Since the 4th of July fell on a Sunday, this year's 4 mile Firecracker Run was on the the 5th. It was a HOT day, even at an early 7:30 am start time. I was planning to take it easy and not push it in the heat.
Well, it's a race. When they said "Go!," I took off. I had run an easy one mile warm up, and was ready to push it.
Mile 1 is slightly uphill most of the way - 8:34
Mile 2 is slightly downhill most of the way - 8:12
Then we turn around and run back the way we came.
Mile 3 (uphill) - 9:06
Mile 4 (downhill) - 7:52
Final Time - 33:45 - New 4 mile PR.
I didn't stay around for awards knowing there's a lot of really fast people at this race. (Two years ago I was 8th in my age group with a time of 34:13.)
Then I found out yesterday I placed 1st in my age group out of 22 other 35-39 yr old females! (That's what I get for turning 35 this year.) :-)
The mile one (and mile three) markers are only about 100 yds from my house. So, Matt got a picture of me running by at mile one. I'm in the purple tank top in the middle.
Sunday I will be racing my second Olympic Distance triathlon of year. It's going to be at Caesar Creek State Park (Southwest of Columbus.) I hope to at least beat my time from Deer Creek last month, which was 3:14:26. So far, the weather looks to be good!