Well, add another event to my "I gotta do this one every year" list. It was a really neat event and a great way to see the track. As I mentioned in the previous post, I think my expectations may have been a bit high. This run is NOT a PR course for the 4 mile distance. I went in hoping to run faster than 25:28, but I was well aware that I was aiming pretty high with that goal. I finished in 26:10 and I'm pretty happy with that. I'm especially happy with my splits: 6:29, 6:30, 6:30, and 6:39 (the last mile is entirely uphill).
I was not passed by a single runner the entire distance (a great feeling), and going up that last big hill I actually passed about 5 other runners. My time was good for 14th out of about 400 runners, and 2nd in my age group. We (Ellie also ran, finishing in 31:49--a great time!) drove home shortly after finishing, although I had planned on running back home (about 5 miles). While walking back to our car, I decided that I have earned a weekend without a "long" run. This afternoon we're heading to church, and then we're going to a halloween party. I'm excited for that--Ellie and I are going as ourselves from high school (I married my high school sweetheart). We went to Senior Homecoming together, and Ellie's wearing the same dress, and I'm going to be sporting the same suit. I'll be sure to post before and after pictures :)
Make it a great Saturday!