My next race is coming up Saturday morning. This will be my fourth straight year doing this race. I’ve used the race as an early tune-up for the Ottawa Marathon. The best part about the race is that the start line is just a few blocks away from my house.
I have not really raced this one in the past, choosing to stick closer to my goal marathon pace with my times ranging from 42 minutes to just over 44 minutes.
Given the time of year it is hard to predict the weather for race day. In the years I have done it there was a year where I could have been wearing short sleeves and there was a year where it was still cold enough for me to be wearing gloves and a hat. The early forecast for this year is just above 0 and snow.
In terms of a plan for this year I discussed with my coach and his suggestion was to just go for it and race because I have enough time to recover afterward. My current 10km pb is 40:31 I set last summer. If the conditions are Saturday morning I think I will have a good chance of matching or beating that time.