The Whiskey Run 5k was this morning, in Martin City, MO. For those of you who don’t know Martin City is a small, very old town right by state line in southern KC. Martin City has a yearly Irishpalooza, and the 5k is part of the palooza each year. Saturday afternoon, Amy and I picked up our packets, and we were all ready to go!
Sunday morning, it was overcast and cool, but really, no complaints! It was a bit humid, but it wasn’t raining, and it wasn’t hot, or cold. We got to the race about 45 minutes early, met up with some friends, waited for the race.
The race itself was pretty good. It was an out and back, with 2 decent little hills. We ran through the main road in Martin City, then through a neighborhood, and behind some car lots, then back into town. I started off at a really good pace, perhaps a PR pace. At about a mile in, I got a side stitch. Now, I normally don’t get side stitches, but over the last week or so, I’ve been getting them; I’m not really sure what’s going on, but it’s annoying. I let it get the better of me, and I walked. I think I walked 3 times total, all because of the stitch.
I was frustrated with myself for not just pushing through, and letting myself walk. I ended up finishing about 80 seconds slower than my PR. Overall, I’m pleased with my time, and if I wouldn’t have walked, I may have PR’d, but even with the walking, I feel like my time was decent.
It was really nice that Amy’s husband and son came to cheer us on, then eat brunch with us. Instead of a race medal for the Whiskey Run 5k, we got a huge brunch, courtesy of RC’s Chicken. Tons of really good food, fruit, and company!
The race, food, and experience were all great, I’d definitely do this race again. Martin City is a really cute little part of KC, with lots of history. We didn’t end up staying for the dog show or parade, but that was all happening later on Sunday, after the race, as part of Irishpalooza.
After breakfast, I headed home. On my drive home, I realized how frustrated I was in my run. I dropped my stuff off at home, and headed out for another 3 miles. I went slowly, and had a really great second run. It was still really pretty out, and I saw so many squirrels and robins. I wasn’t punishing myself for a bad run, but I felt like I needed a nice, easy run to clear my mind and kind of get the bad taste out of my mouth, so to speak. It was a truly refreshing run!