2014 Boots n Daisy Dukes 5k

Date: June 1, 2014
Location: Independence, MO

(Belated race report)

This was my second year running Boots and Daisy Dukes 5k. (2013 here.) … and they discontinued the race in 2015! When I asked KC Running Company, they said that they were going to be helping out the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead with their race instead. I am actually bummed about that. I really liked this course. And even thought I grumbled last year about the country music, I bought an awesome outfit for the 2015 race (which they didn’t have. Boar’s Nest t-shirt, Ink N Burn Daisy Duke-style running shorts and tube socks. Epicness.)

But back to 2014. I felt pretty good going into this race. It was HOT out, which is a given in Midwestern summers. But my legs were feeling strong and I felt I could do well on the hills. I know I say I hate hills, but I always seem to do a lot of passing on them. (So I guess other people hate them even more?) Train the hills = Passing people at races. Check.

Again the course would wind around Bass Pro Shops Waterfall Park. I actually enjoy this course, as far as road courses go. It is really scenic with little waterfalls, ponds and gardens. There are some nice hills. There is a fair amount of shading on some of the course. They don’t include a course map on the website, but it is the same for all the races held there. I’ve included a map from my Garmin.

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My Garmin Course Map

They had the cowboy boot contest again. I really cannot fathom how some people “run” in cowboy boots. Just wouldn’t happen for me. If I didn’t destroy my legs, I would busy my butt falling. I think the boots thing only appeals to fun runners since they are the only ones who would risk their legs like that. Also ,they tend to line up at the front, go out in a sprint, and then are walking in a block. (Which makes it more difficult to get a good tempo going on the course.)

Nothing out of the ordinary happened at this race. After 2.5 miles, I was really wishing I brought a handheld since it was so hot. I grabbed a cup at the aid station and tried to drink while I was running and ended up choking on the water. I had to stop for a moment to walk and catch my breath. After I decided I was not dying, I ran again and headed into the homestretch to finish.

After I crossed the finish, I visited the portapotty. A girl came up to me and thanked me for helping her finish. She said she was just concentrating on keeping up with the girl in the white skirt. (That was so sweet of her!) Glad I could help, random stranger!

Time: 27:37
7th place AG

2014 Chiefs Finish on the 50

Date: May 10, 2014
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, KCMO
Another belated race report.

My sons were really excited about this race. I had some reservations. First, the race time started at 9:00. I knew it would be toasty. Second, the race was entirely run in the stadium parking lot on blacktop. Again, toasty. The race was to finish on the football field and the boys were pretty excited about that. There were also to be players working the aid stations and taking pictures with fans. Also cool.

My two sons and I met up with my friend Vicki and her son before the race. We took a few pictures with the Chiefs mascot and headed to the starting line. The start seemed rather unorganized and had a pretty big delay. Bowie, Dane and I took off a bit faster than Vicki and her son. (Her son was a newbie runner. Note: he had more fun than we did). We made our way through the parking lot, and I have to say that there was really nothing remarkable to note. It was blacktop. And a stadium parking lot. We stopped at the aid stations for water because it was blazing hot, and there were no Chiefs players. (But thank you, volunteers!)

We did get to run on the field for our finish and got our medals which were neat. The race was not timed (the first finisher won a prize based on who crossed the line first).

Afterward we could tour the stadium and locker rooms. We did look around the displays abut did not go to the locker room because the line was ridiculously long.

Vicki reported back later than when she and her son stopped at the an aid station, there was a Chiefs player there. So the early bird didn’t get the worm, in this case. Very neat that Nate got a picture with a player. (I think they also did the locker room tour and said it was still packed).

So on the upside, if you have a young sports fan who just wants a fun run and likes football, this is a nice race. If you care at all about timing or scenery, notsomuch.

2015 Cinco de Mayo 5-Que

Date: 5/2/2015
Location: KCMO

The Cinco De Mayo 5K is a relatively new 5K, running through the Southwest Boulevard neighborhood. It was a really cool race in that it felt like the whole community came out to be involved. The race started and finished at the community center. After the race, there was a street carnival with vendors and lots of bounce houses for the kids. Seriously. At least 5 different giant bounce houses. It was really cool.

While waiting for race start, the boys played in the nearby park. We headed toward the start line and took pictures in front of some incredible murals. I was tired (I was sick but didn’t know it yet) and ate some salted caramel GU and assorted carbs before the race.

I headed over to the starting line and lined up at the front. (Right behind a girl who looked like she ran high school track, doing all sorts of calisthenics. Kind of weird).

