Construction company administrator and “chronic race volunteer”
Current home: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Carter says she’s run regularly for seven years, but ran as a “fair weather jogger” during university. “I started running because I thought it was what the cool people did and now I know the truth,” Carter laughs.
Carter claims that she was such a book worm growing up that it took completing the Boston Marathon to stop her mother from asking if she finished every race she entered.
“I am most proud of my first half marathon and my first marathon. No one thought I would complete either of them and I happily proved them wrong.”
To date, Carter calls her most amazing running experience pacing her partner to his finish in the Leadville Trail 100.
Place: Waverley Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Length: 10 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate. The route offers some rolling hills, good climbs coming and going as you cross the 1.3 km-long Angus L. Macdonald Bridge from Halifax into Dartmouth and, if you really want to punish yourself, you can take a side jaunt over to Maple Street. The latter is a short, steep hill used to punish runners in the Bluenose Marathon late in the second half of the race.
Carter calls this run “my 10-mile route.” She leaves from her Halifax home and runs over the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge into neighbouring Dartmouth. From there, it’s possible to connect to the Waverley Road on a number of streets, but a common route is to head up Windmill Road, following it as it changes into Alderney Drive.
From there, cut up Ochterloney Street. Ochterloney turns into Prince Albert Street as Lake Banook comes into view. Then as Lake Banook drains into Lake Micmac, you find yourself on the Waverley Road, a gently rolling route.
Carter runs out to the bus stop just past the Shubenacadie Campground and then turns around to head back. At that point, if you’re craving extra miles, it’s possible to jump into Shubie Park and run the winding, peaceful trails, which at the far end of Lake Charles and back adds another 10 km onto your run.
What is it Carter enjoys about this route? “It has hills, a bridge, a lake, a decent amount of flat terrain, and you never feel far from home.”