Race report: Irish Fest 5K

Irish Fest 5K

5K #51

March 16, 2019

Place: 258/304

Time: 40:22

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Signed up for this one with the family. Ran with Kami and pushed Bryant in the stroller. Not a “race” for us. Just wanted to have fun in downtown Topeka, enjoying some fresh air.

Probably the first time I’ve ever gotten my packet two days before a race, but hey man, I’ve been busy.

Cool atmosphere for this one. We got downtown Saturday morning and found a parking spot a couple blocks from the start. We walked to the start line, where we waited a bit, which isn’t Bryan’t favorite. It’s not any of our favorite, really. We’re an impatient family, I suppose.

We did some people watching and took in the joys of downtown while we waited.

capitol pre race

We enjoyed the course, a two looper around downtown Topeka. We experienced some friendly folks along the way — and two less than friendly folks. One was a police officer who was barking orders as the pace biker. No worries there, just doing his job and all that — except his orders were wrong. Combine unfriendly with mistaken and you get annoying. *shrug*

The other was an elitest type woman who was very fast, but was grouchy when trying to pass on our right (that’s not a thing, lady) in the eight inch gap of space available — when there was about 12 feet of room to our left. But you know, whatever. We were enjoying ourselves.

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Kami approaching the state house. She moved along a lot better than she thought she would.

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Loved this view heading through the streets of downtown Topeka.

We were slow. But we stopped for a drink of water. Stopped for a bite of muffin. Stopped to look at some dogs. Stopped to cheer for the drumline — who was cheering for us. Zoomed down the hill and laughed together. Good times all around.

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Post race swag.

Next up: Wicked Marathon — Wamego, KS — March 30, 2019

 

 

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Race report: Liberty Hospital Half Marathon

Bling, bling.

Liberty Hospital Half Marathon

Half marathon #25

March 2, 2019

Place: 399/1,075

Time: 2:08:28

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With almost no running in the last month (last weekend’s trail “run” not withstanding), I had zero expectations for this one.

It was cold, which was to be expected. It was hillier than I am used to. There was a bigger turnout than I’m used to.

I showed up at packet pickup and trekked a good distance from the car to the building to check in. Once I checked in and saw a man about a horse, I then trekked a bit more back outside toward the start line. I made it there just in time — about 5 minutes before the race began. Perfect.

 

 

All in all, this one was great. I was shocked at how steadily I would run throughout the day — purely based on feel, as I didn’t glance at my once even once the entire race. I knew where my mile markers were, as there were big signs. Not to mention the beep of my watch at every mile.

Still, it usually bugs me not knowing my pace. Not this time. Always a freeing feeling when I can let go of that need to know and just run.

Though it wouldn’t have bothered me to miss it, given my lack of general fitness of late, I had a time of 2:10 in my head going in. I told myself a 10:00 pace or just under could be attainable, though I didn’t really know.

I stuck with the 2:05 pace group for a couple miles. I stopped briefly somewhere in the fourth mile — had to see a man about a horse again. Otherwise, I moved steadily all day.

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Heading around the namesake of the race — the Liberty Hospital, somewhere between miles 5 and 6.

Later on, I just tried to stay ahead of the 2:10 pace group, which I was able to sustain through the finish. If I’m being honest, that’s what kept me going in the later miles.

Splits
9:24 | 9:40 | 9:21 | 10:08 | 9:40 | 9:31 | 9:43 | 9:54 | 9:37 | 9:36 | 9:10 | 9:55 | 9:46 | 9:14 (0.33) 
A man dressed as the Statue of Liberty caught up to me and passed me momentarily shortly after mile 10. I wasn’t having that. That probably explains my fastest mile of the day occurring in mile 11. 
While this race is my 21st fastest of my 25 half marathons, considering I have not run hardly at all in 2019, I’m actually pretty pleased with this turnout. I was steady throughout and ran sub-10s in every mile except for the one where I stopped to pee — and on a super hilly course, no less.
I’m not mad about that.
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Got to finish on the track of William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.

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Official time — 2:08:28

 

I’m really hoping these frigid temps will go away soon. Maybe I can decrease a few hours of my recent overtime and actually spend that time running once in awhile.

