Don’t let my infrequent posts fool you: It’s been a great month of running!
Four weeks ago today, Kate and I participated with Mike, my brother-in-law, John, my nephew, and Jeff, our friend, in the first annual Circle the Square 5k in Independence. The March 31 race benefitted Community Services League and was a big fundraising success.
It also was a hit for our family: Mike finished his first 5k (Way to go, Bro!), John won his age group and Kate set a new PR — which she would soon surpass.
Two weeks later, the Beem fivesome ran the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon/5k in Kansas City. It was my second year running the 13.1-miler, for which Tom and Kate joined me while Maggie and Joe ran the 5k.
According to the April 14 race results, Tom was the youngest among 4,800 half marathoners. He finished in 2:36 and was a real hit.
While Tom was nailing the half marathon, Maggie and Joe did themselves proud in the 5k. Maggie finished third in the 1-14 female group, and Joe won the 15-19 male field.
Kate bested the 5k PR she’d set two weeks earlier with a new record of 29:04. Maggie finished first in the 1-14 girls set, and Tom finished fifth among the 1-14-year-old boys. Way to go, gang!
While Kate, Maggie and Tom were running the 5k and Joe was keeping stats with a buddy at the Chrisman girls’ soccer game, I checked an item off my bucket list. I ran my first marathon.
The Garmin Marathon started at 7 a.m. on April 21 at Garmin International. The flat course snaked through hospitals, malls, historic downtowns and trails in southwest Johnson County.
It was a great experience. I initially hoped to finish my first 26.2-miler in under four hours but added 60 minutes to my mark about a month before the race.
Kate suggested I run with the 4:30 pace group to maintain an easy pace, and I decided to heed her advice. Her counsel was right on point.
I ran with Danny and Lynn, the 4:30 pace group leaders, for the first 20 miles of the marathon. I shifted to a run/walk combination after hitting mile 20 and finished in 4:36, a first marathon mark of which I’m proud and look forward to improving over the years.
I’m already planning my next races and will share them with you in future posts. Tom has vowed to best his 2:36 half marathon PR in this October’s Kansas City Marathon.
What races are you running this spring? Let us know.
Kansas City Runner