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.

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Our sweet shirt + my bib

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Pre-race shot.

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Our obligatory pre-race photo.

Race report: Trail Stomp

Trail Stomp 5K

November 28, 2015 — Belle Plaine, KS

5K #36

Place: 14/25

Time: 32:02

Slick course with some freezing taking place the previous two days. Still, this would prove to be the easiest of the three race courses on the day.

Ran with Kami in each event. This was the one we fared the best in. We were slow, but remained steady most of the way.

Trail Stomp 1-mile

November 28, 2015 — Belle Plaine, KS

5K #36

Place: 18/21

Time: 9:47

Got a slow start and never really sped up, but this day was just about having fun. Had to work the event, too, so I was there to take photos and write a story as well as participating. Monetary/food donations went to local food bank, so a good cause always makes it worthwhile.

Trail Stomp 2-mile Xtreme

November 28, 2015 — Belle Plaine, KS

2-mile #2

Place: 31/33

Time: 48:21

Most difficult course ever. Not sure how anyone “raced” this. Much slower than even a walking pace for us. Lots of climbing up hills and muddy slopes, trudging through mud and sliding all over the place. We wound up going about 1/4 mile too far and nearly getting frostbite. But we still managed to have a good time. We always do, I suppose.

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My muddy shirt after the morning festivities.

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Prior to the 5K start.

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Kami posing after the races.

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.

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Podium, son.

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

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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.

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

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Two-time half marathon finisher, this lady.

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During + after.

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Near the finish.

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Donezo.

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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.

Onward…

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.