An 8-Mile Race?

My local road runners club hosts a LOT of races throughout the year. It’s pretty amazing, actually. While these races are “no frills” in that there are no timing mats, no chips, no bibs, and no fees, there are plenty of volunteers braving the cold, cold winters and hot, humid summers manning aid stations and serving up some good post-race snacks. Last Sunday’s Distinguished Service 8-miler was no different.

Eight miles is just a strange distance for a race. I’ve run eight miles in normal training runs but have never “raced” that distance.  Regardless, I think it’s a great distance – not too short to feel like you haven’t put in the effort but just enough to know that you accomplished a decent workout. I was somewhat on the fence about this one and left it up to the running goddesses to steer me in the right direction on Sunday morning.

Good thing I woke up! While I had some minor GI issues that I will spare you the details about, I was excited to run. I hadn’t run that long in a few weeks but now that I’m out of my rut I’m starting to feel stronger again. It was a beautiful day although a little humid. There was no pressure to break any PRs, run negative splits (which I am becoming increasingly better at, thank you very much), or do anything out of the ordinary. All I wanted to do was run – plain and simple.

You can't tell but it looks like I peed all over myself in this picture. Classy.

I was lucky enough to run into Jen before the race and after discussing our paces, we were able to stick together for a good 6 miles before we parted ways. It was nice to have someone to chat with. Did I mention she’s one of my fellow Ragnarians? We’ll be representing Van 1 of Team B.A.D. (Beer & Donuts) on September 28-29th at Ragnar Adirondacks!

When all was said and done, I ran about a 1:15. I forgot to stop my Garmin when I crossed the finish line. I also lied and recorded that I ran a 1:13 because after staring at my Garmin for the longest time in the heat and humidity I apparently couldn’t do the math. So sorry, road runners club.


All in all, it was a great day to run. I have been running everyday as part of the Runner’s World Run Streak (#RWRunStreak) which has helped me immensely. I’m hoping that when it ends on July 4th (it’s a 38 day streak that began on Memorial Day) I can smoothly sail right into training for……

…the Philly Marathon!!

Have any great runs lately? What was your longest run streak?


7 thoughts on “An 8-Mile Race?

  1. Awww. I love that last picture. You look great!! I can’t wait til 8 miles seems easy peasy. I’m working on the negative split thing myself–we’ll see how this works out. ha!

  2. This is fellow TwitterRoadRacer and RWRunStreaker, Jim, from Williamsburg. Doing the RW run streak has been more difficult than I thought it would be. I’ve had to dodge thunderstorms on a couple of different occasions. I finally got caught out and drenched on Tuesday night. At least it was warm. I ran a very hilly XTERRA half marathon in Richmond on Saturday. Even though I was slow I placed third in my division. Sunday my quads were killing me but I went ahead a ran a mile to keep the streak alive. Surprisingly, I think it helped me recover quicker.

  3. I like “odd” distance races. Keeps things exciting and new. I did a 15K last year which I thought was a fun distance. These uncommon distances are also a good way for folks who want to do more than a 10K, but don’t feel up to a half yet to build up some confidence and experience I think.

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