A Marathon Weekend-Relay and Charity Style

Happy Monday!  Sometimes I feel like I wait for Monday to come so that I can breathe a sigh of relief and relax a bit.  This weekend was awesome, busy, and with just a touch of down time.

Two weekends ago I did my first long run of my Boston Marathon training.  I woke up to 15 degrees and a surprise coating of 4 inches of snow that arrived overnight.  I check the weather pretty religiously and knew nothing of the incoming snow.  I packed up my bags and headed into town where the roads are generally better.

My drive was laced with a few profanities and I quickly realized that the plows were in no rush to clean this up on a Saturday morning.  I slipped and slid all over the place.  These roads often lack much of a shoulder, making snowy runs both difficult and dangerous.

I set off on my usual long run route but found that the path I usually use isn’t plowed during the winter.  This turned the rest of my run into a bizarre mathematical equation of running up and down random streets and counting tenths of miles to get myself back on track.  It was miserable.

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When I returned home, the backs of my knees ached.  I was headed toward an injury far too early into marathon training.

I spent all week going into work early to get my runs in before my shift started.  However, I wasn’t sure what to do about the 14 miles on my upcoming weekend plan.  The YMCA that I work for was putting on a charity Exercise-athon and one option piqued my interest.  One of our locations was doing a century bike ride and treadmill marathon.  You could go it alone or create a relay team.

I signed up for the event knowing that I was guaranteed a treadmill, it would be fun, and my money was going to a good cause.  When Rock heard what I was doing, he offered to run the remaining 12.2 and form a relay team with me.

I woke up bright and early and drove over to Traverse City on my own.  I arrived to find out there were only two teams signed up and the other team never showed.  The Y has a fantastic triathlon training program and their coaches got me set up on an awesome SportsArt treadmill that counted down from 26.2 and allowed me to run without having to restart the machine.

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The run was rough.  It was hot and sweaty and there were no televisions in front of these particular machines.  I stared at a brick wall the entire time.

At one point a gentleman finally turned on a powerful fan and that made a huge difference.  But the damage was done.  After 10 miles, I was sweating like crazy.

I was motivated by the sounds of the cyclists behind me and their coach coaxing them on.  I kept reminding myself that regardless of how hard this run got, it was much easier than the slippery disaster I had the week before.

It took me two hours, but I managed to push through.  It felt great.  I was a sweaty mess as Rock passed Mary off to me and he hopped on to complete our challenge.

I had great plans to take a sweaty selfie and thought about it during the second half of my run.  But when I finished and saw my family, I completely forgot.  Major bummer because I was representing in my Simple Hydration Run Team gear.  I honestly made it through my run thanks to my Simple Hydration bottle.  

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To my delight, Mary took over my water bottle in the locker room and started using it on her own.  It was the cutest thing and I am so glad she likes it as much as I do.  I honestly think this will be perfect to take for her on trips and long stroller rides.  Thanks Simple Hydration!

Rock finished and we were gifted some awesome running socks for finishing as the first team.  That’s right….we won!  Top 1 of 1 teams!  #stillwinners

The rest of the day was awesome with family naps and a splurge dinner at a local restaurant.

The only downside was when I went to shower in the evening and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  I looked like a human roadmap!  All of the sweating during my run had caused major chafing everywhere.  A word of advice for anyone ever considering a relay in a warm room, always wear tightly fitted clothing!relay3

Have you ever done a relay?  How about a treadmill relay or indoor race?

9 thoughts on “A Marathon Weekend-Relay and Charity Style

  1. Woah, hats off to you for that team challenge! Chaffing is the worst. I wore a sports bra the other day on my run and I could feel it happening towards the end of my run. Needless to say, that sports bra is done!

  2. Oohhh… so sorry about the chafing! I agree, the worst part is when the shower water hits it and you figure it out then! Glad you got your long run in on the treadmill and that sounds like a great way to raise money and offer an alternative with winter training, too.

  3. Youch. Feeling the burn in all kinds of ways! I wish it were easier to find safe running routes in winter. Roads in my sisters’ rural areas have little to no shoulders and with snow piled up forget it. Congrats on the big win!

    • Your sister and I are in the same boat. Sometimes it is just easier to bring it inside and not have to worry about the weather and safety. The big win. That cracked me up. Thank you!

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