Finally realizing a long standing 4 mile goal time
Last Sunday I ran the first legitimate 4 mile race in a long time. Two years ago when I started running in 2010, I ran the Japan Day 4M race and during the race I tore 2 of the tendons in my ankle, completing the race in 40:44 (10’11” pace) and following up with a ton of therapy. Then in 2011, I ran it in 35:46 (8’56” pace) and considered it a job well done. Finally, in May of this year, I ran it with a broken spine complete with metal back brace in 47:13 (10’35” pace) and although I was happy to have completed it, it wasn’t exactly a good idea.
A little background on “4 miles” – This was the distance of my average daily run. Back in Brooklyn, my course to the bridge – pier – overpass was exactly 4 miles. This is a distance I had become comfortable with. I had thought to myself on numerous occasions “gee, wouldn’t it be nice to get this 4 miles under 30 minutes?” And I never could. My running Brooklyn running course was flat to boot. It was just a dream…
Now, after a full spine fracture recovery and training almost daily in hilly Central Park, I wanted to snatch this damn dream time out of the clouds and into reality.