Around the Bay 30km road race – Older than Boston and the oldest Road Race on the Continent – celebrated it’s 120th year today in Hamilton. I was there to enjoy this popular road race along with the 9000 other participants in the 30k event, plus all the runners who ran the relay races and the 5km race. It was a glorious day for so many of us, who enjoyed the sunshine and the above zero degree temperature.
Today my goal was to run the 30km race at my target marathon pace of 4:15 per km. The rolling hills in the second half are a great preparation for Boston. After a couple of disappointing races this winter, this race was important for me. I did it! I am pleased to report that I did just what I had set out to do. I did not start off too quickly; I maintained a solid pace and even picked up the last two kms (4:06 and 4:01), passing several runners as I ran strong to the finish. I finished in 2:07:22, two minutes quicker than when I last ran this race in 2011. My main focus is on my big race in three weeks – this was a marathon pace training run, that went well; it went as planned and it is the encouragement that I need for Boston, after several questionable races.
Congratulations to Krista Duchene who won the woman’s race in 1:47:13. Congratulations to my many friends who ran today. Two friends ran 30km for the first time ever: Brian Barclay, my friend from high school, who I literally ran into during our warm ups, ran a 2:30 today. Amber Niles ran her longest race ever and completed it in 3:45 – this was a new challenge for Amber and I am so proud of her for finishing this tough race!
Joe Zack, my local competitor, had a great run (beating me – but I do need to remind Joe that my goal was to run marathon pace!) finishing in 2:06. My training buddy, Karen Natho did excellent today, finishing in 2:24 – 24min quicker than the last time she ran this race. Amanda Hoar, likewise bettered her 30k time, finishing in a time of 2:41. Wolf Guembel, likes the time 1:51 for 30k (a very quick time, I must add), finishing in that time for his third Around the Bay road race. A solid time – he may just be recruited to be the 1:51 pace bunny for next year’s race.
A great day to celebrate with the successes of so many runners, and to confirm that my training is on the right track for Boston. Thank you, Around the Bay, for a great day!