Golden Gate Relay Recap- Part Two

 

Wednesday Workout:

Taught a spin class.

Hung out with my friends Live With Kelly and Michael while on the elliptical for an hour afterwards.

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Oh heck yes I was sporting my Halo Headband from the relay and reading Runner’s World. Gotta keep living it up after the race is over friends, right?

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Just though you should also know that I ate this big huge dessert while sitting on the couch by my lonesome late last night.

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A Flatout cinnamon crisp bowl, with some frozen frosting as the base “layer”, cake batter cookie dough ice cream, PB2 powder and a Quest Nutrition Cravings peanut butter cup.

Oh yes. The only thing missing is some belVita biscuits. Now that would make for one heck of a dessert. Ha.

  I’ll save other random things I’ve been eating and experimenting with for later and try to keep this one focused on just race business. I’m pretty good at staying focused you know, despite what STUFT Daddy says. Ha.

 

Let’s do this.

If you missed the first part of the Golden Gate Relay recap you can read it here.

So…… we all survived our first leg of the race and were starving. I cleaned up the best I could after my run (meaning I used a few Action Wipes, switched to a new dry hairband and put on some clean clothes). Um and yeah, I indeed decided to wear sweatpants under my running skirt. I was trying to pretend to be cool after the whole crotch icing thing.

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We were going on about hour 10 into the race here, but my teammates looked in tip top shape, don’t you think?

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(Stephen, Jeff, Jill, Scott)

We decided we needed some food. I just need to say that Jill handled driving our huge van all over creation like a champ. I don’t know how she did it. This cute little town we stopped in was not the easiest to navigate around.

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We decided on some pizza at Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria.

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Cutest little place. I tried to not be that girl who has a high maintenance order and asks for tons of extra crushed red pepper and jalapeños on the side in addition to requesting a pizza with no cheese. I guess I didn’t really try too hard.

I did the whole salad

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and vegetarian pizza thing (with added chicken).

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I felt kind of bad being that person who orders something different, but thought my van mates who had to ride with me for the next 15 hours might appreciate the fact that I didn’t get any cheese on my pizza later on. Ha.

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I did not hold back on the jalapeños or red pepper though. That’s weird.

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After dinner we continued on our way to San Francisco and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge sometime on the middle of the night.

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Just pretend that’s a beautiful picture of the bridge okay?

Megan in the other van got to run that leg of the course. How cool right? I got to run over the Golden Gate Bridge at the San Francisco marathon last year, which was amazing, but can you imagine running across it at midnight? Freaking awesome.

Our next big exchange was on the other side of the bridge.

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Obviously they were well stocked with belVita for some midnight race snacking.

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They also had some coffee and hot chocolate set out for all the runners.

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Less than average coffee and some yummy breakfast biscuits at 1:00 am? Fine, twist my arm.

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We saw Jill off to run the city streets of San Francisco.

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So, when you were the runner out there on your leg you were alone. Alone in the middle of the night. I was super nervous about it, but I tried to play it cool.

Then a couple of hand offs later

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and I was up.

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Yeah, so there were some pretty dark and quiet places on the route. I didn’t even want to know where exactly I had to run because I was stinking scared. Especially because it was approaching 3:00 am.

Well, I was supposed to run 3.7 miles,

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but this little thing called “Bunker Hill” and some road closures due to construction took almost 2 miles off my run.

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What was supposed to be almost 4 miles at 3:30 am, looked a little like this instead.

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I didn’t complain once about that.

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We had one more fairly lengthy stop where we tried to get a few hours of sleep at a college. Not sure if anyone actually did or not. It was rough. But, once we were back on our beautiful way, we knew we only had a little more to go.

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It was actually a lit chilly on Sunday which was a pretty big change from the 90 degree weather the day before.

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I was freakishly tired and hoping we would pass a Starbucks or something before it was my time to run. We didn’t, so I made due to get my caffeine fix in.

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Yep, I mashed up a banana, instant Starbucks Via coffee, a CocoaVia dark chocolate packet and some chia in a cup. I’m not going to lie, it did not taste great, but it did the job. It probably would’ve been better with a little almond milk or something.

I ended up trading my leg assignment with Stephen since I got to skip out on two of my miles overnight. He had a longer run and was nice enough to trade with me.

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The last leg was my favorite. It was pretty much all downhill through the mountains and some cute little towns. They had us running with traffic on a road with quite a few blind turns and the smallest shoulder ever, which was a little weird, but luckily there weren’t any issues.

