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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Race Recap: 2012 RCLDS #1

Last weekend I kicked off my track season with the London Runner hosted RCLDS #1. This kick off event is also the Ontario 10,000m championship for Junior and Senior men and women. Along with the premier event are two other races, the full and half mile.

This was to be my first open 800m race since 2001, when I was graduating from High School. I managed to dip under 2:00 that season, just barely, and since then I've been slowly rounding into shape after my best winter of training ever. Needless to say, I was nervous throughout the day on Saturday in anticipation for the gun and my two laps of pain.

I arrived at the track early enough to settle in and chat with Leslie and I quickly realized I did not bring enough clothing to keep me warm, so I didn't waste too much time and decided to get into my warmup and give myself a solid 25 minutes to get the legs moving. It didn't take me very long to realize I left my watch at home, so I was going to fly solo for the warmup and my pickup, ah well, there was no sense in stressing out, I'd have plenty of time to do that after my warmup.

I was seeded at 2:03. Steve decided that all on his own and I felt it was an ambitious goal. I had already worked out my own goal, to break 2:05, and seeing my seed time shifted my mental approach a bit so I decided I had to get after it and get comfortable with the pain I knew I'd feel.

The goal was to go out in 61 and then hang on as well as possible to break 2:03, and if everything fell apart I'd still squeak in under 2:05.  We lined up in our staggered lanes, and my body was nearly shaking with nerves. I knew I just had to get the race started, but I tell you, in this situation 1 second feels like an eternity. The gun went off and before I knew it I was well behind the leaders coming through the 100m and even still at the 150m mark. I won't ruin the rest of the story for you because I can show you a video of my race.  So head over to and watch the video. If you're interested in reading some more once you've watched it, come back and keep on reading.


So, you came back, or you never left. Either way, let's keep this rolling. So I aced the race. I ended up running 2:02.51, just under my seed time and a great effort throughout the entire race. Here are my splits as I remember them:

200m: 30.XX
400m: 61.00 (200m split: 31s)
600m: 1:32.XX (200m split: 31s)
800m: 2:02.51 (200m split: 30.5s)

As I crossed the finish line I was very relieved, and so excited to see that I came so close to my seed time, and even beat it. I felt so strong in the last 400m, and I'm amazed to see that I was able to maintain that pace so evenly through the full 800m. Who knows, maybe I'll be flirting with a sub 2:00 effort by the end of the season?

I'd also like to give a shout out to my cheering section in the stands. Melanie, Sara, Wes, Brian and's so amazing to know I've got people who are willing to take time from their busy schedules to come see me run around an oval track.  You all mean so much to me!

And so, that's that folks. I'll be racing again this week, a 5000m on the track, my first 5000m on the track. EVER. Oh man, this is going to be interesting.

Friday, May 4, 2012

April Update.....

Well, it's been 4 weeks to the day since I last blogged (read my race recap from the 2012 Downtown 5km road race in London, ON) and I've gotta say, I've missed you. Yeah, you. I miss you, and maybe you miss me too?

So what's been going on lately you might wonder. Well, I've been running lots. I've been kind of injured. Heck, I've been kind of injured all year, so it feels kind of 'normal' now.

I've been dealing with the same injury, ITBS, that originally sidelined be coming into my first year at Western, but instead of cowering away from it I've decided to face it head on.  Oh, that and I have disposable income and benefits I can toss at it....lots of money. Sigh. Physiotherapy is expensive folks. I've spent upwards of $600 on physio in a month this year (luckily $300 of that was covered by my benefits) and for the longest time it felt like lost money. Until two weeks ago. Coach and I decided to take an extra easy week after the 5km road race and it paid off quickly. I paired up the easy week of running with a new stretching routine for my IT Band and the results were near immediate.

In the last 3 weeks I've only done physio twice, and for the time being I can finally see an end to my physio sessions.  It's about time!

As for training, things are going well. I'm putting in the hard work (100km/wk), recovering well and staying healthy.  Track season is nearly upon me, and as everyone in the club has been talking about their race schedule, I've managed put that aside and just engross myself in the work. And I kind of like that. But I'm starting to get the itch, so who knows how much longer I'll be able to last before switching over to 'race mode'.
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