Summerfast 10k

Posted: July 18, 2015 in Race Reports
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Summerfast 10K

Summerfast? Not so fast!

I made two rookie mistakes this weekend.

1. Overtraining?

I went to the gym twice this week and I feel like I pushed myself a bit too hard. Not so hard that I was incapacitated, but hard enough to still be feeling the effects of bar squats on the day of the race.

Also, I did hill training on Thursday night. I know I need to do more speed and hill work, but was it the right thing to do two days before a race?

2. I did something different on race day.

I ran out of oatmeal on Wednesday. I had fully planned to get to the supermarket and buy more, but it just didn’t happen. All of a sudden, it was race day and I didn’t have my usual pre-race food.

I went ahead and made a smoothie, which admittedly is something I do almost every day. The big difference is that I don’t race every day! Almost immediately, I needed to spend some time in the bathroom. And I wished I had had oatmeal.

Never mind!

I headed down to Stanley Park for Summerfast 10K!

Almost immediately, I could feel a vibe that was different from most of the races I’ve done lately. This one was serious. The folks warming up were very focused. There was a distinct buzz in the air.

Ran into Jean, and then chatted with some Forerunners folks. Bev and Deb were there, Bev aiming for her place in the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. Debra (@debrakato) was on hand with her trusty camera, and snapped a nice photo of Darrel, Theresa and me.

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Do we look confident?

I also showed off my Tiux Compression Socks – for their first race wearing! (You can still enter to win a pair of these bad boys here!)

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Gathering at the Start Line, I met another Twitter buddy, Steve (@abundantsink), for the first time in real life.

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Matching smiles!

Got a few more snaps:

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Then, someone behind me said, “It must almost be time” just as – without any warning or fanfare – the gun went off.

The Route

I won’t go into a lot of detail, except to mention that the first kilometre was a bit of zigzagging in Coal Harbour to get us to the right distance. The rest of the run is a simple counter-clockwise loop of the Stanley Park Seawall ending where we started, at Second Beach.

Most of the race was in full sun, though much of it was blessedly at our backs. It was hot – but not as hot as the Scotiabank Half a few weeks ago!

I’ve mentioned in previous posts, but at certain points on the Seawall you can see a couple of kilometres ahead. Near the halfway mark, I saw Bev (in her distinctive orange shirt) in the distance. I aimed to catch up with her, but never did.

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Snapped this on the run!

The Finish

Somehow I managed a negative split, with my second half a respectable 5 seconds faster than my first half. I sprinted for the finish but I’m pretty sure the guy beside me crossed the line just a hair before I did. My cap matches the pylons. I planned that.

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Lots of familiar faces at the end. We were all sweaty and happy. I grabbed some water and then some Muscle MLK (vanilla is my favourite)!

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Summerfast is hosted by Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club (VFAC) – they are super fast. The ruled the podium at the Ambleside Mile. One of the best things about this race is that the VFAC members bring home baking! I enjoyed an amazing chocolate brownie and some coconut cake. I tried to take a clear photo, but the crowds were too thick.

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Hanging about, I also got a “Hey, are you Bradley?” from Ethan (@AvgRunner), one of my Twitter followers. I really love it when this happens!

And then, the true highlight of the day, a legit celebrity sighting. Anyone recognize him?

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Yep, that’s Stephen Amell, aka The Arrow (or Oliver Queen). Having chickened out of speaking to famous people in the past, I simply approached him and asked for a photo. He graciously agreed. I asked him how the race went. He told me he had wrapped filming late the night before, but had agreed to do this 10k! A super hero!

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Photo courtesy of DC Entertainment/CW

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Bonus photo of Arrow finishing the race!

The Results

When I finally checked my results, I was sorely disappointed. Generally, I’m a mid-pack runner, and recently I’ve been ranking somewhere in the top third. But despite a decent time, I actually came in second last in my age group!

But I’ll admit there may be a reason for this. Summerfast also happens to be the BC 10K Championship race, managed by BC Athletics. So all the speedsters are out to prove themselves. And the fact that at least one of my friends, who usually places in their age group, came a bit lower in the rankings…well, that was reassuring.

I was tired and hot and hungry, so I didn’t stay around for the awards ceremony. Apparently I should have, because they had lots of door prizes to be won! I’ll keep this in mind for next time!