I finished my last leg of almost 7 miles at a 7:29 pace.

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It didn’t feel that great on my run, but I just tried to keep moving. It’s so frustrating knowing that you should be able to run a certain pace, but can’t. Ugh. Hopefully one of these days soon Mizuno and I will be back in real action. I’m so ready to get back to really running and training. Oh well. Patience. When I do get back to it though, I might have to ditch the whole pants under the skirt thing.

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Totally random and funny, but twice during the race, Jeff was mistaken for a lady by our team. I take full blame for the first one (I have really bad vision far away), but had nothing to do with the second time.

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It was darn windy at the finish line in Santa Cruz. We all met Mindee there to run in with her.

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Poor thing, she had to run her last 5 miles in that terrible wind. She never stopped smiling though.

Want to guess what they passing out at the finish line?

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He he.

It was then that I was mad at myself for not checking a bag so I could really stock up on some biscuits.

 

And, well, after approximately 29 hours racing, our belVita Runner’s World relay team was done.

 

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Conveniently about an hour after that, once we were cleaned up, we found ourselves here.

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I just happen to find myself the best spicy chicken burrito with extra hot sauce ever.

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You bet I ate that whole darn thing.

In the van.

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And, well, that’s a wrap.

Phew.

 

A huge thank you to Runner’s World and belVita for one heck of an amazing experience and letting me score a spot on your relay team. I am honored and grateful for such an awesome opportunity. I’ll keep training and fueling up on breakfast biscuits just in case there are any spots that need to be filled or races that need to be run in the future.

And, thank you to all my other teammates (Jill, Scott, Jeff, Mindee, Stephen, Steve, Lauren, Jill, Megan, Seth and Mindy) on our #rwbelvitarelay team. You are all just darn fabulous and I can’t thank you enough for letting me tag along for the weekend. 

 

Okay, so, now that I got my feet wet with the whole relay thing, I really want to do one as an ultra team of 6 rather than 12.

Who’s done an ultra relay? Who wants to do one with me?

 

Oh, and stay tuned for at least one giveaway for Mother’s Day coming up. Woot woot!

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Comments

  1. 1
    Tess says:

    Looks like fantastic fun!!! Take care of yourself and your injury…. I’m sure you’ll be back training soon ;)

  2. 2

    I would totally run with you! Sounds like a ton of fun!!!

    Also, I seriously want to have dessert with you! I hope you’re enjoying some rest this week! xoxo

  3. 3

    That looks like SUCH a fun relay! I love love love relays (although I’ve only done 1). As soon as I can run-I’d totally do one with you!!

  4. 4
    Stacey says:

    When and what kind of weight training do u do??? I know u loe your cardio!!

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    Holly Locke says:

    Any training advice for someone participating in their first relay? A colleague asked if I would ever be interested in doing one, and it sounds epic! (However, I don’t think it would be an ultra haha). Life advice is always appreciated too.

  6. 6
    Joy says:

    Congratulations on a job well done. I would have been super scared to run in the pitch black at night. Yikes!

    I’ve never done a relay and would love to do one with you…if I weren’t on the other side of the country from you. :(

  7. 7
    Natalie says:

    I would LOVE to do a relay with you although I am not as speedy as you :)

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    Robin McCord says:

    Pick Me! Pick Me! I want to do a relay with you!!!!!

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    Linda says:

    I’m so glad you posted this! I’m doing one in October, the Bourbon Chase in Kentucky! One team of 12 split into two vans, 6 each. http://www.bourbonchase.com/ It’s a first!

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    Linda says:

    Also, on a different note….I did that stair run I told you about a few months ago. 50 Floors, 1,194 steps. It was awesome! I was 5th out of 224 women with a time of 9:59. With all the step mill workouts your doing you should sign up for one! We could do it together! :)

  11. 11

    Ummmmmmmmmmm, no relay for me! ;)

    Yes, take care of that injury & get well! LOVE the pics!

  12. 12

    I think a relay would be so fun to do, too…glad you had a great experience!

  13. 13
    Mindee says:

    Love your recap and I MISS YOU!!! I had a great time on the relay with you, and sharing a van bench! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ahhh…. I miss YOU! It was only a week ago? And, PS- I’ve been craving Stride gum ever since because of you. LOL. Need to get my hands on some.

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