Had my first TC10K experience yesterday. I didn’t break 50mins, but I did beat my 10km PR by about a minute, so I was happy! Despite waiting in the cold and the throngs of people, it was a great run. My boyfriend, his friend and I made our way up to the 40-49 category because we noticed a bunch of 60+’ers where we were standing; I had never run this race before, but my boyfriend told me it’s slow going at the start, so if I wanted to run it fast we should probably move up. And slow-going at the start it was! Thirteen thousand runners made their way alongside Beacon Hill Park and out onto Dallas Road. It’s funny where you run in a crowded race – I had no idea where I was until we hit the turnaround around the 4km mark. The runners spaced themselves out a bit, but it was honestly shoulder-to-shoulder right until the last 2km. I did manage to stay within a few metres of my boyfriend the whole way, until the last km when he decided he wasn’t going to let me win this time; he only beat me by about 15 seconds though!
The run itself went great; I managed to keep a 5:40 pace for the first few kms then picked it up to a 5:15 half way through. After the hill at Cloverpoint, I ran about a 5:00 right until then finish line. I actually ran a negative split, which I can NEVER seem to bring myself to do. I usually want to gun it right off the start, because I’m afraid I won’t have the energy to finish strong if I’m too slow at the start. But I did it (mostly because you couldn’t even move fast through the crowd of people even if you wanted to), and it worked. I’m definitely going to try it for the half in Vancouver next week. I didn’t feel at all fatigued by the end, although my knees started to bug me a bit. If I didn’t have the half next week I might have pushed myself a little harder, but I’m happy with that time for now. Overall it was a great race, and I can’t wait for next year!