Race report: Father’s Day Four Mile

Father’s Day Four Mile

4 Mile #7

June 15, 2019

Place: 67/172

Time: 34:25

THE BIG RACE. This is the one Bryant and I talked about all year long after doing it last year as our first run with the stroller. Last year’s medal was hanging on the wall over his crib since that day.

We didn’t like the shirt as much this year or the course — an out-and-back instead of a loop due to construction — but the experience was just as good, if not better. Fun wrinkle this year is his ability to walk before/after and, well, be super nosy along the way.

We arrived with it sprinkling a bit, picked up our (my) shirt and bib and got ready to go.

shirt and bib

Shirt and bib.

bib on shorts

Typical, bro.

Of course, we had to squeeze in some pre-race silly selfies.

pre race face

It’s go time, son.

start line

Start line shot.

We were really just there to have fun, but had talked about trying hard to beat our time from last year’s race. We knew if we stayed steady, we could do it.

We zoomed on ’em early and often, holding fairly steady throughout. That’s one positive about the out-and-backs, is that you know exactly where you’re at in relation to the finish line.

The views out there, man…

around curve

Early race curve.

KC skyline

Took this exact pic last year. Love that spot.

mile 3

On the home stretch.

Our splits were good for a dad-stroller race, I thought. We had a fast 5K, a long half marathon and a mid-distance 10K to prep for this one — THE BIG RACE.

Splits: 8:24 | 8:51 | 9:02 | 8:048:35/mile overall

We passed a couple with a stroller right near the finish line to finish as the third fastest stroller in the race. We’ll take it.

We did it. We beat our time by 2:16 from last year. Think we can get even faster next year? You betcha. We’re gonna get faster and faster these next couple years before he starts running with me. That’ll be a blast.

Sad story, happy ending: We lost our medal somewhere between the finish line and the car. Must’ve fallen out of the stroller somewhere into the grass.

Thankfully, I contacted KC Running Company and they were gracious enough to send us a replacement. It has been added to the BIG RACE collection.

swag

Swag, son.

Oh, and THE BIG RACE wasn’t all we did on this day. After recovering and lounging a bit at a hotel, we took in some Monster Jam action at Arrowhead Stadium with some family — fellas only. It resulted in a couple of my most favorite pics yet of me and the kid…

As far as races go…

Next up: Freedom Run 15K — Lyons/Sterling, KS — July 4

Race report: Father’s Day Four Mile

Father’s Day Four Mile

June 16, 2018

Place: 65/350

Time: 36:41

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Father’s Day Four Mile

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.

shirt +bib

Instant favorite shirt, too.

We got out, ate some graham crackers and geared up for the big race.

prerace selfie

We got in a few pre-race selfies, of course.

I’ve got the coolest kid, you guys.

cool guys

For real. Kid’s a baller.

bib on shorts

Bib on shorts once again.

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.

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We even stopped for a photo from the race photographer.

love him

We were ready to go!

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Finally heading to the start line!

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The start line. We’re on the left. 

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.

skyline

That KC skyline is something else, you guys.

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.

finish

Official time — 36:41

Our splits8:44 | 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.

champion

Even when he’s sleeping, this kid is a champion.

We got a sweet medal to go with the sweet shirt and the cool KC Running Company bib.

shirt w medal

Swag

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.

pose w medal

He earned that bling.

eat the medal

Chomp, chomp.

Next up for me: Freedom Run 15K — July 4

Next up with Bryant: Undecided

 

Race report: Hangover 5K*

Hangover 5K*

5K #46

January 7, 2018

Place: 37/135

Time: 26:29

My tradition of running a half marathon on New Year’s Day was planned to continue again this year.

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Hangover Half Marathon Leawood/Overland Park, KS

Until Mother Nature had other plans.

With a real feel race-time temp of -28 degrees on the first day of 2018, the race was postponed. I wasn’t mad about it. Six days later, the temps were warmer (about 25 degrees), but with a steady drizzle. No harm done, I thought. I’d run in worse.

It would be gloomy and I’d had almost zero sleep the night before thanks to the baby boy (get it together, kid), but I was ready to try tackling 13.1 once again.

Bib

Bib on shorts, per uzh

Just a few minutes before toeing the start line, they announced the half marathon had been canceled and all interested runners would be allowed to still complete the 5K distance. Blerg. I drove an hour (plus a few minutes) for this and now wouldn’t get to run. Wish I’d had more warning. I wouldn’t have made the drive for just 3.1 miles.

Whatever. Three miles beats no miles, I guess. I took it steady and slow, running with a guy from Omaha and chatting the whole way. The course indeed was slick; race organizers definitely made the right call. Still bummed, though.

Me and Omaha (I never got his name) slipped a few times and stuck to the grass when possible. Whatever, we thought. Just stay upright and enjoy some conversation.

Course

Running up a hill, and a slick one at that

I’m not sure if anyone actually wound up falling down, but I saw several people slipping and sliding on numerous occasions. While I went home still bummed, I can’t imagine how interesting it might’ve gotten over the course of 10 more miles.

Splits: 8:16, 8:15, 8:34, 8:16 (0.19) — 8:18 overall

But I’ve got a couple more 13.1s planned in the coming weeks, with hopes of gearing up for some spring ultras. We’ll see.

Finish

Me and Omaha — Texas? — crossing the finish line. Thanks for the miles, brother.

For the second straight year, I went home with a pint glass courtesy of KC Running Company and a hat — I had to purchase it separate this year. I wouldn’t have done that had I known going in, but… You know, whatever, man.

Swag

Post race swag.

Man, call me overly stitious, but 139 must be bad luck for me. First time at 139: DNF at Heartland 100. Second time: Half marathon canceled, forced to run 5K.

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Pre-race, Heartland 100.

See?

Oh well, you guys. I live to run another day. Speaking of which, I better get to it…

Peace.