I did it!!! I actually ran a 15K race when I couldn’t even run 5K this time last year!
I entered and ran on my own because I didn’t (and still don’t) know anybody close to my area who would want to train with me. All of my parkour friends who also run are so far away! 😦
Anyway, here’s my take on the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto!
I had about 11 weeks to train for 15km, but I was already running at about 5km as “long runs” because I was being ultra careful with healing a shin splint while doing parkour at the same time.
So, I more or less followed Hal Higdon’s Novice 15K Training Guide as a general guideline rather than a schedule since I’m still searching for that delicate balance between work and home life.
Luckily, I managed to do a 14km long run to the Eaton Centre’s Nike store to pick up my race packet! Yay! Two birds with one stone!
Yup, I bought a separate tank top because I knew I’d likely overheat in the tshirt that they gave out!
Even though the race started at 9:30am, I was slotted for the 7:30am ferry since it was probably dedicated to Wave 5 runners. Luckily, the Island had lots of music and amenities that Nike organized pretty well. They had a ton of photo op stations, a really awesome drumline by the name of 416BEATS (who were really impressive), a warm up location, MuscleAidTape tent, tons of Nuun stations, heat sheet tents, gear drop off and, luckily, a MASSIVE amount of port-a-potties to accomodate so many people!
The course was amazing to go through even though it had rained while we were in our corrals, but it dried up during the race. My absolute favourite part was running on the Billy Bishop runway while the planes were landing close by!
Combined with a pee break at the 3km part, it added about 5 minutes to my chip time, but it was totally worth it.
Here’s my official results:
Division Rank: 1284/2256
Overall Rank: 4707
|Split Times:||Avg. Pace: 0:06:44|
|3k:0:19:52||Start Time: 09:58:30|
|6k: 0:42:03||Gun Time: 2:09:09|
|9k:1:01:13||Chip Time: 1:40:50|
|12k: 1:21:13||Finish Time: 11:39:19|
The gun time is so different from the chip time because it took about 30 minutes for Wave 5 to get to the start line.
Does the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Run’s medal look awesome?
HELLS YEAH! I’ve already worn it a bunch of times! It looks amazing and definitely wearable for all occasions!
Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed a glorious post-race meal of dumplings, noodles and delicious soup.
I actually felt great the day after the race, so that means I’ll be training to do the Oasis Zoo 10K Run in September in under and hour!
Well… Not completely great.
I literally injured myself on the finish line and ended up with a dropped cuboid, aka cuboid syndrome. More on that later!