Rainier to Ruston Relay and Ultra did not disappoint!! I was the team captain and recruited a STELLAR team.
Kerrie- Mom vs. Marathon
Zoe- Run Zoe Run
Tiffany- Musing of a Runner Girl
We needed a name and I wanted a theme. I have always loved the Honey Bucket (Porta Potty Company) Logo. So Muscle Man thought up the name Honey Buckettes and I contacted the company, they sent some over-sized T-shirt, hats and loads of stickers. With a start time of 9am we met at my house to decorate the van. With slogans like "We are #1... or #2" we got loads of smiles!! We wore Red Team Sparkle Skirts so we would be easy to spot on the course.
The order was #1-Me, #2-Kerrie, #3-Tiffany, #4-Zoe, with 12 legs we each ran 3 times and about 13 miles. The start area was BEAUTIFUL!! Our van driver (yes we had a van driver!!) Will, Tiffany's husband took loads of photos I hope to post soon..
Leg #1- 4.98 Miles- 8:21 PaceIt was so majestic and beautiful I was in heaven running!! I could tell early on that I was going to struggle still being sick. I got passed over and over....I think I put us in the FAST division...oops!! There were some hills and decline on the road fully lined by green trees, rivers and swamp lands. I coughed some, but overall the worst part was heavy legs. The miles passed quickly and I was to the exchange before I knew it. I handed off to Kerrie for the TOUGH leg!! We had seen people on the bridge on our way to the start but didn't know why... They were there because we could see the runners below. It was CRAZY Awesome!! We stopped and waited for Kerrie, cheered on the Runners below in the mud and snapped some photos. It was chilly, and muggy at the same time..
I love this girl!! She selected the toughest legs of the course and was positive the whole time. Her legs must have been TRASH but she didn't complain, just cleaned up and on we went. STELLAR teammate!! We got Kerrie cleaned with Nathan Wipes and headed to the next exchange.
|Yes I captured many Honey Buckets along the way :)|
She looked seriously amazing and strong as she came around the corner. This Half Fanatic did not look like she had just run. Her run was on 3 different types of terrain, retty sure she passed a few teams on her way to ring the bell. Tiff always has a smile and really took care of us with food, a cooler with waters and her AWESOME vehicle!!Zoe was off for her first leg. Zoe would be on trails and the side of the road for her next Leg. The leg was flagged as being for "strong runners" which Zoe is for sure! She said she loved the trail she was on and wants to go back and walk it :) We turned the wrong way for a bit but found our way to the Exchange..
Leg #5- 4.64 Miles- 8:50 PaceI thought I would KILL this leg since it is a section of trail I(we) run all the time... but today I felt, hot, dehydrated, hungry and my legs were very crampy. I am sure that being sick factored into it. Muscle Man ran 1 mile with me but he is still sick and I wanted to keep a good pace. I started pretty strong with 8:15 pace and got slower and slower.. I got passed by loads of runners :( hung in there as best I could. I felt like I could pass out. Knowing every mile of the trail was HARD because I knew just how far I still had to go. It was TOUGH!!
I was very hard on myself....stuck in my head beating myself up!! I knew we were running for Fun, but I didn't want to let my team down. I was so happy to pass off to Kerrie for her SPEEDY 2.7 miles. Tiffany and Zoe could tell I was not doing well. Zoe ran for water, dropped in some Nuun tabs and Tiff gave me a Cliff bar. Soon I felt human again!
Leg #9- 3.74 Miles- 9:19 PaceI STRUGGLED on the last leg...early on I could tell that my legs did not want to go.. My calves were cramping and legs/body were DONE. I tried to catch the Redhead but she just faded in the distance. I was worried I would not know which way to go but once on the River Trail I knew just what to do. I LOVE the trail, it is an easy and beautiful run. But on this day after having run 10.5 miles I could not enjoy it :( My back started to cramp..OUCH!!
I passed a guy running the 50 miler being paced by a friend. I felt like a HUGE WIMP, he had well over 30 miles on his legs and I felt like walking. I had to slow and soon got passed by the "F my 3rd Leg" male team we were racing against most of the day. The trail ended for a bit and weaved through the city. I was GLAD at this point that I chose this set of Legs because it is a little tricky and I had run it before. The road was marked with Orange spray paint. For a bit in town I was running with the 50 miler guy who had caught up to me when I walked. He seemed strong and was very friendly. He had never even run a Marathon, but was inspired by the Dean Karnazes books, CRAZY!! I wish I would have caught his name. He stayed with me for a short time then slowed his pace to conserve energy, I liked the company but it was tough on my confidence. All I could do was keep my feet moving until I saw my AWESOME teammates! So glad when I finished. The crampy legs was new and really bothersome, I felt like I was running on time bombs that would blow at any minute. I rang the bell and on went Kerrie. I was DONE just over 13 miles in 1:58!!!
My Legs of the course were pretty easy and no trails, but this day I could not function like normal. I got in the car, downed another Citrus Nuun to help with the cramping, ate my Apple and RELAXED!! It is nice being the first runner done. As we drove toward Fife I realized that POOR Kerrie was on the Fisheman's trail, which is hardly a trail to run on. I told Will that we should find somewhere to stop and find her.. We found a great spot to cheer her on and I captured this photo, my favorite of the day.
I FREAKED inside, there was no way I could run more that day. She went to the aide station and got her knee wrapped.
The wrap seemed to help Zoe, thank goodness! But she said she would call me during her leg if she needed us to run for her. We chatted with the guy team we had been with most of the day. They were very nice and a couple of the runners were visibly hurting. Tiff got ready, grabbed her handheld as Kerrie came to Finish for the day!!
Zoe seemed relaxed but I could tell she was nervous about her knee. I have known Zoe long enough, she would FIGHT through the last leg and Finish strong, I had no doubt.
Tiffany was DONE so I snapped a photo of her and her hubby.. We set out toward the Finish Line, not fully knowing where it was.. OOPS!!
Kerrie and Tiff got there, they had seen Zoe and knew she would be there any minute. The team near us told us we could run across with her... Kerrie was in Crocs, I had 2 phones, water and a camera... we must have looked pretty silly. A guy who had run the 50 miler was just in front of Zoe, normally she would have chicked him with her kick at the Finish, but we had the ULTIMATE RESPECT for what he had accomplished and hung back.
Special thanks to Will for driving us, it was so nice to be STRESS FREE!! Our night ended with Muscle Man and the Little Studs meeting us for Dinner, with the team and Tiff and Will's little boy. We toasted to our 50 miles of FUN!!