This is my last Reach the Beach post and I’m sad.
And I also have to give a shout out to Jack our camera guy and and his crew. I’m sure it wasn’t easy living in a van with 12 loud, smelly girls (or 1 REALLY LOUD SMELLY girl from California and her friends).
By this time the sun was out and it was hard to fall asleep, but we were all dragging. Some of us fell asleep.
We ended up each staying in the seats we started in from the start of the race. Anne and I were in the back and cuddled.
I did fall asleep for a little bit here and then it was time to get up, get ready and fuel up! We headed to a local Dunkin Donuts for iced coffee. I ended up getting some donut holes for the van to share.
I was having major stomach issues though and realized donuts might not be a good idea. I went back and bought an egg sandwich. I also threw away the coffee because my stomach was a mess. Luckily, I packed Immodium and that helped a lot.
Before my last leg I figured I should eat something so I grabbed a banana. I was really afraid that I was going to have stomach problems on my run and there are NO BATHROOMS on the course and going out in a field or something is automatic disqualification.
We all seriously discussed what we would do if someone sht their pants. It was for real.
Tina grabbed the snap bracelet and raced off super fast!
I was after her and basically just waited in the porta potty until it was my turn.
My last leg was 6.77 miles through a rural neighborhood. My legs were completely Dead from my “speed work” in the middle of the night. My quads felt super tight and I had gotten a BIG blister under my big toe on my first leg of the race (I was so scared during the night leg I forgot it hurt!).
My goal for the last leg was to 1.) Not poop my pants 2.) Run the whole thing
I told my team I ran my heart out the night before and wouldn’t be speedy for this last leg. I just enjoyed the scenery to distract myself from my screaming quads. Lucky for me houses on the east coast look different from California so I distracted myself by checking them out.
6.77 miles – Average pace 8:59
- Mile 1: 8:55
- Mile 2: 8:33
- Mile 3: 8:46
- Mile 4: 8:57
- Mile 5: 9:31
- Mile 6: 9:16
- .77: 8:58
I graded myself a “B” for this leg – any guess why?!
Scroll down to see the disgusting reason…
Nothing particularly special about my last leg. I felt my blister get worse and worse until I just kind of embraced the pain as a distraction from my screaming quads. Then, I felt it POP! around mile 4. Yes, I felt it ooze and everything. It was disgusting.
At a transition area waiting for Elizabeth…
What was super amazing about this team is that I didn’t know everyone before this race. It’s not like we’re all co-workers or old college roomies – half of these girls I had never met before. But, everyone really did work as a team. We became life long friends in 48 hours.
Even though I almost had a panic attack on my night run, I would do this again in a second. I had so so so much fun.