Okay folks – be ready for the biggest photo dump yet! Last weekend I ran the Kansas City Hospital Hill race. This was my third year running in this event. And let me just say, it’s by far one of my favorites and I will continue to go back despite the challenging courses! Every year just gets better. This year was the inaugural rerun event. You could choose to run the 5k Friday evening, and then the 10k or half marathon Saturday morning. In true Tracy fashion, I picked the 5k and half marathon. Do you like race swag and goodies? This event is over the top with what you get for your dollar! I received an awesome backpack, t-shirt (cotton), 3 medals, BBQ dinner, pancake breakfast, and the usual post-race snacks and water. Seriously – that’s a lot! Did you catch the name of the race…. Hospital Hill??? Yep – no lies. It’s seriously the hardest course I’ve ever ran. It’s not just one hill, it’s several. Some long with a gradual incline, and others steep and short. Don’t fear the hill!!! Remember all those goodies I talked about? Post 5k was the BBQ dinner and the pancakes were offered Saturday morning for the 10k and half marathoners. Great ways to refuel after a grueling run. You better believe I will be registering for next year! I can’t wait to see what tricks they have up there sleeve!
Now the nitty-gritty of how the weekend shook out in my shoes. My mom and I left town and headed to KC Friday afternoon. She is seriously the best race spectator (unless my hubby is reading this, then it’s a tie). We made our way through the expo and registered at the hotel with plenty of time to spare before the 5k started. We spent some time walking around and shopping. It was fun watching the crew set up the race start and finish areas.
The 5k kicked off at 7pm. It was a little warm and humid, but I decided to go for the gusto and really attack those hills. I finished with my best 5k time to date.
After the race, my mom and I spent some time walking around the arts district and enjoying all of the activity. They were having some outdoor events that were part of the First Friday series. Lots of people were out and about. We found a great restaurant called The Cashew to grab some dinner. It was priced right and the food was mom approved!
Saturday morning we woke up to stormy skies! Lightening, rain, and thunder had moved in. I take that back – pouring rain! The race directors were closely watching the weather and decided to delay the start by 30 minutes. We did get a break in the rain, but they said another round (or two) of storms was set to roll in.
The half marathon proved extra challenging for me this year; I did not get the time I was hoping for. I even seriously considered cutting off at the 10k mark. I stuck with my original decision and finished the half marathon with the intent to enjoy the race, even if that meant slowing down. I started the race off with way too many layers on. I shed many of them within the first 6 miles, which of course included the poncho. Another mile later – came in that second round of storms. Haha! Guess it was time to get good and wet and play in the rain. I really didn’t mind the rain, with the exception of the slosh I felt in my shoes. It almost makes you feel like a kid again.
All in all it was a great race. I love signing up for races to keep me motivated in my training, and road trips with my mom are just plain awesome.
Have you played in the rain recently, or done something that made you feel like a kid again? Do you have a travel companion or certain someone who supports your racing?