Freedom Run 15K
July 4, 2018
This is such a cool event. I’ll probably do it every time I’m able to. Love holiday races. Love low-key events. Love cost-friendly events. All-around win.
I know a lot of people ran July 4 races where they paid twice as much (or more) and ran half as far (or less)… Not me. No, thanks.
This one starts at Lyons High School at finishes at Sterling Lake. Pretty much 9.3 miles straight alongside one highway with zero turns until the last 200 yards or so.
The shirts have gotten better each year, while the entry fee has remained incredibly reasonable. I’m not mad about that.
I was coming off a rare summer cold for this one. With the added strong headwind, it proved to be incredibly hard to breathe throughout.
Smaller turnout than ever this year. Only 12 runners for the 15K — probably 130 or so in the 5K. I didn’t mind. I just like the miles, man.
I felt okay early and ran the first couple miles with my friend Delaine Wright at a decent pace. Knew she’d pull away soon after and she did.
I was in sixth place until my friend Jessica White caught up to me around mile 3.5. Two others passed me within the next half mile, putting me in ninth. That’s where I would remain for the rest of the race. So that’s another six miles or so, solo. I run alone all the time, so that didn’t phase me a bit.
The heat and humidity was actually pretty tolerable, given the time of year. But the cold I wasn’t (and am still) not quite over + the headwinds took a toll. I did a fair amount of walking for such a short race.
Oh well. Like I said, I just like the miles — which is good, because this one was SLOW.
Splits: 7:39 | 8:11 | 8:34 | 9:35 | 11:05 | 10:21 | 11:31 | 11:31 | 11:05 | 10:04 (0.34) — 9:58 overall
Plus, with it being such a small turnout, I managed to win my age group once again.
Kami, Bryant and the in-laws were waiting (sorry for that, you guys) for me at the finish. Had a good time post-race hanging with them for a bit.
Even pushed the boy the last 15 yards or so across the finish line. But then the real fun started.
Next up: Cauldron Run 10K at Sunflower State Games — Saturday, July 14