I have been struggling to find the time and motivation to post on here but I figured a recap of my latest race was as good a time as any to get back into it.
I’ve made a point of running a race on Canada Day most years since I started running. This year I registered for the 5 km race, hoping for a sub 20 minute time. For the first time my 3 daughters were also registered to run, 2 in the 1 km and 1 in the tot trot.
Most years the we have had hot weather for Canada Day races. This year might have been the hottest one so far. It was already 28 C (82 F) by the time we arrived at the race location for 8:00.
The course was an out and back course through a residential neighbourhood. Due to the heat there were misting stations set up along the course and I made a point of running under each one to try and cool off.
Despite the heat it looks like I was able to maintain a steady pace with mile splits of 6:20, 6:20 and 6:23 (just under 4:00 per km) to finish in 19:54.
Since the kids races started after the 5 and 10 km races I was able to hang around the finish line to wait for my daughters to finish their races. It was a perfect way to start our Canada Day.
I am late in getting around to posting my recap from last year. Here is my look back at the year that was for me as far as running goes.
Overall I ran 2681.1 km (1666 miles) in 2017. That is less than the 3000 + km I was able to manage in previous years but I still managed to fit in a good year of running.
Of course the highlight for this year was finally getting the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon in April. The short version of the story is that it was well worth the wait and is one event that certainly lives up to the hype. If you want the long version you can read my race recap here.
Just over a month later I managed to run the Ottawa Race Weekend half-marathon. I was pleased with being able to come close to running a sub 1:30 half just 6 weeks after running a marathon. Of course seeing my family at the finish line is always the biggest highlight of Race Weekend.
In September I resumed my annual pace bunny role in the Army Run half-marathon. This year the Army Race was more special for my family because my oldest daughter ran her first 5km before I ran the half. You can read more about that here.
I closed out the year with a couple of shorter races that I had not thought of racing at the start of the year. Given the way my training slowed down in the second half of the year I was pleased with my results on both occasions.
The first was a 5 km effort with work colleagues. I managed to finish the race in under 20 minutes the previous two occasions I ran it. My goal was another sub 20 minute result and managed that and came closer to my times from the previous two occasions in the process.
My final race of the year was a 10 km I found out about after travelling 5 hours to visit family on the west coast. Having not planned to run a race and feeling the effects of fatigue and jet lag I did not really have a goal for the race. As a result, I was quite pleased with a 6th place finish.
When I look back on it, despite the fact I ran less mileage and fewer races in 2017 it still ended up being a good year of running for me. Hopefully 2018 will be just as good!
Today I managed to get out of work at lunch time to run a 5 km race. The race is part of the Government of Canada’s charitable campaign this year the focus was on mental health and addictions. It was my third time participating in this race. The previous two occasions were where I ran my fastest 5 km times.
Unfortunately, due to a dental appointment that ran longer than expected, I did not get down to the start line until the last minute. I took a taxi down to the start area because I was running late and arrived with 2 minutes to drop my bag off at the baggage check and line up at the start.
Fortunately I was able to line up toward the front of the crowd before the race started which meant that there was not much 9f a delay before I crossed the start line and got going. The course for this race is an out and back starting from a complex of government offices and heading out along the Ottawa River Parkway. Other than a couple of rolling hills that you go up and down in both directions it is a pretty flat course.
The GPS on my Garmin did not kick in until after I had completed 3 km so I am not sure of my splits but I felt like I ran at a pretty steady pace. There were a couple of runners out at the front of the pack on their own followed by the group of runners I was part of.
As we headed around the last corner and the final stretch to the finish line I sensed behind me getting closer. That was enough to dig down and push ahead for a final sprint to the finish line to keep ahead of him. I crossed the finish line with a chip time of 19:09 which was good enough for 11th overall.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this race given that my mileage has been lower than I would have liked over the past couple of months. Finshing with a time that was close to my previous efforts in this race (19:01 and 18:28) was a nice surprise. It has me wanting to sign up for another 5 km to see if I can go faster.