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Race Report: Wellness Challenge 5 km

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.

Wellness Challenge 5 km

Today was my latest race. The Wellness Challenge is a 5 km race that is part of the federal government’s United Way campaign.

In addition to getting out of work over the lunch hour to support a cause it gave me another chance to get in a race before the Philadelphia Marathon.

It was my first time doing this race but certainly not my first time running the course as it was along the Ottawa River Parkway.

My goal for today was to see if I could come in under 20:00. The weather today certainly helped as it was sunny but a little on the cool side. Fortunately there wasn’t a strong wind as you can often run into along the Parkway.

I managed to line up close to the front of the pack. I got off to a quick start and managed to maintain a pace of under 4:00/km througout the race. I felt good throughout the race and knew by the time that I hit 3.5-4 km that I was going to reach my goal finishing in under 20:00.

I am not sure if I slowed down or if the guy was just going that fast but as we turned the corner to head back to the finish line in the parking lot another runner sailed past me with about 500 m to go. I didn’t catch him but I did pick my pace again for a final sprint to the finish line.

The end result was a 19:01 chip time, good enough for 20/690 overall and 18/316 men. The time was a new pb for me in a 5 km distance.