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Oskar Blues 4 Miler 2015

Happy Wednesday friends!  Did you have a good St. Patrick’s Day?

I spent the day taking Reina back to the vet and getting our kitchen sink fixed.  Boo!  Far from the partying St. Patrick’s days of my “youth,” but that’s ok 🙂  The Vet said Reina’s knee is still not healed, but it is looking better.  We are going to try one more round of antibiotics, saline wash and lots of positive thinking.  Keep the prayers coming, I really appreciate it!

Instead of a green beer hangover I have a nice new and shiny garbage disposal to show for my efforts.  Exciting…. I know…

As I mentioned Monday, I ran the Oskar Blues 4 Miler on Saturday.  My intention was to actually run the Shamrock 5K in Asheville earlier in the morning, but I got up at 6AM and it was POURING!   I really didn’t want to ruin my shoes and get blisters so I decided to wait a few hours and try to go the Oskar Blues Race which started at 11 instead of 8.  I looked at the radar and thought it might be dry in Brevard by race time.

I arrived in Brevard at about 10AM and it was still raining buckets!  It looked like it was also going to be that kind of a miserable race.

oskar blues 4 miler rain

Everyone was hunkered up under a big awning.  There was a long line to pick up your race bibs, but I was not registered yet so I got to go to race day registration line, which was empty.  I guess no one else in the area woke up wanting to race considering the weather.

oskar blues 4 miler before

I wore my rain jacket and hat to get my bib and waited in the car to stay warm until about 15 minutes before race time.  I decided to leave my phone in the car, just in case my rain predictions were wrong because I didn’t want it to get wet.  I trusted my forecast enough to leave my rain jacket and hat in the car though because I get hot pretty easy when I run anyway.

oskar blues 4 miler before 2015

Luckily my weather predicting skillz (yes, skillz) still work and I was right!  The race started promptly at 11AM and the rain stopped at about 10:58!  It was so nice.

There was a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and before no time the race started.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect from my legs.  I hadn’t raced since my 26:58 5K PR early last summer.  I have been running consistently, but I did not train for this particular race and I have not been pushing myself in the same way I was when I hit that time.

Mile 1 was mainly flat to slightly uphill.  The crowd pushed out really quickly and I found myself falling back to a comfortable 8:30-9:00 pace for the first quarter mile.  I then settled into a near 9:00 pace because I wasn’t sure how my legs would hold up.  My only goal for the race was to finish strong.

Mile 1: 9:02

Mile 2 I focused on keeping a consistent pace and keeping my breathing regulated.  I had a really bad bout of breathing on a run earlier in the week so I was a little afraid of my lungs giving out.  The second half of mile two started an uphill climb.

Mile 2: 9:27

Mile 3 started off with a big hill but quickly crest into a gradual downhill fall.  I remembered that the rest of the course was pretty easy after that hill, so I was feeling great!

Mile 3: 9:17

By mile 4 I realized I was running pretty good, and that if I kept a constant pace I could finish faster than I did last year!  I focused on keeping my leg turnover rate even so my time would be faster.  At this point running fast is kind of a mental game for me.  I know I have it in me, but I have to stay focused.  If I start thinking about ALL THE THINGS, then I slow down.

Mile 4: 9:18

oskar blues 4 miler finish line

I crossed the finish line at 37:32 (GPS distance 4:06.)  According to my watch that is about a 9:15 pace!  Last year my GPS time was 37:56 and my official time was 38:08.

oskar blues 4 miler julie gps

So… I set a 4 miler PR and a race PR for me!  I was thrilled!  I honestly didn’t even know if I would be able to break 40 minutes because I had such a bad run earlier in the week.

oskar blues 4 miler julie finish

As a finishers treat, everyone gets a can of Oskar Blues beer.  The race is actually held at their brewery.   I had a bunch of stuff to do during the day and had to drive myself home, so I didn’t have one, but it is a nice race perk!

oskar blues 4 miler beer line

There is also a food truck with yummies to pick from.


oskar blues 4 miler food truck

Since it was really a cloudy, muddy and cool day I didn’t stick around for long.  However last year’s race was much more of a party atmosphere.  If you are curious, check it out HERE.  It was sunny and 70 degrees for the race last year.

Regardless of the weather, I’m glad I got to run Saturday.  Racing just feeds my soul and reminds me why I love running so much.

I also think it is very encouraging that I didn’t loose all of my speed by taking my running detox.  I was running much faster when I set my 5K PR, but I know I can get back there if I want.  I ran a faster race this year without trying too terribly hard and I am not burnt out from speed training all the time.

The lesson here is that you can run just to run sometimes, without training or racing and still keep your racing mojo!  Muscle memory is a powerful thing.

Good to know…. good to know…

I had a great time at the Oskar Blues 4 Miler and I’m hoping to fit in a few more races during the spring season!

