9.5.10

Helsinki City Run 2010: A journey to a new Personal Best

The last long run I logged before the HCR was on the 2nd of May. A 12km beautiful route with Nicole and Javi.


I didn't feel very well during the workout but managed to finish the run at a pace I would be happy to do on the Race Day! On the week of the race, I was thinking I won't manage to do a PB (Personal Best) considering my performance the days before but I was hoping to go under 2 hours. At least, better than last year for the same race.

All these feelings changed on the race day. I was really excited @ the Starting Line with Nicole and Javi, and became really ambitious. I started the race very fast, at a pace under 5'/km leaving Javi behind after 3km and Nicole a little bit later: I had to continue alone the rest of the race. After an hour I realized that I have done 12km and, if I continue this way, I would have a new PB. But the problems came after km14 when my pace was around 5'30''/km and didn't feel strong enough to continue as fast as at the beginning. Nonetheless, I knew that if I would keep this way, I would still do a good job. The pain and headache didn't go away but I was an "experience" runner who has logged more than 2000km and won't give up: At km18 I found some more energy (I don't know where it came from) and my pace came back to around and under 5'/km arriving at the Finishing Line better than I ever expected!


the Official results as follow:

Place: 1888
Race Number: 4039
Runner Name: Jose M. Sánchez
Club: Spain
Class: Miehet yleinen (Place on my class: 1136)
Official Time: 1h49'21''
Chip Time: 1h48'58''
Out of 14 000 runners!

This was my third half marathon, and we can compare the results with the previous one:

Helsinki City Run (HCR): May, 2009:  2h 03' 13' 

Stockholm Half Marathon (SHM): September, 2009: 1h 53' 02'

Helsinki City Run (HCR): May, 2010:  1h49'21'

When I did my first Half Marathon I thought I won't be a very fast runner and my times would be around 2 hours. For some reason, I thought it was not possible to improve your time much more. After these results, I feel I can reach whichever place I want to take my body to. As I read in your blogs: No soy un hombe, soy una puta máquina.

And in 2 days, to Madrid. ¿Sigue adelante la quedada?


This picture was taken from my home. The race pictures by Tero Tikkanen. The first picture by me.

6 comments:

Jan said...

enhorabuena, tiempazo... menos mal que tenías dudas ;) Excelente MMP, por debajo de 1,49

claro que la quedada sigue en pie, el sábado que viene

Víctor N. said...

Congratulations!!!. Muy buena carrera Efesor, ahora a disfrutarlo a tope.

Un saludo.

RA said...

Tiempazo maquinón. A seguir así y a por la siguiente que seguro que será mejor y más rápida.
Un abrazo desde la fría y lluviosa España.
¡Quién estuviera en Helsinki disfrutando de su clima, su Sol y su calor¡.

Luis Chacón said...

pues sí que eres una puta máquina!! me hace sonreír leer eso de "puedo llevar mi cuerpo a donde quiera"... bravo, esa es la actitud, con el empeño que le pones, miedo me da qué tiempos conseguirás en el futuro!!

enhorabuena!!

Abe said...

Bueno mejorar las marcas es lo que siempre buscamos, si a eso le unimos superar adversidades en forma de dolor de cabeza, mejor que mejor ;D
En la próxima a bajar de 1:45' ¿no? ;D
Un saludo¡¡

Fer Panama said...

Me imagino Jose que estarás ya por la madre patria, que envidia, yo debería estar también en estas fechas por allá pero tuve que post-poner mi viaje.

Enhorabuena por el carrerón que te marcaste, la verdad que en esas condiciones de mala climatologia es dificil entrenar.

Un abrazo muy fuerte y comete un bocata de calamares en la Plaza mayor de madrid a mi salud :)

FER