Race report: Love Life Run 10K (virtual)

Another virtual run for a friend whose race I could not attend. I was in New Orleans on race day, although it seems something always comes up with this one.

I’ve only actually gotten to participate twice — once in the 5K (before they added 10K) in 2013. I finished 2nd overall out of 95 that year. Then in 2015, I ran the 10K and finished 4th out of 99.

My friend Sonya Caley puts on a great event for a great cause. Highly recommend this one. She was gracious enough to send a shirt — none left in my size, so this one’s for Kami — and a couple of medals. So I had to earn it with a virtual run, which I completed on December 2 — a few weeks after the race itself.

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Love Life Run — Hutchinson, KS

Bryant wanted to play with the medal and shirt.

bryant

Oh. Hey, buddy.

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Race report: Run for Pie 5K

Thanksgiving Day Run for Pie 5K

5K #50

November 22, 2018

Place: 140/280 (estimate)

Time: 39:25

This one has become a tradition. Thanks to the Gazaway family for another great event. Love getting to see so many Hutch area friends.

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They don’t always invite me to join the pic — probably because I always have to stand in the back.

Oh, this was also my 50th 5K. I don’t run many of them on purpose anymore.

Left the boy at the in-laws’ so Kami and I could run this one together. Quite a bit of walking and chatting that led to easily my slowest 5K time ever. Didn’t care one bit.

with kami pre race

Got in a pre-race selfie with the Mrs.

We jogged, we walked, we talked — and repeat. Chilly morning, but it’s always good to get the heart pumping before stuffing ourselves with holiday food with family.

Told ya we just enjoyed ourselves. Well, perhaps I did a little more than she.

Crossed the finish line, collected our woodal and had some hot chocolate. The woodals went to the first 250 finishers. There was probably more finishers than that, so my placing figure above is merely an estimate.

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The Gazaway family rocks, you guys.

Should’ve gotten even more pics, but only had one more for the day — with Kami and our good friend, Lisa.

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Thanks for the picture, Lisa!

We will likely continue to do this event as long as they host it. Always a good turnout on a holiday morning that brings folks together.

Thanks again, Gazaways!

 

 

Race report: Winter Wonderland 5K

Winter Wonderland 5K

5K #49

November 18, 2018

Place: 22/150

Time: 25:03

It’s actually hilarious how bad this thing is organized. I won’t even dwell on it because it’s a 5K and I just did it because I live nearby and it was a semi-fun way to kick off the holiday season in a festive manner.

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Recycled bibs, jacked up results, delays, etc. Oh well. Happy holidays!

Race report: Race for Freedom 5K (virtual)

Only posting this to remind myself where the shirt came from.

Thanks to my friend Jen White and all the hard work she does with this one. I wasn’t able to attend the race in Wichita in September due to a League XC meet with our team at Shawnee Heights Middle School.

But I signed up as a virtual participant and ran when I got my shirt, bib and medal in late November. 🙂

Great event for a great cause!

RFF 5k

Race report: KRT 100 (DNF)

KRT 100

September 27, 2018 — Ottawa, KS

Place: DNF

Time: –:–:–

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Kansas Rails to Trails

Well, it’s only taken me nearly four weeks to write this. One of these days, I will conquer 100 miles. Or maybe not. After this one, I’m not sure when I’ll muster the courage to try again. This recap will be short.

I went in on extremely well rested legs. Read: Busy AF with little time to run. But I still thought I had a good shot at it, with the easy terrain and tremendous forecast for race weekend.

Before leaving town the day before the race, I double and triple checked my items — both necessary and un. I said goodbye to the family and hit the road — only about an hour drive to Ottawa.

I arrived in Ottawa and went straight to packet pick-up. I was certainly the first runner there, as I was actually a couple minutes early (I’m always early) and they were still getting set up.

I took the opportunity to collect my things, get checked in and take a look around.

I then went to check in at my hotel and get some food before trying to relax — that never pans out well.

As you can see, Bryant loaned me Thidwick for the weekend. He brought me some comfort the night before, but ultimately Thidwick wasn’t going to run the miles for me.

It was on the chilly side on race morning, but I knew that wouldn’t last.

Wound up needing the headlamp for longer than expected with the tree coverage and all, but no worries there. I had fresh batteries.

 

Lined up next to a couple of ultra running legends there at the start — Will Sprouse and Rene Villalobos. Definitely felt and looked out of my element next to them — and it showed with our collective results. Oh, well.

My legs felt good early. I was moving fairly well, but not fast. That was fine, as 100 miles is sort of far, after all.

