Last Half Marathon for 2013 Completed!

In my last post I noted that today would be a bit of an experiment as to how really poor (o.k, non-existent) training and preparation can affect a half marathon. The short answer is it can add about 2 and a half minutes to the time I in which I ran the course last year. Honestly, I did expect it would add more time so for the most part I was pleased. That said, those last 6km were NOT fun!

As for the race itself, I love this one. Why the Mission Possible Race is not getting more attention I am not sure. I have a feeling a lot of people are just not aware of this race. If you ignore the fact that it is one of the harder half marathon courses in Ottawa, this race really is a bit of a treat and a great way to finish up the season. This is a very civilized run and one that I think many people would love. The start line is just outside of the Club House at the Marshes Golf Course. Runners have full access to lockers, showers, bathrooms (no porta potties!) and the race is followed up with a buffet brunch. There is no standing outside for ages before the start gun goes – you just wait inside and they let you know when it is 5 minutes until race time. This was particularly nice this morning when it was pouring rain (which amazingly turned to a very light sprinkling for the duration of the race) and only a few degrees above zero.

More importantly the race is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Mission. It was announced at the brunch that $10,000 was raised because of the race! Several bags of clothing were also collected. Mizuno, one of the sponsors, laid out various pieces of running gear that was for the taking for any donation. And for his donation, Evan had guest speaker Jody Mitic, the double amputee runner and second place finisher of Amazing Race Canada, sign his race shirt. Evan, by the way, continued his P.B. streak (oh to be young!) by finishing the rolling 5k course in 28:35.

As for me, no personal best but that was certainly to be expected. I said in the last post I would be happy to finish somewhere between a bang and a whimper and that is exactly what I did. My best half times have all been in the 2:03 range. The two half marathons I recently used as long slow training runs in preparation for the marathon saw me finish in about 2:13 and 2:14. And today I finished in a little under 2:09, hitting the middle ground.

I actually felt remarkably good up until 15k, but shortly after that my tired legs were begging for a break and I was feeling a little light headed. As a result I did have to take some time to walk, eat and drink. Between the 17 and 18k markers I think I actually felt more tired than at any point in my marathon three weeks ago. In fact, I can honestly say this race was more of a mental challenge for me than any other races I have done. I really had to talk myself through this one and remind myself that I could do it. The roller coaster course definitely took its toll on me. As I have said before, there may not be any huge hills on the course, but there are no straight, flat areas either. And as a double loop course, even when you get through it all once, you know you have a second round to go. I swear those hills multiplied the second time through. It is also surprising how tiring running constant curves can be; I was feeling those turns by the end of the race. But I was happy to discover that at the end of the race I was far less sore than I was last year. I distinctly remember the stairs from the locker rooms area to the restaurant to be incredibly uncomfortable last year. Today I was able to handle them without a problem.

Despite – or maybe because of – the challenges of this course, I plan to make it an annual event. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a slightly different race for a great cause. My only “complaint” of today is the half marathon shirts. (And given the fact this is a charity race, I am appreciative that they even provide a race shirt). The white shirts, while comfy, are made of the most see-through material you can imagine. If you have a fancy bra you want to show off, this would be the shirt to wear! I would not recommend going out in the rain with it on though:)

Thanks to all the people who put the work into running this race. I not only plan to be there next year, I plan to conquer the roller coaster that is the course!

6 thoughts on “Last Half Marathon for 2013 Completed!

  1. Rebecca

    I saw one picture on twitter of the race, and it didn’t seem like a very big race. If you did not mention the race to me before, I would have had no idea that it existed!

    Too bad about the shirts – I wish for some races that they would just donate more $ to the charity than give out shirts that will probably make their way to a charity clothing store anyways. I always appreciate a nice tech shirt, but don’t need another cotton shirt – especially with the smaller races!

    Good job on your time – and well done Evan! He is going to catch me next year, I know it!

    1. kristi Post author

      I have a feeling Evan could beat me right now in a 5k. My fastest is 26:12 but right now I know I couldn’t do that so it might be a close race if I were to challenge him!

      Mission Possible was definitely not a big race. I think there was about 100 people in the half marathon. I wonder though if maybe they don’t want it to get too big given they have to accommodate people for the brunch. Does seem a shame though that it isn’t better known.

  2. Kristina @ Blog About Running

    ” And as a double loop course, even when you get through it all once, you know you have a second round to go.” THIS proves that you are mentally tough! I would probably start crying as I finished the loop the first time đŸ™‚ I really want to try a racecation, but I know there are very few places outside of my very flat home of south Florida where I will find an equally flat race to take on! Speed bumps = my biggest hills! haha

    1. kristi Post author

      I never thought of how hard it would be to train for hilly races if living in a flat area! I’m “lucky” that I have a variety of hills to train on only a sort drive away. And I guess you don’t have any toboggan hills to work out on in southern Florida!!! The only thing I can think of that might help you would be if you have any overpasses nearby. They don’t look big when you drive on them but go back and forth over them a few times and you will definitely feel the grade change.

  3. Nathalie

    I think adding 2 minutes is ok considering you ran a marathon, a 1/2 marathon and what else in between? Fantastic!

    I’m thinking of trying to get my time for the 5k a bit faster – I’d like my next race to be 30 min. or under – that’s going to be a challenge… but I think I can do it.

    Thanks for sharing your running experience with us! I enjoy reading your blog even though I don’t always reply.

    1. kristi Post author

      Based on our run on Saturday I have no doubts you will be running a sub 30 minute 5k in no time! Faster 5k’s are also my goal this winter. I do find speed more of a challenge than distance but time to suck it up and do some speed work.


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