Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run 4 Miler (23:58)

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run 4 Miler (23:58)

I had no idea how Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run would go.  My legs were fatigued from running longer than anticipated the day before.  Regardless of the race outcome, I knew the race would be a great workout.  That’s the mentality I’ve gone to most of my races with.  If I surprise myself at the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run with a PR, great, but if it doesn’t happen, the race still served as a workout.  Most of the time, I don’t surprise myself.

The promise of unlimited grilled cheeses and tomato soup after the race sounded promising too.

My husband and I arrived at Washington Crossing Park around 9 am. The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run started at 10 and since there is limited parking, we wanted to get there early.  We warmed up about 3 miles and headed to the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run start.  The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run went off at 10 with no hiccups. There was a lead cyclist who led us all around the course, which was nice because the course was confusing.

The first mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run ran a massive loop around the park and fields.  I found it hard to get a good groove. We ran over all types of terrain, and I was more focused on not falling than anything else. I found myself stride for stride with another woman.  We crossed under the finish line around .75 and began to run down a soft canal path.  I passed the first mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run in 6:09.  My legs were tired, but they weren’t as tight as I thought they would.

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The second mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run was low key.  I was caught behind a male who took one stride for every two I made.  I crossed the second mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run in 6:04.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep that pace.  My calves were tight.

During the third mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run, we did a complete 180 turn and headed towards the finish line.  I got caught between two people during the turning point and almost made a dead stop.  After we turned around, I made my move and surged passed a few other racers. After that, I found myself alone. Runners were coming the opposite direction cheering.  I hit the third mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run in 5:59.  I was pleased but also surprised.  After that, I surged and gave the race everything I had.

I wasn’t sure how much of a lead I had, but I focused on finishing.  I was tired and was running hard.  I hit the 5k point of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run in 18:50.  Like racing the 6k in college, I thought…goodie a bonus round!  Around 3.5, the lead cyclist came back and picked me up.  I always appreciate races with lead cyclists for females as well.  As I approached the finish line, I heard footsteps behind me.  With a quarter of a mile to go, I surged and powered to the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run finish line.  I crossed the finish line completely exhausted.  I led the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run for most of it and didn’t want to give that up.  I gave all of the energy I had in the last mile and ran the fourth mile o the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run in 5:52.  That last mile of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run hurt.

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My final time of the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run was 23:58, which was a course record! I had no idea until they announced my name.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run Thoughts:

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run was almost 50 seconds faster than the Super Hero 4 miler last month.  I’m surprised considering my mileage and legs were fatigued.  The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run was a confidence booster because I haven’t been the greatest the last week or so. I executed good negative splits during the race, which indicates that if I went out harder and tapered, I could have an even stronger race.

My dream in college was to break 6 min/mile in a cross country 6k. Two injuries including a stress fracture, plagued me, so that never happened. Don’t get me wrong, I loved college running, but I never had a season I was all that proud of.  Racing a sub 6 min race at the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run gave me flashbacks to cross country.

Questions for you:

Do you like cross country style races or do you prefer pavement?

What is your favorite grilled cheese combination? Have you run the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run?