Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I am super happy to report I ran a sub 1:50 at the Toronto Goodlife Half marathon on May 6th!!! Woohoo!!!! I am super stoked about that! Official chip time was 1:49:57! Just under the 1:50 barrier! 1:50 was a far goal for me, I was not expecting to break it this year but after the Chilly half I felt it was attainable. So I went into this race hoping to come closer to 1:50. After a bit of a hassle trying to get to the race start by transit and then calling a friend from work to drop me off on his way home I got to the start line with some time to spare. I decided I was going to start running comfortably and see where my pace was at and if I can, I was going to go for it and try to PB even if it meant I was going to blow up. It was an all or nothing deal I had going. The plan was to run steady until after Hogs Hollow, a nice uphill in the first 5-6km of the run, and then push the pace from there. I was easily running about a 5-5:05 min/km at the start and it felt good. I slowed down a bit and took the hill steady and then I took a look at my average pace. I was holding about a 5:08 and held this for the first 10km. Then I decided I was going to try and hold a 5:08min/km and I did! I had to work hard at times especially near the end but I did it. It also helped that this course is a bit downhill. My garmin read the course to be about 300m long so it had my average pace at 5:08! Either way, I went sub 1:50. I did pay the price of that effort as my quads were super sore for days after the race and it took me a little while to recover. But I am happy and I hope that this will translate to my tri races this season!