Today was my 6th Rum Runner's Relay. This is such a fun relay to do if you are in the area or hey, want to come visit and take part. :D
For the past 4 years I've run the hilly Leg #8. I have a love/hate relationship with #8 because the first half is quite challenging with the last 4 miles having some glorious downhill. You can read last year's RRR Recap here. This year I was super excited when I was given the opportunity to run the flatter Leg #3 that runs along my home turf and even includes a super short section along the Rails To Trails I ALWAYS run on. As I ran that section of my leg today I realized that it was the first time in my 6 years of running that I've ever 'raced' on the trail! :0
Backtracking just slightly to a few days ago:
I hit up Physio and massage this week because I've been having super duper tight calf muscles that seem to be affecting other areas of my left leg. :( But hey, I guess those are the breaks since everything is connected.
It's a good thing Physio feeds me well! ;)
|latte, fudge and banana bread. :D|
This little tool caused me some great discomfort, but to be fair to Yee, I felt a kazillion times better after she scraped the life out of my foot with it. :D
Leg #1 starts
Sure I'll say "Cheese!" LOL.
|Ready to run!|
|We are going to ignore the fact that I look like a giant next to her! LOL|
Something weird was up with my stomach this morning, yet again! I'm a little worried since so many people at work have had stomach bugs these past few weeks. :S After about 2 miles I felt okay so I tried to pick up the pace again.
Courteney was cheering and got some great action shots!
Matt, Lola and the other teammates offered great support that made me pick up the pace along the way. Another thing about relays is the feeling of wanting to do well, not just for yourself, but for your team. I think that's why I was able to clock my fastest 7 mile run ever today!
|Marg and I stomping out strides along the SMB road.|
I'm going to pretend this van wasn't trying to send me a signal about pace as it drove slowly next to me for a while. (raised eyebrow, lol).
Team 60: Upright and Mile-ing!
The finishing stats for my leg:
|Leg 3: 7 miles, 50:00 (exactly, lol) 7:11/mile pace 4:28/km pace.|
Hey look! it's Nick finishing Leg #4!
Some speedy guys cheering at the beach. :)
|Nick, Matt and Paul|
Nothing like an ice bath in the Atlantic Ocean once you're done. :D
"All this running nonsense is making my paws tired."