Central Saanich Pioneer 8km - Run8k

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Victoria, British Columbia
5C / 41F
Total Time = 36m 20s
Overall Rank = 175/494
Age Group = 25-29M
Age Group Rank = 22/25
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, had Oatmel and a banana for breakfast and some water.
Event warmup:

Got to the race an hour before start, did a light warm-up and stretched a bit. Felt pretty tight, especially my hip flexors.
  • 36m 20s
  • 8 kms
  • 04m 32s  min/km

Felt alright for the first 3 km, but then my hips tightened up going hard up hill and I was reduced to basically medium pace after as anytime I tried to pick it up my hips just died!!! Brutal. I have had a bit of a lingering cold, but seemed to have not too much of a problem with that which was good as I was expecting that to cause some issues.
What would you do differently?:

Get more rest the night before and make sure I am nice and loose going into the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Light jog for 5 minutes and some more stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of speed work this early in the year, although I am not complaining, it was nice to get out and feel what it is like to be in a race situation again. Tight Hip Flexors

Event comments:

Very well organised as always. This race is put on by one of the largest runnning clubs in Victoria, so it was run very well.

Last updated: 2007-01-21 12:00 AM
00:36:20 | 08 kms | 04m 32s  min/km
Age Group: 22/25
Overall: 175/494
Performance: Below average
Course: Rolling hills
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4