Monday, January 30, 2012

Groundhog 10K Run

Well, hello there Mr. Groundhog.


Yesterday I ran in the 30th Kansas City Groundhog Run to benefit the Children's Therapeutic Learning Center.

Pre-race fuel: breakfast cookie dough cereal (9)


The coolest part?  This entire race was underground, in a cave-turned-storage / business park  which was perfectly temperature controlled.

Running in shorts and a t-shirt and NOT on a treadmill in the middle of February is always awesome.


This was my first race in almost two years and I forgot how much fun they are.  You can just feel the running spirit in the air.  I was a little early for the 10K, so to pass the time I watched the 5K race end.

If you ever want to feel inspired, you should stand at the finish line of a race. What I saw made me laugh, cry, and everything in between.  I saw a dad and son wearing "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" shirts race each other to the finish line.  I saw a mom and daughter with matching tutus and pig-tails holding hands all the way through.  I saw a woman older than my grandma slowly (but surely) make her way to the finish line.

However, I have to say that my favorite part was when I saw a woman who slowed down about 30 feet before the finish line because she saw all the people standing around and apparently assumed she was finished.  When she realized she still had a little bit to go, she muttered, "Ah, S@#$!" and then picked the pace back up.  I couldn't help but bust out laughing.


The race was great.  Nothing too crazy to report.  I did, however, get a little bored.  I haven't ran that long without any type of entertainment (book, TV show, movie, music, etc.) in quite some time. The race doesn't allow headphones and they seemed to be pretty strict on that.  Next year, I will have to find a buddy to help me pass the time. ;)  When I finished the clock said 58:18, but I think I ran it a little faster than that, because I started towards the back of the line.  When they post the official race results and pictures, I will be sure to update this post.  IEdit: official results were 57 minutes and 24 seconds.  33/108 in my age group!]


After-race-snacks

After the race I had to hurry home and take a shower because Dan and I met his family at Bartle Hall for a camper / RV expo.  It was fun to see all the things that can fit into a portable living space.

Lunch: Chipotle burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, chicken, and veggies (14)

By the end of the day I was tired and ready to go home and get into my pjs and veg out while watching the pro-bowl.

hummus and a few crackers (3)

Turkey burger pita with creamy goat cheese, hummus, and Srircha (9) and sweet potato (6)

pear and laughing cow cheese wrap (2)

Have a great week!

Thought for the day:

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DP (31) + RP (12) - EP (43) = 0

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