Bellville Dash at Dusk 8 km

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Bellville Dash at Dusk 8 km

Postby AirForceRunner » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:40 pm

This was a race I found online a couple of days ago and said 'what the heck', its only 60 km away. I am so happy I ran this...not because of time or result, but because this has to be the most beautiful course I have run. The entire race is on paved running trails along the lake through a beautifully groomed park area. Absolutely stunning.
The race...there was a 4 km and an 8 km running together. I had a plan to go out at 4:30 km pace for the first 4 km, and 4:00 for the second 4 km, as it was hot and humid (+32 humidex). It didn't work out that way, but this was still the most comfortable race I've run in awhile. Right at the start, I let the gazelles tear off, and tried to stay back, but early race enthusiasm makes it hard, as my splits below will tell. After the first 4 km loop, I figured there were about 7 guys in front of me, but a young kid on the path told me I was in 3rd. Turns out the gazelles were running the 4 km. Suddenly, the guy 50 metres in front of me became my top priority. I slowly closed the gap, and when I saw him grab a cup from the last water station, I pounced, knowing his breathing would be off a little while. Once I got past him, I stretched the lead to roughly 100 metres, finishing 2nd overall in 34:12. I wonder if I hadn't been such a jokester if I would have gotten under 34. The race director was standing 200 metres from the finish, cheering us on, so when I came to her, I stopped for a moment and said "I'm too tired to finish, I'm going back the way I came". You should have seen the look on her face. It was great! :lol:
All in all, I highly recommend this race...its simply a gorgeous course.
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4:03
4:09
4:13
4:21
4:23
4:19
4:25
4:18
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:09 am

Great report.
Have to put this on the radar for next year.
Yes...being a jokester may have cost you the sub 34:00 :twisted: :wink:

But...you are a speedster :D
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Postby Marg » Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:12 am

Great report... wow you're speedy! :D
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Postby HCcD » Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:29 am

:shock: Ackkk !!! another race :shock: :shock:

Totally awesome race, dude ... :P
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Postby AirForceRunner » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:11 pm

Andy,
Yes, perhaps I've run a few too many races already, but theres this strange compulsion I have that won't let me pass up a race if its close by. And heck, someone has to try and keep up with your torrid pace :lol: Mind you, my races are quick and painless. How you do all these marathons is beyond me.

Jo-Jo,
Thats 2 of the last 3 races I've ended up joking around during the race (once caught on camera) :oops:
I've really gotta stop that.
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"Try the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don't look about and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by..."
-Jack Kerouac

"I am no longer a runner, I am now a father who runs. I will let the running come to me and I will make the most of every km I am fortunate enough to receive."
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Postby 5km » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:36 pm

Good run. Nice pacing - bit faster at the start and pretty darn even for the rest of the way.

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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:37 pm

Great report and a very fast race.
I think that once you start enjoying the races, the"strange compulsion" becomes part of your normal being!
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Postby AirForceRunner » Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:35 am

Well, I've always enjoyed the races, but my wife thinks I'm nuts to actually pay to go for a run when I can just step out the front door and do it for free. But thats a whole other topic in and of itself, which I think has been tackled in a previous thread. :wink:
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"Try the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don't look about and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by..."
-Jack Kerouac

"I am no longer a runner, I am now a father who runs. I will let the running come to me and I will make the most of every km I am fortunate enough to receive."
-Smack

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Postby Cathy » Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:35 pm

WOW,
Can I ride on your back your next race.
I want to feel how fast that is.

Awesome race.

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Postby candlerun » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:34 pm

Sweet run! I just LOVE the comment at the end... :lol:
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Postby cgraham » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:58 pm

Nice job. Second place is pretty darn good for a race you weren't taking seriously. Congrats.
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Postby Lightning » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:17 pm

AirForceRunner....you certainly are speedy! Congrats on a great race.
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Postby runjanerun » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:07 pm

You ARE fast! Way to show those Belleville runners! Just kidding :lol: , as we run in some of their races and they tend to be faster than us.

This would have been a fun one for us to do, however we had to get up at 5 a.m. to do the Toad practice run. But I will keep it in mind for the future.
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Postby Hermes » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:09 am

Dashing all the way ~~ Well done!! Who says racing is no joking matter? :wink:

Congrats on 2nd placE!

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Re: Bellville Dash at Dusk 8 km

Postby bicycle.boy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:58 pm

AirForceRunner wrote:The race director was standing 200 metres from the finish, cheering us on, so when I came to her, I stopped for a moment and said "I'm too tired to finish, I'm going back the way I came". You should have seen the look on her face. It was great! :lol:


It's moments like these that I live for. Sure, I could run out the front door just like you, but at racing... guys like us have an audience! :-D Congrats on a very speedy run, and for keeping your good humour about you.
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