Happy Friday! We're officially in the thick of running season here in Kansas City and I couldn't be happier. Each spring when the weather warms up I can't wait to get outside for a nice run!
This past weekend I participated in the 28th annual Trolley Run. The Trolley Run benefits the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI). It's an organization that prepares children that are blind or visually impaired to achieve their full potential in a sighted world. It's been around since 1952 and is a fantastic Kansas City organization.
I haven't run the Trolley Run since I was in high school, even though it happens every year!
(sidebar: While running the race in high school I ran by my cross country coaches. I waved, but they yelled "Don't finish the race!" I had no idea why they would yell such an off-putting thing at me until later when they told me that students competing in high school sports weren't allowed to compete outside of high school sanctioned events. This may be a legitimate concern for some students, but considering the fact that I was one of the slowest C-team cross country racers on my high school team, there was absolutely no chance that anyone was going to have a problem with me running in this race.)
Start: Waldo, 75th & Wornall
Finish: Country Club Plaza
Distance: 4 miles
Weather: sunny, high 60s - low 70s
My coworkers and I met at the start a bit early to get a lay of the land. I was feeling pretty good about my pace that morning so I opted to start near the 7:30 min/mile pacers. My typical race pace is closer to 8:00 min/mile, but this course is mostly downhill so I knew I'd be faster.
After a short wait with some stretching and Garmin watch syncing, we were off!
This Trolley Run is just as beautiful as I remembered it. It runs through one of Kansas City's most beautiful neighborhoods - the Brookside area. This part of town has some gorgeous architecture nestled behind tree-lined roads that wind through the very heart of Kansas City.
Another great thing about this route is that it goes through a very residential area. This meant we had a lot of spectators come out of their homes to cheer us on, which is always a great motivator in a race. One family even had a small grill out on the sidewalk and was offering bacon to the racers!
My goal at the beginning of the race was to try to hit as close to 30:00 minutes as possible. This would put me at a 7:30 min/mile pace. In previous 5K's I've hit a pace close to 7:41 min/mile, so I knew this would be a stretch.
Feeling a bit nervous about hitting my goal pace, I tried not to look at my watch too much. I haven't decided if this is a really stupid strategy or not. Sometimes I find that staring at my watch too much can be distracting - and even deflating if I'm not on target. But it can also be helpful if I'm just a bit off pace.
Regardless, my legs must have put me right on pace because I blew my 7:30 min/mile goal out of the water! I finished in 29:35, with an average pace of 7:24!! I couldn't believe it!
The 2016 Trolley Run was a fantastic run down memory lane on so many levels. I hope I don't wait another 7 years before I run it again!