Gulf to Gulf 80 Mile Relay!

Well that was hot! Mid October in southwest Florida and we are still hitting 90 degrees! Yesterday, I piled in a minivan with 6 other women and we ran a relay from Naples to the south side of Sanibel and back. We each ran about the equivalent of a half marathon, to cover the 40 miles up and the 40 miles back.

Half way! Sanibel in sight!

Half way! Sanibel in sight!

During the day we all took our turn running, and also had time to talk and relax in the van. You make new friends and bond pretty quickly as the miles pass. When you are out there running, all you want to see is your team waving you down up ahead! You are drenched in sweat, start to smell, and not a pretty sight by the end of the race.

Traveling in the van is also difficult, as your muscle cramp up!

Traveling in the van is also difficult, as your muscle cramp up!

Since it was so hot, our game plan changed a bit and we ran shorter lengths and added more rotations. I ran 4, 3, 3, 2, 1 mile segments and honestly my last later runs were way more pleasant than the first half. This is one of those days that we all ask ourselves, “why do we do this to ourselves” and think “there are some many things I would rather be doing”! During a relay you pull it together for your team, especially since you are all suffering together. BUT you never ever regret working hard.

Back together for the award ceremony

Back together for the award ceremony

The participants all met up back up for the awards, pizza and beer. We ended up placing second overall for women, and really had a good day. Even though there were moments that you are miserable at best, if you hang it there, it gets better and is worth every second! I can’t wait until the next relay early next spring!

2nd place for women! Yay!

2nd place for women! Yay! It is a shell, of course! 

 

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