This morning, I ran the Plaza 10k. It was by far the largest race I’ve ever ran, with over 3000 of my closest friends running with me! Kidding aside, it was a gorgeous morning, and the race was put on splendidly.
Saturday night I set out all my running gear for the race. I got my KCRC Groupies shirt this weekend, and was excited to break it out for the run! Since it was chilly, I also had my arm sleeves, and took gloves along, but didn’t need end up needing them.
I decided to run this race for my Grandpa, who is having some medical problems and is fighting hard. Every time I looked at my watch, his name was there, and I thought of him often during the race.
I got to the race about 35 minutes before the start, and had a chance to use the bathroom and warm up a bit before the race started.
The race itself was awesome, there were a lot of spectators, and there were tons of runners, I was never more than a few feet away from other runners, like in smaller races from back home. Since I don’t listen to music while I run, I got to overhear several fun conversations, and even had a chance to talk to a few people. There was also the KC High Five Station, which I had the opportunity to see and High Five at the station during the Four on the 4th. They were so energetic, and totally made me power through the rest of the race.
I had to walk about a quarter mile, and I wish I would have been able to run it all, but I’m okay with how I did, I feel like I gave my best effort. I PR’d by 31 seconds, and now have a new time to beat!! This was my 3rd 10k, and I find I really like the distance, I feel it’s much more of a challenge than a 5k, but isn’t as daunting as the half marathon distance, for me.
The finish line was amazing, there were people lining the chute for several hundred yards, which made it more spectacular. At the finish line, I got an awesome medal, and got a chocolate milk, a water, a banana, and a protein bite. Talk about being spoiled! I hung out for a bit at the finish, and watched the kids sprint, then headed home.
Overall, I had a great time at the race, and couldn’t have asked for a better venue, a better run race, better spectators, or a better experience! Thanks KC Running Company!
After the race, I took a shower, got some kitty snuggles, and took a nap. With the #SeptemberRunStreak and the race this morning, I had my first 20+ mile week since this spring. Just about a month to go until the KC Marathon Half Marathon!
Did you race this weekend? Did you run this weekend? Do PR’s make you excited as they make me!?