On Sunday, I’m running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5k. After I finish I plan to find a good spot to cheer on my many friends that are running the half and full! There’s A LOT of you racing this weekend, so rather than risk missing anyone, I’ll just say GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
I find it a bit unusual at all that I’m getting amped up about a 5k. This distance should be considered a “sprint” for me! And I don’t expect I’ll be setting a new personal best anyways.
The typical reaction I’m getting from people is that they’re surprised or confused that I’m ‘only‘ doing the 5k. I suppose after doing the STWM half-marathon in 2010 and STWM full marathon in 2011 and 2012, the 5k seems out of place. But, I have good justifications:
- I was injured for a large chunk of the year, so shorter distances seem wise
- I’m running the Niagara Falls Half-Marathon in a week, so this is essentially a ‘taper’
- I’ve done all the STWM distances except for the 5k. As they say in the Pokémon tagline: “Gotta Catch ‘em All!”
I have concerns about the race logistics. I’ll need to get to the finish line ridiculously early around 6am to get on a shuttle. It looks like I may need to wake up before 4:30am.
I’m going to wear my INKnBURN Steam Punk shirt. I think it brings new meaning to the phrase “running gear.”
I am pleasantly surprised about the buzz surrounding the race this year. There has been a lot of positive talk about the event on TV and the radio. It makes me feel like it’s an important city event this year! Quite welcome! Even though I’m ‘just’ doing the 5k, I’m glad I get to still be a part of the event, festivities and spirit.
Going to the expo made the event feel quite real. There was a pleasant selection of vendors. I got to see a few friends and I registered for the Mississsauga Marathon 5k which is next May!
My big highlight of the expo was having John Stanton sign my copy of the Running Room’s Book on Running. You can read my review of the book here. I was pleasantly surprised that he recognized me. He said “Paul! The famous Paul!” Awww… I really liked his inscription too!
Paul, thanks for all your leadership in the running community
Thank you Mr. Stanton!!
Roxane is also doing the Scotia 5k. As I mentioned in this post, we discussed it on Facebook months ago and she decided she’ll treat it as a speed workout. My goals are much more modest:
- A Goal: < 27:14 for a new PB. Almost certainly not going to happen
- B Goal: < 30:00 sounds reasonable but still a long-shot
- C Goal: < 33:59 because I’d rather not set a new personal worst!
- D Goal: Don’t crap my pants! That one’s for you Nicole
I received my confirmation email earlier this week and I feel a bit like someone has made a terrible mistake with the corrals. Somehow I’m in the RED corral! That doesn’t make sense! The elites will finish in less than 15 minutes. And I expect most of the red corral to finish in less than 25. What am I doing there?? Oh well. I guess I’ll squeeze right to the back of the corral again like at the Zoo Run.
Return of the Superfan!
After I rock the race, I will change quickly, grab my other gear and head out to the course to cheer on all you awesome runners. I will camp out around 19.5km somewhere before the half-marathon and full-marathon courses split. I’ll try to take pictures of everyone I know while cheering. Keep an eye out for me!
I feel like I’ve packed for a second event! I’ve got portable speakers, a tambourine, and the cowbell from this year’s Chilly Half-Marathon! Some of you may recognize this sign from when I was cheering at the Mississauga Marathon last spring.
Good luck tomorrow everyone!!