This past Sunday it was time to dust off the racing cobwebs and build some running speed by entering an 8km road race; this was my shortest race to date.
Juggling three sports as a triathlete (not to mention a full time job) can sometimes be challenging! I’d had a mostly cycling-focused training camp in Tucson, which was great, but now running was on the cards.
It was a mostly flat course around the seawall ending with a final brutal km uphill! Being a part of the Canadian Running series (with some good prize money on the line) it inevitably attracted some speedy elite runners.
The gun went off and I set off like a dog chasing a stick, trying to keep up with some of them, logic did not prevail!
I came through the 1st (mostly downhill) km at around 3:30 but was still holding that pace at 2km. Unfortunately that’s too fast for me right now; I suspected I’d be in trouble later on.
Had this been a 5km race I’d have nailed it, unfortunately it was not… Sure enough I hit a pretty good wall at 6km; my legs felt like blocks of cement.
At this point I began to eat humble pie. I had clearly paced this horribly and was now left with the only available option, ‘run as fast as you think you still can without puking’… This however, was drastically slower than my earlier ‘run as fast as you can, like a dog chasing a stick.’
Fortunately I managed to stave off dry heaving until shortly after the finish line, apologies to anyone who was standing near me at the time.
So, a new race distance, a new learning experience and some good feedback from coach Bjorn about having the guts to test and find my limits, albeit the hard way. I came in with an official chip time of 31:48; I can never remember to stop my watch right at the line!
It was good enough for 12th place overall women (1st non-elite runner) and 3rd place age group (30-34).
I’m not usually as happy with a result like that but when the winner of my age group was Lanni Marchant (the current Canadian marathon record holder) then I really have no complaints!
She ran amazingly fast and was out of sight almost immediately; it was cool to have at least started a race near her.
I also got to catch up with my friend Gen who was back racing for the first time since the birth of her son Xavier 5 weeks ago. She ran a fantastic race, also coming 3rd in her age group!
Next up is the Team Ossenbrink 4 day training camp in Kelowna over Easter, fingers crossed for semi-warm weather and no rain.