The rain didn’t care that we were about to set of for a race! “There’s enough rain for everyone” said the race leader today, as he gathered us closer to hear the pre-race instructions. There was a whole lot of rain! It was still warm, at around 20°C, but the rain did not let up. It was “chucking” it down.
I still go to the back of the pack – as I don’t consider my self a fast 5Ker. And as the countdown begun and the siren went off, we started running. At this point the rain did lighten to a drizzle. So the start was not too unpleasant. I think I set off a little too fast, but it was OK initially. I then remembered the beach race and how I started off way too fast, that I couldn’t keep the pace and ended up having to walk. When I first noticed, I made sure to slow down a little, but not to a walk. This was around the 1 km mark. Even though I was going at just over 6 min/km I was still right at the back, not last, but might as well have been. The MEC races don’t have a huge group of runners racing, 86 in today’s race. I slowed down to around 7 min/km and it felt comfortable. So much so that when I looked down at my watch I was expecting to see 8 min/km, but it was still showing 7. I was happy at that! It makes me believe that the longer training runs are definitely having a positive affect on my short races.
At around the 2km mark was the first water stop! I thought it was placed a little too early in the course, but I took some all the same. The cups are tiny, and so I briefly stopped to walk whilst taken the 3 sips it took to finish it. I then started back running. The race was held in the equestrian park, along gravelled paths and some tarmacked paths – along a section of the Watts Creek Pathway that I have done a few training runs on – from the other direction. It was a fairly flat course, with a slight incline up to the finish line. After my quick drink stop I set back off at my steady pace of just over 7 min/km. I was amazed that I was still able to keep this up. I was using a couple of ladies to pace myself – then one of them slowed so I passed her, and the other lady continued on. My pace remained steady and in the end I passed the other lady – so I lost my pacers (and probably became a pacer for her). I could see a few bodies in the distance but at this point I wouldn’t have been able to catch them, there was just over 1 km to go! The rain decided to comeback down again with force. It felt torrential the downpour was so hard. The last time I ran through this amount of rain, my iPhone decided to shutdown. I was lucky, today that did not happen. The rain generated huge puddles in the gravelled paths, that there came a point that there was no need to weave my way around them, I just had to run through them. So I ran through gravelled pathways and muddy puddles – does that make it a trail run?! 🙂 Then came the second water station, it was at around the 4.5k mark. It was probably aimed at the 10 k runners, and with all the rain that was coming down, I didn’t feel the need to stop for water so close to the end. So I continued running. I saw the Finish arch up ahead, so I kicked in to gear to finish the last piece without getting taken over by anyone at the last minute. I couldn’t really see the clock time, as it had been covered in some clear waterproof material, that for me masked the time. I trusted my watch time and wanted to wait for the chip times too. My splits below, show that my first 1K was 6:11 min/km and my remaining splits were in the early 7 min/km – so pleased!
But I don’t mind either way, it’s a new pr for me. Finally down to 35 something 🙂 So my quest for a 30 minute 5K is still in reach! It took me 7 months to knock off 5 minutes! I’m hoping that when my anniversary race, the Santa Shuffle in December, comes around I would have met my goal!
This race was the 8th out of the minimum 14 I will be doing for the 14in2014 challenge.