This week I have not run so much, as I had the Rodgau 50km race on Saturday and therefore also no Rory. My weight drifted up peaking at 72.5kg.
On the way down to the race I got a little stressed out, but Chrissy said to me, "Don't be silly, you have run three Rory's this year, this is simple." She was right, as always and I also was not running in a bin bag, as I do in all my training, so that would make it easier
The weather was reasonable about 0 degrees and no snow on the ground. I wore a Craft Warm Crewneck, a long sleeve t-shirt and Adidas lycra shorts. On my feet were Wright Escape quarter length socks and Asics GT2100. I covered my nipples with Leukotape, my nether regions with Vaseline and my feet in Sudo cream.
The race is ten times around a five kilometer loop. This time I had a GU Gel on each loop and carried a 500ml bottle filled with SIS Go Energy Drink. The bottle was empty after ~15km.
I set my watch to 5:10 p/km pace with the aim of being +-10 seconds of that. I ended up having only 4 km quicker than target and 3 km slow than this target range.
I had a few moments when I felt I was not doing well but repeated my mantra:
- Don't be shit - as I was last time.
- Fuck average - I am better than this.
- No more girly bullshit - I am not feeling the pain that other people have to suffer.
- Don't be a cunt - I have trained hard, the weather is good, there are no excuses.
Normally I have the urge to quit all the time. But on the whole the feeling of wanting to quit was not present at all. I counted down the Km to go with time passing quickly. I was, very comfortable all the way and within my abilities.
On the course there is a out and back bit, where you can see the people ahead of you coming back towards you. Slowly over the laps I noticed my consistency was winning out as I passed more and more people....As Tiny says it is a great feeling chasing someone down.
I have done the Rodgau 50 km race five times now and this year was my best performance. Below you can see a graphic of how I have done each time. Normally I start well and fall apart. What pleases me more than anything else is the consistency over the ten loops. This shown by the blue flat line with a deviation between the fastest and slowest 5 km of less than a minute.
I was expecting to get the train home, so it was great to see Chrissy as I crossed the finishing line greeting me with an excited "Well done you did it, you were under 4:20 like you wanted to be." So that was nice.