Today was the second of three races I registered for leading up to the Ottawa Marathon. My plan for this race was to use it as a judge of my fitness ahead of the marathon. Since my BQ is currently 3:10 I was aiming for about 1:30 today. If that didn’t work then I’d reassess my plans for the marathon and try going out at a 3:15 pace in the marathon while looking to a fall marathon for an attempt at 3:10.
The weather this morning was perfect for a race. Warm enough to run in shorts and short sleeves but still on the cool side. Since I live close to the start line I had the benefit of being able to run down there for an easy 2.5 km run to warm-up.
As was the case with the St. Patrick’s Day 10 km I went out at a 4;15 pace and managed to stick with it fairly consistently for most of the race. I hit the half in 42:13 and still felt strong as I headed out for lap 2.
Once I hit the final turn-around at 16 km I was pretty confident I was going to achieve my goal of a 1:30 pace. I decided to pick-up the pace with about 1-1.5 km to go and crossed the finish line in 1:29:34, good enough for 26th overall and 4/22 in my age group.
With today’s confidence booster I think my plan for the marathon is now set and I will try going out at a 3:10 pace.