First race of the year

Christian Schmeikal going for the finish line 2011-03-27
Going for the finish line 2011-03-27

It was not a success, but then again neither a failure. My plan was to go out at 3:50, keep that up and increase at the last 2k. It didn’t go exactly that way, but not bad anyway.

I went out at 3:50 and kept it up for most part of the race. Unfortunately I also noticed that my pod and the actual km signs didn’t sync – my pod was a little too cheerful 😉

The trail was on gravel and halfish trail-running-like. There were slopes but mostly big ones. After the sixth km there were a long long slope and

I started to increase in speed while going upwards. I succeeded very nicely. But almost at the top of the around 400 meter long slope I felt that I came closer

The finish line 2011-03-27
The finish line 2011-03-27

to a limit. I felt the retchings come sneaking, so I slowed down a little. After a little while it felt better, so I began increasing again, but then it happened – I started retching!

Usually when exercising I stop and go through with it at the side of the road. But now, during the race I didn’t want to spoil anything, so I went on running while in retchings. Of course I had to slow down a little while into it all, but as it calmed down I could continue at the same pace.. But.. Worst is that I weren’t able to increase like I planned.

I finished at 30:46, which is acceptable at a 7777 meter race. I had hoped for better, but at least it’s under 4:00 min/km 🙂

Today I feel quite fine in the legs. I did my 1 hour easy run in the slush that had come from a sudden snowing during the day. But it all feels very good and I hope for even better results in the time to come 😀

First race 2011
First race 2011 - me and the girls
Christian Schmeikal after the race 2011-03-27
Me after the race 2011-03-27

2 replies on “First race of the year”

Sorry for the very late reply..
Everything is well with me. And how’s everything with you?
I’m looking forward to my second race tomorrow. It’s my first 10k this year 🙂
When is your first race?

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