Last night I raced the “Black Press 5000” at the Oak Bay track. One of the things I love the most about living in Victoria is the incredible running community here. There’s always tons of events being organized that athletes can hop into. Last night was a perfect example. Philippe originally planned a run workout with 3k-5k pace intervals but when we found out about the 5k we decided to take advantage of it.
Ryan McKenzie (a 13:35 5k runner) and Scott Simpson (who was trying to run in the low 14’s) showed up so I knew it would be fast. Ryan went out in what I would assume was a pretty easy pace for him which was good for me as I was able to get into a good rhythm from the start. I was able to run with Ryan and Scott for the first 2-3 laps, but after that I was pretty much on my own as they pulled away. It ended up being a bit of a time trial for the last 3.5k. I focused on trying to hold 70 second laps and in the end I ran 14:37. I was happy with the effort. A good way to finish off the week and a 7 second personal best.
Thanks to everyone for coming out and cheering!
5,000 Metres – High Performance Men
1 Ryan McKenzie PA 30 14:02.8
2 Scott Simpson PIH 29 14:21.7
3 Kyle Jones PIH 24 14:37.3
4 Trevor O’Brien PA 30 15:22.8
5 Ian Hallam PIH 37 15:48.8
6 Paul O’Callaghan PIH 44 16:16.4
7 Walter Cantwell PIH 41 16:39.6
8 Simon Dejongh PA 30 16:52.9
9 Gord Christie PIH 47 16:58.0
10 Mike Lord PIH 37 17:27.7