This Sunday I’ll run the 30km Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton. It’s my first in-person race since the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon way back in June, 2019.

I have a love-hate relationship with Around the Bay. Generally it’s a well-organized race that is a nice distance and comes at a good time of year to fit into a spring marathon training program. On the other hand, the course is awful, and getting to and from the race in Hamilton stinks.

The weather can be spring-like with shorts and a t-shirt being the optimal choice. Or it can be cold and windy with tights and a few layers to try to keep warm. Or anything in between. Honestly, as long as it’s not windy, I’ll take what ever mother nature wants to dish out.

The finish in the arena is always nice, although even that can be a bit messy with crowds under the stands and a busy escalator area to get up and out to the concourse area.

It’ll be strange to race in-person again, but I’m looking forward to that energy and a reason to run 30km.