Last week was the Northeast Running Club (NERC) Interclub Relay and Fun Run at The West Woods Park. I'd tell you where that is, but I haven't a clue; Sheila drove me so I didn't pay attention. She could have just dropped me somewhere by the side of the road, and I would have died of hunger there after I ate my one GU. It's a good thing she didn't, or she and Shelby would have had to run the eight mile leg of the relay.
I knew nothing about this race when I signed up for it. I thought, "Yeah, trails, a relay, I'll do eight miles. No biggie. No pressure." Then I looked at the list of runners: Snakebite Racing Team with my fellow Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ambassador Pam and her husband. Crap. They are serious badasses, often taking first place in their AG or even overall in races. My only consolation was that Pam finished her second Iron Man not so long ago, so I thought maybe she'd back off today. Yeah, right. Also I saw Nate and Giovanna, who are ultra runners (and Nate is a tri-athlete). They both ran the Ragnar Appalachians Trail Relay this summer as part of an ultra team, and I see Nate zipping by in the neighborhoods when I run in the mornings sometimes. Lucky for me, Giovanna told me she was taking it easy that day, so I was able to relax a little bit when we started.
The routes had been posted a few days before the race, but I am not at all familiar with this neck of the woods (see what I did there?), so it meant nothing to me. Guy Gadomski, the race director, explained our eight-mile leg to us, but that meant nothing to me either. I just hoped the course was clearly marked and I wouldn't be completely alone for eight miles. I didn't need to worry; there were volunteers pointing us in the right direction, and I was able to run with and/or near a group of nice ladies for most of the race.
|I'm smiling here because A) it's in the first few miles and B) I'm relieved that I'm not lost and alone.|
|At least I mustered up the energy for a thumbs-up towards the end of the race.|
|Those aren't fat rolls you see on me. I put my gloves and phone in my pockets.|
|Team TORN: Shelby, Sheila, me. Shelby is REALLY happy to be there.|
|Look! I found CleMarathon Ambassador @pam_mcgowan!|
I'll start panicking in a few months. Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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