In Bruce’s words – The Running Whys

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Bruce took on a new challenge when he competed in the inaugural Beat the Tide race on Minister’s Island last summer.

“The race was great as runners had the opportunity to explore one of New Brunswick’s treasured islands while doing their favourite activity. It was more like a cross-country race as Minister’s Island isn’t flat at all. We ran up and down hills, along trails, hugged the seashore and climbed one of the grassiest hills I have ever seen. Race organizers did a fabulous job for an inaugural event.”

During one of those phases before I picked up running regularly in 2010, I wanted to get out more but lacked the motivation to follow through. I remember vividly some long walks and run-walks with Bruce, a friend from the T-J who moved to Fredericton from Bathurst and set up a home close by. I never lasted long on those initial jaunts but Bruce did and eventually, he was running regularly on the ANB circuit, first some middle distances and then some long ones – real long ones. During one chat, he told me of the this thing called the Run for the Cycle, which consisted of a 5k, 8k, 10k, half and full marathon in the same calendar year, a feat he accomplished in 2009.  He is still going strong and in 2013, took on an interesting new event.

His story is below.

Enjoy

Kevin

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by Bruce Macfarlane
@NBMarathonman

All-season running isn’t for everyone. Some people wouldn’t pick summer as their favourite season for outdoor running.

I discovered this fact in July 2013.

Looking to beat the summer heat of Fredericton on a very hot Saturday, I decided at the last minute to head to St-Andrews-by-the-Sea to run the inaugural Beat the Tide race on Minister’s Island.

One of my main goals for 2013 was to run different races throughout New Brunswick and heading to Beat the Tide was going to help me this achieve and other several goals:

1) I have never been to Minister’s Island (One can only access the island at low tide as you drive across the ocean floor) www.ministersisland.net.
2) I have never run an afternoon race
3) The temperature must be cooler in St-Andrews because of its ideal location on Passamaquoddy Bay

Well, I was wrong about the temperature and the heat.

It was actually hotter in St-Andrews than Fredericton.

However, the heat didn’t stop me from plopping down the registration fee and head over to the island with all the other runners.

After the first half kilometre of the 5 miler (8 kilometre) race, I quickly discovered several points:
1) Some inexperienced runners could be in trouble because of the heat and lack of shade along the course.
2) Personal Best…not even going to go come close on this day
3) It is very important to listen to your running group leaders/instructors and fellow runners who constantly warn you about running the heat. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration.

The race was great as runners had the opportunity to explore one of New Brunswick’s treasured islands while doing their favourite activity. It was more like a cross-country race as Minister’s Island isn’t flat at all. We ran up and down hills, along trails, hugged the seashore and climbed one of the grassiest hills I have ever seen. Race organizers did a fabulous job for an inaugural event.

As I rounded the final corner and hit the dirt road back towards the finish line, I came across a fellow runner who was walking because of the heat.

“Want to cross the finish line together?” I asked.
“Sure,” she said with a smile.

We trotted for the finish line, making small talk about how hot it was and how thankful we were that we beat both the heat and the tide.

I am also so thankful that I actually listened to my running room instructors and didn’t skip those articles on how to prepare for summer running in the popular running magazines.

Summer running isn’t for everyone. Running in the heat can be trouble for some if they’re not prepared.
I am glad I was prepared.
I am also glad to say that I’m an official all-season runner.

BTW, Beat the Tide is set for July 5. Hope to see you there…don’t forget your sunscreen and water bottles.

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