Pilgrim Pacer- Shawnee Mission, KS
Deciding to run marathons very close together was something that was in my original plan, but I heard a number of horror stories about injuries popping up from over training. When training with my wife, I always kept an open line of communication about my body and every ache and pain since she trained more often than myself. I often had to scale back my mileage and reserve myself for long weekend runs. During this stretch, having one foot massaging ball or frozen water bottle was not enough for both of us. But, I eventually reached close to the same mileage on most of our runs as we looked forward to earning the giant Pilgrim Pacer medal – one of the primary reasons we pick a race is the uniqueness of the medal, especially a great experience close to Thanksgiving.
We drove down to the Kansas City area and were able to visit the outstanding Negro League museum right after packet pick-up at Run 816. We then ventured to the area of the racecourse, put on by Trailnerds at psychowyco.com, on the scenic Shawnee Mission Park. One of the highlights that we had to wait for was actually post race pumpkin pie.
We heard about the difficulty of the course, but we did not find this to be the case. The course was laid out as a double out and back with the only real inclines as we approached the turn around after six miles and the approach of the turn around at the halfway point/ starting line. The overall race was small and some complained it was boring, but my wife and I really enjoyed the natural fall settings and not climbing over scores of people at water stops. We were part of the latter group of finishers in just under five hours. Thankfully we were able get a slice of pumpkin pie, although there were plenty of pies that were uncut and not too much else for post race refueling. All in all it was a pretty good race experience and we got some nice big medals.