Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Seneca7 Relay Race Recap - Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? Check it out, here!

I left of yesterday with Jenny starting her first leg, which is what I ran last year, although the legs were a little bit different this year, more on that later.

 Loved her pink leopard print pants!

After I finished my first leg, we saw our friends Amber and Greg and they told us that they would see us again during our second legs.  The rest of our team got in the van and headed to the next exchange point where my mom would start her second leg.

My mom waiting for Jenny

Jenny flying down the hill

My mom is off and running her second leg

While the point of the day is running, it's also about having fun! We're not in it to win it and even if we were we still would have had an amazing day!

Still loving it!

Love these three!

My mom was running the same legs that Mike did last year (runner 1) and she was nervous about her second leg because of the huge, steep hill. She power walked her way up it and crushed it!

Coming in to the exchange point

Now it's Sarah's turn

Since I had a close call with the port-a-potties before my first leg, I drank a little bit less water as the day went on and I continued to use the bathroom at every opportunity that I had. Unfortunately, this meant that I missed Sarah coming in to her exchange point, but I did hear Mike (who was in line too) yell for her as I was in the port-a-potty! 

Coming down into the winery

Always had a smile on her face

Nice hand off guys!

Mark, our third runner, had the pleasure of running us to the bottom of the lake! I was in line for the bathrooms again, but I did see him come in from the line and Mike ran to get some photos of him. 

Running through Watkins Glen

Also always had a smile on his face

Their conversation must have been interesting

Since we had made it to the bottom, we took the opportunity to take a team photo!

Our team, minus Paul who was running

At this point, it was almost our turn to run again. Mike had 5.2 miles on his plate and we knew he was going to run strong! This was the one little "mishap", if you can even call it that, that our team had. There were designated crossing areas and the exchange point was a little way up the road from that point and Mike wasn't at the exchange when Paul got there, oh well (it took him like 5 seconds to get to Paul)!

 Mike taking off!

I used the port-a-potties one more time at my exchange point and then a little while later Mike came up the hill. He CRUSHED it and ran the 5.2 miles at 7:42 pace!

Off I go!

My second leg was 4.9 miles and it was described as "down, then up". And yes, it was up and up and up.

As I mentioned before, some of the legs were different this year because I ended up running part of the same second leg that I did last year but I was the 6th runner this year and not the 7th, and of course the part was the "up, up, up" part!

The first mile I just pushed the pace, it was pretty much downhill to, ironically, where the leg had started last year (the Sheriff must not have liked that I peed on his property last year so no exchange point there).  The first mile came in at 7:32 pace and I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep that up.

I was able to get some people in my sights and I just focused on trying to catch them.  My pace went up pretty drastically and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to keep the average pace for the entire leg under 9 minutes, but I was going to try!

Miles 2 and 3 came in at 9:34 and 9:22, so luckily as I got up the hill I was getting faster! Just to put it in perspective I ran 3 miles with 400 feet of elevation gain.

One person passed me,  I think he passed me during my first leg too because he had the same Ironman tattoo on the back of his leg, and there were a few signs to take my mind off of running.  I would trick myself into thinking I just had to run to the winery that the sign was advertising, even though I had to run further.

There was a small downhill and then it just continued to go up, I was feeling a little tight from already running but I knew I didn't have much longer since I ran this part last year.  Mile 4 came in at 9:09 pace.

Almost there!

When I had less than a mile to go, I just pushed it as much as I could.  I eventually could see my dad, gave a little wave, he signaled that I was coming and I could see the exchange point coming up.

 Mike was on the same side cheering me on

I ran by Mike, heard Laura, who was also running the relay, cheer me on and I handed Jenny the slap bracelet.  The last .88 miles came in at 9:00 pace and I had done it! I ran 4.88 miles at 8:55 pace for a total time of 43:34.

There Jenny goes!

After my leg was done, our friends Amber and Greg went back to Rochester but it was so great to have them there cheering us on!  Jenny was running her second leg and soon we would all be starting our final legs and making our way to Lakefront Park in Geneva.

Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our epic relay adventure!


  1. You seriously rocked those hills, your kicking butt and taking names! So glad I got to see you, it was a crazy day and I was hoping I'd catch you for at least a second!Easy to spot in that Saucony top ( I have same one) which was great! I love all the pictures, looks like your team really had a great time! (always smiling!!!! :) )

  2. I think it is so awesome that your mom did this with you! Seems like you all had a great time :)

  3. Nice pace, girl! And I love that your mom was a part of it all! That's so incredible!

  4. Ah, awesome! I remember the Watkins Glen exchange point from last year. Since I was on the race organization committee, the two head honchos actually had me direct traffic and runners at one point; we were totally ahead of schedule, and the volunteers hadn't arrived yet!

  5. You honestly look so strong and I'm so happy for you. I didn't know it went through Geneva...I've actually had some of my best cross country races there! Awe I miss it. Anyways I'm glad you did so well and can't wait to see part 3!

  6. Rockin' it as always. I think you require more potty breaks then me. Is that even possible?!

    1. Haha! Well, one bad thing about running a relay is that sometimes your body gets a little messed up because of drinking, eating and running at times you aren't used to. But once I'm running, I don't stop to go to the bathroom!

  7. I love that your mom was part of the team- so fun! I still have not done a relay, but always think of you when I hear of them... looks like so much fun!

  8. Love the shot of Jenny flying down the hill!