My goal for this run was to come in under 1 hour and 15 minutes. I thought that was a realistic goal for a newbie runner.
The experience of running with thousands of others was extremely encouraging but also exhilarating. I enjoyed the route down Yonge St. and loved the occasional musical entertainment as everyone ran by.
Even though I tried to keep a pretty steady pace throughout, as soon as I saw that 9K route marker, I just booked it toward the finish line.
I ended up finishing the 10K in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 12 seconds! I kept a pace of 6:32/km (10:30/mi), ran the first half in 33:17 and the second half in 31:51.
For my next 10K, my goal will be to come in under one hour!
The 10K felt really good but I also think I could’ve gone further. These crazy thoughts could be the side effect of the runner’s high…
I think I’ll go for it because as the saying goes: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”.
Got any Toronto road race recommendations for this newbie runner?