Independence Park Trot, 2015

One week ago, I ran the Independence Park Trot 5k. This is not the first time I’ve run this particular race or route, but this race definitely had a lot of firsts for me!

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This is me with my friend Theresa. Theresa and her family moved to the Kansas City area a little over a year ago. Theresa is a runner, too, and this was her first Kansas City race.

I’m pretty sure this is also the first time I’ve worn a race t-shirt during the actual race. Theresa had the idea that we could both wear our race shirts, and I figured, why not?

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My mom was our unofficial race photographer. If you can’t tell, Theresa runs much hotter than I do. I’m all about exposed skin; she covers up. 🙂

They say pride goeth before a poor race time, and this race certainly proved it. Theresa is a faster runner than me, but for whatever reason, before the race I was thinking she and I could run together. Ha! Theresa was running just under an 11:00 pace, while I had been hoping to run around a 12:15 pace. I kept up with her for the first .75 mile or so, pushing myself, but quickly realized there was just no way I could hold that pace for 3.1 miles.

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I finished the race with a time of 39:41.9. It’s a respectable time, though not my best. I really sacrificed some of my time on the back end by pushing at the beginning – I just had nothing left at the end to pull a few seconds off my time.

It was a fun morning and a great way to start a great summer!