Time - 6:45am
Where - Jones Beach
Distance - 50 miles split into 8 legs.
I figured my first post/recap should get me started with a bang and a huge all day event is a great way to start dontcha think?
So a few months ago I got the flier put on my car at one of the many local 5ks. It didn't have too much info but it seemed new and exciting. I of course googled it and got some info. It was a run across Long Island from Jones beach on the south shore to Oyster Bay train station 50 miles north of the beach. This run was split into 8 legs that varied from 5.4 miles to 7 miles. So I found 7 other ladies from Motley Shues who were willing to try this out with me. We had 2 Super Shues as I call them Christine and Nicole, then I
All seemed to be going great until about a week before the relay. First Laura fell hard while roller blading along the bike path at Jones beach. Then Jodi got an upper respiratory infection and Manda pushed herself too hard in a pre relay training run and hurt her ankles pretty bad. Even with their issues everyone was putting on a brave face and hoping for the best come relay day.
The Monday before we had a planning meeting at Christine's office, mapped out the course and assigned the legs.
For some reason this week was so much worse than usual, there was just so much blood and the bruising and soreness was killing me. I read a few forums with people discussing good running shoes for running with neuromas and a few suggested Newton Terra Momentus and since I had to go to Runners Edge to pick up the packets for the Relay the Friday before and I had a 20% off coupon from another race I figured I would try them out. Especially since Newton is doing a "Try for 60 days and return if you are not happy" event right now. I got those and also Newton Gravity to try. My feet still hurt when I got home but I just had to try one pair out and I had a 5k Saturday morning and I run better if I ran the day before. I put on the Momentus because that was the one people seems to rave about. Well for the first mile my feet felt great and I was getting excited thinking maybe I finally found the magic shoe.....but then came mile 2 and the pain started and just kept getting worse with each and every step. I had to cut my run short at 2.25 miles and I could barely walk the rest of the night. I wore my old Brooks for the 5k because even though they are well over 250 miles and have a few holes they are the best shoes I have had so far. I ended up with my second best 5k time to date. 32:50 (last year at the same race I got 39:43 so I am pleased.) My feet were in bad shape but I did it and decided to wear my orthodics all day Sunday until I ran my leg to try and keep the pain as minimal as possible.
Ok so I got everything packed and ready Saturday night and headed to bed around 9:30 since my alarm was set for 4:30am.
Day of the Relay:
4:10am my phone rings....it is Super Shue Nicole, she threw her back out and was not able to run. I felt so bad for her she was so upset and I will be honest I was a bit panicked about who was going to run her leg and also upset as I was looking forward to spending the day with her since I don't get to see her much. So I got all my stuff and Tom and I headed out, he dropped me off at Christine's on his way to Lisa's to babysit. Christine also had a crazy day by the time I got there and it was only 5:40am!!!! The rest of the Shues got there and we packed up Christine's van, picked up Lisa and headed to Jones Beach for the early start for slower teams.
We got to the beach just as the sun started coming up it was so pretty but very cold and windy. We got Lisa set up at the start line with her number and the timing chip bracelt that is used in place of a baton for the handoffs between runners.
We were heading out of the park when we saw what we all were fearing Laura was just about out of the park but she was practically doubled over in pain.....there was just no way she was going to be able to finish 6 miles in this condition. So we made some quick decisions and Lisa headed out to do about 2 more miles, we headed up the road and Christine ate a granola bar and drank some water while changing into her running clothes, we then brought her to Lisa and we switched off. We dropped Lisa off as Christine did the last 3.5 miles of leg 2. She called it her "warm up" This is one of the many reasons she is a Super Shue. Here is where I started to freak out becasue the traffic was INSANE due to the traffic being interrupted for the runners to cross the highways and streets of Massapequa. We hadn't seen Christin yet and I was afraid that she was going to get to the hand off before us. We finally saw her, almost got side swipped just before the park. We finally got there with about 2 minutes to spare. Without a chance to streatch Jodi was off into the Bethpage Park bike path.
After the race there was a BBQ so we all ate and then as we started getting cold and sore I called Tom to pick me up and we all headed home. I showered and was asleep by 9pm HAHA
I know this was a crazy long post but it was a long day...most posts are not going to be this long I promise :)