Saturday, May 09, 2009

Bruggen Ten - 55:14 (PR)

Ran the Bruggen Ten (10-Miles) placing 3rd overall in a new personal best of 55:14. I ran this race because my work asked me early on to run for the team competition. I wasn't expecting much coming out of it because it was only the 2nd week of recovery from the Hamburg Marathon. The legs felt fairly good all week though. I only did short and very easy runs on Monday to Friday (6, 5, 6, 5, & 5 miles).

Briefly about my race. I came across the 1st mile in 5:27 feeling comfortable. Over the next couple miles I worked my way up to 4th place. By the halfway mark (5M in 27:51), I caught and overtook the 3rd runner and could also see the 2nd runner about 150 meters ahead. I kept pressing trying to close the gap from miles 6-8, but only managed to pull back about 50 meters. At 9 miles, the 2nd runner for the first time looked back. I could see and knew at this point that he was just trying to hold on. I slowly reeled him in over the last mile, but it was too late as he crossed the finish about 5 seconds faster than me. 2nd place would have been nice, but I can't complain since it was a PR by over a minute. Our team (JFC Brunssum) took both the Overall and NATO team competition.

1-5M: 27:51
6-10M: 27:23

4 comments:

Mark said...

Congrats on your PR! Goes to show your high level of fitness.

Thomas said...

Congratulations. Your aerobic engine is in incredible shape at the moment, but be careful to recover fully.

Michael said...

Well done on the race, and so soon after your marathon. Have you decided what you're going to race (marathon) next?

Like Thomas said, careful, remember the recovery. All the best down the raod.

Wayne said...

Thanks guys.

No, I have not decided on my next marathon yet....but I've visited the Berlin online registration site a couple times already (hint hint).