See you tomorrow!  I’m so exciting to share another video with you!  This time I’m cooking a smoothie with a fragrant twist.  It is a totally fresh new idea for spring!  See  you then.

I’m linking this post with Wild Workout Wednesday and Wow! Workout Wednesdays.  Also Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday. Thank you so much ladies for the link up party!

Your turn!

Have you ever run a race without training?

Do you ever run without training for racing?  Did you loose your racing mojo?

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:16-04:00 March 18th, 2015|Fitness, Races, Running|39 Comments


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  2. Jaime March 26, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Congrats on the PR and a good run!! (I’m a bit behind on my blog reading.) 🙂

  3. The Frugal Exerciser March 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Sometimes you need a break in order to do well, congrats on doing great in the race. #wowlinkup

  4. Debbie Rodrigues March 22, 2015 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I totally miss participating in races.. I love running in the rain. Once I trained under pouring weather and I have to admit that it was stretching a little too much though. 😛
    It seems that you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the experience!

    • JulieWunder March 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Debbie! I sometimes like running in the rain too– not when it is cold though! Thanks for stopping by– hope to see you again!

  5. jill conyers March 20, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I’ve never run a 4 mile race before. Nice finish!

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Jenny @ apples & kale March 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Good for you for sticking it out! That seems like such a fun race–hopefully next year the weather is better! The “Dogfish Dash” is on my race bucket list! 🙂

  7. Andrea March 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    That sounds like an awesome race if the weather would have been decent. Sometimes running less and doing more yoga/pilates/cross training helps improve times a lot. I know I run faster when I make time for yoga and weight training.

  8. Dan Steadman March 19, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

    congrats on the PR!!!!

  9. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections March 19, 2015 at 6:55 am - Reply

    What a great PR! I love that the rain stopped right before the race. That’s the best. That happened to me on a 20 miler I ran last year to prep for my marathon. It was such horrible weather and I was like, please, I don’t want to run this whole thing in pouring rain. It stopped right before the race and was just misty and damp but not pouring. So lucky!

  10. Farrah March 18, 2015 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I’m glad Reina’s knee is looking better! Will keep sending prayers + good thoughts her way!

    Congrats on the PR even despite the weather, and hooray for food trucks! 😀

  11. [email protected] March 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the PR!

  12. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club March 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Those are some awesome paces. I would have tried to keep up with you because I am around about there. Running in the rain is never fun for me. I did it a few times and was annoyed the entire time but the food trucks would have cheered me up. #wowlinkup

  13. Danyelle Musselman March 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Congrats on a great race! Way to brave the elements (I couldn’t have done it!)

  14. [email protected] Feet March 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    You know …that new garbage disposal is exciting!! 🙂 congrats on a race and distance PR! We will have to make sure to catch each other next year at the race!!

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Haha! It hardly makes any noise at all. Our other one has been making crazy awful sounds for months and then started drowning my kitchen in water!
      Yes- Let’s make sure we catch up at the next race!

  15. Nicole @ Fitful Focus March 18, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Woohoo! Way to get out there despite the weather AND set a PR!! Congrats!

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nicole! It is nice to make the most of a rainy day!

  16. Whoo hooo! Great job!!Lucky you that the rain stopped. I wasn’t so lucky 🙂

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Yeah- I don’t know how you did that! You are tough! Did you run in your new shoes? Are they ok? That is the first thing I thought about… oh no… the shoes!

  17. Susie @ SuzLyfe March 18, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Great job Julie! And hey, skillz are skillz are skillz.
    And I would kill for a garbage disposal.

  18. Annmarie March 18, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Congrats on the PR! That is awesome!!!

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks! It’s only because it is funny distance, but I’ll take it!

  19. Congrats on the PR! That’s awesome! Your new sink story was how I spend my Black Friday last year. That was not how I wanted to shop 🙂

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Yeah between Reina and the sink… I probably will not be real shopping for awhile… boooooo

  20. Heather @Fit n Cookies March 18, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Great job!! That’s a really good time and a reminder that your body can do it 🙂 I am a wimp and usually won’t run if it’s raining. I just prefer to stay dry, haha.

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I normally do it! I’m glad the rain stopped just in time!

  21. Jess @hellotofit March 18, 2015 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Yay for your PR!! Sorry to hear there was so much rain, though…and hope Reina gets better!!

    • JulieWunder March 18, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I wish she knew how much attention she was getting. She would love it 🙂

  22. Joanna @Makingmine March 18, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Wow, congrats on a great race! I am looking forward to starting to do a few 5k’s again this fall – running at all will be my 1st goal 😉

  23. Blane Sherer March 18, 2015 at 5:41 am - Reply

    I certainly hope all goes well for Reina.
    I enjoyed your description of your Oskar Blues race.
    I especially liked your weather forecasting skillz comment.

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