Race report: Royals Charities 10K

Royals Charities 10K

10K #32

August 10, 2019

Place: 36/106

Time: 56:57

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.

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The only shot we were in from the race photographer.

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.

sleeping on field

Sleeping on the center field warning track. Shame, kid.

He wasn’t even awake for when we saw the lion mascot (Slugerrr) and the hot dogs. Bummer.

hot dogs and mascot

Fun on the video board, creepy up close.

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.

wave near finish

Just a few steps from the finish.

We hung out a bit after the race and enjoyed the environment before taking off for some lunch.

Bryant and Soler

I’m still mad we traded 4 years of Jorge Soler for 1 year of Wade Davis, too, buddy.

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.

B playing with rocks

Love this kid.

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

Race report: Cauldron Run 10K (SSG)

Cauldron Run 10K

10K #31

July 13, 2019

Place: 22/31

Time: 1:01:07

Having been in Topeka now for three years and two-plus months, this is my fourth summer, and therefore, my fourth Cauldron Run 10K with the Sunflower State Games.

Unfortunately, the route is still an insanely boring six loops around Tinman Circle at Lake Shawnee. Here’s hoping they fix that next year.

I was also pretty disappointed at the scheduling, with it taking place the same weekend as Mexican Fiesta 5K here in town that I was hoping to do, but oh well.

This was my first time pushing the kid in the stroller at this event.

shirt and bib

The FOURTH time I’ve had bib # 210. Weird.

We had a huge day ahead with moving into a new house a few miles away, so while Kami was doing some moving tasks, Bryant and I went to the race, fellas only.

me and B ready

Getting ready for the race. Bib and watch on the stroller. Snacks ready.

me and B silly

Making funny faces.

start shot

Almost ready to go!

We didn’t beat our goal of improving on our 10K stoller PR (59:01 at the Tonganoxie Library Run), but given the heat and the two snack breaks, we did okay. We finished in 1:01:07. We ran a little bit with Melissa, a local TV reporter. She’s super friendly. Always good to see her out there.

I thought I saw one other stroller out in front of us, but pretty sure we were the only one in the 10K, so you know, that’s a win.

For the first time, I did not earn an age group medal at this one. BUT… When posing with the kid on the podium, one of the Sunflower State Games workers gave Bryant a first place medal from the Kids Run. That was super nice!

B on podium

CHAMP.

podium with B

I love this kid. Oh, and Roscoe.

SSG bibs

My four bibs and three medals from the Cauldron Run 10K at Sunflower State Games.

Bryant got to sit in a fire truck at the finish. He’s gotten to do that several times at various events and he loves it every time.

B on fire truck

Bryant the fireman.

And only a few minutes later…

B sleeping

B, out.

Next up: Rodeo Run 4 + a Half — July 20 — Pretty Prairie, KS

(yay!)

Race report: Library Run 10K

Library Run 10K

10K #30

June 8, 2019

Place: 26/48

Time: 59:01

Back for my third year in a row at this event. I love this event — and this town. So much fun and for a good cause.

My time in 2018 was a few seconds faster than my time in 2017, but I knew going into this one, that wasn’t the goal.

I was pushing Bryant in the stroller and just wanted to beat an hour. Spoiler alert: We did it!

We arrived in Tonganoxie and got checked in and ready to go.

bib on shorts

Bib on shorts.

Bryant running

Fast kid!

We took some pre-race selfies and discussed strategy. Our strategy? Zoomin’ on ’em. 

family

Family time. 

Kami and me

First time we were here, it was just us. Crazy how things have changed.

Kami was signed up for the 10K, but dropped to the 5K and ran solo. We met up at the finish and hung out, but Bryant and I needed some practice for THE BIG RACE (Father’s Day 4-mile coming up this Saturday), so we went out ahead.

 

Our first three miles were good — 8:18 / 8:25 / 8:46. We took a brief stop at the turnaround to get a drink and resituate in the stroller. This involved ditching the shoes and socks — his, not mine — and continuing along the way.

Our next three miles were slower — 10:40 / 10:28 / 9:29. But we knew we had some time in the bank and should hit our goal with a small amount to spare.

with Bryant

Just a couple blocks left, B. 

With about half a block to go, I peeled off, got B out of the stroller and walked across the finish holding hands with the kid. Wish someone had gotten a photo of that. Sure was a fun thing we did.

In any event, I had a good time as expected. Team Mead will certainly be back to the Tonganoxie Library Run in 2020 and beyond.

group shot

Group shot in front of the library. We’re somewhere in the back/middle.

 

 

Kicking it for Kids 10K

10K #29

April 6, 2019

Place: 4/7

Time: 53:10

Ran this one while pushing Bryant in the stroller. Course was short, but don’t care. Just needed some movement before this Saturday’s 50.

This one will be mostly all pics just to document the occasion.

Tiny little run that took place in Mayetta, KS at the Prairie People’s Park — two small loops, an out-and-back, then repeat.

bib on shorts

Just ready to get in a few miles.

Bryant was grouchy before the start — you know, during the talking. He just likes to move. Eventually, we got started…

He did great all throughout the run. We stopped a few times for a snack and once to get some music playing. Sung along to Disney station on Pandora fairly loudly. Some people probably thought I was a bit loony, but we had a good time.

mid race

Peep his wind-blown hair.

We even got in a pretty good selfie near the turnaround.

selfie with Bryant

One of my favorite pics of us so far.

Near the finish, I got him out of the stroller, so we could walk across the finish together.

Always a blast with that kid.

finish best

We did it, buddy. Now let’s go eat some cinnamon rolls.

And of course, we got to play a bit afterward…

Great day with the fam at this little event.

That’s all from this one.

