I didn’t realize how big this event was – or had become – but it was insane! There were over 900 people registered in my category alone – and more than 3000 Nova Scotians registered for the entire marathon (not counting those from other provinces – or even countries, as there were a few).
I was excited, nervous, and anxious. I was tired and sore (I think I pulled a hip flexor in class the other night), and was worried how my ankle (and bladder) would hold up.
It was an early morning with a BFF. It was dark, dreary, and really cold.
But we did it. All of us!
I ran alone (BFF was registered in a different category). Plugged into Darius Rucker’s Wagon Wheel (it honestly helped me run), and pushed myself harder than I’ve pushed myself in a long time.
In fact, I pushed myself so hard I shaved 34 minutes off my time from Thursday night (just three days before).
My ankle is 100% okay – thankfully. My hip flexor, on the other hand, is a different story – I have to tug on the toe of my sock to lift my leg – and my calves are tight today, but all in all I feel fantastic and proud.
And I’m proud of the other runners – and inspired by many!
This was an incredible experience and I am so elated to have finally been able to experience it.