July 4th 4 miler and 1 mile fun run

What a gorgeous weekend! We had perfect weather and got to enjoy as much time outdoors as possible. I hope you had a great holiday weekend!

We kicked off yesterday morning with a 4 mile race and kids 1 mile fun run.  I woke up nervous.  Short distance races have hurt lately.  That 5k I did a few weeks ago? It’s held me back from racing other local 5ks because I just don’t feel “ready”… but that’s silly.  I can’t get better if I don’t push myself.  So I signed up for this race last week, largely because it also had a kids option and would be a fun family event for the morning.

L picked out our sparkly soul bands and asked for matching braids.

Cranford fun run and 4 miler

We got there just in time to use the bathrooms and get our bibs and jump into the kids race.  It was a one mile race- the longest “race” my daughter has done so far.  We did a few practice runs, and she would stop and walk often.  But this time she ran a nice steady pace the whole way through- I was really proud of her!


I only had minutes to head to the start for my race, so that 11 minute mile would have to do as my warm up.   I was aiming for a hard tempo effort, and knew I would push a little harder than that once the race started.

It was hot, but less hilly than other 5ks I’ve been running in the areas, so that helped.

I felt really good for the first mile.  Too good, actually.  I probably should have pushed harder but I wanted to start conservatively and pick it up for the second half.  Mile one: 6:49.

The race was mostly flat with chunks of it in the shade.  When we came into the full sun it was brutal, but not as humid as other mornings this past week.  Mile two I focused on slowly passing a few of the runners in front of me who had started too fast and were slowing down.  Mile two: 6:42

I aimed to stay as consistent as possible for mile three.  It was the hardest mile for me- I was starting to feel tired but also wanting my legs to pick up the pace.  6:44


The final mile looped us back toward the park where we started.  I saw my girls and husband cheering and pushed a little harder to finish strong: 6:37

Final time: 27:01 (my watch); 27:06 chip time (which started with the gun, not a chip)

Cranford 4 miler

On the drive to the race, I told my husband my goal was between 27 and 27:30 so I’m really happy with that! Especially for a hot day in the middle of marathon training.  It was a good confidence boost that my training is on track and that the possibility of a 3:20 marathon is doable.

I did a two mile cool down around the park for a total of 7 miles.  The girls played on the shaded playground and I ran into Maxine, a talented runner who I know from Instagram and lives just two towns over!

Cranford Maxine and I

So I did another two mile cool down with her and loved the chance to get to know her a bit.  We have a lot in common, as redheads, stay-at-home moms, runners and we’re both training for a marathon on October 9th! I look forward to connecting more with her in my training going forward.


We came back just in time to learn that she had the second overall time for women and I was first in my age group. Nine miles for Monday with a solid 4 mile race is a great way to start the week!

We stopped at home for lunch and naps and then spent the afternoon at a BBQ with friends.  And now the fun, long weekend must come to an end!

Did you run a 4th of July race?

Have you ever done a 4 miler?



12 thoughts on “July 4th 4 miler and 1 mile fun run

  1. Congrats Laura!!! That is a fast time for a hot day and in the middle of marathon training. I love that you can run these “check-in/tune-up” races all the time. They will only help!
    And I love that you were able to do the kids race first 🙂
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  2. Congrats! You did great and that’s awesome that you were first in your AG. Ive never done a 4 miler, but i have done a 6k which is just short of 4 miles. Its tricky to pace I think because you feel like you are running as hard as 5k but for a longer time! Congrats to your daughter on her race as well!
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  3. Nice work though. I’ve done a couple of 4 mile races before and I actually enjoy the distance. The 4 mile and 6k, are fun in my opinion. I understand with “not feeling ready”. I wonder if I ever will feel ready to race again right now.
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  4. Congrats Laura! That’s a fantastic time especially on a hot day and your splits are so even! And congrats to your daughter as well on her race. I’ve never done a 4 miler and it’s been years since I’ve done a 5K even, in part because I never feel quite ready for those shorter distances.
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  5. Congrats! I love your matching braids…too cute! It sounds like training is going great. I’ve never done a 4 miler, in fact I’ve never even seen a race of that distance around here. I know 5ks make me want to puke so I’m sure I’d REALLY be puking with an extra 0.9 miles!
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  6. Fabulous! Sounds so fun, and it must be great to run with your little girl. 🙂 (My daughter chose other sports, and still has a mean sprint around bases. but hates running anything longer than 200 meters, lol.) I took my puppy to the trails each day over the holiday weekend. There’s lots of leash training and growing to do before he can run with me, but we do “intervals” for 1-2 miles, 2-3x/week. By which I mean, jog/sprint/stop/walk/stop/bark/pee/repeat. He’s doing most of the barking and peeing. 😉

  7. Congrats on a strong race in tough conditions, Laura! How fun you go to do the kids race with your daughter first. I love that she’s caught the running bug! : )

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