Monday, September 12, 2016

The Canberra Times 10k Fun Run

This race was on September 4 and since then I've come down with a touch of the dreaded 'man flu' — totally annoying, as illness and injury are the two things to be avoided when building a base of fitness. I planned to 'run through' this race (no taper and minimal recovery) and it completed my biggest week of training this year, at a fairly modest 61 kilometres.

I took a rest day on the Saturday and lined up on Sunday with the goal of starting at around 5-minute kilometre pace. The plan commenced well although the 50-minute pacers gradually disappeared ahead (moving too fast it seems as my first splits were 4:56, 4:52 and 5:04 on the fastest section of the course). As I ran up the gentle hill at 4k I sensed I was catching my lifelong rival Jimmy and chipped away his 50 metre lead until we were level at 5k. The split there was 25:32 at the high point of the course. The Canberra Times is definitely a race for negative splitting experts like Mark Watson. Unfortunately on this day I pulled out a big fat positive split!

Jimmy flew past down the hill at 6k but I limited the damage by holding the gap to 30 metres or so as we turned onto Kings Avenue. My race was totally focussed on my rival, not on time. I placed a few runners between us so I'd be out of view if he took a look back. It worked! He seemed surprised when I ran up beside him on the bridge. Less than 2k to go, so I forged ahead, running as quickly as possible to the finish. 52:01 for myself and 52:33 for Jimmy so I'll count that as my first 'win' since March. Looking forward to more of the same once I'm over this annoying cold, ah, I mean flu!

I've been breaking in a pair of new Saucony Kinvaras from The Runner's Shop - nice light shoes!


Blogger Thomas said...

Ha! Congratulations on the big win! :) Made even sweeter by the lack of race fitness while battling the dreaded man flu.

8:46 pm  
Blogger TokyoRacer said...

Weel done. Glad those competitive juices are flowing.

12:30 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

Massive win Thomas! Man flu is almost as bad as pneumonia ;-)

Thanks Bob. The competitive side of running can be very satisfying.

9:06 am  
Blogger Grellan said...

Nice win Ewen. Onwards and upwards.

10:38 pm  
Blogger Mark Watson said...

"I have a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a Ewen". Bloody masterful tactics my friend. So happy you're back to your strategic best. No rest for the wicked. Jimmy will absolutely be plotting his revenge so be on your guard. Thanks also for the shout-out. Viewer statistics way up which should trigger a call from Nike.

12:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done. Your tactics rival the cunning of Bannister in the Vancouver Mile. Had Landy learned race tactics in the wily world of Canberra athletics rather than the gentlemanly interclub scene in Melbourne, how different might have been the outcome of that glorious race.

5:08 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

Good to hear from you Grellan. Thanks!

Haha Mark. Don't sell out if you get the call from Nike. Planning my next strategy already (swapping to a different shirt at half way).

Canute, it was pretty much like that Vancouver Mile. Jimmy looked over the wrong shoulder! He's always looking back during races - I'm amazed he hasn't pulled a muscle in his neck (or tripped over a kerb).

7:54 pm  
Blogger Black Knight said...

Congrats on the win and glad you are over the flu.
And now.... ready for a november full of rugby matches.

1:54 am  
Blogger Ewen said...

Thanks Stefano. Go Wallabies!

11:10 am  

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