Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Hustle 5K ... My Son's First Race!!!

Gage & me ... yeah, we kinda look alike!

Halloween Hustle 5K
Unity Village
Lees Summit, Missouri
October 29, 2011
Time: 33:06 (course was 3.4 miles)
Place: Gage won Second Place 20-24AG
  • My son's first race ever ... awesome time running with him
  • Michael dressed in "Running On Empty" costume
  • Chilly 35 degree start to beautiful day
  • Post-race pancakes
  • Awesome finisher medal for 5K
  • Gage's son, girlfriend, and her family came to watch
  • Mile 3 of the race was my 2,500th of the year
World Famous Pre-race Dance
 Michael as "Running On Empty" , or is she ...

Wow .. what a fun morning in Lee's Summit, Missouri!!! We ran the 2011 Halloween Hustle 5K and had a blast.  And besides just having an awesome time, I got to check off two of my Lifetime Running Goals in one morning.  Mile 3 of the race was exactly my 2,500th of the year ... a goal of mine for sometime now.  But most importantly ... I RAN A RACE WITH MY SON!!!  And that's something I thought would never happen.

We woke up early as usual. Got dressed.  Ate a little something. And y'all know what came next ... The World Famous Michael & Jim PRE-RACE DANCE PARTY!!!  "Michael's sexy and she knows it ... wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!"

After that, Gage's son Ryder and his mom met us at the house and we all headed out for Unity Village in Lees Summit, MO.  It was a little chilly - about 35 degrees with an 8mph breeze, so we were bundled up a little for the first time this Fall.  Michael wanted to get there early because she was going to enter in the costume contest, which they ended up having after the race.  She dressed as "Running On Empty" ... which we thought was pretty creative.  But she kinda got a lot of blank stares.  I'm not sure people got it.  I thought she just looked like sexy runner girl!!!  And even though Halloween is TOTALLY NOT MY THING ... there actually were quite a few great costumes.  My favorite was Captain Crunch.

Two knuckleheads at the starting line,
Totally NOT posing like they were talking!
Gage is not a runner.  I think as preparation for this race he ran a total of two miles. But don't get me wrong, he is a really good athlete.  He's played A LOT of baseball, roller hockey, and football back in the day.  But lately with work, a baby, and "grown-up" life things, a lot of the athletics have passed by the wayside.  Plus, he's never really been much into "just running".  But I think after seeing his sister, who is not a natural athlete, do so well this year with running, he wanted to give it a shot.  Also, I think he ran partly for me.  And even though I've tried really hard not to "push" my kids in sports, it really meant a lot that he would do this with me.  Really cool!

The race was sponsored and organized by Bodies Personal Training, a personal training gym in Lee's Summit featuring various physical training disciplines.  They had a really seamless sign-up and packet pick-up at their gym a couple of days before the race.  And the pre-race and post race activities were really GREAT!!!  They had a DJ with music, a bunch of games and a blow-up bouncy house for kids, a pancake breakfast at the finish, a finisher medal, Halloween Costume Contest, some local vendors and a massage table!  Plus, we got a very nice short sleeve technical t-shirt!  Really awesome SWAG and activities for such a small local 5K race.

GO POPS!!! I'll be waiting here with these Cheerios!

There were only a couple of things that could be improved a little.  And to be fair, small races like this one many times simply just don't have the manpower or volunteers for all the little things required for a race ... and they do the best they can.  While all of the peripheral things about the race were GREAT, the race itself was a little long ... my Garmin read 3.4 at the end.  Plus, it was a two loop course for the 5K and four loops for the 10K.  At the half -mile out & back portion of the race, fast, slow, 5 & 10K runners were running into each other.  But those were really the only two thingsr that stuck out as "needing attention".  All-in-all it was a good event!

It was actually not a great day for Gage to be running a 5K.  He was moving into a new house on Saturday and had a lot going on.  But he had already signed up for the race, so he honored his commitment and ran anyway.  I really tried to make him take it easy with the pace. (as much as you can "make" a 21 year-old do anything I suppose)  I just didn't want him to run too fast and be totally dead the rest of the day for his move.  Plus, I honestly wasn't sure he could even run a full 3.1 miles since he hadn't trained at all.  In fact, he told me near the end of the race that he had a bet with a co-worker about being able to run the whole thing without stopping.  I think it was $10.
Michael & me

We started pretty slow ... on purpose.  And as we warmed up a little, he told  me he felt fine, but we didn't speed up.  There was only one little hill in this race, a half-mile 50 footer.  But to someone who never runs, it looked like a mountain.  We had been talking a little throughout the race, but a this point he got really quiet and later told me that he thought about walking at that point.  But he didn't.  He kept running the whole time.  He told me with about a quarter-mile left in the race that he was going to win his bet with his buddy about not stopping.  And at that point he began to run a lot faster.  I know with even a little training, he could have been fairly fast for a 5K.  The kid is a good athlete!  As he crossed the finish line, his time was 33:06.  And he hadn't walked at all!

