A couple of weekends ago I ran my first marathon relay at the Newport News One City Marathon Relay with three other women. Since the race is sponsored by the health system I work for and one of the physician’s in my office leads the medical tent, my office decided to put together a team of runners for the relay. In exchange for registering for the 5K by the Bay (takes place in Newport News in May), our team received a complimentary spot in the relay. Two races for the price of a 5K? Not a bad way to spend $25!
Race day started dark and early on Sunday March 13. Yep, Daylight Savings Time day. I won’t complain about this because 1. I’m always so happy when we get to spring forward it gives me some good energy-I mean come on, one less hour of sleep for 2-3 more hours of daylight, count me in 🙂 and 2. the runners had no control over when the race directors/city decided to hold the race-so why complain?!
Before I get into my race below, I did write a review of the race on Bib Rave. It’s more of a general overview of the race, not very personalized, but a good resource if you are just wanting the details of just the race.
Now, onto my race. I was the lucky one who got to run the 7.9 mile leg. My leg took us back through the park for a couple of miles then crossed into the Denbigh area of Newport News and back through a residential neighborhood before passing off the time chip to the next runner at a school. I decided to go out conservatively because it’s the first time in several months I had run longer than six miles and didn’t want to crap out a couple of miles before the finish. Luckily the crowd kept my pace under control for the first two miles, which made me settle into a nice steady pace. I just kept listening to my tunes and remained calm…until I looked down at my watch and realized I could actually hit the 10K in under 60 minutes, which would be a first since 2013 or 2014. I pushed it a little harder and BOOM 58:27 for the 10K. Then I realized I still had almost two miles to go and things got a little hilly, so I settled back down into a more comfortable pace. I almost had all negative splits except mile six! It was a hilly one! Before I knew it, I was going into the relay exchange chute and passed the time chip off to my teammate Gwen and she took off.
My time and splits per my Garmin:
I was directed to a table where I picked up my medal, a jacket (paper/fabric-kind of like an isolation gown at the hospital), water and a banana. Then it was off to downtown on the shuttle to the finish line celebration and where I would wait for my team to cross the finish line!
Before my team got to the finish area, I indulged in a taco from a one of the food trucks (I would’ve eaten five of them if I had five meal tickets-they were so good!) and watched marathoners cross the finish line. Oh my goodness, I know you’ve heard it before, but if you want to see raw emotion just watch the finish of a marathon, it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes!
Once Gwen and Tara made it to the finish line area, we walked up the sidewalk to wait for Lindsey to round the corner so we could meet up with her and cross the finish line as a team. My team finished in 5 hours and 33 seconds.
All in all, I really enjoyed this race, especially the team/relay aspect of it. I would love to do another relay one day!
Today I’m also linking up with Marcia, Erika and Patty for Tuesdays on the run and this week’s topic is race shirts-wear them to the race or after? I’ve always thought that in order to wear your shirt you must first EARN it by running the race, not just paying the entry fee. Plus, you only get your shirt one or two days prior to the race, and you wouldn’t want to break the cardinal rule of “nothing new on race day,” would you?
Have you ever run a relay? What are your thoughts on race shirts?