Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Magic of Around the Bay

This weekend Mike and I are going to be racing the Around the Bay 30K.

Around the Bay takes place in Hamilton, Ontario and I actually ran this race last year as part of a 3-person relay team, you can read the race recap here.

The amazing "Spatula Runners" relay team

Running this race last year was completely a last minute decision. I saw that Ali needed a third member for her relay team and since Hamilton isn't that far from Rochester, I thought sure why not. Best. Decision. Ever.

 We love spatulas!

Not only have Ali and her husband, Colin, become two of our really good friends, I also had an amazing time running this relay. Even though it was sandwiched inbetween two half marathons (yes, I admit it I am crazy), I had a blast. It was the first time that I really had a running high for an entire week. 

That's the magic of relays and Around the Bay. 

 One of the best days ever!

This year, there was no last minute decision. Ali knew she wanted to run the race again and we tried to get into the relay, but it was full! (Our original plan was the girls do the 3-person and the guys do the 2-person).

That's when we all decided that we were going to run the full 30K.  Unfortunately, Ali has been experiencing some injuries so she was able to get into the 2-person relay and she is doing it with her cousin, Lyndsey (the other member of the "Spatula Runners" relay team). 

Mike, Colin and I are all still running the 30K and I am planning on running with Colin. This isn't really a race for Mike and I, although I am sure we will get caught up in the race adrenaline a little bit, but it is a training run for our marathon. We had 17 or 18 miles on our plan this weekend (before all of our races were scheduled) and the 30K (or 18.6 miles) fit in perfectly!

I am going to use this race to test my marathon pace, which this time is going to be a little bit more conservative.  I am going for 9:50-10:00 pace in the beginning and then I'll see how I feel. 

Regardless of how it goes, I am excited to see Ali, Colin and Lyndsey!

Are you racing this weekend? Have you experienced a "magical" race?


  1. Fun! Good luck this weekend to everyone! :)

  2. argh ...I just wrote out an essay! and it's gone!!!!

    YAY ATB is magical and definitely fun. I can't help but wonder if this year it'll suck due to weather. Last year it was like spring and so sunny and bright!

    Colin is nervous, since he hasn't been running much or training properly. But I KNOW he can do it! You;ll have to keep him going. He said he's sticking on his 10min pace.

    I'll see you guys soon!!!

    Sorry I forget everything else I wrote :)

  3. Wow I had no idea that was the oldest road race but it seems like a lot of fun. Good luck this weekend! If I was up in that area right now I would have def done it.

  4. You guys are going to have such a fun time this weekend!

  5. One of these days, I'd like to do a relay. Racing with friends (even ones you are just meeting) is awesome!

  6. I'll be there! The boys and I are headed up for that race this weekend, a marathon training run it will be! Hope I get to see you!!

  7. So excited for you! Hope it goes well :)

  8. Good luck!! I have had a magical race, last June when I PR'd in the half. I felt like I could do anything and felt so good the entire time! Love it when that happens:) I am racing up the stairs for "The Big Climb" on Sunday and will be thinking of you guys while I do it!

  9. Hamilton is not too far away from where I live. I hope one day to do Around the Bay. I know a number of people doing it this year. Good luck!

  10. Have a great race this weekend, Jamie!!

  11. I'm so happy you get to go visit and run with Ali!!! I hope you have a fabulous race!

  12. I hope you write a race report! It was fun to run with you yesterday. You went out on plan with the faster splits which is always good. I have a runner friend who always positive splits races as this is what works for her.

    ATB was magical for me both years! Happy to follow you.

  13. I've never done a relay run, but it sounds like a blast :) Looking forward to your recap!