Race report: Cauldron Run 10K

Cauldron Run 10K

July 9, 2016 — Pretty Prairie, KS

10K #16

Place: 20/-

Time: 55:17

This was my first race in Topeka since moving here on May 31. I wasn’t remotely ready for a 10K with all my long distance training. The nasty humidity didn’t help matters either. But it was nice to feel a race environment again, even if I wasn’t “racing” myself.

The race took place as part of the Sunflower State Games at Lake Shawnee, where I do probably two-thirds of my running. I like it over there.

I had a few walk breaks, which felt silly in a 10K, but like I said — I wasn’t prepared for fast running. Went out hard in Mile 1 (go figure) and the humidity hit hard.

Had to keep reminding myself I wasn’t there for a fast time.

Regardless, I still found a way to take second in my age group and get a sweet medal. It was a fun day all around, as Kami and I took off immediately after the race to coach a 6U soccer team we’d got roped into coaching since I couldn’t get a parent to volunteer at work.

We then spent our evening and ensuing afternoon participating in the mixed double tennis competition for the SSG. It was our first ever time playing tennis.

How did it go? We stunk. And it… was… awesome. We had a great time, despite the heat. I’m sure we’ll participate in another event or two next year, whether it’s tennis or not.

As for the Cauldron Run event, I can’t think of a reason why I wouldn’t do it again. It’s a location I enjoy for a good price with neat medals and a good atmosphere. Oh, and snacks.

Cauldron Run 10K

My cool medal and bib — and the shirt that I have two of but will never wear. Stop it with the white shirts, folks.

Race report: Rodeo Run 8/4/1

Rodeo Run 8/4/1

July 23, 2016 — Pretty Prairie, KS

8-mile

Place: 7/18

Time: 1:04:12

Another year of RD duties in the books. I opted to switch up the distances this year, allowing runners and walkers to start and finish at the same spot.

I knew it was the right call, but I’m not sure I realized just how well it would go until race day. Talk about convenient. Participants for the later events gathered at the start/finish area to cheer on others as they waited.

Overall, we had a few less runners and made slightly less profit than in 2015. But when you consider how much better it went overall this time around, I’m thrilled with the changes. I have big ideas for how well it could go next year, as the 80th annual Pretty Prairie Rodeo looms in 2017.

As a runner, of course I opted for the longer 8-mile distance. We had 21 sign up, 19 start and 18 finish the race. I came in seventh overall, flying by two runners in the final few blocks. I never finish that well. It hurt a little, but felt exhilarating at the same time.

The 4-mile went well, won by Josh White — a fellow Pretty Prairie boy. That distance saw 33 finish the race. Next up was the 1-mile.

1-mile

Place: 31/75

Time: 9:something

We opted to only give medals to top three finishers for boys and girls in the 12-and-under age bracket. Another good decision, I felt. Too many adults took this too seriously in the past. Knowing it wasn’t meant as a competitive distance this time around (duh), it seemed to make things more fun.

Keeping with that theme, I gave this one an easy jog on sore legs, having fun along the way, chatting with a few friends and some kids. I even gave my mom a hug at the halfway point aid station. I’d never done that in a race before.

Overall, 73 humans and two dogs completed the 1-mile course. Good times were had by all.

I have now helped raise $5,658.58 for PPHS athletics over the past five years. It started with a $1,225 donation check during the training for my first marathon. It has continued for the past four years with the organization of this race. I plan to continue to help raising money for Bulldog athletics as long as I’m allowed and able.

Whether you’ve joined us in the past or not, you should consider it next July. Should be a great time once again.

PP Main St

Pretty Prairie, KS. I love my hometown.

RR shirt

The 2016 Dr. Pepper colored Rodeo Run shirts.

RR start

2016 1-mile start

IMG_1892

2012 presentation of my $1,225 donation check to then-superintendent Brad Wade.

 

Race report: Night Hawk 50K

Night Hawk 50K

June 25, 2016 — Lawrence, KS

Ultra (attempt) #7

50K (attempt) #4

Place: DNF

Time: —

This was supposed to my ultimate training run for a potential 100. It would be hot, humid, dark, hilly, and all the stuff I hate. I wanted to learn to run when I’m ridiculously uncomfortable.

However, this race taught me that there’s a huge difference between pushing through discomfort and pushing through something that just isn’t fun.

