What is a Long Distance Relay?
It’s a whole lot of crazy, is what it is. About 30 hours of crazy on average. However, over the past 4 years it seems I’ve returned, at least 9 times, to the crazy and I’m about to do it again this weekend. Here are the overnight relays I’ve done.
Click the event name for my blog post about it or visit the race website.
- The Golden Gate Relay 2011 [Race Website]
- Ragnar Napa Valley 2011 [Race Website]
- Hood To Coast 2012 [Race Website]
- Ragnar SoCal 2012 [Race Website]
- Ragnar SoCal 2013
- Ragnar Napa 2013 [As Non-running Team Captain]
- Ragnar Wasatch Back 2014 [Race Website]
- Ragnar Trail Vail Lake 2014 [Race Website]
- Cascade Lakes Relay 2015 [Race Website]
- Hood To Coast 2015
CONFESSION: I’M NERVOUS
Yes, I’m about to run my TENTH long distance relay and I’m nervous. There are so many little tiny reasons but it all boils down to this: I’m not running at 100% right now and I accidentally chose the hardest legs. J might have to carry me when it’s all over, as he’s done before.
Yes, I wanted to be in Van 1 for Hood To Coast because… Mt Hood! The available positions were Runner 4 & 5. In order to convince J to run this with me, I said he’d be runner 4, which is relatively easy (rated as 2nd easiest runner position). So I took 5 without really looking at it (rated as hardest runner position).
The good news is we’re running with a pretty casual group of strangers and no one seems to worried about pace. We’re starting at 6:45 AM as well, so we have plenty of time to get this thing done. We’re looking at about 32 hours of running.
TEAM WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING
That’s right, we’re running with craft brew people. How sweet is that? This is really how I convinced J to run this with me. Beer. Also, as an official race sponsor, they have a complimentary team so we don’t have to pay to run the event. So to recap the requirements to get my husband to participate: beer, free, easy.
To be fair, the last time I convinced him to run a relay we accidentally became an ultra team (without training for it) and his first run of three was 15 miles. It was painful and he gave me that “never again” look several times. Oops.
STAY TUNED ON PERISCOPE
Today I’ll be going over my favorite running items/foods/accessories for a long distance relay on Periscope (@CoachHenness). I’ve actually figured out a pretty good food system for myself so I have minimal on-the-relay tummy troubles.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be live on Mt Hood at about 6:30 AM. I expect the view to be amazing.