I’m so grateful I got to run the CIM relay with, Paula (@eat_lift_bemarried). She is also one of the other leaders for the Arete SF Pen team.
I wasn’t planning on doing the CIM relay, but when my boyfriend’s sister decided she was going to do the full marathon, we decided to make a weekend of it, so I signed up for the relay.
Another big perk of going to CIM was that I got to meet my coach, Sarah Crouch, in person! She’s just as awesome and gorgeous in person. Big highlight of my weekend for sure!
I had zero plans for running any paces of any kind. I’ve done a lot of great racing this year, and I didn’t want to push my luck lol.
I wore all the Arete blue because SO many of my teammates were going to be there!
I got to hang out with my friend Anne (@anneamador13) on the bus to the relay drop of point. I’m SO glad she figured out we’d be at the same one and texted me the night before.
We made about a hundred trips to the bathroom, got waters at Safeway, and did a warm up lap around the parking lot before heading to the little corral where you met your relay partner.
I knew Paula was going for a half marathon PR, and had signed up for race updates to track her. She was cruising! From the text updates, I could tell she was getting really close. She ran up, and we fumbled around with getting the tracker (which was on a piece of Velcro around her ankle) switch from her to me. The helpful CIM people told us ahead of time to catch our relay partner, and that we should just bend down and take the tracker off their ankle. They would be tired and not quite able to bend over easily.
The relay exchange point was at mile 13.5, so at mile 14, I manually lapped my watch so that it would be in sync with the mile markers on the course.
I realized I went out a little hot, and pulled back the second mile. But then I realized that I felt fine, wasn’t breathing hard, and didn’t feel like I was pushing at all. So I cautiously went back to a 7:20-25ish pace. I made sure not to push going up the hills, and to let gravity do the work on the way down.
I chatted with my Arete teammates who I saw along the way that were doing the full. I high-fived the crowd. I basically had the best time ever. I took a gel at mile 6ish. I drank water or Nuun at most of the aid stations. I read text updates from my watch as my friends crushed the marathon.
I will confess that the marathon excitement got me in the last 2 miles. Those weren’t easy cruising pace like the rest of the miles were. BUT they were FUN! The crowds were screaming, and I rationalized that Paula had run a speedy half, and I better hold up my end of the relay haha!!
John was standing right around mile 26, he is so good at finding a good spot and seeing me during the race. That was fun.
After the race, we found Paula, and stood to cheer with her for a bit and cheer for Katie when she came in. Katie did amazing – and PRed by 2 minutes!
Paula & I ended up being 3rd in the relay – which we were pretty darn excited about!