So, it's Saturday morning...5:30AM to be exact and while I barely slept I actually felt a tad rested. Of course, nothing a little Nuun Kona Cola and a trip to Starbucks couldn't fix (stop number 3 on the relay FYI).
|Kona Cola and Zensah leg sleeves = TWO relay essentials!|
Van 2 rolled in with many sleeping beauties in the van and soon Megan came in and handed off to Holly to start our last legs! We got a tad "lost" on the way to the next exchange which allowed me the lovely privilege to see the hill I would be climbing for over half of my 3.1 miles (thanks Mason!) so I started to psych myself out on my ability to run such a hill on little sleep and not that much good food (gummy bears, dried mango, and brownies don't count!).
Holly came barreling into the exchange and Meghan captured the best slap bracelet handoff of them all and I was off!
Surprisingly, the hills weren't as bad as I thought they would be and I even killed three people on the way up, 2 boys BTW! I think the sheer fact that I was almost completely done running propelled me uphill the whole way. After the up there was a looonnngg downhill so I opened up and pretty much sprinted down before encountering the final hill of the run. I came into the exchange in about 29 (9:26 pace) minutes which was just what I was hoping with the hills...a sub 30 minute 3.1 miler.
Hey I'm DONE!!
|supporting our hero on her gorgeous run!|
|Meet Ragnar and Drunk Puppet (DP)|
After eating probably more calories than we all burned we made our way to the finish line for some more relaxing and beer drinking while waiting for van 2 to bring it to the finish for us!
And then 32 hours, 13, minutes, and 45 seconds after we started the day before, Megan brought us home and we were done!
|Team Nuun Kids on the Block!|
And of course, a thousand million thanks to NUUN for sponsoring the team and not leaving out one teeny tiny detail. Special thanks to Caitlin at Nuun for organizing everything pre-race! And without the super navigating skills of our talented drivers and nighttime running buddies, Mason and Tyler, I'm sure we would have gotten lost, fallen asleep while driving, and not have been properly caffeinated (special thanks to Mason's Starbucks app who never failed in locating the closed place to caffeinate!). Go by some Nuun today and support this Pacific Northwest company!
Question: Who is going to sign up for a relay right now after reading all my recaps?