Reach the Beach Relay–As seen from my point of view.
Do you ever feel like you are just on when you go out for a run. Well, that’s exactly how I felt on Friday at Reach the Beach. I was amped and ready to run. Our team, the Back of the Pack Runners left Cannon Mountain at the start of the Reach the Beach Relay just after 9:06. We piled into our van ready for adventure. I was going to be taking Leg number 5 (a 5.6 mile leg) during the first round of legs which meant that by the time it was my turn I was ready to rock n’ roll. I had had plenty of time to fuel up (and of course this included a delicious Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg!) and get pumped up as we cheered on our runners and the other awesome teams as we headed to my transition point.
Our first runner Pam left Cannon like a rocket, handed off to Mike. During these legs we began to get to know each others quirks and our theme song became “It’s All About that Bass,” by Meghan Trainor. Mike cruised to Bretton Woods where he passed off to Meghan for a steady uphill climb into Crawford Notch past Mount Washington. She ran with energy for a strong hand-off to Jillian. Jillian got to run through the spectacular notch with signature New Hampshire views while I got ready for the hand-off. Even though I had completed the Lobsterman Triathlon the week before my legs felt fresh and I was ready to take off like a rocket.
As I waited for the hand off a guy from another team commented about our name Back of the Pack Runners, and said, “but I bet you are not back of the pack.” I told him to try to catch me and was motivated to try to keep ahead of him. Jillian came cruising down the hill and passed me the signature reflective slap bracelet baton and I was off. My legs felt strong as I ran remembering to se the strength in my core and my upper body (using my newly developed triathlon muscles!).
This leg is considered HARD because of its length and the extreme downhill. I couldn’t help but to run fast. It just felt good! The guy behind me did end up passing me but only managed to finish about 45 seconds ahead of me so I was psyched about that! Since my focus was on the triathlon this summer I did not do any short races this summer so I think my body was ready to just go for it! During the leg I was able to hold a pace of 7:11 min/mile and it felt hard but manageable!
I arrived at transition 6 and handed off to Nico our youngest runner (15!) where he completed our first round of legs with a long hard 8.5 miler! After we completed our first rotation we treated ourselves to some food (a very late lunch/dinner) to hopefully refuel for the next round of legs. I also spent some quality time with my ENSO Roller to help my calves, quads, and hamstrings to recover from my first leg! By the time we finished our first round of legs we were giddy and goofy and full of laughs as we devoured our food!
Next Up for me Leg 18! A nighttime running adventure! What is one of your best race memories?
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