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  • 6 miles
  • 01:09 time
  • 10:58 pace
  • 455 calories
  • 511 ft climb
  • 200 max hr
  • 143 avg hr
    • Currently 5/5 Effort.
    effort 5/5
great Ginger Jar Historic 10K race in Vancouver 10.1 km 01:09 10:58 pace

Overall, a great race, and despite a slightly depressing ending, I am really happy with my performance. :)

This was my first race in Vancouver-style rain and I was quite looking forward to it! It had been raining heavily all weekend and I was kind of hoping that it would dump during our race just for the experience. Instead, it was more of a steady type rain that slowly soaks you to the skin.

This was Erik's race - I was just going along for the fun of it. I had no real race plan and no goals other that to have fun and race however I happened to feel that morning. We stayed with my daughter, who lives in North Van, got up at 6:30 am, has a little yogurt, coffee, and a banana, and left the house at 7:30. We were settled at the parking lot well before 8am.

The race site was about 500m away, at a military base on Deadman's Island in Stanley Park, and we didn't know if we'd have to stand around outside in the rain waiting for the start, so we sat in the car for about 20 minutes before we walked over. It turned out a large gym was open so we stayed in there until the warm up and race started. There were a few hundred half marathoners, about 120 10k'ers and some 5kers so it was a mass start with everyone all at the same time. It took a minute to get across the starting line and a few more minutes to get through 'traffic' and up to pace.

I decided to try my best to stay under a 6 min km for a sub-hour 10k as long as I was feeling ok. And I was feeling great!

The Stanley Park Seawall is a wide, asphalt path that runs along the ocean, all the way around the Stanley Park peninsula. It looks and feels flat although my Garmin seemed to think there was some elevation gain/loss. There were lots of puddles to avoid, but eventually my open-mesh Newtons were soaked and I didn't worry about it too much any more.

Although I wasn't running all that fast (about 5:45-5:55 km), I seemed to be passing a steady number of people. I suppose many of them were half marathoners.

Erik started off ahead of me and because he was running faster, I didn't see him for the entire race. It turned out my ipod was dead so I stowed the headphones and just chugged along, feeling really good - no foot or ankle pain, and only a little hip pain for about 1 km. Around the 6.5 - 7 km mark, I began to feel tired and started focusing on maintaining my pace to the end of the race.

There were a few rolling hills once we turned North away from the seawall, to head back to the race start ,and my pace slowed a little as I pushed up those hills. (funny, I typed 'kills' there by accident ;). Once back on the flats, I pushed to keep my pace, knowing there was only about 1.5 km left. I bypassed the water station at the 8km mark because I wasn't thirsty and I was so close to the end of the race.

Then suddenly, just before the 9km mark, something 'snapped' in my left calf - OW! It was really just a severe calf cramp but yowza, did that hurt. I yelped and limped over to the side where I tried to stretch it out but no go. Owchie owchie, couldn't put my weight on that leg. I tried a few styles of limp-running, and stopped for a few more stretches, taking a little longer this time. It still didn't help enough to enable me to run. I started walking with a stiff right leg hitting my heel on the ground so it didn't hurt as much, and managed to hobble to the finish line. Argh. I was making such a good time, I thought I might be able to come close to, or even beat my previous PR. But it was not to be....

My first 8 k was 46:34 (5:49/km) on target for a 58:10 10km.
My 9k time was 53:17
My 10k time was 1:08:51 Sigh.

But honestly, I'm really happy because the cramp was beyond my control and I was on pace for a great race so who cares about the last 1.2 km right?!

So what caused it? I'm pretty sure it was lack of electrolytes and/or water in this case. Normally, I will take a gel before a race, but I didn't have any this morning. I ate all the things I normally have for pre-race breakfast, other than the gel, and I have raced without them them before but I noticed that near the end of the race, my fingers were swollen as well, which, I understand is indicative that water is pooling and not being absorbed because of lack of salt.

The only other thing I can think of is that I've run on a treadmill for the past 3 runs previous to this race and I read on the Wave Physiotherapy Blog today, that treadmill running can sometimes cause tight calves. Perhaps that also played a part - I dunno.

I've never had a calf cramp running before, but I have had them quite a few times when swimming. I guess I'll be a little more careful next time.

So now, it's 12 hours later and my calf is still sore enough that I can't put my full weight on it. I'm going to do a little self-massage and wear my calf sleeve for a few days. We'll see if it's any better tomorrow.

But I'm still super happy about my race - yay me anyway!! :D

8C, 46F, raining. Zap tight, LS tech, mid zero jersey, MEC jacket (took it off and tied it around my waist at the 5km mark), cap, headband over my ears.

Oh and I got a cool Anchor style medal - w00t!

  • Joerg N.
    Joerg N.


    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Jason G.
    Jason G.

    Super sorry about the calf thing but sounds like you have some good ideas on what is going on. As long as you have no pain soreness today I hope. Sounds like over all the experience of going there and having the race put in was a fun one and one more medal in the case!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Steven B.
    Steven B.

    Stanley Park sea wall is a great place to run. Nice race. For the calf... I like the foam roller.

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Sara

    ouch! Hope your calf heals quickly you were really on pace for a great race and like you happened and you can't change it. Still a good run until that happened.

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Mike

    Wat to Go!

    over 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Sheila K.
    Sheila K.

    Nice job on your race. Boo for the calf-cramp, but your first 9K was awesome. Good job! Hope you avoid the cramps in the future. I have had such bad calf cramps before (usually from swimming, though) that they did make my legs feel sore for a couple of days afterwards.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Aaron

    Nice Work!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Roy P.
    Roy P.

    Nice race report. Calves respond well to massage. Let's hope it wasn't a tear. Don't you have a man to do that? Let the negotiations begin.....

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Stu A. Get Better
    Get Better:

    That's tough about your calf. Really sounded as if you were running a good race. Way to finish. Get well.

    over 6 years ago

  • Brent P. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Too bad about the calf - but great job on pre-cramp pace and finishing. . !!

    over 6 years ago