BJ and I woke up early on Saturday morning to run a local 8k. It was a super low-key race put on by the Potomac Valley Track Club – and it only cost $5.00 – even better! The weather was insanely perfect (cool breeze, sun shining) which resulted in a record number of runners (260) for the “Go Fourth” 8k.
The DC area is blessed with some hundred miles of trails – and the run took place on the Mt. Vernon trail (yes, the trail starts/ends (whichever way you look at it) at G. Washington’s house). It was an out and back, mostly shaded, with a few hills for some variety.
I started the race at the front of the pack aka with the super fast runners. I crossed mile 1 in 6:20 – yikes!! Too fast for me, so I eased up the pace and settled into my 7-something pace. I typically pass people because I start in the middle of the pack and work my way up; however, I did no passing on Saturday and instead only got passed. It was a little disheartening but I knew that I was running the pace I should be running and was still on track for a great race.
Okay, I lied; I did pass one person, at the end of the race, while I was sprinting to the finish. As a former college sprinter, I can typically pass people at the end with my strong kick – finally, my sprinting days paid off! I crossed the finish line in 35:45 – and grabbed a piece of watermelon, the delicious after-race treat!
I got 3rd in my age group (20-29) and 8th overall for women – so I feel pretty good about the “Go Fourth” 8k! BJ had a great race, too. He ran a PR pace – and was in a better mood than he typically is after a race! (haha)
I had a great time running the 4th of July race – and we were really able to enjoy our day together because we got our workout in early and didn’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. I (we) can’t wait to run it again next year! At night we had a bunch of friends over for appetizers and drinks – and then went to the rooftop of BJ’s condo building to watch the DC fireworks. America’s 233rd Birthday was a good one!
Time: 35:45 (7:11 pace)
Age Group (20-29): 3/47