This past week, I looked up my previous 4 miler time to see if there would be any hopes of a PR. Well, after looking at the forecast with 90% humidity, I didn't think there was any way that I would pull it off. My plan was to give it my all without over-doing it in the humidity.
We had our RunDMC photo op (wow, there were a lot of us today!) and then headed over to the start. It was so much fun to see so many familiar faces today. And, FINALLY, I got to meet Dave. We have been trying to meet in person for close to two years! So nice to talk to him in person!
I saw Greg and asked him what he was looking to do today. He had no goals so I asked him if he could try to get me to a PR. His 5K PR time is about a minute faster than mine, so I figured his 4 mile race time would be just a touch faster, too. The race started and we went TOO FAST (of course). It honestly felt good, but I knew I would never be able to keep it up for 3 more miles. There were several times I looked down and saw a 7:xx on my watch. (Maybe the lesson here is to not take my watch the next time?!) Greg started pulling ahead and I was happy to see him go on and I just did the best I could. It was BRUTAL today. Usually, I don't take my own water for a race under Half Marathon distance, but knew with the weather today, I would need it. I was VERY glad to have it!
The course was very flat and was only on the bike trails. It was pretty through the park with a lot of trees, too. A couple times during the race, I was ready to just give in to the heat, but somehow convinced myself to keep going. I was reminded why I started going for distance instead of speed about two years ago....short races hurt! Greg hadn't pulled too far ahead of me, so I had the delusion of catching him. Yeah, that never happened, but I didn't let him get too far ahead. (I'm pretending that he was going all out even though I'm sure he could have raced faster!)
|Rounding the corner for the finish.|
The post race food was amazing for such a small race! There was fruit, pizza, water, fruit leather, Dairy Queen blizzards, Rita's Ice, Oxy Water, and a few other things. The parking was close by (and free!), easy to get to, easy packet pick-up and I even got to pick what shirt I wanted. We were given the choice between a cotton T-shirt and a tech t-shirt. I went for the cotton...I have TONS of tech t-shirts that I don't wear from races, so I thought I'd like to be able to wear one around. If we are in town on Labor Day next year, I will definitely be running it again!
Average Pace: 8:28
Overall Place: 128/441
Age Group: 9/42