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Times Colonist 10K - Run10k

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Victoria, British Columbia
13C / 55F
Total Time = 40m 20s
Overall Rank = 246/13000
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 25/426
Pre-race routine:

Had a bowl of Oatmeal w/ some yogourt a banana and a cup of coffee.
Event warmup:

2km easy with a couple of pick ups to race pace
  • 40m 20s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 02s  min/km

My goal has been to break 40 mminutes for the last couple of years and I thought I had a good shot at it this year. I started just behind a guy who I know runs between 38:30-39:30. I sat on his shoulder for the first 4km, but as you head into the 5th k it starts to go uphill and he took off at a pace I thought was too hard, so I let him go and just focused on holding a steady pace, but nothing too hard as I wanted to go hard the last couple kilometers. I hit the 7th kilometer and picked the pace back up to where I wanted to be. The 8th kilometer was the hardest of the race, it has the steepest hill and I put in a huge effort to not lose anymore time, but I must have lost a few more seconds as I hit the 9th k 25 seconds down from where I wanted to be. I decided it was all or nothing and tried to pour it on to the end, but alas, I didn't quite have enough to break 40. Still, I have to be happy, my old PB was 41:02, so I ended up with a new PB and the confidence that if I had just paced myself properly in the middle of the race I could have hit sub 40. Next time for sure.
What would you do differently?:

I needed to pace myself better in the middle of the race. If I had just pushed a bit harder I think I would have been fine, instead I sat back too much and couldn't make the time up at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Easy jog/walk and stretch for 20 minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

At this point it is more mental than physical. Physically I know I can break 40 minutes, but mentally it seems much harder!!! Definetely next time.

Event comments:

This race is one of my favorites, right along the water, great scenery, well organised, fantastic event.

Last updated: 2009-04-26 12:00 AM
00:40:20 | 10 kms | 04m 02s  min/km
Age Group: 25/426
Overall: 246/13000
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-04-26 11:57 PM

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Subject: Times Colonist 10K

2009-04-27 10:27 AM
in reply to: #2111983

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Subject: RE: Times Colonist 10K
Way to go, Mike!!! You've worked hard this season, and the effort sure is paying off. Congrats on the PB!
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