Here`s another blog by a Mississauga Chiropractor…
On Sunday March 27th, 2012 was the 118th annual Around the Bay Race in Hamilton,Ontario. Unlike last year’s cold temperatures, the weather was perfect at a brisk 10 degrees Celsius with no wind.
Olympic Games marathon hopeful Reid Coolsaet won the race out running 9,200 other runners with a time of 1:33:20 which averages out to a blistering 3:07 min/km. Local Kenyan runners Gitah Macharia from Oakville came in 3rd with a time of 1:37:24 & Josephat Ongeri from Burlington finished 4th with a time of 1:38:08. Our own Nomads Running Club member Kyle Aitkens finished with a personal best of 1:50:36.
My race didn’t go as well. Last year at Around the Bay, I met my goal of finishing under 2:15 to receive a Silver Medal with a time of 2:10:14. This year I was hoping to equal that time. I started off the race running with one of my Nomad club members, Carl Young. Ideally, to hit my 2:10 goal, I would have to average a 4:21 min/km throughout the race. I guess we went out a bit too aggressive for my ability since our kilometre splits were around 4:12-4:15 min/km.
At around 10 km, Carl started to pull away, and I started to slow down. Each kilometre got slower and slower, yet my heart rate kept getting quicker and quicker. I guess I hit the wall around 16km, because that’s when I started walking. At around 23km, another Nomad Debbie MacDonald caught up to me.
I started to run with her the rest of the way. She mentioned that if she finished under 2:30, that she would get a Silver Medal. We looked at our watches and saw that if we sped up a little, that we could meet that goal. So we worked together to the finish line. We finished at 2:28 and we met our goal.
I was happy that I ran into Debbie on the course because if I hadn’t, I probably would have continued walking to the finish line. It just shows that you can always change your goals mid race. Plan A was to finish at 2:10, when that wasn’t going to happen, I shifted gears to finish under 2:15.
When the 2:15 bunny passed me, I changed my goal again to just finish the race. Then when Debbie came by, I switched my goal once again to help her get a silver medal. So overall, it was an enjoyable and successful race. I remained injury free and I’m set for one more month of marathon training. My next race is the Nashville Rock & Roll Country Music Marathonon April 28th, 2012. The goal is 3:10, so I have to make sure that I don’t go too aggressive again. Let’s see if I can control myself. Happy Running!
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