In true OCD fashion...I showed up at 7:30 to register for a race that started at 9:30...yes...I'm that person. I have never done a MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) race before so wasn't sure what to expect. I did know that the entry fee of $15 was right up my alley for the first race of the season.
I went in telling myself that anything under 30 minutes and I'd be happy given that I ran SQUAT over the winter and wasn't sure how my IT would hold up under the increased speed.
The Citadel is a national historic site in Halifax that was once used as a fortress to help the British Military guard the settlers of the once small town. It's always exciting to be able to run through a place that has so much history....and take a bunch of photo opportunities as well.
|Meet Parka! And yes...I stood in line with a bunch of |
kids to get my picture taken.
|This guy was at the finish line...cheering us in.|
|And he was piping us up this gravel hill that SUCKED!|
|It doesn't look steep...but the loose gravel was really difficult to run in.|
|First race in the books for 2015....as a 'master' I might add!|
|Oh...doesn't everyone stretch in fortress doorways?|
|Obviously the beginning when smiling was easy!|
|And 4.2k in when smiling wasn't in the cards!|