Wolfe Island 5 km-UPHILL BOTH WAYS?!?

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Wolfe Island 5 km-UPHILL BOTH WAYS?!?

Postby AirForceRunner » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:53 pm

I figured this was a fitting title for this race report, as the heat coming back makes it feel like its uphill both ways.
WHAT A CROWD! I was not expecting so many folks, but it was great. There was just such a positive energy going on right before race time.
As the race started, the first 200 metres involved dodging around some of the kids who had placed themselves at the front. Once I got past them, I found myself at the back of the lead pack of 6 or so. It felt alright, so I just held on there. As this was my first Wolfe, I would soon come to learn the error of an over-zealous start.
I hit the 2 km mark at 7:30, and then my GPS conked out for a bit. Shortly thereafter, so did I. I walked the first water station and tore off for the 3 km turn. I lasted another minute, and had to walk again. It is simply amazing how oppressive the heat is coming back on this course. I'd heard the stories about it, but words could not do it justice. The heat, combined with my fast start, was now biting me in the backside.
After a 30 second stroll, I picked up running again, and fell in behind a young track and field guy (team shirt). For the last 1.5 km, I nipped at him, telling him not to let 'this old guy' catch him. It help both of us pick it up. I surged at around 500 metres, but let off shortly after, knowing I couldn't hold it. I sprinted with the track and field guy for the last 100 m, but his young legs got the best of me (Ackerman is what I think his name was).
Overall, given the conditions, I'm very happy with my time and placing. 20:25 for the 5 km, which was good for 10th overall, 3rd in my AG (though I could have sworn the clock said 20:16 when I crossed). And I sadly skipped out on a medal...anyone hold it for me?
But what was even better was watching Jo-Jo pull off the PB of the new millennium (IMHO). I won't say what it was...I'll leave that for her.
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Postby Marg » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:00 pm

Way to go... I do believe the term "pizza oven" best describes the wall of heat on the turn around. Right race director Jim? :)

Awesome racing all the same... congrats.
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Postby klc » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:11 pm

Nice job in that heat!

It was nice meeting you.

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Postby Doonst » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:20 pm

Been there, felt that. Great time considering!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:25 pm

:cry: I didn't think to step up and get your medal for you Rick...I apologize :cry:
It was great seeing you. I can totally relate to your "over zealous" start because I did that too....and I should have known better...but I'm using the excuse that this is the first time I ran the 5km here (I've done the 10km in the past)
It was great seeing you...this is only the second time I've met you but I have to say you have a wonderful "energy" about you.
And yes...Marg is right..."pizza oven" is the way I like to describe that turn around point.
You and I have to figure out a M&G before the next race... :D
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Postby runjanerun » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:33 pm

Wow! You're fast! Great race! I saw lots of speeding 5K runners heading towards me as I was heading out - I guess you were one of them!

I hate to say this, but on the return part of the 10K it is DEFINITELY uphill in both directions. There was another hill after you 5Kers hit the turnaround which wasn't as steep as the first hill but still a challenge. I am pretty sure I walked near the top of that one. And then a gradual downhill heading towards the 10K turnaround. Problem is, that gradual downhill turned into a gradual uphill for what seemed like forever as we made our way back home.

Yup, that heat was like a pizza oven. Fortunately it wasn't very humid today!
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Postby braveheart » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:11 pm

speedy! Congrats on the time and placement.

I remember running the 10K one year and thinking out there how hot it was on the way out with the heat in my face- thinking wow at least the breeze (heat breeze) might be at my back...then came the turn around and WHACK it was like running into an oven

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Postby horselady » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:53 am

Great time and placement
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:53 am

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Postby cgraham » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:15 am

Heat is not fun in a race (or a run for that matter), but it sounds like you did pretty well in spite of it. Nice job egging that youngster on - sounds like it worked for both of you.

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Postby RA. » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:27 am

Sounds like the weather we had there 2 years ago. Did you jump in the lake after?

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Postby clocker » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:46 am

Congratulations on such a fast time. It was nice to have a rabbit to help pull you through the oven. It sounded like a cooker out there!
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Postby AirForceRunner » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:29 pm

Thanks all.
Now...that little episode of nipping at the young guy I talked about. Zoom photo got it on photo. I LOVE ZOOM PHOTO!!! You guys rock!

Me goading the young lad on
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Both of us having a chuckle about my antics/tactics
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They also got photos of the end result, but my pride can't handle posting those. :oops:
But what I really need to ask myself is...if I can be laughing at just past the 4 km mark, am I really running hard enough? :?:
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:40 pm

AirForceRunner wrote:Thanks all.
Now...that little episode of nipping at the young guy I talked about. Zoom photo got it on photo. I LOVE ZOOM PHOTO!!! You guys rock!

Me goading the young lad on
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Both of us having a chuckle about my antics/tactics
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They also got photos of the end result, but my pride can't handle posting those. :oops:
But what I really need to ask myself is...if I can be laughing at just past the 4 km mark, am I really running hard enough? :?:


Cool picture. That young guy is one of the "lads" that my coach's coach coaches... (hmmm...how's that for using the same words 3 times in a row :shock: )

Rick ...I don't know if it's in your family budget...but you would love training with Randy's group...they meet on Thursday at 5:15 at the RMC gym and do the run from there. PM me if you want info...and it's not crazy crazy expensive.
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Course...I think if you're laughing at the 4km point you are not experiencing enough pain :twisted: :wink:
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Postby joe » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:31 pm

AirForceRunner wrote:But what I really need to ask myself is...if I can be laughing at just past the 4 km mark, am I really running hard enough? :?:


If I had known that I would have made sure to egg you on at the end! Leave it all on the course!!!!
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Postby HCcD » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:39 pm

Great run :clap:
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Postby 5km » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:53 pm

Congratulations and well done, Rick.

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Postby scottp » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:20 pm

Great pics! and a good result considering you went over the edge and had to recover.

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Postby Jogger Barbie » Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:16 pm

Congrats on the time and the placement! And FWIW I think you should be able to laugh at the 4 km (or any other) point :) It's supposed to at least partly be about getting out there on the course and having fun. Sorry we didn't meet up - I did recognize you from your avatar but wasn't sure you'd know who I was.
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Postby Dr. S » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:31 pm

Wow that's speedy!! Congrats on the AG placement =)
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Postby bnn » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:04 am

Geez that's a quick time. In the heat no less - I can even see it in the photos, looks hot! WTG!
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