On Saturday, I ran the Valley Nature 4-Miler. It’s a 4-mile run in the city that includes about three miles of road and one mile of trail. The road sections are flat but the trail section has a steep hill section – it climbs about 150 feet of vertical in a very short distance.
The weather was perfect and the race started right at 9. The first mile went out pretty quick. My friend Juan and one other guy took the first mile in about 5:15. That was a little quick for me – I went through in 5:25 in third place. The second mile was flat and I covered it in 5:25. I moved into second place and Juan was about fifteen seconds in front of me. We hit the trails and my legs were jelly. They were definitely still feeling my hill workout from Tuesday. I felt like I crawled up the hill, and Juan was pretty much out of sight. Coming out of the woods, I had a little life back in my legs, and I think I covered the last mile in about 5:25.
I came in second overall and won this nifty award:
My time was 23:08, which is 5:47/mile.
It wasn’t a great race for me, but it wasn’t terrible. I’ve been doing so many long trail races that it was nice to hit the roads for a little bit.
Full results of the Valley Nature Run are available here.
My next race will be the Green Lakes Endurance Runs. I’m still deciding between a 50k and a 100k. Decisions, decisions. Either way, it’s less than three weeks away!
When is your next race?