Reflections on the Grind

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PEA 10K 2011

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Race day: On 25 Sep 2011, second annual PEA minimarathon (การไฟฟ้าส่วนภูมิภาค (กฟภ.) มินิมาราธอนครั้งที่ 2) was held in northern part of Bangkok, 15 min drive from my place.

Left home at 4:30am after a small breakfast. For this race, I aimed to beat my personal best, which was set 3 weeks ago in 40:52. The more ambitious goal was a sub-40.

Unlike the last 10K I raced, this one has a more traditional route. No climbing. Essentially flat. I started off aggressively. Didn’t look at the watch the entire way. All I thought about during the race was “just do my best, and go under 40. or die trying.”

Didn’t have health or injury issue. Ran the best I could. Left nothing on the course, just the way I wanted it to be.

Stats: 10.0 km, 40:26 (6:30 min/mi or 4:03 min/km pace)
5km splits: 19:38, 20:48
shoes: adizero mana 5
weather: cloudy 26C, 78%.

1st place male: Clive Stokes 34:10. Female winner: Suvaree Deenak: 41:09.
from other runners’ GPS watches, course seems to be exactly 10km.

Event review: The course was good. The traffic was light. No pollution issue. The water stations were slightly lacking though. The organizers acknowledged this. The distance signs were all right. They were placed at 4, 5 (turnaround point), 6, and 8 km. Post-race food was excellent. The souvenir is unique (a doll and a bracelet instead of a medal). Tech t-shirt is nice. Overall, a great local race. I will try to make it here again next year.

Reflections: Can’t complain about a personal best. However, I failed my A+ target which is to break 40. The second half was 1:10 min slower than the first. Did I go out too hard? I don’t think so. I think I just wasn’t strong enough to hold on.

Unfinished business, it has to be for now. The only thing I can do is train and keep improving.

Elsewhere: What a day it was in Berlin. 26-year-old Patrick Makau broke marathon world record by 21 seconds, with the time of 2:03:38. The pacers did a great job leading the race through the first half. Another step forward in human endurance running. A sub 2:03 seems definitely reachable now. Disappointing day for Haile. Probably his era is over after a long incredible career. Paula Radcliffe did well to get the qualifying time but it will be a tall task for her to compete with the younger generation which includes Florence Kiplagat and Mary Keitany in London Olympics.

Congratulations to my friend Marty who got a well-deserved PB in Berlin.

Photos taken by my wife:

PEA 10K course map

PEA 10K course map

PEA 10K start

PEA 10K start

PEA 10K finish

PEA 10K finish

yummy brown rice and Thai omelette

yummy brown rice and Thai omelette

good turnout. happy for the organizers.

good turnout. happy for the organizers.

doll handout

doll handout

before going home

before going home

thanks to PEA for hosting a nice event

thanks to PEA for hosting a nice event

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Written by Rop

September 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

Posted in running

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  1. thanks for the shout out and congrats on another very good performance, rop. i know that you are slightly disappointed at not getting under 40mins, but it’s still a terrific time in the heat and humidity. i’m sure you’ll get your target soon. great photos btw

    marty

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm


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