John Barry and I got entries thanks to 1 Red Shoe Realty. Kristin and I bought our house with 1 Red Shoe and we highly recommend them. Their knowledge and years of experience is just what we needed as first time home buyers. John and I have been training together a lot more thanks to my new work schedule. It’s been nice having his company at 5:30am during the week especially chasing him on intervals and tempos. I’ve told him and a few other masters running friends that I wanna be fast like them when I grow up. John and I did an easy 3.25 miles before making our way over to the start line for the 9:10am start.
At the start we saw friends Catherine, Erin, and Bill who were also doing the 4 miler. The race started and John was out fast with me in second giving chase. I knew I wasn't as fast as him but I wanted to keep him as close as I could for as long as I could. The first 2 miles are the fastest because they're all downhill or flat. The drop is around 101 feet according to Strava. I opened with a 5:35 first mile. John was about 15 seconds ahead of me as we continued to mile two and the turnaround. I ran mile two in a more reasonable 5:49.
I was happy with my performance. I went out too fast chasing John but it was fun and hard not to go out fast when you open with 2 miles of downhill. I slowed more than I wanted the second half but it was still a good race. I hope they continue the 4 miler event as I think it will be a great option to those racing a November half or full marathon as the 10 miler can be a little too far to race with your goal race a couple weeks away. The North Carolina Road Runners once again did a great job with one of their races.
Socks: Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light low cut
Shoes: New Balance 1400v4
Shorts: 2XU MCS Run Compression Shorts
Singlet: Zap Fitness singlet
Road ID Wrist ID Slim
Watch: Garmin 920XT
Hat: Zap Fitness tech hat