Vermont 100 on 100 Relay

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay | happyfitmama.com“Let’s take a moment to pause and let it soak in what we just did”.

It was after midnight. We were exhausted and ready for nothing more than a shower and sleep after a day of running the Vermont 100 on 100 Relay.

As we parked the van at Allie’s condo, Nat, with tears in her eyes, said those words. I’m so glad she did because she’s absolutely right.

We go through our days bouncing from one commitment to the next. How often do you pause to let the events of the day absorb?

1 van, 6 women, 100 miles, 14 hours, 7 minutes.

That’s a lot to soak in.

The last and only other time I ran a relay race was 5 years ago. It was a lot of fun but being in a van for 24 hours is a lot.  You smell, you are tired, you are sick of eating random snacks, and you just want to be done.

But then Sandra proposed running the Vermont 100 on 100 Relay way back in March when a group of us got together at Allie’s.

She made it sound so fun – 100 miles on Route 100 in Vermont. The best part? It was a one day relay! How could we refuse?

Team Air Supply was formed that night with Allie, Laura, Sandra, Sarah and I. We proposed the idea to Nat and she quickly joined the crew.

Before we knew it, August was here.  Sadly, at the last minute, Allie had to bow out of the relay due to a family funeral but still graciously offered up her condo to us.  Thankfully, Kara hopped right in to take over her legs.

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay } happyfitmama.comOur team had a 9 a.m. start on Saturday morning. We had plenty of time to check in and get ready to run. Unlike RTB Relay, VT 100 on 100 is one van of either 4 (ultra team) or 6 runners. Since we had 6 runners, we each would be running 3 legs. I was runner 2 with legs: 2, 8, 14.  I volunteered for the most mileage (21.75) and the most elevation gain (over 2000 ft) since I had 20 miles on my training plan anyway.

Good 50k training, right?

My first leg (leg 2) was so fun!  It started off on the trails of the Trapp Family Lodge (i.e. the Von Trapp family…the hills are alive), met up on a pretty tree lined dirt road and finished on pavement.

I played it safe on the trail and dirt road section (lots of wash out spots) to feel out my ankle since I had sprained it the week prior on the trails.  It felt decent but I had a long day of running ahead.

Once we hit the pavement, I had caught up to the lone woman ahead of me. The heat and humidity of the morning was already kicking in.  I was drenched with sweat but feeling great.  So great that I didn’t even know that the other woman was still hot on my tail.

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay | happyfitmama.comThis pic cracks me up!  I’m so casual as Laura nervously looks back at the woman coming up behind me.

Seeing my team gave me a boost of energy as I tackled the never ending hill climb to the next transition area where Laura would take over.

Leg 2: 7.47 miles, 551 ft elevation gain

We then hopped in the van to cheer on Laura and to get Sandra to the next Transition Area (TA). The day flew by as we repeated this routine over and over again (Sandra handed off to Nat, Nat to Sarah).

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay }happyfitmama.comThe heat and humidity was kicking up as the day went on but our team was feeling strong. We all went into the relay thinking it would be for “fun”. Haha. Famous last words from 6 competitive ladies.

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay |happyfitmama.comBefore I knew it, my second leg was up. It was the longest one of the relay and the most elevation gain. The description made it sound heavenly – climbs at the beginning, followed by downhills and relatively flat with shade. I think there was even something about the runner who runs this will be “enlightened” when finished with this leg.

TOTAL LIES.

It started off on a mega hill, it was just after 2 p.m., hot, humid and I was feeling ‘meh’. The climb and the downhills felt great on the dirt road. But then I hit the pavement and the full on sun got me. The shade that was mentioned? It was on the other side of the road. The flat road, which you would think would be a welcomed sight, was horrible. Womp, womp, womp.

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay | happyfitmama.comAll smiles running downhill on dirt roads!

My calves started cramping up at some point. Thankfully, my teammates were able to deliver my trusty Spicy Brown Mustard to stop it immediately.

When I finished the leg, I was not enlightened.  I think I may have said, “I hate running!”

Oh and to make it even better?  The leg was 1/2 mile longer than it was supposed to be.  Yup…not enlightened one bit.

Leg 8: 10.3 miles, 875 ft elevation gain

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay | happyfitmama.comAbandoned school bus embedded in the ground…only in VT!

It started to get really dark soon after that with big dark storm clouds looming. We were excited for some rain to cool us off.

We got a little bit more than a little shower. It full on poured during Kara’s last leg complete with thunder and lightening.

By the time Kara passed the slap bracelet off to me for my last leg, it was almost 8 p.m. and the rain had turned to a gentle mist and night was closing in. It was refreshing but still very humid.

With “only” 3.9 miles for my last leg, I was ready to give it my all. It started off with a climb right away from the TA followed by an amazingly long downhill in Killington. Of course, that was short lived. There was one last long climb to tackle. There was a guy in front of me who I slowly reeled in before turning into the next TA.

I was so happy to be done!

Leg 14: 3.9 miles, 608 ft elevation gain

The rest of the ladies killed their last legs in the dark like the badass runners they are.

Vermont 100 on 100 Relay |happyfitmama.comSarah was the anchor leg and brought our team to the finish line at Okemo at 11:07 pm. We were overjoyed to learn we came in 2nd place Women’s Team Overall in 14:07!

Of course, that now means we have to go back next year to shoot for 1st place.

More race day recaps from Team Air Supply

Laura

Sandra

Sarah

I can’t forget to give a huge shout out to our AMAZING sponsors who helped power us through:

Brooks Running Shoes

Jaybird Sport Ear Buds

Crazy Compression Socks

RX Bars

Headsweats Hats

Goodr Sunglasses

Momentum Jewelry

Maurten Hydration

Moji Heated Rollers

Pre-race blood testing from Inside Tracker

To see how the whole relay unfolded, check out this awesome video Sarah put together. FYI – you’ll want to watch it just to see my phenomenal dance moves. 🙂

Have you ever done a relay?

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14 comments on “Vermont 100 on 100 Relay

  1. Ahh, I love re-living this through your post! You were a machine… over 20 miles AND 2,000 foot elevation gain?! So strong.
    No idea why I’m looking back… maybe to make sure I wasn’t going to be run over by a car? But yes, that competitive bug was biting and I was probably also checking out the competition!

  2. Obviously I was beyond upset to have had to miss out on all of this but I really hope we can battle to win it all next year!! I absolutely love reading your recaps and I really love your honesty because seriously, why do they even try to make it sound like it will be this spiritual experience? I know it’s Vermont but 10 miles uphill in the heat and humidity just plain sucks!! LOL!! Congrats again on an amazing job well done and tackling the most mileage of the group!!
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  3. Awesome job, everyone! I’ve done a similar relay, but it’s “only” 76 miles. I’ve done it four times, every time with a team of coworkers. I’d LOVE to do a relay with some blogging friends someday 😉 Congrats on the 2nd place finish!!

  4. You are so strong! Over 21 miles with all that elevation gain and second place for the team is awesome! The relay sounds like it was a really fun experience, even with the less-than-enlightening second leg.

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