Next up: Flint Hills 50 — Saturday, April 13 — Manhattan, KS

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.

love life run

Love Life Run — Hutchinson, KS

Bryant wanted to play with the medal and shirt.

bryant

Oh. Hey, buddy.

Race report: Winged Foot 10K

Winged Foot 10K

September 29, 2018

Place: 2/19

Time: 47:35

shirt

Shirt design

This was my third year for this event. In 2016, I hobbled along after an ankle injury, just trying to get moving again before I attempted a 100 miler that I ultimately would DNF.

2016 Winged Foot 10K: 57:14

In 2017, I moved quite a bit better, as I was actually able to run the thing.

2017 Winged Foot 10K: 49:35

This year, I recently completed a 111-day run streak of at least 4 miles every day. That streak ended a few weeks ago, and while I haven’t done much actual running lately, I have been on my feet a ton — with coaching cross country, playing and officiating basketball and standing at work most the day.

2018 Winged Foot 10K: 47:35

I was happy to take another two minutes off my time from last year. I really enjoy this course and will continue to return when I can.

Kami and Bryant stayed home, as it was a bit chilly and the boy had been sick the night before.

selfie

Pre-race selfie

I had no plan going into this one. Just wanted to get some miles in. I wound up with about 10 on the day, including officiating some soccer games soon after the race ended.

bib 258

You know the drill.

I actually wound up with pretty decent splits, with all miles in the 7s. I ran a 7:12 first mile, assumed it wouldn’t hold, but didn’t particularly care. I honestly didn’t look at my watch during this one. Just enjoyed the miles and the course.

I had four people in front of me, but hoped at least a couple were in the 5K. I wouldn’t know for sure until we completed the first loop.

At the end of the loop, I knew for sure three people had finished. So I was in second. Or was I? Either that guy up front was done, too, and I was leading the 10K — or he was waaaaay out in front. Turns out, the latter wound up being the case. I had no prayer of catching him.

I was also quite a ways ahead of third place, so it was a nice, peaceful run, all things considered. No one passing me and no one to pass. Not mad about it.

7:12 | 7:38 | 7:34 | 7:34 | 7:44 | 7:40 | 7:16 (0.3)

finish

Thanks to Kayli Thompson for the finish line photo.

This is the last time for quite awhile that I will even attempt to run fast. I take my second crack at 100 miles in four weeks at KRT 100 in Ottawa.

After I collected my medal for winning my age group, I went with another runner and joined the last place 10K runner as he came through for his last 2/3 mile or so. It was his first 10K. His wife was so excited, hollering loud for him even well before he was even close to being in earshot range. It was a pretty cool moment. 

medal

Always fun to run at the Combat Air Museum in Topeka.

Next up: Salt City Half Marathon — Hutchinson, KS — Saturday, October 6

Race report: Run to Remember 10K

FOPA Run to Remember 10K

10K #25

August 25, 2018

Place: 5/26

Time: 48:38

I don’t get to run at Lake Shawnee much. LOL. I joke. I run there all the time. But races are another story. In the three times I’ve run the Cauldron Run 10K for the Sunflower State Games, twice it has started/finished at the lake, but left its parameters on an out-and-back course. The third time, this July, it was a super dumb six loops around Tinman Circle, so we won’t count that.

There was the Run for One 5K last year and the Winter Wonderland 5K the year before that. But this was a 10K, so I got to cover a little more ground. A few hills — though not the two biggest ones — and a super warm day made it not ideal for running. But I still had a great time.

lake, trees pre race

Lake Shawnee

lake pre race

The views don’t suck, y’all.

This one was for a good cause, too, which always helps.

I wasn’t able to run this last year, the first year I’d heard of it, due to being in Grand Island, NE for the Nebraska State Fair Marathon.

I was happy to be able to run it this year. Can’t beat driving a mile and a half to run a race.

course map

Enjoyable course

I picked up my packet the night before. Not sure why, since I live super close to the race, but hey, why not?

bib on shorts

Customary bib on shorts pic.

I knew I wasn’t there to race, since I’m in the middle — okay, near the end — of a pretty long run streak of 4-plus miles every day. My legs are feeling the weight of the streak, added to the riggors of coaching cross country this season and work stuff, dad stuff, husband stuff — you know, life.

Anyway, no real goal here. Just run some miles and have some fun.

early w Bradin

That’s Bradin in blue.

I ran with a kid that we had in track last year until his turnaround for the 5K. After wishing him good luck, I continued on my way. I thought I was in sixth or seventh place, but as it turns out — I was actually in third at the time. Ha. That wouldn’t last.

early in race

Those two guys both caught me eventually.

The shirtless guy above passed me at the turnaround, while the other, shorter fella passed me with probably a mile and change to go.

No worries. I was still running a better pace than I anticipated.

My splits were acceptable, although my fifth mile was a bit silly.

7:18 | 7:38 | 7:36 | 7:51 | 8:26 | 7:58 | 7:52 (0.23)

finish line

Shadowy finish line shot

The guy who was in first or second and way ahead of me early on, flew by me in the end. I thought he had won and doubled back to check on a friend — and was subsequently being a J-Hole by sprinting by me at the finish — beating me by a whopping two seconds.

Turns out, he had struggled, stopped to walk a few times and was legitimately not done yet. Had I known that, I might’ve had enough in the tank to edge him out and finish fourth, rather than fifth.

But I’m not mad about it. Had a great time, finished fifth overall, chatted a bit, stopped at Sonic and arrived home all before 10 a.m. Can’t beat it.

shirt, bib, medal

I don’t hate the shirts.

You know what my favorite part of the day was, though?

This kid…

Bryant and me

Me and Bryant

Next up: Sunflower Run 4-mile — Tonganoxie, KS — Saturday, September 1