Sunday, December 14, 2008

Relay Racing 'Round the Rock

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, my Baby Boot Camp class decided to get some runners together for the White Rock Marathon to run the relay.

The relay is broken up into a 6 mile, 4 mile, 5 mile, 5 mile and 6.2 mile run to complete the entire marathon course. I volunteered for the 4 mile course!

Prior to today, the farthest that I have run is about 3.8 miles, but that was during training runs. I have done a few 5Ks, but today marked the longest distance that I have run.

Logistically, it is kind of a pain to drive around for the exchange points for the runners. But overall, it was a pretty exciting experience to run amongst the marathon runners and be part of all the energy and excitement.

I had a little disappointment after the first mile of my run - my iPod battery died! My running playlist was the tool I used to keep me on a 10 minute mile pace, so I had a hard time keeping on the right time.

My sweet husband came out to root me on and took a couple of pictures of me in the race. Considering he (and a lot of his family) has run this marathon, a relay isn't quite as big of a deal. But he still says he was plenty proud!

I ended up finishing my 4 miles at around 43 minutes, which was a little under a 11 minute mile pace. I figured this was still pretty good considering I really missed having my running songs!!

The girls who ran the 2nd leg of 4 miles!

A bunch of the girls at the finish line! Our 4 relay teams all finished in the top half of our division and we weren't even trying to be competitive! Guess you don't mess with moms who run!

The teams had a great time and I'm so glad I had the chance to participate this year! Maybe someday I'll have to consider doing a half marathon! But don't hold your breath.


Suzanne Boyd said...

great job!

Heather said...

Love the pics! Sorry we missed getting to cheer you on as well. We may have to do the half together some day...

Katie said...

I had so much fun too! I'm ready...we can do 13.1 miles!! ;) We have a year to train!

Amanda said...

It was a great experience running with the Baby Boot Camp ladies of Allen. You did such a great job. Thanks for the ride home!

Dara said...

Awesome!!! Go Mandy!!! I can't even run a mile! You are an inspiration!