Great Santa Run 5k

A couple months ago, at the KC Half Marathon expo, I picked a slip of paper out of a hat at the KC Running Co. booth, and that slip of paper told me I won a free Great Santa Run 5k race entry!  This was a really fun race, and honestly, not one I had even considered doing.  I generally avoid “theme” races.  I’m not really sure why, but I just don’t really sign up or run themed races for holidays.  But, since I won this entry, and I do love Christmas, I figured, WHY NOT!?

Mom was kind enough to find me a Santa hat to wear, because I don’t really own any Christmas stuff to wear!  I wore my sparkle skirt (because i really like it and it’s sparkly and fun and cute and sparkly) and my green KCRC shirt, because again, I don’t really have any Christmasy clothes!  So Amy picked me up bright and early, and we headed over to Johnson County Community College to run!

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We got to the race with plenty of time to use the bathroom, take a picture with Santa, and chat with friends.  Amy and I found lots of fellow KC Running Co friends in the starting chute, and before you know it, we were off and running!

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Me, Phil, Amy, and Tanya

The weather was just about prefect, considering it is December! It was sunny and mid-40’s.  I was a little cold at the start, my fingers and face, but once we got going, I warmed up perfectly.  I think there were about 850 people running and walking the race, and there was Christmas music playing several places on the course.

KC Running Co. had a fun little game, they had “Buddy the Elf,” AKA Gerardo, AKA Mr. Speedy Man, started after everyone else started, and whoever was able to finish the race before Buddy the Elf got their race fee refunded!  Needless to say, it was not very long at all before Buddy the Elf passed me!

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Photo courtesy KC Running Co.

The first mile of the race was super packed.  Lots of weaving in and out of people.  Next time, I should start closer to the front!   The course began with a bit of a downhill, followed by a decently large hill that finished up the first mile.  By then, I had made my way around lots of walkers and settled in.  But unfortunately, then we ran into the wind for a bit, and I realized I made a mistake by heading out so quickly! I had to walk a little bit when I was a little past halfway.  I just ran out of breath!

The second half was not as good as the first half, but I still finished the race with my second best time I’ve ever put up for a 5k.  Once I crossed the line and found Amy again, we watched a few friends finish up, and headed inside for breakfast!

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Breakfast was made by the KC Chefs Association, and was a nice way to celebrate the fun run, and the last race of the year!  The kids had a fun run inside, on the track, and there were lots of families hanging around, which made it a really fun atmosphere.  After we ate and had chocolate milk, we had another fun pic with Santa, and headed our own ways!

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Overall, this 5k was really fun, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to run it.  I’m also really glad to be finished racing for the year.  I’ve had a fantastic year of races, but lately, I’ve been feeling burnt out on the racing part.  Don’t get me wrong, I love running, and I love KC Running Co, and the races, but I’m glad to be done with the race part for a few months!

Monday Mentionings: August 24

This past week, well, mostly the weekend, was a busy one! I’m going to share a bunch of pictures, and just give a sentence or two to explain each.

Last Monday evening I had a great run and weightlifting session after a visit with the chiropractor.Photo Aug 17, 8 06 59 PMTuesday ended with a 4+ mile killer track workout, followed by a killer rain shower 10 seconds after we finished our run.  Love running with these people.11944888_10100324630645153_1457556465_nThursday was a beautiful evening for a run, again, with some of my favorite people to run with.  Also, I’ve mastered the mid-run group selfie, and I’m pretty proud of my skillz.11903575_10100324630570303_1999578238_n11949714_10100324630650143_1024623076_nThursday night I picked Thayne and Kristen up from the airport, and our first stop was Oklahoma Joe’s for some delicious BBQ.  Thayne texted me countdowns for several days leading up to this meal.11896892_10100324630605233_2067075220_nFriday morning, Kristen and I got up WAY too early, in order to run with Amy before we went to Hays.  I’m sad it’s staying dark later, but we had to utilize my trusty headlamp for our 3 miles at 5:15am.11923072_10100324630580283_690683337_nI drank too much water before and after our run, and had to stop and pee twice on the way home.  Had to take a #reststopselfie with Kristen.11920358_10100324630565313_1174308725_nGot a pedicure with Mom and Kristen shortly after we got to Hays.11942244_10100324630585273_136296171_nHad to hug Shay puppy for several minutes before she stopped crying.  I miss Shay puppy every day.11940225_10100324630595253_1041028770_nPhoto Aug 21, 5 18 56 PMWe went to visit Grandma and Granddad, and meet their new baby boy, Tiger.  Side note, how fitting and adorable is it that his name was Tiger before they adopted him?  Granddad now has a kitty, and the kitty now has his Granddad.11948013_10100324630635173_2002480191_nFriday night, Mom gave us our new Sparkle visors, and we wore our matching Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas shirts and tried to take a picture to commemorate our little Vegas adventure. Kristen makes it impossible to take a picture.  We have signed up for the 5k and the Half Marathon in Vegas, which should make for a super fun long weekend in Vegas, while we “Run the Strip at Night!”11910861_10100324630625193_607930741_nOh, Gordon.  Such a dapper young man.11909801_10100324630610223_1038741301_nSaturday morning, we had a fun little run.11897204_10100324630640163_1789497653_nAva and I enjoyed our snowballs and some playground time while we watched Thayne play in the Hays High Alumni soccer game.11938192_10100324630545353_211207791_nPhoto Aug 22, 10 58 16 AMFollowed the game with a Q burger.11944645_10100324630555333_969639176_n-2Finally got to see Jasmine and get a Bubble Tea; I’ve missed her the last few visits to Hays.11923399_10100324630620203_1103244265_nSpent some more time with Grandma, Granddad, and Tiiger.11910671_10100324630590263_1719557987_nSunday morning, Mom and I ran a few miles.  Another perfect mid-run selfie.  It was actually pretty chilly this morning, it was gorgeous outside after the cold front came through Saturday night.11911432_10100324630600243_593421049_nGot the last mile done with Shay by our sides.  I love this pup. (awesome photo courtesy of Momma)11933046_10100324630575293_283786346_nPUPPY!Photo Aug 23, 10 15 21 AMIt’s always sad to leave home.11920357_10100324630630183_487903455_n11920287_10100324630655133_1029758478_nRealized that we never took any pictures with Dad.  He took pictures of us in our Vegas shirts and before we ran on Saturday, but we didn’t get any with him IN them.  So a Dillon’s photo shoot happened before we left town.11896972_10100324630550343_476935994_n-2Thayne was sleepy on the way back to KC Sunday afternoon.11911832_10100324630560323_1112326883_n-2I got back to my apartment just in time to watch the Royals come back and beat the Red Sox in the 9th inning.  Yay baseball!  It was an exciting last inning.  Jasper could hardly contain his excitement. He was happy to get some dinner and cuddles.  I missed him while I was gone for the weekend.  THANK YOU to Amy for checking in on him.Photo Aug 23, 6 55 07 PMAll in all, last week was a great week.  My heart is full after lots of family time, friend time, and some quality runs. I am currently at 79 miles for August, so I’m right on track to hit 100 or more by the end of the month.  Next weekend is the Dot to Dot 10k, which is the first 10k of the Heartland 30k series.

Have a great week, friends!