After showering at Kim’s house and feeling like a million bucks, we set off for the VTA and the final portion of Reach the Beach, Leg 3.
If you’ve ever done a relay, you know how stinky you can get from running and living in a van for over 24 hours. Showering is a game changer. Even though I was operating on one hour of sleep in the last 33 hours, I felt awake, ready to run but still slap happy.
Toilet paper couture. Look for it on the runways in Paris next season.
We had some time to hang out at the VTA before Mariette would be coming in for the hand off. I was so happy when I got a phone call from Christine saying she was there too. I immediately felt horrible when I met Christine and her other teammates. They could tell I was clean and were very, very jealous. Sorry guys! It was awesome meeting Instagram friends, Gia and Jess, in person finally.
Soon after I got the text that Mariette was off and had her game face on. She had a 5k to run so I knew she’d be in transition in under 23 minutes if all went well. Sure enough, 21 minutes later, she came flying in.
I got my last bracelet slap and took off. My goal was to go all out. I had 2.4 miles. My legs were sore and tired from Leg 2 but now was not the time to slow down.
Plus, it was only 2.4 miles.
The course was flat as a pancake. I didn’t pay any attention to my Garmin. I just ran. It felt like I had just started when the transition area came into view.
NO!!! I want to run more.
2.4 miles, 17:48. Boom!
The remaining legs flew by although poor Kim had the longest at 6.7 miles. Girl wanted more miles and she got ’em! Jared had a killer sprint with another guy to the end of his 4.1 mile run which resulted in the other guy puking at the end. Haha!
When it came time for Karen to bring us home, we had to hustle to Hampton Beach to meet her. She had 4.1 miles but with traffic and parking, it was going to be cutting it close for us to run with her across the finish line.
As we parked the van, I got the text that Van 1 was at the finishing chute waiting. As we made our way through the crowd to the beach and the end of the chute, someone exclaimed, “Oh look, blue shirts just like ours!” It took a minute for us to realize – That’s our team! We scurried around the fence to run across the finish line as a team.
120/520 total teams
21/101 mixed open category (with only 2 guys on the team)
8:15 average pace
28:31:16 – finished time
Maybe it was a good idea after all?
What started off as a random group of 12 people, turned into a group of 12 friends. I can’t wait for RTB 2015! Just don’t tell Ron that I’m doing it just yet.
He needs a few months to get over his fun time being a single parent.
A huge amount of thanks to BIC Bands for providing our team with High Voltage bands. They were perfect for the night legs and just taming crazy runner hair. I unfortunately lost mine at some point. My well organized bag became a mess at 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
I’d also like to thank Saucony for outfitting the whole team with new shoes. No wonder we were all so fast!