“Running is just a great excuse to see amazing places and to meet some great people.”
My Nova Scotia Adventure
I was born and raised in Nova Scotia (Canada) and it was a pleasure to get home! I was invited by Run Our Shore (A race weekend with 5,10 and 1/2 marathon) race Director Steve Burns to run and to talk at the kick-off race for the Run Nova Scotia race series. I usually support and contribute to the running community at large from behind my keyboard (when not running) — this would be a change. At one point in elementary school – I was terrified of public speaking.
But this was a talk about my passion. Sure it would go fine.
The race was this past Saturday (April 30th) in a small, quaint town called Liverpool almost 2-hours outside of Halifax (the capital).
I got a drive with family and tried to shake out my tired legs (marathon training beat up). I had my race shoes but planned for more of a training run and to have fun and had my PowerPoint presentation ready.
The day turned out to be perfect and was sunny and just a wee bit cool. Not bad for running!
I had signed up for the 10k. I strapped on my favourite New Balance 1400s and pinned on my number. I wanted to run at a decent pace but the legs flet tired. Having caught a bad cold that took me out for 4-weeks, I am on the 6-week Noel Paine marathon plan (get strong and survive) for the Ottawa marathon on May 29th.
Okay – its not a PB course but race director Steve Burns planned out a nice rolling route that was quiet and fun. You scream down a final hill and roll back to the finish line. Good fun. I went out a bit too quick and eased back and picked up the guy behind me who seemed to want to run around 4-minute kilometre pace (perfect training pace). The pace made me work but was comfortable and felt good to help someone else. I eased the throttle forward a bit at the end.
Atlantic Chip Timing did a great job with results, Mark Stein as usual was an amazing emcee and everyone seemed to come across the line with a smile – even east coast(speedy) joggler Michael Bergeron!
I crossed the finish line and stayed to give high-fives to finishers before the cool wind sent me trotting to find warm clothes to put on.
Awards were given out (I managed to win the 10k and get my first masters award)(turned 40 in late 2015). I was left to the last but most folks stuck around.
I tried to keep things light and became a more animated version of myself. I talked about some of my running adventures and emphasized how everyone has a story to tell. I think it was well received – no one boo’d. I said some goodbyes to folks like Luke MacDonald – a major supporter and member of the running community and also from Aerobics First – a running shop I used to work at in Halifax.
The day after the race I had a great trip down to a spectacular trail that leads to a place called Cape Split. They hiked and I ran the trail twice – racking up around 30k.
Beautiful run, great weekend. Ended with comfortable flight home. Would recommend folks not from the maritimes – grab a Porter flight and come on down next year – good fun.
A great big thanks to Porter Airlines for getting me down to Nova Scotia for this adventure. Great and friendly service from this airline company as usual! A few hugs as well to New Balance Canada, EC3D Compression and the Ottawa marathon for helping out with some great prizes for the the Run Our Shore race weekend!
Run on everyone!