About a month ago my friend Erin mentioned that she was looking at running the Tannenbaum 10K. I’d never done it and I’m always up for trying out a new race so count me in!
Kev and Erin were kind enough to chauffeur me and it was nice not to worry about any timing or parking logistics. I just had to show up and they got me to the race a solid 90 minutes early – just how I like it. 🙂
The Tannenbaum course is an out-and-back (with a loopy bit at the turn-around) primarily on the Martin Goodman Trail – very flat with lots of nice long straight stretches. Good for racing! We also lucked out with pretty much ideal running conditions that morning: 5C, overcast, dry and barely a breeze.
December is a weird time of year for racing. I haven’t been following a plan or hitting any official mileage targets or workouts since Hamilton, so I don’t feel all that fit. On top of that I hardly ran through the first half of November while we organized Jelly Bean 5K followed by 10 days in the Bahamas. That being said, sometimes being well-rested while on hiatus from “training” can translate to surprising results. I had a secret-ish 45 minute goal in mind which I knew would be a stretch but possibly doable on a good day. I figured I would give it a shot and had nothing to lose. That’s the beauty of a bonus off-season race!
The path was pretty narrow and there were over 1300 runners, so I lined up close to the front and luckily had plenty of space right out of the gates. I found that sub-4:30 pace was coming pretty comfortably from the start and the first few kilometres ticked by easily as I tagged along behind the 45-minute pace group led by the wonderful Pacer Elf Laura. Hmmm, I figured this was either going to go very well or I was going to die a slow and painful death in the last few kms. Only one way to find out!
4:29, 4:27, 4:28, 4:26, 4:30
I still felt great hitting the turn-around, and started looking out for friends on the way back which is one of the best things about out-and-back courses. Before long I only had a few kms to go and realized I wasn’t dying at all and could actually do this! I hung in there just behind Laura (who was pacing perfect 4:30s) and just stared at her back as I started counting down those last 3K. I had a teeny tiny fade in the 9th KM (which irritates me more than it should, lol) but managed to rally for a strong final K.
4:28, 4:32, 4:31, 4:34, 4:10 (960m)
187 of 1380 overall
I watched Kev and Erin finish and then Erin and I jogged back along the route to find Jennifer and run her in to a big PB! All in all it was an awesome morning. I will definitely do this race again!