Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cadillac Fairview 10k

This was my 2nd attempt of 10k test.  Weather was a bit chilly and windy, cloudy sky seems like a raining day.  The race was held at Sunny Brook, which has less rolling hills than Backs-in-Motion 10k, forget about sub 47min, looks like a even sub 48min 10k was still out of reach.

The race seems a little disorganized, I entered a parking lot which was later blocked for the race, that I couldn't leave till everyone finished the race.  The bib pick-up and onsite registration was a
chaos, which caused delay for the race start.  A mom was there fitting different size of shirt for his son... What's up with that? race start has been delayed already and there was still a long line-up! You get the size you asked for and move on! too bad the volunteer wasn't as mean as I would. 



No announcement was made about what time race would start, I just jogged around the area didn't want to go too far and miss the start.  All of a sudden runners were gathering on the timing mat, I kept on hearing these beeps and wonder why people would let their chip scanned already before we start the race?? So I placed myself behind the timing mat.  I paced myself preciously at 4:42 (sub 48 finish) to start with, it is a small race so only a few people around me soon into the first km, I was passing people then started to follow two young guys in their 20s, not for too long their pace slipped, so I passed them and a few more runners then I started running on my own.  Approaching half way turn back point, one girl passed me, I kept her in my sight, out of nowhere another girl passed me, she continued to speed up and passed previous girl, they seem to be getting further and further, getting smaller from my sight and I was running on my own again.  My mind seem to be drifted away when running alone, then my pace slipped, until I heard someone approaching running on my heels, then I picked up the pace again.  It was about 7k into the race, I had to dodge the walkers.  Afte 1k or so I dropped the guy behind me and got to see the first girl that passed me at far, I was trying to catch up but it seems she wasn't slowing down and just too far away.  Again I watched her disappeared from my sight with the final k left.  Approaching the finish line, I looked at my watch, oh my, if I don't sprint I would have had a worse record than last week in BIM10k.  I sprinted to the finish without nobody to beat or drop, feeling just numb and no excitement nor any accomplishment.  My watch clocked 49:10, 5 seconds faster than Sunday's race.  Gun time was 49:15, later I found out they did not time the chiptime, no wonder bunch of runners stood on the timing mat at the start didn't matter.

As my car was parked in the blocked route, I had to wait till the race officially finish so they re-open the road.  I went to see the printed results, it was shocking that the 10k winner was a female who did
around 28 minutes!!! and the male winner was around 33 minutes.  I was puzzled as this is an out and back course, I saw the front pack turned back but I certainly didn't see any solo female and male leaders going at that blistering pace.  If a female won the race with 28min 10k I am sure she's a world class athlete and probably broke the world female 10k record!!! during the award presentation, the female winner didn't show up.  As for the male winner, the guy quickly went up took the prize and left, I didn't remember seeing that guy in the front pack! 2 days later, I checked sportstats again, it turned out those two "winners" were 5k runners, which started 5mins after the 10k.  So the
lady ran a 23min 5k and the guy ran a 28min 5k, but he took the 10k winner prize!!! that was cheating!! I hope the organization have corrected this and awarded the real winners.

This is my 2nd disappointing 10k race, my fitness level is just at able to reach my goal time.  Sporting life 10k was officially out of my race calendar.

Cons

  • Start delay
  • Parking, race kit pick-up was confusing
  • No water stations! Couple volunteers were handing out bottle water around half way, that doesn't help, I didn't want to stop and open a bottle water during a race.
  • 10k awards were all wrong
Pros
  • Lots and lots of great food for lunch - chicken, salad, cookies, fruits
  • Friendly family atmosphere but weather wasn't co-operative
  • Nice NB tech tshirt for a 30 bucks race











Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary00:49:1010.0004:55
100:04:421.0004:42
200:04:501.0004:50
300:05:001.0005:00
400:05:041.0005:04
500:05:051.0005:05
600:04:551.0004:55
700:04:561.0004:56
800:05:011.0005:01
900:04:541.0004:54
1000:04:391.0004:39

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Backs in Motion 10k

I scheduled two small 10k races to help me to decide if I am going to do sporting life 10k.  I have a goal in sporting life 10k - if I am going to do it, I have to run a sub 45min, in order to achieve that, I believe I need to run a sub 47min 10k on a flat course.

This race was so close to home, weather was nice.  Everything was a nice start, except I set the wrong goal for the wrong course.  The timechip of this race wasn't common, actually I have never seen it before, there's wires in a square shape attached to the back of my bib.  I met up with J.L. and placed ourselves at the front of the midpack.  Quite a surprise, the midpack was running very fast, lots people passed me including JL as the race started.  It started with an uphill, I was already running at 4:36 but everyone just passed me, I had to be discipline to slow down myself or else I know I will struggle on the 2nd half.

I was expecting a lot of people didn't pace themselves properly and I would catch up a lot of them within 3k, but it appears they were really faster than me.  I caught nobody, until around 3-4k I finally saw JL, this is a sub 24min 5k pace and last year he ran a 27min 5k! (JL ran weekly back to back 10k races with a superb 46:55 finish in sporting life 3 weeks later!)

