(You can read my blog entry about the 2008 edition here)
There isn't much to this race, it starts out in Peterborough, ends up out in the country in some fields, then comes back. Mostly flat or flat-ish, surface is mostly asphault (one small bit of gravel road). The wind can be a bit brutal, and obviously being February in Ontario there's always a risk of getting hammered by a snowstorm or a frigid blast of winter... but so far I've managed to avoid that fate!
I'm going to do two things different from previous years:
1) Walk Breaks (10 and 1's)
I started using them last spring when I was recovering from an injury and was able to run the Toronto Marathon in my goal time. I've stuck with them, still training with them, so no need to fix what ain't broken!
2) Negative Split
A negative split means that you run the second half of the race faster than the first.
I tend to go out to fast, resulting in a huge positive split at the Toronto Marathon. I ran out of gas by the end, and that was partly due to that quick start. For this race I want to keep those first 10.55km slower than the next 10.55km.
This article talks about negative splits for marathons, but the same principles apply. My plan is to run the first 6km at about 10s slower per kilometer than my target race pace, then start to build up the pace until I'm at my target race pace by half-way (10.55km).
Based on a 1:51:00 finish and walk breaks, that means starting out around 5:10/km for the first 6k, gradually speeding up to 5:00/km by the half-way point, and holding that until the last 5-6k where I'll start increasing the pace to 4:50/km before hopefully pounding out a very strong and fast finish.
That's the theory, anyway! It's a "B" race for me so I'm not really that concerned if it doesn't work out.