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Well the last 10 weeks or so have lead up to this. <span><span style="color:#990000;">Race Da</span>y</span> for the Grand Rapids Marathon Relay. I am on a team of 5 and we each ran a section between 4-6 miles. My team consists of 3 folks from out of town... Amy, Amy2, and Lori... and one colleague from work... Dawn.<br><br>
In truth this was a weekend event. Another friend from stayed with us for the race day. We met with many other folks for a lovely Italian dinner at a local restaurant. We had nice meal and made new friends.<br><br><span style="color:#993300;"><span>Race Day</span></span> started early with a meeting at 7:10am. This is the first year that the race ran relay teams and there were logistics to deal with. I met up with Dawn and we talked about times and strategies. I climbed aboard the bus and Dawn headed off to the start line.<br><br>
The morning was cool (~34F). The ride out to the exchange point was uneventful except for a sighting of the young man who was walking the <i>entire marathon</i> on <b>stilts</b>. Very cool. Dawn was a speedy little runner and got through her 6 miles in ~49minutes. She handed off the chip and I was off!<br><br>
I wasn't too cold really and the movement really helped. I was able to take off the face shield I use to warm my breath pretty quickly. The first mile was too fast... 11:01! I slowed down a bit in 2, 3, and 4... averaging ~11:30 per mile. Somewhere in here I saw K and our friend who was running with him! Such a boost to be able to hear my name said with enthusiasm and see a friendly face.<br><br>
During mile 4 I noticed that I had slowed a bit and picked it up for mile 5... 11:19! Only 0.8 miles to go and the crowd was wonderful - they had really picked up in number and volume. Before I knew it the relay was done... too soon. I made the hand off to Amy and she was off for her own version of the excitement.<br><br>
I felt so energized afterward. I wanted more, I wanted longer, I wanted to keep this feeling.<br><br><span style="color:#330099;">5.8 miles, 1:06:16 for an average pace of 11.23 per mile.</span>
 

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WTG!!! Glad to see the improvement in your running. Youll be ready for a HM before too long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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nicely done......did you get beer?
 

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I've never run a relay before, it sounds like a lot of fun. Congratulations on such a great time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Sadly, no. I didn't cross the finish line. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2">
 

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WOOHOO for you!!!!!<br><br>
This weekend was so fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
You looked pretty happy when we passed.<br><br>
(Glass City has a relay.... and it's only 202 miles door to door. <i>hint hint</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )
 

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Great job, Tonya! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 

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Great run Tonya! Sounds like a fun weekend!
 
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