2015 PRR Mother’s Day 4 Miler Race Recap

May 27, 2015

This past winter I purchased a race pass from Potomac River Running (4 races for $110 or $27/race).  I was looking at the PRR events page and saw they had a Mother’s Day 4 Miler on the calendar – perfect! I asked my mom if she would like to participate on Mother’s Day morning and she said, “yes”.  

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I signed us both up (PRR issues you a race pass code upon registration and the same code can be used for multiple people) and was excited to try out a different PRR course (I’ve run the Reston Town Center course 2x and the Perfect 10K course 2x). 

Packet Pickup

PRR offered two packet pickup options:

  1. Saturday 11:00AM-3:00PM at their Reston Town Center Location
  2. Race Day 6:30AM-7:15AM near the start

Can you guess which option I chose….Race Day of course! I woke up around 5:30AM and got dressed.  It was going to be hot and humid out so I chose a tank top and capris.  I grabbed some water and a Picky Bar and left Washington, DC shortly before 6:00AM.  

I arrived at the race start around 6:30AM – there was no traffic…yay!! When you enter Brown’s Chapel Park there is a fork in the road – left/straight is the parking lot and right is the start/finish area (also blocked off by cones).  I found a parking space right away and made my way to the starting area to pick up our bibs. 

I thought the race shirts were pretty.  What I love about PRR races is the ability to opt out of a race shirt and receive a $10 PRR card instead.  Since I have bins filled with race shirts, I chose the gift card. 

Race Goals (ā€œAā€ least probable and ā€œCā€ most probable)

This race was my first 4 Miler – which meant automatic PR…don’t you love those? Heading into this race I wanted to take it easy since I had a double workout on Saturday and my calves were feeling tight again.  If my calves were feeling okay, I wanted to push the last mile. If racing, I would have based my goals based on my 5K and 8K times. 

Mother’s Day 4 Miler

Having run the Perfect 10K in 2013 and 2014, I know the area can be hilly.  I wish I plugged in the course map to see what the elevation looked like before the race, but surprise hills are tons of fun, right? šŸ™‚

The race is an out and back from Brown Chapel Park (the course looks like a triangle).  As you can see from my pic below, I grabbed a great starting line position…just kidding…snagged the pic before everyone arrived that morning.

The race began promptly at 8:00AM and we were off – slight downhill below.   There were no corrals or pace signs so it was a bit crowded at first.  It quickly thinned out as we encountered our first hill!

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My calves were so tight, I felt like I was hobbling along with stick legs!  I made it up the hill, but was so spent that I walked about 15 seconds before I resumed running. I thought, “Jen… you made it up the hill and you start walking during the flat portion” I laughed at myself and moved along.  After  the first hill the course was pretty much flat or downhill through Mile 3 (splits hovered around 11:30-11:45ish….lost my actual splits booo).

Right after that Mile 3 we approached another hill near Baron Cameron Parkway.  Once we made a right into Brown Chapel Park I knew the finish line (also the start) sat on top of a small hill.  My calves were tight, but I “sprinted” up the hill as fast as I could..even passing a few folks. My final time was 46:38 or 11:39 min/mile.  

Image: Potomac River Running

Announcers called everyone’s name, which was a nice touch.  So happy to cross the finish line!

Image: Potomac River Running

I grabbed a water and positioned myself near the finish line to take some pictures of my mom finishing.  She was looking at me, but I was motioning for her to look at the official race photographer.

Image: Potomac River Running

Go mom!

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I was super sweaty! I wish I inherited the non sweaty gene from my mom. 

They gave each mom a carnation….what a pretty bunch!

My mom grabbed a banana and we walked back to the car.  The park is surrounded by a lake – it was pretty to look at.

Another nice view.

Final Thoughts

  • The race was smallish with about 700 runners – fun to see so many families out. 
  • Easy packet pickup options.
  • This Mother’s Day event was stroller/walker friendly.  I did see a runner pulled over to the side of the road b/c her stroller had a flat tire – yikes! 
  • I arrived on the earlier side, but if you came later parking filled up quickly.  I think some people had to park on the other side of Baron Cameron Parkway. 
  • It was fun to run a different PRR course! If my calves were not tight that day, it is the type of course I usually enjoy (easier than the Perfect 10K course). Maybe next year “speedy” Jen will make an appearance. 
  • There were two water stops and plenty of volunteers directing traffic. 
  • Free photos!! Thanks PRR!!
  • There were some vendors at the start/finish line (not running related)
  • Benefited Devotion to Children
  • Close to Reston Town Center for post race yummies. 