Once the sun started coming out, I started noticing just how pretty the course was. Lots of crunching leaves underfoot as well.

sunrise

Somewhere between mile 7-9.

Hit the first manned aid station (Princeton) at mile 9.2, ate a couple things, refilled and kept on.

At this point, I was still feeling chilly, but comfortable. Got to the next manned station (Richmond) at mile 15.73 and still felt okay. Same protocol as before. Although I couldn’t drink the water after this station — worst water I’ve ever tasted in my life. Something was in that, man. Several others commented the same. Something akin to what I imagine foot sweat might taste like. I don’t intend to find out.

But I kept moving.

Approached Garnett (mile 25) starting to feel warm. Passed it off as no big deal, as I figured I could simply recharge and keep going.

 

That’s what I did, but as the next few miles ticked by, I got warmer and warmer and warmer… I knew the temperature wasn’t exactly “hot,” but when I went from chilly to warm to hot pretty quickly, I grew concerned.

Temps seemed to go from 40 to 74 pretty rapidly. Insane to think that at just 74, I could overheat as badly as I did. Looking back, I never really recovered from this.

By mile 32 or so, I felt like I was in trouble. I tried not to let it show, but it wasn’t easy. I did throw up for the first time around mile 33, which helped clear my airwaves, at least momentarily.

When I finally — slowly — reached the Welda aid station at mile 33.44, I felt like collapsing. I laid down under some trees for what felt like a year. It likely wasn’t more than 15 minutes, but in aid station time, that’s an eternity.

I got some ice in my hat, which cooled me off for a bit, but it wouldn’t last.

I eventually kept moving on toward the Colony aid station at mile 41.35, where I met my pacer, my good friend Lisa Johnson. She was great. I wish I could have put in a better effort for her. But I appreciate her greatly, nonetheless.

The camera man here captured a comical shot here — I took too long to realize he was standing there, then once I noticed him, I had a hilariously slow reaction time that makes it appear as though I might murder him.

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I was not doing great, but not as angry as it appears here.

Anyway, Lisa and I ventured onward and into the darkness — although I was mostly only able to walk from this point on. I was struggling to stay cool, struggling to breathe, struggling to eat… just struggling.

I threw up several more times — at mile 46.6, 54.6, 56.3, 58.3 and 60.7. Only the first two times made me feel better/cleared airwaves. The ensuing instances did not feel good.

We eventually made our way past a creepy abandoned building and a pack of coyotes and to the turnaround at mile 51.51 in Iola. With just a few minutes before the cutoff there, I knew that even moving at my best, I’d likely get cut off at some point soon. I was not moving at my best or even close to it.

That was super demoralizing, to be honest. A bit of “What’s the point?” kept creeping into my mind. Lisa was doing a great job of trying to keep me positive, but the damage had been done by that point. I was just not doing well physically or emotionally.

We did make our way back to Colony inbound at mile 61.96, where my next pacer, Adam Dolezal was waiting. I knew I was past the cutoff and was ready to be done. However, he had darn near convinced me to change my shoes and keep trying to move forward toward the next aid station when I was told they were pulling me from the course.

I didn’t blame them a bit. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little relieved. Not sure I truly had anything left to give.

If I’m being honest, I’m not entirely sure what I could have done differently to earn a different outcome.

Maybe I’ll try again someday. Maybe I won’t. I’m now 0-2 in my 100 mile efforts. For now, that’s just not where my focus is. And that’s okay.

 

Race report: Salt City Half Marathon

Salt City Half Marathon

Half Marathon #22

October 6, 2018

Place: 30/150

Time: 1:55:03

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2018 race logo

My sixth time running this event — my most of any race, since I just started running 7.5 years ago.

I was very happy to hear some changes were being made this year — changes I’ve been hoping for since the event started. First one: Name change. Love the new one. Simple, to the point, fitting. Second: Moving from Sunday to Saturday. So much more convenient.

The course wasn’t something that bothered me at all in the past, but the update this year was great. Loved starting and finishing in the same spot and the fact that they put a spotlight on Main Street, even if just for one morning.

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New course map

Another change made was the date. It was pushed back a couple weeks this year. The date isn’t something that bothered me either way, but I’m just glad to participate. You never know what you’re going to get with Kansas weather anyway. I expected to get rained on all day. Thankfully, just a few light sprinkles early. Lots of puddles, though, which was sort of fun.

