Today was the last of the three warm-up races for May’s Ottawa Marathon. This time it was the Minto Run for Reach half-marathon, a race that I also did the previous two years as I was training for the marathon.
The plan for today was the same as last year, aim for a finishing time of around 1:30. Last year I finished the race in 1:29, a personal best in the half-marathon for me. The thought surrounding this plan is that race equivalency calculators predict a 1:30 half-marathon would work out to a 3:10 marathon.
After more snow yesterday it was a cool morning. In fact the temperature actually dropped after I woke up with the temperature sitting at 2 when I woke up and dropping to 0 before I left the house. Fortunately I live close to the start line for this one so I could leave at the last minute.
I felt good as soon as the race started, feeling like I had a good race in me. I hit the halfway point on pace as I head out for the second loop of the course. In the end I hit the finish line in just over 1:30. Slightly slower than last year’s result but still on target for what I was aiming for this morning.
That’s it for the warm-up races I had planned this year. I managed to achieve what I was hoping for in each of them. Now I have five more weeks of training before I see if the strategy will pay off on race day.