My friend Krista, a mega amazing runner, had asked if I wanted to do a 50K relay in April - at the time, I didn't think too much about it, but running and friends are always a good time. So I said yes.
When I signed up for this in March, I thought April running will be beautiful! Not. We were lucky it was sunny (sometimes) and not rainy, but it was still cold. 30s in the morning. In all honesty, for running, it was perfect weather, but for standing around - not so awesome.
I had never done a relay before, and was excited to try something new. Racing is always fun, but add some friends, and it's even better. I felt like I was back in high school hanging out with my teammates in the morning before a tennis tournament.
Team Unicorn Apocalyspe! That was our name, given by our leader, Krista. Seemed fitting.
Shayla started us off at 8am, and was pretty speedy, and Krista started her loop at about 8:45a. I was third, and probably started at about 9:35a. I ran my loop with my friend, Megan, which was great because she definitely helped me keep pace. I finished my loop in about 56 mins, which is 9:01 pace. I would have liked to been below 9, but oh well.
Megan and I took after for another 4 miles while Kristin and Pat finished their two loops. Pat even gave tribute to Team Unicorn Apocalyspe as he finished with the baton.
With all the events that happened last week (for those that are living under a rock, I'm referring to the Boston Marathon Bombing) it felt good to get together with friends and RUN. The running community is an incredible one, with open arms and accepting all paces. I was the slowest on the team, but no one made me feel it.
Side note: this race was also the National Championships for the 100K race (read: 62 miles and 10 loops of the arboretum). The male winner finished in 7.5 hours and the female in 8.5 hours. Pure insanity and awesomeness.
There were also naps and Louie snuggles after the race.