- 4.0 miles in honor of turning 40
- 8.25 miles in honor of the actual day
- 40K if you dare.
I choose my normal 4 mile route, but changed it up at the end to avoid more hills.
My normal four mile route:
The 4 mile route that I ran for the race:
It was a beautiful morning. The sky was just starting to glow in yellow and orange as the sun was picking out. The temperature was an awesome 42 degrees. I wore my black running skirt and a blue short sleeve shirt.
After a warm-up with some stretching, I started out. How happy I was that my ankle felt great! First mile beeped: 11:10.
A gray fluffy bunny hopped across the road. Second mile beeped: 11:42. I was surprised at the pace since I had walked most of the hill.
Today, I ran a bit on the sidewalk. There's construction throughout town; adding a bike path that will eventually be 15 miles long. With the road all chopped up, I didn't want to risk twisting any ankles. Third mile beeped: 11:26.
I decided to change up the ending of my normal four mile route. Instead of running more hills, I did a few laps around the track. I don't think that I could have done the entire four miles around the track ... it would be like running on a treadmill for me; without the belt pushing me to maintain speed. As I was approaching home, the mist was sitting along the tree line in the valley.
This run bumped me over 500 miles for the year!