Finally, a recap of The Relay with my awesome team Eat Blog Run!
First, a little explanation of The Relay. With our 12-woman team, we ran 200 miles from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. We started at 7am on Saturday and didn’t finish until about 7pm on Sunday. Yep, about 36 hours round the clock of running. Our team was split up into 2 vans and while the 6 girls in one van were taking turns running, the other 6 were eating and sleeping. For a really awesome recap, check out my teammate Kari’s blogpost because she rules and ran her first leg in VFFs!
Here’s a summary of my runs:
LEG 1 - 9.7 miles - 4pm on Saturday (9:30 avg pace)
I already gave a little recap of this run here. Ranked “very hard” this 8.9 mile run with 1000+ ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles just wasn’t “very hard” enough for me so I decided to miss a turn and tack on nearly an extra mile. Oh and I passed 3 dudes during the first 3 hilly miles!
LEG 2 - 4.2 miles - 6am on Sunday (7:51 avg pace)
After 3 hours of sleep on a patch of grass near the Golden Gate Bridge we were off running again. My 2nd run was ranked “easy” so I decided to carry along a walkie talkie to entertain my team back in the van. I think all I really ended up saying was that I saw Bigfoot and it smelled like weed. Oh and I did a sweet jump during my run and my brother caught it on video.
LEG 2.2 - 2.1 miles - 8am on Sunday (8:59 avg pace)
One of our teammates had an injury so we split up her runs. I did a little bit of her 2nd run for her.
LEG 3 - 6 miles - 4pm on Sunday (9:39 avg pace)
I ran this “very hard” run in my underwear and sports bra. Well and my sparkle skirt, reflector vest and knee-high argyle “compression socks”. I ran by a Bigfoot Museum then the 2 miles of straight uphill started. A guy in front of me was running diagonally back and forth to cut the steepness. While one of his teammates was videotaping him from the sidelines, I caught up to him and said “Nice technique! I eat hills for lunch!” I offered him some of my Gatorade before I passed him. Once I hit the last mile, I ditched my shoes and socks. It felt really good, even when a huge blister from a barefoot run earlier in the week ripped open.
Conclusion: Run a relay! They are super fun!