|2013 Go Girl Run|
Half Marathon wine glass
One of the race series was being held near Kansas City, in Overland Park. I already have the state of Kansas, but... I wasn't busy that weekend, so why not? I registered for the race, made a hotel reservation nearby, and then looked at the drive route to get there. I could stop for the night in Miami, OK and use some hotel loyalty points for a free room at Hampton Inn.
Friday morning I was on the road by 5:30 AM, heading north toward Kansas. After a night's stay in Miami, OK, I was back on the road early the next morning and arrived in Overland Park. I went straight to PrairieFire where I picked up my race packet and then checked in at the hotel.
Sunday - race day morning, I was up at 5:30 AM and out the door of the hotel by 6:20 AM, walking the mile to the race start in the trendy, tony new shopping complex called PraireFire. A group of us Half Fanatics gathered for a photo and very soon it was time to move into the chutes and await the start.
|Half Fanatics represented at the Go Girl Run Kansas City!|
Temperatures were a little warm and it was humid, so I knew I wasn't going to have a really great race, but I was pleased with my finish time, considering how wretched the last couple of races have been. At least this race was at only 1,000 feet above sea level, not 5,000-7,000 feet!
|Race route, data from my Garmin GPS watch|
The route was great! The first few miles ran on paved trails through the woods. The last few miles weren't so great, running along busy urban streets in the open with no shade. Then I was within a couple of tenths of a mile of the finish line and I could hear other women cheering everyone on. The race director had sent out a very touching email the week before, encouraging the faster runners to stay after crossing the finish line to cheer on the back of the pack runners - which would be women like me. It really did help.
|Taken at around mile 12|
I hung around afterward and waited for the awards ceremony to start. the finish line was right in the middle of a pedestrian walkway within this shopping/dining complex and the race director had done an excellent job getting the restaurants involved. More than a half dozen of them had booths set up and were giving us runners a taste of their cuisine....mini tacos, tiny designer pancakes, sliders, little chocolates in the shape of running shoes, pretzel bagels, a really yummy green smoothie, and so much more. Unfortunately for me - and most other runners - food doesn't go down well immediately after running a half marathon, but I did try a few of the delicacies being offered while I waited for the awards.
|3rd place age group medal, finisher medal, wine glass|
Third place in my age group! I was happy as I walked back to the hotel, clutching my medals and wine glass and a bottle of water. A quick shower, checked out and car packed and I was on the road, heading for home. A stop for the night at a free room at Holiday Inn Express in Okmulgee, and I was home by 1:00 PM on Monday.
And now I have a matched pair of Go Girl Run finisher wine glasses!
Coming up next: a trip to New England to color in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.