Sunday, May 23, 2010
Vlad's goal was to break 21 minutes for the 5K this year. That would have been a big improvement over last year's time. Natasha decided that she wanted to try the half marathon. They both enlisted my help asking me to draw up training plans for them. Unfortunately a couple of items were working against them. First, they really didn't start training in earnest until about six or seven weeks ago. Riga suffered a particularly brutal winter which made training really tough. Second, they both caught a nasty virus from Masha two weeks before the race losing a valuable week of training. The illness left both of them very weak.
Vlad did his best even creating a phony bib to get into the first corral to improve his chances at a fast time. But the illness had taken its toll and he ran 21:30. Based on the results of his workouts he was ready to run between 20:30 and 20:45.