KC Sweet 16

I try to run in at least one race each year. Some years I will do quite a bit. Two years ago I ran in roughly 8 races. Some years I only run in a couple such as last year. This year I decided I would only run in the KC Sweet 16 Series. The series consisted of 4 races that were 4 miles each thus 16. As you already know, I ran in the Plaza 10K a couple of weeks ago as a favor for a friend. I’ve also registered for the first ever Longview 5K coming up in November. So my 4 race year has turned in to a 6 race year. It happens! lol

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The first race of the series was the St. Patrick’s Day Run in Westport. Whew! I didn’t do very well on this race. I gave myself a goal (I always make goals) of finishing in 1 hour 10 minutes. Slow? Yes, I know. But I knew I would do a lot of walking. There are a lot of hills in Westport. You don’t realize it when you are driving but when you have to walk/run it, wow do they come out of no where.

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It’s safe to say that I beat my goal. Not by much but I did!

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Bam!

I know I’m slow. But I finished. And I did technically finish within my goal. I even got my free beer. Woohoo!

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Oh yeah, my friend Becky joined me in all 4 races. Good times!

The second race was the Trolley Run between Waldo and the Plaza.

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I loved this race. I love Waldo and I love Brookside. The race started in Waldo, went thru Brookside and finished on the Plaza. There were a few hills but it wasn’t too bad. Definitely a lot flatter than the first race.

For this race I wanted to finish in less than an hour. I did!

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I was disappointed though to cross the finish line and there not be a medal. How could there not be a medal? There is always a finishers medal. I don’t run races for the free shirt. I run races for the MEDAL.

It was still a good time though.

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The third race was my personal best race out of the 4 – Four on the 4th.

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So the first race I wanted to finish in 1 hour 10 minutes. For the second race I wanted to finished in 1 hour. For this race I wanted to knock off 5 minutes and finish in 55 minutes.

Guess what?

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I’m pretty awesome!

This one was my favorite of all the races. We had such a good time, I was able to keep pace with my friend the entire time and it was 4th of July!

The fourth and final race of the series was the KC Zoo Run.

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As the name says you get to run thru the zoo. This is actually quite cool. Sometimes the animals are out and sometimes they aren’t. Man, when I went by the tigers, both of them were out. I wish I would have stopped to take a selfie with them. But I was actually running at this point, not walking for once, and didn’t want to ruin my stride. This was a tough race.

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Even though it was only 79 degrees outside it felt HOT with the sun beating down on you. There aren’t a lot of big hills, mainly just the one as you’re leaving Africa, but there are a lot of little slopes and those babies count. They’re harder than you might think.

Falling in line with the other 3 races, I had a goal for when I wanted to finish this one. I was hoping to finish in 50 minutes. The last race I had finished in 54 minutes. I only needed to shave off 4 minutes. That’s only 1 minute per mile. It’s doable

Unfortunately though it didn’t get done. =(

20160924_100159.jpgI’m not 100% but I feel that the first time I ran this race, 3 years ago, I finished in 56 minutes 35 seconds. So close. So close!

But Becky and I did cross the finish line together. We stayed together the first 2 miles. Then Becky started to creep ahead of me as I began to fall back. Every once in a while I would muster up the strength to catch up always announcing “I’m still here.” as I came up on her side. Once I even passed her. Passed her! I know! I couldn’t hardly believe it. She caught back up to me though and we finished together. Just as it should be. =)

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For completing all 4 races of the series they gave us a throw blanket. At first I was like what? A blanket? But you know I only got it Saturday and I’ve already used it each night. I kinda like it.

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The series is done. I have redeemed myself regarding the Plaza 10K. Now to train for the Longview 5K. I have a feeling it is going to be a really hilly race. At least it’s only 3.1 miles. This will be the shortest race this year.

Bettina

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