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9 weeks to go until STWM.
Sunday August 14th Acura 10 miler: 1st place, 48:34
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.
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!
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