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! 

Pace Bunny Adventures & Thanksgiving!

Drum roll…………..I’m running my first race of the year Sunday morning! Eeekkk, I’m kinda of excited and nervous all at the same time. I’m hoping by pacing the 10k (1:10 finish) I will shake out any nerves I have for the following weekend’s half marathon in PEI. Fingers crossed.

Pace Bunny 10k VHM WRP

I even went for a few practice runs this week! Wednesday I tried to follow a 6:45 minute/km pace but was all over the map and didn’t set my Garmin correctly. Thanks to some awesome tutorials I found online, I managed to sort out my Garmin for Thursday’s RUNCH.

I finished a morning meeting and stopped by my house for lunch…well, to run and eat lunch as quickly as possible before returning to work. I was planning to run at 6:50 minute/km and managed 6:48 minute/km…not too shabby, eh! I even picked up a stick (no lie) and ran with it for about a km. Why? Well, I have to run with a sign for the first 5km. It’s a little sign that reads my distance and pace/finish time and it’s on a little wooden doweling. Don’t worry, I dropped the stick when I saw someone coming in the opposite direction 😉

What I’m excited for this weekend?

  • Watching both of my girls run their races: Hilary’s first 400m and Lilly’s 3rd time running this race but 800m this time.
  • Being with my little family and bigger family.
  • Enjoying the local running community over the weekend.
  • Pacing others to a 1:10 finish.

As mentioned, Lilly’s run the Valley Harvest Kids run in 2013 and 2014She’s super pumped. I will more than likely run the 400m with Hilary as she’s a little younger than when Lilly ran it on her own the first time. I’m cool with that, twist my arm 😉 I took them to see the track last weekend so Hilary would understand where she would be running. 

What I’m nervous about?

  • Pacing others to a 1:10 finish or faster 🙂

My goals are:

  • Run with Hilary and cheer on Lilly.
  • Encourage those around me to push their pace if they are struggling and to push those ahead of me that are feeling strong and want to finish before me.
  • Finish as close to 1:10 as I can.
  • EAT ALL THE FOOD SUNDAY AFTERNOON!

Thanksgiving:

I have a lot to be thankful for though it may appear on my blog that I haven’t been the happiest camper lately. I’ll be honest, life isn’t easy … BUT, what you make of it is up to you. It’s been a long year injured and a long 2 years being a part-time single parent (and no, it’s not easy on my husband either).

I’m thankful my husband and I have jobs, that our girls are healthy, that they test our patients, that they accomplish new things (biking, swimming, saying full sentences, writing words etc.). I’m thankful for where I live and the friends I’ve made since we moved here roughly 8 years ago.

I’m thankful for an amazing running community; online, offline, local, in Timberlea and Halifax. I’ve learned a lot from blogging, twitter chat groups like RunATCan. I’ve been humbled by comments and brought to tears often by the kind things people have said to me as I’ve struggle with my hamstring and more recently my foot.

Though things are HARD at times, most of all I feel lucky for all that I have in my life.

So, to all those Canadians celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend – I hope you have a lovely long weekend with your family, your friends and your neighbours.

Oh, and if you want to see how all the races go….check me out on Instagram.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good luck to all those running this weekend at the Valley Harvest & Chicago Marathon!

What are you thankful for?

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Anyone racing this weekend?