Around the Bay 30k – race recap – Everything is better with friends.

I made it! This post is a week late in coming, but you’ll have to forgive me – I managed to make it through my 30k Around the Bay Race – and I was tired.

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Pre-race silliness                                                      On our way to the start line

 I was a bit of a nervous wreck before the race. Going from recovering from a calf injury to running a 30k in less than 2 months had me pretty worried,  but being there with a couple of great friends and our husbands made the pre-race jitters bearable and the after-party fantastic. Mandy also reminded me to relax, slow down if I needed to and to just have fun.


How my week before the race was going…long story…

We had a beautiful sunny day, no snow or rain, not too much wind and about 5C.  I broke this race down mentally into three 10ks. I didn’t feel great for the first 10k, I felt pretty good for the next 5k,  but then it started to go downhill. I made it to 20k feeling a bit tired when the rolling hills started. Hills don’t bother me too much, but the PowerBar Blasts that I was using as fuel did. For some reason I thought that I had tested these on a training run at some point, but my sensitive stomach didn’t take well to them. Around the 21k mark I developed a wicked gut cramp. I panicked at first, but I managed to get a grip, I popped my emergency Tylenol and a bunch of water and decided to walk until the pain passed. About 1km later I was feeling somewhat better and was able to run again. I finished the rolling hills and the last big downhill and got to the last big uphill at around 26k. I was surprised how happy I was to get to that point. Even though there was a killer hill with about 40m of elevation to cover in about 400m, after that, it was just over 3k to go all on a gradual downhill. 

I have to say that despite everything, I really had a great time. I suffered during  certain parts of the race, but I enjoyed more of it. It was a beautiful day, a pretty scenic route with lots of crowd support. I made sure to look around and enjoy the views at the peaks of the hills and going over the bridges.

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Nearing the bridge across the bay                                         Waves just before the bridge


Nearing the final killer hill – a picture of the actual hill would have been better


I was pretty sure I was going to want to kick the Grim Reaper when I reached the 27k point in the race, but I ended up being happy enough to want to hug him. In reality I didn’t have enough energy to even high five him like many runners do – I was only able to take a terrible picture and grimace on.



I pushed on for last few kilometers. One of the fun things about this race is finishing the race in Copps Coliseum. I had been counting down the meters to the finish line, but once I turned the corner into Copps I was so glad to be almost done that I managed a big smile and a little burst of speed at the end. A happy race volunteer at the end put up her hands and said “whoa, you can stop now, you’re done, you’re done”. I put the brakes on and she congratulated me.

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“Whoa, you’re done, you’re done”

Race over – I felt great. Even though I didn’t get the training in, I was hoping to finish in 3 hours. I ended up finishing with a time of 3:06. Good enough. (That’s my motto) Both of my friends came in ahead of me getting 2:52 and 2:57 – both better than they expected to do!

We went to a restaurant in Hamilton where I deviated from my usual post race burger and had a Philly cheesesteak sandwich with some deep fried pickles. After we crossed the street to a bakery called Bitten. Of course, being it was a Sunday afternoon they were almost sold out of everything, but they were sweet enough to give us a Whoopie Pie on the house after they found out we had run the race that day.

It was awesome!

I ate it in the truck on the way home. The icing on the cake of a perfect day that could have been way worse!




21 thoughts on “Around the Bay 30k – race recap – Everything is better with friends.

  1. Mmm, that dessert sounds SO good!!! Yummy, I’m glad you enjoyed it and GREAT RACE!!! Very good job!! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on a race well run 🙂 Injury, 2 mths training and a terrible winter for running– I’d say your race was a HUGE success .

  3. Congratulations Jackie! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the day. I’m proud of you!

  4. Yay! Well done!

  5. Very well done! That is a really good time considering you had such a bad case of stomach cramp. 3:06 is just awesome. Great race report, loved it 🙂

  6. Post race food is the BEST food EVER!

  7. Congratulations on finishing your race! You did it 😄

  8. I so agree with your post title – and congrats on a successful race!

  9. Congrats! Looks like a beautiful course. BTW, you should never high five the grim reaper. That can never be a good omen. Ha!

  10. Congratulations on a great race Jackie! 3:06 is an amazing time, be proud! I wish I could have been there but there is always next year 🙂

  11. Congrats on nailing your race!

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