Nothing matters but the weekend, from a tuesday point of view
I know I’m writing this Monday, but its late (just got done putting together a new dresser, and yes, it looks great) so I figure you’re reading this Tuesday.
Last night’s race went alright. I wasn’t necessarily pleased with running 3:44, but I was pleased with the way I ran it (ie. making a dumb move early in the race and still holding on and, taking the lead for the hardest part of the race). I was in dead last at 200m (30sec) and then made too aggressive a move and passed the whole field in the next 150m to settle in right behind the rabbits. Coming through 400m in 58 seconds felt fine but I was hurting by 600m (1:28). When the rabbits dropped at 700m and 720m I kept the lead and the pace honest enough until 1100m when fellow Speed Riverian, Taylor Milne, took over. The splits at 800m and 1200m were 1:58 and 2:59. I was still fairly close to Taylor until 300m to go and then I kind of let the intensity go. Kurt Benninger passed me with 150m to go and that woke me up. It was a good thing he was in the race or I would have been 3:45.mid. Since I ran 3:45 off of 10 000m training I wanted to at least see an improvement even if I did run this 1500m in a harder fashion. The race was really good for two reasons; 1)I got the stimulus I wanted out of the race to set up nationals 5000m this coming Friday and, 2) Milne got another carding standard.
1 Milne, Taylor Speed River 3:42.38
2 Benninger, Kurt Saugeen TC 3:44.79
3 Coolsaet, Reid Speed River 3:44.82
4 Poulin-Cadovius, James Quebec 3:48.82
5 Novakowski, Braden Kingston Napanee 3:48.87
6 Emberley, Scott Toronto Olympic 3:49.43
7 deWitt, Nathan London 3:49.76
8 Arnald, Scott Speed River 3:50.57
9 Thorson, Cleve Saugeen TC 3:50.89
10 Kassap, Danny University of To 3:50.99
11 Smith, Andrew Brooks Canada Ma 3:51.39
12 Corbit, John United States 3:57.63
— Osland, Paul Toronto Olympic DNF
— Sherar, Michael Toronto Olympic DNF
The new track at Varsity stadium is pretty cool. It’s a good facility, nice surface and right in the middle of the city (Bloor street by the ROM). Too bad it was raining or maybe more people would have watched, but I doubt many casual spectators would of paid the admission fee anyways. It should of been a free meet so they can build some buzz seeing that its the first meet and all in the new stadium.
I have another 1500m coming up in less than two weeks in Brasschaat, Belgium, and I think I will be able to run a good time (seriously this time, haha). This was my first week since a down week in February that was under 130km (80 miles) and now I’m getting in the thick of the racing season. The races are coming in week after week and that’s what I need to really get my times down. Nationals 5000m is this Friday and I have to start getting pumped up for it… I can’t believe its already here… maybe it will hit me tomorrow when I’m at the track doing a tune-up workout… yeah it will.