I run this race every year and it’s always so much fun! I grew up in La Palma and the race course travels on the paths I used to run throughout high school so it always brings back memories.
This year B was lucky enough to have the day off and it was great, we brought both George and Sophie, which George was going to run with me and B was going to hold Sophie while we ran. She is a much better dog in public than George so it’s always interesting trying to wrangle them together out of the house.
I got my bib that morning and did a mile warm up with George. It was cloudy and cool but I knew it would get hot soon because it always does at this race. We walked over to the start line and off we went! I couldn’t get good music on my pandora throughout the entire race so that was kind of a bummer, but I did feel way better than the recent 5K I ran, so that was a good sign.
The first two miles didn’t feel SO difficult and I ran faster than my recent 5K, so I was surprised I felt so much better, without much time to train. My pacing was also better this race as well. I think the end of mile 5 and mile 6, George was a bit tired and I didn’t want to push him because it was getting warm. We stopped and got him a quick drink at mile 5 and then onward to the finish line. George struggles with pacing in an exciting environment because he wants to pull, pull, pull and run fast! When he gets tired, I never want to push him harder than what I think he wants to run so we made sure to take it easy that last mile.
We finally headed back on the home stretch and it was like George could sense it! He picked it up a bit and we ran towards the finish. After, he got a big drink from a few of the little girls who were working an aid station right past the finish line. I grabbed my finish line popsicle and again, it was a fun way to kick off the 4th! I checked the results and finished first in my age group again this year. I also realized, I’ve gotten faster over the past few years. I finished in 46:40 this year, which is also a PR for me, I realized later in the day! Hopefully they will update the stats to include this race on my Athlinks later this week.
The rest of the day was spent with family and friends at a little BBQ at our house. It was one of the first times we had a larger group at our home and it was a lot of fun! Everything turned out really well and everyone seemed to have a good time. How can you not have a good time with sparklers?!
We’ve been working a lot on the house and I have a few before and after posts to post soon of updates that we’ve done and also a few fun posts with Shea’s approaching wedding including invites and party themes! I can’t wait :) July is just the start of our busy summer and fall!