For those unfamiliar with how a marathon relay works (Mom), you have a team of four and each runner runs one 6-7 mile leg of the marathon. You tag your teammate at an exchange point and they take off for their leg. And so on.
Best part of being on a relay team? Picking a sweet team name and team outfit. Our team name? Not Fast, Just Furious. Get it? Like fast and furious....but we're not fast. Our team uniform shirts were just as baller as our name:
|not fast, just furious ready to hustle!|
|marathoners and relayers heading off!|
|half marathon start - hey steph!|
DC Chris in beast mode.
We watched some other halfers come in and since we had more time to kill before my leg, we stayed to watch the winner of the marathon finish.
After watching the fastest man ever cross the finish line, it was back to the car to head to my exchange point. I knew a few other people doing the relay who were running the last leg so I was excited to see some friends when I got to the exchange!
|me and laura - team anchors!|
About two minutes later, Fast Emily came running through and it was my turn to run! Photographer Brie missed our high five hand off, but she did capture my excitement when I headed off:
|time to run a 10k!|
The majority of my leg was on the canal which was nice and flat with some spectators here and there. I don't know what it was about this run, but it was an AWESOME run. I was feeling good and got completely in a zone right off the bat. If you've been reading this blog at all for the past two months, you know that this has happened a grand total of one other time. It felt good to be totally in the run.
I made a couple marathon friends along the way, but mostly stayed in my zone and enjoyed being alone. Besides my crazy fast first mile, I stayed surprisingly consistent with my pace. We had perfect weather and it was an all around great run!
|best pace in a while - win!|
As I neared the finish chute, the rest of Team Not Fast, Just Furious was waiting at the corner so we could run down the chute and across the finish line together. And by run, I mean dead sprint. I'm not sure who was the culprit that decided to set the sprint pace down the chute (obviously not me) but I think this is the fastest I've ever ran across the finish line. I hope I look hardcore in the pics.
Not Fast, Just Furious finished in 4:43:46 and came in 131 out of 147 - not bad considering our name would indicate we might be last!
|marathon relayers! + our little cheerleader :)|
Even though I didn't get to see her finish, I could see the excitement and pride on her face afterwards. Such an inspiration! This is the crazy lady that got me into running exactly one year ago... she ran a 5k, and then I ran a 5k. She ran a half marathon, and then I ran a half marathon. Today she ran a marathon...... umm does that mean I'm next??!
|me and my running mom!|
Once I was done admiring everyone's accomplishments, it was time for Not Fast Just Furious to go refuel. Another awesome thing about relays is when your teammates love post-race eating just as much as you, there is no debate about what the plans are after the race. Food, obviously:
Overall, I had a complete blast today and think I'm finally starting to get my spark back for running. It felt great to be out there and was a ton of fun to do it as a team. Thank you to Jenn, Emily and Fast Emily for making my first relay awesome, and congrats to DC Chris, Colleen, Mrs. L and all my HFM's friends on killing your races! Gosh I love running! :)
|so much meat.|