Race Training

8K race result

How amazing is to race on a track where a few hours before racing cars were there at 300km/h? This is what I did last Saturday night. The Formula Indy was racing here in Sao Paulo and a 8K (8,2k) pedestrian race was organized after the Saturday´s practice. I raced it in 34:58.

I went there alone. None of my friends would race there, so it was time to make new friends . I arrived 1 hour before the start. I entered the track and found a place to wait while waiting for the start. There I met two guys. Both would try do it in 40min (Ademar and Jean). Great chat before the race.

The race started almost on time (3 min late) and I went for it. It was a good feeling to be running on the same track the Indy cars were before. The first lap was fine. Tried to keep the 4:15/km pace and was able to do it. What I didn´t know was the race had a “longer” km. The last km of the lap was 1,1km, and when I crossed I noticed that, I just could´t be 30s slower!

I lost a little of my focus and made a terrible mistake of going slower during the 5th and 6th km. When I realized that, I speed up and finished the 7th in 4:05 and the 8th in 4:10. Total of 34:59, 4:16/km pace and 1s behind my goal. But I´m really happy with that.

Apr 30th – 8K race
Night Race

4|04:45|184 (1,1k)
8|04:35|189 (1,1k)
Tot|34:59|183 (8,2k)

I met with those new friends and both could do it. We shared our thoughts after the race and said goodbye happy with our achievments.

It was a great day.

Ps: By the way, if it was a 10k race with this 4:16/km pace, it would be my PR.


Ready to race

I´m now on my final week towards the 8k race this Saturday night. Last week´s training was good. Could run six times, had a great 1k session and a surprising 5k time. Could get my bike and have an easy ride last Sunday. After a few days of heavy work load, my routine is back and my training is going well.

I started this morning with a 3x5min at race pace (4:15/km) with 1min easy. Not as comfortable as I wanted, mostly because it wasn´t a night run, but was good to remember the pace I want to follow for this race. If I´m able to do that, will be an amazing result. Now only a couple of easy runs and a rest day before the big day.

Sub 45min – week 03

Apr 26th – 3x5min @4:15/km – day 15

Apr 27th – 1h easy – day 16

Apr 28th – 1h easy – day 17

Apr 29th – Off – day 18

Apr 30th – 8K Race – day 19

May 1st – Off or Bike – day 20

May 2nd – 1h easy – day 21

Race Training

A half marathon later…

And I ran my first half marathon this Sunday.  I ran it in 1h51 but wanted 1h45. It was a nice experience, especially because I had never raced over 10km before.

It was nice morning here. At the start, it was 17C and I placed myself not exactly where I wanted. It was crowded and I lost half a minute over the first km. I planned to run at 5:00/km and could do it up to the 12th km. After that I started to feel a little slow and maintained a 5:15/km over the next 4km.

After 16km, my average pace was near 5:10/km. Then, everything became extremely difficult. The legs didn’t respond and to complicate ever more, a blister on my right foot started to slow me even more. The temperature was higher, not sure how much and the pain from the blister increased a lot. At the 18th I slowed down and walked a little, at the 19th I had to walk again to relieve some of the pain. Then I dragged myself over the last 2km to finish the race. My last 4km were done at 6:00/km on average.

Like I said before. It was a nice experience. I just wanted it to be a little easier in the end.  I’m now planning to race a night 8km race on April 30th.  It’s exactly a cycle away from today. I’m also considering another half marathon in August. Let’s see…


10k race result – Track&Field Run Series

Yesterday I had my 10k race and finished in 47:58. Not exactly what I had in mind, but it was a reasonable result, considering it was a warm day. I ran with 3 friends and all of them finished between 45min and 46min, they also hoped for a sub45.

I could keep the pace I wanted only for the first 3km, after it I got slower, no matter how hard I tried to push. Between the 5th and 6th km we crossed a bridge, so there´s an uphill here. We doubled back and between the 6th and 7th we crossed on the other side of this bridge. I felt some dizziness after these two uphill parts, but it was gone right after and I kept going. I had some energy left for a small sprint near the finish line.

Here´s the splits:

Mar 27th – 10k race


AHR: average heart rate

Only after the race I checked my pulse and saw that from the 4th km I was near my limit. My watch even registered 9min38s of pulse above 190 (as it was my max HR).

Now, next race is the half marathon on April 10th. I´ll start a new cycle tomorrow.