MCRRC Shooting star 4 miler

I had another Montgomery County Road Runners club race this morning at Sligo Creek Middle School.

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And they don’t mess around when it comes to expectations as clearly stated by the sign.

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I didn’t run this race last year but I believe they said the course changed this year. It was two loops with an extra little out and back on the second loop.

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The start was a little bit odd because everyone started at the middle school parking lot

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And then ran around the cars back out to the street. I guess they needed this extra little loop to make the course 4 miles.

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Once out of the parking lot it was downhill and then a little off road section to get onto a trail

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The course went on the trail for about a half mile and then back uphill through some neighborhoods and around the backside of the middle school to start the second lap.

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My race went well. I ran with the same group most of the time and pushed my pace during the uphill sections. I had enough energy left that after getting over the final hill I made a really hard push on the downhill and ran away from the group I was with to finish in 27:20 for a 6:50 min/mile pace.

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After finishing I walked over the rec center to get some coffee and a bagel.

And earlier this afternoon I got on my bike for the first time in a while to stretch out my legs and get ready for adding some swimming and biking workouts starting next week.

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