This was a nice low key race and hope to make it a yearly tradition!

In addition to the shirt (or gift card), runners also received a race pin.  

Have you run a 4 miler before? 

Have you run a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day race before? 

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      1. Run Jenny Run

        My mom prefers walking – perhaps your mom will do that?

      1. Run Jenny Run

        It was a cute neighborhood. Maybe your mom would walk a race? šŸ™‚

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Nice to change it up from large to small races. You don’t find many 4 milers – hope you get to run one in the future.

    1. Oh man, I’ve never considered strollers getting flat tires — that stinks so much!

      I really like that shirt, but a gift card is so nice, too. What a great location near that gorgeous lake! Congrats on your PR. šŸ˜‰
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        I really like that perk! Will use the gift card for some Nuun this summer. I hope the lady was able to get home okay, I heard her dialing a friend or husband her location.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        It was nice – perhaps one day your boy’s will run a Mothers Day race with you!

    1. You and your mom look so happy! Way to get those endorphins together on Mother’s Day!

      I’ve never raced a four miler but I’d love to try it. The vast majority of my week night runs are 4 miles so I feel like it could be my perfect race distance, haha!
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        That would be the perfect distance for you! Funny..I think most of my “lets go on a run” (not too short or not too long) are the 4-5 mile range.

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        That’s great your mom and dad are running! It’s fun, right?

    1. I did a mother’s day race for the past two years but couldn’t this year- I was out of town. This one looks like a lot of fun and I love that they gave all the mom’s flowers. Plus it’s cool you can get a gift card if you don’t want a race shirt (I almost never want a race shirt…). Looks like it was a great way to celebrate the day and spend it with your mom too.
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        It is a super nice perk – especially for races I’ve participated in already (plus a good way to “get your money back”). It was a nice morning, one day we’ll get my dad out for a Fathers Day run… šŸ™‚

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        I like the purple/turquoise combination. Thanks, Jenn!

    1. Your mom looks so happy in her race photos! And I didn’t realize that you did in fact purchase the race pass again this year. Any plans to do either Firecracker 5k or Leesburg 20k again this year?
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        Yes, I ended up purchasing it again! I am on the fence on Firecracker 5K, I may run a 4 miler (haha) that is hosted by DC Road Runners (in DC). I SOO wanted to run the Leesburg 20K again (for a little redemption), but I’ll be coming back from vacation that day.

    1. That is so awesome! I did this one with my sons a few years ago. My mom just recently started run/walk and has done a few 5Ks, but we don’t live anywhere near each other. They are coming to visit me in PA over 4th of July and I found an event that has a 5K and a one mile fun run. So younger son and mom doing 1 mile, older son and me doing 5K. So great to have a fitness-focused family!!
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        Aww so nice your mom started to run/walk. I love that the family signed up for the 5K / 1M for the Fourth of July. You will all have so much fun!

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        I just realized… can’t believe I am calling this weather hot…when it will get HOTTER! Do you think you’ll run the DCRR 4 Miler on the 4th?

    1. I think it’s so awesome that you were able to participate in this race with your mom; what a treat! I love the shirts, the race pin (what a great idea!) and the automatic PR – those are THE BEST! Congrats, Jenny!! When is your next race? I have a 4-miler coming up in August; I did pretty well last year, but now I’ve lost my built-in PR – ha!
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        The race pin is nice, I add it to a lanyard they gave us last year during the NY’s Day race. The shirt is really cute…two of my favorite colors. My next race is the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K in 3 weeks (I think haha). I am sure you will rock your 4 miler, you’ve had great training runs this year.

    1. Your mom is so cute! I love that you were able to capture a few pics of her crossing the finish line. And fun to do a Mother’s Day race together šŸ™‚

      I think it’s awesome that the race allowed you to opt for a gift card instead of a shirt. I wish more races offered that option!
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        Same (since I tend to run repeat races haha). Its fun reading your recaps as well – I told my mom they are quite a few bloggers who also run with their moms.

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        Thanks, Abby! It was nice way to celebrate. This past weekend I took her out for Mother’s Day part 2 (pedicures….the exact opposite haha) šŸ™‚

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        It was a nice pic, and good finish line area (for a small race). Like Sherry, I can picture your boys running a Mothers Day race with you!

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