Today’s run was scheduled to be 25 km (15 miles). Other than a strong headwind I ran into during the second half of my run I could not have asked for a better day for a run.
During my long run last week I made a point of trying some of the new portions of this year’s marathon course.
This morning I packed up my daughter in her Chariot and made a point of heading toward the start of the course and including the first 5 km of the course that I did not do last week.
My run this morning took me past the start and followed the marathon course until the point where it crosses back to the Ottawa side of the Ottawa River.
As I mentioned last week, the new portions of the course head through several neighbourhoods which were not included in the previous course – Chinatown, Little Italy, Hintonburg, Westboro – which should add more excitement in terms of crowd support. The other change is that the first half of the course is less hilly than the previous version.
In the end I completed 25 km in 2:12 which ended up being one of my longest runs with my daughter in her Chariot. I think my current record is 26 km.
Since the marathon is less than one month away next week’s long run of 32 km (20 miles) will be my last run over 25 km before the marathon.