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August 15, 2011

9 weeks to go until STWM.

Sunday August 14th Acura 10 miler: 1st place, 48:34

race beards in full effect

I was pleased with the 10 miler yesterday at the Distillery District in Toronto, which was my third race in the Canadian Running Series this year.  As happy as I am with my performance I can’t help but compare my time to last year when I ran 9 seconds faster.

I think there are four reasons that contributed to not running faster.

It was more humid this year than last year which was weird because before the race I believed the conditions were better because it didn’t feel too hot with cloud cover.  But once we got going it was quite muggy.

Last year I set out to run 3:00/km and with limited competition I was able to keep my pace even, in fact my 5 mile splits were 24:12/24:13.  This year the guys were racing the first 7km and our pace dipped down to 2:57/km at times.  My two 5 mile splits were 24:06/24:28 yesterday, ugly.

somewhere around 4-5km

This reason is weak but, I have been running more mileage so far in my build-up so I may not have been quite as sharp.  Going into Acura I did the same workout as last year on the Thursday but my overall weekly mileage was 30km more this year.  I also wasn’t sick three weeks out like I was this year.

The main reason I didn’t run faster than last year is that I simply didn’t push after 13km (13km split 39:02).  I let myself back-off a little bit and my pace slowed down ~4 seconds/km, which adds up quickly!

Overall it was fun to race and good to break the training routine where I try to, ever so slightly, push down my threshold pace and feel comfortable at marathon effort.  This week is going to be a big mileage week with a long run towards the end of the week.

It also felt really good to shave last night!

RESULTS

I like how they have the 5 mile split.  Seems as though fading was the trend amongst the top 10.

    1   48:33.8  3:02    COOLSAET, Reid        Hamilton       24:05.5   24:28.4   
    2   49:01.0  3:03    GILLIS, Eric          Guelph         24:06.0   24:55.0   
    3   49:26.5  3:05    LOISELLE, Matt        Toronto        24:05.4   25:21.1
    4   50:22.4  3:08    MACHARIA, Giitah      Oakville       24:31.6   25:50.9
    5   50:24.1  3:08    KARANJA, David        Hamilton       24:32.4   25:51.7
    6   51:09.6  3:11    CHIASSON, Rejean      Toronto        25:17.4   25:52.3
    7   52:27.2  3:16    ONGERI, Josephat      Hamilton       24:58.8   27:28.5
    8   52:29.5  3:16    CAMPANELLI, Joe       Etobicoke      25:55.2   26:34.4
    9   52:33.6  3:16    THORSON, Cleve        Guelph         25:50.9   26:42.7   
   10   53:18.1  3:19    MASON, John           Drumbo         25:38.8   27:39.4
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11 Comments
  1. Martin permalink
    August 16, 2011 6:49 am

    You guys got the play-off beards going?

  2. August 16, 2011 7:42 am

    Great run, man! I was watching you guys warming up at the start and saw your awkward encounter with an overzealous “security” guard wanting you to run back to the start around the gates instead of between them. I was hoping for a Baala and Mekhissi 1500m-esque fist fight between you guys, but to no avail.

    Good luck going forward in your training!

  3. DIMA permalink
    August 16, 2011 12:46 pm

    GOOD RACE!!!!TOO HUMIDE!!!NO WORRIES YOU’LL BE GOOD AT SBTM!!! SAME AS MEE.I AM 2:50 MARATHONER BUT HAD A BAD TIME THIS SUMMER TO PUT MY TRAINING TOGETHER.,SSOOOO 2:10,12 WILL BE EASY TO GET IN COLD WEATHER.SEE YOU THERE.

  4. Crista permalink
    August 18, 2011 5:54 am

    That class is behind you all the way. Pushing you. Show us how it is done so we can follow in your footsteps. You are the mentor to all of us. No matter the weather, no matter the thoughts in your head, don’t forget why you are doing what you are doing. Start with your self, then think of us. Some of us need a little more encougagement and I think you know how to do it.
    Crista.

  5. August 18, 2011 2:59 pm

    Hi Reid,
    Awesome race, really proud of you!
    My student Crista was following my Fitness Science Teaching blog and clicked on your blog on my blog list! She is just learning and thought she was commenting on my race at the Provincial Duathlon Championships. Sorry about that and well done. We are all proud of you (12 members in my college program). If you are interested: http://www.finishfast.blogspot.com ;) See you in Guelph.

  6. August 25, 2011 7:40 am

    Hi Reid,

    I see a lot of 1400s in the pack, that’s great. I’m the Innovation design manager at NB and I worked on the 1400s and 890s. I’m currently working on some new sweet new flats for next summer and would like to get your input if possible.
    I’m also a fellow Canuck.
    Drop me an email when you get a chance and we can chat.
    Thanks and good luck with your racing.
    JF Fullum
    jf.fullum@newbalance.com

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