Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reach the Beach Shenanigans and a Winner

I love the days leading up to a race, I can't focus on anything but the race and a relay gets me even more excited.

Seriously, my love for relays started with a smaller scale 3-person 30K relay in Canada.  I was on a race high for about a week after that experience.

 Spatula Runners

Then, Mike and I did Seneca7 with 5 other people, including my mom in her racing debut, and even though we were both sick it was probably one of my favorite races! 

Will Run for Whoopie Pies

This weekend will be my third and Mike's second relay.  This is the one that is going to test us the most since it will be the longest in both distance and time.  

We are running with 10 other people on team "Better than GTL : RES Repeat" (GTL is Gym, Tan, Laundry from the popular "Jersey Shore" and RES is Run, Eat, Sleep) at the inaugural Reach the Beach: New Jersey race.  

Our team is from all over including Rochester, New York, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maine.  Yes, my friend Isaac is driving 10 hours overnight to get to the relay on Friday.  Good thing he is in van 2 with us!

Oh look, Isaac, it's the photo again!

Our team has had a lot of roster changes and I think that we only have 5 original members left on the team! We have been hit with numerous injuries, a pregnancy (not that that's a bad thing, but she couldn't run) and people who said they would do it but never responded beyond that.  Even though we just got our last team member a few weeks ago, we are ready!

I am confident that our team is going to have so much fun!  Van 1 is going to start us off at 9:30am on Friday.  We have an estimated running time spreadsheet made and Mike and I probably won't run our first leg until 5 or 6pm, then we will run at 3-4am, and again in the afternoon on Saturday. 

If you want to follow our journey check out my teammates' blogs, twitter and instagram accounts (Mine is @couch2ironwoman for both). We even have a hashtag for our team #teamRESR, so look for it on twitter!

The other bloggers on the team are:

And now the moment you have been waiting for, the winner of the Tommie Copper giveaway.  

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Congratulations, Gabby! Please email me at with your sleeve choice, including size and color.  If I don't hear from you by Monday I will choose a new winner.   


  1. I love relays too - and I was also on race high for weeks after that race - I can't WAIT for race high again :) lol

    good luck! and congrats to gabby!

  2. I'm so excited for you!!!!! Best of luck!

  3. So excited for you! I did Ragnar just a few weeks ago and it was one of the best running experiences ever! Have a great time! Looking forward to following along!

  4. Ahhh good luck! Can't wait to hear about it :)

  5. You're going to have a great time! Good luck!!

  6. The Seneca7 was literally the best race ever--relays are so much fun! Have a blast this weekend! :)

  7. Good luck to y'all!! Can't wait to complete my first relay someday... they look so fun!

  8. I still haven't done a relay yet but it's definitely on my bucket list--hopefully in 2013!

  9. Third relay already- you really do love them! It's gonna be such a blast, love that there are so many blogger connections, too!

  10. have so much fun! I wish that I was able to join you this weekend!

  11. I'm so EXCITED for you!

    I can feel your runner's (relay-er's?) high from here!

    Will be cheering you on - nice and loud!

    (But not in an embarrassing way. I promise. :))

  12. Good luck this weekend! Have a great time!