The week started off with slightly relaxed pace run, breathing was getting pretty difficult for me the last mile or so due to the amount of pollen in the air. This had been going on for a couple weeks now, and while I haven’t had issues in the past in Jacksonville, gasping for breath the entire week prior to a race is always a little worrying. As it turned out I was fine in that department for the race which was a relief.
As it always is, the USA 15km Championships at the Gate River Run was a wonderful experience largely due to the efforts of tireless Richard Fannin. A slightly warm and breezy day lead to no one taking the pace and attacking which resulted in a large pack and splits such as: 4:48, 4:54, 4:48, (15:02), 9:43, 4:49, (15:02), 4:51, 4:57, 4:27, (14:38). It’s an unfortunate dilemma someone without a strong kick faces in a situation such as that. If you take the lead and push too early, you’re just rabbiting the pack and they’ll go by you at the end. If you wait too long then the better kickers will prevail. It’s hard to find that perfect point (and sometimes it’s not even there) where you can maintain your hard push to the finish, while not dying before you get there. In this circumstance I made my move with about a mile left to go right at the apex of the bridge and found out that a 4:14 last mile was only good enough for third. In retrospect, I should have made my move somewhere around the beginning of the bridge as I was feeling decent there and I might have been able to drop one or two of the people who had a better kick.
|Monday||40 min PR, 5:02 avg||40||125|
|Wednesday||2 mile brisk, 2 min, 3 x 1k (2:54, 2:55, 2:53) w/1 min rest||65|
|Saturday||Race 15km Champs (44:42 3rd)||45||140|