Run for the Grapes Half Marathon

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Running

Well it was time for my second race of the fall yesterday and one that would be a little more helpful as a good marathon prep race. The competition was a bit tougher then my first race as recent training partner Terence Attema and long time series rival Josephat Ongeri were in the field. After the gun went off Terence lead the race through the first km in 3:08 keeping things honest. After that was a big hill one of two on the course that slowed us down, and the pace went south as we ended up running one early km in over 3:20. At around 5k which we went through in 16:10, Josephat put in a real solid surge which seen the next few km in the mid to low 3 minute range. At this point it had become just the three of us running together, at 7k we went down a long windy road, still running a solid 3:10 km during this tough stretch passing the 8k mark in 25:28. Through the next several km the pace stayed solid in the 3:08-3:14 range. We passed 10k in 31:52 and I can say for myself that I was still feeling quite good and fresh. We continued along till the 10 mile mark which we passed in 51 flat, with just over 5k to go we were still all together and I made my move putting in my own surge to try and break my opponents. The 17th km was 2:56 followed by a couple low 3 minute K’s. This gave me the gap I was looking for coming home, the last km was a little rough and had the other hill on the course, but I was able to cross the line with the win in 66:40. After creating a decent gap on Terence he was able to close it a bit in the last km to finish second in 66:45 a nice pb for him. Josephat finished third in 67:20 to round out the top three. I was very happy with this race and continue to gain confidence in every race I run, it shows that my training is paying dividends.

Run for the Grapes Half Marathon

1 Derek Nakluski KITCHENER 566 1:06:40.7 1:06:40.7 3:10 Men 25 – 29 1/15 1/232
2 Terence Attema SMITHVILLE 28 1:06:45.9 1:06:45.9 3:10 Men 20 – 24 1/8 2/232
3 Josephat Ongeri HAMILTON 590 1:07:20.2 1:07:20.2 3:12 Men 30 – 34 1/26 3/232

  1. a bomb says:

    glad your writing again on your blog man. I like all the steak, but add a lil more sizzle (Tevin, I love you man).

  2. […] Derek Nakluski ran a solid 1:06:40 half last weekend. Hope he can get under 2:20 in Detroit. He’s got a new training partner, Terrence Attema, who might help him do it. […]

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