September 12th, 2016
I am 5 weeks out from The Toronto Scotiabank Marathon and I am in a pretty good place.
It has been an oppressively hot summer and it's hard not to feel like the heat hasn't taken it's toll on my training. For the majority of this cycle, I haven't been able to hit my targeted paces and I have started to question if the benefits of heat training make up for the poorer quality workouts.
Either way, I have logged the miles and put the effort in all summer and things are starting to come together.
Yesterday I raced the Longboat Toronto Island 10km. Going into the race I was expecting to run just off my 10km PB (32:22) from earlier this summer at the Ekiden. I haven't been doing a lot of 10km speedwork, my interval sessions haven't been too encouraging and I have "marathon legs" so I thought this was a realistic expectation.
The course was really beautiful! There were really nice grass sections and a boardwalk which although didn't make for fast sections, were really nice!
At the start of the race, I settled in behind the leader. By the 2km marker, he moved to the side and let me take the lead. I held the pace steady and he dropped back a little bit more. I figured he was going to let me run myself out and then come back and make a move in the final kilometers.
I saw that my pace was 3:14/km and told myself to not go any faster than that in case I had to really pick it up in the last km. When I came up to the 8km marker I knew that people were running out of distance and time to catch me. I told myself that if I work hard during kilometer 8 no one will be able to catch me in kilometer 9 unless they ran faster than a 3:10km. When I came into the final stretch and saw the time on the clock I kicked hard and finished strong.
Unfortunately, the marshalls at the finish line thought that I was a 5km runner and didn't pull out the tape for me.... They pulled it out for the second place finisher so I got a real good view of him breaking the tape (even better than the view that I had when watching the winner of the Ottawa 1/2 break the tape 6 seconds ahead of me).
This is the first race I have ever won so needless to say I am a little disappointed about the whole tape situation. But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter! I could've run the same time in a different race and place 20th and been just as happy with my result. I ran a 12 second PB on Marathon legs and demonstrated a good level of fitness just a few weeks out from my goal race!!
I am looking forward to the next few weeks of hard training and doing everything I can to be as prepared as I can be on October 16th when I toe the line at STWM.
Thank you Longboat run club for putting on a great event today I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to be back next year!