As far as you know I was registered for the 10K race at Moscow Marathon and after 48 hours I wanna share with you my impressions from this race.
The first one exciting thing is that we started with the marathon runners and ran with them side-by-side for the first 4.5K. You can find on the picture below some guys with yellow bottom of their numbers (marathoners) and some with the blue (10K runners).
And I thought then “Next time I’ll be one of them”.
Every time the rain begins is like a red rag for me. So when the rain started at the 6th km I said “F@#k ya, I won’t give up” and increased my average pace to 5:15 mins/km.
At the 8K checkpoint I raised my pace up to 5:00 mins/km.
I knew that we should finish the race at The Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex but when my Wahoo Fitness app said me “Total workout distance is 10 kilometers” and the Stadium was far far away from that point I said “Watta hell is going on?!” but kept running with the same pace about 5:00-5:05 mins/km.
There was Adidas Energy Boost booth at the entrance to the Luzhniki Stadium with loud and very energetic music that kicked my butt so hard that my pace at the last 300m through the Stadium was less than 4:00.
That was really amazing to cross the finish line of my first 10K race at The Grand Sports Arena 15 years later I finished my track and field career and just a month after IAAF World Championship Moscow 2013 which was at the same place.
Here are my official digits from this race:
- Chip time: 01:01:55 (which means that I completed 10K run within 53 mins cause accordingly to my GPS-track the real distance of this race was 11.7K)
- Overall ranking: 1,080th of 2,413
- Male ranking: 904th of 1,520
And here is one more photo from this race.
Only one thing I have to say at the moment “That was just incredible”. And I definitely will be there on the next year and going to complete my first marathon.
As The Color Run finisher I received an e-mail with the invitation for a registration to Moscow Marathon and my first response was “Hell no!”
But yesterday evening I checked Moscow Marathon web-site and found out that there will be not just marathon (42km 195m) but a 10K race also. And I said “Why not? If that 5K failed to kill me why this 10K will?”
So today I’ve registered for the 10K race at Moscow Marathon.
My goals for this race are:
- cross the finish line,
- don’t get an injury,
- have some fun.
I don’t care about the time so much. But it would be great to finish within 1 hour.
So if you guys love running as much as I do I encourage you to register for this race and I would be happy to crush it side-by-side with you ;)
Those of you who following my blog at least for the last 8 months or so know that one of my resolutions for this year is to finish 5K race. Also you probably know that I was registered for The Color Run which was yesterday 25th of August.
Despite the pretty cool weather (12 degrees Celsius) I went out to starting line and here you can see how undistracted I was during my warm-up before the start.
My goals for this race were:
- complete 5K within 27 mins,
- don’t get an injury,
- have fun.
When I crossed the finish line I’ve seen 25:34 on my stopwatch and you can see how amazed (and colorful) I was about that on the picture bellow :)
But this is not the end of story because accordingly to my GPS-tacker the actual length of the race was not 5K but 5.1K. It means that I crushed 5K for 24:54 with average pace of 4:59/km. Just insane!
You can ask me what’s my next goal for the next season.
Well… I have two actually :)
First of all I’m going to drop my 5K time to 23:00 min. And the second (and more challenging) goal is to finish Half-Marathon (21.0975 km or 13.1094 miles).
At the same time I don’t want to go “all-in” to long distance running. I’m going to incorporate endurance training into my CrossFit workouts and let’s see what will happen.
I heard many times from my friends and colleagues that business trips ruined their training. But from my point of view this’s a bull$hit. Because everything you need for following your training program is just a pair of running shoes. Look, I picked up my Saucony with me to Microsoft TechEd Europe 2013 in Spain and ran over 30 km for that week. So please think up another excuse for the next time ;)
Ok, Microsoft TechEd Europe 2013 right behind the door and will start at June 25th in Madrid, Spain.
That’s right, I’ll be there at “Server Cloud Tools” booth on Microsoft Solutions Experience floor as a SME on AD RMS. My shift will be at June 26th from 14:15 till 17:30. And (surprise-surprise!) there will be Dan Plastina (Group Program Manager for Microsoft Information Protection team) with me from 14:15 till 16:00. So book this time slot in your calendar if you’re going to Microsoft TechEd Europe this year and have some questions about AD RMS ;)
C u there!
You probably remember that one of my resolutions for this year is to complete at least one 5K race within 27 minutes. So two days ago I’ve registered for Colorful Race for 5K which will be here in Moscow at August 25th. If you, guys, like me wanna check one of the checkbox in your task list for this year and (what’s more important) help children ($13 from $30 of you payment for the registration for this race will be donated to The Naked Heart Foundation) then I encourage you to register for this race today.
And see you there! ;)
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