Ahh, summer. When my life gets so busy that I lose track of everything…
Last Saturday I ran the Rock the Crossroads 5k race in Kansas City. I have very little to say about the actual race… it was a very average medium-sized race. The organization of it was okay, not outstanding but not bad.
The race began at 7:30 at night, and it was HOT. The temperature was 89-90 degrees and it was VERY humid. I spent most of the 36 hours or so before the race trying to drink lots of water so that I could reduce my risk of dehydration!
The race began in front of Grinders in Kansas City. When I picked up my tshirt and bib, I was a bit surprised to be carded. Turned out it was so they could give me a wristband certifying that I am old enough to drink for the concert planned after the race.
But of course it didn’t end there. Prior to the race, I was very surprised and, honestly, shocked to see many runners drinking beer and/or smoking cigarettes. These people were definitely planning to run the race- in most cases they already had their bib pinned on. Now look, personally I do not drink alcohol but I have nothing against responsible drinking. I’ve even known a number of runners who enjoy a post-race beer or cocktail. Shoot, there are several “pub to pub” races here in Kansas City, where the race ends at a bar. But prior to a race, alcohol poses a bit risk of causing dehydration. When the weather is 90 degrees and humid, that risk goes up exponentially. And the smoking is just- I mean, it’s smoking! No way that is good for you!
Anyway. The pre-race festivities were overall very disappointing because of all that drinking and smoking. This is the first and only race I’ve ever been to that completely lacked a focus on fitness and health.
me, pre-race. See my drinking wristband on my right wrist?
The only other event of note in this race was my “kick”- you know, at the end of the race, when you push yourself really hard to shave a few seconds off your time. In a lot of ways I think this was my best kick so far. Once I turned the corner and saw the finish line (maybe two-tenths of a mile ahead), I really dug in and ran as fast as I could. I actually saw my parents standing by the finish line, but I did not even acknowledge them, because so much of my energy was focused on propelling myself forward as fast as I could!
Near the end of the race. I’m in the center, in the navy blue running tank.
Hehe, running so fast that my parents couldn’t even get a good photo!
My final clock time was 45:43.3, and my chip time was 44:47.4.