Broadway Bridge Run Half Marathon

It’s not a hill, it’s a mountain, as you start out the climb …

With the lyric’s of U2’s “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” blasting through my earbuds, I surged forward with a crowd of excited runners on a cool, clear morning in Kansas City, determined to set a PR in the half marathon. I didn’t realize in that moment how prophetic Bono’s words would be.

Don Ledford at Run Faster, Run Farther

 

Awesome, Audacious Goals

If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not nearly big enough.

If your goals don’t inspire you, you need a loftier vision.

If your ambition doesn’t drive you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you need to aim higher.

So, I’ve set a couple of awesome, audacious running goals. I admit, I’m a little frightened, mostly inspired, and way outside comfortable. Sounds about right, then.

Don Ledford at Run Faster, Run Farther

Running With The Cows

Just for the record … we weren’t actually running WITH any cows, despite the clever title of this half-marathon race. This was not like the running of the bulls, or anything risky like that.

Nevertheless, Running With The Cows earns high marks for marketing creativity, managing to attract thousands of runners to an otherwise nondescript stretch of rural roads for an enjoyable half marathon near Bucyrus, Kan., on May 10 (yes, this race report is over a month late).

Don Ledford at Run Faster, Run Farther

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

I’m glad I decided to run the Heartland 39.3 series of half marathons instead of my usual spring marathon. To go from running only 2-3 marathons a year, to racing every other weekend, has been fun. This break in my routine is just the boost I needed to energize my training for the Kansas City Marathon.

From Meb’s appearance at the pasta dinner on the eve of the race, to crossing the finish line with a PR of 1:38:36 (average pace of 7:32/mile) to earn a second-place finish in my age group, this has been a memorable weekend.

Don Ledford, at Run Faster, Run Farther