Perfect running conditions this morning for the first race of the adidas series in phoenix park.
After a good training week i was keen to race. Around 5.000 people lined up for that 5 Miler. The warm-up was pretty short as shane, martin and i had the usual trouble getting to the start area.
I should have learned from the last few races that going out fast is NOT good for me. the gun sounded and i didnt think one second and just ran on. The pace felt alright as the road was going slightly downhill. even after the 1st mile when the course went really downhill i thought the pace is fine – it wasn´t.
i couldnt really relax and i never found my rhythm. the endurance is there but, as previously said, my running technique is a pain in the &%$@65. i stretch and i focus on technique training but it slightly gets better. i need to “de-stiff” that 1,90 meters!
anyway – i ended up with a 29:16 in 60th place on that hilly course. my worst 5 Mile time ever.
Thanks to Darren from RACEPIX365 for the pictures!