Father’s Day Four Mile
June 16, 2018
All week, leading up to my first race pushing Bryant in his stroller, we talked about “the big race.” We talked about how we’d pass people and say “Catch ya later, nerds!” (in a funny voice, of course).
The race was to be a loop course around Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City. It proved to be a really cool course that I’d love to return to. This could be a fun traditional event for us, should it continue.
We got out, ate some graham crackers and geared up for the big race.
I’ve got the coolest kid, you guys.
We got there a bit early, because that’s how I roll. If you’re not early, you’re late. I’m determined to teach him that lesson. When better to do it than… well, early.
We started out near the very back out of courtesy. Didn’t want to get trampled. I’d estimate 20 people at most started further back than we did. We had some work to do.
Bryant got really fussy upon starting and I worried he’d have a tough time throughout the race, which would’ve led to a lot of walking. I was fine with the idea of having to walk and prepared for that possibility. I just wanted him to do well and maybe even have fun.
It was really congested early on, as we had a lot of maneuvering to do to pass some people. Lots of “zoom-zoom”-ing and weaving in and out of people. The more open space we saw, the better he did. I even heard him laugh once or twice. Love that.
We settled in and maintained a steady-ish pace for awhile, although obviously slower than I’d run without a stroller.
We got to see some pretty sweet views along the ways. It was an airport — and I love planes.
We even had a couple of hills, which seemed worse because of the stroller than they would have otherwise.
Bryant stayed happy and awake until at least 2.5 miles in, when he dozed off. He slept through a fairly noisy bit of construction at the 3-mile mark and I expect mostly through the finish line.
Our splits — 8:44 | 9:31 | 9:28 | 8:20 | 6:40 (0.11)
Yeah… that last tenth or so of a mile — 6:40 pace. Wow. We were flying. Had to pass those last few guys before the finish.
We got a kick out of people sighing when they were passed by a stroller. But hey, everyone did their best out there — another lesson for B Dizzle.
I was so proud of him — as always.
We got a sweet medal to go with the sweet shirt and the cool KC Running Company bib.
Our medal is now hanging on Bryant’s wall just above his light switch. We’ve talked about it every day since the big race.
Next up for me: Freedom Run 15K — July 4
Next up with Bryant: Undecided