Ft. Vancouver 10K Run
March 4, 2012
Time: 54:16 (8:37 pace)
This was also the end of my 20 week Out Season Ironman training plan. This is a rigorous 20 week session that builds an athletes speed and functional threshold heart rate in the bike and the run. I have seen amazing gains since October and I am in far better shape now than I was 2 years ago when I first did IMCDA.
I have been feeling a bit under the weather lately; I think I was getting a cold or something. I just didn’t feel right and as of Saturday afternoon I was planning to just walk the 6K. But when I awoke on race morning, other than feeling a bit tired, I felt pretty good and looked forward to a fun event.
Got warmed up just a bit by running around the Fred Meyer parking lot. Then lined up at the start. A pretty good turnout of about 500 runners. The 15K had already started 30 minutes prior. The race started and off we went. I tried to keep a comfortable pace, but also keep pushing it as much as I could.
First mile was about an 8:37 and the second was 8:16.
I love this route as it takes us down to the Columbia River and along the water. Then it crosses the Land Bridge into the Ft. Vancouver Historic Site. I had to walk a bit up the bridge over Highway 14, but got back to running as soon as I reached the top.
I started checking my time. For the first 5K my time was about 26:30, if I even split this then I would finish about 53 minutes and set a new PR. I was getting tired, so it was hard to do the math in my head, so I decided to just leave it all out there on the course. This race would summarize all the hard work I have done the past 20 weeks. My pace quickened to less than 8 minutes/mile. My heartrate went from 154 to 159! It hasn’t been that high in a long time. I was determined to finish with a good time.
About a half mile from the finish, my mouth was dry and my tongue was swollen and I honestly felt like I was going to vomit. But I didn’t care. If I hurled, then I would hurl like a true champion. Luckily I kept the gurgles at bay and dug deep as I crossed the finish line. 54:16. A respectable time but almost a minute from my PR. It was super great to see Wendy at the finish. She walked with me as I cooled down. Whew! What a race.