A couple of April 50-milers, plus a marathon on March 30 as a tune-up run, but first…

Next up: Mater Day Irish Fest 5K — Topeka, KS — March 16

Race report: Psycho WyCo 10-mile

Psycho WyCo 10M

10-mile #4

February 26, 2019

Place: 140/192

Time: 3:15:13

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Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run

I signed up for this 50K several weeks in advance, knowing my massive amounts of overtime at work were not allowing me to run much — if at all. I actually didn’t touch my running shoes for three weeks leading up to the event.

That fact, coupled with my hatred of hills, snow, ice, and most everything about this event, convinced me pretty easily to drop to the 20-mile distance before the race began.

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Pre-race selfie.

I knew less than three miles in that much wasn’t even happening.

Let me be clear: I love running. Trail running is a lie, as far as I’m concerned. There was almost zero running for me in this. This is, simply put, rock climing. No thanks. Sloshing around through the mud, slipping and sliding on the snow and ice? No thanks.

So I took my 10-mile finish and bounced while I was still in one piece and in fairly positive spirts. Not much else to say about this one, other than to say maybe it’s good to do a trail race once every three or four years to remind myself how much I enjoy actual running — not that I had really forgotten.

Not much else to say about this one, so here are some pictures to document the event actually happened — and then we’ll just move on.

fire at mile 8

Fire pit at mile 8.

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Race swag. A mug I won’t use, a shirt I won’t wear, a sticker I won’t display, a bib for distance I didn’t run. LOL. Nice. 

Mile 90 photo

Shot of the day. Photo courtesty: Mile 90 Photography

Next up: Liberty Hospital Half Marathon — March 2

Race report: Hangover Half Marathon

Hangover Half Marathon

Half marathon #24

January 1, 2019

Place: 35/115

Time: 1:57:07

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Always good to start the year off with some miles — cold as they may be.

With a real feel of 8 degrees throughout the race, this would be pretty frigid. Thankfully, though, I managed to warm up — or at least go numb — a few miles in. That made for a tolerable run for the duration.

Love the cheap, low-key feel of this one.

I found a parking spot about 30 feet from the start line and lingered in my car until I absolutely had to get to the start line. From that point, I wasn’t thrilled about running. It was cold, man.

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Pre-race selfie.

And of course…

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Bib on shorts.

pre race cold

This perfectly captures my mentality in the moment: “Don’t talk to me. It’s cold. This is dumb.”

I didn’t look at my watch once until I stopped to pee, so I genuinely had no idea what my pace was like. My watch was covered by my sleeves for warmth, so I was actually fine with not looking at my watch. I looked once at that point, then not again until after the turnaround.

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In the first mile or two of the race.

I was moving faster than planned overall, but I had kept it steady thusfar and I was feeling pretty good.

After the turnaround, another runner caught up with me and we chatted a bit. We quickly realized we were running a similar pace and actually wound up running the last six miles or so together.

Actually made the miles tick by a little quicker having some company — especially with the gloomy, depressing-looking conditions.

Thanks for the miles, Rachel.

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About mile 11.5.

Aside from the mile with the turnaround with hills and ice thrown in (underlined below), my splits were fairly consistent, considering the conditions.

8:17, 8:19, 8:21, 8:25, 8:59, 8:42, 10:22, 9:06, 8:53, 8:35, 8:47, 9:16, 8:58, 7:35 (0.28)

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Finish line photo.

I really enjoy this event. As long as I live in the area (sort of), I’ll probably continue keep it going at this one.

Next up: Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon — January 19

Race report: Christmas Corral Half Marathon

Christmas Corral Half Marathon

Half marathon #23

December 22, 2018

Place: 18/63

Time: 2:01:36

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In addition to the annual Rodeo Run that I direct every year in my hometown of Pretty Prairie, I added this first-time event as a cold weather course preview to the new half marathon I’m going to add to the Rodeo Run in 2019.

I expected a really low turnout, as I didn’t put half the effort into marketing that I do for Rodeo Run. I was hopeful we’d get 20 runners in the half marathon, plus another 30 or so in the 4 Mile, giving us 50 or so total.

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My personal race prep the night before.

Boy howdy, was I off.

We wound up with 63 finishers in the half marathon and 44 in the 4 Mile. What a turnout!

