Race to the Taste.

The Hartz Race to the Taste was on this morning. The race is joyfully described as “..a leisurely 6km fun run or walk that is mostly downhill..” – however IMHO the run was extremely tough, nothing leisurely about running downhill as FAST as you are able to.

For me, this race was just a practise/training run – not a major race on my calendar.

Pre-Race Routine

  • 6:00 am – Wake up. 1 serving of oatmeal with honey and cinnamon. Down with big glass of Berocca and a small Milo coffee.
  • 6.30 am – Can’t remember if the race bibs were supposed to be mailed or what’s the go and which mailing address I used for the online race entry. Walk down to the mailbox, to see if the race bib has been mailed to home address – no. Drive to the Post Office, to check if the bib has been mailed to my PO Box – nope.
  • 7:00 am – Start making a warm bath, for a nice pre-race morning lull.
  • 7:05 am – Let considerable amount of HOT water out of the bath, and mix in cold water. Enjoy the bath.
  • 7:30 am – Gearing up. The new HTC Legend seems to be much bigger than my old mobile phone and fills up the Nike Arm Wallet thinggie, leaving no room for the bulky car key. New shoes feel good, this will be my 2nd run with the new Brooks Adrenaline GTS11‘s.
  • 8:00 am – Arrival at the Domain Athletic Centre. Thank god, the race number bibs are here. Meeting Steve W, Pete and Mick at the queue for the bibs. Feeling a bit croaky and slimy lungs. Mornings are not my best running times.
  • 8:30 am – Few laps warmup and stretching. Few strides and check that the Polar foot pod works ok. Meeting with Luke and Madeleine.
  • 8:45 am – Visit to the rest room to lighten the load.
  • 8:50 am – Lining up at the starting line.
  • 09:00 – Go!

Race

6.16km @ 26:55 = 4:22/km.

Summary

I ran the 1K and 2K a bit too fast, got carried away in the race start rush. The 4K was a real struggle, had to dig really deep to keep up the pace. The 5K and 6K were smoother but I could feel that the too fast start was taking its toll.

Lessons Learned

  1. Longer warmup for 5K and 6K races is a MUST!
  2. 5-6K race is NOTHING like a 10K race, at all. Much higher tempo, from the beginning to the end. The pacing is crucial.
  3. Need much more speed work in training.

Next Race – Cadbury Half Marathon.

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