Final Results
Chip time: 48:22
Average pace: 4:51 min/km
Overall: 164/378
Age ranking: 14/15

Happy to link up again with Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading – Weekend Update style!

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RACE REPORT

Overall
This is a small, straightforward race. No frills. It’s a flat, scenic course – built for speed (except, perhaps, in my case). Summerfast is not a destination race per se, but being a local event I was glad to be there. I would run it again. If you’re in town, it’s inexpensive and it’s beautiful. And there are baked goods!

Packet Pickup/Expo
I walked down to the Denman Street Running Room after work on Friday to pick up my bib. They had a table set up in the store, and that was it. Very straightforward. Race day pickup was also available.

T-Shirt/Swag
This race is not about the swag or the bling. It’s about the run. Enough said.

Course
Seawall around Stanley Park. Flat. Hot. Shared with cyclists, pedestrians, and other runners. This did not cause me any issues.

Aid Stations
One water station at 5km. A second at 8km by Third Beach. I didn’t bother to slow down for either.

Post-Race
A few sponsors were present, including CLIF Bars and Muscle MLK. The best thing, however, was all of the baked goods by the VFAC hosts – yummy!

Race Management
Things seemed to run very smoothly. It’s a simple, no nonsense race. Very professional. An announcement warning us that the gun would go off momentarily would have been a bonus, but since I wasn’t competing by gun time – and therefore not at the front of the pack – it didn’t really matter. Chip time works for me!

Comments
  1. Congrats on a great race even if you didnt place where you expected. Negative splits are awesome! I would be so nervous to drink a smoothie on race day. Glad it went well despite the tired legs and different food on race day!

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thanks Lisa! All things considered, I was pretty pleased with my results (even if I moaned about it a bit). I will never drink a smoothie before a race again!!

  2. I would say you still did very well, considering all that happened that week and morning. Negative splits is still something to be proud of!

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thanks, Amy. I know I shouldn’t be too disappointed – it was just a bit unexpected!

  3. Holy cow! I’m dying that you got a picture with Stephen Amell! What a trooper for showing up to run in a race after working late. I cringed as I read that you’d run out of oatmeal and were trying something new; that terrifies me! I’m glad it didn’t turn out too bad and that you still had a great race – congrats! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog; hope your Monday is going well!

    • bjcjapan says:

      I know, Tara – I was so excited!! He:s truly a hero, isn’t he? Haha

      I have learned my lesson – buy extra oatmeal! Thankfully it was a short race, too. I wouldn’t have tempted fate for a longer run!

      Thanks for hosting the linkup yet again! Truly appreciate it!

  4. Kelli says:

    That’s a pretty fast field if you came in 2nd to last with a sub-50 10K. Nice work on the negative splits!

  5. Great finish time! Isn’t it funny that your AG placement really depends on who shows up!

    • bjcjapan says:

      So true, Wendy! It’s never been so starkly evident before! Certainly, in some of the older groups, you can place just by showing up!

  6. 1. Overtraining – I feel like this always happens to me before a big race. I have a slopitch game or something and don’t realize how much that affects my legs!

    2. I did something different on race day – A smoothie is a terrible idea!! How did that seem like a good idea?? Lol should have done peanut butter on toast!

    Summerfast looks like a good race! Congrats on your “decent” time! Haha I can barely do 10k in under an hour 🙂

    • bjcjapan says:

      1. Ultimately, I don’t think this really had too much impact.

      2. Ha. Ha. I don’t know what possessed me. Peanut butter it will be next time!!

      Thanks – you should join me on this one next year!!

  7. Nice recap of the race. I enjoyed reading it. Your finishing time is great! Everybody looked so happy at that race – that’s so important – cool vibe!

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thanks, Ilka. Yes, it was a very good-natured race – again, another smaller local event, so lots of happy spirit!

  8. Ben says:

    Congrats on a good race! Who cares about the final results as long as they have BAKED GOODS AT THE END?! That’s the only reason to sign up for a race…!

    • bjcjapan says:

      I know, right? You really can’t do much better than baked goods! I’m tellin’ ya!

  9. Brittany says:

    You totally killed this race despite your “mistakes.” So cool you saw so many people too!

  10. Looks like the speedsters were out that day! You had a great time to finish second to last in your AG!

    I’ll be in Vancouver the weekend of September 26th. Any good races happening?