I really enjoy racing, but the racing season ends up being pretty short here in Alaska. Most races happen between June – August with a couple sprinkled in during the months of September and October. It bums me out, but I try to run as many races as possible.
This past weekend, three other friends and I drove down to Kenai, Alaska (about a 3 hour drive from Anchorage) to run the Kenai River Marathon Relay.
We headed out Saturday afternoon.
Forgetting to use the bathroom before we left, a pit stop was necessary. I don’t know how many other state’s isolation would require them to stop at an outhouse rather than at a rest stop with flushing toilets. (Another “only in Alaska” moment.)
I am always a little leary of eating food that I don’t prepare myself the night before a run, but I was starving, so I grabbed a plate of food. I only ate about 2/3 of the pasta and the non-buttered part of the bread. The dessert was awesome though! I think it was a dried cranberry lemon bar of some sort.
After grabbing some food to eat, we drove the course to orientate ourselves with where we would be running.
We finally got checked into our hotel and quickly crashed to get some shut-eye before our race.
We didn’t have to get up super early, seeing the race didn’t start until 9:00 a.m. When we were arrived the start was bustling with people though.
Lindsey ran the third leg–a hilly 6.5 miles.
Sadly this was the only shot I got of Lindsey, but she smashed her goal time. She wanted to run around 10:00 minutes per mile but ended up running close to 9:15 minutes per mile!
I maintained a pretty consistent 7:00 minutes/mile pace. I felt good but I could also tell it had been a while since I last raced. (And I am still feeling the effects two days later!)
Dont’ worry, I wasn’t in that much pain. I’m just a really serious competitor.
I picked these up from the free grub table after the race for some sodium. They were pretty good–the salt always helps. 😉 I ate about 1/3 of the package.
This marathon was a very low-key race with only about 200 participants. The results haven’t been posted, so I don’t even know how we did, but as soon as I find out, I’ll let you know.
Overall, it was a lot of fun, but it sure went by in a flash!