Monday, August 29, 2011

Kansas City Royals 5K Report

3rd Annual Kansas City Royals 5K
Kansas City, Missouri
August 28, 2011
Time: 19:09
Finish: 13th out of 1479
Place: 1st Place ... Male 40-44

  • Great day with my kids
  • Beautiful day at the Stadium doing what we love
  • 3 out 4 of us PR'd
  • 3rd Age Group win of 2011
  • I'm the fastest 80 year old!!!
All in all it was a great day at "The K" ... Kauffman Stadium, the home of the MIGHTY Kansas City Royals!  I got to combine my three favorite loves in life ... family, running, and FRIGGIN' BASEBALL!!! I ran the 3rd Annual Kansas City Royals 5K, benefiting Royals Charities, with my daughter Madison and her boyfriend, Nate.  My son, Gage also came out the stadium and watched his sister and ol' man run ... which was AWESOME to have him there!  Michael didn't run with us ... she had a previously scheduled 10K at the Northface Endurance Challenge with Dean Karnazes in downtown KC.  She also did a great job and PR'd, which you can read about here ... Slowly Tri-ing!

Great 5K race bag ... 2 T-Shirts, whistle, cup, pasta, 20% coupon to our favorite pizza shoppe, free ticket to Royals Game!
There were four of us running on Sunday in two different races, and I had hoped to write a race wrap-up about how all of us PR'd ... but I can't!  Three of us PR'd, but "someone" kinda let the group down ... that someone was me!  I was the only one who didn't.  Gotta get faster to keep up with these peeps I guess!

Nate, Madison, and me before the race at "The K"
It was a beautiful day, but a little warm for really fast performances.  And as a result, all of the times were a little slower than last year.  It was about 75 degrees with 75% humidity at the beginning of the race.  And about 2 miles into the run, the humidity kicked in and slowed everyone down a little.  I don't remember seeing any of the top runners stop and walk in a 5K before today, but I passed three different guys at the end who had stopped to walk.  Believe me, I wanted to join them a couple of times, but I just slowed my pace a little and kept going.

I had originally planned to run with Michael at the Northface race, but when Madi & Nate decided to run the Royals 5K a few weeks ago ... I changed my plans to run with them.  My thinking was that Madi is going to be getting married and having babies in the next few years.  As her life gets a lot more hectic, I don't know how many opportunities I'll have to run with her.  I really missed running with Michael but she understood, and we all had a great time at our own races.  Plus, I had ran in the two previous Royals 5K's, so I was excited to keep the tradition going, and try to set my 5K PR ... more on that later.

The Kansas City Royals 5K is a smaller race but is gaining in popularity and size every year.  As far as the course goes, its pretty uneventful other than the finish.  The Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs Stadiums are located right next to each other and share the same parking lot.  The race starts out in front of Kauffman Stadium, then circles Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.  After that, it's pretty plain until the finish.  The course basically takes runners around the back of Kauffman Stadium, and then loops the parking lot. But if you're a baseball nut like me, the finish is AWESOME ... because runners finish on the field of Kauffman Stadium!!!  The last tenth of a mile is a loop around the warning track in the Royals outfield, and the finish line is at third base.  I'm like a kid when it comes to actually being on the floor of the stadium ... it's awesome!

Awesome spread after the Royals 5K
The organization of the race is getting better too.  But probably the best thing about the race, other than finishing on the field, is the post-race food.  They have everything!  Hot dogs, nachos, and beer ... and of course the traditional post-race food as well.  This is always the best post-race buffet of any race I run.  Pretty cool!

Madi's Awesome Run!
As far as the running goes ... like I said, everyone set a PR except for this guy!  It was Madi's second 5K ever, and she topped her previous 5K PR by more than 2 minutes at 27:58 ... a 9:02/mile!!!  Gage and I got to watch her from the stands as she circled the outfield and she was FLYING!!! She was passing people right & left with a great final kick to the finish line.   I can't believe how well she is running ... this kid is awesome!  Gage even said, "It's pretty awesome to watch your little sister kick butt like that!"  You're awesome Mad, we love you!

Nate's Big Day!
It was her boyfriend Nate's first 5K ever and he also ran a great race.  The only problem was, his timing chip in his bib didn't register ... (mine didn't either - more on that later.)  He finished a few minutes ahead of Madison, but at this point we don't have any idea on an exact time.  He was a little bummed, which is understandable.  They must have been having trouble with some of the chips, because two out of our three didn't register.  Nate's fairly new to running and ran a great race too!  Plus, he's a pretty cool dude ... "I guess!" I have a "verrrrrrrrry strong suspicion he's gonna be around for a while" ... and we couldn't be happier!

Gage & Madi playing a little catch after the race
Big Talk ... No Results!
Which brings me to my race ... big fat flippin' fail!  I won my age group, which was cool ... but I REALLY wanted to PR, and I didn't!  I had written posts over the past few weeks about how some of my training times had been around 5:30/mile - and I honestly thought I was gonna shatter my 6:03/mile 5K PR pace, but I just didn't have it in me on Sunday.

Basically, it was very confusing.  My legs felt fresh and light.  My energy level was great.  My race plan was solid.  And the whole time I was running, I never felt like I was pushing to hard or anything ... but I just couldn't get my speed down to where it needed to be???  A couple of times I felt like I had really kicked it in and that my time was finally down around a 5:30ish pace ... but when I glanced at my Garmin - it was only 6:00ish???  It was humid, but I've put up much faster times in much "muggier" conditions.  So I dunno???

