On Thursday, July 4th, I ran a 4 miler.  The last time I did this was in November 2008.  Let me just say that it is now one of my favorite races.  The problem is that there is not that many of them.

The race started at 7:15 but being a morning person I was up at 5:30.  I had coffee and a Clif Bar.  I was not sure how long it would take me to get to the race so I left a little after 6am.  I got there at 6:30.  I found parking and went to pick up my bib.  On the way I found another runner, DL, whom I met at another race last year.  Packet pick up was a breeze and then I waited for the race to start.

Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th

Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th

And off we went.  It was a nice course.  We ran through residences and part of downtown Elmhurst. By then it was warm but nothing out of control.  The first water stop was around mile 1.5.  I grabbed two cups and walked as I drank them.  I have not mastered the skill of running while drinking water. There was another stop before mile 3 but this time there was also watermelon so I grabbed a piece.  It was delicious!

The last mile was great!  I kept a good pace till almost close to the finish line.  Since it was uphill I just took a quick break for about 5 seconds and carried on.  My finish time was 41:19 and yes it was a PR!!  I am so excited and happy about it.  Now I want to do a 5K and see how I do.

Here are my splits:
Miles 1 through 2 – 9:39, 10:29
Miles 3 through 4 – 10:42, 9:57

I got so many compliments on my socks.

Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th

The shirt was nice.

Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th

9 comments on “Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th”

  1. Nice job on your new PR! I definitely think it's time for you to try 5K. Very short & fast. Some of those intervals will pay off there. Cute socks, too. I can not wear those knee high socks in the summer- gack, so hot!

  2. Congrats on your PR! I was there as well – decided to do the race at the last minute. I really loved it, too – and you can't beat $25!

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