|Suffering through the Pinetree Classic XC|
I have been racing a little bit as I enjoy the scene and I know I can push it a bit without total Achilles failure. This latter portion of my season has been filled with a lot of unknown, failure, dissappointment, surprise, luck and taking what comes. A little bit more negative than the more positive attributes which running usually provides. What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. I am persistent and too in love with running to ever let go. Running has made me who I am today and continues to help push me through many of life's other challenges.
This fall has brought some interesting race situations due to this problem. First big race for a long time was the Down Town East Side 10k. It was a big deal as a lot of Nationally talented runners would be there as well as mostly all of the provincial talent. I knew I was not fit enough to compete at my regular level but thought at the very least it would be a good training run. I was given elite status and showed up ready (or not) to run. I absolutely love the start finish area of this race. The Canadian Running Series really know how to put on a phenomenal event. Organization and race hype are what make these events highly attractive and ranked not to mention great venues. I will keep race reports very brief as there are more which I'd like to include in this blog entry.
|DT ES 10K final 100M|
"Hey, I can catch her too!" This was at 7.5km so only 2.5 km to go. Beast mode set in and I started reeling back runners. One after another and I was back on the heels of the second woman. We battled briefly as we crested the second last hill and I was finally able to take her after the descent. One last pack of runners to blow by on the final climb up the Georgia viaduct and it was into the last km for the finish. Aaron was the last runner to try to come with me and kept me on my toes all the way into the finish. That last km lasted for a long time and I pushed harder than I had for some time and amazingly my body which was dead up to that point responded. I am not happy with how the race went overall or with my time, but to have recovered and finished it off in that way made me feel a lot better about it. I can't wait to come back next year in good shape and really race this course to my potential.
The latter portion of the year symbolizes many things for runners. The two main things which most road and track runners gear up for in the fall is a fall marathon or half marathon and cross country. I was hoping to be able to race the Victoria Marathon which is the BC Marathon Championships. Due to the fact I had no depth or speed I decided to remove the fall marathon from my program and try to gain some strength and speed by competing in the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series. The first race was a brutally fast 4 lap event called the Pinetree Classic. This is an event put on by the Phoenix Running Club and is a prime example of a grass roots locally organized event. These races remind me very well of competing in high school. I love running on grass and trails. My fitness level (or lack thereof) made this race very difficult. A fun day none the less was had by all. It was great watching the young children run and to see the future of the sport in development.
|$75 for 3rd Open Men at Whistler Spirit Run|
|Aaron Weidman and I celebrating our 1st and 2nd OA|
Happy Training and Happy Thanksgiving! Congratulations to all who completed their goals at Victoria Marathon and Chicago Marathon this past weekend. Enjoy some well deserved rest and we will see you back out there soon.