Knee Knacker North Shore Trail Run is this Saturday (!) and I’ve been inspired by Salomon Flight Crew member Tom Craik to put my race goals out there for the world to see. However, my motivation is a little different. You see, my husband Gary Robbins won this thing last year. I will not. I do not want there to be any confusion as to why my performance out there pales greatly in comparison. Don’t get me wrong, running the entire Baden-Powell trail end to end is no small feat. I just won’t be doing it at the same kind of blistering pace as Gary did. Not even close.
|Please note: This is GARY winning and NOT ME.|
A: My primary goal of any race in which Gary and I have both participated is to not double Gary’s time. So far so good on this one in races past, regardless of distance, although someone named Ryne Melcher could possibly fact-check me on this. Last year, Gary ran a 4:41 which gives me a luxurious 9:22 to finish. The cut-off time is 10 hours and I’m not generally a cut-off chaser, so I feel pretty confident that I’ll make this goal. But on the off-chance I’m just not having my day out there, this gives me a nice cushion of time to relax, slow down and ensure that I continue to have fun. My general rule has always been if I’m not having fun, I probably need to slow down a bit and I definitely need a snack.
B: Around 8 hours. This goal will keep me in check and make sure that I’m not dilly dallying out there too much. I’ve run a fair number of these babies, so I have an idea of how hard I can push myself without doing anything too stupid, but I’ve also been known to get caught up in conversation and forget that I’m actually in a race. This is a time goal that I feel is reasonable. It will make me push, keep me focused, yet not completely crush me.
C: Around 7:30. Ultrasignup has me finishing in 7:25. I’m kind of flattered by this because most of the time I see the Ultrasignup prediction and I’m appalled at how slow it thinks I’ll be. As an example, it has me finishing my next 100 miler, IMTUF in 42:51 where there is a cut-off of 36 hours. C’mon. Although I have a basic understanding of the algorithm Ultrasignup uses to predict finish times, the full explanation is a thecret only Thad knows. I try not to put too much weight on this prediction for KK, but given how well my training has been going and given how often I run on the Baden-Powell, I’m feeling like if everything goes right, this could actually happen. And as my eventual crew member, training partner and other half of Linda Squared, Linda Wong said, “They’ve put so many boardwalks on the trail in the second half, you’re bound to go faster than you think.”
|Doing a KK taper run at Rubble Creek with half my crew, Linda Wong.|
Side note: USA! nails
I'm especially looking forward to participating in the oldest 30 mile race in Canada, one that is virtually in my backyard and means so much to my adopted Canadian trail running community that has so wonderfully accepted me into its fold. It's so fun to see everyone get all hyped up and nervous for this event and I'm positive this energy will feed me all day. Let's do this!