Niagara Falls Half…3rd times a charm

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Running

Going into the Niagara Falls Half, I felt good having done two weeks of really solid half type training, the week going into the half I did one stride workout and finished with a short 10 minute tempo and the rest of the week I just ran 60-70 minute runs and was feeling really fresh going into the race.

Warming up I noticed a strong head-wind which would be right in our faces heading towards Niagara Falls. So when the gun went off and Rejean took the lead I just got in behind him to block some of the wind. In the early stages there was three of us that pulled away from the gun. I liked this as my best finish in my past two attempts was 4th, but I had my heart set on going for the win. I made the smart move of staying in the back, we went through 5k in 15:14, and are split times seemed to be all over the place. We still went through 10k in around 30:50 or so and despite the pace slowing a bit that was a great split through 10k. Sometime after 10k the third runner started falling off some and Rejean, with me in tow pulled away, making it a two man race for the win. Rejean had run the Toronto Marathon the pervious weekend doing some pacing duties there he ran in the 2:30’s so I knew he couldn’t have fully recovered from that yet. With 8k to go I made a move to pass Rejean as I noticed he was slowing a bit, he said “it’s about time,” as I passed, as he had been leading for most of the 13k to that point into the wind. I made a small gap right off and started to extend it and was shortly running on my own towards the finish. I went through 10 miles in around 49:30 and made my way towards the finish. Coming in on my own I won the Niagara Falls half in 65:34, (9 seconds off my personal best from my 4th place finish at Niagara Falls 65:25). This time I felt a lot better going towards the finish and was very happy to win the race.

My last race of the season will be on American Thanksgiving where I’ll be going down to Berwick, Penn. for the Run for the Diamonds 9 mile race.

1 Derek NAKLUSKI Kitchener 1:05:34.2, 3:07
2 Rejean CHIASSON Toronto 1:06:15.7, 3:09
3 Evans Maiko MOMANYI Hamilton 1:10:55.3, 3:22

  1. Jay says:

    Great job man highly improved!

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