There’s a first time for everything, right? Such was the case this past Sunday – my first marathon relay.
When my two fellow Ragnar team ladies, Melissa and Jen, mentioned that we should run the local road runners’ club winter marathon relay together I said yes. I was convinced that after my last winter series race (my 20 miler) I was NOT going to run around the hamster wheel that is the university campus -EVER. AGAIN. But how could I say no? For one, we are running Ragnar Adirondacks together in September and it was a chance to spend some QT with some amazing (and speedy!) girls and two, my leg was only 11 miles which dovetailed nicely with my marathon training "plan." Sold.
|Pic hijacked from Jen!
Compression socks outside of spandex = fashionable.
It wasn’t just my first marathon relay (or relay for that matter), but it was also my first race as a 32-year old. My birthday was on Saturday and after a 6-mile morning run and breakfast out, Rickipedia and I spent an awesome day in VT. Overall, the whole weekend was a blast and I’m glad the relay was part of it. I don’t feel as old or crotchety as I thought I’d feel at 32. Bloated? Yes.
The relay was well organized and coincided with the Winter Marathon which got me thinking – Rock n’ Roll New Orleans is in TWO WEEKS. Watching local marathoners gave me a bit of a confidence boost but minor freak out begins…NOW. I am so preoccupied with this whole thing it isn’t even funny. Marathon nightmares have even set in. The other night I couldn’t find the start line and when I did, I was hours behind everyone else. Cue heartburn. I know I will be just fine (hopefully the weather holds up) and I fully trust in my training but the anticipation is the worst part. Ok, leaving Tangent City and Digression Road now.
The weather for the relay couldn’t have been any better. There wasn’t a cloud to be seen and even though it was chilly, it was pretty pleasant. The volunteers are really what make the race and I remember to thank each and every one of them at every chance no matter how many times I loop past them. The race cost a total of $20 and was no frills – no chip timing, no shirt. Runners were responsible for remembering the times for each of their legs. No stress – I kinda liked it. Overall, a great day with great people!
Have you ever run a relay? Planning on one in 2012? Do you feel old and crotchety when you turn another year older??