I started to pass a few runners, but one young guy and one old guy passed me as well.  Approaching the half way, first I didn't see the 4k marker then I saw a 5k marker, but Garmin is just at 4ish, then I already saw packs and packs runners coming back, I look at my time, I couldn't believe all these runners ran a sub 20min 5k split!! It really discouraged me how terrible I was doing and sub 47 is just a
long shot for me.  Finally I reached the turn-back point, volunteer said half way! I looked at Garmin, that's not right, that was only 4.6k! I told the runner next to me that was not a 5k, he said he wish it was longer instead :-)  It turns out the 5k marker I saw earlier was right on spot but it was facing the right direction!


In hoping to run a faster 2nd half (which didn't really happen), a
t 7k I passed the old guy that passed me earlier.  However, at 8k I couldn't hold the sub 5min/k pace anymore.  The last 2k I started to pick up my pace and started to see the people that started too fast in the beginning and pick them one by one, last k left I saw the young guy that passed me earlier and passed him.  Out of the trail turning back to Leslie, I started my kick passing all the people in the last 400m stretch, but I started my kick too late, still one more guy that was wearing this year's ATB shirt ahead of me, where I finished just 1s behind him when I crossed the finish line.  49:15, not happy but I figure the course was my excuse compare to a flat 10k. :-)

This was probably the worst category placing I've ever had in a race.

Overall: 52/113
Category: 16/20
Gender: 48/76
Chiptime: 49:15
Pace: 4:56
http://www.rrresults.com/results.php?race=85












Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary00:49:1010.0004:55
100:04:421.0004:42
200:04:501.0004:50
300:05:001.0005:00
400:05:041.0005:04
500:05:051.0005:05
600:04:551.0004:55
700:04:561.0004:56
800:05:011.0005:01
900:04:541.0004:54
1000:04:391.0004:39

me and JL at the finish line

Monday, April 12, 2010

2010 Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k

I did this race last year, without knowing enough about the course, I was aiming to PB my 8k time (38:57), which end up with a disappointment 39:30. This year suppose to be a redemption. I felt I got faster in the recent two month, I was aiming for a sub 37-38 finish.

At the start corral I met Boris again! similar to last year, he was standing just a few people next to me.  The weather is quite opposite to last year, I remember I was shivering last year at the start line and it was so windy, this year I am with sleeveless shirts, it was a really nice day.

The gun goes off and we ran, this race has - a lot of runners that don't seem to know how to place and pace themselves, probably a lot of new runners.  I had to let a lot of people pass me, which I was going at 4:40 and 4:29 for the first two km, already, these people were running like 4:00 or sub 4:00 pace, I am not sure why they thought they could maintain that pace for 8k.  Then I started to pass those people after the 1 or 2k mark.  All I wanted to do is to maintain a 4:45 pace and see what happens for the last 4k. From 3-4k is the worst part of this race to me, my pace was slipped to 5:18 and it drained all my energy just like last year, I had to keep slow the next k to recover, thanks to the downhill, I started to pick up my pace with 4:55 and 4:46 after.  Still unable to get back to the 4:45 pace, there comes another small hill around 7k, my pace got stuck at 4:59.  Half way into 7k, now the last hill comes in sight, I can hear the beep on top of the hill as runners finished the race, I started my kick.  I am an everyday average runner started from the backpack, finishing kick is my only speciality, usually on a flat course, I could get under 3:00 or 2:30 pace for the last 400m-200m, but this was a crazy energy draining uphill.  My sprint was down to 3:26 pace, the hill is longer than I remembered, I started fading, I tried to kick-in again, was only able to get to 4:08.  Finally I got up to the hill and heard the beep of the chip scanner, I thought I finished the race, I stopped running and stopped the watch.  I was such an idiot, then I saw people kept on going, there was a turn and the finish banner is around 80m-100m ahead!  I've done this race before but why didn't I remember any of these? probably because my brain was in serious oxygen debt.  Why is there another chip scanner about 100m before the real finish line? this has confused me in Toronto Marathon as well, I am not sure what's the purpose of it...  I started my watch again, squeeze out the last bit of me to sprint - 3:46min/k then everything seem to go into slow motion.  I faded to the finish line, I thought I was going to black out.  Gun time - 39:18

After the race, met up with many familiar faces - my blazing fast colleague J.B.  age category #3, H. from runningfree marathon clinic, J.L. who trained with me in dark cold winter mornings, K.W. who also had a PB that day, Boris told me about this washroom breaks PB 8k :-)

km splits:

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary00:39:098.1104:49
100:04:401.0004:40
200:04:291.0004:29
300:04:461.0004:46
400:05:181.0005:18
500:04:551.0004:55
600:04:461.0004:46
700:04:591.0004:59
800:04:411.0004:41
900:00:330.1105:06


Chip time - 39:07, a 23 sec PB of this course from last year... still couldn't beat my Alfie 8k PB in 2008, I hate this course!

Thanks to dad for the nice pix.

sprinting uphill

stopping my watch, I thought I finished the race! %$#@!@

J.L. the only guy who is willing to run with me at 5:30AM under zero during winter!  Congrats to his first chip timed race.