4 days after Whitby Marathon, I felt I have recovered completely! since the past 4 races - 1x8k, 2x10k, 1xmarathon were end up with unsatisfied results, I have an urge doing another race, what do I lose with another disappointing race? I'll just keep on racing till I am happy. :-)
At first I considered doing another marathon, ottawa - sold out, buffalo - proposed to my wife to bring family over to shop, she smelled there must be a marathon so the idea was turned down. I ended up searching for local races and found this RunForVaugh where you get to enter the race for free if you raise 50+ or more! which I managed to do so within 2 days.
I must say this was a very unique race that I have been to. It is organized by a Muslim community and starts from a Mosque! I've never been to a mosque, just by walking in and use their washroom was new to me.
Race started at 8:30am. A lady next to me chatted briefly, oh my! I recognized she was last year's 5peaks AG winner! so I placed myself 2 rows behind her. The sun was out, hot and humid, just reminds me the disaster condition last week in Whitby, hey but this is only a 10k! Just a bit for pain for less than 1/4 of the time in a marathon. Race started and everyone went out with crazy pace! there's a lot of high school kids in this race, most likely don't know how to pace for a distance race. I had to slow down myself not get hyped by the other runners, still 1st km clocked 4:16! and so many people still passed me! as expected, by 800m or so till 3km, some started walking... and I kept on passing people from 2k and on. Not sure if it was me being blind or what, but there was no km markers at all!! thanks to Garmin that this did not paranoid me anymore, but that means those people running without a GPS watch were at a disadvantage that they might not be able to properly pace themselves. Same as CF10k, there's no paper cup water and energy drink, but they do provide bottle water and they were provided at least 4 locations if I recall correctly. Volunteers were nice enough to open up the bottle water for us. At each water station I took a bottle, take a few sip and pour the rest of the water on my head and body, this worked well to cool myself down. I also saw some hot chick did the same, very nice :-) at 5k turnaround there was this highschool guy who was walking, as soon as I passed him I could hear the heavy pounding, the guy passed me again with long stride but running heavy, then a few mins he would be out of gas and I passed him. This scenario repeated till 7-8k then I didn't hear him coming anymore and I passed a few more runners. At 9ish km, we were still quite a distance from the finish line, at this point I knew the course distance was off, It was longer than it should be! one girl and one older guy passed me... oh well, I know this result wasn't going to be pretty cause the course was off so whatever... at 10k I looked at my watch it was around 49:10 so had this been a accurate 10k course I would sprint the last 400m and done it at 48ish, I am okay with this performance a week after the marathon. For the last whatever distance I picked up my pace, good there were still a runner in front of me gave me some motivation for a 200m strong finishing kick to pass him and crossed the finish line at 51:18 - a horrible time for my 10k performance but it was a longer 10k :-)
There were lots fruits provided after the race, while eating the fruits chatted briefly with runners around me. There was this older guy who later introduced himself as Felix! It turns out he's the owner runs "Felix's swimming school"!! cool~ When I was about to leave, race organization had this little Muslim girl sang a song that I didn't understand anything, it was a very interesting race experience. Will I do this race again? most likely, but my goal would be changed to run this "long 10k" course just under 50min.
My Garmin: 51:18