June 10, 2011
Lees Summit, Missouri
1st Place 40-44 Age Group
15th out of 602 Overall
20:06 ... 6:29/mile pace
72 degrees/82% humidity
I'm an EARLY morning runner. So any run after 6AM is getting a little late in the day for me. And a 5K race that starts at 9PM is ... well frankly ... after my bedtime! (My family and friends say I'm 42 going on 63 ... they're probably right, now get off my lawn!)
Friday night I ran in one of my hometown races, the 30th Annual Lees Summit Night Flight 5K. It's a fun after dark race that is sponsored by the Parks & Rec Department. I've ran this race a few times before, but this year I got to run it with my daughter Madison! (Michael was at a play with her friend Cindy) We actually ran individually ... but hey, it was the same event. And we both had a great time, with Madi setting a PR!!! In her first 5K ever, she ran 28:59 for a 9:24/mile pace. AWESOME!!!
|Race shirt with "glow-in-the-dark" logo & glow-sticks|
I started a little fast trying to keep up with the area Cross Country runners ... too old and too slow for that. I think the winner was about 15 years old and ran 16:30 or something - a little out of my league. But I did keep the flashing lights of the police pace car in sight the whole time! My gut began burning at about 1.5, which was a reminder to this idiot that I need to get back to my ab program and stop eating cheese burgers, fries, and donuts during the week. I'm not kidding about that. But as we approached mile 3 I only saw a couple of "30 something" runners in front of me in the last mile and I knew I had enough in the tank to pass them, which I did.
|Madison and Nate|
I NEVER feel like I'm going to throw up during a run ... my problem is fighting back the other end. My biggest fear is being one of those pictures on the internet where there was literally "an explosion." I would like to think that I would never "allow" that to happen, but hey? However, I can tell you that last night at the finish line was the closest I've ever come to hurling. I ran about a 4:45/mile pace the last quarter mile and my heart rate got to 197. 195 is what I use as my max! And when I crossed the finish, I was seeing stars and actually thought, "Okay, this is the day I throw up from a run!" But like a champ I held it down!
|Madi with the final kick of her 5K PR!!!|
I also ran into Lisa from Eat, Pray, Run after the race, but I didn't even think to get a picture (we live in the same town). I wish Michael could have met her - she's a really cool blogger! I've met Lisa a couple of times now at the gym and at this race and she is always very nice. According to her time she ran very well also!
Madi and Nate then waited around while I got my medal for 1st in my Age Group. The medal was pretty ugly, but that's okay. When Michael saw it, she said, "Wow! Did they get from a Cracker Jacks box?" But I really didn't care that much about the medal. It was just awesome to run the race with Madi. And honestly, it was pretty awesome to come in first two weekends in a row. I know when I look back at this period in a few years when I'm a broken down old man, this will probably be the fastest I've ever been. I still want to improve, but PR's are getting harder and harder to come by. I think I'm getting pretty close to my ceiling. But you never know.
|1st Place M40-44 ... 2011 Lees Summit Night Flight 5K|
After the race when Madi went home, she sent me this text ...
"I'M SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Winning first in your age group two weeks in a row!? Are you kidding me! You KILLED it. And I love you! You were great today! :-)"
That was the best thing about the night.
...be great today!