Pacing It Up at Valley Harvest Marathon

Only a few days away until the Valley Harvest Marathon oh, AND Thanksgiving Weekend! You know there is nothing better then a good run (race) and then eating all the Thanksgiving food you can!

Sunday, I’ll be lacing up my runners and pacing the 1:10 – 10k (and eating later that day). Two years ago I was lucky enough to pace my first ever race with White Rabbit Pacing at Valley Harvest Marathon. I ran the 10k  – 1:10 finish and finished in 1:09:59. You can read about how it went here.

I may have had a lot of fun!
Finish photo at Valley Harvest marathon Pace Bunny

Valley Harvest Marathon is a great local event and it’s celebrating it’s 25th year!!!! I’m excited to be apart of White Rabbit Pacing again and hoping I manage to finish in one hour and ten minutes.

Pacing for me is a way to help other runners accomplish their goals. It’s a way of meeting new runners. A way of contributing to the running community – and local community at that.  I plan to wear my tutu and bunny ears again, fingers crossed the weather holds out!

1:10 – 10k Plan

My plan is to run a continuous pace of 6:55 – 7:00 per kilometre (not 10/1’s) to ensure that we finish in 1:10. Below is roughly the pace I’ll be aiming for – give or take a few seconds on the few hills and to recover.

  • 1km – 6:55
  • 2km – 13:50
  • 3km – 20:45
  • 4km – 27:40
  • 5km – 34:35
  • 6km – 41L30
  • 7km – 48: 25
  • 8km – 55:20
  • 9km – 1:02:15
  • 10km 1:09:10

So if you are running the Valley Harvest 10k this weekend and wanting to finish under 1:10 or around it – come find me. Introduce yourself and let me know what time you are wanting to finish in (well before me or with me). I’m really looking forward to having people to run with but also having people reach their goals and finish before 1:10 as well.

You can pick me out in the crowd!

And maybe one of my ears 😉

where's anna 10k pace bunny 2

Good luck to all those running Valley Harvest this weekend! And good luck to all those eating Thanksgiving dinners – don’t forget your stretchy pants!!! Check back on Tuesday for an update on my run as Monday I’ll be recovering from eating all the food 🙂 Or you can follow me over on Instagram for some updates.

Have you ever paced a race before?

Have you ever used a pace bunny (pacer) to finish in a certain time?

Have you ever avoided a pacer to finish in a certain time? (I have!)

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving this weekend! 

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27 thoughts on “Pacing It Up at Valley Harvest Marathon

  1. You make a very cute pace bunny! I used a pace group in the marathon that stands as my PR. I lost the pacers at the end and finished less than a minute behind them but it was still enough for a BQ. Fond memories. Have fun!

  2. Have so much fun! I’m signed up as a pacer but I haven’t gotten any gigs because the races they need pacers are never close enough to home for me. Hopefully one day soon!

  3. I’d love to pace a group some time, but I always wonder how stressful it would be to maintain a steady pace throughout. I can run a half marathon anywhere between 2:00-2:05, but that always varies depending on the terrain, weather, hills,etc. I don’t know if the pressure to stay “steady” would help or hinder my performance LOL Good luck! I love the bunny ears 😉

    • It’s not too stressful. We pace races 5-10 minutes slower then our normal pace to ensure we can finish in the right time. I do end up doing a lot of math in my head if we run too fast or too slow to make up for it. However, running the 1:10 time allows for 7 minute km’s so the math is easy for me 😉

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