Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Am I a 5000m specialist ??...

Today I got the "pleasant" surprise to learn that I qualified for the 5000m finals of the HK track championship

Somehow I did a 5000m track race in February, 5 days after the HK marathon and scored a time of 16'21"...
In May, I popped up for another round because the race was right in front of my workplace and managed a very pedestrian 17'00"...
Now, I have no idea on how they counted the scores (it seems an average of the best 2 performances) and why some runners who run 14'56" are not in..., but these 2 modest performances made me anyway good enough to be ranked 6th and reach the finals to be held on October 30th.
I am very aware of the modest accomplishment becuase I have a IAAF score of only 524 points, which would not have made the cut in any other discipline from 100m to 10000m....

Now, I am planning to not do any run in the next 2-3 weeks to eventually recover from all my niggling pains, but at this point I plan to go anyway to the finals... at worst I will be the 8th best 5000m runner in HK....
For a middle-age guy... it is anyway a satisfaction to compete at Open level and I can bring the kids to cheer me up !!

For a proof that I am not making this up... click HERE and scroll down to 5000m
Good to see that my teammates Colin and David will also be in the race (so we will be 3 out of 8 !!)

3 comments:

Scott Brown said...

I hope the break is what it takes to get back to health for you Roberto and back to helping your team win more championships!

Ewen said...

Perhaps the Open speedsters will drag you through to a PB, or at least a 'respectable' time. Low 16s?

Congrats on your club success too!

by7 said...

thank you for the wishes, but my only target would be to avoid arriving dead last (8th...). I would be happy to run 16'59"...

From now to the race I will be only cycling, so I do not have much expectations.
More important is to recover from all the ailments and resume running, targeting a spring marathon