Race report: Love Life Run 10K

Love Life Run 10K

November 7, 2015 — Hutchinson, KS

10K #14

Place: 4/99

Time: 44:20

What a great event for my 100th race. My/our amazing friend Sonya Caley does a great job putting this race on. I’m not sure who made it exactly, but her son Declan gave me a sign congratulating me on my 100th race. How cool is that?!

I mean, 100 races may or may not be a big deal. Lots of 5K/1-mile combos in there helped it add up quickly. I suppose when you consider my first race wasn’t until a St. Patrick’s 5K in March of 2012, maybe it’s a big deal? I dunno. Anyway…

Although I haven’t been race ready for any distance in ages, I decided to at least try and see what I could do. I expected somewhere in the 46-minute range. By the way, my PR is 39:57. It would be great to beat that someday, but hey. It is what it is.

Started off fast, like always. Slowed a bit, but actually wound up with one of my more consistent races ever, thanks to a guy named Tim chasing me down for the last 3-4 miles or so. I was certain he’d get me; I just thought I’d make him work for it.

I managed to hold him off and edge him out by 5 seconds, taking 4th place overall. He later thanked me for taking 10 years off his life. I said “You’re welcome.” But seriously, he made me work hard. I hated it. And I loved it.

Post-race environment was a blast as always. Managed to see Kami finish with her new 10K PR — 55:30. She was amazing, as always.

Great day, all-in-all. Here’s to another 100…

Pre-race the wife; all smiles. Well, she is. I don't like smiling.

Pre-race the wife; all smiles. Well, she is. I don’t like smiling.


Podium, son.


My favorite race shirt yet. Great color, awesome fit (for once) and neat font.


Me and my race director friend, Sonya. And the sign her family made for me.

Race report: Run for Missions half marathon

Run for Missions half marathon

October 31, 2015 — Haviland, KS

Half Marathon #10

Place: 20/34

Time: 2:20:11

My 10th half marathon; Kami’s second. We ran together again, of course. Had 2-3 miles of muddy roads, slick ditches, etc… The rest of the course was fantastic and the event was a blast.

We threw in the towel on any PR goals (for her) pretty early on — once we saw the mud, I think. It was also colder than we expected and super gloomy early on. The last 5-6 miles of the race were warmer, sunny and just more fun.

Overall splits on the day:

9:10, 9:56, 9:59, 10:33, 11:55, 12:42, 9:42, 11:25, 10:04, 10:13, 11:11, 9:45, 11:10

We did more a lot more walking and had a tougher course this time around. That said, our overall time was only 7:19 slower than the last one we ran on Sept. 27 (our anniversary)… And our last 5 miles were only 29 seconds slower total than that first race. Solid day, all things considered.

We also got to eat pancakes after, and walked away with a raffle prize of some delicious baked goods.

Fun, relatively low-key event for a great cause. Kudos to my friend Adam, who does a great job putting this race on. If we’re able to, I think this is probably a race we’d try to do again.

Mid-race shenanigans! Probably somewhere around mile 7.

Mid-race shenanigans! Probably somewhere around mile 7.


Post-race bling. Glad the sun finally came out.


Two-time half marathon finisher, this lady.


During + after.


Near the finish.




Soft shirts + race specific bibs + a medal. Solid.

Race report: Prairie Fire Marathon

Prairie Fire Marathon

October 11, 2015

Marathon #7

Place: DNF

Time: N/A

Only posting to remind myself of this debacle in the future.

First DNF in a marathon, only second ever DNF — Gravel Grind 50K, summer 2015. Hiccups that normally don’t hit until mile 12-14 kicked in at mile 3. I struggled badly to just breathe and move forward after mile 5. Made it to the mile 9 aid station before calling it quits. Would have had to walk the rest, and it just wasn’t worth it.

This was highly disappointing, but with my new(ish) job as a newspaper editor, I’ve been working 60-70 hours per week and have struggled to find/make time to train consistently, if at all.

I pretty much knew going in this was going to be a disaster. Honestly should have switched to the half.

