27:56.92 – Olympic/World B standard
I have to be happy with a 25 second PB (one second a lap) and to break 28 minutes, but at the same time I really feel like there is a 27:46 in me. That 10 second difference is the Olympic and World “A” standard, which is, 27:47, (the “B” standard is 28:06). The problem is, I won’t be running another 10000m on the track with a field like tonight anytime soon (maybe in 365 days). The best part of the performance is that it sets me up really well for the 5000m this year. In the next month I’ll get the spikes out and get some faster workouts in and really go for the 5000m. This is a great start for me and I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer. Simon Bairu was the top Canadian in 27:50 (ranks him #2 all-time Canadian, I’m 4th now) and Eric Gillis set a new PB with 28:42. Get on the big bird tomorrow and fly back to Toronto.
So what does B standard get me? With Simon also getting B standard (we both also achieved Canadian B+ standard) I’m not sure… some questions I will need to figure out.
1) Will Canada send me with a B+ standard? Most of the time you need an A.
2) Is a country allowed to send two athletes with B standard when no one has A?
3) Is 27:56 good enough for Pan Ams?