With temperatures rising in the mid-30s, Whitehorse runner Lindsay Carson wasn’t feeling up to snuff last Saturday in Ottawa.
Carson placed 16th for women at the Canadian 10-kilometre Road Race Championships.
“It was probably one of my worst races,” said Carson, who was 12th for Canadians. “It was the same course, it was just a lot hotter this year. There were actually heat advisories going on at the time of my race. It was tough for all competitors, but maybe not being exposed to that humidity as much up north was kind of a factor.”
The 26-year-old finished in 36 minutes and 52.8 seconds and placed sixth in her 25-29 division.
Carson placed 10th for women and fourth for her division – and fourth for Canadians – last year on the same course with a time almost three minutes faster. She placed sixth at the 2014 championship.
“I’m just coming off a foot injury … This was my season opener and it gave me a good indication of where my fitness is right now, and I don’t think I have enough base fitness right now to have a summer track season,” said Carson. “I’m probably not going to race in June and July – maybe August – and just focus on getting fit.”
Carson placed fourth in the elite women’s 5,000-metre at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. Instead of track Carson will take aim at the cross-country season in the fall.
This November’s Canadian Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ont. will be a qualifier for the biennial worlds championships.
“That is my major target, so I’ll be looking to be in peak racing form then,” said Carson.
Carson placed 11th at the Canadian Cross-Country Championships at the end of November. She placed eighth the previous year, earning a position on Team Canada for her second world championships. She went on to take 59th at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China.
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