Team EFS actually had 3 different relay teams of 5 people each participating in the marathon, along with several individuals doing the half marathon and full marathons independently. My relay team was awesome and we had a lot of fun on Sunday. The logistics of the race seemed confusing, but weren’t too bad once we actually got out there and drove from exchange point to exchange point. Luckily my husband volunteered to drive us around all day, so I didn’t have to worry about driving or directions or anything. The only real frustrating one was for the last runner, who had to drive separately to the exchange point only a half hour after start (per the race directors instructions), leaving that person to have to sit there for quite a while until the 4th runner got to that exchange point. For the rest of the exchanges that we did though, it was pretty simple to get from point to point.
I did the 2nd segment, a 6.15 mile segment that was fairly flat (awesome) and it hadn’t gotten windy yet (also awesome). I ended up running with two other Team EFS people, which made the run go by fast and took my mind off it. Ended up doing my segment in 1:11, a pretty good time for me!
When our team finished the relay, we waited by the end to cheer on other athletes. I walked out to just before mile 25 and met up with Jen, one of our friends who was doing the full marathon, so I could run in the last mile or so with her. I remembered when I did my full marathons just how tough those last few miles could be (if you’ve ever seen my Maui marathon photos, the photographer at mile 24 took a great shot of me crying and then dry heaving on the side of the road). It was great to be able to support her towards the end of her first full marathon race.
Now that the relay has wrapped up, I’ve got a few more events on the calendar for this season. I’ll be doing the Winterfest at MHS 5K in Canton on Sunday, December 2nd with my Hyde Park Couch to 5K group, and I’ll be doing the Winter Lights 5K in Plymouth on Friday, December 7th with my Mansfield Couch to 5K group! I’d encourage you to come out and join us for either of these events. And if you’re not quite ready for a 5K yet, contact Inspired Wellness to schedule your own Couch to 5K program. We offer programs for worksite wellness, with groups of friends, or on your own. We can’t wait to hear from you!