Two years ago I accidently discovered the Pregame 4 miler and ran a 25:32. The race is located in north jersey, in Morristown. Two years ago I confused the towns of Morristown and Moorestown. Moorestown is roughly 15 minutes from me, where Morristown is 90 minutes. It turned out I loved the race so much I decided to come back this year too. Luckily the race start is at 11 am.
As I mentioned in my training log, I had not been sleeping well. The night before the race finally passed out and slept through the night. I ended up getting 10 hours of sleep. It was exactly what I needed.
The Pregame 4 miler has a “polar bear award” that the most naked person wins. Since the Panthers were playing, I decked out in a Panthers themed outfit. It included the most naked I could get down too, followed by several temporary tattoos. Luckily it wasn’t too cold out, so it felt fine.
We left the house around 8:15 and arrived by 10. It was an easy drive and almost exclusively all highway. While signing up, the volunteers gave us two bibs but didn’t specify whose was who. When my husband and I asked which bib was which they said it didn’t matter. I mentioned would gladly accept the faster run bib (i.e. My husbands).
The bib confusion took longer than anticipated to sort out. Since I was flustered and in a rush, I somehow put my bib on upside down at the start line. I’m regularly pushing my limits to get to the start on time, and the bib is the last thing on my mind. At the race start and during the entire race, no one told me my bib was upside down. I can file that under most embarrassing race moments.
The race start was quick. The first half mile is downhill and followed by a slow uphill and another downhill. I was running in a big crowd of people. Like last time, we ran by a church which was getting out. It’s always fun to run by a church when you are half naked (not that I do that often).
I hit the first mile in 6:03. I wasn’t tapered, but because I knew it was the easiest mile, I was worried. I didn’t know how to race a 4-mile race and just raced it as a 5k with a bonus round.
The second mile began to disseminate the crowd, and I found myself with plenty of room. I had warmed up the first two miles of the course, so I knew the layout. We ran up a short incline and by the time I knew it, it was mile 2. I hit the second mile in 6:09. I didn’t feel remarkably good or bad.
I knew the third mile was the most difficult. In the middle, we climbed a steep hill of about 200 feet. I felt the hill repeats from training keeping me strong. I was able to climb the hill well and charged the last 1.25. Two months ago that hill would have crushed me, but on Sunday, I ran it well. I hit the third mile in 6:22 which I was pleased with. My overall time was 18:31 and continued to run a 5k in exactly 19:00 (which is where I want to be for race workouts).
During the last mile, I made the six-minute goal to break 25 minutes.
I sprinted to the end. The final mile was a blur. The first half is straight followed by a turn and a short incline. I finished the last mile in 6:09 and with an overall time of 24:47.
I’ve never had a video focused on me while running but they made videos for some of the finishers.
A lot has happened since running this race two years ago. Back in early 2014, I was in good shape. In 2014, I ran a 25:32 and two months later, a 1:23:23 half marathon. This year, I ran 50 seconds faster, and I believe I’m in better fitness. Mentally the race shows that I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in, but I have room to improve.
I was untapered for the race and used it as a workout. Honestly, it felt like a workout as well. It was a 19 minute 5k on a challenging course.
Finally, I did not win the Polar Bear contest. One of the local runners ran in a speedo and held the signs “D” and a “fence” for defense.
Questions for you:
Were you rooting for a team at the Super Bowl?
Have you run a four miler before?