Our local Running Room was unexpectedly closed for Easter Sunday. So, I decided I’d do my scheduled run on the Saturday instead. And a few friends joined me!
It took me a couple of kilometers to warm up, but after I got about 6km into it, I felt a lot better.
There’s a section of Outer Rim Road at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus that’s closed for renovation. I had to take a shortcut through the campus, but I found a way to make up the mileage later in the race.
I wonder if anyone at the Mississauga Marathon organizing team knows this. I wonder if it will be open in time for the race.
It a really good feeling to run the course like this. It felt familiar, comfortable, and felt like home.
To make up for the mileage I missed because of the construction at UTM, I took a diversion through the RK McMillan Park where the Mississauga 5k and 10k races go. It was nice to see that part of the course too because I’m doing the 5k too this year.
I finished the 21.1km distance in 2:25, which really surprised me. I wasn’t really trying hard on this run, which makes me hope I have a really impressive performance to come in two weeks.
An Odd Artifact:
Just north of Dundas on Mississauga Road, I saw this plaque by the sidewalk. Googled the name and found out a bit about the person. I just thought it was odd that it was on the side of the road.
Only 14 days…
I’m a little concerned that this half-marathon will be back-to-back with the 5k. The 5k starts at 6:00pm on Saturday night, then the half-marathon starts at 7:30am on Sunday. So, I would realistically have about 11 hours in between both races! In some ways that’s worse than the Dopey Challenge!
Some people have told me to take it easy for the 5k. But, I don’t think I can do it. I feel like I could set a new PB by beating my previous 5k personal best of 27:14! That’s a pace of 5:26 min/km. I wonder if I have it in me to do it.
Then the half-marathon itself. I get the feeling I won’t be able to beat my old personal best of 2:03:22 that I set at the Chilly Half-Marathon in 2012. But, I think I can beat my time from Chilly this year of 2:17:39.
My big question at the moment is what to wear. As I’ve mentioned, I’m doing the Mississauga Half-Marathon as a fundraiser for the Trillium Health Partners Foundation. There’s no team uniform, so I’ve mused about doing it dressed as a superhero, again. But I’m starting to consider running it in merely practical running gear.