My posts are out-of-order this week. Now that I’ve covered Tuesday night, let’s talk about Sunday, 4th July and how we spent the day.
We have a 4 mile race called the Firecracker Run that I’ve run 3 out of the last 4 years. I’ve been training since May, building my endurance, increasing my time. Last year, I finished a miserable 42.40 minutes. I promised myself that I would do better and I “just” met that goal. I blame the weather. But, first let’s talk about Soso.
S was so upset last year that she couldn’t run with me that I signed her up for the 1 mile fun run this year. We had fun “training” a couple of time. She was so cute! I quickly realized that I wasn’t in enough shape to run the 1 mile with her and still do my best at my own race. D became her unofficial running partner.
It was a blazing hot and sunny day, high of 96 degrees. At 9 AM, it was probably in the high 80’s, not ideal running condition. But here they came to the finish line around 12 minutes. I was so proud of her and D, too since he never ever exercises. Unless you count mowing as exercise.
Now, back to my race results. I was really hoping to come under 40 minutes. Back in 2007, I ran it at 39.08. I would have taken 39.99! I had even run the route two weeks ago in 40 minutes and on race day you generally run faster. Well, all week I had been seeing sunny and high of 96 degrees. I knew that wasn’t good.
By 9:30, it was probably in the 90s. I ran the best I could at 41.55. I’m less upset because I know that I gave it my all. I know that I couldn’t have run it any better. I guess, for next year, I really need to train under hotter conditions. I usually run at 6AM when it is much cooler.
The rest of the day, we stayed indoors with the air conditioner on full blast. I napped a couple of times. We had an early dinner of grilled chicken, PW’s Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad, corn and green salad. Then we went to see the town fireworks. S didn’t love it. She said it hurt her eyes. But she didn’t want to leave either… go figure. Girl, next year, we’re just catching it on the TV!