The course wound around a sort of industrial warehouse type area, and residential area… so that was interesting. Many of the houses in the area had been renovated with a super modern style, which was really cool. I love architecture, especially modern, so I made it a point to go back and check out those houses after the race.

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Course map from my Strava

 

The course itself was a small loop that dropped us on Southwest Blvd then back. It was pretty flat with just a couple small hills.

I made my perpetual mistake of going out a little too fast and paid for it in the last mile. Compounded with all the fatigue I had been feeling, I had to stop and walk a little – which is the thing I hate doing worse than anything in a race. (Other than maybe pooping my pants. Which I haven’t done. Yet). I mustered up some energy and ended the race with a small kick.

My boys hit the street carnival while we waited for the awards ceremony. I can’t say enough about how neat this community is and all the fun the boys had playing. At the awards ceremony, I learned I had gotten 2nd AG, where I was given a hat, bandana with chili peppers on it, a small bottle of Tabasco sauce and a little bag of cosmetics, as well as a medal. How is that for swag?

 

 

2015 St. Patricks 5K

March 7, 2015

Lawrence, KS

St. Patrick’s Day 10K and 5K

 

We are coming up on my first race in MONTHS and MONTHS! I thought I would go back and catch up on some race reviews as I am repeating many of these events this year.

So. First up, Lawrence, KS’s St. Patrick’s 5K. I guess this would be my 2nd year running this race in 2015. They had a 10K as well as a 5K, but I thought I would be more competitive in the 5K. I also had come off a week of living hell, which would eventually take me out and render me a zombie for nearly a year. But I digress…

This race is on the river levee starting behind Johnny’s Tavern. The year before, I believe we started at a grade school and snaked our way to the levee and ran out and back toward the river trail head. This year, we stayed on the levee entirely, running the opposite direction. It was the same course as the now-discontinued Valentine-themed Sweetheart 5K.

I remember running this race on zero sleep or nutrition. I really just wanted to burn my legs out, go as fast as I could, and survive. I created a Spotify playlist with some angry, aggressive songs and tried lining up toward the front of the pack. The levee is a very narrow trail and there isn’t a lot of room for passing. You have to get all your passing done early, because it is an out-and-back. When the super speedy people hit the turn-around, opportunities to pass decrease even more.

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Shamrock boobs make you faster. Fact.

 

I was shooting to stay around 8:45 pace but I do think I went out a little too fast. (Which is typical for me.) I didn’t stop for a drink at the turn-around aid station since I haven’t perfected the whole “drinking from a paper cup while running” skill. On the way back, I just concentrated on holding on. I told myself, even if you have a slow down a bit, DO NOT WALK. DO NOT GIVE UP. So I kept pushing. I saw my family at the very end and continued to push up the little hill to the finish. Seeing their little faces and their homemade signs gave me a little boost.

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Best cheer squad ever. Except Dane being lazy and sitting down.

 

After the race, we stayed around for the awards ceremony. This race has a really nice breakfast spread with both Irish and American breakfasts… I made a plate which mostly I just shared with my boys. I am not that interested in eating after running my butt off. If you do like eating after a race – definitely make yourself a plate. My boys tell me the food is very good.

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I was quite surprised at the award ceremony to have placed! The woman who got first in my AG actually took first overall… so that bumped me up to 2nd place AG. This was also a PR for me, which I was proud of since it was on the levee trail and not paved road. Had I had good nutrition and sleep that week, I am sure I would have performed a little better, but I certainly was happy with a 27:03.

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Post-race briefing with Trudi. And Tatum’s hat is pretty awesome.

Monster Dash

Event: Monster Dash 5k

Location: City Market, KCMO

Bat-Tatum wished me lots of luck before my race

Bat-Tatum wished me lots of luck before my race

I ran the Monster Dash a few years ago and loved it! I love running at night. I loved running the City Market area! I love seeing the costumes. I decided the day before the race to run, so I dug around and found my costume from the last time I ran it. (I had to pull a Winnie the Pooh and think thin to get my pants on. Yikes! Being sick and gaining weight isn’t good for my ego.)

This race winds through the City Market, which is basically to the side of downtown KC, near the River Market district. The City Market has some really cool restaurants and shops which I really mean to check out sometime. The course sends you along the Heart of America bridge and back. The race starts with a nice downhill, which become a crappy uphill when you finish. (Funny how that works).

