This is it – after months of training it is time for thousands of runners to invade Ottawa for Ottawa Race Weekend. Yesterday I went to the Race Expo at 4pm to pick up my race kit and do a little shopping.
The race expo opened at 4pm, and I arrived just before that – so did many other people! There was a massive line at 3:55, but once they opened up the kit pick-up area, it moved really quickly. I had picked up my bib and t-shirt in less than 10 minutes. It also helped that I had my bib number on hand so I did not have to look up my hand. In this year’s kit you received a bib (with timing chip attached), t-shirt (white with red stripes for the half – not a fan of white shirts), and a cloth bag (like a shoe bag). The bag was a new addition to the race kit, which I liked because I could carry all my stuff on my back rather than countless plastic bags. As mentioned above, I am not the biggest fan of this year’s half marathon t-shirt as I just don’t like white. The red stripes have a maple leaf design, so that is nice.
After going through the bib and t-shirt process, you entered the expo. All the usual booths were there: Ottawa Race Weekend merchandise, Adidas, Saucony, Columbia, Mizuno – plus Ottawa area stores like Bushtukah and races like Army Run, Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Around the Bay. I stopped by most of the booths – purchasing items from Saucony and Columbia (which are the two booths I had friends working in – haha!). There were lots of free samples to be had and some free swag – I did get a Mizuno lanyard and race bib attachers!
I stopped by the Running Room booth (which is the biggest booth at the expo) to stock up on my GU Gels and Honey Stinger gummies. At Saucony, I purchased a ‘Run Strong Ottawa’ t-shirt and at Columbia I purchased a new tank top and hat that feature Omni-Freeze Zero technology that makes your sweat feel cool – hoping that keeps me cool for Sunday!
I also purchased some Vega goodies that will serve as my before and after drinks!
I found out at the Saucony booth that Krista DuChene would be signing autographs at 7pm. I did not really want to stay around for over two hours, so I went home for dinner (I only live 15 minutes away). Max wanted to come with me, so I trucked him along at 7pm to go back to the expo to meet Krista. Max was outfitted with a new pair of sunnies (just some promo Saucony glasses) and a cow bell – thanks Marc! We met Krista who was with her family – Max pointed to her picture and called her “MumMum GoGo” – lol! She signed my first ever race t-shirt – think I’m going to have to get many more runners to sign that shirt!
Goals for this weekends half marathon
I have no big giant goal for this race. I am not a fan of spring half marathons and likely will never do another one this “early” again. My leg will probably hold up but it might act up (lets hope not) – I’m sure that an advil and compression socks will be sufficient to keep things in line – especially since other than that one run, my leg hasn’t bothered me beyond KM 1. My goal is to PB – considering that my only other half time is 2:29ish, I *should* be able to PB. The time I am aiming for is 2:15, which could very well happen. Anything faster than 2:15 is icing on the cake. I am looking at Sunday’s race as a fun event.
So let’s get at it!
Good luck to:
Allison and Marion
All the CW Staff and Students running the 5/10K
Kristi and her family
Dan and his family
and all other runners who are running this weekend – if I missed you, let me know 🙂
If you are interested in cheering on the 10K – I am planning on watching it from Pretoria Bridge!