Y’all. I’m on a roll. I’ve had two weekends in a row of great races. First, I had such a fun experience at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler. Then just this past weekend, I had SUCH an amazing time running a marathon relay with some gals from the DC area Oiselle team. This was my first experience running a relay and I loved it. Let’s just jump right in to this North Face Endurance Marathon Relay Recap, shall we?!
The race takes place mostly in Algonkian Park out in Sterling, VA although we also spent some time on the Potomac Heritage Trail. We had two teams of Oiselle runners – so awesome. My team consisted of Kathleen, myself, Taryn and Karen (in running order). We decided our order kind of randomly and it worked for us. We all met up (both teams of runners – the other team was Julie / Kristina / Kathryn and Colleen) at the parking lot where North Face was running shuttles to the event. We had all our gear: chairs, blankets, sunscreen, snacks and water (we forgot bug spray – noted for next year!) and quickly set up camp when we arrived at the park. We had some time so we strolled through the finishers festival area. After a minor mishap where a bird pooped on Taryn’s head (oops!), it was time for us to gather and
get instructions on the transitions listen to November Project relay runners jump up and down and yell. Before we knew it, our first runner was off!
The course started in a grassy area and quickly got muddy. We were running through a swampy, marshy area and it.was.awesome. Kathleen (our first runner) got us off to a great start – as did Julie on our other Oiselle team.
Next it was my turn. I set out on a course that was muddy but not too technical. There were a number of sections that were off the roads which was awesome. I have to say that I had the best time. The other runners were so friendly and I managed to pass a few runners, which is always fun.
My only complaint was that it was HOT. The relay started at 10am (there was also a 50 miler, 50k and marathon happening – those events all started earlier) and there was not a cloud in the sky. It was beautiful but much warmer than we were all used to this early in the spring. So I really went for it – I didn’t try to run around the mud or water – I ran right through it and it was such fun. This was my first relay experience and I had the time of my life. I loved it, loved it, loved it. Each of us ran just under 6 miles, so our total distance wasn’t a true marathon but hey, who cares. Oh, and when I say each of us…Taryn missed a turn so she ended up running closer to 7 miles total. Ooops! Our team finished in 4:44 and change and I was proud of my 10:40 average pace. My goal was to keep it under 11 minute miles for the trail run and I felt good about accomplishing that! Of course, we weren’t running for time – it was just for fun and we had plenty of that!
My only question is, when can we do it again?
Have you ever run a relay race? Did you love it??