By the end of 2012, I will have run five 10km races and one half marathon. I’m actually super pumped about my running accomplishments this year. Not only did I meet my sub two hour goal for the half, but I got a wicked PB in the Sporting Life 10km of 49 minutes. That may honestly never happen again, so I feel OK bragging about it (again).
So what’s left on the running agenda for the year? The Tannenbaum 10km. Yes, this fine little race was one I’d never heard of till the lovely Kennedy Baker mentioned it in her recent Q&A with me. While I was basically already sold on the race from the first mention, she also told me you get a running toque as part of your registration. How awesome is that? Because seriously, who needs another race shirt?
This will be the first official winter 10km I’ve ever run. The weather forecast – so far – appears good. My trusty weather app is predicting a high of 9 degrees (which is actually way too hot for this time of year) and so far only a 50% chance of rain. Not ideal, but honestly, I’ll take rain over what happened in 2007, aka “the year of the storm.” For anyone leery about winter running, this is basically the most un-motivating thing ever. It makes me want to ditch my running gear and curl up by the fire with my Snuggie and a cup of hot chocolate. This truly looks like the most unpleasant run of all time. Anyway, no fear of that this year. Bring on the rain.
This is a small race with only 700 people. It’s an out-and-back route toward the Leslie Spit. Having just run in the Leslie Spit for the first time a couple weekends ago, I’m predicting serious wind so this may be a good race to break out my trusty earmuff headphones. The race supports Community Centre 55’s “Share a Christmas” program which aids local families during the holidays by providing gifts, non-perishable food items and a full turkey dinner on Christmas day.
The course record for women for this race is 43:45 and if I can come close to my blazing fast 10km personal best of 49 minutes, I might actually be among the faster runners in this race. Nothing like a little running ego boost to end a very successful 2012 race season.
Full race recap coming soon. Stay tuned!