Tonganoxie Library Run 10K
June 9, 2018
2018 Library Run shirt
I went into this 10K similarly to last year — not particularly caring about my time. I did not expect to be fast because I haven’t been since a few years — and a few dozen pounds ago.
But it was a really fun event not terribly far from Topeka and I was excited to return again this year. The shirt was really cool once again, too (see above). I was smart enough to order a more accurate size this year, although I still wish I was a different size. But don’t we all, am I right?
Got a chance to goof off a bit with Bryant while Kami went to the restroom (I assume there was a line, like usual — hooray for being a dude).
I sat on the ground with him in the back of the Escape stretching before the race (he rode in the stroller with Kami for the 5K).
He likes to hit things.
I had to get my usual pre-race photos of my shirt, bib, etc.
Bib on shorts, as always.
It was getting close to race time, but I wasn’t in a hurry.
Bryant thought we should get going.
On to the start line we went — where we’d take a few more photos waiting during pre-race instructions…
We like to be goofy. And he’s getting a lot more alert nowadays, so it makes things fun.
And of course, we had to get a group shot before I went closer to the start line.
Oh, and in my 142 races, I experienced a first…
As RD David Frese called out the “Ready, set, G…”
The power went out, this thing deflated and fell to the ground. Pretty hilarious.
It was back up and running in no more than a couple of minutes. Everyone seemed to relax a bit, if they weren’t already. All-in-all, a really well put together race, as expected. I plan to return.
But on to the race…
I went out at a fast, but semi-comfortable pace, although I knew it would be tough to maintain. It was. I knew the hills would hit hard. They did. I knew the humidity would bite. It did.
But once we hit the 5K turnaround, I learned what I suspected — I was in third place overall in the 10K race and still within striking distance of the top two runners.
That’s when the voice of Eminem creeped into my head whenever I have a shot to do something good — or when I’m doubting my abilities.
“But Slim, what if you win? Wouldn’t it be weird?”
But alas, the top two runners — who turned out to be father and daughter — pulled away and I spent the second half of the race not chasing second, but fighting off fourth.
The photo doesn’t do it justice, but that girl behind on me closed the gap HARD and made me work for my third place finish.
I edged out the girl in fourth by a whopping four seconds. Phew!
If I were 20 pounds lighter or had been working on my speed more recently, I would’ve been pretty frustrated to have not won this race. The winning time was such that I could have won it, for sure. Just not now — at my current fitness level. But that’s okay.
Took every ounce of grit I had left to hold onto third place.
I didn’t go to Tonganoxie planning to win. I went planning to have fun. I went planning to push myself a little, but not to the brink of injury. I did both of those things and left happy. That’s a win.
After my tech-free 49:19 at this race in 2017, I crossed the finish line (watch and all) in 49:05 this year — a 14-second improvement. Darn near 10 minutes from a PR, but that seems like a lifetime ago. My current self will take it, however.
How cool is that shirt?!
We hung around a bit, went to the park so Kami could hang out with her friend and our kids could play — then headed for home.
Not before I flubbed a finish line pose, though.
I meant to hold up 3 fingers here. I did not finish second. I was the second place male, but third overall. That is not a peace sign. That is me having just looked at my “2nd” male medal and forgetting what place I was overall. Oops.
Whatever, man. Like I said, this is a fun one. Numbers were down quite a bit — in the 10K at least (41 last year, 19 this year). But if my schedule allows, I’ll probably return to this one as long as I live in the area.
Running fast hurts, you guys.
Thanks to David Frese and everyone in Tonganoxie involved in putting this one together!
Next up:Father’s Day 4-mile — Kansas City, MO — June 17