Yeah, So Training For a Half Marathon is Probably a Good Thing.

No speed records for me today.  But then I knew that going into today’s Ottawa Half Marathon since my training has been less than stellar.  I’ve had more weeks than I care to admit where I was doing well if I managed 20km in total.

I did however manage to finish in 2:03 something, my common half marathon time from my early half marathon days when I was actually training.   So essentially what used to be a finish time that required lots of training mileage is now my finish time with a very mediocre training effort.  Given the fact it was in full sun which doesn’t usually sit well with me, I was actually pleased that the first 16k felt quite steady and pleasant.  My first 10k was a very comfortable 56 minutes.  Perhaps the fact that the last 5k were not so pleasant has something to do with the fact that 16k is the farthest I have run in the last two months.

Technically my time was probably a 2:02.  Very close to the finish line I stopped to help hold someone up who was very close to crashing down.  Unfortunately for him his race was finished in a wheelchair.  I am not sure if I was just more aware of it this time but it seemed like people were dropping like flies.  I have never seen so many people receiving medical help on the sidelines during a race.  It was also the first time I saw someone flat out on the road on his stomach, clearly in significant medical distress (he was being attended to when I passed).  There were people being treated intravenously on the course.  I saw enough people down that when, around the 19k mark, I suddenly felt chilled and had goosebumps I made myself take a good walk.  In retrospect I think it was just my drenched body reacting to a sudden breeze but I wasn’t taking any chances that I might be suffering from overheating.  Yes, all of this made me wonder why we all do this running thing.

Pictures, expo info and more race details to come later this week.

One thought on “Yeah, So Training For a Half Marathon is Probably a Good Thing.

  1. Rebecca

    Well done, despite the “lack” of training. I had to chuckle about the 20K training weeks, as that is pretty much where I’m at too. Of course, now I have some sort of injury – making it the 3rd May in a row where I’ve had an injury.

    Wow – didn’t know it was that bad out there. I was with the students at the 22K mark on the marathon route, and we were definitely in one of the shaded areas so it felt cool. We also had cloud cover for most of the first two hours. When the sun broke out, I had to de-layer and wear a t-shirt. I had another running friend with me and at 9:30am when it started to get warm, we looked at each other and went “oh oh….”. Our station was pretty clear at that point, but we knew (from our experience last year) that the half would be hot. Last year there were people down all over the place too.

    Someone was unconscious at the 10K finish line and it looked like CPR was about to be started on him – heard “cardiac arrest” from someone’s radio and the ambulance got him out really fast – hope he is ok 🙁


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