Quadburners Halloween Hustle

October 31, 2016 | Comment

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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