Tonight I ran my latest race. I ran my third 10 km race of the year. Since I am just starting to ramp up my training again and given that we are experiencing a late summer heat wave I was not sure what to expect from tonight’s race. My plan was to decide on my pace based on how I felt once I started.
Another factor that had me not expecting a personal best time tonight was the location of the race. The race took place at the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm. For those of you not familiar with Ottawa, it is a scenic area overlooking the Rideau Canal. On the downside, for running a race, it is a hilling course with at least half of the course run on gravel paths.
The best part of the race was the fact that the course involved three laps meaning my family could come set up lawn chairs, have a bit of a picnic while I ran by them four times. Often this is not the case. Usually family members have to set up in time to see me run by once.
The temperature was still hovering around 30 C when we started. I managed to get off to a quick start and get ahead of much of the crowd to avoid congestion at the start. Eventually I settled into a pace of around 4:00 per km and felt good.
You may recall that earlier in the summer I set a pb in the 10 km when I finished in 41:01 on Canada Day. Tonight I had a strong run and managed to better that time by 30 seconds, finishing in 40:31.
While my training focus is on my marathon time I am pleased that I have managed to improve my time in the 10 km twice so far this year, both times on hot days.