13 hours after mid summer nights run 15k, it was the bill harper 5k. It was not the smartest move to schedule a back to back race like this, but I did it for the two irrational reasons:
- it was only $10 bucks!
- At this point I had done a trail 10k, 15k and a 10 mile, no 5k races yet.
My friend back in Taiwan once told me, when he was in the army, the entire group had to run a 5k with full gear loaded for 23:30, if you couldn't keep up with the group then you are screwed and that is the minimum time you must meet to "pass". So the unrealistic goal I set this time is 23:30, although I never tried the goal pace for 5k nor have full gear loaded - probably not allowed during the race here :-)
I have convinced a few other non-runner friends of mine also signed up this race, the only runner I know - Alan didn't want to do any 5k cause he claims he's really slow in short distance and his body takes 5k to get warmed up :-( This race is located on the Toronto centre island. Richard Y. and myself both arrived the dock just when the last ferry left to the island which would make on time for the race... We got there about 5 minutes late, it was obvious that when we got to the start line, nobody was there... since the race was timed by the event organizer manually for each individuals, he was really nice that he would still let us run and take down our time.
Soon I realized my legs weren't fresh, and I can feel my knees. It wasn't hurting but they were definitely tired. It was before the half way, probably around 1 or 2k, we saw the winner of the race already on the way back, this was the first time I saw Danny Kassap but I didn't know much about him at the time. Around half way I know 23:30 wasn't going to happen... Richard Y. was definitely in a better shape, I just had to push myself to keep up with him. I was sure Richard could run faster but he didn't want to leave me there, so he didn't speed up till the last few hundred meters. This was probably the only race up-to-date that I had no fuel left at the end for a sprint finish. Richard's time was 25:14, I was 25:22 but somehow they mixed up us I end up taking Richard's time on the result :-)
For 10 bucks the stuff you get for this race was AMAZING! free subway sub for lunch, lots water and varieties of pops, drinks, free cotton tshirt and LOTS PRIZES!! I would say almost everyone got a prize, I end up got a Adidas tech shirt! I was excited of getting all these freebies.
23:30 the minimum standard that my friend had met in the army burned into my mind, I knew I would come back again next year for redemption.