When I think 4th of July, I too think Will Smith catch-phrases!
Ran the Bridgton 4 on the 4th this year, 11 years since I last ran this race, I'm sorry but I can't stop wondering what the hell would have happened if I kept running back then.... damnit!
It was HOT! Race started at 8am and was already over 80* and climbing!
Did a quick 1 mile warmup, bumped into my man Travis and ran an extra half mile with him, he's a collegiate XC/track runner (or was, he quit to focus on tri's) and works at Maine Running Co, a solid dude with some speed.
I was already sweating balls, so decided to go shirtless (whatever) and because I didnt want to go out too fast, I let Travis toe the line, and I went 2-3 rows back.
Mile 1 - 6:02
Lining up a few rows back really helped my pace, as I usually (and stupidly) end up going out with the 5min milers for 30 seconds... I let them go do there thing and just relaxed. The first mile was over before I knew it
Mile 2 - 6:29
Holy hill! Heat really started to climb, and so did the elevation. Kept a low gear and just kept passing people who went out too fast....suckers.
Mile 3 - 6:10
Trying to get back on pace after the hills, this mile was the hardest mentally, although I ran through Mile 3 marker around the same time I just ran a 5k a few weeks ago.
Mile 4 - 5:45
DOIN' WORK SON! Fastest mile I have ever ran.... ever. Not sure where it came from, but I loved it.
Ended up 28th overall, and first place in 30-34 age-group. (24:30 vs. 27:04 in 1999)
Not too shabby for some punk kid who has been running for just a year.... looking forward to Old Hallowell Day 5k this week...