First thing you learn is you always gotta wait
Pacing is a great way to get in a solid workout. I ran 25km averaging 3:07/km and had a lot of fun soaking in the STWM atmosphere. Chelimo wanted 3:05’s and we were hitting that for about 13km but it was a tough day out there and we ended up running 3:09/km until 25km. Chelimo finished in 8th place with a 2:17:35, the final 10km got pretty tough for him, which is typical for a marathon debut. Getting an honest effort on the roads was good to set up the Great South 10 miler on October 28th, it also beat up my legs a little bit as I’ve been doing all my workouts on the trails this fall. I was really impressed with Krista Duchene’s marathon, to run right around her PB from Rotterdam earlier this year was a fantastic result today.
It sounded like a lot of people out on the course thought I was racing the whole marathon today. There were many urging me on to catch the leaders throughout the race, giving me some awesome encouragement. Sorry folks.
I also updated my upcoming races (look to the right). Bupa Great South 10 Miler on October 28th in Portsmouth, Great Britain and then Chiba Ekiden (National team relay) on November 23rd in Chiba, Japan. After that I may also do a 1/2 marathon in Zhuhai, China on December 16th. Lots of travelling.
Next weekend I’m talking at the Niagara Falls Marathon expo (1pm and 4pm) about marathon training and then at the Pasta Dinner about my Olympic experience. Come check it out if you’re racing NF.