Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chicago - 10.10.10

A Race Report by Jody Draude

The good news: not much wind.

The bad news : temperatures of ~30 degrees Celsius.

What started as a fantastic day for running quickly got a bit sketchy, with the temperature climbing like a Carl Pryce ascent of Centennial Trail: relentless.

That said, the conditions favoured the runts, the blissfully ignorant, and those lucky enough to have joined Blaine and crew for an epic glycogen depleting run/jog/stagger three weeks before the race. Right up my alley.

Even armed with the aforementioned advantage, the wall of heat awaiting me (and everyone else) at about 25km necessitated a hastily negotiated deal with the Devil. In my stupor, I reasoned that I could engage Duncan to find me a loophole if Satan came through on his (her?) side of the bargain. Deal in one hand and a couple of sponges in the other, I managed to hang on to a decent pace for the last 10 miles. Over to you Duncan: I am counting on you.

With the 2:40 barrier looming, I managed to sneak under the wire with a couple minutes to spare: fueled by the horrible fear that I would finish at 2:40:01, and be ever after saddled with the burden of having to run another one of these stupid things.

p.s.  I managed to beat Joan Benoit Samuelson (sic?) this year after last year's crushing defeat. In fact, I don't think I was passed by one senior citizen this year, a staggering achievement.
p.p.s  For those thinking of running this race in the future, please take note that there was free beer at the finish line. I caveat that this perk may have been a one-off throw in by the Devil in 2010 in response to my great negotiation skills, in which case you are on your own to negotiate your own deals in 2011 and beyond.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Marathon Weekend

There were two major marathons this weekend - Chicago and Victoria. And we had BVH representation in both. Don King and Jody Draude were in Chicago and Darcy Bell was in Victoria. And I'm pleased to report that consistency was our key as all three finished with times of either 2:37 or 2:38.

Arguably the best performance of the day was Jody's. He watched Don fly out of the blocks and ease through half way in 74 minutes while he took a much more cautious 79 first half approach. At that time, as temperatures soared, Jody gradually picked up the pace and carried out an amazing negative split, catching Don in the last mile and beating him by 12 seconds. Jody was 4th overall masters athlete and Don was 6th. Great running.

Darcy went with the "cheaper version of Boston", heading West to the island. A 76 first half saw Darcy cruise home in 2:38. Slightly slower than he was expecting but a very decent run regardless.

Good running out there guys!!

Don't forget relay weekend next weekend - Ekiden on Saturday and Confederation Park on Sunday...