2012 Race Plans

I mentioned earlier that my plan was to run two 10 km race and one half-marathon before the Ottawa Marathon in May. This is the same race strategy I used to get ready for last year’s Ottawa Marathon.

I signed up for one of the 10 km races last month and tonight signed up for the other one as well as for the half-marathon – the Ottawa St Patrick’s Day 10 km race and the Minto Run for Reach half-marathon. Now I have to hope this strategy is beneficial to my marathon training.

The great thing about all of these races is that they start and finish close to my house. The two 10 km races start at finish at the high school that is about three blocks from my house and the half-marathon is not much farther.

While the St Patrick’s Day 10 km will just be an attempt at a pb in the 10 km the other two races will also provide me with the challenge of racing on tired legs as both of those races fall on days when I am scheduled to run 32 km (20 miles).

Like I did last year I plan on making up the mileage by going for an extra easy run before the race. The hope here is that running at race pace with tired legs will help me in the later stages of the marathon in May.

What are your race plans?

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