The thing about relays is that they just keep happening. Leg after leg. There is a sense of once one of your legs is done there is the immediate pressure of the next leg looming ahead. Now this particular feeling occurred more often for our team due to the fact their was only 8 of us instead of 12. This meant that several of us had five legs to complete and around 30 miles. I think in the end this probably slowed us down. It is hard to fight the fatigue especially with little to no sleep.
|Cathy ready to run!|
|Corrie finishing her last leg uphill. Seemed like most of the legs finished uphill. Actually seems like most of the relay was uphill.|
|Slap bracelet exchange for the win|
|Waiting at the exchange.|
|You could for sure see us coming.|
Mary had a pitbull that was very interested in her. I jumped out with a massage stick ready to beat it off (this is not a recommended course of action and looking back probably really really dumb but I was just like oh hell no you are not eating one of my runners. I got pretty mad about the whole dog thing.) the whole time the owner just watched from their front window. Hello get your dog! And I had a dog charge down a driveway at me and scare me so bad I sprayed mace at it while yelling NO. That seemed to deter it.
The fact that you could hear dogs barking and not know how close they were or if they were coming up behind you made the night legs pretty tense. But we did seem to run faster. Once we got into more rural areas this threat was gone but then you know we were in the wilderness so that was a bit spooky too.
|Night leg-scary and exhilarating all at the same time.|
Even with everyone pushing as hard as they could when morning came on Saturday we realized we were running out of time....