Let me back up....a couple of weeks ago, Tracey asked if I'd like to run leg #9 of the Rum Runners Relay. The relay runs from Halifax to Lunenburg, NS...a little over 110km I believe, with 10 separate legs to the race. Leg #9 runs into my home town of 23 years and I was feeling super nostalgic as I said 'sure'.
Friday night saw me make some supportive signs for the drive!
Race day arrived and it was beautiful....sunny....cooler temperatures....and a tailwind!!! Tracey ran leg #8 which was a hilly one. She killed it! Her daughter and I would drive along honking the horn and stop at the top of each hill to encourage the runners on. Tracey said she felt great as she came into the finish. I want to stop here and just say that Colleen and Andrew (the team leaders) were amazing. They had cold water, gaterade, chocolate milk, etc ready for each finisher...they were just so supportive of us!
I registered at the van, used the washroom, and did a few leg swings for good measure and then it was my turn to start. I was nervous...more nervous than usual as I didn't want to let the team down! Because I knew this area so well...I knew where the hills were and would be ready!! I started out at a pretty quick pace and kept telling myself to just stay at a comfortable pace until midpoint...then I could push it if I still felt good. I think the thing that helped was having so many cars driving by...you just wanted to look strong all the time!! The route was incredible! There were only really 2 hills...one was pretty quick...the other long and steady...but my pace didn't waiver! And then it happened....the long downhill into Mahone Bay that I had been waiting for.
|pretty much my view as I ran into town|
|If those cars weren't in the way, you'd be able to see|
my old house across the water!
|Tracey grabbed these pics on the long uphill.|
Tracey then finished the race by doing leg #10...what a trooper!! I had to drive us home though...she was barely walking by the end...we runners really put ourselves through some crazy stuff!!
I really can't wait for next year and doing this leg again. The volunteers and relay organizers put on a fantastic event!!!!