Hoping to get a grip on this hiccup thing, though I realize it’ll probably never go away completely. But some ideas have been kicked around by myself, some people I trust, and a runner doctor I met here in town.

In the meantime, my marathon struggles continue.


PFM expo, 10/10/15.

PFM expo, 10/10/15.

Race report: Run for the Rocks half marathon

Run for the Rocks half marathon

September, 2015 — Hutchinson, KS

Half Marathon #9

Place: 133/278

Time: 2:12:52

Half marathon together with the wife on our first anniversary? Sure!

It was Kami’s first half marathon. We had no real expectations going in; just have fun. However, being the numbers Nazi that I am, I had suggested an optimistic goal of 2:30. She scoffed at the idea a bit, not wanting to feel any “pressure.” Understandable. But that 2:30-2:35 range was in the back of my mind the whole time, anyway.

A finish time of 2:30 would have meant an average pace of 11:26 per mile. I knew we’d maintain that for 8 miles or so, but wasn’t sure after that. Figured we’d do a decent amount of walking, which was fine by me. Nice weather, lovely wife next to me; I had nothing to complain about.

Started out with a 9:58 first mile. Perfect. I kind of figured if we could hover right around that 10-minute pace for a few miles, we’d be golden. Then a 9:47. Then a 9:41. Then a 9:39. We barely walked, other than briefly through aid stations. Wife was a machine on this day. That said, I was a little nervous we wouldn’t be able keep it up. Thrilled to say I was wrong.

Our overall splits on the day:

9:58, 9:47, 9:41, 9:39, 10:31, 10:17, 9:49, 10:20, 10:08, 10:43, 10:36, 10:42, 9:45

Not a single split slower than 10:43, with six miles faster than 10-per. Fantastic. She surprised herself, and I was immensely proud. But more importantly, she was proud of herself.

We crossed the finish line on the track at Gowan’s Stadium, together — holding hands. Official time: 2:12:52.

She/we managed to only walk aid stations and maybe one other time for less than 30 seconds or so. I am still in amazement of her determination. Little miss “I’m not a competitive person” demolished what she thought she was capable of. How cool is that?

We have already signed up for another half marathon; this one on Halloween in Haviland, KS — Run for Missions, it’s called. Should be a really fun day. Then again, it always is with her.

It was a pretty crazy first year of marriage. Lots of changes in our lives, with more to come. I expect Year Two to be just as crazy. And Year Three, and Year 60, and all the years in between. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I look forward to not only running more races with her, but more importantly, being next to her wherever life takes us, and however fast it takes us there.

My shirt, bib and medal from my fourth Run for the Rocks + my ninth half marathon.

My shirt, bib and medal from my fourth Run for the Rocks + my ninth half marathon.

Kami and me after her first half marathon on our first anniversary. Love that girl.

Kami and me after her first half marathon on our first anniversary. Love that girl.

Race report: South Haven Fair Run 5K & 1-mile

Fair Run 5K

August 22, 2015 — South Haven, KS

5K #34

Place: 1/45

Age Group: 1st

Time: 21:18

Though I’m nowhere near my 5K PR these past couple of years, sometimes it’s fun to get out there and see what I can do. After severe thunderstorms hit unexpectedly, I wondered if the race would actually get called off. But they subsided just in time, and we got to run. I went out in front early, and led from start to finish. Second place running made me work for it. I seriously thought she’d catch me up until about 2.7 or so.

But I was able to hold on for the W — my 10th overall win, sixth in a 5K. Paid $20 for two races, won $25 + a trophy, two medals. Also came away with a shirt and two bibs. A win, all around.

Fair Run 1-mile

August 22, 2015 — South Haven, KS

1-mile #9

Place: 8/?

Age Group: 1st

Time: 6:29

Never stood a chance in this one. Several local HS football players ran away with it. Get it? Ran. Anyway, I didn’t care much after putting in my scheduled 15 miles on the day, and already having won the 5K.

Fun day, nice support in a small town — even smaller than my hometown! Not a bad drive either; maybe 18 minutes from us here in Wellington.

Hey, neat. A trophy!

