First off, thank you so much for the lovely comments regarding my Blogiversay! You all were so sweet.
About a week and a half ago (sorry for the lateness in posting), the hubs and I participated in a relay race that spanned 185 miles from Spokane, Washington to Sandpoint, Idaho. It was a lot more relaxed than the Cascade Lakes Relay that I participated in a couple of weeks ago.
The race started at 8:15am for us on Friday morning. The race start times are determined by what your estimated run times are. The slower the team, the earlier the start! I think teams were starting at 6am! Yikes.
Since I was in Van 2, after the first runner from Van 1 took off, the rest of us (Van 2) took off for breakfast. That is nice thing about being in Van 2, you get to relax a little before the race. The bad part is that you are unshowered at the finish. ;( You pay no matter what van you are in.
There were some funny/cute costumes and van decorations going on:
Here was the run layout for the relay:
Van 1 had runners 1-6 in it, and Van 2 had runners 7-12 in it. I was Runner 7.
My first run happened to begin about noon or 1pm. It happened to be the speed trial leg. I was NOT the fastest person on the team, and I have no idea why they put me in that position, but it happened, and I had to deal with it!
Here he comes for the exchange!!!
Dang, my legs look freakishly long in this pic!
When I looked at the profile for this leg, it looked just a tad hilly. I was really WRONG. It was extremely hilly actually. As I was attempting to run up the first hill, I felt like I was going to pass out and my legs and lungs were on fire. I looked down at my garmin, and I was going at a 6:45 min/mile pace. Whoops. I started out WAY too fast, and this would bite me on the a$$ for the rest of the run. It seemed to take F.O.R.E.V.E.R.. My legs felt fresher after cycling 24 miles when I ran 10K in my last triathlon. I realized that I probably should have warmed up a little bit more for this run! Oops. I just tried to enjoy the ride at an 8 minute/ mile average up and down the hills as a few FAST men flew by me.
I could finally see my hubs stretching at the next exchange.
Pick up the pace, Nicole!!!
Notice how calm he looks and how dead I look?
This was the hub’s first relay race. He did freaking amazing!!
Isn’t it beautiful?
Vibrams were in full swing here…for a while. My teammate did really well the first 2 miles of her run in these, but the temperatures got really hot as the day wore on. The pavement got REALLY hot. She ended up getting heat blisters on her feet. I DON’T recommend these when it is really hot out, and if you only have pavement and cement to run on! Those blisters were nasty and bothered her so bad that she had to switch to regular running shoes midway through her 3rd run.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about this race was all the different types of people running it. You had people who looked like the “typical runner,” and you had people who didn’t.
Everyone was out there having a great time whether their normal pace was a 5:30 minute mile or a 12 or 15 minute mile. Everyone supported each other. It was great.
Stay tuned for the second run at 11pm with a headlamp in Part 2!