What a fabulous weekend! As some of you know, a couple of friends and I headed off to the East Coast for a little running, sightseeing and lots of PIRATES! The weekend has been in the works for so long and I'm sad that it went by in a blink. Not only did I have a wonderful time, but I have officially crossed the first new experience off my "40 Before 40" list.....
Visit Nova Scotia!!!
Truth be told, there were actually a lot of firsts for me this weekend, but I've decided to combine them all together into one awesome new experience.
After an uneventful flight, Fil, Vicki and I arrived in Halifax (new experience #1) on Thursday evening. It was late so we just picked up our rental car (new experience #2), headed to our hotel, ordered pizza and got settled. We really only had two full days in Nova Scotia, so we knew we'd have to head out early on Friday morning to make the most of our day. Unfortunately Tropical Storm Gabrielle was headed straight for us (new experience #3), but even though we were anticipating a soggy day, we weren't going to let her slow us down.
|On Lower Water Street - YUM!|
|Isn't he cute?|
|Sunset 5K Medal and Tartan Twosome bib|
Overall, I felt pretty good on this run. I lost "Superstar Fil" sometime around the first water break, but I didn't want to push it too hard because I knew I had to get up early and run 10k the next day. I was happy with my finish time of 36:24...and REALLY happy with my first medal!! The strawberry daquiri ice cream and chocolate milk were added bonuses as well. YUM! Bring on race #2!
We had to get up early on Saturday morning to head back to Eastern Passage for Day Two. There were around 1350 participants in the four "Sunrise" events today, with the biggest crowd running the 10K. Even though the rain had definitely improved, it was really foggy so the visibility in the area was pretty limited. The waves were crashing nearby on the shore and even though we couldn't really see them, the sound was awesome.
|Fil, Vicki and I after the 10K|
|Met up with Karen in NS too!|
On Saturday we were hoping to see Peggy's Cove, the Swiss Air Disaster Memorial, the adorable towns of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg as well as "The Bluenose". With Vicki navigating and me driving (new experience #5), we managed to see everything we had planned on. The weather cleared after Peggy's Cove and it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.
|In the town of Peggy's Cove|
|A little foggy at the lighthouse|
|Part of the SwissAir Disaster Memorial|
|The Three Churches of Mahone Bay|
|Gorgeous Church in Lunenburg|
|We had to sneak onto a film set (new experience # 6)|
to get the Bluenose up close
We awoke to gorgeous blue skies on Sunday morning, but sadly we had to return home. We decided to drive back to Eastern Passage to enjoy the scenery a little since we couldn't see much on either of the two race days. It really is a lovely little town and I was glad that we decided to return to see it in all its' glory! Overall, this was a great little "Girls Getaway" and a fabulous experience for my first destination race (New experience #7). Nova Scotia is a beautiful part of the country and I hope to return in the near future and spend more time enjoying the sights! Thanks to my running/travel buddies for making this first "New Experience" on my "40 B4 40" list an awesome one!!!
|Friends old and new......|
|Picture with Pirates - New Experience #8|