Cliffhanger 8k Race Recap

What better way to start a new month than a race! This morning, after a glorious extra hour of sleep, Amy and I drove up to North East Kansas City to run the Cliffhanger 8k.  I was invited by two separate people to run this race, and was told by countless others how gorgeous this race would be.  The Cliffhanger 5k and 8k is put on by the KC Track Club, and this year was the 30th year for this race, and after running it, I can see why it is so popular.  It is gorgeous.  And in the fall, with the leaves falling, just gorgeous.

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The 5k started at 8:00, with the 8k following at 9:00.  Amy and I got to Kansas City University around 8:00, and picked up our shirts and bibs, used the bathrooms, and we were ready to go!

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We found Jen, Jana, and Gerardo before the race too!

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We made our way down to the start line and were ready to go by 8:45.  I decided to ditch my long sleeved shirt, and tied it around my waist.  I’ve never had to do that before, during a race, and was pleasantly surprised that it stayed put and didn’t bother me at all!  I’m glad I took it off, with the sun coming out and the temps getting warmer, I would have burnt up in long sleeves.

The race itself is an out and back on the Cliff Drive scenic byway.  We watched the final runners and walkers finish their 5ks, listened to the National Anthem, and then we were off!

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Photo courtesy Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor.

An 8k is 4.971 miles.  I had never ran an 8k race before, but do plenty of 5 milers on a regular basis.  I’ve had 1 5 mile race before, over 2 years ago, so I knew what the distance was, but had never really gone full out in a 5 miler or 8k distance.

The course was fairly flat, with a few rolling hills along the byway.  I read that the scenic byway is closed to vehicles on the weekends, and is only open to pedestrians and bikes.  I think closing the road every weekend is amazing, and I can definitely see why runners, bikers, hikers, and walkers flock to this area, the views, the cliff on one side, and beautiful winding road is absolutely breathtaking, and reminded me of fall in Colorado.

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I kept a fairly steady pace and effort throughout, and was very pleased to come in under 50 minutes for my first 8k.  The water stations at 1.5 miles, 2.5 miles, and 3.5 miles were very well run, as were start and finish lines.  I was handed my medal, got some water, and met up with Amy, both of us celebrating our PR’s!

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Just a few minutes later, I met up with Paul, who was the second person who told me I needed to sign up for this race.  Luckily, we were both smiling, and both had great runs on this beautiful morning.

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Back at the Kansas City University campus, a quarter mile or so from the start/finish, we filled our plates with eggs and pancakes, and ate while listening to the winners of each age group.

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Overall, I can’t say enough about this race.  I’m so glad I signed up for it last week.  We couldn’t have had a more perfect morning or a more perfect race location.  I highly recommend this race for anyone thinking about it next year!

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October Roundup

October is over! That means a recap of my month is due! You can catch up on all previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

With 3 miles this morning, I finished out October with 103 miles, which is my second most miles in a month, ever! The highest mileage I’ve run was in March of 2014, with 119.  103 miles this month is my second most, followed by 102 miles in February 2014, and 100 miles in August of this year.  With 103 miles this month, I’m up to 816 miles for 2015, and right on track to meet my goal of 950 miles, and hopefully exceed that and reach quadruple digits, 1000 miles!! I need 184 more miles to reach 1000, which averages out to at least 92 miles for November and December.  My last 5 months have been in the 80s, 90s, or 100s, for milage, so I am confident that if I stay healthy, I can reach 1000 miles this year!!!  To reach my goal of 950 miles, I will have to run at least 67 miles each in November and December.

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I started off October by going to Milwaukee to visit my sister.  We ran together twice, and I was able to volunteer with her at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon finish line, which was a huge inspiration for me to want to commit to completing my first full marathon next fall.  I also took my second ever cycle class, taught by Kristen.

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I had one race in October, the KC Half Marathon.  I PR’d this race by over 10 minutes, and felt more strong and confident than I’ve ever felt during a half marathon.  Running this race solidified my desire to complete a full marathon next fall, and I will do so at the same race next October.  You can read my race recap here.

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My longest run in October, besides the KC Half Marathon, was a 7.5 mile run in Milwaukee, with Kristen, on October 4.  I ran with KC Running Co. 8 times, including 2 really great feeling speed workouts.  I’ve been continuing to see the chiropractor about every 1-2 weeks, and I’m having marked improvement with my left IT band/hamstring and my right glute/hamstring.  We’re making progress!  I was only able to make it to 2 yoga classes in October; I need to get back to yoga once a week!

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Looking forward to November, I have the Cliffhanger 8k tomorrow, November 1, which will be my first 8k (4.97 miles).  Then, I’m flying to Las Vegas with Mom and Kristen to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k and Half Marathon! I’m really looking forward to a girls trip, runcation, and VEGAS!

I’m going to try to keep my mileage steady to end the year with at least 1000 miles, and try to stay healthy and keep my ailments on the mend! Let me know how your October went, and what your goals are for November and the rest of the year!