I guess the PVTC Go Fourth 8K is my July 4th tradition. I think I missed it a few years for lacrosse tournaments, but if we are home, I will brave the heat and the hills to get some watermelon at the finish!
While many runners take the opportunity to wear patriotic outfits, I wanted to try out my new ProCompression socks. Since they are hot pink, I thought they would go better with my Sauconys than my Mizunos, so this was my first race in my Sauconys.
Although I prefer to run early to beat the heat, the 8:30 start meant I could set my alarm for 6:00, walk the dog, do my physical therapy exercises, take a quick shower and fix a cup of coffee and still get to the race site in time to snag a good parking place. (Talk about fitting it all in!)
After I got my race bib, I went to the bathroom because I could–there was no line.
It was in the low 70s but overcast at the start, and I even felt a few raindrops. The sun came out quickly though, and I was definitely feeling the heat on the course. My plan was to run a solid run, but I did not want to risk my recovery by pushing too hard or sprinting at the end. I think my split times show that I met that goal pretty well:
9:13, 8:50, 8:44, 8:42, 8:30
(OK, maybe I pushed a bit harder at the end.)
Finish time: 43:02 (4.9 miles, avg. 8:48 min/mi).
After I crossed the finish line, I kept walking over to the picnic area, where I knew there would be watermelon waiting.
What are your July 4th traditions?