This past weekend, I ran a local race called, 4 on the 4th – for the 4th of July! I had ran this race back in 2013 and loved it and had I not been so miserably pregnant last July I would have ran it last year too. This race was literally two miles from my house, so it was really nice not to have to get up too early for it. I met up with some of the MRTT Mommas before the race and ran the majority of the race alongside one momma, Tracey I had started the race doing 2:00/:30 intervals but once I caught up to Tracey, I switched to her intervals which were 3:30/1:00. Except for the very end where I sprinted towards the finish as I knew I could probably beat my time from 2013 if I hustled, and I beat it officially by a little over a minute.
The course took us through Oakland and was pretty much all residential. Since I was chatting with someone pretty much the whole time, I didn’t really notice too much of my surroundings. It was surprisingly cool (around 72 degrees) when the race started thanks to a big storm that blew through the night before. I’m actually surprised it wasn’t more humid because of that, but I certainly wasn’t complaining. I ran with my water bottle, so I didn't pay that much attention to water stops, but I do recall there being at least two, which is plenty for a 4 mile race. My only complaint about the race was the fact that just like the Winter Garden Valentine’s 5k, they didn’t have a timing mat at the start line. Had I realized that, I would have tried to start closer to the front, granted since it was such a small race, starting in the middle of the pack, only cost me about 13 seconds. I’m assuming it must cost significantly more money for them to have a starting mat because this is the second race I’ve done, that Tri-n-Run hosted, that didn’t have this. My other complaint was there wasn’t a medal, but I knew that before I signed up so I don’t hold that against them.
They had an event photographer that got some very unflattering pics of me crossing the finish line, but here they are and a few post-race group shots with some of the MRTT Mommas! I missed the big group picture at the beginning because I was changing into a more festive tank top but there was a good amount of us at this race. (There was another 4th of July race in Downtown Orlando – The Watermelon 5k – and MRTT won the largest team in that race!).
As long as my schedule allows, I plan to do this race every year! It’s a fun little local race with yummy watermelon at the end and maybe one day they’ll throw a medal into it!
Official Chip Time: 43:34 (overall pace of 10:53)
Place: 169 of the 312 Finishers
Place: 77 of the 184 Women Finishers
Place: 9 of 15 in my Women’s Age Division (25-29)
My RunKeeper stats:
4.05 miles in 43:21 (overall pace of 10:41)
Mile 1: 10:12 pace
Mile 2: 11:16 pace
Mile 3: 10:53 pace
Mile 4: 10:35 pace
.05: 7:31 pace