I ordered some finisher mugs, made some signs for the turns, set out some water and snacks, offered hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and music at the finish. Not a ton of work, to be honest.

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Aid station 2.

I’m thrilled with the turnout we got and that everyone seemed to really enjoy the event.

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And of course, I had to run, too. Peep the bib number, Holmes.

As for running, I just missed out on a sub-two, but I had zero expectations and ran more consistently and steadily than I imagined I would. Much of that is thanks to running and chatting the whole way with my friend Sheila Meggers and another runner I just met during the race.

I also listened to Christmas music the entire race, so that was fun. I really love Christmas, you guys.

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Some of my friends shortly after the start — and shortly before they zoomed by me.

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Early race shot by PPUMC Pastor, Christopher Eshelman.

More consistent splits than I expected:

8:29, 8:50, 9:08, 9:12, 9:12, 9:10, 9:20, 9:15, 9:46, 9:35, 9:38, 9:24, 9:04, 7:43 (0.19)

I expected to do a good amount of walking, but didn’t. I stopped to get a quick drink of water twice and Gatorade with a cookie at the aid station — which just happened to be at the end of my childhood driveway. How awesome is that?

I had a shot to break two hours and contemplated going for it, but after the strong headwinds hit around mile 10, it wasn’t going to happen. I was the first finisher after the two-hour mark, so there’s that.

I finished 18th overall out of 63. Not mad about it in the least.

At the end of the day, it was a good event that left many feeling like they’d earned their holiday treats.

Bryant

Bryant was tuckered out.

Loved getting to see so many friends, but wish I would’ve gotten pictures with more of them.

I just love hosting events, especially in my hometown. Always grateful to see how many people are willing to support not only a good cause — but me as well. I have great friends, you guys.

I’m not sure I could be any happier with how this event turned out.

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My mug and bib, post-race.

Rodeo selfie

Always good to be back here.

Start, finish

See you in July, folks.

Finally: I wrote up a little article for the local Ninnescah Valley News on the race. Read it below, if you like:

White wins inaugural Christmas Corral Half Marathon

If you were dreaming of a White Christmas, you got your wish at the inaugural Christmas Corral Half Marathon + 4 Mile race in Pretty Prairie on December 22.

No, there was no snow. In fact, the weather conditions were quite favorable for a run save for a bit of wind in the later miles.

But Josh White, 41, of Pretty Prairie, ran a speedy 1:28:14 to win the half marathon race by nearly seven minutes over second place finisher, Elmer Schlaback of Goshen, Indiana.

Sheryl Collins of Wichita was the overall female winner, finishing with a time of 1:42:11.

The course went over well with participants.

“For my first open half marathon, I thought the course was great,” White said after his win. “There was just enough dirt running versus pavement and gradual hills to keep you moving! The course was marked well and there were plenty of hydration stations throughout the race.”

White wasn’t the only Pretty Prairie native to have success in the inaugural event. Tristan England, 16, was the official winner in the four-mile distance with a time of 31:37 after a runner ahead of him all the way from Billings, Montana unfortunately missed a turn and cut the course, resulting in disqualification.

Claire Theis of Hays was just a few seconds behind England, finishing in 31:41 as the overall female winner.

The event was billed a low-key, low-cost holiday affair with a finisher mug, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and music inside the PPHS cafeteria following the race. The participant count ballooned up higher than expected and feedback was positive.

The half marathon saw 63 finishers, while the four-mile distance had 44 participants cross the finish line. All in all, participants from 10 states took part. In addition to Kansas, other states represented included Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Indiana, Montana and Alaska.

“It’s awesome to have an event like this in our small hometown to bring people together and to give back,” White added. “Derrick did an excellent job coordinating the event. Many thanks to him and all the volunteers that made it happen!”

In addition to his win, White stuck around until the very last participant crossed the finish line and even used his connections to ensure that Santa Claus made an appearance.

The new winter event was used as a preview to the new distance being offered at the 2019 Rodeo Run, which is now open for online registration. The event will also feature a bike option for the first time ever.

Profits from Christmas Corral will go to improve the quality of the annual Rodeo Run, while any excess from both events will go to the PPHS cross country and track programs.

For any questions about the Christmas Corral or Rodeo Run events, contact Derrick Mead at derkfor3@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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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!