On Saturday, I ran the Four Courts Four Miler in Arlington as part of my short distance racing series. It is an out and back course - check out the hills. I did a lot of practicing with hills in preparation for finishing with a 2 mile climb: lately, all of my long runs have finished going uphill. Yet, Sarah also referred to that last hill as "soul crushing." Yikes! Still, I was rested from my trip to Florida, I was excited, I was ready.
Although on race morning, I was lucky I made it to the start in one piece:
- I dropped one of my lucky "V" earrings on the carpet as I was getting ready and it took 20 minutes to find.
- I realized a few blocks after I left my apartment that I left my pocket rosary at home and had to run back to get it.
- I dropped off my bag before my warm-up. Normally, when I finish my warm-up, I strip down to my race outfit and change into my racing flats. But on Saturday, when I went to pick it up, all of the bags were just tossed in a giant heap with no sense of organization. 1500 people were running this race: I tried to sort through the bags to find mine, but after 10 minutes, gave up.
- Not only was I running without my facing flats (which I know I've only been using for 6 months, but now I absolutely love them), but I was running without my trusty pink visor - something I've worn in every race for almost 3 years.
|Cheers! Happy St. Pacers Day!|