I ran the Zoom Through the Zoo in Memphis last night. It was only my second 4-mile race. The first one I ran was back in 2010 when I first started running and actually won my age group with a staggering 38:30 (it was a small race). So, needless to say, I was pretty confident in getting a PR, but I wasn't sure I'd run as quick as I wanted to.
Going into it, I was hoping to finish in 32-something, which is a little over an 8-minute mile. Libby and I planned to run the first two miles in 8:15 and then see how we felt. Well, we started out way too fast (oops), and ran the first mile in 8:05 (the first half mile at like 7:40), and it caught up to us. Plus my stomach wasn't happy the whole time. No bueno. The first mile or so is through the zoo, and then you run around Overton Park. There are quite a few turns and a few hills, but nothing bad. There wasn't start mat timing, and we didn't start right on the line, so at the finish my watch said 4.12 miles in 33:50. Official time for the race was 33:56. I like my time better than theirs :)
Anyway, it's a great race, and the after party has BBQ, beer and live music. I'll definitely be doing it again next year.
4 miles in 33:56
Age group: 13/150