Woke up Sunday morning at 5:15 am and started my race day routine. Took a shower and made cinnamon oatmeal with hot honey tea and a Gatorade. By 6 am I jumped on the car and headed to Burke, VA. The one hour drive felt pretty long because it was mostly on route 66, which can be very boring alone at that time.
When I arrived at 7 am, I picked up my package and went back to my car to relax until 7:30. Then I did my stretches and warmed up to race pace. 20 minutes later I met up with my friend Jaclyn to run the race with. 5 minutes until 8 am the runners were called to the starting line and I went to my car to listen to the same song I have for the past few years, “The Downfall of us All” by A Day to Remember. Then went to the front of the starting line and the gun was shot.
Started the race a little fast and I was leading it for the first quarter of a mile when two runners just blew by me and didn’t see them again until the loop back. From mile 1 to 5 I ran the race by myself. The person in front of me was a minute ahead and the one behind was around 2 minutes but catching up. The race was a 2.5 mile up and down hill and then back the same way, however it felt like everything was uphill. By mile 4 my mile split was down to 7 minutes and I couldn’t pick it up losing the person in front of me and the guy behind me finishing just 20 seconds away.
I finished the 8k with a time of 32:19 which is a new personal record and beating my last 8k time in January of this year by over 2 minutes. Besides coming in 2nd place on my age group, I was 9th overall out of over 300 runners. The race was for a great cause and got an awesome Nike technical t-shirt. Can’t wait for next year!