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2008 DRC Bloomin 4 Mile Race Report

On Saturday I took on a local 4 mile road race called the DRC Bloomin 4 Mile. This is another one of the events put on by the Dallas Running Club. There were nearly 400 excited runners ready to take on the hot, humid, and windy conditions along the mostly flat shores of White Rock lake.

After about a 5-10 minute warm-up, it was time to race. Already a nice bit of sweat was forming on the forehead. Just before the start, the announcer let us all know that the temperature was already 80 degrees. Thanks! It did remain overcast for most of the run so that made things a bit better.

At the start I really just tried to maintain a steady pace and not go out too fast and blow up after two miles. I basically danced in the 6:30-7:00 min/mile range the entire race. This is a pace I had not seen since my training for the Boston marathon. Fortunately it did not feel too foreign to the body. The front runners were cruising in the low 5:00 min/mile range!

From about the 2.5 mile mark I was trying to catch a guy in front of me but didn’t have the extra gear I needed. I kept creeping closer and closer but ended about 10 seconds behind him at the finish. It was a fun chase.

My Garmin Forerunner 305 running data was uploaded to MotionBased and provides a neat little summary of my run. One thing I thought was pretty interesting was how quickly my heart rate elevated. Within .50 miles, I was already at 175 bpm and I remained in the 180s starting at the 1.25 mile mark.

I finished with a time of 27:11 per my Garmin but the official time was 27:14 due to timing based off of gun time. All results for the event can be seen here.

It was definitely a fun event put on by the DRC and a great way to start a Saturday!

Post Race Pic – Everyone still smiling!

Bloomin 4 Mile Pic
Me, Wendy, Sue (Wendy’s sister), and Ty (Sue’s son)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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