Friday night was the Race Packet pick-up. I stopped by Varsity Sports and picked up my Race # and instead of Race Tees…they were handing out Race Shorts! A new pair of Brooks. Super cute: gray & light blue.
Today was an amazing day. This AM, I set the alarm for 6:15…layed in bed until 6:30, threw on my racing clothes, grabbed a bottle water and a Lara Bar, then trekked down to Old Mandeville for the 4th Annual Shorts Run. This was my first 4-miler race! My half-marathon training schedule had a 4-miler scheduled for this weekend, so I thought this race would be a good tempo run!
The race was fantastic! Flat, but super fun. I even ran faster than my goal. A few months ago I jogged my first 4 miles (since high school), running nice, even 10-minute miles. So that became my goal today – to finish this race in 40 minutes!
The race was kicked off at 7:30 am by a 1/2 mile run – mostly lil’ kids and a few adults looking for a fast warm-up. At 8:00 am, they lined us up and gave us a quick route review, reminder of a water station at the 2 mile mark, and an end of race surprise of a water spray by the local Fire Department. And we were off! I quickly settled into a 9-minute mile pace. A bit faster than I was originally thinking…but I wanted to just run and see where my body was comfortable. I actually fell perfectly in stride with a fireman (whose name I heard yelled as Andy!) We ran side by side for the first two miles. Mile 1 took us through old Mandeville up to the Mandeville Cemetery. Mile 2 was located after the Tammany Trace and across to the Lakefront. Then after the water stop at Mile 2, I felt like I hit a brick wall and slowed down my pace.
Mile 1 pace was 8:54. Mile 2 pace was 8:59. I went from that to a 9:45 minute mile (Mile 3 Pace). Mile 3 was along the entire Lakefront…which is normally a fun run…but it was also mile 3 of a 4 mile race!!! My mind was fighting me to run fast and end it at a normal 5K! However, at the end of the Lakefront, we turned around a cone and headed back about a 1/2 mile. That 3-3.5 mile was actually quite refreshing because you got to see the front runners pass you by! I was trying to count the number of females that were ahead of me and got to #20. At some point between mile 3.5 & 3.75 I was passed…but I must have passed another female runner because as I came down the shoot, I was female #20!
Overall, I ended with a time of 37:06 – average pace of 9:23!
On a side note, as the race was a benefit for the local fire department, there was a fire truck set up at the 3.75 mile marker with a SHOWER!!! It was AMAZING to be running in 85*-90* heat and be rewarded with a shower just in time to cool down and sprint to the finish!!!
So…overall I felt pretty good! I think I started out a bit fast…but I think race pace will do that to ya sometimes. I did keep my 9 minute mile pace for the first two miles…but I definitely felt the need to slow down a bit for the last two miles.
Here’s to another week of training in the books!
Do you ever run for charity? Or do you volunteer in the summer?