Kansas City Marathon Race Report
Katie Kidwell, had asked me if I was planning to run it because she was going to run it as her first ever marathon! We decided we would run together with the 4:40 pace group. As time went by, I found out about more and more of my friends that were planning to be there as well.Well, the first chapter of my two marathons & two 50ks in 5 weeks journey is in the books! I must say, as you will see, it was a fun morning but a very tough morning. As always, I have to start the story well before race day. Way back in January I decided that this year I was going to run the Kansas City Marathon for the first time this year so I signed up. That might be the earliest I've ever registered for an event, thus giving me bib #18. A fellow blogger,
In early/mid-July I had really hit a lull in my ultra training and took almost the entire last half of July off. I resorted some of my goals and decided to change focus a little bit. The first of August I restarted training this time focused on running two marathons & two 50ks during the fall. I really started to enjoy and love running again. I also decided that after these fall races I would take a year to change my focus. I will focus on strength training, shorter runs, speed and triathlons. I think this will help me get back to the much better physical condition I was in before last year's stress fracture. Anyway, all that aside, I was feeling strong & ready as race day drew closer. I think my trail running this year has given me some improved strength, and knowing that I'd have friends out on the course made me feel even better.
The night before the race Kristy stayed with our friend Jill in Lawrence because she was going to be working as a race photographer at the Lake Perry Rock! 50k and her mom, Rosie, took our dogs for the night and said she'd come feed the cats in the morning so I could sleep just a little bit later race morning. That was VERY helpful!! I got up at about 4:50 am, got a quick warm shower to wake up, got dressed in my Team Red, White & Blue shirt and headed off to the race. It was about 40* at the time and the forecast only called for it to warm up to about 50-53* so I opted for tights & my Marathon Maniac arm sleeves. For those of you that do not know, I have cold-induced asthma so I always err on the side of being too warm. In this case, as you will see later, that came back to bite me, but at the time it seemed like the right choice to avoid asthma issues. I ran into Dave DeCecco as I was waiting for the Marathon Maniacs group picture and chatted with him for a bit. I also was happy to get to see fellow Maniac Anders "The Biking Viking" Forselius on the last weekend of his 50-state marathon journey.
Once I got over to the start area I found the 4:40 pace group and several of us introduced ourselves and chatted a little. Eventually Katie, my friend Brendan from the KCTC, Ammanda Warren & Erica Carper both from the Trail Nerds/Mud Babes joined the group as well. I was excited to get to run with a group of such fun friends!! Eventually it was time to go. It took us about 5-6 minutes to get to the start line after the official start, that's one of the downsides of the larger events. As we crossed the start line, I turned to Katie and told her, "don't worry, it's all downhill from here!" That kind of turned into a theme for the day, I would just keep telling her that even if we were running up a hill at the time. It kind of made me laugh. From the start line, we ran north past the Sprint Center, which is always kind of cool, I like running past a building that looks like a giant baked potato! Katie, Brendan, Ammanda, Erica, the pacers & other runners in the group were all chatting at this point. Typical start of the race stuff, everyone is happy, smiley, optimistic, chatty. After a few miles I turned to say something to Ammanda & Erica, but they were no longer behind me. I hoped they were okay, but figured I'd just keep with my group and they would catch up, at this point things were still a bit bunched up.
|Marathon Maniacs having some pre-race fun!|
|Maniacs ready to head to the start line.|
|Me & Katie ready to get the party started!|
|A picture from the newspaper showing the Sprint|
Center (left) and the runners coming up Grand with the
start line in the distance.
|L to R; Katie, Me, Brendan & Ammanda|
|Katie & I after finishing.|