>Racing>Sub 1:30 Half Marathon in 2020
Making a comeback
Like BC as in Canada?
New 2020 Goal: Actually run a race, any race, just run a real legit race. **Eye Twitching**
USATFMN XC 6k Lake Elmo Championship 21:49
2021 Goals (Assuming we can race again)
Marathon Sub 2:40
10k Sub 35:00 in Marathon build
5k Sub 16:30 in Marathon build
Yup. Sun Peaks, British Columbia. My wife and I got engaged there in 2012. Just a mere 13 hour flight, then another 45 minute flight, then a 45 minute shuttle. To be honest it's totally worth it for the big mountain riding with ski-in / ski-out. NZ ski fields are like postage stamps in comparison (and with terrible queues too). We've spent quite a bit of time in CO as well - but with an almost-3 year old it's easier just to stick with the West Coast to cut down the travel time.
5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19)
HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)
Last race: Mt. Maunganui Half Marathon, 28 Nov, 1:20:08
Up next: Southern Lakes Half Marathon, 1 May, and hopefully a few others before then
"CONSISTENCY IS KING"
OK my wife and daughter went out for a while so I have some peace and quiet and can get the RR done!
Run Devonport (10km) race report (19 Jan 2019)
Run Devonport is the first of 3 races in the new Run North Shore Series, which has replaced the legendary Albany Lakes Summer Series. It's nice to see the organisers change things up a bit in season number 10 - as well as two new races (Devonport and Hobsonville Point - the third race is at the classic Albany Lakes venue), there is also an option for runners to do 5k, 10k, or a new 15k option for each race (based on 5km laps).
I'm using the series to keep the race rust at bay before Southern Lakes HM in early April, and with 75km already in the legs this week (including a 32km / 20 mile long run on Thursday), I'm not under any illusions that this will be even remotely fast. But, depending who shows up, a placing is always a possibility at these smaller races - especially for a new event. Weather is sunny and clear - but it's going to get hot fast with an 8am start and the sun beating down already.
Good to see some familiar faces on the start line especially Julian Ng, Troy Harold and Gene Rand who is just getting back into racing after two stress fractures last year.
On the start line, a couple of young guys take off really quickly. One is Liam Bird, who I know is running 5k today. The first km is a nice, flat, fast section around the coast and the Naval sports field. I'd planned to go out at around 3:30/km pace and just see how it goes. The legs are feeling strong but a little bit sluggish, which is more or less what I expected. Km 1 is 3:24, maybe a touch quick, but not too bad. After that there's a sharp hill climb up Mozeley Ave and Cowper St, which evens out slowly on Abbotsford Tce. Hurray for closed roads!!
There's a short downhill with a u-turn at the bottom to make the lap up to 5km. Not fun in Vaporfly's hitting a u-turn at the bottom of a downhill. On the uphill, Troy pushes to try and catch up to me. Then there's a sharp downhill into Ngataringa Reserve and we're onto the trail section. I basically just throw myself into it and chuck my arms out airplane-style to keep myself stable. The trails are a bit slower for the next 1.2km or so, but nice running with shade from the trees. Alex de Beer makes a push to catch Troy and I here - he is a young kid with a lot of potential.
There's a horrible little climb coming out of the reserve which I know all too well from some of my long runs - it's short but very sharp - but then it's a nice cruise back down the course towards the fields again. At around the 4km mark, my legs actually started to feel better so I kick the pace up just a bit - Troy and Alex dropped back around the same time. Sure enough that km turned out to be 3:22!
Sure enough, at the end of Lap 1, both Liam and the other kid turn down the finish chute so it looks like I'm leading the 10k. 5km split was around 17:30, I figure sub-35 and a negative split would be a good result from here.
Chris is now out in front of me on the lead bike - which is great because there will be some congestion on the second lap from slower walkers and runners. I'm feeling strong aerobically and the pace is holding nicely on the flat at 3:24/km for the first km of this lap too - kind of a sense that I would happily be able to kick the pace up a gear if the legs didn't already have so much mileage in them this week.
I hold back a touch on the long hill up from the fields, and at the u-turn I can see Troy and Alex have dropped a long way back - maybe 30 seconds. Troy told me he'd never raced 10k before so he may have just gone out a bit too close to 5k pace. When we hit the trails I'm a little nervous about potential congestion in narrow spots. Chris does a great job clearing a path through the walkers and slower runners, and I didn't have to break my rhythm once. I hope he does just as good a job for the lead runner at Run Hobsonville along the boardwalk section next month!
Up the horrible little climb out of the reserve, back down to the fields and then it's all clear to the finish. When we hit the final km on the flat I push it just a bit at more like 3:20/km pace. Turning into the finish chute, there's a lot of slower runners finishing the 5k. I sit to the right, and I can see the marshalls get the tape out. Some clown running the 5k tried to run through it, they lifted it over his head. I break the tape at just under 35 minutes - it's always a really nice feeling to get a win regardless of the race!!
I catch my breath surprisingly fast - I guess my slightly tired legs were the limiting factor today so it's been an interesting lesson in the value of a taper. Troy and Alex come through a minute or so later and it's a sprint finish which Troy takes by a couple of metres.
Having a chat to MC Jason after the race, I also discover that Running Events have won the rights to host the NZ HM Champs at Waterfront HM for not just 2020 but also 2021, so although I won't be running that race this year (it's the day after Southern Lakes - which is a bucket list race for me), it means I've already got a race pencilled in for 2021! He introduced me as the national 10k champ - I didn't have the heart to correct him and mention that he forgot the words 'age group'!