Kami and Bryant were out like logs, but my mother-in-law, Lori, was willing to give me a ride to the start line. That was great. Didn’t really feel like running an extra 2.6 miles to get there prior to the race.

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My shirt and bib for this year’s race.

I took the above photo in the truck before she left and I headed to the start. Love the bibs especially this year. Shirt seems good, too. We’ll see how it wears on a run — should be fine.

On to the race: This was probably the steadiest half marathon I’ve run. I didn’t really have any expectations, but figured I’d be in the 2 hour – 2:10 range. I finished in 1:59:51 last year, when it was much warmer.

I also talked more during this race than I almost ever do. First couple of miles, I chatted with some guy named Mark, but there was a girl named Jessica on our heels, who wound up pulling up a bit and I ran with her the last 9-10 miles or so and talked quite a bit.

Turns out, she’s married to a guy from my hometown, who we spotted several times throughout. Fun times.

Zero complaints about my splits. In fact, I was thrilled with them. Finished in just a tick over 1:55. Had to drop back a few steps to let Jessica have her finish line photo. Ha!

8:33 | 8:38 | 8:50 | 8:54 | 8:52 | 8:38 | 8:45 | 8:44 | 8:50 | 8:41 | 8:35 | 8:35 | 8:34 |
7:12 (0.26)

After that mile four of almost 9 minutes, I thought for sure I’d continue to slip back. But I really settled in and hit a groove. Never really felt like I was pushing it much either, so that’s good.

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Crossing the finish line.

Even took third place in my age group, collecting a pretty sweet little trophy.

Best of all, the boy got to go up with me when I was announced.

Bryant helps get trophy

Fun moment

Of course, like everything else, he wanted to eat it.

Bryant steals trophy

Gimme that.

It was a bit cold for him, but we still got to hang out a bit post-race.

me and Bryant

The boy and me

All in all, I had a great time. No real action shots this year — we’ll blame the weather, but no worries. Still had lots of fun.

medal + trophy

2018 swag

I needed to let myself enjoy this one because…

Next up: KRT 100 — Ottawa, KS — October 27-28

Race report: Winged Foot 10K

Winged Foot 10K

September 29, 2018

Place: 2/19

Time: 47:35

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Shirt design

This was my third year for this event. In 2016, I hobbled along after an ankle injury, just trying to get moving again before I attempted a 100 miler that I ultimately would DNF.

2016 Winged Foot 10K: 57:14

In 2017, I moved quite a bit better, as I was actually able to run the thing.

2017 Winged Foot 10K: 49:35

This year, I recently completed a 111-day run streak of at least 4 miles every day. That streak ended a few weeks ago, and while I haven’t done much actual running lately, I have been on my feet a ton — with coaching cross country, playing and officiating basketball and standing at work most the day.

2018 Winged Foot 10K: 47:35

I was happy to take another two minutes off my time from last year. I really enjoy this course and will continue to return when I can.

Kami and Bryant stayed home, as it was a bit chilly and the boy had been sick the night before.

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Pre-race selfie

I had no plan going into this one. Just wanted to get some miles in. I wound up with about 10 on the day, including officiating some soccer games soon after the race ended.

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You know the drill.

I actually wound up with pretty decent splits, with all miles in the 7s. I ran a 7:12 first mile, assumed it wouldn’t hold, but didn’t particularly care. I honestly didn’t look at my watch during this one. Just enjoyed the miles and the course.

I had four people in front of me, but hoped at least a couple were in the 5K. I wouldn’t know for sure until we completed the first loop.

At the end of the loop, I knew for sure three people had finished. So I was in second. Or was I? Either that guy up front was done, too, and I was leading the 10K — or he was waaaaay out in front. Turns out, the latter wound up being the case. I had no prayer of catching him.

I was also quite a ways ahead of third place, so it was a nice, peaceful run, all things considered. No one passing me and no one to pass. Not mad about it.

7:12 | 7:38 | 7:34 | 7:34 | 7:44 | 7:40 | 7:16 (0.3)

finish

Thanks to Kayli Thompson for the finish line photo.

This is the last time for quite awhile that I will even attempt to run fast. I take my second crack at 100 miles in four weeks at KRT 100 in Ottawa.

After I collected my medal for winning my age group, I went with another runner and joined the last place 10K runner as he came through for his last 2/3 mile or so. It was his first 10K. His wife was so excited, hollering loud for him even well before he was even close to being in earshot range. It was a pretty cool moment. 

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Always fun to run at the Combat Air Museum in Topeka.

Next up: Salt City Half Marathon — Hutchinson, KS — Saturday, October 6