Sporting Life 10K in downtown Toronto.
15,000 runners roaring down (yes, DOWN) Yonge street right through the heart of the city, ending at Fort York. It's 10km and it's fast! A bit pricey for a 10km but nice shirt, medal, and well organized.
... and of course there's the thrill of having 14,000 runners chasing you down...
Sub-42:00 (4:12/km pace).
I have no idea how reasonable this is, but it's the 10k goal I set at the start of the year and if I'm ever going to do it, it'll be on this super fast course!
I last did this one in 2009... that time I was barely sub-45:00, and it hurt like hell. A couple of years of improvement and I should have a lot more in me this time.
A couple of pacing gotchas at this race:
- First half is downhill, second half mostly isn't - you start out at faster than goal pace, but how much faster? Too fast and you pay in the 2nd half (like I did in 2009!), too slow and you give away some of that free speed.
- Tall downtown buildings screw up GPS - to be safe you really need to rely on kilometer markers and feel. I am OK with my tempo and 5k feel, but I don't do 10km races often and don't have a good sense of what it should feel like.