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?