The great thing about this race was it was cheap(I got a special email paying $17 with processing fees) so I figured why not run on the Fourth of July, have a good time, and get a shirt instead of just running around my neighborhood for a good workout???
The final race instructions were not sent out until the day before and it noted that the streets we will be running on will close at 6 as well as check-in starting at 6. I spent a bit of time trying to figure out where to park since I would need to cross the blocked off street to get to the parking they suggested. I made the decision to park north of the course by a school so I can easily get out when I was done.
So I decided to get up at 5:30 and head out around 6 and hopefully get there to park by 625 and getting my stuff and make it back for the start of the race promptly at 7. The plan worked! I got down there really fast (15 minutes!), but it also took a long time to get all checked in: almost 20 minutes. One thing I would highly recommend for the future is to have a small registration the day before even if just for a few hours: it would allow for people to get their bibs, shirts, and bags and sleep an extra 30 minutes, which is always helpful!
I got my goodie bag and shirt and bib and headed back to my car to put up myself, get my bib on and get myself ready. I made it back to the start area around 6:45. I did a quick potty break, some stretching, quick 3 minute warm up (I think I need a longer warmup in the future), and more stretching. We did the National Anthem and the firemen sent us off right at 7am.
The course was very flat, and a bit boring as it was all residential. However, I had never actually been to Rosemead before so it was a new experience wanting. While running, the sun was out in full force and it was very humid and I totally forgot my hat! Next year, I would definitely recommend wearing a hat and also carrying water because I could feel my body overheating a bit. They did have one water stop half way through which was very helpful.
Right before the halfway mark is where I had the biggest issue of the whole run. I started off very strong and felt great (8:56 average pace) but then I had a huge falter. I finally figured out how for my Garmin to give me intervals and also mile splits (which I will write a post about tomorrow!) when I felt the vibrate for the 1 mile, I stopped to walk. Not until 30 seconds later when I got the walk interval, I knew I had walked too early! That extra 30 second walk break is most likely what cost me a PR. I definitely learned to stay abreast on what the vibrate is (and will keep monitoring to see if I can change how it vibrates for mile check ins).
Mile 2 was 9:55 pace (the slow down from my unexpected walk break and also the water break. I slowed down a bit to ensure I was taking in water). I knew the end was getting near so I kept pushing and ran 9:21 pace for Mile 3. For the final .03 I ran it at a 6:57 pace!
This is the issue. The course was .07 short! I am not sure if it was my garmin or if we were short or if I really just ran the tangents. There were one turnaround at the end so I wonder if that was shorter than it needed to be.
Anyways I finished in 28:25 and finished 71/181 and 5/25 in my age group! (one minute off of 3rd place).
I am overall happy with my performance. I wish I had not walked that extra bit. In the future, I would probably shorten my walk breaks by 2-5 seconds because that little bit can definitely add up and it is always good to push yourself!
Even though my runs have sucked lately, I definitely think I am getting stronger as I definitely was hot and tired but did not feel as bad as I did during my PR (it was also way more crowded). I enjoyed running in a small field as there was never course crowding or anyone in my way.
Afterwards, I went home, made breakfast, showered and did schoolwork before I went out for lunch and to celebrate the 4th.
Anyone else run on July 4th? When was your last run?