Halifax Bluenose Marathon is completed!!!
I have the weirdest statistic… I completed my fourth marathon on Sunday and I am pleased (finally) with the result. I didn’t PB, I know I will eventually, but I ran a solid race finishing in 3.29.
The weird statistic?? This was the hardest, and I am not exaggerating, marathon out of the 3 I have run. It follows a brutal course with constant inclines including 4 MASSIVE hills… My inaugural marathon was on this course (and PB) of 3.28… I ran 2 flat marathons in between and I absolutely bombed them. I think I run better on challenging courses.
The marathon set a new course record of 2:28.53 ran by Greg Wieczorek a local guy..
The marathon did have some issues… The course covers a very small area of the Halifax Peninsula. It intercepts itself 2 and sometimes 3 times with a 5k, 10k, 21k and marathon all using the same course. The course marshals, at times, were not educated in how to properly perform their job at directing traffic and as a result, 4 of the marathoners ran an extra 4k… I believe a couple people in the half marathon also veered off course… This is not the first year this has happened, similar instances have occured in the full and other races in previous years.
The course needs to be changed!!! Thats the solution…
All in all, it was a good weekend with great running conditions on Marathon day… I now plan on taking a break from marathons and will concentrate on half and shorter races for a while…