The entire Team Sparkle ULTRA girls! I was so blessed to be on such an amazing team this weekend. These girls encouraged and inspired me with every mile they ran! We all ran thinking of Boston this weekend as well.
Allll of our legs to run ~ 36 in all and 195 miles all together! It was insane looking at this each time I ran and knowing I checked another one off the list, and we just kept getting closer to the finish. That was what really drove me to keep going, the girls who had my back and knowing we were miles and miles closer.
The Calm Before the storm… Little did I know what was in store for me! I was so nervous at the beginning, I didn’t want to let my team down and wanted to have fun doing the race. Another thing I was terrified of? Getting lost! Which thankfully didn’t happen!
At the start line! Though I wasn’t leg one, we all sent off our first runner of the race. There was a lot of excitement and it was really fun being there. It was then when I started thinking like ‘THIS IS REAL LIFE RIGHT HERE!’
This was my first leg of the race! I couldn’t believe that this was actually happening, our team was starting the epic trek from Huntington Beach to San Diego and now I was officially on board with my first leg ran. I ran from 10:07 AM – 10:49 AM.
This is what we spent the time doing between legs. Cheering on other runners, and getting our girls to the exchange zone. It was a lot of fun.
Here’s a look at the exchange zone, every runner passes off a slap bracelet. Let me tell you, that thing was gross.
And our Team Sparkle Van was pretty awesome… our driver rocked and I never even got carsick, which I was also nervous about.
The second leg of the race for me was tough! It was SO hot out, and I wasn’t prepared to run in the heat like that since I normally run early morning or late night and it’s been cool lately. I ran from 2:09 PM – 3:14 PM.
This leg was a good one for me I ran from 8:39 PM – 9:43 PM and though my pace seems overal like it was slow, I actually ran 2 lower 8 minute miles in this leg and I felt like I got my stride in this run. This was the first run I’ve EVER done with a headlamp… Shocking, I know and even though I was nervous of getting lost, I left out my headphones and felt good!
Afterwords I got to eat half a Carls Jr. Chicken Club Sandwich, and it was delish! My stomach was still doing great, another shocker, and I was feeling awesome about being halfway done with my legs ran thus far. The girls in the van were super encouraging to me too, always telling me how awesome I was doing, not to worry and making me laugh. Again, such an amazing group!!
Tomorrow I’ll recap the rest of the race including the finish!