Official time was 34:41, so a good negative split (17:33 / 17:08), and some rust was comprehensively busted.
Hot Weather Complainer
Well done Mark, great race and RR. I wouldn't downplay the win at all - I would take a win in any circumstance! The closest I get is passing people in training. I chuckled about the clown trying to run through the tape....I can't say I wouldn't be tempted.
PB: Christchurch 2016 1:29.25
Recent Races: Queenstown Half-Marathon (trail) November 21, 2020 1:35.11 Cherry Blossom Half-Marathon, September 13, 2020 1:33:38 Half-Marathon Time Trial May 31, 2020 1:31.51 Auckland Waterfront Half-Marathon 2019 1:30.49
Plan for 2021: Christchurch Half-Marathon April 11 (tempo/training run), Wellington Marathon June 27, Queenstown Half-Marathon November 20
Another solid week for me:
Monday 70 mins incl. 4x(1,2) Vo2 Max (1 min rest) 15.82km @ 4:45 mins/km (interval paces 3:45-3:57)
Wednesday 70 mins incl. 3x2km HMP 15.85km @ 4:32 mins/km (3:59, 4:06, 4:11, 3:56, 4:01, 4:05)
Thursday 70 mins recovery pace 13.50km @ 5:19 mins/km
Saturday 25km easy pace 25.06km @ 5:02 mins/km
Sunday Weights + 30 mins recovery 5.14km @ 6:21 mins/km
I think that's my biggest ever week. The good news is my legs feel fine. The tempo session was a bit weird, you'll see my pacing is all over the place. There were times when I was thinking "geez, I'm struggling to hold HMP" then the next km would pop up 3:56. Oh that's why. All in all, feeling in pretty good shape. One more big week then I'll include a 10km race in my week so it will be a lighter week.
Third post in a row....next race on this thread is dwave in Houston. Good luck! Smash it
Steve and Corey - nice weeks.
Mark - well done on the win and the week. I see on Strava it was 9.89km, did other's have it short too?
My week was just 1km today, testing out the hamstring. It's ok(ish), but not great. I've walked a little bit this week too. Definitely getting better.
PRs: 5km 18:43 (Dec 2015), 10km 39:59 (Sep 2020), half 1:26:16 (Sep 2016), full 3:09:28 (Jun 2015)
40+ PRs: 5km 19:31 (Oct 2020), 10km 39:59 (Sep 2020), half 1:29:39 (Jun 2018)
Being at the top is a lonely place
5K: 16:37 (11/20) | 10K: 34:49 (10/19) | HM: 1:15:28 (3/20) | FM: 2:36:31 (12/19)
Next Race: Whatever COVID-19 will allow me to run
Being at the top is a lonely place
At least someone understands
Good luck Darkwave.
James nice week you are continuing to increase mileage when is your next race?...sorry about your knee hope it's nothing serious!
Mark nice week to you as well. congrats on the W and nice race report. enjoy the vacation.
Steve Nice week
Watson hope the hamstring continues to improve!
Darkwave Good luck @ Houston what is your goal time/pace?
I have 1 more run this afternoon to finish off my week.
1m 5:38 (2018)
5k 19:59 (2019)
HM 1:33:56 (2018)
FM 3:23:07 (2018)
Corey - Not sure about my next race. I had hoped to build mileage for a couple of months and then do some faster work before running one of four March/April halfs that are within a few hours' drive (Albany, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Huntsville Bridge Street), depending on the weather forecasts and how my training was coming. Being sick put me almost a month behind, so I doubt I'll race a half this spring. After about mid-April, I assume because of the temperature, there aren't any halfs in this area (except maybe the late-April one in Aiken - do you know anything about it?) that are large/competitive enough that I could expect not to be running alone. For now, I imagine I'll do a rustbuster 5K in April and maybe another one in May/June.
Post-1987 PRs: Half 1:30:14 (2019); 10K 39:35 (2019); 5K 19:12 (2017); Mile 5:37.3 (April '20)
2021 Goals: Stay healthy, 40+ mpw, Half<1:30; PR or 80% age-grade at some distance
Steve - another really solid week. You will get good benefits out of that 25km run (even though, as Jmac has pointed out, it might take 3-4 weeks for them to materialise). Always nice to hit mileage highs!
Watson - everyone I saw had it bang on 10km (or 15km) or a little under. The trail section had a lot of tree cover, so that could throw the GPS a bit, but it's possible the course was a little short too.
watson - good luck with your recovery, sounds like there are positive signs.
Mark - Thanks - I'm starting to look towards the 10km race in 2 weeks and I actually realise I have no idea how to race a 10km. I guess it's not that complicated - go out at my target pace and try and hang on or up the pace if it feels fine towards the end. The idea of being in a race is a bit nerve wracking which feels a bit silly as I'm only racing myself. I think I have serious race rust, having done 1 race in the last 18 months.
Steve - yeah it's worth having a think about. Troy, who I ran with for part of yesterday's 10km, had never raced a 10km before - only 5km, HM and FM, and he definitely over-cooked it early on by going too close to his 5k pace.
The easiest way to describe a 10km is that it should feel exactly like what you would expect a race in between a 5km and HM to feel like! The legs should be a bit tired by the end, but not as tired as after a HM. And you'll definitely be sucking in the big ones - but not as much as you would for a 5km. I wouldn't overthink it - go out at a pace that feels maintainable, and pick it up if you feel good - that's exactly what I did yesterday.
Those smaller races are really good environments for practice or tune-up races. You get a bit of a race atmosphere and competitiveness, but not the pressure and intensity that sometimes comes with bigger races!