Monday, November 29, 2010

Bonfield Express 5K Race Report, 1st CHUGS run, XOOD Giveaway, Monday Weigh-In


Teo walking for the camera

Thursday, Thanksgiving, the morning bloomed wet but not overly cold or windy, which was a decent way to run the Bonfield Express 5K. We had thought about running together, but with such a variety of speeds, we became spread out pretty quickly. Added to that was approximately 3000 runners/walkers, who made it extremely difficult to pass by walking 5, 6, 7, or 8 abreast (yes, that is a lot of breasts), staggered so that our Kelty stroller had little room to maneuver. I ran ahead for awhile, catching Teo so that I could get his photo. He ran most of the race himself, as he did not need many walking breaks.

Gaja walking for the camera

Most of my time was spent with my daughter, who delighted in tormenting me by running the uphills and walking the downhills, clearly not an ultra runner as of yet.

Laima running with 45 pounds+ in the stroller

Eventually Laima, Gaja, Mantas, Aleksas and I ran together for much of the distance. Mantas would take off at a dead sprint, then, worn out, hitch a ride on the front of the stroller and then, at a most inopportune time, announce he was ready to run again. As we zigzagged our way through slower folks, we gave ground whenever Mantas had to climb in or out of the stroller, so we saw the same other people over and over again. Gaja would run along happily, then decide to walk, so we got passed and had to repass people during those times as well. At around 2 1/2 miles, Mantas announced that he would run the rest of the way in, so I took Aleksas in the stroller, caught up to Gaja, and we ran it all the way in.

The Bonfield Express 5K is our town race, so it was fun to see neighbors and friends during and after the race. Next year we'll do a better job of coordinating with others so that we can send the kids off with their friends and then just meet up at the end.


Sunday I met up for the first time with the Chicago Ultrarunners (CHUGS) for a group run at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. It was a small group, lots of people out of town and some sick, but nonetheless a great introduction to this group. They are an incredibly active group, with training runs, fatass events, socials, and lots of racing. Looking forward to meeting up with them again, training and learning about completing ultras.


Just a quick reminder that the XOOD pack giveaway is still going on. For the product review and information on how to enter, head over to the XOOD post.


Monday Weigh-In results:

Weight: (Goal of 165) - 193.6
BF: (Goal of 11-22) - 12.6
TBW: (Goal of 50-65) - 57.4
VF: (Goal of 1-12) - 6

Considering this was a holiday weekend, the one pound weight gain is insignificant related to the massive amount of food and wine I ingested. More telling is the 1+% body fat increase. I feel sluggish and slow, and will turn it around this week. Blood work and six month doctor check-up coming up very soon, hoping I can ditch some or all the supplements, but it won't happen if these poor choices continue.


  1. Haha, kids! Are you SURE you weren't in front of me at my last 10k? Haha!

  2. Looks chilly up there. We had a cold snap for Sunday's ride down here.... 55F... Brrrrrr

  3. Sounds like you are doing pretty good with the weight. Not bad for such a weekend of eating! Nice race report, fun to do that with your whole family. Your children have such beautiful names. Cheers!

  4. Sounds like such a fun run with your whole family!

  5. I think it's CH icago U ltrarunning G roup. CHUGS is plural.

  6. Oh gosh, pressure's on to start a Mighty Kovas fawning post, I need extra credit I think.

    I like the family pictures :), reminds me so much of when my kids were young and we did races. Now my 15-year old can kick my butt BIG TIME *sigh*. Sounds like Mantas is going to be the next Matt Carpenter!

  7. envious of the whole family participating. One can continue to hope and dream though. You go ultra man.

  8. I'm a little jealous...I so wanted to do our local 5K with the fam on Thanksgiving but there's no way I could get my kids out there in 10 degree weather to run! Great memories for you! And is that XOOD really that good? I believe it's on the menu for my next marathon...I'll head over to the review post right now - :)

  9. Kovas,
    We wanted to let you know that your blog has been chosen as one of the Featured Outdoor Bloggers of the week on the Outdoor Blogger Network! Your RSS feed is now live on the homepage and the announcement post is up.
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  10. yeah, I'm envious too! The family that runs together, stays together =) love it!

  11. Cute family photos from T-day!

    It looks COLD!

    This was our first year doing a turkey trot and it was awesome doing it with my 7 year old. I hope to get more of my extended family out there with us next year!

    Good luck with the ultra running! You're a rock star :)

  12. I'm with TR1714...I'm envious. This is fantastic. Also, I LOVE all of the names: Laima, Gaja, Mantas, Aleksas,'m.

  13. I love the family run. Sometimes I ask my husband if he wants to run with me and he looks at me like a deer caught in the headlights. "I'll take that as a no then...." Freaker-- (sorry about that tangent)
    Back to you--great way to start your T-Day.

  14. Great RR - so cool the family did it!!

    And really, for a weekend that celebrates eating, you did awesome regarding weight gain - that pound is probably gone today!

  15. Looks and sounds like a great day with the family! :)

  16. I love that your family not only encourages and supports you, but participates too!

  17. congrats to the whole fam! (and congrats on the outdoor blogger feature per the comment above). ultras huh, when are you looking to dabble in those?

  18. That's so impressive that you got the whole family out there. Way to go.

    Equally impressive are your numbers; you've hit almost all of your goals!

  19. 3000 runners for a 5k is a lot. Sounds a lot of fun though. I loved the comment about your daughter running uphill and walking downhill! The CHUGS sounds like a great group.

  20. 8 abreast! great pics
    the ultra group sounds interesting
    I tried to hang in with a regular running group last year at this time but could never make the scheduled runs

  21. Its refreshing to hear a whole family doing a race together


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