Special Note: I am going to tell this story in 2-parts. The first is about my runs. The sequel will be about hanging out with my amazing team.
|Game face for 1st run.|
We cruised to the city, found the starting line, parked Van 1, and checked in. Once we completed the official stuff it was back to the van to prepare to run. Then, it was back to the starting line to get ready for go time since I was the first runner.
Just pass 7:30 we started the final countdown and I was off. My first run was a 2.6 mile route the went through Golden Gate Park, along the Pacific Ocean, up the small hill by the famous Cliff House and finally stopped at a beautiful vista point. I started nice and easy, stayed in my zone, and by the time I put the slap-wrist bracelet on Angela to start her leg I was feeling great.
|Starting run #2.|
We went to get real food before going to exchange 12 to wait for the final Van 2 runner. Then, we were off again. Gina and I had decided to pick up the extra legs for Runner 1 so she got us going this time around. Around 7:15 pm, less than 12-hours from my first run, I started my 3rd run of the event. This was an 8.3 mile jaunt that was by far the longest of the 5 legs I was running.
I started out nice and easy one more time and be honest the run was uneventful. I maintained a steady pace and even managed to pass a few people along the way (I was also passed). While the length of this run concerned me, what worried me the most was how I would recover for my final 2 runs.
|Starting run #4 at 3:50 am.|
My 5th and final run, which started at 6:00 am was 3.4 miles and 35 minutes of pain. The thigh muscle never warmed up and every step hurt as I ran almost a full minute per mile slower. Still, I sucked it up, kept running, and finally made to the exchange point where I gratefully passed the bracelet to a teammate for the last time.
If you do the math, I finished my final run at 6:35 am. This was a mere 23-hours after I started it all at 7:30 am the day before. That’s 5 runs, covering a total of 20 miles, in 23-hours.
In the end it was an amazing adventure made even greater by my awesome teammates. How do I know? We’re already checking for next year’s dates when we all plan to this all over again.