It’s been a 4th of July tradition over the last few years for me, but it has been going on for over 30 years. The Buffalo Chips Running Club 4th of July 5-miler is a free race that goes on every year in the beautiful River Park neighborhood of Sacramento. Hundreds of people gather at Glenn Hall Park for this race which started at 8:00AM, the race also includes a kids race, which my son kind of took part in where we ran a little crossing the finish line.
After the kids cross the finish line, the hundreds of runners make their way to the start area, where the National Anthem is sung before runners make their way along the 5-mile route along the well supported course by those who live in the neighborhood. Plenty of the residents come out on their front lawns cheering on runners, while others participate and get the rest of the neighborhood set up for the annual 4th of July parade that takes place after the completion of the run.
For today, my goal was to run easy with running a pretty good Thursday marathon pace workout yesterday. I was planning on running the 5-miles at around a total of 40ish minute (8 min. / mile pace). Well that kind of fell off when my Tuesday training buddy Derrick came running up behind me just before the 1-mile marker and said he wanted to run it in 35 minutes. So I decided, okay let’s do this … “no screw it let’s race” …
The pace started to pick-up and I told Derrick, hey we are running faster than a 35 pace, but we kept on running fast and faster. By the 3rd mile Derrick stopped talking and started to move a little faster taking a lead on me by a few yards. I was certain okay, he is trying to run hard, I need to pull back with a planned 20-miler tomorrow. Nope, that didn’t happen. As we all know, when your buddy runs fast, you end up doing the same as well.
According to my Strava account my mileage splits were as follows: 7:08, 6:31, 6:24, 6:29, and 6:17. Though going into the run, my goal wasn’t to “Race”, I was pleased with my effort since I was able to talk to Derrick the entire time and felt really good at the finish. Derrick even commented, you’re not even breathing hard.
Derrick and I ran just over 33 minutes total for the run and both finished strong. At the finish I saw my wife and son waiting for me as well as plenty of friends running the event finishing up.
Did you start your 4th of a July off with a run or community race?