river to river relay

3 May

2 weeks ago, i ran in the river to river relay. this is an 80 mile trek through southern illinois with 7 other people.

80 miles. 8 people. roughly 10 miles each.

ouch, indeed.

my best friend was on my team, along with some others i knew and a couple i didn’t know.

we were to start in the last heat at 8:45 am. with the pace of our team, we weren’t going to be able to finish the race until at least 10:30 pm. we knew this would be a problem, but persevered. we were all very excited about the day and the challenge it posed to us physically and mentally.

the first exchange
(#1 & #2 runners in the first exchange of the day)

our number 4 runner had a panic attack that quickly turned into an asthma attack at the end of her first leg. the emt had to give her oxygen and she just kept apologizing over and over, when she should have been worried about breathing.

the bestie gets ready
(the bestie is super cute as she waits a her first exchange)

when our #5 runner came in as the last runner of the race on her 1st leg, we had a good laugh about it. i didn’t care, really. i wasn’t there to win, but to push myself, and push myself i did.

i was the #7 runner and had a pretty hard first leg. (do you see those hills?) i run a pretty good 8 minute mile on average, so i was looking to finish my first leg in under 30 minutes. i can’t be sure exactly how long it took, but i made it and didn’t stop to walk once. i figured i would after that first mile-long climb, but just kept chugging along and didn’t have to stop. it was quite peaceful as the last runner. there was, literally, no one around me. southern illinois is beautiful country, especially in the springtime. i will miss the darling redbuds, dogwoods, and azaleas the most. i wanted so badly to have my camera around my neck while i ran, but knew it wasn’t an option. i did get quite a few pictures, however, when i was not running, so i definitely made up for the fact that i couldn’t get a picture of a lowly beheaded tree.

(my favorite color of green, i think)

our #1 runner passed 2 others in his second leg (on a dusty gravel road, no less) and our spirits were lifted. yes, somebody has to be last, but at the time it wasn’t us.

at each of the exchanges (when one runner passes the baton to the next) there is a team of race volunteers and an emt. the exchange is marked off by 2 bright orange flags. when our #2 runner came in to exchange after her 2nd leg, the race officials were taking the flags.

they were shutting down the exchanges.

this couldn’t be good.

(part 2 next time. it’s taken me 2 weeks to do this much.)


6 Responses to “river to river relay”

  1. Natalie May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    8 minute miles? Wow. My goal this year is to finish a 5K in 30 minutes or faster. That would involve shaving several minutes off my time now πŸ™‚

  2. Heather B May 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    I heard so many stories about that day! It looks like you all had a great time!

  3. sonrie May 4, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    What an accomplishment! And I love that color green, too!

  4. kelli May 4, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    You go, girl! I thought my 2 miles on the treadmill was an accomplishment. Ha! You make mammas look good!! Looking forward to part 2.

    Btw, loved your interview about being a mommy of many. I’m sure I’ve been one to say to you, “Boy, you have your hands full!” The beauty of it is that I hope to have that large of a brood someday, too…just a few years behind you πŸ™‚

    Miss you guys!

  5. anymommy May 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    That is amazing. I am beyond impressed. Glad you had such a good time.

    I did a sport distance triathlon on a team last summer and it was so much fun, loved it! (I only had to run three miles though).


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