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DRC Bloomin 4 mile Race Report – 2009


Over the weekend I finally got myself back on the starting line along with 430 other athletes to enjoy a great morning at the DRC Bloomin 4 mile race down at White Rock Lake.

This event turned out to be a see-where-I-am-at event after running minimally the last three weeks due to my father’s cardiac arrest that required my families complete attention.

This life situation also whacked out my own internal system due to minimal-to-no sleep and high stress. I am just beginning to sleep fairly well once again and boy does that feel great!

Wendy’s family (parent’s, sisters, and nephew) were visiting for the week so a few of them also enjoyed the trot along the lake.

Family - Ready to Run!

Family - Ready to Run!

Before the start, I positioned myself in the front 25% as we were staging and hoped I wouldn’t get ran over once we started.

How Did The Race Go?

I ran the four miles in 27:44 (6:56 / mile) which was good enough for 38th overall.

MB Garmin 305 Summary Data

MB Garmin 305 Summary Data

I could tell right away that I didn’t have alot of top end speed so I just went with whatever felt like a fairly hard push. Every now and then I would peak at the Garmin 305 and see a pace between 6:45/mile – 7 min/mile.


I also noticed my heart rate ramped up pretty quickly especially for the pace I was running. This was another sign that my fitness was a bit weak. As it should be, I guess. It was a nice to see that I was able to maintain fairly steady pace and didn’t blow up. You just never know what can happen after a bit of time off.

It was also great to see my buddy Dave at the event enjoying the morning and having a solid run.

Complete race results.

The Fam Post Race

The Fam Post Race

What Does This Race Say About My August Half Marathon Goal?

To reach my sub 1:30 half marathon goal in August, I definitely have some work ahead of me.

Based off of today’s results, McMillan running calculator puts me at a 1:38 half mary. The equivalent Daniels’ VDOT would  be 46. This is probably a pretty fair assessment of where I am at because I was training at VDOT 48 (faster than 46) prior to the three week unscheduled break.

Is it possible to drop 10 minutes off my current projected half marathon time within the next 2.5 months? What do you think?

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

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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