When people run in circles it’s a very, very mad world
The McGill 3000m was the definition of a ‘rust-buster’. In the past two years it was my first indoor race, first race track race under 10km, and first race in spikes. I was on 8:00 pace through 2km but once I was all alone I let off the gas and had a horrible 600m where I was running at least 2 seconds too slow per lap. I really wanted to run under eight minutes so my time of 8:07 was not really what I was looking for but at the same time it was a good move in the right direction. I probably should have been more tired and sore after a race but I’m glad I wasn’t beat up from an 8:07. I’m glad Alex came on strong towards the end or I would have probably just jogged it in. Because I had led since 1300m I was not going to be outkicked and so I finished off my last lap with a decent clip. Most of all it was a fun race having 8 of the top 10 guys all from the same training group.
Coolsaet, Reid Speed River Tfc 8:07.38
Genest, Alex Speed River Tfc 8:08.47
Milne, Taylor Speed River Tfc 8:13.16
Winter, Chris Speed River Tfc 8:13.41
Boorsma, Kyle Guelph 8:15.61
O’Neill, Kyle Western 8:18.37
Wray, Nigel Guelph 8:19.10
Christie, Russell Dalhousie 8:30.50
Brett, Allan Guelph 8:33.75
Parrott, John Guelph 8:37.91
The next morning Tim Konoval, Chris Winter and I had a very cold but interesting run through Montreal. We first did a little tour through Old Montreal before heading to the mountain. The trails on Mont-Royal were snow covered although quite good for running and there were many people out and about considering the -30C (with windchill) temperature.
Good news, I’m racing the Boston Indoor Games 5000m on Saturday (Feb 6). I would of really liked to have a better 3000m time going into the race but knowing that McGill was my first time in that zone in a long time I’m confident that I can split a similar time through 3000m and keep it going for 5000m. The race itself is stacked with good athletes (start list below) and I know the pace will be fast so I don’t have to worry about leading and hitting specific time splits. I’m just going to get out there and run a competitive race.