We checked in on Thursday night to find the hotel room with 2 beds and a sofa sleeper really didn't exist! Instead offered 2 double beds or a king bed and couch, we opted for the first and had a pretty packed room with 6! Oh well it was more comfortable than any sleeping we'd find for the next 48 hours!
|Ready to go...|
|Waiting for Runner 1!|
I was runner so plenty of time for coffee, food and the weather to get even hotter! I took off around noon and already the temperature was in low 90s with heat index near 100! Yuck, combine this with no shade after mile 2 and asphalt and it was rough. I took off in the shade of the town at 7:20 pace but soon slowed by Mile 4 as the shade disappeared and heat was worse.
|At the start or leg 1 (Photo by Anna Lee Photography)|
I kept moving, up the hills, counting down miles and hoping for shade! I finally saw the One Mile To Go sign and soon after the finish line covered in geese! From a distance I couldn't tell these weren't real, my team was laughing as I have a huge fear of geese after being attacked on a run! 7.8 miles done (1:02:00), pain free and only fake geese!
|Nearing the exchange, shirt in hand and hot!|
After time to relax, eat real food and rest a bit we were off again and ready to run in the dark! This one tested my limits. My 2nd run was 6 miles mostly on winding dirt road covered by trees and fields on both sides, no lights except the blinky ahead from another runner. My mind placed games with me as I ran, "what was that nose?" "is something hiding int he woods?" I made it my game to chase down each blinkly light ahead of me and just go! I finally turned and saw the lights of the exchange. What an experience! The cooler weather was great! 6 miles done (47:10). One more runner and time for a little sleep...
I attempted my sleep on a hard gym floor filled with sweaty runners. I woke from my disjointed sleep with a bruised hip from the floor, Grabbed coffee (lots of coffee), some PB and banana and was good to go!
|Not even thinking of running with shirt this time!|
Saturday brought even more heat but today we were prepared. I once again started running around noon and yikes! Luckily I had my team meet me with a cold towel at Mile 2 and later added ice to the rolled towel, thanks to another team! It was rough, but I knew as soon as I finished I was done! I could see the end...6.5 miles done (59:00) yep the heat was bad, lack of sleep wasn't great but oh well!
Once Van 1 was done we showered and found more real food and wine! Then we met Van 2 for the big finish!
|Crossing the finish line together (in flip flops)!|
|We did it!|
Who can tell me about running in Tennessee?
Linking with Jill for Fitness Friday... What are your weekend plans?