Royals Charities 10K
August 10, 2019
I was excited about this one. Knew it would be fun to run another race pushing Bryant in the stroller and getting to run on the field at a Major League Baseball stadium.
Despite being at the Royals’ ballpark, we had to rep our favorite team. Bryant wore his Kris Bryant jersey and I had my Cubs hat off and on, then changed into my Cubs shirt after the race.
Got there not long before the race, but had enough time to get ready before taking off. Our goal was to beat our best 10K time together of 59:01 — which was our first attempt in Tonganoxie back in June. We ran at Sunflower State Games in July, but finished in 1:01:07 due to warmer temps, along with some extended snack breaks.
Spoiler alert: We did it. We finished in 56:57 — 4:10 faster than our previous best. Really happy with that. AND we had a blast in the process, despite Bryant falling asleep somewhere around mile four.
He wasn’t even awake for when we saw the lion mascot (Slugerrr) and the hot dogs. Bummer.
It’s not Wrigley or anything, but it’s pretty cool being on the field in an MLB ballpark.
Our splits were pretty good, despite the slow sixth mile, due to taking it easy on the field to soak it in a little bit with some time to spare.
8:29 | 8:59 | 8:49 | 9:01 | 9:18 | 10:28 | 8:47 (0.22)
Bryant slept until shortly after we finished the race, but was probably asleep for the last two miles or so. I didn’t realize it until well after that, but wondered when he stopped responding to me. He was super talkative until he wasn’t at all.
We hung out a bit after the race and enjoyed the environment before taking off for some lunch.
All in all, it was a great morning. But then again, Bryant can pretty much have fun anywhere, doing anything. Like, playing with rocks or whatever.
Later on, after probably the best family nap since before Bryant was born, we went to the Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake MLS game. Had a good time there, too, even though the good guys came up short.
Next up: Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon — August 31 — Topeka, KS