Jul 05

Race Report: Reeds Lake Trail Blazer

The Reeds Lake Trail Blazer run was a last minute addition to this year’s race schedule.  It was the first year for this 4th of July race and it was a fundraising run to benefit the new Reeds Lake waterfront park and trail.  I almost didn’t do the race for two reasons.  Number one, it was a funny distance (4.5 miles) so I really didn’t have a PR on the line and number two, I wasn’t feeling up to a race.


On race morning though, I dragged myself out of bed, and had a quick breakfast of a banana and toast.  My stomach was a little upset with me which didn’t help out with my mental pessimism. 

When I got to the race site, I bit the bullet and paid the extra $10 for race day registration.  I guess that is what I get for procrastinating. 

As I was waiting around at the starting line, I was having serious regrets about the race.  My legs felt tight, my stomach felt funny, it was hot and humid, the rest of the field looked faster than me, I was tired, etc., etc.  I eventually got in the starting coral, lined up behind a large group of girls who worked at the local running shop – they were dressed the same and had “G-A-Z-E-L-L-E-S” (the name of the store), painted on their backs.  I was sure that they were going to mop the course with me.

As soon as the horn went off, all my apprehension disappeared immediately.  It was amazing.  As soon as I started racing, I felt great.  I took off like a shot.  In the first half mile, I settled in behind a couple that I recognized from past races.  However, by the first mile, I was feeling so good that I decided to pass them.  As the race progressed, I continued to pick people off.  In fact, in the final 2.5 miles I passed about 15 runners and didn’t get passed once!  That group of “G-A-Z-E-L-L-E-S” women – gone.  That guy with the M-Dot tattoo and IM Louisville shirt – eat my dust.  The tall, sporty, skinny chick who was toeing the starting line – bye bye!


I crossed the finish line in 31:12 for a overall pace of 6:56 (6:53, 7:12, 6:53, 7:05, 6:16; final half mile).  This earned me 14th overall (out of 384 runners) and 5th in my age group.  This is by far the best finish I have ever had and am super happy with it.  I would have thought that 14th overall would have earned me a top 3 finish in my age group, but there was only 3 age groups: 0-24, 25-39, and 40+.  Oh well! I am super happy with how this race turned out. 


So, what did I learn?  Don’t let a sour attitude ruin a race.  Roll with punches and turn that negative energy into something positive.

Stay tuned for a full 4th of July Weekend Wrap-up.  I’ll hopefully have it done by tomorrow, but I’m too tired to work on it anymore tonight.

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  1. Jon

    Nice job! Way to beat the heat!

  2. Jeff

    Good race! Congrats on the strong finish. That is a weird distance, I can understand why you were not super pumped about doing it.

  3. regina

    Nice kid! Those G-A-Z-E-L-L-E-S got nuthin’ on you! Congrats!

    Heading to the playground to bribe some toddlers…..

  4. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Woohoo for a great race! You did awesome!

  5. lindsay

    nice job kevin! glad you didn’t let your sour mood keep you from racing – you would’ve missed out on the mojo boost! congrats on a great race. always feels good to beat the people who “look” fast too 🙂

  6. Krista

    Great job!! You were flying!

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