Hey, neat. A trophy!

My takeaway from the day. Not too shabby.

My takeaway from the day. Not too shabby.

Blurry, filtered start line pic, taken by my wife, Kami.

Race report: Old Settlers Day 4-mile & 1-mile

Old Settlers’ 1-mile

August 15, 2015 — Mulvane, KS

1-mile #8

Place: ?/?

Age Group: 1st

Time: 6:43

Love this event in Mulvane. My third time doing it. Had 20 miles on the marathon training plan, so I had already run 11+ miles before these races started. Tiring day, but had some fun with it. Cool shirts, too, so that’s always a plus.

Old Settlers’ 4-mile

August 15, 2015 — Mulvane, KS

4-mile #3

Place: ?/?

Age Group: 3rd

Time: 32:16

Got in miles 17-20 on the day during this 4-mile race. Steady pace throughout as I had no interest in racing this one. Got to run maybe a mile or so of it toward the end with my old college teammate, Zach Kimble, of Mulvane. One of the few races I fully expect to try to get to each year. Affordable price, cool neighborhoods, fun atmosphere, and sweet shirts. Not much else to say about this one.

20 miles on the day. Two races, two medals, one shirt. Good day.

20 miles on the day. Two races, two medals, one shirt. Good day.

Start line photo, taken by my wife, Kami.

Race report: Rodeo Run 5K & 1-mile

Rodeo Run 5K

July 18, 2015 — Pretty Prairie, KS

5K #33

Place: 4/111

Time: 22:11

Man, it felt nice to just get out on the country roads from back home and run. After spending weeks/months getting ready for this event as a Race Director, and all morning handing out packets, signing up race-day entries, etc., I knew I wouldn’t be fast, but it felt good to just GO. If it ever gets to be a big enough event that I can’t also run the race, it’ll be good for the event, but sad for me.

Last year, I was 11th of 75. Figured maybe top 10 this year since I didn’t recognize many fast names signed up. I started out in the top 7 or 8 and was actually able to pass a few people as the race went on. That was a nice feeling — one I rarely ever feel, especially in a short race. I generally start way too fast and get passed as I go. I held on for 4th place overall, despite making a push for top 3 overall near the end. Out of 111, I’ll take that no question. At my fastest, I could have won the race. But I’m not at my fastest, and that’s okay. It was a fun race.

Rodeo Run 1-mile

July 18, 2015 — Pretty Prairie, KS

1-mile #7

Place: 13/53

Time: 7:38

I had no desire to go hard in this race. I opted to run with Charles Chege, a 9-year old from Wichita — a 2-time Half Marathon runner before his 9th birthday. I told him if he ran faster than 6:30, he was on his own. We held an 8:15 pace most of the way, before he turned it up a notch at the end. He came in one second ahead of me at 7:37. Kid’s a stud. I was able to wave and chat with folks along the way + shake a few hands with friends. Doing all that during a 7:38 mile was a lot more fun than racing a sub-6. Another fun race.

As a Race Director…

The event went better than I could have expected. We’ve done better each year of my three years being involved. Volunteers were phenomenal. Having Pretty Prairie EMS step up at the last minute to hand out water at the finish + aid station was a major bonus.

I will likely make some changes to the event moving forward. Considering a distance/route change + an earlier start time and just work on always making it a more positive experience for all. While I’ve had two very nasty complainers (one via Email, one via Facebook), and a few casual in-person complainers on race day morning, the majority of the feedback I’ve gotten has been positive.

As frustrating as the negativity has been, it will also serve as a lesson moving forward — whether in how to change things moving forward, or how to practice not letting it bother me as much. :)

Thanks to everyone involved for making this such a successful day.



Welcome to Pretty Prairie, Kansas.

Welcome to Pretty Prairie, Kansas.

Race day sunrise on Silver Lake Rd.

Race day sunrise on Silver Lake Rd.

Looking down Dean Rd. after the 2-mile aid station & turn. I grew up about 2 miles south of this spot.

Looking down Dean Rd. after the 2-mile aid station & turn. I grew up about 2 miles south of this spot.