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Flights and hotel booked! Hotel prices….its like shooting fish in a barrel for them. They can pretty much charge whatever they want for marathon weekend because you have no choice. Hotels.com allows you to cancel up to 48 hrs ahead so we’ll keep looking in case a better deal can be found.

I have to say I’m pretty lucky. Scott has always been my biggest fan, cheerleader and supporter. I told him I got in and immediately he started planning and suggested we book our hotel and flights. I probably would have procrastinated until this summer.

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Rock The Parkway Half Marathon Recap

So here’s our smiling faces at the start of the race.  Weather was perfect - 60’s with a slight breeze.  We started in Wave B which took off about 2 minutes after the elites.  Miles 1-2 were easy but the pace was faster than I had planned.  I kept up with my brother for these two miles and then he took off and I lost sight of him pretty quickly. He ran a great race and set a new PR at 1:48:02!

I was worried the faster pace might come back to haunt me but I decided to just go with it.  The course was pretty flat with a few rolling inclines but nothing too taxing.  It started to warm up quickly once the sun was up so while I hadn’t planned on stopping at any aid stations, I was glad I did.  Though all those stops definitely added to my overall time. 

Miles 5-6 felt the best and I was still keeping an average pace around 8:50.  The halfway point brought a pretty steep incline which was not fun but I never did walk any of the hills.  I did get passed by a little person shortly after that hill.  That was both amusing and motivating at the same time. Mentally I just focused on each mile marker.  Getting to Mile 10 was a relief because then it was only another 3.  Around mile 11.5 I took my ear bud out because the music and hearing Nike+ rattle off my current pace no longer mattered.  There was no more left to give.  Made it to Mile 13 and that final .1 stretch looked more like .5.

Goal was to finish under 2 hours and I missed the mark by 37 seconds.  Official time 2:00:23.  I didn’t train as hard as I should have so this was good learning experience on what areas I can improve.

Overall I would recommend this race for anyone interested in a spring half.  It was well organized, plenty of aid stations and good crowd support.

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Picked up my and my brother’s race packets after work at the Overland Park Convention Center. This was my first time at a race expo and while it was small, I still geeked out like a kid in a candy store. Picked up a pair of sport sunglasses. Finally found a pair that sits right on my face. I can’t have them rest on my cheeks, the feeling drives me nuts. They had a rep for the HB Tune hand band that I use to hold my phone during runs. This thing is the bomb! Beats using an arm band, especially if you use a running app. My coworker is also running the race Sat and I had shown her mine a week ago so she picked one up as well. I was raving about it so much another guy in line asked me if I worked for the company LOL.

Picked up a freebie PowerGel though I won’t use it during this race for obvious reasons. I’ll probably just try it on its own to see how it sits with me before I try it during a run.

Should be perfect temp race morning around 55 but looks like it will be a little windy.

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Tonight was my final run before the half on Sat. What should have been a fairly easy-breezy 3 mile run was… not. My heart and lungs felt like they were working at twice the effort. 

I may run 2 miles tomorrow or just take tomorrow and Friday as rest days. Race day is Saturday!

Tonight was my final run before the half on Sat. What should have been a fairly easy-breezy 3 mile run was… not. My heart and lungs felt like they were working at twice the effort.

I may run 2 miles tomorrow or just take tomorrow and Friday as rest days. Race day is Saturday!

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