Electricity comes from other planets
A good day at the office as I won the Niagara Falls half marathon in 1:03:11. Five weeks until Fukuoka marathon.
The wind was coming from the West at 20km/hr, there was no rain and the sun was popping out… a good day (and a great day compared to OUA XC championships the day before). You can tell from the map below that, with a wind out of the West, you get a cross wind most of the time. The conditions on the course were nice but the wind was a little tough in the last 4-5km.
Scenic and flat course:
Had there been a wind out of the South I would have been aiming to run 62:30 and had there been a stiff wind from the North-West I may have ignored the watch altogether. Given the conditions, I set out to break 63:00. I really wanted to break 63:15 because that’s the fastest I’ve run in a marathon build-up.
I went out hard and by one mile (4:42) I was alone. I went through 10 miles (they only had mile markers on the course) in 47:47 (on pace for 62:42). After that I was getting tired and I let the wind get the better of me and lost almost 30 seconds in the last 3.1 miles. A little irritating but that will keep me hungry over the next five weeks.
It was a good run for me in the build-up. I felt very much in control and got a good amount below marathon pace. I ran 180km (111mi) last week so I came down for the race but still a decent week.
If anyone out there has my bag from the start line (#4444) that would be awesome to see that again.
Found a downside to the NB Beacon jacket: it’s hard to hide in the trees to take a pee before the race.
Test run in the new singlet – thumbs up! (photo from Charles Prange)