After the race, we waited around at the awards ceremony.  I was 13th overall so I thought I might have placed in my age group.  But when they announced the winners ... no Jim.  Huh, that was odd ... because I had passed the winner in my age group at about 2.5 so I know I finished before him.  Plus his time was 19:15 ... and I my Garmin read faster than that.  My initial thought was that I had been DQ'd because I wore headphones.

Fastest REALLY OLD GUY on Sunday
After the ceremony, I talked to the official results guy and asked him if I had been DQ'd - he said no, they wouldn't have disqualified me for that.  We went over to the Ultramax timing guys who were awesome.  I told them what had happened and they pulled out a tape of all the finishers and found me crossing at about 19:09. They were very apologetic and said for some reason my chip didn't read?  They actually went and found the medal lady and asked her to give me a first place medal - awesome!  Problem, they had already given away the first place medal that read Male 40-44, and the only first place medal they had left was one that read Male 80 & Over!!!   AWESOME!!!  That was hilarious!!!  So basically, I was the fastest 80 year old on Sunday ... which I'll take!

There is no way not PR'ing could have ruined the day on Sunday.  I was with my two awesome kids and my future son-in-law (more on that later) ... and nothing could have put a damper on that.  Of course, I'm always a little bummed when I try to run my best and don't ... but the day was much more than that!   I was with the people I love and watching them have a great time and do well was a million times more important than an "over-competitive" old man not accomplishing his goal.  They ran great, but more importantly, we were together and it was awesome! It was a beautiful day that we'll never forget!
Look how happy the Royals were about our great day at Kauffman Stadium ... thanks Bret Saberhagen!
... be great today!


  1. I'm guessing you set a record in the 80-yr. old age group! What an awesome time, even if you weren't feeling it out there. And congrats to all your family members. That really is an awesome weekend!

  2. Looks like you had a great time at this one though! Congrats Gramdpa! haha!

  3. Congrats!
    Call Guinness as you are a shoe in!

  4. LOL!!!! I love that they gave you the 80's and over award!!! LOL! Maybe it has something to do with the Mick Jagger moves!

  5. Ha - I didn't think of that Julie - maybe!

  6. Congratulations to all of you on a great race!

  7. Congrats to the family for a wonderful weekend of racing

    I think Micheal had something to do with the 80 year AG medal, it adds up, the text, "not running this race with the family" almost the perfect crime

    Sub 20 is a great day in my books

  8. sounds like an awsome day with the family!!!!congrat to all!
    and yeah ive been there done that with the chip timing mishaps-that happened to me 3x in a row one year!! eeep!
    BUT regardless of that and your non PR, i still think your time was preety smokin fast...for an 80yr old!

  9. Congrats on winning a new AG! Ha! Fantastic 5k time, Jim. And i bet you LOVED the Baseball atmosphere. :)

  10. ba ha ha ha! Love it! Good job on winning it for the 80+ group. That is too funny. Seriously though your time is great and I could not agree more about spending quality time with family. Totally worth every second. :)

  11. Great job, Jim! I'm sure it was the humidity that stole your PR. Once fall comes in, watch out Kansas City!

  12. ALWAYS great to combine running and family time. Sounds like an awesome day!

  13. Sounds like a great day! Awesome on 3 of 4 PRs!

    Finishing inside the stadium does sound like a ton of fun, I've never done a stadium finish race before, but I need to try one soon!

    Just based on the conditions, it sounds like it was just too hot for you to PR, I bet your time this year is equivalent to your time last year.

    Bummer on all of the timing chip problems, that would be really annoying not getting a time. I guess that's why I always use a garmin to make sure I at least have my garmin time.

    lol on the fastest 80 year old award!

  14. A medal is a medal when all's said and done and you'll be able to confuse a lot of people with that one.

  15. Congrats on looking so amazing and being so damn fast AT 80!! HAHAHAHA! Chips going bad when medals are on the line is poo poo stuff.

  16. This is one awesome race report! Very impressed by your record breaking age performance!

    Sounds like a really good weekend for the entire family. Congratulations!

  17. Nice job on winning your age group! I love the tshirt you got! Congrats!

  18. Nice job on winning your age group! I love the tshirt you got! Congrats!

  19. Nice goodie bag! 2 shirts!!!
    Congrats of winning your AG...very very young div in my opinion.

    This is so great that you get to do this with your kids and you are in top shape to do it. when mine get to run bigger event I will be in a wheel chair!!! no no...but in a much older AG!!!

    Poor Nate I would have been upset as well....a good reason to sign up for another race !

  20. I love running the same race year after year.

  21. You're looking damn fine for a 80-year old!! Congratulations, old man! Haha. I did a race last year where they had my name as "Yvette" and I became "runwithyvette" for awhile and a race just before that one, a 5K, I won my age group - yet the medal that came in the mail was 3rd place.

    Sorry the time didn't go better for you...but it's still pretty smoking fast! Congrats on the 13th place and the ag award!!

  22. Too funny about the medal! I love it. Very cool that your daughter has caught the running bug too. Hope there are lots more family races in your future!

  23. Thanks for the post, Daddy.
    Like I keep saying, you DIDN'T let us down. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU! Especially with being 80- quite impressive. =) Love you soooo much! You're my FAVORITE runner ever.

  24. Thanks for the post, Daddy.
    Like I keep saying, you DIDN'T let us down. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU! Especially with being 80- quite impressive. =) Love you soooo much! You're my FAVORITE runner ever.

  25. Sorry you didn't PR, but I think I'd rather watch my whole crew PR than actually PR myself any day. Congrats on a GREAT day (especially for an 80yo, haha)!


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