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Some of you may remember that I asked about training for a relay as I had never done one before. I ended up just working up my long runs to the approximate distance I would run that day (2 legs, one of 5.8 miles, one of 5). We did do some higher elevation training and hills as this relay is in the mountains, with elevations ranging from 6,000 feet to 8,100 feet at the summit. It was a 61.9 mile race, with 6 members on a team.<br><br>
We started at 3:00 a.m., based on our predicted times. We were afraid the weather would be bad as it was calling for rain and snow. We were very fortunate in that it was in the 30's to start, but no rain or snow. I ran the second leg, which was all uphill, but a gradual one at least. I did feel the elevation some, but it wasn't a very big deal. It didn't take any time at all to get the rhythm of switching runners and driving ahead and all that.<br><br>
The sixth leg was run by our teammate Bill, who did the big summit, which was a 1,300 foot elevation gain. He did this 6 mile leg in 53 minutes. He's an absolute animal on hills. He says he just kept chugging.<br><br>
When it came time to do my second leg (leg eight) I was ready to go. By this time it was probably in the 50's or so with sunshine and a breeze. I switched to shorts and was glad I did. This leg was all a gradual downhill, with the exception of two minor climbs. I felt really good, especially toward the end. The scenery was so fantastic, I almost didn't want to quit. But I had been up since about midnight and had run over 10 miles, and I was starting to feel it. I did manage to kick it up the last 1/4 mile or so and sprinted in to the exchange, feeling great.<br><br>
At leg 10, our truck broke down. Fortunately, my daughter happened by on her way to volunteer at the finish and took the next runner to the exchange. Another guy we had camped with took our last runner to the exchange as well. We ended up towing the vehicle to town and meeting up at the finish area.<br><br>
So here we are, 6 tired runners, timesheet in hand, ready to get our shirts, eat and have some beer. But first we had to calculate our cumulative times. My math sucks on a good day and I surely couldn't do it exhausted. Luckily, one of our teammate's husband took care of it for us.<br><br>
We ended up with a team time of 9 hours and 29 minutes. Nothing earth shattering, but I was very pleased. I figured it would take at least 10 hours.<br><br>
We got our beer and food and started talking about next year. The whole team was ready to tackle it next year.<br><br>
I'm looking forward to next year, especially with all the things I learned from our rookie year. It was the most awesome event I have ever done and it had absolutely mind blowing scenery.<br><br>
A friend of ours ran the whole thing by himself and took first place among the ultra runners with a time of 12 hours 28 minutes. He's 58 years old.<br><br>
Here are a couple of pictures:<br><br>
The day before the race<br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Me in between exchange points (after my last leg)<br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
DH running leg 10<br><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;">
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