Prepping for my legs for HTC was simple. I had to get ready quickly. My teammate Sarah was leg 9 and she is super speedy so it was a race to be ready to go. Here I am ready to go as Sarah was just about to begin. My first leg would be in the dark on a paved back trail (a little sketchy) but I knew what to expect since I ran it last year. When it was finally my turn to run I was ready. I had 5.04 miles to run. I am not sure what happened but I fell in the zone quickly. I had the perfect recipe
Alone + Dark= Faster than I thought
I am not sure if it was P.R. but I am guessing it was right around 41 or 42 minutes. A ballpark average of low 8's! Surprise #1! When I made it to the exchange they begin to yell my number. 7 9 4, 7 9 4...but there was no one in sight.
I was breathing hard and wobbling around wondering where my team had gone. I don't even remember what my Garmin said as I was a little freaked that I was left alone in the dark....don't panic. But never fear my team arrived and I only waited 5 or 6 minutes. It felt like a really long time but that is all part of doing a relay. Traffic and getting lost is part of the territory. We were back on track in no time. Whew!
In think we were parked about 2 hours and then it was time to get moving and send Emily off on her next leg that would start the process all over again. I decided to sport my swiftwick arm warmers as my run was going to be in the early morning. We also recieved custom HTC tough chik arm warmers that I somehow could not find but have run in at home since then. I am digging the arm warmers as they allow me to run in tanks!! Nuun definitely spoiled us along with these great companies!
Here I am after my second leg. This leg was my longest. 6.81.
This leg is beautiful. You begin by running up a dirt hill in the forest. You are on that for a short time and then you are on the road running along side forrest. I believe it was about 6:30 a.m. and the sun was up and there was a beautiful morning mist that kept me nice and cool. This leg surprised me as well as I beat my time last year by 2 minutes and 45 seconds with a time of 57:11. That is a 8:38 average. No sleep, minimal food. Ill take it!
In between all this craziness I was sweating!!! I was happy to have these handy wipes. Thick enough to do the job and I was relieved that they did not leave me feeling sticky afterwards. Thank you Shower Pill!! I need more!!
Here I am with Kelsey after my final leg and before her last leg. My last leg was my shortest. It is a bit hilly and the heat was on but I knew that I was feeling good! This was my biggest surprise...3.52 miles in 27:11. TThat gives me a 7:45 average. What the heck?? I don't think I have ever done that?? I guess all this REST has been helping.
Above I am with Kelsey after my final leg and before her last leg. She was gearing up for her final leg....that would get us all to that FINISH line that we had been dreaming about for many, many hours!
Katie another one of my teammates was taking names and kicking booty along the way! Looking good girl!
Kelsey and about 100 other runners somehow took a wrong turn while running that final leg....so it was quite the adventure which I am sure only Kelsey could recap appropriately. I am so proud of her perservereance and character along the way!!! You go girl!
Kelsey was a Tennessee girl....I just had to get to her to the pacific Ocean. After a long RUN to the water...we took a few snap shots! This HTC experience was compeletely different than last year. I didn't really get to know my vanmates and I am not exactly sure why but know that God has a plan for everything if I just sit long enough to figure out what it is! I am grateful for my experience and time to see old friends and meet new ones! Much love to all the new NUUN peeps I met! I look forward to stalking everyone and hopefully meeting up at a race or two! Love you Seaside....not sure what surprises will be in store for next year...but I will be there!
And don't think this is the last you will hear of HTC!! I still have a few pics to share as well as a huge Thank You to all the sponsors that made our journey so comfortable!
Happy Labor Day! Hope you were able to spend some time with loved ones!