Gina Relays

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Running

After not racing on the track outdoors for well over a year, I kicked off my quest to run the Olympic Trials in Calgary at Gina Relays in the 5k. The trials standard is 14:25 and I was going to try and get it at Gina Relays. The race is located in Hillsdale Michigan about a five hour drive from Kitchener where I live. So Adam my training partner and I went down the day before to cover the travel. The Friday the day of the race was tough as the races Adam (10k 10pm also looking for the Olympic Trails Standard) and myself (5k 9:15pm) had us sitting around are room most of the day, would really have liked to have raced in the morning to avoid having the race looming over us all day.
Well 9:15 came, and I was quite nervous leading up too the race, hadn’t been on the track in so long. When the gun went off I got off to a horrible start, with 30 plus guys in the race getting off the line slow put me near the back of the pack. I wanted to get back in the mix near the front and spent a lot of energy passing guys on the outside and working my way through the pack to get closer to the front. After moving up I went through the first K in 2:53, but having to weave in and out in the outside lanes took something out of me. The next 2K were similar pace wise as I still went through 3k in 8:35, at this point I was on pace for my goal, but I also had something going through my head that was saying this is fast and it’ll be tough to keep up this pace. I had a rough last 2k, but the last two laps where likely the worst as it was at this point I truly released I wasn’t going to get the standard and that really put me in “just finish mode”. I was passed by a few runners on the last two laps and really didn’t put up a fight. I finished in 14:45 which had my last 2k at 6:10 not very promising. I have to say I was upset with the outcome as I felt I should have been able to run the standard with no troubles.
Going forward I realized that I haven’t done all that much speed stuff. It was also pointed out to me that I’m coming off marathon training over the past year, so transitioning to the 5k might be tough. Going forward I need to do more track/speed workouts that will benefit my 5k. I plan to run another 5k on the track on May 23rd in London Ontario, it will be make or break as there really isn’t any more 5k’s in the area after that. Giving me three weeks to get to that standard, time to step it up and make my goal a reality.
Also Adam ran 30:45 and got the 10k standard for the Olympic Trails, it will be the first Olympic Trails for him, I’m happy that he was able to accomplish this goal and I hope to join him in Calgary at the Olympic Trails in late June.

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