At the end of the BC last year I was miserable - I was sore, cranky, and I said I would probably never do it again. Less than 24 hours later I was biting my tongue! Within a week of the race we were all saying we'd be back for 2012. This year we ended up replacing four runners for various reasons, but the majority of us were back and ready to rock.
Going into this year, I promised myself that I would train harder and train faster so I could A. help my team more and B. not be miserable! With the addition of kettle bells into my routine this year, I am stronger than I was last year. I also incorporated a few doubles into my training and did more tempo runs. The result? My times were really good and my soreness was minimal!
Our first runner took off from Jim Beam around 11:30 Friday morning.
|The official start at Jim Beam|
|Kevin (Runner #1) handing off to Todd (Runner #2)|
Another photo from our first legs when the rain finally cleared away and the sun came out:
|Jeremy taking off (Runner #5) with PJ hidden behind him (Runner #4)|
We exchanged with Van #2 again in Danville and returned to the hotel for another round of showers and naps. I slept almost two hours (approx. 3 am to 4:45 am) and got up to shower and get ready for the final leg. This time last year my quads were killing me and I was afraid I was going to have major difficulties running again. In addition to better training, here are some other things I did to stay on top of my game:
1. Foam rolling.
2. Chocolate milk. I don't know what it is about chocolate milk, but runners rave about it for post-run recovery and it's true!
3. Better hydration. I drank a lot of water and Gatorade.
4. More food. After every run I ate a banana and a Clif Bar, and I made sure that I was eating other foods regularly so I could stay fueled.
My final leg left Wild Turkey Distillery, crossed the Kentucky River, and then went up several very large hills. My Garmin said the distance was 4.05 miles and I ran 9:11 miles. It was too bad that I couldn't continue my sub-nine minute miles, but I was still happy with that time! I passed one girl who said she "loved my running form."
Our final exchange with Van #2 was at Woodford Reserve. Because our van was finished, we had some beers and drank some bourbon of course! Unfortunately, everyone but Todd and I had to get back to Louisville, so we tracked down Van #2 and joined forces with them for the remainder of the race.
Before we split up, we took a van pic:
|From left: Jeremy (seated), Kevin, PJ, Beth (seated - PJ's wife and our driver), Kathy, me, Todd|
|Tim in response to running shirtless: "You're welcome, Lexington."|
Finish time: 28 hours, 59 minutes, 10 seconds
Division rank: 58/179
Overall rank: 112/287
We beat our time from last year by over an hour! We were all ready to celebrate.
|Emily, me, Brittney, Sara (all at the finish with our medals)|
|Sara, Proc, Z, me, Brittney, Todd, Tim, Emily|