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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Race Report: Whitby Waterfront Workout (10k)

This was a relatively small community race.  No chip timing, so used my Garmin for my time.  Course was hillier than I remembered - usually it's part of my LSDs, much more challenging when you're trying to push the pace.

I was sick all week, didn't feel great today either... between that and my lack of training to this point this season, my expectations were low (and I'm tipping the scales at almost 185lb, which is about 15 pounds more than where I want to be!  Need to get back to 100% so I can train off some calories!).

Course was a double out-and-back (ie. the same out-and-back twice).  The only positive about that is you get to see where you are relative to the leaders (and chasers!) several times.  I started out a bit quick, then backed off before the 1km mark to let a few people pass me and get back to my target pace (4:30/km).  Hit the first out-and-back (2.5km mark) in about 10th overall, passed a few people on the way back, then from the halfway point on was by myself.

Had trouble keeping to the 4:30/km pace in the second half, especially on some of the hills.  That was discouraging, I thought I could at least keep that!

Finished in 43:45, lost track of where this put me overall but I think it was like 6th or 7th.  Would have been at least in the ballpark of last year's PB, but the course was 9.5km per my Garmin... so my pace was actually slower than even my 1/2 marathon PB.  Pretty much confirmed what I already knew, that I'm nowhere close to where I was last year and have some work to do.

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