Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Shamrock 4 miler
On Saturday March 19th Ryan, Katie, and I all headed out to run the Shamrock 4 miler. Katie was in town for my birthday and I signed her up for the race weeks ago. She's a trooper for coming to Charlotte on vacation and running a race with us.
The race was located about 20 minutes south of downtown Charlotte in an area of town called Ballantyne. The course was through residential streets; 2 miles out and back. Start time wasn't until 8am which allowed for some extra sleep on Saturday morning. Temperatures were around mid to high 50's. I hadn't used my garmin at all since we moved to Charlotte and I figured the race was a good time to give it a go. I wish I had updated my shuffle playlist, but unfortunately I didn't really think about it until I was standing around waiting for the race to start.
I can't even describe it, but something ignited inside of me and I couldn't slow down once the race started. At mile one I was still running alongside, and at times in front of, Ryan. This NEVER happens. I even told him to speed up cause he was "supposed" to be going faster than me. I kept my pace at under 8 minute miles the entire race. The course itself was pretty hilly and my butt was getting quite the work out. I couldn't believe when I crossed the finish line and saw 32 minutes on the clock. I knew my chip time would be less than that since we started so far back in the crowd. When the official results came out I freaked out. I couldn't believe that I had finished the 4 miler in 31:16 minutes, with an average pace of 7:49 minutes/mile. It finally seemed that all of my training had paid off.