21, 2007 - Lausanne 1/4 Marathon, Lausanne, Switzerland
back into shape after time off, there is something to be said
about a good test or reality check. And there's no better
way to do this than in some type of competition. So, I decided
my first "test" of the season would be in a 1/4
marathon (10km + a few extra 100m).
since I had to do a workout anyway, I might as well jump in
the race and get a good training effort out of it. With only
two weeks training under my belt, I didn't expect much...only
that it would be hard work.
also a really enjoyable race to be a part of because I was
not alone in my pain for that day. Trent ran the half marathon
and our Canadian friend Veronique ran the marathon, while
her husband Stephen did a great job as cheerleader and photographer
for the day!
of the races...Veronique started off the cold, but sunny and
windy day with 42.2km. She set out to run under 3:30 and she
did just that running 3:28! She was quite inspiring, I can't
imagine running that far at this point...maybe someday. Anyway,
she achieved her goal, setting about a 15 min. personal best
in her second marathon.
I stepped to the line in what they called the 1/4 marathon
(I think it was about 300m more than a 10km). I basically
set out to run an even-paced race and not go out too fast.
It was great because there were lots of men to run with and
they really helped push me. Actually, I was the 3rd female
for most of the race, but had the top two in sight and focused
on slowly catching them with 3km and 1km to go, respectively.
I ended up running 35:30 so we figured that was equivalent
to around 34:30 for 10km.
finished off the day with in the half marathon. He had a bit
of bad luck with the weather in that he had the wind in his
face along the entire course which goes all the way along
Lake Geneva on the Swiss side. However, he still ran a credible
all, a good day of racing!