I found about this race when I started looking into the Northland Progress Series (I’m a sucker for series races…). I realized that I missed the first race, but I decided to partake in some of the other races that are a part of the series. Husband is still in Maryland, so I had to run this race solo.
Packet Pickup: Very quick and easy packet pickup at The Running Well Store on Barry Road in north Kansas City. Just grabbed my packet, some pins, and my long sleeve t-shirt. While I was there, I was able to get some body glide to replenish my supply. It was very convenient for me because I only live a few minutes away from the pickup location.
The Goods: You don’t find a lot of 5Ks that offer medals, but this one does! Also, the long sleeve (cotton blend) t-shirts were unique because runners were allowed to show off their status via color: red if you’re taken, white if you’re single and ready to mingle, and black if you’re single and uninterested. Of course, I opted for the red:
The medals were pretty cute too and I like the added perk of the medal, especially for a reasonably priced 5K (I only paid $28, but the highest price was only $30):
The Race: Not the most scenic race, but what the race lacks in beauty it makes up in minimal elevation changes. It is definitely a flat and fast course. If my health circumstances and the temperature were a little different, I probably could have PR’d this race. The temps ranged from 15-18 degrees F, with a wind chill bringing it down to a real feel of about 1-3 degrees F. I dressed heavily for the weather and braved the cold.
Mile 1: The first mile had the us take a big loop around the North Kansas City High School (where the race started). After finishing the loop, we headed down through a residential area. I finally started to thaw out around the 3/4 mile point. I alternated running and walking, slowing down to a walk when my HR hit 156. Average Pace: 11:44; Average HR: 141
Mile 2: This portion continued in the residential neighborhood, turning about half a mile in and heading back towards the high school / Macken Park. As we started to make the loop around Macken Park, we hit the 2 mile point. Kept the run/walk when my HR goes up method for this mile as well. The only bad part about this portion of the race was the relatively narrow pathway around the park, but the runners had spread out enough by that point that it didn’t become a problem. Average Pace: 12:11; Average HR: 151
Mile 3: This stretch finished the loop around Macken Park and headed back to the high school to the finish line. Easy peasy. Average Pace: 12:27; Average HR: 151
Mile 3.1: You can see the finish line, which is really motivating for the end of a race. My HR started to climb a little, but I figured my body could handle it and just pushed through to the finish. Average Pace: 11:16; Average HR: 162
This is what the elevation, my pace, and my HR looked like:
The race had your usual replenishment at the end- bananas, water, coffee, hot chocolate, and chunks of organic chocolate. I decided to just grab a banana and water and head back to my car to thaw.
Garmin Results: 3.10 Miles, 37:48, Average Pace: 12:11, Average HR: 148
Actual Results: 3.10 Miles, 37:39, Average Pace: 12:09