Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 8/12/17 was the Runningal Memorial Red Solo Cup 4k race in Port Orange, FL.
In my previous post, I mentioned how last year this was my first race ever. It will always hold a special place in my heart as one of my favorites. I ran this 4k in 18:46 last year with an average pace of 7:34/mile. I remember being pretty satisfied with that.
Last week was a successful training week I felt good about where I was physically and mentally in my preparation. I ran a couple of treadmill runs at a 6:53 pace for 3 miles, so I felt comfortable in setting a goal time for under 17 minutes (which would be around a 6:51 average mile pace for a 4k run).
I opted for early packet pickup since it was close to my house and meant I wouldn't have to leave super early because this event was quite large with around 350 finishers. The weather was supposed to be hot and humid (that's why there aren't many August races in Florida) but it was overcast and pleasant.
Mile 1 6:37
My watch is usually a couple of seconds off from the official pace for some reason. Maybe I start it too early or don't stop it soon enough. These speeds come from my watch so they might be off by a little bit. The starting line was a narrow one this time, and there was a bunch of grass behind it which I didn't want to get stuck in even though it was a chip start race. We ran around the Pavillion shopping plaza, so there were many turns which can be tough, but everything was marked very well it wasn't a problem at all. I felt pretty confident about my first mile for the most part.
Mile 2 6:55
I realize I probably should practice negative splits because it's something I can never accomplish in the heat of a race. After mile one was over, I started to feel fatigue and struggled to maintain my pace. I tried my best to focus and stride. It wasn't a terrible mile just not my best. The course was pleasant too. It was nice to see the side of the shopping center I don't normally get to see.
Mile .48 6:45
After my watch beeped signifying the end of mile 2 I knew it was time to speed up. I don't remember much from this point except seeing the finish line and trying to give it everything I had. At this moment I was notably pleased it was only a 4k. I saw the finisher clock creep up on 17 minutes so I raced to achieve my goal. My official chip time was 16:59 so I did it! I felt especially proud of myself for meeting this particular goal and overall having a great race.
The Swag/Final Thoughts
I love when races give finisher medals, and these were fabulous. The t shirt was high quality, and the awards were these lovely red solo cups. The race was so organized and put together so well. The directors and volunteers did a fantastic job, and I look forward to hopefully seeing this race again next year! Now it's time to train for three weeks and hopefully have a better pace at my next race.
Overall: 10th of 347
2nd Place Female