Friday, October 18, 2013

2013 Kansas City Marathon preview

October 19th, 2013 is the Kansas City Marathon!

...and this would make year 4 of running the full marathon.  I think I'm ready...

My patella tendentious is flaring a bit and I'm looking at wearing my BRD knee brace for the race.  Cold + early morning = grumpy patella tendon.  Time will tell.

Here are some past KC Marathon results:

2010 KC Marathon - 3:53:10
2011 KC Marathon - 3:52:05
2012 KC Marathon - 3:52:57

If nothing but consistent!  Depending on how the knee treats me, I'm hoping for sub 3:50.  My training since Ironman Lake Tahoe has been maintenance mode since the race as I don't want to get aggressive post Ironman and injure myself.

It's odd... but I'm not super anxious and I actually keep forgetting about the race that's this Saturday.  I mean, for a lot of people, this is the pinnacle for their year or life in regards to endurance sports.  I'm not trying to be egotistical, rude or thoughtless, but after a full Ironman the likes of Lake Tahoe, the KC marathon will be like a vacation.  It's more along the lines of a dilemma to figure out how to keep on task and keep my mind busy during the 26.2 miles without daydreaming.

But, my suffering is your opportunity!

What's that mean to you?  Well, it's a chance to win a PlanetBox Launch Lunch Box!

Yep, the very one I reviewed HERE is up for grabs!  It's $75 worth of lunch box, containers and a messenger bag carrier.

Here's how to get in.

As you may know reading the blog, I'm raising funds for Tri 4 a Hand Up charities.

So to keep the momentum going, I'm offering up the PlanetBox for someone who guesses my exact race time and donates that amount on the Fundrazr page.

So, if you think I am a super athlete and can run the 26.2 in 3 hours, 31 minutes and 10 seconds, you round to the nearest penny, donate $3.31 and write in your whole time guess on the Fundrazr timeline.

  1. Guess my time
  2. Donate that in dollars per hour and minute on the Fundrazr page
  3. Write a comment on your time in hours : minutes : seconds for the KC marathon time guess.

Make sense?

To give you perspective on my athletic prowess, here are some past results:
2005 Dublin Marathon - 5:11:27
2010 KC Marathon - 3:53:10
2011 KC Marathon - 3:52:05
2011 KC North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon - 4:12:12
2012 KC Marathon - 3:52:57
2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe marathon time - 4:49:11

I think it would be safe to say, it won't be much below 3:45.  I feel good, but not superhuman good.

Here's the catch, since I will mail the PlanetBox on my own dime, I need the total raised to exceed at least the shipping cost.  I would suspect it will cost around $15 to ship, so all donations for this contest need to total more than $15.

We also need a minimum of 20 guesses.

So share with your friends, get people to donate (TAX FREE!) and hide and watch on 10/19/13.

AND, please have trust that I won't finish on a per-determined time to rig the contest and in the event of a tie, the PlanetBox will go to the first person to guess that time.  So, don't double guess someone's time and check the Fundrazr activity for previous guesses.


Also take advantage of a discount at a local massage shop after the race!

You’ve trained hard.
You’ve raced hard.
Now’s the time to take care of yourself.

From October 14 through October 26, 2013 you can enjoy 35% off an hour massage from Sunrinity Health ( in Leawood, Kansas.

Mention this flyer or Tri 4 a Hand Up when making your appointment (call 913-832-0768) and you will receive 35% off, with 10% of the proceeds benefiting charities.

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