This past weekend I participated in my first ever 4 person Marathon Relay at The Freedom Marathon in Norfolk, VA. Last year the hubby and I did the 2 person Half Marathon Relay. This year the hubby is deployed but I still wanted to participate. The race supports The Wounded Warrior Project which I think is just perfect. However I wasn’t feeling up to another half marathon this year, so I put out the call to my local Moms Run This Town Chapter (find one in your town here) looking for 2 or 4 person relay participants. What started off as potentially being multiple teams of 2 or 4 eventually ended up as one team of 4. Hey I’ll take it. We dubbed ourselves “The Freedom Mommas” as we are all military spouses.
Maggie, Allie, Sunshine and me
FYI…potty talk coming and possibly some TMI
Oh and just to make things more interesting I also ran with three women that I met for the first time the day of the expo, lol! Allie, Sunshine (Allie’s Mom) and Maggie, wonderful ladies and I had a great experience. In fact I would not hesitate to do another race with them at anytime. Thanks so much ladies for helping me scratch “4 person relay” off my bucket list.
Here is a semi-short recap along with a bunch of great pics.
4 AM, yup I said 4…up and at ’em. I like to eat and have some time to ummm well, download on race day. I needed to leave my house by 5 to meet everyone at Allie’s. I did my usual race morning peanut butter toast and water. I also packed my usual Snickers Energy Bar. I was really going to need it since I was running the second leg which we figured would be about 7:30-40ish.
4:50 off to Allies, hitting mostly green lights I was there by about 5:20.
We made it to the race start, parking was easy peasy. It is only the 2nd year of this particular race (first year for the marathon and 4 person relay) so it’s still a smaller sized race.
6:30 Sunshine takes off for leg 1 of our relay. By 6:45 I was on a shuttle van out to relay transition 1. It took a little longer than expected to get there but still had plenty of time to prepare for Sunshine’s arrival…or so I thought. About the time I expected her I also felt the need to well…go. (eww, hey you were warned about the TMI) but I didn’t want to miss Sunshine and felt I would be ok for 6.3 miles. She showed up just as expected and off I went.
I had a decent pace and planned on picking it up a bit with each passing mile. However my body had other plans. Have you ever needed to “go” while you are running…not fun and a bit distracting to say the least. By mile 4.5 it was becoming apparent that I was going to have to stop at a port-o-pottie. I finally found on at 5.2 miles 🙁 It was a hard decision for me to stop, but I really didn’t feel it would be wise not to. As quick as I could I did my business and ran out of the P.O.P. like a shot, I really wanted to make up that time. In fact about 500 yards off I realized I left my sunglasses in there, oh well, I had our relay baton and that was the most important thing.
All in all my time was decent. Although I really wanted to be at 1 hour, today I was going to have to settle for around a 1:07……poop (pun intended) I apologized to Allie as we handed off. Allie was fast! She got a PR of an average under 10 minute mile. In other words she covered my butt…(again pun intended) Great job Allie!
Maggie brought up leg #4 like a champ and the rest of us were so proud to see her cross that finish line. And I must tell you that this medal is totally AWESOME! It’s H U G E! By far the biggest one in my collection, which is surprising because my Diva half medal is quite large.
The unfortunate thing is that so far we have no official time results. The timing company that was hired had a “glitch” in the system?? In fact there have been no official results for any of the races including the ones held on Saturday. This is really too bad, not so much for us but for the race as a whole and those who did their first marathon/half marathon.
On a bright note I do have to say that Freedom Marathon and the city of Norfolk put on a great race. The police and volunteers were awesome! I believe crowd support will come in time. It’s a hard draw due to other bigger races in the area on the same weekend. However I would recommend this race for sure. And did I mention they gave out some free cupcakes at the after party! Seriously you know I am a sucker for that! Next year I am hoping to fit the half marathon into my plans if we are still here, and will be keeping my eye out for those cupcakes 😉