Heart House – 4 Mile – 27:16

Today’s race has rolling hills for the first and last mile. It was a pretty day, but quite windy.

Since our guest speaking at Catch the Wave I’ve received a very nice email and then today I was stopped after getting our packet by a woman who also saw us speak and said how much she enjoyed it. 🙂 Then during the race the best part was on the turn around and so many people were saying “Go Christine”, “Go 56 (my bib number)”. It made me so happy! Rob said that he had the same thing happen to him. 🙂

Rob got a PR with 25:52 and was 3rd in his Age Group!

I ended up 3rd female and 1st in my Age Group, plus a new PR to boot!

My new time of 27:16 beat my previous 4M PR of 27:39 from November 2009 and my time on this same course in 2009 was 32:49.

After our race we headed out with some fellow runners and did a cool down running on the opposite side of the course which meant we got the chance to say “good job” back to runners coming in. I saw a lady who was working hard and caught her eye to see she was struggling a bit and I asked if she wanted company and could I run in with her. She said yes and I asked her if she had run this course before and she said it was her first race ever. She took intermittent walk breaks and was worried that she would be last in. I assured her that 1) she was not last and 2) there is no last person in this race, last place is for the people sitting at home not doing anything today. I told her how awesome it was she was doing this and how I was exactly where she is three years ago. She got a little sick and tried to apologize and I said “sorry” should be a curse word in running, “please don’t say sorry”. I told her that getting sick is like a badge of honor, and all runners do it eventually,  it means you are pushing yourself hard. I told her if she gets sick in the finish chute to not worry, that she gets cool points for it. We get close to the finish and I said to push all she had left as hard as she could and she could rest for the rest of the day. She did just that and I grabbed her a water and met her at the end of the chute, had her look back at all the people still finishing, and said how you feel right now is how all of us feel regardless of our pace, it’s hard work out there! I introduced myself and gave her a hug. Then her friends and family showed up to congratulate her and I said “she did it!” and told her I hope to see her at more races and left her to celebrate and relax.



6:49 Pace

F 30-34: 1/10

F: 3/?

Overall: 22/184

13 thoughts on “Heart House – 4 Mile – 27:16

  1. Congrats on your new PR for the four mile! That’s an awesome performance. And thanks for sharing your story about the other runner you went back to help. I really like your line that “sorry” should be a cusre word in running. A lot of the less experienced runners that I’ve been working with in my TNT program always apologize (for being “too slow”, hurting, getting sick, etc.), even after I’ve told them there isn’t anything to apologize for. From now on, I’m going to share your line with them! Congrats again.


    1. Thanks Erin! Yeah I’ve had the same thing from other runners, apologizing for their pace or for not feeling well and it’s nothing to apologize for. We are all here for each other and inspiring to one another.


  2. Congrats on your PR! Awesome story about your fellow runner! That was really awesome that you ran with her and encouraged her!

    btw: your medal is awesome! I really like it!


  3. Wow awesome job both of you, but really do you ever have a bad race?

    I’m nervous as heck because I haven’t raced in months and I feel like poo. You two always find that drive to dig deep…awesomness from both of you congrats!


  4. Great job on ANOTHER PR!!! You just keep getting faster and faster. What do you think of the 4 mile race distance? I’ve never raced it, that’s why I’m asking. They don’t have many of those around here, though I am racing a 6K next month. How do you think it compares to the 5K?


    1. Now that you bring that up, we have quite a few 4 Milers around this area. I wonder why that distance is so popular here….hmm. 4 miles compared to a 5K, can’t say I recognize really a difference other than my body/mind saying “are we there yet?” at the 3 mile mark. I’ve never done a 6K, done one that was 4.37 (7K + .01 due to the distance around a lake area). I think you will find a 4 Miler not much different than 5K. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of 6K.


  5. I had to come back and tell you how impressed I am with not just your running but your drive to help others. The story of you running in the other runner is what this sport is all about…runners-helping-runners. It’s an amazingly gratifying experience…thank you for sharing.


  6. Thanks everybody! 😀 Stevi, I agree it is about all of us being there for each other! 🙂 Every runner is out there giving it their best whether it’s their first race, come back from an injury, recovery from a long distance race, or just time to smash a PR. I hope that lady keeps with it because she proved to me (and hopefully herself) that she is strong and there is more strength there to draw upon. She may only see that I was being there for her, but seeing her push really inspired me to do more as well.


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