We celebrated July and Independence Day with the CRMC 4-Mile run. This was a 4 mile run in a small community, and the funds raised went to support their local hospital.
Packet pickup was on Monday. Cinderella and I made a day of it by getting a haircut and then heading up to packet pick up. We got our packets and then went to attempt to find the route for the race. I had a map of the route of the race, the only problem was that it did not indicate the direction. It did not take long to find the arrows already marked on the road indicating where to turn and for me to realize that we were going backwards. I turned around and we then drove what we thought was the route of the race in the correct direction.
After that, Cinderella and I found a local diner, and we both had a delicious and inexpensive meal.
I was a little apprehensive about this race because I had not been consistently running distances over two miles. My last race was a 6K (3.8 miles) and I had walked a lot of it. My goal for this race was to run a majority of it and to finish in at least the same time as the last race even though it was a longer distance.
On the morning of the fourth, we had typical summer weather (hot and humid) but we were blessed that it was cloudy and overcast. When we lined up for the race, we lined up going in the opposition direction I thought we’d be going, so I didn’t know what to expect. I had told my daughter that it was a pretty flat course, and she’d be fine. The first thing we did was run up a big hill!
Evidently, I had somehow missed the first leg of the race. I was not mentally prepared for the two big hills that were in that leg. I decided I wasn’t going to wear myself out on the first mile and then be pooped out the rest of the race, so I did go ahead and walk some of the hills in the race.
I was about the same pace as a guy that told me he had been running for 30 years, hadn’t done any running in the last 11 years, and was starting to run again. After I told him I had just started running two years ago, it seemed like he was trying to be an encourager. Evidently, we had opposite strategies, so we kept passing each other.
The race was exhausting, and I definitely felt like I had reached my max. However, not only did I reach my goal, I actually finished over a minute under my last race which was a shorter distance!
Afterwards, we hung around for the awards and then went back to the same local diner for breakfast. It was a great way to kick off the Fourth and enjoy the freedoms we have thanks to so many that have gone before us and made many, many sacrifices.
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36