As usual I like to get up early (5am) on race day morning to do some reading,eat breakfast and perform easy warmup at home before heading out. This time I actually stayed at my in-laws who lived closer to race site (approx. 30mins drive on highway). I got to Boundary Bay at around 730am. It was about 3C with mild wind but overall condition was quite nice. I warmed up like Coach Dylan had told me to for about 45mins that included easy 15 mins jog, drills, and several 100m strides. The atmosphere there was pretty good with a lot of noise from the crowd. Since McDonald’s was one of the biggest sponsors there, they had someone dressed up as McDonald to cheer us up. After some announcements from the race officials and followed by warm ups led by the Delta Bootcamp folks, I started to move my way towards the start line.
Knowing everyone (5,10, half and full) was starting at the same time and running the same course, I took advantage by standing right at the start line to get away from the crowd as soon as the gun went off. I went out easy like Coach Dylan had told me at about 3:55 and was at top 5. The first guy (Wayne Pomerio) was probably going at a sub-3:30 pace so I didn’t see him after the second K. By 3rd K, I caught up to the 2nd guy and wanted to draft behind him but he was slowing down. Good thing I checked my Garmin and I was slowing down so much that my pace was close to 4k/min (no wonder why it felt so easy). I immediately sped up and passed him. Being an out-back course, I turned around at halfway and things weren’t as smooth as before because there were swarms of people running towards me. I don’t think that really caused me to slow down by too much but definitely lost my rhythm a few times when I had to get through the crowd. By the final 3k most 5K participants were walking back to finish line, so once again I had to find my way through and yelled out to pass by on a few occasions. I ran hard on the last K and finished at 38:45 at 2nd place. Wayne probably finished about 4-5mins ahead of me. Wayne had to leave for his 12KM practice run and I had to go home immediately to pick up my wife and son for church. So we were eager to get the award and leave asap! The officials wanted us to wait until ALL the 5/10K participants had finished (approx. 2 hours) the race and suggested that we could return in the afternoon. Both Wayne and I were determined to leave and probably wouldn’t drive another hour or so coming back, so the official was kind enough to award us. On my way home, I saw Wayne running along the highway! Later I found out that Wayne was no ordinary individual. He was an well known international elite cyclist and was also part of the Beijing Olympic games offiicials. Wow! What a surprise~!
Here’s my splits.
That’s it for 2013. I will be back in training soon as soon as Coach Dylan is ready. Thank you Skechers Performance Division for providing me with their racing flats GoMeb for this race!
My next race will be the Vancouver First Half in Feb 2014. Thank you all for reading!
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