This Sunday is the big fall race event in Ottawa; the Canada Army Run. With 25 000 runners registered in the two distances (half marathon and 5k), this is a race that continues to grow in popularity. In fact, it is the fastest growing event of its kind in Canada, having more than tripled its numbers since the first race in 2008.
This race is also special because it offers the opportunity for civilians to run with members of the Canadian Military, including wounded veterans. While there is an air of celebration and thanks at this race, there is also an understanding of what has been lost due to war and conflict. There are emotions experienced at this race that makes it a unique experience. To read my particular emotional experience from last year, click here.
I don’t have much of plan for Sunday other than to find the 2 hour pace bunny (or pathfinder as they are called at this race) before the starter’s cannon goes off. I may or may not stick with that pace. While this is my 10th (!) half marathon, it is the first one for which I have not followed any training plan whatsoever. I have had a couple of long runs, but they have been scattered over the past 3 months. They certainly didn’t follow any progressive order. Can I run 21.1 km? Absolutely! But what pace to follow? I have no idea. I actually think I could have done a half decent time if the weather were to be cooperative, but that looks unlikely. After weeks of beautiful cool temperatures, summer is scheduled to make a brief two day appearance with temperatures in the low 20’s and a humidex pushing that number several degrees higher. It is also supposed to rain all day on race day. Not ideal, but since this is not a goal race I am not going to worry about it. Hopefully I can just take in the experience and enjoy half marathon #10.