AAI National Leagues Final 2019 - 5000m
Coach's Splits: 76 / 73 / 73 / 75 / 74 / 75 / 72 / 74 / 76 / 76 / 75 / 71 / 34
3:05.8 / 3:05.5 / 3:03.7 / 3:08.8 / 3:00.3
Average pace: 4:57.4 min/mile (3:04.8 min/km)
Average laps: 73.9min/lap
Wow that went pretty well! Cillian O’Leary
(Raheny), another Cork man far from home, took the early pace in about 74/75sec lapping and I sat near the front but not taking the pace. He has a marthon PB of 2:24, 3rd in Ballycotton in 51:21, a 5 mile time of 24:51 in 2019 and a 10km time of 31:05 also in 2019. Thought it was best to just stay out of his way :D Didn’t really want to get boxed in or bumped around at all so thought this was a safe place to position myself. I’m not good enough to sit at the back and let it happen in front of me. Got clipped from behind a few times but managed to stay upright. It was pretty annoying though and kind of bumped the rhythm. Ian Guiden (Clonliffe Harriers) made a serious move at 2.5km, the 72 sec lap. I tried to go with it (for reasons unknown) and didn’t have the legs to get the gap closed, I guess I was just in race mode and instinct was to try cover it. He ran 24:21 this year for 5 miles on the road and 8:15 for 3km on the track so no slouch! Got swallowed up by the O’Leary group with Crusaders (14:46 5km from Armagh in February this year) and Kildare. They then gapped me a bit in the 4th km where I slipped to a 3:08 (still faster than my average pace for previous PB). Ran with Kev O’Leary (East Cork, 15:23 PB for 5km) for a section in the last 1km but I was able to kick away from him and get a gap (probably all the racing recently have taken a bit out of his legs!). Couldn’t catch the group in front though so wasn’t able to nab any extra points. Maybe if I hadn’t jumped to go with Clonliffe I wouldn’t have slid back in the 4th……then again it is an 18 second PB so I can’t be too picky.
Happy athlete and a happy coach! Willie was at the 200m mark and took splits for every lap on his trusty stop watch. Through the race the only info he gave me was the race situation, we decided there was no point giving me splits. He was delighted, possibly as buzzed as I was.
Nice to be able to run a 5000m PB after all the hard work!
Since the Jingle Bells in December 2018 (~230days) when I ran my 15:42 PB, I have run ~4160km. So that 18 second PB means I gained 1 second in the race for every 231km of training.......mileage well spent!!
Jingle Bells 5km:
3:14 (3:14) – 3:12 (6:26) – 3:14 (9:40) – 3:11 (12:51) – 2:51 (15:42)
Staff Relays 5km:
3:08 (3:08) – 3:11 (6:19) – 3:12 (9:31) – 3:13 (12:44) – 3:11 (15:55)
National Leagues 5000m:
3:06 (3:06) – 3:05 (6:11) – 3:04 (9:15) – 3:09 (12:24) – 3:00 (15:24) Just 6 years apart :DStrava has some photos