Corporate Cup 2009 – Run 3 – 7.0km

Race Corporate Cup (Torrens) 5-08-2009

I obtained maximum points (40) for last week’s run, so I was out for another steady improvement this morning to keep the points flowing. Following the marathon on Sunday, it took my legs 4 kilometres to eventually warm up on my regular Tuesday morning 11k run so I was conscious that it was going to take a little extra effort to run my goal time of 37 minutes for run 3 and was going to be extra hard to judge pace from perceived effort.

To help (and no, of course I don’t consider it cheating) I decided to enlist the services of Garmy’s “Virtual Training Partner” (let’s call him Gary). I set the distance to 7 km and the time to 37 minutes and set off. Wow! the legs were feeling surprisingly fresh, not springy but fresh. I ignored Garmy for the first kilometre as I settled into the run and warmed up a little and then glanced down. Not bad, only 16m behind. One of my team mates overtook me then and I drafted off him for a little while to increase my pace a little and then found that I was 25m ahead of Gary.

Carefully I set the autopilot and went into cruise control. Running down the ramp under Frome Rd my lead over Gary stretched out to 40m, but back up to the uni footbridge it settled back down to 30m. As I ran over the weir to start the home stretch, I switched the Garmin view to elapsed time and then began the yoyo running style of – “I’m going too fast, better slow down”…”Oh no I am not going to make it! SPRINT!”…”Ok, there is the finish line, I am going to make it, slow down”. After all that I recorded a time of 37 minutes flat. Perfect.

Next time I will try not to run a marathon before hand.

Race Corporate Cup (Torrens) 02-09-2009, 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

37:49

37:00        

Pace

5:28

5:21

5:17        
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