Today was the Annual Canada Day Half Marathon -- this time going from the Lucan Memorial Community Centre up Saintsbury to Ben Armstrong's place at 70560 Elimville Road. Here is the route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5957717
I was hoping for 4:52 per k. x 21.1K. Here are my kilometre splits:
5:48 (water stop)
5:50 (water stop)
5:39 (into wind)
6:37 ('special' hydration stop - shooter and beer)
4:54 pace (150 m.)
Total time including water stops was 1:49:39. As you can see, I was able to keep my target pace for the first half, but it fell apart during the second half. I'm not sure if it was the heat -- 19 or 20 degrees C, I think -- or just that I'm a slug. I ran alone for a lot of the run, so that didn't help. If you take out the water stops, I was probably more like a 1:47 -- which compared to the personal-worst in the heat last year, isn't bad.
Still, disappointing that I couldn't keep up "marathon pace" for a half marathon distance. Lots of training to do yet!