Hard really to know what to say about a 4 mile race. It was out and back, pancake flat, with a loop. The out and back part of the course was over a causeway, very pretty or very motivating, depending on the weather.
Chilly, cloudy, windy, and mizzly (really it IS a word, thanks Mladen) so absolutely didn't want to spend too much time on that causeway!!
9:33 pace for a total time of 38:14. My splits were decent: 9:30, 9:55, 9:48, 8:58. Happy with a negative split!
The other motivating factor was a runner dragging their left foot. We were back and forth for the middle 2ish miles and finally he passed me and I wasn't catching up. Everyone has their own running style and I'm sure I do something annoying.
I also ran sans tunes. For some reason counting backwards from 1,000 seemed like a good idea, and actually it was. I kept myself in a pretty good rhythm and wonder if I run slower to some songs than others.
Don waited for me at the finish line, he ran a 7:12 for total time of 28:47. Yeah Don!!! Hanging around for 10 minutes in the cold, what a friend, eh?? His bride opted to stay home as they had a busy afternoon with a wedding, smart woman!
Definitely a race to look for next year. The flatness was nice, and on a different day, the causeway would also be lovely! The cause is a great one, Sean Delaney Scholarship fund. Also, cancer, which is something near and dear to my heart. Sean Delaney had a 6 year battle with cancer, ending in May of 2000, he was only 42.
One of the things I liked about this race is it included a 1.6 mile causeway walk for the walkers and clear instructions for the walkers to stay on the sidewalk, this really is nice for those who want to race. As far as I could tell from my middle of the pack view everyone respected the: "Please be considerate and save, keep walkers, dogs, and baby joggers off the 4-mile race course" on the application form. This was requested because it is a very narrow race course.
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