Gage suckin' a little wind at the finish line
After the race, we met up with my grandson Ryder, who was waiting with Cheerios, collected our medals, and watched for Michael and Gage's girlfriend's brother who ran the 10K.  They both ran good races.  I think Michael even set another PR for 3.1 ... although her official time was not a PR since the course was a little long.  We all then headed over for some post-race pancakes.  As we were standing in the pancake line, the PA announcer who was reading the results said "In the 20-24 Age Group ... Second Place ... Gage Weatherly!"  Everyone kinda looked at each other like "What did he just say???"  And then Gage was like, "I just heard my name ...YESSS!!!"  He got Second Place in his age group at his first race, and even got a Second Place medal.  He was pretty proud!  He was laughing about it saying that the guy at work was gonna owe him a 50-spot for that!  He even called his sister ... who of course was also proud of her big brother!

Unity Village in Lees Summit is about eight miles from my house.  So after the race I ran home to give me an even 11 miles for the day, with a 20 miler scheduled on Sunday.  The last mile of the race had been exactly my 2,500th of the year.  I was pretty excited about that too, since it was one of my long term running goals.  I'll probably hit 3,000 by year's end, but 2,500 is a one year record for me.  And even though it really doesn't mean anything other than I stayed healthy all year, I thought it was pretty cool!

But the biggest and coolest thing I got to check off of my career "To Do" list is running a race with my son.  It was really awesome!  And at the end of the day, it was really more about just hanging out together.  Neither one of us are ever going to set any land speed records.  But over the past few years, he's been a lot busier with his life and we really don't have much time to do stuff like this anymore - so it was simply awesome!  To be honest, I was really surprised that he made it the whole 3.1 miles without walking.  I was really proud of him ... and I know he was proud of himself.  It was a great day ... hopefully we can do it again sometime! great today!


  1. Congrats on the 2500 miles and hurrah for running a race with your son. That is the best for sure.

    And I love Michael's costume. Very creative in my book.

  2. Congrats to your son and to you!

  3. Congrats to your son on his first race!! Awesome!!

  4. Wow. Awesome first race to place in his AG. Congrats on 2500 - wow. Makes me tired just thinking about it. Haha!

  5. So much fun to run races w/ your kids. My son and I do a couple of 5ks together every year and they are always the best.

    Love Michael's costume--I think she was very creative!

  6. That's a super creative costume for Michael. And running a race with my kids is a dream, too. So glad you realized yours!

  7. you are way too young to be a POP!
    Ryder is too cute!

    your son looks like your twin!
    or your younger brother! not your son! I bet I am the 212 344 person who said that just this month right.

    so fun to share this race with the family! I cannot wait to have the boys run a 5k with me! I am hoping I wont be in a wheel chair by then!! ha ha!! I kid of course!

    Michael's costume is awesome!

  8. That's so great that you got to run with your boy. I've bribed two of my sons with interstate trips to run with me and the experiences were unforgettable.
    He did a great time - doesn't it just make you sick!

  9. I never beaten my older daughter in a race. My younger one ran her first 5k last thanksgiving with me and sprinted it in near the end. I let her win but wonder if I should have kicked it up a bit.


  10. That is AWESOME! and what a great time for his first 5k....and a bit extra ;) lol I loved running mine! you guys have the cutest family I can't wait till Logan can run /w me!

  11. Ha-ha...that pre-race picture is the BEST! Love this recap. Congratulations to your son. That is a great time!

  12. Good stuff! It's Jim Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh jr.! lol Congrats on the 2500 mile mark! Nice job to Gage on his race, he might get into it now! And nice costume by Michael, haha

  13. I think it's absolutely fabulous that you got to run a race with your son! What a great memory that you'll always have! And he came in second in his ag - that's awesomesauce!

    Michael's costume was perfect!!!

  14. Congrats to everyone racing, I love that your family races together

  15. 33 minutes is pretty darn good for a first race and no training!! Maybe he'll come to love running and be neurotic about it like the rest of us HAHAHAHAHA! Seriously, how freaking cool was Michael's outfit!? I love the empty gauge. She's so much more creative than me, I was just gonna be a mustard packet.

  16. LOVE your blog! My running friends and I were also at the Halloween Hustle 5K - most of us in costume :) we LOVED the Running On Empty costume!

  17. Awesome to run with your son! I hope to do my first 5k with my Dad this Spring!

    I too ran the HH this Oct. with my in-laws. It was a blast and it was fun we all got a medal out of the deal!

    The biggest thing that stuck out as "needing attention" was the only 2 bathrooms for 300+ runners! Not good!

    Looking forward to keeping up with your running adventures!


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