Back when there was still snow on the ground, I decided to join this 5k/10k/21k speed challenge.
It's nothing formal, just setting goals for the year in each distance.
5k: <20:00 (2011 best: 20:12)
10k: <42:00 (2011 best: 40:53 - done!)
21.1k: <1:35:00 (2011 best: 1:36:05)
The goal for the Ajax 1/2 is simple: sub-1:35:00! 4:30/km. Go big or go home.
Pacing plan is easy since there is no plan B! Start at 4:30/km and hold 4:30/km until I either triumphantly cross the finish or collapse into a ball of goo (or is that Gu?).
As for the course, I have run the Ajax waterfront a few times, it's a recreational trail with some small hills. The east end of course is the same as the Whitby marathon course so I know it, and it's not that easy. Waterfront is pretty, but can be windy.
Not an ideal race to be trying to set a PB, but it's the only half that fit nicely into my NYC marathon training. I set the 1:36:05 at the Whitby 1/2, which isn't a great PB course either, so there's no reason it shouldn't be possible.