Mother’s Day 4 Miler

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It took me a while to decide that I was really going to do this race.  I decided I would do it for fun and not push myself for a PR.

I got up early on Sunday to make sure I had time to start cooking a meal for my mom.  I put it in the crockpot before we headed off to the race.  I’ve done this race for the past couple of years and I know it’s not too many people.  I also know the best place to park so I was more relaxed than I am for other races.  We got there about an hour early and I walked around to warm up.  I said hello to a couple of friends and did a little bit of jogging and stretching.

Warming up
Warming up

 

Goofing around while warming up
Goofing around while warming up

Right before the race I headed to the start line and tried to get near the front since I knew there would be plenty of walkers in this race.  It didn’t take long and we were off.  There is a little downhill at the beginning and I took off to get out to the main road.

Hi!
Hi! (Photo Courtesy of Potomac River Running)

And then the hills start.  I actually like the uphill in the beginning of the race because it helps me avoid starting too fast.  I picked a lady in front of me and followed her up the hill.  She was a nice strong runner and it really helped me to focus on her.

The next road feels long with little ups and downs.  I just kept chugging along.  I saw my buddy and told him I was planning to slow down.  It was warm and humid and I didn’t want to over do it.

Hi Buddy - I'm about to slow down.
Hi Buddy – I’m about to slow down.

I slowed down a bit and got some water around the half way point.  I made my way to the next turn and just kept running.  I was trying to have fun along the way and enjoy racing.

Having fun!  (Photo Courtesy of Potomac River Running)
Having fun! (Photo Courtesy of Potomac River Running)

I ran to the next spot where I would see my buddy.  He was glad that I had slowed down because he needed the time to get to that spot.

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I made my way to the final turn and the last big hill.  I did what I could to chug up the hill and then I enjoyed the downhill that followed.  I made the turn back into the park and tried to pick up the pace.  I encouraged people around me who appeared to be struggling and I fed off the ones who were doing well.

We can do it!
We can do it!

I headed in for a strong finish.

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I looked for water and than ran back to start looking for some friends.  I wanted to help them finish.  I ran back along the course cheering and giving high fives.  It was so much fun.  I found my friends and ran with them to the end.  I tried to keep encouraging them to finish strong.

I love these small races.  Even when I’m not racing hard or going for a PR I have a blast.  The races are organized and start on time.  And there is always plenty of food…for everyone!  I didn’t even stop for food until after I went back for my friends and there was still plenty left.  I’ve met so many people between training and racing that I almost always know someone at these races and I can actually find them since there aren’t too many people!  I’m looking forward to doing more of these this year!

One thought on “Mother’s Day 4 Miler

    Kim Westrich said:
    May 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Beautifully executed race!

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