On Monday I ran a local 4k with my parents and the hubby.
Last year I ran this race with a time of 28:39. My goal had been to get in under 30:00 (watch time – there’s a timing mat only at the end of the race). It was REALLY hot and sunny last year so I was hoping it would be more pleasant this year. This year I just planned on having fun and wanted to come in under 30:00 again. Beating last years time would be an added bonus.
We arrived around 8:15 to pick up our goody bags and shirts. The weather we pretty comfortable – mid 70s, and the sun wasn’t too strong. We I just relaxed and snapped a photo before moving into the line up.
Since it is a Fourth of July race, the “gun” was a firecracker, we were instructed to go off at the “boom.” The first .5 miles are totally downhill so I probably went out a little too fast. But I knew from running the race last year it would be all uphill from then on, and it didn’t disappoint.
Luckily the sun was staying behind the clouds, unlike last year. Unluckily I ran into some GI issues (what else is new, grr) around mile 1.0 at the beginning of the multi-crested hill. I knew I had to take a walk break, so I did. I started to feel better as the race progressed but I couldn’t make up the lost time. As I finished the last bit of the hill I went into full on sprint mode for probably the last 0.3. I wanted to break 30:00. I had to.
And I did. Barely. 29:54. I’m just adding it to the not-so-great race bucket and figuring its more added experience. I guess that’s the thing about running, you never know how you’re going to feel until you’re running.
Onto the next one!