|Down the homestretch of mile 3|
July 27, 2013
Kansas City, MO
Start Time: 7:30 pm
Course: Downtown KC, fairly hilly
Weather: Perfect 75 degrees, 36% humidity, 7 NNW wind
SWAG: Short-sleeve t-shirt, post race concert
Race Organization: Good
Crowd Support: Small but good
Volunteer Support: Great
Water Stops: 3 very well supported stops
Food: Energy bars and fruit
Health: Good, tight arch was non issue
Conditioning: Very good leg turn over right now, but need to do more hill work and continue to run more up-tempo continuous miles
5K Time: 19:07
Place: 18th/1092 Overall, 1st/62 40-44AG
My First Ever Overall Masters Win (40 & Over ... fastest Old Guy, ha!)
|2013 Rock The Crosssroads 5K finisher medal on left, medal for 1st Place in 40-44 AG on right, |
and a Plaque with a friggin' awesome guitar for Overall Master Winner in the back
|Awesome race shirt ... one of my all-time favorites|
so you might see it again in a lot of future pictures
Michael and I headed out the door at about 6:00 pm for the 7:30 pm start time. Evening 5K's are kinda fun because we don't do them very often, but if I'm trying to run well, I really have to plan my day - especially my diet. I typically will starve myself, because I don't want a bunch of stuff sloshing around on my stomach. But not eating, of course, makes me a little light-headed and I don't feel like I run my best. So I just took it easy during the day and didn't eat a lot, but standing at the starting line, I felt like I was starving.
Michael ran the race with our friend Cindy after PR'ing in a Triathlon Sprint earlier in the day. The girl is killing it right now and I'm so proud of all the hard work she's putting in. She's really had some great results this year.
|Michael making fun of our Robot friend ... sorry Robot|
After that, I began my standard two mile warm up followed by some striders right up until race time. Because I've been wearing a lot of minimalist shoes lately with basically no arch support, my left arch had been bothering me a little. And when I started loosening up on Saturday night, I could feel a little tightness. So I took it slow during the warm ups and after about a mile and a half, it really was no issue at all.
As I ran a few striders right before the start, I felt pretty light and fairly fast. I'd worn my new Skechers GoRun 2's, which are only about 6.6 oz, and my body weight was pretty good at 173. So from my shoes to my belly, I really didn't feel like I was carrying a bunch of extra baggage. Plus, I'd had some pretty good speed sessions lately and felt like I probably had a good race in me.
As I was warming up, I scanned the crowd for one of the best runners in Kansas City ... 42 year old Ken Moran. I'm not talking good for a 40+ runner, he's one of the best ... period. I didn't see him, which was great news. I can't tell you how many times I've had really good races just come in 2nd behind this dude. I knew if he wasn't at the race, I would have a great opportunity in the Masters Division.
The race directors made all of the runners herd into the starting gate about 3 minutes before the race. I would have preferred to jump in 1 minute before, so my heart rate didn't drop, but 3 minutes wasn't bad. Plus, they were great about starting on time ... THANK YOU ... so it really wasn't an issue. The gun sounded ... and we were off.
|2013 Rock The Crossroads 5K Elevation Chart - not a killer course, but anything but flat with a 75ft hill in mile 2|
The red line is the elevation, the blue line is my pace ... dropping badly on the hill
|Strong finish still with decent form, in what was a very satisfying race|
I was able to keep the pace until about half-way through Mile 2. That's where we turned North onto Baltimore Street and ran from 20th to Truman Road ... a half mile in six blocks ... 70 feet uphill. This really slowed everyone down. 70 feet of elevation gain in a half mile is not like Mt. Everest or anything, but when you're trying to basically hold a controlled sprint ... it gets pretty tough. As much as it hurt, I tried to push through it, passing about 10 runners as we headed uphill toward downtown KC. Several of the really good runners had slowed to almost a crawl and two guys even stopped to walk. We turned right on Truman Road and it leveled off again. I was really relieved. My split for Mile 2 was a pretty disappointing 6:13, but I had really improved my race position and I felt like I ran the hill better than most of the guys I passed.
|On the awards stage with my first ever plaque for my first ever Overall Masters Win ... pretty cool!|
|Post-race concert at Grinders on 18th Street in the Crossroads District|
But my spirits really improved when I walked by the actual posted results. I expected to finish in the top three of my age group because I hadn't seen any other old dudes ahead of me. But as I scanned the Men's Results ... right below the "Overall Race Winner" ... it read OVERALL MASTERS WINNER - JAMES WEATHERLY - LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. I had won the Masters Division!!! It was my first Masters win ever and I was so excited I was about to burst! I actually got to go up on the awards stage during the post-concert set break and receive my first ever race plaque. Plus, the dang thing had a guitar on it ... sweeeeet! So cool!
After that we hung out with our friends and listened to the band for a while. I was STARVING so I enjoyed two pieces of pepperoni pizza, a soft pretzel, a hot dog, and a donut ... which I paid for on my 16 mile run on Sunday. But it was a great time. The Masters win just proves that anyone can win a race if the race is small enough. I was pretty lucky. I hadn't ran an earth-shattering time, but good enough to be the "Fastest Old Guy" on this night. And I was really satisfied with the run considering the course. Now back to marathon training. Have a great week!
... be great today!