Around the Bay

This week has been a busy one as you can tell from the fact that I have not posted an update since Sunday. Now I am in the process of getting ready to head out of town for my next race which is coming up this weekend.

As previously mentioned, I will be running the Around the Bay 30 km race in Hamilton Sunday morning. It will be my first time running this race so I am not quite what to expect but I have read a couple previews posted by other bloggers so I now have a better sense of what to expect from the course.

For me this race is the next step in my preparation for the Ottawa Marathon in May. My plan for Sunday is to run at or close to my goal marathon pace of 4:30/km. This would see me finish the 30 km race in about 2:09-2:10.

Since they give out graduated medals for this race maintaining my goal marathon pace would also get me in before the 2:15 cut off for silver medals. That should give me a little extra boost in the late stages if I find a need one.

With two months to go before the marathon I figure this will give me a good indication of where I am at in my training. My last test before the marathon will come at next month’s Run for Reach half-marathon.

Although my training has slowed down a bit this week I am feeling good heading into this race. My previous two long runs were 24 and 25 km so move up to 30 km this Sunday is a natural progression.

Now I just go through my checklist to make sure I pack everything I need to bring with me!

2 thoughts on “Around the Bay”

  1. Have a great run. I’m sure you will make it look easy.
    I’m coming up to my first 32 this sunday morning, looking forward to it.

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    1. Thanks. good luck with the 32 km Sunday. At least it looks like it is going to warm up a bit over the weekend.

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