July 4th 2016
The pride 5km run is such a special event for me. It’s an event that brings together two communities that have had such a huge impact on my life.
This year I had the amazing opportunity to be apart of a 12 week program put together by IN Magazine and Nike Toronto for the LBGTQ community. It was great to share something that I am so passionate about with a community that has given me so much. Together, the INRunCrew raised $13,860 for the 2016 beneficiaries of the Pride & Remembrance Day Run.
I am so happy to have dipped under 15:30! All of the interval paced workouts have been really hard. I often didn’t end up hitting my paces and when I did, my legs and lungs were left burning and I was left wondering how I was going to manage to hold that pace in a race. Luckily it was a fast field and there were two guys up front with me to push the pace. My official time was 15:29. I had to lunge for the line - 100m sprinter style finish (it was dramatic / epic).
When it comes to the marathon, I feel that I am at a disadvantage racing guys that have 31min 10k’s and sub 70min half marathons. They have speed and endurance while I rely solely on my endurance. So after breaking 2:30:00 in my fall marathon I decided to take a cycle to bring down my PB’s in the shorter distances and to work on my speed. I am happy with the progress that I have made. I lowered my PB’s in the 5k,10k and half marathon all by a considerable amount. I feel that the work that I did over the winter and spring has really prepared me well for my fall marathon build. I feel stronger, faster and fresh for my next cycle. Onward to #STWM2016!