Since I decided to run at the last minute, I signed up at packet pick-up. The line was ridiculously long, and moving really slow. I was in line for 30 minutes and they delayed the race for many of us. (There were still people in line when they started, I believe). This is really strange for a KC Running Company event as they are always so well run, so I don’t know why the wait to so long. Maybe more runners than they planned?

While I was in line, the boys checked out the Halloween activities. They had face painting and a kids maze. Tatum enjoyed getting some candy – because, candy.

I was running for fun – since I am no where near PR shape. I was watching my pace and kept it at a good clip. Not fast enough to suck wind, but enough to keep it fun and get my legs moving. It felt nice to work my legs and lungs a bit.

I stopped for a short walk break when I felt like maybe I was over-doing it. It isn’t worth setting my recovery back at a fun run that I won’t PR at. There were a lot of cute costumes. My favorites were a Walking Dead Michonne (with a sword!) and Reno 911 Lt Jim Dangle. (Lt Dangle actually won the overall. Capt America was 2nd).

I was so happy to see my boys cheering at the finish line. I kicked a little when I saw them. The race had a super cute medal waiting for me at the end.

For dinner, we took the boys to Lulu’s Noodle Shop. It was a nice treat and I am always so excited when a restaurant has a nice gluten-free menu. My favorite is the pineapple fried rice — so good!! I get mine mild and add spices since the medium is pretty hot. (I like spicy foods – but I also don’t like my lips to burn after I eat!)

Result – 12th out of 62. Not bad for a sick puppy.

Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts

Event: Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts

Date: 12.07.2013

Location: Olathe, KS

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Maybe I was looking to redeem myself after bailing from the Gobbler Grind (when I decided 16 degrees was too cold to run)… For whatever reason, I signed up for what I knew was going to be a cold race.  The night before, my husband took me to TJ Maxx to score some warmer pants. I knew the race was going to be cold…

Race Morning was 3 degrees out. -9 with the windchill factored in.  I dressed in enough layers that I could barely put my arms down.  (Christmas Story reference FTW!)  Race attire was:

  • Columbia thick fleece pants
  • Fila running tights
  • Random tech shirt
  • Academy long sleeve moisture wicking shirt
  • Mondetta running jacket
  • Under Armour thick socks
  • Isotoner gloves + Asics mittens
  • Adidas ear warmers
  • Scarf
  • Saucony Ride 6s (thought they would be the warmest of my shoes)

I looked ridiculous, maybe… But I did stay fairly warm.  The moment I started running, my scarf tried to fly off and my hood blew down.  I spent the race trying to pull my scarf up over my mouth and nose because the cold air was burning my lungs.  After only minutes, I couldn’t feel my toes.

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All I can say about the race was any plan I had for pacing went out the window.  I was cold and miserable so I started way too fast, probably in an effort to get it over with.  The course was an out-and-back on the same paved trail as Martini Madness.  I managed to hold my own and not give up position after settling in to a slower-than-usual pace.  (I was so cold!!!)

After receiving my finisher medal, I headed inside for post-race pizza with two girls I met right before the run.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I placed 3rd in my age group, 7th woman and 14th overall.  Yay!  My award medal was a bronze version of the finisher medal.

Time 24:31

#3 AG

#7 Woman

#14 Overall

runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K

Event: runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K

Date: 11.28.2013

Location: Lawrence, KS


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This was my first “Turkey Trot!”  Many of my new running friends were signed up for this race. I really have been meeting some awesome ladies from running – I might actually develop a social life! I carpooled to the race with two local friends, Rebecca and Vicki.  I ended up running most of the race with Rebecca, while Vicki ran with Shari, who we met up with at the start.

I stayed with Rebecca until mile 2, and was on track for a PR…  but then it hit me… that feeling I get… It starts getting hard… I am tired… I’m breathing hard… The little voice starts telling me it is too difficult and I should just walk.  And I did what I hate admitting to doing… I walked for a moment.  Angry at myself, I started running again and kept checking my watch to see my PR dreams fade away.

I mean… everyone is working hard at 2 miles in, right? Rebecca said later she felt like she was going to puke. Maybe if I would have asked her, hey, if this hard for you, too – she would have said yeah. And I could have gutted it out.  I know looking back on it that I could have gutted it out.

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Somehow I have to work past that.  I would love to hear if anyone has any suggestions for pushing through that last mile.  I am thinking maybe next time bringing my headphones and putting on a song to help me through the last stretch.  If Daft Punk’s Get Lucky can’t get me through, maybe nothing can?

Time: 29:05

Pace: 9:22