My run, click through for details
So today’s Sun Run didn’t quite start as expected. After all the start was supposed to be that Ling, Tim, and I would meet up with her co-workers by the Burrard Sky Train Station, and start out together. Instead Tim, and I met with Ling’s co-workers. Most of them were planning to walk, so we got separated pretty quickly after we went to line up.
For me this today’s run marked a potential change in my view of running – every other Sun Run I have done was complete agony to finish, and I couldn’t walk for days after. But it’s not unusual for me to run 10K anymore, so I was curious how this would feel – it’s hard to erase the memory of agony.
Previous years the goal was to finish alive. This year I had privately set my goal – under 60 minutes. The last time we did this I set my best time ever at 61:44 but it was agonizing. I’ve never done 10k in under 60, but this time I know far more about my pacing. So the idea was: run for 14 minutes walk for 1 (in training I do 5 & 1), and keep my heart rate under 160. Keep an eye on the distance markers, and ensure I’m setting a pace just slightly faster than 6 minutes per km. Only one water stop, timed to the 30 minute mark so I could walk and digest it. That was the plan.