see me race at California International Marathon in 2011. Loved having them there at mile 18!! When I told the kids I had to get up early to run 16 miles Andrew commented ” I know you like to run Aunt Kerry but really 16 miles, that is a long way”.

MDA walk opening day little league 012Andrews reaction to my 16 mile run talk! No actually just his reaction to drinking straight lemon juice from our lemon tree.

All in all a great week. Ran 54 miles last week! The longest since fall of 2011.

Looking forward to Sactown 10 miler April 7.

Mountain to Fountain 15k

Katherine and me postrace.

Katherine and me postrace.

The Bandidos host an awesome race Mountain to Fountain. It is one of the most competitive races in AZ bringing many elites and prize money!! The race starts at McDowell Mountain Park and finishes at Fountain Hills (with the big fountain in the background). One of the big draws is the opportunity to run with a team and win your weight in beer.

The inaugural year of the race I was on a female masters team and we won, so I was selected to get on the teeter totter for the weighing for our team. Happy to say I weigh 5 cases of Kilt Lifter beer!! I often think about putting that on a medical record for my weight!

This year our team was going head to head with a strong mixed masters team from Flagstaff. It was going to require full effort on our part. I am happy to say we won! Ricardo was kind enough to get on the scale, we won 8 cases of Kilt Lifter to split.

My goal at the race was to finish under an hour. After last weeks hilly race I was not sure if it would be possible. There is something about seeing a certain time on the finishing clock that always inspires me. It seems I waited forever to see a 2 at the beginning of my finish time for a marathon. When I did I rejoiced!!!

We rode the buses to the start since it was point to point. There were even prizes given out on the bus. I got a $10 giftcard for a bagel place since I am a registered organ donor. The first prize of the day.

Beautiful surroundings for our warmup, wish I had photos. It was so fun to lineup with so many friends I know, one of the best things about this race. Shoes were triple knotted and tucked.

We headed out of the park with a slight incline before we would drop down for a few miles. I really pushed it on the downhill since I knew the uphill late in the race would require alot!!

I felt really good and had my eye on several women in front of me to catch or hopefully pass! At one point I caught another master runner Kristine around mile 6. We started to head up hill side by side when we passed a couple younger guys. There was an audible groan as we “chicked” them. I could not help shouting “great job guys by the way we are both over 40”. I heard later that was the kick in the butt one guy needed to get going.

Mile 7-8 was all uphill. I was just trying to hold it together so I could go under an hour. I started closing the gap on another masters lady my friend Kate. Just when I almost got her we had another hill and she was able to surge ahead. I was really happy to be this close to her since she is running really strong right now.

The last mile I really fought for it. As I headed down the straight away to the finish I could see the fountain going. Crap it goes off every hour so I must have missed the hour mark. Not sure how exact the timing is on the fountain I gave it everything I had and finished in 59:48. Woo Hoo I did it!!

Infamous fountain in the background

Infamous fountain in the background

My family was there to see it happen. Usually I am looking for them as I run it in but this time I just surged ahead. The kids were really proud since I told them my goal but also let them know it was going to be really tough to get it.

3 of my team members had already finished so we anxiously awaited results to see if we would win the mixed masters team. We Won!!! Ricardo got on the scale and scored us 8 cases of beer (to be split between the team). I also won a Gift Certificate to Sole Sports for my placing!! 3 prizes so far.

Ricardo on the teeter totter weighing in for the beer.

Ricardo on the teeter totter weighing in for the beer.

Prizes

Prizes

Josh ran in the kids race, 3 loops equaling roughly 1500 meters. He finished 1st with one boy on his heels. He got a free kids meal at Chipolte.

Josh lining up for the kids race.

Josh lining up for the kids race.

Winning prizes: Bagels, Beer, Burritos and Shoes!!

All in all it was a fun day. We enjoyed hanging out at the park after the race.

Run for Ryan House

Last weekend I got to race in one of my favorite races, Run for Ryan House. The Ryan House http://ryanhouse.org/ offers respite care for families with children that have life threatening conditions. They are one of my husbands clients and we have a friends that utilizes the services offered at Ryan House. My husband and son have done the race the past 2 years. This was my 1st year and 3 of us ran (Katherine had 4hr gymnastics practice).

The night before the race my bedroom was taken over by my daughter and husband with globe, atlas and smart phone! They were discussing all the great places to travel in the world. Ok awesome conversation and I could not break up the bonding but; seriously people we have to get up at 5am for a race tomorrow!

World travel wannabes planning their adventures.

World travel wannabes planning their adventures.

The alarm sounded early as usual. I woke up Josh and the 3 of us piled in the car for a drive across town. The 5k started 1st so I got to see Kevin and Josh off at the start.

start of 5k run

start of 5k run

I decided to warmup just a bit more since my start was not for 15 more minutes. I heard the announcer call “5 more minutes” then I heard the gun go off. Was that the start?? I ran over and hopped into he race asking fellow runners if this was the 10k? After confirmation I started trying to make my way to the front of the pack. I was pretty close to the lead female, Samanatha Meyerhoff when I felt my shoe getting really loose. Oh no I forgot to triple knot and tuck laces. I had to stop and retie the shoe as it was going to fall off my foot. It was in a knot too. Yikes it seemed like everyone was passing me by and the clock was ticking. All in all it was about 20 seconds.

This all happened in the 1st mile. In over 8 years of racing I have never missed the start of a race. I decided to practice my “keep calm” skills. I made a plan to try to catch her by mile 4. There were orange cones marking the course so I was using those and my Garmin to track my progress. I was closing in with just a few seconds behind her when a big hill came. The closing in stopped! The gap did not seem to widen too much.

This hill seemed huge and my legs were dying! It was a great training run trying to get up this hill and catch Samantha. I was also closing in on a guy up ahead. I focused on catching him first. Around mile 5.5 I could tell I would not be catching Sam, but I did catch the guy. He seemed impressed that I was passing him at a pretty good clip this late in the race. There was a nice downhill finish so I felt strong there.

I learned to take race morning a bit more serious, it is way too hard to work your way through a pack of people. As for my shoe, that was a rookie mistake! All in all a great training race and I worked hard. I placed 2nd overall and 1st master and 1st age group. If I was going to be beat by anyone I would love to have it be Samantha Meyerhoff!

Josh and Kevin were waiting for me at the finish. I had a quick cooldown before awards began. Josh was the FIRST CHILD to finish by a long shot but somehow on the results there was an 8yr old listed finishing just a bit in front of Josh. As I mentioned there was no physical child in front so someone must have done a bib switch around. Either way Josh ended up with 2nd place medal and was really upset about it. He has won the child division 2yrs in a row and was looking for a 3 peat. It was a good opportunity to talk to him about someone being dishonest and also “why we run”. Not for the medals.

Kevin 3rd place age group award.

Kevin 3rd place age group award.

Kevin got 3rd age group in 23:27

Josh with his "2nd" place award

Josh with his “2nd” place award

Josh ran 21:28

Kerry ran 40:24

On the medal stand with Sam, me and Katie Ellis. 3 fast chicks.

On the medal stand with Sam, me and Katie Ellis. 3 fast chicks.

Camberg podium sweep!

Camberg podium sweep!

It was a fun morning and we all got a medal which was pretty exciting! We knew just what to do with them!

Ryan House Run medals

Ryan House Run medals

Our friend Jared was unable to attend since he was ill. He has stayed at Ryan House multiple times over the years. I drove over to his house and presented him with a race t-shirt and all the medals! I think it made his day!

Josh and Jared at the zoo several years ago!

Josh and Jared at the zoo several years ago!

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