Combining a Long Run and a Race

Today was the third of the three races I signed up for to help me get ready for the Ottawa Marathon. Since I still I still had two 32 km runs (20 mile) to do before the marathon my plan for today was to get up early and get in some extra mileage before the race and then run the race at my intended marathon pace.

My morning started out around 6:30 when I headed out the door for a planned 20-21 km run. I did this run at a fairly easy pace. Fortunately I live close to the start line so before heading to the start line to pickup my chip I stopped at home to change my shirt, change my shoes for my race flats and grab my bib.

This morning’s race was the Ottawa Physio Race 10 km, a race I have done three times now. As planned I line-up for the start of the race having already completed 21 km at an easy pace. As mentioned, the plan for the race was to stick to my intended marathon pace (4:30). I felt good running at this pace despite the fact I had already run 21 km.

I crossed the finish line in 44:11 (4:26 pace) which is exactly what I was looking for today. Next up is the Ottawa Marathon in 33 days. I think the three tune-up races have been a useful test of my fitness ahead of the marathon and they have certainly provided me with an extra boost of confidence. Now I just have to wait for race day and hope that everything comes together.

Here are the details on this morning’s run…

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