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Little River, Kansas
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 06m 7s
Overall Rank = 42/57
Age Group = 50-59
Age Group Rank = 3/6
Pre-race routine:

Made oatmeal and coffee, got my pink on, and headed up to Little River. I hadn't registered yet, so I needed to get there 30 minutes before the 8:30 start. Made it with 15 seconds (maybe) to spare.
Event warmup:

After registering, going pee, and getting myself organized, I had about 10 minutes before race time, so I did some light running. Fortunately, that got some things moving, so I visited the ladies' room once more, just a few minutes before start time. Perfect.
  • 1h 06m 7s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 37s  min/km

This was the first time I did this race, and it was tougher than I thought. Little River is only 20-25 minutes from my house. Where I live is as flat as can be. I can see 5-7 miles in any direction. But we had serious hills in this race.

I started out with five people behind me. I slowly, very slowly, passed a few others. I had to walk a couple times. The first time was going down hill near a cow pond. There were holes all over the place, and I was sure if I wasn't careful, I would end up stepping in one of those holes and messing up something. The second time I walked was up a steep grassy hill. They had kind of flattened the grass in the pasture where we were running, but it was still tough going, and climbing, in the grass, against 25 mph winds was brutal. The girl in front of me was "running," but I was keeping up with her just by hiking. Not surprisingly, I ended up passing her once we crested the hill.

So we ran on just about every surface imaginable. There weren't any water crossings, but it was obvious on one section that flood waters came through there routinely. The wheel ruts were deep and a little difficult to navigate.

All in all, I was pretty happy. I was hoping to come in at about an hour, and I missed that by 6 minutes, which is quite a bit slower than I was planning. But the course was also tougher than I thought it would be, and my legs were still a little tired from the week before.

What would you do differently?:

Not walk at all. Well, except for the tricky part by the cow pond.
Post race
Warm down:

Got Gatorade and a banana. Just as I was getting settled, hubby and Jayson came into town. We went in to eat at Fat Boyz, and I ran out just for the 10k award ceremony to pick up my little medal.

Even though I've been trying to eat a plant based diet, I had some rib eye at Fat Boyz. Oh, man. They get their beef from the organic grocery store next door, and it is just amazing. Yummy.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of hill training.

Event comments:

Fun race. Little River is a cute little town, with the brick road and the well kept main street. The city of 600 people is really proud of this race, and I wish more people would come run it. Between the 5k and 10k, they had a little over 100 runners total. The course is challenging, the crowd is great, and you can get a delicious steak and a beer at Fat Boyz after, even if it is only 10:30 a.m. :-)

The over all male and female winners each get a plaque with a cow chip on it. I attached a picture because I think it's one of the things that makes this race fun. I did have to dodge quite a few cow chips running through the pasture.

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Last updated: 2013-05-22 12:00 AM
01:06:07 | 10 kms | 06m 37s  min/km
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 42/57
Performance: Average
Course: Start in Little River on the brick road. Turn left onto paved street, which becomes crushed gravel/limestone. Turn left onto two track ranch road. Go through the gate (watched over by real cowboys with horses), and run through pasture -- up and down grassy hills. Leave the pasture and run on poorly maintained and rarely used dirt road. Up Suicide Hill -- a steep "dirt" road cut through limestone. Down the hill back into town on dirt road, turning left onto paved road, hitting brick again once in the city limits, and on into the middle of Little River.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-05-27 12:14 AM

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Central Kansas
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2013-05-27 4:12 AM
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Caerphilly, Wales, uk.
Subject: RE: 31st Annual Suicide Hill Trail Run
Way to go. That looks like pretty rough terrain. Good time for that type of trail. I'm taking cow chips are what we in the UK call cow pats. Only criticism, pink, really?
2013-05-27 7:19 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Those hills look pretty steep for someone who usually runs flat land.  Nice work!!

Speedy too

2013-05-27 8:10 AM
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25 mph winds, wheel ruts, cow chips, cow pond stuff and hills; sounds like a great race! Congratulations !
2013-05-27 8:37 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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I love it. Great race with cool awards. And you did awesome! That looks like some brutal terrain.
2013-05-27 12:15 PM
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Nice run!  Looks like fun.  I can't believe those trophies seriously had cow chips on them.

2013-05-28 1:17 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Nice race!  I love the picture of you running with the guy behind you looking dejected.
2013-05-28 3:31 PM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

Nice race!  I love the picture of you running with the guy behind you looking dejected.

x2. Great job
2013-05-28 4:31 PM
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I see lots of smiles in those pictures!  x3 on the best pic being you smiling and looking strong and fast while the guy behind you looks dejected and beaten.  Congrats on a good race and successfully dodging cow patties and holes!
2013-05-29 11:29 AM
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Great job Felicia!!!

OMG I know everyone has said it but I LOVE that photo. HAHAHAHA! The lady in pink strikes again!

2013-05-31 1:39 AM
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I love it.And you did awesome!

Edited by agudelo 2013-05-31 1:40 AM

2013-05-31 10:23 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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sounds like a fun race, except for the wind ;-)

Nice job and I think your time was great considering the hills and the wind, and the rough terrain.
2013-09-29 7:37 PM
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That looks like some brutal terrain.
2013-09-30 7:09 AM
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great job! you have some really cool races out there. LOVE the cow chip trophy! Seriously, who else has one of those???? Congrats.
2013-10-03 3:30 PM
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