Race report: Freedom Run 15K

Freedom Run 15K

15K #3

July 4, 2017 —Lyons/Sterling, KS

Place: 8/24

Time: 1:14:27

Made my way back to the Freedom Run for the first time in a few years. I had run the 15K in 2013, then the 5K in 2014 with Kami. Hadn’t been back since. This run is an incredibly monotonous course, starting at Lyons High School and finishing in Sterling. Basically, 8.7 miles of the 9.32 mile course is one straight shot along the highway with no turns.

It’s a small-ish race (the 5K had a good turnout of 131, although quite a bit smaller than the 255 in 2014) with only 24 finishers in the 15K. The shirts in year’s past were not exciting at all, as I wore each probably twice each.

This year, however, was different.

shirt

One of my favorite race shirts so far. I don’t even like red, but combined with the blue, the faded look and the boot design, I’m a fan. Doesn’t hurt that it fits pretty well.

Kami dropped me at the start at Lyons High School. We chatted with some running friends before she took off toward the finish.

flag

Here’s a picture Kami thought I would like. I present to you: A wall. And a flag. And some flowery things. Enjoy.

Always good to see Wyatt and Kristina Clifton and Bev Exposito. Made a new friend in Delaine Wright, who wound up proving to be a challenge. I finally caught up to her around the 5 mile mark and only beat her by a minute and change.Saw some other old running friends at the finish — ones who had done the 5K — Mark Kauffman and Ron Blanton. I know my friend Courtney Wilkey did the 5K as well, but I didn’t get a chance to see her. I’m sure there were others I’m missing. Point being: It’s a good time to run some miles and see some friendly faces.

I planned on just trying to run a steady, goal marathon pace somewhere between 8:30 – 9:00 per mile. I had no interest in flying out of the gate and racing anyone or any particular time.

That plan didn’t really hold up too much. I threw down a 7:52 first mile and knew I had to slow down, so I did. But not for long. Ran an 8:12 mile two and figured I might as well see how long I could hold a pace around 8:00 or so. Turns out, a while.

7:52 | 8:12 | 7:55 | 7:53 | 7:57 | 8:02 | 7:57 | 8:07 | 8:02 || 7:34 = 7:59 / mile overall

I finished in eighth place overall, seventh male and first in my age group. I’ll never understand the age groups for this particular race, as my age group was 26-35.

I got edged out in the last mile by a guy who was 38 and would be in my age group in many races. But… I’ll take the age group win, all the same.

plaque

My collection of plaques is limited. I’ve got medals, trophies, even a few ribbons — but only one or two of these bad boys. I’ll take it.

Hung around a bit after to chat with friends and get results before changing and hitting the road. Had a good time.

w Cliftons

Me and the Cliftons. Good people.

w Bev + Delaine

Bev, Delaine & me: Age group winners.

It sure was good to be back near family over the weekend.

I played in the Sterling Tennis Tournament on Saturday, July 1 — yeah, you read that right. No, I don’t play tennis. I finished 8th place…

There were 8 people in the tournament. But, man, I had a blast. I even won a set. Yeah, I know, it’s not running stuff. But it was part of my holiday weekend — and the main reason I hadn’t shaken off the soreness until probably right before the 15K began.

Final results:

First match: 0-6, 0-6

Second match: 3-6, 6-2 (4-10)

Third match: 0-6, 0-6

tennis 1

I managed to hit a few good shots. For a guy who doesn’t play tennis, anyway.

tennis 2

Tennis Skill Level: Novice.

Sept 7, 2013 — Wichita, KS

5K

Poker Run @ Wichita State University

Place: 7/63, no age groups

Time: 22:56

Ran with Jon (older bro) as he gets back into running. I told him afterward my goal is to push him until I’m no longer faster than him. He was once one of the best runners in the state, and I’m still a novice by most standards, so it will happen–probably soon. We got off to a solid start & ran the first mile in 7:12. We were probably 11th/12th at that point, and moved up pretty consistently from there. We finished in 7th & 8th overall. Our splits were 7:12, 7:50, 7:45. Not bad for the first race of the day, and first of three on the weekend. On a personal note, it was exciting for me to run a race on the campus of my alma mater: WSU.

Sept 7, 2013 — Udall, KS

5K

Monster Dash Haunted Trail Run

Place: 4/87, no age groups

Time: 23:02

Ran with Jon again for first 1.2, when he insisted I run on. I didn’t actually end up gaining a lot of distance, as it was a more challenging trail run than I anticipated. Add in some spooky goblins, ghouls, and monsters, and it was a pretty fun and interesting event overall. I even won a prize — a painting from a local artist that I gifted to Kami.

Sept 8, 2013 — Goddard, KS

15K

Meritrust Tiger Trot @ Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Place: 34/156, 10th in age group

Time: 1:17:02

By far my worst race ever, hands down. I have a laundry list of reasons why I probably failed terribly today, but instead, I will choose to move on and focus on my next race — my 1st Ultra Marathon this Wednesday. I actually did okay for the first 3 miles of this, then fell apart. Not good in a 15K — a “short” race, by most standards. I’d only run one other 15K, and my time there was 1:04:03, better than today’s by 12:59, and I wasn’t even super thrilled with that one. It’s not a common distance, so redemption may not come. May just have to let it go. That’ll be tough, but I live to run another day.

Side note: Brother took 5th overall in the 5K, won the 30-39 age group, and got a sweet medal. Not too shabby.

Good weekend overall. The WSU race was probably my favorite. Interesting experiences all-around.