July 4th is one of my favorite holidays, I love fireworks and good food with friends. But before I can enjoy all that there is a local 5 mile race, which I really like! I ran the Heritage Festival 5 miler last year for the first time and it was so much fun. So I was excited to run it again this year!
The race is a 5 mile loop with only a small hill at the end, but since this hill is very short, it doesn’t really bother me. Surprisingly!
My current 5 mile PR is 40:15 but I didn’t even think about trying to get close to this time, it is just too hot. PR’s are meant for spring and fall races. So my goal was to beat my time from last year, which was 43:21 (8:40 pace). That sounded doable.
I really feel good with my running lately. Last year I was struggling with the heat and humid weather, but this year I feel so much better. Maybe because it isn’t that humid. Today was another hot but not too humid day. Yeah!
We did a slow warm up mile (11:00 pace) and went back to the start line and ready to go.
I felt good this morning, a little tired but good. I had salt pretzels last night and apple sauce this morning and fueling-wise felt good before, during and after the race.
I felt really good during this race. I felt I pushed it just enough to run comfortable hard, but did never feel like “I hate this” or “I want this to be over”. I was able to run negative splits and that especially makes me happy. I felt I’m in control and ran a smart race for a hot day.
Mile 1: 8:55
Mile 2: 8:31
Mile 3: 8:30
Mile 4: 8:10
Mile 5: 7:54
final sprint: 5:08 min/mile
I was happy to beat my time from last year by over 1 minute! So excited! I feel I’m getting stronger and better every year I’m running and I love it!
Here are the official stats:
Finish time 42:12.
I placed 158 of 515 runners,
42 of 255 Female runners
10 of 24 in the Women’s 30-34 division.
Weather on Race day was 79 degrees, 70 degree dew point, sunny.
Did you run a race on 4th of July?
Is marathon training making you a faster runner?