Saturday, June 21, 2008

Done. And done.

I have a million hilarious quips about the Wasatch Back relay, but suffice it to say that I finished. It has got to be one of the friendlier races I've run, with participants spraying water on hot runners and cheering each other on. I love my fellow runners (go Van 1!) and we really had lots of fun. So the two words to describe the Wasatch Back: fun and torturous. Even the relaxing parts (showers, sleeping on wrestling mats with 100s of other runners in a high school gym) had their torturous aspects. Such as lying there not really sleeping knowing I had to get up and run in 3 hours. 2 hours. 1 hour. Etc.
My hardest leg was 8.5 miles of some uphill and mostly downhill. On pavement. Totally exposed. At 6 pm. I ran about 19 miles total in the course of 23 hours. My fastest pace was 9 minute miles for the first leg of the race and my slowest was 10:54 for my last leg of the race.
I would love to tell you all about it, except I must eat some chips and salsa (or "dinner"), drink a beer and go to bed. It will be the first night I've slept in my own bed in three nights.
We finished the 180 mile race in 32 hours 36 minutes 38 seconds. We like symmetry. We rock!!
And I'm still alive. So it's all good.

8 comments:

Lisa B. said...

Wow. I can't believe that somebody thought of this, let alone that someone I know participated in it. Sheesh. Crazy. But awesome! You rock!

runningburro said...

Wow. Awesome race achievement -- it's inspiring to read about (especially as I try to get my butt in shape for another marathon with Academom).

lis said...

very cool. I wish that I had done it. when I move back to utah--which I will be doing I tell you.

ErinAlice said...

Wow I am impressed. I could never have done that. Especially the sleeping on a mat part but I am glad you did it and finished. Enjoy that beer. You earned it.

susansinclair said...

I am in awe...despite the fact that I have no way of understanding why the hell anyone would put herself through this!

Counterintuitive said...

Beautifully sadistic and crazy.

Limon de Campo said...

Wow! I relayed to the front door to get my pizza, and then I handed it off to AM who carried it to the kitchen. Quite similar to your story, right?

Nik said...

Congratulations! I love the symmetry of the three's, but I'm more with Erin that the mat part would have killed me at least as much as the running. Well, probably not as much, but it would have added insult to injury. You're amazing!