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Race Report: Commonwealth Games 10 km


Tuesday morning I ran my latest race. Running a 10 km race on Canada Day has become a bit of a tradition for me. With the races starting early in the morning I find it to be a great way to start the holiday and in my opinion downtown Ottawa with Parliament Hill as a backdrop is the best location for a race on Canada Day.

Last year I ended up finishing this race in 41:00 which at the time was a 10 km pb for me. The plan for this year was to go for another pb in the 10 km meaning I needed to beat 40:30.

The weather can often be a factor for this race because it can be really hot and humid first thing in the morning in early July. This year the race got started at 8:15 which was about an hour later than last year.

The course was two loops of an out and back course along the Ottawa River, starting and finishing at the Canadian War Museum. The course was mainly flat course with the exception of with a small hill at about the midpoint of the course, those of you who have run the Ottawa Marathon in the least few years will know what hill I am talking about.

In addition to the heat and humidity it was also windy this year and given the direction of the course we would have to run into the wind for the forst half of each lap.

I got off to a quick start. One runner took off ahead of me and initially I tried to keep up but realizing quickly that was unrealistic I dropped back and settled into my goal pace of just under 4:00/km.

I really started to feel the heat over the second lap of the race and my pace creeped up over 4:00/km. By the time I hit the 7 km mark I was pretty sure that my attempt at a pb was not going to be succesful but I still felt I could keep close to last year’s time. I gave myself a bit of a break by walking through the last water station to take a breether and take time to drink some water.

I took off again from there and ended up crossing the line in 41:42, about a minute slower than my time from last year’s race. From discussions after the race it sounded a number of other runners had missed their goal by about a minute due to the heat.

Overall I am still pleased with my result. It is not a pb but I did as good as I could given the conditions Tuesday morning. I am also planning at least one more attempt at my 10 km pb this summer so this was a good start to the summer racing season.

Canada Day 10 km

This morning I finally committed myself to one of the shorter races I had my eye on. I decided to run a Canada Day 10 km race which will take place Monday morning. i can’t think of may better ways to celebrate a holiday than restart the day off with a race.

Though I have not done one the past couple of years of I had a stretch of 3-4 consecutive years of running either a km or 10 km race on Canada Day. It will be nice to get back into that habit this year. As mentioned, it is a great way to start a holiday and let’s face if you are going to run a race on Canada Day Ottawa is, in my opinion, the best place in Canada to do it.

In terms of a goal for this race, I am going to say something that is un characteristic for me. I don’t really have one. Of course I would like to set a pb, which is just under 43 minutes for me, but I am not sure if I am ready for that after taking it easy for most of June.

If I don’t get a pb on Monday I will definitely take another shot at it at some point because the 10 km is a distance I have not really focused on since I started running marathons. The 10 km races I have run in recent years have been used as training runs for marathon training.

Do you have plans to run on Canada Day, or the 4th of July for American readers?