Corporate Cup 2009 – Run 1 – 7km

Race Corporate Cup (Torrens) 5-08-2009 Another year down, which means another Corporate Cup series. This year my place of employment has entered three teams including a full team of Mega Cuppers (7km). As the chief organiser of the teams I couldn’t very well wimp out and do the 4.5km again, so I am in a Mega Cup Team. It took quite a while to make up my mind on which distance to do and it was only pride that led me to the 7km, as I would have like to have had an indication of my level of fitness compared to other years where I completed in the 4.5km class.

For this first up baseline run, I was aiming in my head for 40 minutes…that would give me a good 5 minutes to slowly knock off down to, what I see as my goal time of 35 minutes. With this goal in mind and the tendency to run a little faster when there are other people around, I tried to take the spring out of my legs by running 37km on Sunday and 12km relatively hard yesterday. It seemed to work.

Another change this year was from lunch time running to 6:30am running (my preferred time). The route itself is quite an annoying one with about half a dozen short sharp rises and tight turn-a-rounds (due to track maintenance on the Zoo section), but I felt like I gave a pretty even effort over the entire 7km.  My legs definitely didn’t have any spring in them, but rather moved on muscle memory, propelling me around the Torrens with a solid amount of effort. Every time my concentration started to slip, the legs would take over and slowly increase the speed. I had to quickly remind myself to just take it easy and not push too hard, shoulders back, breathe deeply and relax.

I crossed the finish line in 38:15 according to Garmy, but after staring at the finishing time LCD display for a while I realised my time wasn’t coming up, so I had to wander back to the finish and scan my RFID tag for an official time of 39:XX. Now that is something to work with.

Race Corporate Cup (Torrens) 5-08-2009, Pace

Race

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

2006 Time

24:36

24:30

23:01

DNS

25:43

22:30

22:29

Pace

5:41

5:40

5:19

5:52

5:10

5:10

2007 Time

22:46

21:43

20:50

20:30

21:59

DNS

22:53

Pace

5:17

5:03

4:51

4:46

5:07

5:19

2008 Time

24:18

22:56

22:30

22:59

DNS

22:51

24:39

Pace

5:23

5:06

5:00

5:07

5:05

5:59
2009 Time

38:15

           

Pace

5:28

           
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