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So we finished our first legs and all was well. My first leg was far harder than I had expected and in the words of Gretchen, I wasn’t prepared. However, as we hit the next transition are at twilight, I was feeling better about my next leg. We were waiting for van 2 to finish their first leg by a gorgeous lake. Vans were everywhere, we were dancing around to call me maybe, twilight was casting it’s pretty black-blue all around us. Life was great.
Ashley came flying in at light speed and off Gretchen went for leg 13!
I started to focus on my second run of the trip.
Leg 13 looked intimidating and hilly, but the actually elevation change was only around 100 feet up and down. The night run was scary, so many things to worry about, being alone, being safe, not getting lost, being disoriented. However as the leg approached, I was just excited to get out there!
I started off and almost missed the first turn, but fortunately, I saw someone ahead and I decided to follow them. After falling into a few potholes and off a few curbs, I started to really focus on the ground in front of me. Sometimes it was hard to see, but I just kept adjusting my headlamp so I could make out the foot or two ahead. Rather than my usual crazy hip hop/moshup music, I had on a mix Gena made me of Animal Collective, the Decemberist, chairlift, mates of state and passion pit. While it was slow, it was soothing and my mind just focused. My body was on autopilot and I was along for the ride! I kept a good 9:30ish pace and kept looking for the van ahead. It was always there for me, whenever I needed it! Soon it was all over 5.67 miles done. I was so exhilarated, I think that was my favorite leg of all!
We all rocked our night legs and tried to curl up for a few hours sleep. I failed miserably at the sleeping. And spent my time stalking van 2 on twitter. I was thrilled when we were up again. While I was nervous about how my body would hold up, I only had 2.7 miles to run, so I couldn’t complain.
Off went Gretchen, then Jess, and I was up once again. I almost didn’t want it to be over. I almost wanted to put an extra mile or two on my leg to make it fairer for those with long 3rd legs. However, I could only run my own leg, 27!
Honestly, it was over before I knew it, I actually almost missed the end and didn’t pick it up early enough to sprint it out as my watch was a little off. That said, I was thrilled to be done.
I definitely enjoy being a cheerleader and I was happy to be able to focus on my awesome teammates!
We took off for coffee and finally hit THE BEACH. What we had been waiting for, it was GORGEOUS.
But, we had something more important to attend to…
I didn’t really know what I was doing with the bowl, I just got everything. Next time I will skip the teriaki and sour cream…in fact, I will be off sour cream for the forseeable future. But yay for broccoli and mango salsa…it was delicious.
After enjoy the beer tent band for a bit, I had to see the beach. I reached the beach, and the went to sleep on it!
After what seemed like forever, van 2 arrived! We all waited excitedly for Ashley and then ran to the finish with her! Running to the end together was priceless, emotional and just plain awesome.
While the beach was truly beautifully, we were all ready to shower and sleep, so after van 2 grabbed food, off we went.
I was almost sad to say goodbye to the vans, almost. However, the Hilton Double Tree Cambridge was everything I could want and more!
Once again Jess and I relaxed in a two room suite! She enjoyed a glass of wine and I treated myself to room service.
I am so happy to accomplish my RTB goal. I did it under the best possible circumstance. I had a great sponsor, a great team, great weather. The stars aligned. It was perfect. Thank you New Balance for being the best sponsor ever.
Make it Excellent!