|Good Girls Gone Trail happily cross the finish line.|
Easy= there will be hills, which means lucky you there will be some downhill but not as much as the uphill and some point during that uphill you will cry for your mama.
Moderate= Remember when you cried for your mama, how naive you were back when you were running the easy leg. The leg that is rated moderate will include most likely several miles in the upper double digits because you will be reduced to a crawl. I mean you will try to run when the van passes you but we all know you could walk faster than your sad attempt at running up this hill (which is actually a mountain). Most likely you will get mad and at some point curse everyone who said this would be fun/ a good idea.
Challenging= Don't worry the majority of miles will be downhill and you will go screaming down the mountain either on a road or on a trail thinking you have transformed into some sort of running god who normally pulls off miles in the low 7 and 8 minute range with such ease. This relay is fun you think. It is not really that bad you convince yourself. You will feel so elated that you are finally going downhill you will not notice that your knees and ankles are being crushed by all this downhill momentum until you arrive at a flat, or god forbid, a hill and then your legs refuse to work in their normal way. Also, good luck getting out of the van at your next leg.
Hard= You will run up a mountain and gain several thousand feet in elevation. You will feel like like your lungs are being crushed and your heart is going to explode. See above part about crying for your mama. Only instead of silent tears they may be real.
So as you can see, difficulty rating of the relay was fairly high.
|Corrie, Kelcey and our wonderful driver Sarah|
|Kelcey, myself and Nicole- organizers of Good Girls Gone Trail. Couldn't have done it without these amazing ladies. BRFs for life!|
|Ashley and Dana our amazing trail runners! The crushed some of our hardest and most technical legs.|
It was challenging. I think it was my teammate Ashley that mentioned that the relay does not only challenge you physically with the running and sleep deprivation but mentally as well with keeping things organized and trying not to get too bitchy as the hours roll by with no sleep. She probably said it more elegantly but I think that pretty much sums it up.
It was fun. I laughed a lot and got to know some great people even better. I got to run in some beautiful places. I got a sweet medal and t-shirt.
It was inspiring. Everyone struggled in their own way and no one gave up. I was repeatedly impressed by every one of my teammates. They made me want to be a better runner myself. I also loved running in the mountains (I mean the lack of oxygen due to altitude and car sickness aside), it was a beautiful place to run and makes me want to become a stronger runner.
Something will always go wrong. Embrace this early on and you can just role with it. That is a big lesson learned. Don't stress about every little thing going wrong or you will miss all the great things going right.
I can't wait to do another one! This is a good thing since I have two more in my future.
We have unfinished business. Though we were more than okay with how we finished the relay several of us have a sense of unfinished business with this whole relay concept. And we will be back for more. Most likely not the Smoky Mountain Relay but at another. And next time we will be out to compete....or at least not have to get creative at the end.
|Good Girls Gone Trail outside of our 36 hour home.|
Again a big thank you to all of our sponsors: Big Dog Running Company, Asics, Jason Bent, and Ascent. Thank you to our main van driver Sarah and Cathy who filled in during rest time. You both did an amazing job handling that beast of a vehicle! Thank you to all of our family members who held the fort while we played in the mountains. To all our friends and supporters who followed our progress and sent us kind words during our adventures it means the world to us. And a huge, HUGE, thank you to all of my wonderful teammates who made the experience a great one and who were crazy enough to say yes several months ago. I am so proud and honored to have had this experience with you. Good Girls Gone Trail will forever hold a special place in my heart.