On Friday, July 4, I ran again the Elmhurst 4 on the 4th. This is my second time running that race.
I woke up at 5:30am, drank coffee, ate a PickyBar, got ready, and made my way to Elmhurst. It took me about 25 minutes to get there.
I found a parking spot close to the start/finish line and went to pick up my bib. I then waited for the race to start. I had no race plan (smart??). Well, Coach Sara told me to push myself at the end and to run the last two miles faster than the first two miles. Gulp.
Finally it was time to run. It was a beautiful day for a race. It was partly sunny and not too hot.
I stopped to get water at the first water stop. Perfect location because it was before an uphill. I drank my water as I walked up the hill. There were a few spectators and it was great seeing them outside cheering for us on such a special day.
Mile 2 was the turnaround point to head back to the finish line. I did not stop at the next water stop because I was feeling really good and not thirsty at all.
I pushed myself during that last mile but did walk for a little bit to go up a small hill on my way to the finish line. I was tired and just needed a few seconds to catch my breath.
Below are my splits from this year and last year.
My finish time is 39:39 which is an almost 2 minutes PR from last year. It was a great feeling!! Honestly, I was not expecting it. I was trying not to look too much at my watch and instead ran based on how I felt.
I am so glad I had the chance to run this race again. I like the distance, location, and price (only $25!!).
Next race is Saturday, July 12, Chinatown 5k. It will be my first time doing that race.
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