At 5:10 Nick took off like a shot!! Holy shit he is fast!!! We rushed out to Nicks half way point to wait for him.....when we were on the way were realized he was in first place - BY ALOT!
We then headed to the first exchange to wait (not very long for Nick to hand off to Brad). I am not familiar with Miami at all but I do know a very shady area and that is where Brad had his first leg so we stuck close to him as much as we could. Last year one female runner was almost mugged!!!
The next hand off was to Angela for her first leg and it was still dark!!! Brad kept a good lead with the exception of one girl.
Angela's leg was short so we headed fast to the next hand off as the sun started coming up. Well it was getting lighter but there was 100% humidity in the form of suffocating fog. It was HOT too!! Angela of course arrived at her hand off almost right after we got there and handed off to Rich.
Well then Rich came speeding into the park and I had to just suck it up and get ready to run. He slapped the bracelet on me and I followed another runner out of the park. We were both a bit confused as to where to go but we followed the paved path not the dirt path out.
My first leg was not in a very pretty area, it was just some houses and then strip malls. I was hot and it was so humid I didn't even take my camera out to take pictures of some of the most beautiful spiderwebs I have ever seen. I got stopped a few times for red lights that seemed to take FOREVER but I was kind of grateful because I was having a hard time breathing. Soon enough I was headed into the park to hand off to this smiling face.
I was sweating like crazy and not happy with my time but as always I felt good after I was done and my team cheered me on. We headed out to get to the first major exchange to meet up with van #2 and see Kristen finish her leg super fast too!! It was great to meet our other teammates. I can say my one problem with the whole relay aspect is that we are more like 2 separate teams of 6. I wish we could have hung out with them more.
One super lucky thing for us is that Angela and Brad live right by the next major exchange so we were able to head back to their house and eat/shower and nap. I also got to hang out with their kids and meet Brad's mom and grandparents who were just awesome. They all headed out to lunch so we could actually nap for a little while.
To be continued.........