Bluenose Marathon (10k) Race Recap

And RACE I did!

Yesterday I shared my A,B,C goals with you:

A – Best Case or Ultimate Goal: 57:00 Everything is going my way, from eating (my stomach problems I’ve been having lately, vanish), fluids in/out, temperature is perfect and the hills don’t kill me. This would be my ultimate goal.

B – Race Day Goal: Sub 60 – Anything under 60 minutes.

C- The Almost Guaranteed Goal: 1:05 and finish with a smile – heck I just ran 10k!

Flat Piper ready to go!

Flat Piper ready to go!

Can you guess which one I achieved?

I’ll leave you in suspense for a few more minutes (unless your on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – you already know).

I got up early, 6am and got ready. The girls were up at 6:30 – early for them but stayed with Grandad and my sister Laura. My Mom came down to the course with me – thanks Mom!


We got downtown Halifax around 7:30 and my stomach was STILL bothering me from last week 😦 I only ate a 1/2 a bagel and some OJ before leaving the house and I really wanted a banana. We parked fairly close to the start line and walked to a local grocery store and waited for them to open at 8am.

As the Full Marathon started I went to the facilities one last time (5th time since waking up). I then drank my Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer drink, ate 1/2 a banana and then watched the 1/2 Marathon runners start too!

We hung out around the start line for a while –

Ball of NERVES near the 51-60 minute sign!

Ball of NERVES near the 51-60 minute sign!

I was getting beyond nervous, had a few tears of fear in my eyes (okay, rolling down my cheeks), decided if I should go pee AGAIN but stayed put. I lined up behind the 51-60 minute marker and waited. The music started and off we went…. Happy by Pharrell Williams was playing as I ran through the start 🙂 I was HAPPY! What a great way to start any race!

There was a sea of pink shirts in front of me but I managed to wiggle my way through people and find a few open spots to run…keeping my pace steady and enjoying the moment.

Run For The Hill of It (wore it post race)

Run For The Hill of It (wore it post race)

KM 1 – 3: Pretty flat, easy pace, felt great…then started to climb the bridge.

KM 3-5: Hard, bridge up hill at a steady pace, bridge down fast and then up Nantucket (long and hard) but I made it 90% up before taking 10 seconds to walk…then back at it. There was a little down hill, and uphill I wasn’t expecting and was starting to regret the run! I even thought “I should stop” but I didn’t. I was finding it really hard – my head and heart just weren’t in it 😦 I was frustrated with that but kept going.

KM 5 – 8: I was running around the corner on Slayter Street and saw my friend Gabby – supermom and boston marathon runner 🙂 That made me feel better.

I headed down Nantucket at a pretty fast pace and HIGH FIVED my friend, Meredith – that made me feel better too. Thanks Gabby and Meredith 🙂

I wore my favourite necklace during my run; it has both of our girls names on it and their birth stones. Every so often when I was struggling the stones would chime together and I couldn’t only help but think it was my girls saying “you can do it mommy”….guess it’s my lucky necklace now.

Thoughts in my up to this point:

  • You’re doing great, better than those sitting on a couch 
  • Slow and steady pace wins the race x10
  • You trained for it, you earned it x10
  • You’ve got this, keep your pace and you’ll get it.

Km 8 – 10: Had a few doubts on the way up the bridge again, had to walk and that’s okay. Started running again before it flatten out, down the bridge and UP ANOTHER FRIGGIN’ HILL. I managed to run 95% of it and then just gave up. Five seconds later I was running again and only had 1.5km to go.

“Slow and Steady Anna, you can do this”.  Do it for your girls, your husband, my family but do it for you….I thought. “Keep your pace and you”ll get your sub 60.” At this point I saw that I had 9 minutes until the end and I knew I was going to do it.

I still had one great downhill to go and one LONG uphill for the finish line. Who does that?

Let’s just say, I pushed it when all I WANTED to do was walk. There were so many people at the finish line it was AWESOME. I guess I did what Lilly did with her run and sprinted towards the finish line.

Sub 60 – 10k: 57:17 – Best Case/Ultimate Goal 🙂

My results: 

  • 58:14 Time
  • 57:17 Chip Time
  • 57:22 Garmin Time (thought it was 57:23 when I finished)
  • 5:44 Pace
  • 144/667 Category Place (F 30-39)
  • 468/2281 Gender Place
  • 1067/3411 Place

What’s really exciting is that I got a PB/PR by 2 minutes!!! My last 10k training run I ran was 59:22 (a PB/PR then) and now a new one today 57:17 … so HAPPY!

Happy Piper 57:17

Happy Piper 57:17

About 5 steps after the finish I stopped put my hands on my knees and spit on the ground…sorry Halifax but I just had to. I stood up and a volunteer was right in front of me. Laura – an old soccer buddy, that was cool.

As I was walking with lots of other runners through the chute someone came up to me that I didn’t know. She said that I paced her through her race!!!!! I was shocked! She said that she kept me (my Piper’s run shirt) in sight but lost me a few times! Her name was Carol (Hi Carol if you happen to look up Piper’s Run online) and we finished very close together. I always thought I was just another runner out there like everyone else but little did I know, I was helping her run her race. That was really cool!

I proceeded to get my medal and saw Katie (a runner with the TTP group). I coached her in soccer when she was 12 years old … let’s just say…that was about 10-12 years ago! I was so happy to see her and receive my medal from her.

I quickly found my Mom, got some food and we walked to my car. I had tears in my eyes over and over. I’ve worked hard for this run over the last few months and was overwhelmed with everything. I came home to this sign:

Love My Girls :)

Love My Girls 🙂

{I thought my Garmin time was 57:23}

We got to see one of the Kenyan’s running by – YES, three Kenyan’s were invited to run the Full and Half Marathon – what a sight to see. SO FAST, SO AWESOME!

Though I struggled mentally in the beginning, pushed it when I could and slowed down when I had to. It was a great race and I’m beyond happy with my results. Now if I can only pull off something similar June 28th at my 10k EPIC Canada run 🙂

The volunteers were amazing, the water stations I passed were full of awesome people, the multiple bands playing music throughout the route was motivating and the time and effort put into this Marathon by the committee is greatly appreciated. Bluenose Marathon – you’ve pulled off another successful event – 11 years strong. Thank you.

And, thanks for everyone’s message on the Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I was nothing but a ball of nerves leading up to this race and especially this morning – so thank you for keeping me focused.

Happy Running!


33 thoughts on “Bluenose Marathon (10k) Race Recap

  1. I saw your time on twitter and was so excited for you! It’s even a couple seconds faster than what you originally thought, which is awesome!!!

  2. Anna so very happy for you on so many counts… your PR, your great race, your happy experience with it and your Mom there, too. And I loved your recap. Hurray for you!

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