I am all about the holiday themed races! Need someone to join you to run a Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving turkey trot or Jingle All the way race? I will be there with bells on (literally bells on). So when I discovered one of my running besties’ birthday fell on St Patrick’s Day, it was kind of a no brainer to sign up for the Four Courts Four Miler in Arlington, Virginia.
Four Courts Four Miler
This is a very popular, smallish local race that ends at the Four Courts Pub. Because everyone likes to drink beer at 9 am right? What makes the Four Courts Four Miler so much fun is well, the free beer, the St Patrick’s Day themed costumes and the crazy hills.
About those hills…The Four Courts Four Miler starts at the top of a hill where the pub is located. The first 2 miles or so are all down hill and then you turn around and run up hill for the last 2 miles. You run through Rosslyn, Virginia and by parts of Arlington Cemetery. This is a four mile race that feels like 6. It is by no means a PR race but it is ridiculously fun.
You may recall that I have had some ankle tendonitis the last few weeks and this would be my first run in about 10 days. Go big or go home right? Starting off going hill is very confidence building. I looked down and saw some speedy paces I have not hit in a while. Yup, all was well and good until the turnaround. Those 2 miles up felt like 4 for sure. We had some of our crazy March headwinds to spice it up a bit. I walked a few times and I am ok with that. My goal was to make it through without any ankle pain. Goal accomplished!
Perfect way to spend a beautiful spring morning with the best of friends.
Time for brunch! Celebrated our friend’s birthday with a delicious brunch at Green Pig Bistro. I had the yummiest Huevos Rancheros. Will run for food anytime.
Holiday themed races are always my favorites! Are you a fan of dressing up for holidays?
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