|Me doing a very bad baby kangaroo impression|
The University of Missouri Kansas City (better known as UMKC) is where I completed my graduate degree (MBA). And while I guess I couldn't technically call it my Alma Mater, (which is Morehead State), it is my graduate school Alma Mater, so it still holds a special place. When I saw that the UMKC Alumni Association was putting on an inaugural UMKC Regalia Run 5K as part of Founders Week, well I felt compelled to do it to support my school. Plus, I thought it would be really cool to have a running shirt from my school.
|Shirt and finisher's tassel|
The UMKC Mascot is the Kangaroo (Go Roos!), which is a rather unusual school mascot. Only one other school has a Kangaroo mascot. The original image of Kasey the Kangaroo was actually penned by the very famous Kansas City native Walt Disney, which is super cool!
My marathon training plan called for 12 miles this weekend, which just seemed like too few. So, I had decided I would run 14 on Saturday and then the 5K Sunday. Mother Nature had other plans for me on Saturday however. We were expecting rain and storms late Saturday morning, so I got up early and started my run at 6am. I thought I would beat the storms (as they weren't supposed to start until about 11 am), but right at mile 12 as I was heading toward my house the skies opened up and the storms started. I ran about the last .25 mile of my run in light rain, but I knew much worse was coming. So I decided to call it a day. 12 miles was the original plan anyway. I guess someone decided I needed to stick with that plan. My 12 miler was great though!
|I guess you could call this the "during race" dance|
The race starts on a nice little downhill....problem is...it's an out and back course, so you know that means you will be finishing on a nice little uphill. The first 3/4 of a mile is downhill, with just one small uphill. It was easy to run this fairly fast, but I tried to pace myself. My first mile was a 10:09 pace. I was happy with that, it wasn't nearly as fast as my PR and it was downhill, which meant I wasn't killing it. The pace felt relatively easy. But then comes the climb. For pretty much the entire next mile you are climbing uphill. It does flatten out for a bit, but it's tough. You then get a little nice downhill break, only to finish on that 3/4 mile climb to the finish. Miles 2 and 3 were 10:45 and 10:52. I crossed the finish line in 31:58, which was a 10:17 pace, but honestly the race was just a little short of a 5K. My Garmin said 3.02 miles, so my Garmin pace was a 10:35 which was a little more accurate.
|Elevation Chart - very hilly 5K|
|Me with my finisher tassel|
I ended up being 6th in my age group out of 16 - which is a really high placement for me. I was also 98 out of 199 overall, which is just about average....which is really all I ever want to be :) The race is small with just around 200 runners. This race was great though and actually let me know how far I've come as a runner. This time last year, that time would have been pretty close to my PR. Don't get me wrong, I was pushing myself, but it was certainly not a PR effort, and on a hilly course like this, and having ran 12 miles the day before. It felt great to have a time like! Even a year ago, I know I would have had to stop and walk up those hills. Yes, my pace slowed considerably on the hills, but it never even crossed my mind to stop and walk. OK, that's a lie, it crossed my mind - it would have been magical to stop, but there was just no need.
Jim had come with me to the race to get in a few recovery miles. He ran beside me for a little while and took some pictures which was nice. It was really just another great weekend of running.
I'm officially in taper mode now and Chicago is just a mere 13 days away! I'm seriously getting excited!!