This blog entry is really late, but in a way it’s fitting because me signing up for the Penguin Run was also really late. Held in Enfield on June 2, I’ve had my eye on this event for a few years. It has a long-standing reputation for being a fast course and having a competitive field. Early in the year I pencilled it in on my 2018 race plan, but a couple of months ago I found out I would be headed to Switzerland for work in the week leading up to the event. So I didn’t register, worried about the affects of jet lag from being overseas Sunday to Thursday, a 5-hour time difference. Continue reading “Aren’t penguins supposed to be slow?”
I had been thinking it would be a good idea to get another race in before the Blue Nose Half Marathon in May. Early season race options in Halifax are a bit thin. I had already completed two races (MEC Race One 5k and the 25k Moose Run), though the Moose Run was more of a workout than a race.
Though the tradition of the Moose Run goes back 26 years, my first was only 2 years ago. After a single go at the challenging 25km route in 2016, I knew I’d come back, and did. This year was my 3rd. It’s called the Moose Run because of the big Moose statue looking upon the Atlantic Ocean along the route.
My first race of 2018 was the 5k at MEC Race One. This event is held in Point Pleasant Park and features a 5k and 10k option. I’ve raced the 5k the previous two years. This year and last, the original race date was cancelled due to weather conditions and both were rescheduled from early January to the last weekend in January. Continue reading “Plan to plan: Race One Recap”
I’ll start with this… after finishing, my first words were to fellow runner Steve. “That was the hardest f***ing race I’ve ever done!” Continue reading “First trail race — f**in’ (Flyin’) Nutz”
Co-organized by my friend Ian, the Halifax Movember Run is a 6 km race in Point Pleasant Park and a fund-raiser for the Movember Foundation in support of men’s health. Ian and co-organizer Mike always seem to get lots of donations and manage to keep costs down, meaning nearly all the registration fees go to the Movember cause. It includes a canicross option, which is cool, but with costumes encouraged, it’s not an event to take too seriously… just show up and have some fun and enjoy some laughs with friends and Java Blend coffee at the finish! This was my third year in a row running it. Several BLT Runners came out in support of this great event. Continue reading “I guess there’s Mo runnin’ to do”
My first half marathon was in 2003 then took a 9-year break. But since 2012 I’ve done at least one per year, and for the last 3 years I’ve done two per year. Before 2016, my results were generally the same (in the 1:40-1:50s). But in 2016 I started to figure out how to optimize my training, and from there my times have dropped. Continue reading “Moncton Milestone”