We ran in another race last Saturday - the 5K Race with the Balloons as part of the Great Midwest Balloon Fest in Kansas City, Kansas. The race was held at the Legends Outlets and Kansas Speedway, and benefited several area charities.
We got up at 5:00am so we could make it to the packet pick-up area before 6:45am. It was a really beautiful morning - sunny, but a little hazy and humid. Because of the threat of rain (it rained a tiny bit while we were running), the promised balloons did not ascend while we were running the course. Instead, about four of them took off long after the race ended and we were heading into Bob Evans for breakfast (cinnamon pancakes!).
The race itself was a fairly easy, mostly flat course, with a little bit of gravel mixed into the road race part. Once again, this course was longer than 3.1 miles - from start to finish, my Garmin watch clocked it at 3.2 miles.
Mr. Awesome had another strong race, but his age group was the most competitive and he finished 5th in his group, but 20th overall out of 337 participants. His official time was 24:19. With the extra 10th of a mile, this gave him is best 5K time ever.
I also had a strong race - I finished in 36:05, but my Garmin told me I set a record for 5K distance.
After the race we ate pancakes and decided to walk to the speedway grounds from the shopping area to check out the balloon fest, since our race packets included free tickets. What a fiasco that was. There are no sidewalks between the Outlets and the speedway, so we had to walk in the grass. Then, all of the entrances to the speedway were blocked off and marked with NO TRESPASSING signs, and all indicators pointed balloon fest attendees to one entrance on the southwest side of the speedway. So, after walking about 2 miles, we realized we still had another 2 to go before we reached the entrance, and the balloons weren't around anyway. We headed back to the Outlets, disappointed. If we could have cut across the speedway grounds without threat of security intervention, it would have been so much better. Hopefully, if the race is held next year, they will have a pedestrian entrance. Probably not, though.
So we went shopping at Legends instead. Mr. Awesome got some pants, I got some shirts. It was a good day.
The rest of the weekend was pretty low-key. Lots of walking, going to the gym, and eating stuff. You know, the usual.
This weekend I'm running in the Rivalry Run in downtown Kansas City. It should be fun. Mr. Awesome is sitting this one out with an injury, but hopes to be back in form by next weekend's run.
Oh, and I stopped reading Bill Bryson's One Summer. I got bored with it, and really didn't look forward to reading any more of it. So now I'm reading Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and I'm much, much happier.