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Aarhus Recap

June 30, 2007

Right when I woke up in the morning I felt good and was confident I would run well that evening.  By the time we started the race there was a light rain and slight wind and about 15C.  Compared to my last 5000m in NYC I was very content with the weather.  By 200m into the race the top 5 runners were actually lined up by PB’s, Ahmed (13:09pb), Sultan (13:09pb), Monder (13:15pb), myself and Paul Morrison.  We went through in 63, then 2:07 and 2:38 for the first km.  Before the first KM mark Monder Rizki fell off the pace and I went around him and got right behind the Qatari.  Around a lap later the Qatari dropped off the pace and I went around him a little too late.  There was a gap to the Morrocan and rabbit, BIG mistake.  I was trying to catch back up and I wasn’t really making inroads, but I was at least keeping the same pace.  Then the Qatari went back around me so I figured he wanted to get back up with the leader, but instead he just slowed it down.  Paul went around him fairly quickly as I said out loud, “this is slow”.  It was slow, we threw in a 66 to go from 4:14 (1600m) to 5:20 (2km).  The Qatari fell off of us really fast and it was just Paul and I.  I did most of the leading and we (Paul and I) went through 3km in 8:04, about four seconds behind the leader.  Paul actually apologized during the race that he wasn’t able to lead as he was just hanging on. Then I continued to lead a really slow KM (2:47) and we split 10:51 at 4km.  Paul did the math and realized we needed a 2:36 last KM to get the 13:28 b standard and made a strong move past me.  I passed him back with just under a lap to go and I ran a 60. to cross the line in 13:29.94, six seconds behind the winner and just over 1 second ahead of Paul.

I’m happy with that result as thats the first time this season I’ve been in that zone and it is my second fastest 5000m ever.  A little disspointed that I missed the B standard by less than 2 seconds, oh well.  The other good thing is that I feel with a better field I could have held onto a faster pace for much of the middle of the race when I was leading lap after lap.  I should get better competition in Heusden.

1  

82  

Beday, Ahmed

M

1979

M  

1  

MAR

 

13:23,68

2  

92  

Coolsaet, Reid

M

1979

M  

2  

CAN

 

13:29,94

3  

90  

Morrison, Paul

M

1980

M  

3  

CAN

 

13:31,09

4  

120  

Zhaman, Sultan Khamis

M

1985

M  

4  

QAT

 

13:58,10

5  

81  

Merrien, Lee

M

1979

M  

5  

GBR

 

14:00,16

6  

83  

Rizki, Monder

M

1979

M  

6  

BEL

 

14:01,86

7  

93  

Them, Henrik

M

1982

M  

7  

DEN

 

14:03,25

8  

87  

Murray, Gary

M

1980

M  

8  

IRL

 

14:08,90

9  

91  

Maher, Bryan

M

1977

M  

9  

IRL

 

14:13,15

10  

95  

Faurschou, Jesper

M

1983

M  

10  

DEN

 

14:18,61

11  

86  

Summerville, Dale

M

1981

M  

12  

NZE

 

14:30,89

12  

117  

Preststulen, Jon André

M

1976

M  

13  

NOR

 

14:45,39

13  

94  

Kleis, Mikkel

M

1980

M  

14  

DEN

 

14:56,32

  

88  

Smith , Brett

M

1985

M  

11  

NZE

 

14:23,05

  

114  

Chirchir, Eric

M

1983

M  

KEN

 

DNF

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One Comment
  1. Colin permalink
    June 30, 2007 5:35 pm

    You are a rock star! Steel, Slag, The Hammer!

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