I was driving home Tuesday night watching the trees dip and bob as the wind raced across the fields, putting visions of Kansas in my head
…wait…wha?…no, not THAT Kansas,
<– this one:
In reality the wind didn’t have much of an affect on the race at all…I did hear a couple people mention it but they were wrong so it doesn’t matter. If anything, the wind helped keep the heat and humidity at bay.
After a quick commute to Grimsby, we quickly grabbed our kit, stashed our bags and headed back out to watch the 5km racers take off…and subsequently finish (hot damn those runners are fast) before putting in a quick warmup.
The race itself was well run, small enough not to be crowded but big enough to have some decent swag, etc. especially for a local 10km on a Tuesday night. The course rambled around Grimsby and was mainly run on residential roads, with a short foray into the downtown core. Nothing too fancy, but it was a good mix of hills, flats and scenery.
So how did I do? My finish time was a surprising 48:51! As I outlined in my last post, I had no idea how to run this, and by the time we were half way through my fate was already set. I tried to follow the plan and stick with 5:10kms, but the start was a tad crowded (the start mat was REALLY narrow and everyone bottlenecked badly right off the bat) which slowed us a bit, but also it took a while for the crowd to sort itself out on the other side. Without too much extraneous effort I was booting along at 4:30-4:45/km (ooops), but I knew I’d blowup if I continued much longer. Eventually, I managed to get the pace down to just under 5:00/km and rode out the majority of the race there. The final 3km I managed gradually to increase my pace and hurled myself down the finishing chute feeling spent but good.
This was a race where I actually talked to complete strangers on course (creepy, I know). It wasn’t much, but it was kind of fun to be able to joke around with people and not take the race too seriously. Perhaps it was being ahead of pace, or just the fact I didn’t have a set goal/time to beat but I felt free to follow the plan and still be a bit goofy at the same time. Even sprinting down the finisher’s chute I managed to motivate/cheer/taunt two people I passed into joining/sticking with me down the stretch. I probably annoyed the hell out of them, but it worked…so screw ‘em if it bugged ‘em. The one guy even beat me…remember how awesome I am? That alone makes him awesomerer…errr…
(Here I am heckling him)
Since I’ve never actually raced a 10km I got to set a PR (just to remind you all; I rock). In other news, my speedwork partner, who bitched and complained that she wasn’t happy with her run, managed to win her age group which gave me license to make fun of her. Good times all around!
Anyway, have a great long weekend kids!
Tonight I’m running the Peachbud 10km in Grimsby, which will either go really well, or it’ll kill me. I’m not sure how it’s going to go, I’ve been feeling pretty good as of late but never really planned to out and out race this one….regardless I’m still going to give it a rip and see how I feel out on the course.
My “Race Plan” so far; I don’t think I can maintain 5 min/km for the full 10km but that’d be pretty awesome, hitting a negative split is probably the best course of action with the heat & humidity still pretty high out there. Also, I’m not sure what the elevation profile is like…although I know the area by the lake is flat as long as the course stays back from the escarpment we’ll be good to go (that section along Main St. could be hilly). 5:10ish/km should work for the first half, a 5:00min/km push for 5-9km and all out for the final km would make things pretty good overall….if I can keep it up for that long (heh).
Anyway, it should be a fun race, at the very least it’ll be a hell of a lot more fun than the Rosebud 10km where you do laps around Xanadu and the winner takes home a damn sled…
Check out the course map below:
Since I stole the map from their website, I suggest you check out http://www.instride.ca for the deets on this and other races in the Subaru Niagara Running Series (hopefully they won’t sue me this way).
Have a good one kids!
Check out my awesome $55 dollar tech shirt from the Grimsby Half Marathon this past weekend!
Actually, I really like the shirt, the fit is good, nice material, and the graphics are decent. For a small race I was pretty surprised at the quality of the schwag. The medals were pretty hefty as well. So what’s my issue?
I’m pissed off. Pissed of that I couldn’t run this race. Pissed off that after I finally got off my lazy ass and signed up for the race I got injured doing something completely un-running-related. Pissed off that after 2 1/2 weeks I’m still unable to train in earnest. Pissed off that despite my intent to cross-train while being on the injury train, I simply didn’t.
Back to the topic at hand, the Grimsby Half is a great race value. For $55 you get great schwag, a decent course, and fun race. Bang for your buck. Races, such as Burlington’s Chilly Half Marathon (which runs this weekend) is $75-$85 (depending on signup date) for an out and back along Lakeshore Road. I realize I’m cheap, but I do appreciate value when I see it and I simply can’t see myself shelling out $85 for this race. Hmmmmm…I DO have to put in a long run this weekend, maybe I should bandit the race and see few friends who are racing. What’s your opinion on running a race you haven’t paid for?
Enough bitching, tonight starts the next chapter. Yes, I’m coming off the couch to pound out some speedwork with my regular Tuesday night partner! In reality, my partner will be tearing it up, hitting her target paces while I take things super easy, plod along and heckle her as she blows by. Should be fun!