I don't think I really can, but I'll do my best.
I'd say we look pretty dang happy!
|Stop Looking At My Caboose 2
Thursday night, we decorated my van and took part in a little carb loading.
|Jen decorating while Mike and Andi play Tetris
|Isn't she pretty?
At the butt crack of dawn, I met my team at the start and at 6:30 I set off on my first leg - 4.3 miles which I finished in 41:39 (9:41 pace).
|That's me in the orange Newtons and black hat.
We were having a great time hanging out and getting to each exchange point. We cheered for everyone. We rang cow bells. After van 2 took over, Mike, Glenn, Jenn, Andi and I got some breakfast (lunch for me since it was around 11 am) and then headed back out to cheer some more for van 2 and the other teams.
|Glenn getting ready for his leg with Jenn in the background.
|Mike giving Glenn a good smack.
|About 71 miles down, 129 to go!
Several legs (or "spurs" for this race since it was railroad themed) of the 200 mile course were 2-track, gravel and grass. Thankfully I didn't have any of those spurs. I'm not sure how I would've handled running on anything other than pavement.
|Glenn, Jenn, Andi and Mike
|I can only imagine how gorgeous this park and lake must be in the daytime.
|Paris, MI isn't nearly as glamorous as Paris, France, but boy was I happy to be there!
|Give this girl a beer!
The sun finally came up and Glenn took over, then Andi ran her last leg. Andi slapped Mike on the ass to send him off on his final run and off he was - that dude is crazy fast! After running over 12 miles on his last leg (Mike did 2 back to back), van 2 took over again and SLAMC2 van 1 was DONE!
|Mike coming in hot!
Getting to run across the finish line with my team was such a thrill. I still can't believe we ran how much we did and managed to come in 7 seconds per mile faster than predicted (that's 23 minutes over the course of the race!). I even amazes me how close to pace we all stayed!
|SLAMC2 and SLAMC1 at the finish!
How about you? Are you ready to run a relay? Want to add me to your team?