Monday, July 7, 2014

July 4th Spectacular 4 Miler race recap

On Friday July 4th, I ran the July 4th Spectacular 4 Miler, presented by Toast Cafe.  I had fortunately won 2 entries into the race so I graciously gave Ryan the 2nd entry so that he could push Mason in the baby jogger.  I know I know, wife of the year stuff right there.
Anyways we headed to the new location of the race (it had previously been located in another part of town) and were disappointed at the lack of parking (or the popularity of the event).  Fortunately we found some available parking at the nearby middle school.

We got ready for the race start at 7:30am, and lucky for Ryan the baby joggers got a 1 minute head start.  

My garmin died as soon as I lined up at the starting line so I was forced to use the Nike app on my iPhone.  

mile 1 - 8:09 minutes

My first mile was a little slower than I would've liked but I was fighting through crowds of people and couldn't find an empty pocket for a while.

mile 2 - 7:35 minutes

I had picked up my pace and felt good.  I finally caught up to Ryan and Mason a little after 2 miles and was surprised at how fast they were moving. 

mile 3 - 7:40 minutes

I started to slow down once the hills start rolling.  I really wanted to finish and didn't want to run that final mile.

mile 4 -  7:25

This kid who must've been 12 years old was running with me most of the last mile.  He would speed up, I would speed up, and we would take turns passing each other.  I finally told him to go ahead and beat me and he did.  After the race he came up to me to thank me for pushing him to go faster.  It made my heart swell.  He ended up placing 2nd in his division.

My final time was 30:49 minutes
8th female in 30-34
15th female overall out of 339
93rd finisher out of 641 participants

I noticed that the final results have the same chip and gun times which annoys me since I didn't start in the very front.  The women in my division are super speedy and the top 3 finished in under 28 minutes.   

Overall the race wasn't bad, just really hilly.  July is really hot in Charlotte so by the time I had finished running I was drenched in sweat.  Not sure how many more races (if any) I'll be running this summer.  I'm a little disappointed I didn't beat my previous 4 mile PR but this course was much tougher and I had run the previous 4 days, making my legs super tired and sore.

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