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.

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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.

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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.

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Going up towards the finish line. I know it looks flat but I swear that it isn’t. I took this picture after I was done with the race.

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Below are my splits from this year and last year.

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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.

Cool shirt!

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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.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free pair of Injinji Toesocks.

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