Trail running, particularly the type one must endure at Clinton Lake in Lawrence, simply isn’t fun for me. The rocks, roots, low-hanging tree branches, etc. were never-ending, it seemed. The humidity made everything worse. By the time darkness hit, my decision had long-since been made.

I knew less than 3 miles in I was having a miserable time. Not just because I was struggling; I just wasn’t having any fun. I wanted to go home.

I called it quits after one 10.3 mile loop and went home to reassess. Took 5 days off from running — my most in, well, maybe since I started running.

I have since signed up for Heartland 100, minus the arduous training run I was expecting. But while 100 miles will be the most challenging thing I have ever attempted, at least that’s something I want to do.

Running over miles and miles of rocks? Not so much. If I ever want to be a rock climber, I’ll just be a rock climber. The sort of stuff this race had to offer, I never intend to attempt again. It’s just not fun.

IMG_5461

Goofy, flimsy hat I’ll never wear + my eventual DNF bib.

IMG_5469

At least the race photographer was legit. Too bad I didn’t give him a good photo op. Credit: Mile 90 photography

Cheers,

Derrick

 

Race report: Heartland 50

Heartland 50

April 30, 2016 — Cassoday, KS

Ultra #6

50-miler #1

Place: 36/37

Time: 13:38:51

I’ll keep this short since I’m rather delayed in writing this — and since you can read the column I wrote on the race while still managing editor of Wellington Daily News here — Sometimes we fail, but this is not that story.

It was not pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. Mud on the way out, wind on the way in. Damn near quit at 25. I had no intention of finishing this race after about mile 21 or so. Got talked out of it and trudged along my not-so-merry way.

Goal was to not only improve, but improve by a lot on my time from the year before. Failed miserably in that regard, but all things considered, this was a win just to have finished after enduring the physical struggles and the mental doubt that I did for as many miles as I did.

I’m already gearing up for the 100 in October, though that decision gets put in doubt as the temperatures continue to rise on these hot summer runs that have only just begun.

Maybe someday I’ll run 100 miles. On this day, I was pleased to just get through 50.

Race report: Choose Your K

Choose Your K (30K)

April 2, 2016 — Edmond, OK

30K #1

Place: 18/19

Time: 3:55:35

Race this race with my wife, Kami, on the 3-year anniversary of us being a couple. It wound up being a slow, warm day, but we had fun together.

You got to “choose your K” from a 5K to a 30K and everything in between (in increments of 5, of course)… We opted for the 30K. Me, for the miles and the better value. Her for the challenge of logging her longest run and going with me the whole time, rather than just a portion of it.

She wasn’t feeling well for much of the race, but she soldiered on and finished her longest run ever in one of our favorite cities in America. Not sure what it is about Edmond, but we love it down there.

It was our second time on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. The previous time was for a 10K race in December. Both times we’ve been there, we’ve been met by lots of friendly folks, we’ve gotten really cool shirts and had just an overall great time.

I hope we get the chance to make it down there again.

IMG_5339

Race report: Hangover Half Marathon

Hangover Half Marathon

January 1, 2016 — Wichita, KS

Half marathon #11

Place: 59/200

Time: 1:57:55

My slowest road half marathon. Since it’s taken me months to catch up on race reports, all I remember is being cold and having my knee hurt a bit. But this is a fun event and a great way to kick off the new year.

It was a different route than two years prior when I ran it, and I didn’t love the new route as well, but it beat the heck out of -15 degree temps for the NYE/NYD 10Ks I ran in Lincon, NE the year in between.

If able, this is definitely a race I will do again.

Hangover half marathon

Race report: Holiday Hustle 10K

Holiday Hustle 10K

December 5, 2015 — Edmond, OK

10K #15

Place: 144/159

Time: 1:08:34

Nice little getaway weekend in Oklahoma to wrap up my much needed week vacation. Concluded with a Thunder-Kings game Sunday evening, but started with this fun 10K in Edmond Saturday morning.

Two loops around Oklahoma Christian University. Such a gorgeous campus. Nice facilities, scenic views and friendly people. We also got a pretty sweet shirt and some pancakes and sausage for a nice post-race breakfast out of the deal.

Kami wasn’t feeling the best, so we went pretty slow and stayed near the back of the pack throughout the race. But like always, we had fun together.

Love holiday races. This was a fun one.

12294732_10100817605968342_1509294746794986733_n

Our sweet shirt + my bib

12316439_10100817606018242_2425234628965821404_n

Pre-race shot.

11222343_10100817605958362_2861385238555527912_n

Our obligatory pre-race photo.