I had no idea what to expect from myself going into this race. I have participated the past 2 years, so I know the course. I just didn't know how my body would handle it. I did NOT want a repeat of the Rock the Parkway half!!!
I felt great!! I must admit-resting my ankle and having my back aligned really helped!! I couldn't believe it when I was already 5 miles in and my pace was right around 8:20. Mile 6 (aka-the big hill!!) was a little slower, but I ran the whole thing. I knew if I could push through the mile of hills that I would be home free! I took mile 7 a little slower to recover from the hill.
This race is an out and back once you get on the trail. It is really funny how they do it. There is a cone and that is the turn around. It is very abrupt! I realized at the turn around that I had a very good chance to beat my previous best time of 1:53:20. I decided to hold steady and maintain around an 8:30 pace until the last 2 miles and then speed up from there if I felt good. As it turns out, I felt great!!! Mile 12 was 8:11 and mile 13 was 7:55 (darn close to 5K pace!).
All in all, a fantastic day and a new PR!!! Bonus-I scored a few points for the company in the process.
Rock the Parkway Half Marathon
Rock the Parkway is a fun 5k and half marathon run in Kansas City. It is really well run and a great course. It is a wave start, so you don't get so cramped and stuck at the beginning. The course itself is a little challenging with some hills, but overall really fun to run. It is setup as a bit of an out and back, so it is great for fans to cheer and catch runners at several spots. One group of 3 cheerleaders had a beer talley...they were up to 17 when I was finishing. I'll admit, I was totally jealous!!
|Pre Race Photo...we are so happy and ready!!|
I knew after my walk on Thursday where the pup and I ran for a little bit that my ankle wasn't right. I put on some compression socks, took ibuprofen, and iced in hopes of fixing it in 2 days. Every step hurt a little more. I wanted to push through and run the whole thing.
Here is the breakdown:
Mile 1: 8:34-Feeling good and fighting through the initial crowd
Mile 2: 8:28-Settling into a nice pace-even running with the 1:50 pace group
Mile 3: 8:38-Still with the pace group and starting to hurt worse
Mile 4: 8:24-Running with the pace group and hurting, but pushing through
Mile 5: 8:55-Slowing down to try to let my ankle rest a little so I could pick up the pace
Mile 6: 8:49-Still slowing
Mile 7: 9:06-Can barely see the 1:50 pace group now
Mile 8: 10:56-Decide to walk and stretch a little to see if that helps
Mile 9: 11:04-Nope, still bad...so run walk pattern it is...by that I mean walk a lot with periodic jogs
Mile 10: 10:37-Had some Gu which helped with my energy drop due to disappointment and frustration
Mile 11: 9:38-Decided to run again to push through
Mile 12: 10:12-But sadly had to walk parts still
Mile 13: 8:40-I never walk in the last mile of a run...so I did a weird gimpy run all the way to the finish. Nevermind the fact that I limped the rest of the day! I didn't walk in the last mile!! :)
Official race photos...coming soon.......
Brew to Brew-April 6, 2014
Brew to Brew is a 44 mile relay from Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City to Lawrence, KS where Free State Brewery is located. There are 10 legs with varying degrees of difficulty and elements to them. You can have a team of as many people as you want, but my team usually has anywhere between 5-8 members.
LEG 1: Brewery to KC Hardwood, 3.9 miles moderate.
LEG 2: Hardwood to Copart, 5.3 miles, moderate.
LEG 3: COPART to 3 or 3B, 5.4 or 5.6 miles, easy.
LEG 4: Station 3 to 121st St., 2.3 or 2.5 miles, easy.
LEG 5: 121st to Loring & Loring, 4.8 miles, easy.
LEG 6: Loring to Hog or Hair, 3.3 miles mod/hard.
LEG 7: Hog or Hair to Linwood, 4.7 by sea or 5.7 miles, mod
LEG 8: Linwood KS to 230th& Golden, 4 miles hard.
LEG 9: 230th St.To Levee & RRTracks, 4 miles hard.
LEG 10: Levee & RRTracks to Bridge by City Hall, 4.7 miles moderate.
|Our Team-Stellas and Stouts|
|Another group of friends also had a team...big group picture!|
|Just past the finish line...smiling because I am done. :)|
Coming soon...I'll post all race recaps here.