Best of the 3 in terms of performance – I was very happy with my times. Despite the literal melt down at mile 5 of my long run, my splits were solid until then. Damn it was hot. I commend all my teammates (whether they held their normal pace or not) for running in this weekend’s hellish heat. #WTFArizona
Speaking of teammates – wow! What a great bunch of supportive and fun people. I just love nice people – makes me feel all fuzzy inside! Amazing athletes, too.
The highlight was sleeping in the high school gym at one of our van exchanges. I paid 10 bucks for an old gym mat – it was worth every dollar – and while my sleep was funky and broken with odd dreaming and wakefulness, I was able to fully extend my limbs (shit you take for granted until you live in a van for a couple days) and stretch a lot before my last run. Thanks to Eddie for buying me the best damn blankie during one of his frequent trips to REI – so soft and warm I was snuggled up like a bug in a rug so happy.
Biggest hardship was a blister I got on my first leg. I haven’t gotten a blister while training or running in years! I think it was the heat and sweaty feet that brought it on as I never run in the heat if I can avoid it — definitely a bit inexperienced at that. At the end of my second run it was a blister within a blister and the entire ball of my foot was swollen. Yuck! 3rd leg took care of that – I’ll spare you the details. This experience brought back some memories from my first years of running and reminded me I should always be prepared for anything.
I set a personal goal for this race which was to run the entire length of my last leg. The prior two races I’ve been so sore I could barely pick up my legs and ended up walking a lot. I focused on hydration, nutrition and a lot of stretching – it worked! My pace was very slow but overall a win for me – especially considering the hills on that route. #ComfyPace
Glorious and memorable weekend. Six more days of work and then I’m off to Florida with Eddie to celebrate our Anniversary and my birthday!