Quadburners Halloween Hustle
The Quadburners held the fourth race of the five race series Saturday at the Washington St. Pier in Bay St. Louis, MS. The race had a 4 mile run and a duathlon.
I was nervous coming into this race because I had the fastest 4 mile time for the series for 2016. I wanted to keep my first place standing but I had not done any speed work since I was so focused on my half marathon for the past few weeks. I crammed in some last minute speed work the week of the race and felt better.
Race morning was absolutely gorgeous with blue skies and temperatures in the 60s. I met up with my running friend, Misti, and did our usual pre-race tradition of complaining how unprepared we were.
At 8:00am we began the 4 mile race which was out and back on the beachfront. I tried to not go out too fast and wear myself out. I was shooting for a 7:30 pace and enough of a lead to stay in first position. I finished mile 1 in 7:22.
I still felt ok during mile 2 and reached the 2 mile mark and the turnaround in 7:30.
I still had the lead going into mile 3 but I was getting tired. I was not sure how far back the second place female was so I kept pushing. I finished mile 3 in 7:40.
I stepped it up some for the last mile. With only a tenth of mile left I realized I was on PR pace…..but it was not in enough time. I finished the last mile in 7:35, good for 30:14 for the four mile race and only 7 seconds from a PR.
Even though I was short of a PR I was ecstatic with my time. I had not ran a 4 mile race that fast in about four years.
I chatted with some runners at the finish then met up with Misti at where else…..the Abita beer station. We sampled some Abita peach and picked up our series shirts.
The awards ceremony was held at the pavilion after the duathletes finished. New this year was pumpkin trophies for the top and age group winners. I was first overall female and received my very cool and festive trophy.
At the end of the awards ceremony bonus prizes were awarded for the course record holders. I did indeed have the course record and was awarded a really nice series blanket.
The series concludes with the Brew Ho Ho beer and root beer mile on November 26. Series finishers will receive the 5th medal and the medal connector to make a giant medal out of all of the medals.
Next up for me is the Battleship 12K November 13 in Mobile, AL. My goal is to break last year’s time of 1:01:54 for 7.4 miles. Until next time!