The night before I wasn't nervous at all. I didn't pick out my clothes and stuff in advance. Megan and I only figured out what time we'd leave pretty late in the evening.
I ran the middle segment. It was about 8 miles long. I got the short leg but I didn't even call that one first. Jake called the 3rd leg so he didn't have to wake up as early. Megan called the 1st leg so she had time before driving far. That left me with the middle / short segment. I didn't mind. Later I think I wished I had the 3rd segment based on hearing about the terrain.
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Many times during my segment I'd just slowly be jogging or walking and not remembering it was a race. There were also other times I walked when it was really rocky because I was afraid my ankle was just going to give out after rolling it so much. I was trying to be careful since I don't have health insurance for a few weeks here in June.
During my segment I passed up 5 people. Also at one point when I tripped over a rock, the lady behind me laughed.
Near the end of my segment was a hill. It was a bad one. It involved walking really slowly. It also involved other runners having walking sticks to help them get up the hill. There were at least 2 points on the hill that I used my hands on the ground to the edge of the trail to help me keep going. My garmin said I was going at a 50 minute mile pace at this point. I passed 2 of the 5 people on this hill. The one guy was talking to me. We talked after the hill leveled off and he told me now I'll be hooked to trail races. I think he is right. Even with this hill, I finished my segment in about 94 minutes which was a few minutes faster than I thought.
We started out the race knowing we weren't going to win. We didn't care about time. We were just doing it to be fun. I still had a fear the night before that I'd finish my leg and my relief wouldn't be there. He didn't want to carpool with us so that he could sleep in longer. Well I finished running my segment and he was not there. I never met him before so that was fun. At the exchange I was told he could be up at the aid station versus the exchange so I ran the few hundred yards back up to that. I talked to some aid station workers. I asked them where people park. They told me. I headed back down to the relay exchange. I still didn't find them. I talked to more people asking where people parked. This time I got the correct answer and headed towards the parking area. I finally saw them coming. I'd say we lost 5-8 minutes at this point. It really wasn't a big deal but it was what my fear was so I did not like it. (For your information, Jake wasn't late but Megan drove from our exchange to the finish to meet him at his car to drive him to the next exchange and that just took extra long.)
We both finished our cones but it was taking awhile. At first I thought we should hurry since Megan was late to meeting me but she didn't have to drive 2 ways to the finish so I thought we'd be OK. I still was slightly worried but as we talked I thought that was fun so I got less worried.
Well we went to the finish parking lot. We parked right by Jake's car. We headed into the trail to find the finish. We walked 15 minutes or so and kept commenting how the parking was so far away. We also kept commenting on how the terrain was so much nicer on this part of the trail than on what we ran on. We finally got to the aid station. We thought we were good. We sat down and waited. Then we realized everyone was going on and people weren't stopping. We were sitting there over 10 minutes. We finally asked someone and he told us this was not the 50k finish. We had to go walk to the 50k finish. It was a 30 minute walk away. We stayed on the trail. We passed the parking area once and Megan suggested walking on the road but I said to stick on the trail (bad move). We finally got to the finish and walked over to figure out if Jake finished. He had finished over 15 minutes earlier. We had no cell reception so we couldn't call him right there. We decided to run down the road to get to our car faster and try to see if maybe we could catch up to him. He didn't know if we'd be at the finish or not. He told us we could go home so when he didn't see us at the finish he just figured we had gone home. I was so sad we missed him.
We finished with a time of 6:26:09. That would have been at a minimum 5 minutes faster if we didn't have the mishap at the 2nd exchange. You can check out the official results to compare how we did to everyone else. Our team name was Zesty Westy's.
I'd do this race again. I'd even do the longer relay if we had more people. Next time I'd want us all to carpool or figure out a different way to deal with the cars. I ran with my water belt and I'd do that again. Megan didn't carry water and she wished she had. I would also make plans for after the race to hang out as a team. For some reason running as part of a team was even better than running solo. I felt like if I sucked it just didn't affect me. I liked the team atmosphere. Next time I will run with my camera or camera phone since we don't have to run super fast, getting some photos of the scenery would have been amazing.
The rocky terrain was so bad for my feet that they hurt for days. My plantar fasciitis was quite bad. 5 days later I did body pump and holding the weights was killer on my feet. I hadn't lifted in about a month and the actual lifting wasn't bad because my foot pain was so bad. Because of the different terrain my calves were also sore the next day. They were slightly sore 2 days later and when I ran/walked with Dave it was a little hard.