Yesterday was the second race of the Wild Rover series, the Claddagh 4-miler! I was super excited and met Charlotte early so we could register. We got our numbers and shirts and brought the shirts back to our cars and then headed to the start line.
This shirt made me laugh
Waiting for my Garmin to sync up…
And we were off! This course, like last week, is pretty great. With one exception. There is a huge, steep hill right before the 2 mile mark. Just about everyone around me stopped as soon as we turned the corner and it was looming in front of us… myself included.
I started out too fast for this race. I kept looking at my Garmin and making myself slow down, but it felt so good to be fast! My first mile was really speedy, and I realized at the end of the second mile when I saw that hill that I needed to walk in order to save my energy for the rest of the race. At the top of the hill I took some water and headed down for the second half. I noticed on the downhill that I was running really fast… faster than everyone around me. I don’t like to stop myself going downhill, I think its bad for the knees. I obviously keep myself from running fast enough to trip and fall, but I try to run normally and let gravity do its job.
I also ran the third mile at a decent pace, probably because it was all downhill. I did take a couple of walk breaks during the last mile. I feel like I was prepared, but I don’t think I paced myself well. I do have to say this is the first race that I finished with nothing left in my tank. I usually feel like I could have pushed it more, but not this time. I didn’t sprint across the finish line, but I was certainly running fast.
My Garmin time and splits:
- Mile 1: 9:14
- Mile 2: 10:31 (hill of death)
- Mile 3: 9:23
- Mile 4: 10:05
- Garmin said this race was a little longer, measuring 4.1 miles, and my time was 40:11 (9:48/mile)
My official race time was 40:00 exactly for 4 miles. That’s a PR by 6 minutes! I hate that my Garmin is different than the official race distance/time, but either one is great
Charlotte finished this race in 35:47, a 8:57 pace!! She was thrilled. We were so happy with our times!
Just a couple of speedy Swedes.
I had somewhere I needed to be, so we said peace out to each other and went our separate ways. But not before she shared some macarons with me. I don’t know exactly where they came from but they were delicious.
I’m already excited for next week!
How do you take the hills on your walks/runs/bike rides?