Saturday was the Runnin’ of the Green (Island) 4 mile road race. This race is considered the start of the racing season in the capital district of New York State. I remember looking at the race registration last March. However, I didn’t register. I wasn’t confident enough yet as a runner, so I didn’t do it. This year is a whole other story. I registered for the race almost as soon as I got the email about it from the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club. I have been anxiously awaiting this race as it’s the first race of the season and I was hopeful that with the race would come spring. I’m desperate for nicer weather!
I arrived at the race about an hour before it was set to go off. I did have to turn back to my house for my Garmin. While I know I didn’t need it…… I really wanted it so I could monitor how I was doing along the course. I picked up my packet and then went inside to grab my bib. They had super cute shamrock bibs. Unfortunately they did not have shamrock bibs for everyone, I think that if you were towards the end of the alphabet they ran out and subbed with plain ones. Sorry A! But it does look cute in my bibfolio. Once I had everything I found all of my running peeps and we milled around while we waited for the race to get underway. I swear that the temperature dropped substantially while we were waiting. Ahhhhh, March weather!
E and I lined up towards the middle of the pack. They made a few announcements and finally we were off. We both ran sans i-pod and went out with the attitude that we were just going to run the race…… not really “race it.” Immediately, I knew that we went out strong. At the half mile mark I looked down at my Garmin just to see and we were holding a 8:23 pace. Yowza….. that’s pretty fast for us. I immediately got a little nervous that we wouldn’t be able to hold it but, I was feeling good so I decided to keep going and deal with a slow down if and when it came.
I have to say that there are a lot of turns through the village of Green Island in this race. I was amazed at how often we were turning to head in another direction, down another street. But I suppose that’s what you do to get to four miles. At the two-mile mark there was a water stop. I took the opportunity to stop, get some water and walk for about 30 seconds. My ankle has been incredibly tight and sore for the past several weeks. I think it must have something to do with how I’m running. It typically goes away about 2 or 3 miles into the run, but those first few miles can be excruciating. Unfortunately, this was one of the painful runs. However, the little walked stretched it out and kept the pain at bay for a bit longer.
After walking E caught back up so I rejoined her for the second half of the run. We were still cruising along at between an 8:45 and 9:00 min pace. Around the three-mile mark I got another surge. Really, I just wanted to finish the run and be done with it.
When we passed the three-mile clock the volunteer who was stationed there said nice work…. you’re keeping a sub 9 min pace. I was in total awe. Awe with myself that is! I’d run at sub 9 pace before but only for a 5k and it seemed more painful then. This felt a little like victory. I kept my pace strong and finished the race. I also will say out loud that I passed lots of folks out there for a change. Sorry folks, but that felt kinda good. I used to be the slowest of the slow. I’m not saying that I’m the fastest of the fast now, but it sure did feel good to go out strong and bring it home on Saturday. My official chip time was 35:36. I’m super pleased with that and although it was my first 4 mile run, it’s my new PR!
How did you do in your St. Patty’s day runs?