What a great way to start the 4th of July...running a 4 mile race in the Summer Series Race #3. I've never raced a 4 miler before so it would be an automatic PR regardless of how I did. Standing at the starting line I had to do some mental adjustments. I was not in a racing mood. The problems with my rentals have been constant this week fraying my ability to see the bigger picture.
The race started in waves...6 min miles, 7 min, etc. With my goal to run in the 7:30, I started with the 7 min wave. Starting in waves allows the crowd to thin out and the weaving is minimized. In my typical tradition, I went out fast but feel good that I raced the first 2-3 miles and the last mile I still ran hard.
Obviously I'm not the guy directly in the picture but I am close behind him with the white shorts, black top
- Having an overall good race. My average pace at 7:26, was faster than my 2 previous 5K's of 7:35.
- Seeing Jan, Kyle and Dean
- Pushing it at the end to try and hold off someone.
- First time running a 4 mile race giving me a new PR.
- The course had rolling bumps, too small to be considered hills, and I ran them strong. See hill training does help.
- A muscle man in a yellow shirt that had the worst BO. Lucky shirt or not, wash the clothes once in a while.
- Being passed in the last second by the guy I was trying to hold off.
- 4 miles in 29:46; 7:26 min pace
- 173rd out of 710 runners
- 5th in my age group out of 47
- Splits 7:07,7:21,7:32. 7:42
- As I mentioned, I wasn't mentally prepared for this. I guess I didn't take it serious and prepare. Multiple times through the 30 minutes I had to refocus. When I was thinking of a topic that wasn't on the race, I had to bring myself back to the present moment.
- Around mile 3 I was racing along side another gal. I was a step in front and found myself saying to myself she can have it, go ahead. I caught myself and said I could do it. I felt her give and was able to pull ahead. She did pass me with half mile to go but I'm proud of the mental toughness I had.
- Having a faster pace than my last 2 - 5K's is a confidence booster. While I didn't know this while I was running, it feels good afterwards.
Group picture. Chris, Kyle, me, Jan, Kimmie, Nicole, Patrick, Josh (in front)
- For 4th of July there was a full-on BBQ, hamburger, chips, watermelon. It was too early for a hamburger but the watermelon was awesome.
- Cooling down with Jan, Kyle, Dean and some kids from Mesquite high school where Dean coaches.