Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4th of July Race Fun

When you think of a memorable race experience, what do you think of? For me, I think of our local 4 miler on the 4th of July. It's always hot, always has a good turnout, always hot (did I mention that already), and it usually brings around a good story or two to share.

I've run this race six times so far (this year will make seven) and each experience has been incredibly different from the previous.

I ran this race in 2009 with my sister in law and oddly enough, I formed this blog just a couple of weeks later! Happy 9th blogiversary to my little corner of the world!


The race that year was my third to date and her first ever! I had just began running in January of that year and she followed suit not long after. Every time I think about this race I giggle. It was freaking hot, we walked a lot, and were some of the last ones to cross the finish line. The course even "re opened" while we were on it and we were asked to push to the sidewalks by the officers. My oh my how far we've come!


In 2010, I had a broken foot and missed out on the race, but I was back in 2011 and so was Kayla! This race turned out to be much better than the last and I ran it with a few of my "super hero" friends! We had a blast!
 

After coming back from my initial IT Band injury in 2012, I attempted to beast mode this race and literally threw up after crossing the finish line. Thankfully, a trash can was nearby. Never beast mode when it's 100 degrees outside, people. Learn from me.  


In 2014, I way overslept and a text from my dad woke me up..."hey, are you here?" I've never jumped out of bed and gotten ready for anything so fast in my life. Ever wonder what it's like to be inside the mind of a runner? Well, check out this race recap and wonder no more! 


For 2015's race, several friends of mine and I decided to complete our area's "Triple Crown" - a series of races that falls between March and July. We also received a special medal for doing so! Participating in all three races with them was so much fun!!

 
 In 2017, I ran this race and knew I was going to majorly bomb it. Well, as a HUGE surprise to myself, I actually ran very well and somehow achieved a 30 second PR! I was incredibly shocked to say the least!

What does 2018's race have in store? Well, here's a new one for this year - there's RAIN in the forecast! We shall see what new and exciting experiences Wednesday has to bring! 

Are you running a 4th of July race? How far is your distance if so? Have fun and have a Happy 4th!

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12 comments:

  1. I love races with personal history like this. Thanks for sharing all the years. I might have to read some of the older ones from the beginning. :)

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    1. Thank you! Haha it’s always fun to look back and relive race memories! :)

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  2. I wasn't aware of any 4th of July races in Dallas. I'm sure they're there, but it's so hot by then. We have a couple races in this area, but I'm staying home to be lazy in the morning :)

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    1. Omg I can’t even imagine a 4th of July race in Dallas! Maybe one that had sprinklers along the course! Haha!

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  3. Sounds like a fun race and what a great tradition. It is so hot I am not sure that I will be racing tomorrow. We'll see! Happy 4th!

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  4. I am running tomorrow a race that I've done since 2013. It is 4 miles which is a good distance. That is the only only race of that distance that I know of in the Chicago area.

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    1. Awesome!! Yes, there aren’t any other four mile races around here except this one so it’s nice to do something different from the typical 5K!

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  5. How fun to have so many memories of this race! I'm doing a nearby 5K tomorrow, I think it's my 4th or 5th time running it. Obviously, I missed it last year due to my surgery, so I'm really excited to return! Good luck to you!

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    1. Hope you had a great race! Thank you!! :)

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  6. I still have never run a July 4 race and every year I say that I need to sign up for one! Your race sounds like a lot of fun and it's always nice when a race becomes tradition. I hope the rain wasn't too bad yesterday!

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    1. Thanks! The weather was perfect, actually!! I loved it!

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