Monday, May 3

VTS Race #1: 5,000m

“... go, go, go, daddy... wait”

With daylight waning, those were the words I heard twelve times as I fought my way around the track in what was my first race in the Victoria Track Series (VTS).

Saturday was to be my first true test of conditioning since running the RVM in October and injuring my hamstring. With less than a handful of workouts in the last seven months I wasn’t expecting much. Based on my recent (soft) 10k performance, the McMillan Calculator suggested a 5k equivalent of 18:19. I sincerely hoped I was capable of running quicker, but with a frigid wind lashing my back I approached the start line with more than a handful of doubt.

Shortly after the gun sounding, and a moment’s hesitation, I fell quickly into step behind the towering figure of the second placed runner (not too shabby). With the wind continuing to howl positioning was paramount, but after having my heels clipped I lost one position (covering the opening kilometre in 3:35).

After a ‘relatively’ comfortable start and the race leader running solo about 10 meters off the front I decided to shift gears and found myself out front at the mile marker. Unknowingly, I had also dragged along a few fearless souls and we closed the second km in 3:25.

It was at this point that the eventual winner made his move, and despite my best efforts I found myself gradually losing contact. Having previously raced only once on the track, 5,000m last summer, I don’t have much to draw upon but based on my limited experience I found kilometres three and four (3:36, 3:37 respectively)... desperate. I wasn’t in pain, but neither could I escape the feeling I was running up a sand dune, i.e., I struggled. But with the antics of my daughter to keep me focused I managed to close out the race with a solid 3:25.

Entering the event I didn’t expect more than an honest effort... I achieved my goal and also took home a t-shirt and a silver (second place) VTS bottle opener. Clearly a resounding success. My aim for the series is to improve my 5k PB, to do so I need to find 50 seconds by August. I have my work cut out for me. Next up though, my first attempt at 3,000m on May 15th which if McMillan holds true will see me around 10:08.

Training: VTS Race #1: 5,000m 17:40, 3:32/km, 5:42/mi, 2nd OA

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Umm, don't make us do the math, what was your time?

Michael said...

17:40, my slowest 5k... ever.

Lawrence said...

Your slowest is my fastest!

Grellan said...

Your slowest is a minute ahead of my fastest. A great improvement since the 10k. You should bring your daughter to all your track races.

Should you not use your 5k result to predict your 3k? - McMillan would give you 10:08.

Michael said...

Grellan, yes... changed it (thanks).

RICK'S RUNNING said...

I don't think a 5k ever feels easy!
Great first race back!

Walter said...

Great job out there Michael:) Nice to see you back at it!!!

Love2Run said...

Zoom zoom! Go Daddy, go! This must be a good starting point for you with the long injury layoff. Good luck!

rumon said...

Liam, that's incredibly impressive - way to go. And I'm sorry I forgot about this and didn't give you a ring to wish you luck/debrief. Is that perhaps why we've broken up?

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