A friend reminded me of something I used to do before big races (for me), which I thought other runners might enjoy trying. That was to trim my laces so each racing step would be just a tad lighter than the step you made during training when the shoe had the full lace weight. It’d technically be lighter already because with each step, you’d wear down your shoe a bit more. That’s as long as you make sure you don’t pick up gravel and rocks in your shoes!
A few days ago, my friend Jack from the Halifolks site (and Facebook page) that tells wonderful stories of Haligonians, got a video made of me racing the #1 bus in Halifax on foot for about 4 miles. It has turned out to be shockingly popular as I didn’t think that many would care for me and my running routines! The YouTube version below that I can embed here only has over a thousand views at this point.
However, the Facebook version currently has over 98,500 views, something like 2400 Shares, 2000 Likes and a couple of hundred comments!
It’s gotten enough positive reaction that the local media have even asked me to do stories with them!
Kelland Sundahl of CTV News, and camera man Jay, did this really fun report!
Steve Silva of GlobalTV was kind enough to accommodate my work schedule and put together this great story without a lot of time with me.
The local Chronicle-Herald newspaper interviewed me for more than just the racing and running in this article by Jacqueline Arsenault.
I also did radio interviews on the Sheldon MacLeod show, and FX101.9 country station!
Phew! What a whirlwind of a couple of days!
Thank you so much to Jack from Halifolks for the video, and egging me to do it cause I’ve done this for at least a decade and never cared enough to get anybody to document it. I do it for the training benefits, honestly! Keeps my running fun. It’s a hard physical workout, but also a tough mental workout for when that bus passes me in the second half of the route that it usually does. It’s only a matter of luck to get the right stops and lights that if I run hard, I can come back to win. Jack had the insight this was going to be popular with the people so credits to him for it, and the fantastic job with limited equipment that he had!
The bus driver, Brad, was definitely a co-star with his fantastic attitude and sense of humour! Thanks to him, for sure! He wants a rematch and I’ll be glad to oblige. Considering I win about half the races and have beaten him twice now, he’s due for a win!
Of course, I have to thank all the people who were supportive online to watch, react, comment, Share and such. You’re all too kind!
Special thanks go to my Facebook friends who not only did the above, but had to put up with stories, tags and such of me relating to this story clogging their newsfeeds worse than Donald Trump’s media hogging could ever do to them!
And last but not least, thank you to all the media people who gave me a chance to be in the media, spending time with me to create their journalistic pieces!
I’m enjoying my 15 minutes of fame, but secretly hoping I’m not going to use it all here! 🙂