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Times Colonist 10k – Race Report

I’ve been too busy to sit down and write my report from the 10k over a week ago.  Work’s been nuts, and I just spent the weekend playing in a Field Lacrosse tournament in Kamloops.

I feel like I  did ok in the Times Colonist 10k race, but felt a little bit dissapointed afterwards.  Some of that was the letdown that comes after an event with a big buildup.  I’ve been training for 4 months for this race, so there was definitely a bit buildup!  Just like Christmas, when it’s over, you feel a bit of letdown.

It was great weather for the TC 10k.  Cool, but not cold, and very little wind.  I got there with plenty of time to warm up, but headed to line up a bit early, nervous I’d have to fight the crowds.  I wish I’d warmed up a little longer, and closer to start time, I was cooling off again by the time the race started.  The start was really slow, even though I lined up in the right spot for my pace (50-59min) It took more than 2 minutes to cross the start line.  And even then I was shoulder to shoulder with so many runners for the first couple of kilometers.  You can see how packed it was, right out of the gate, I was hardly moving.  (It’s not a great photo, I look pretty unhappy, even though I was really quite happy at this point, but it’s the only photo of me from the race!)  It was difficult to run, or find my pace, when I was so concerned with stepping on someone’s heels or bumping the people beside me.  I worked on weaving through the crowd to move forward, but it was difficult and tiring.   I didn’t like the race being so busy,  the crowds are less fun when you’re trying for speed.

I spotted my coach as I was stopped drinking after the first water station, just after 3km.  Great, he finds me the one moment I’m standing still! Off I went again…..The course had some short hills, nothing too steep, and they actually kept it interesting.  My right leg felt tight, but no pain in the first half of the race, and once the crowd thinned a little, running felt better and smoother.

Around the halfway point I was getting tired, and my leg was bugging me more.  The portion all along Dallas Road was beautiful, but it was getting harder for me there.  I had to take a break for about 20 seconds, just walk, deep breaths and regroup.  I was struggling a bit, but determined to finish this thing, so I got going again after that short break at around 7.5km.  I felt like my pace was all over the place, but worked through it and just kept going.  It was still busy at this point, not a ton of space to just work at your own pace, and that was frustrating.   The last few kilometers felt longer than the early ones, but that’s to be expected.  The last kilometer hurt, but I pushed and ran my hardest.  I found some energy to finish strong with effort, so I guess my pace was ok through the race.  The finish line was as blocked up as the starting line, so I ran to it as fast as I safely could, but people were stopped a mere foot after the finish, so that slowed us down some.

My official finishing time was 56:03.  That’s more than 15 minutes off the first time I ran it, 2 years ago in 2009!  My pace was 5:37, and looking back at most other races I’ve done, my pace was 7:09 or thereabouts.  That’s pretty significant!  I worked really hard with my coach, training three times a week for 4 months (minus a couple weeks for a head injury) so I’m happy to see results from my hard work.  I’ve lost about 30lbs over the past year as well, another factor that I’m sure improves my running performance.

So what’s next?  My coach mentioned a race in July, but I’m not sure which one it is.  The 8k in October tied to the BMO Marathon is another I have been doing for a few years, so I’d love to go for a fantastic PB in that one.   I know I want to race more, and be faster, so after a short break to rest my leg and heal it up, back to training!

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It’s the night before my big race. It’s “just a 10k” and not a serious one at that, as the TC 10K is known as a welcoming, fun run. But for me it’s big. I’ve been training hard, with an awesome coach, for nearly 4 months now. I’m a much stronger, fitter, smarter runner now, and I’m looking forward to seeing just what I can do tomorrow. I’m a bit nervous, as I feel a lot of pressure to do well, prove to myself that all this effort has been worth it.

I ran my last 10k, 2 years ago, in 1:11:30. |I was pleased with that because I “ran” the whole way, and finished the race. Two years ago that was a huge accomplishment for me. This time around, I’m hoping for a lot more.

Here’s my playlist for the race. I like starting with Adele, she’s so powerful and her voice lifts me, gets me going. I want to hit 5k before “Heads will Roll” is over, and Billy Idol should bring me to the final kilometer. If I don’t finish with Shakira, the white stripes will let me power home, and I’ll recover to “Written in the stars”

Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Beck – Black Tambourine
Britney – Till the World Ends
Kelly Rowland – Commander
Dragonette – Hello
Eminem – Not Afraid
YeahYeahYeahs – Heads will Roll
Jason Derulo – In My Head
Kaskade – Fire in Your New Shoes
Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No!
Ducksauce – Barbra Streisand
Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Shakira – Waka Waka
White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
Tinie Tempah – Written In the Stars