|This was our "do something silly" pose at the start...|
Yep, this is going to be in multiple parts, 3 to be exact...maybe more...I haven't decided. I'm mostly dragging this out so I don't write the longest blog post ever, plus I like the documentation of a 3 parter, since it is essentially 3 different races.
Since everyone but Jessey has a blog (Bethany is starting one because of Ragnar!!) I'll let their blogs do the talking for them and I'll commentate on Jessey's runs since they were super super hard and she was a major badass for completing them all without passing out on the side of the road!
Rebecca - recap up already!
Robyn - recap up already!
|In running order...backwards :)|
|Van 1 Party Like a Flockstar and Six Pack With Racks!|
It was already sunny at 9:30 so we all knew we were in for a day of hot, sweaty runs!
|Bethany Boston Strong and ready to start us off!|
|Sarah caught this sweet shot of #sixpackrack and #partylikeaflockstar starting together!|
I was running after Bethany completed the first two legs of the course and I was definitely ready to run at this point and started to get nervous about starting on my journey of 33+ miles.
RUN #1 - 12.03 MILES - 2:00:25, 10:01 PACE
|Met Leana at my exchange...she ran on the #nuunsense team! (pic from her Instagram)|
I started running right around 11:30 and took off on my long journey east and the south of Birch Bay. The road I ran on for the first 5 miles was pretty gross. It was clearly the main road that the oil trucks took to the refinery so a giant oil rig truck would blow past me every minute or so. The breeze it created felt nice, all the road dirt it kicked up did not!
|Bethany handing off to me...man I look like a giant next to her :)|
After I turned at mile 5 it was much better. The road was a gradual uphill for most of the first half and I was really really good about keeping it slow and conservative around 10:00 miles the whole time. The first exchange was around mile 8 and I felt pretty badass for running straight through it and even got a few applauses...definitely lifted my sprits for the final 4 miles.
I handed off to Rebecca and she took us to the first major exchange at Bellingham High School. We caught up with Oiselle and Nuun teams there and said HI to Nuun's Megan who rocked her first half Ironman at Lake Stevens on Sunday...that girl is hardcore to the max!
|I want Megan's Nuun tank!|
Rira and Robyn rounded out the first runs in the heat and sun and just like that we were done with our first runs!
|Rocking the "support your runner" look|