Long title. Fun Day. Since Kona I have been drinking beer and sleeping in. Eating bacon every chance I get. I tried to visit every microbrewery and cidery in Charlotte and York County. I would say I wasn't in a very high level of fitness. So when the CEO of Epoch Universal sends you a message asking you to participate in the Thunder Road Marathon Relay, you of course say Yes! But I did warn him about my lack of training for the previous weeks.
|Romare Beardon Park|
|Fort Mill Fast Feet Group Shot|
|Just Before the Start|
So my wife comes through at a pace 90 seconds faster per mile that she told me she was gonna do. She looked great and I ran with her for a little bit. Relax, I didn't have a gorilla suit on. I encouraged her and she was psyched about her pace.
After she went by, I started my warmup. I ran 2.4 miles up Kings to Hawthorne to the 20 mile mark. It was a leisurely run and I averaged an 8 flat pace, which is what I was hoping to do. It wasn't a bad run, slightly uphill the whole way.
|2.4 Mile Warmup (Run, not Swim)|
|Bernie . . .|
|Getting it Done!|
Through the next 3 miles I averaged 6:28.5 to get me to the 4 mile mark in 25:25. I started to get a little fatigued at this point. We then went through some turns and onto the Sugar Creek Greenway. I was hoping to catch the woman in front of us and put us into 3rd place. Finally I saw her ahead on the Greenway. I caught her with about 1.5 miles to go in the race. I tried to put some distance on her, but I didn't really think she would catch back up to me.
|Elevation and Cadence|
|On the Homestretch|
So I stumbled around the chute a little bit, got a low five from Jason and meandered through the chute. I grabbed some water and walked into the park. I didn't see any EPT people at all, which I was kinda bummed about. I found my group of people and we walked back to the car for clothes, wallets, and phones. We headed back over to the Mellow Mushroom to eat. The beer and food was good, but it took 2 hours. I think they lost our order. So we finally headed home about 1:30pm. Just in time to shower up, clean the house and get ready for the Kona viewing party.
So it was a great team effort. I had everyone give me their expected run paces so I could figure out about when I would get the hand off. I didn't want to miss the exchange. The actual pace is per the race timing mats
1. Laura: Goal 8:15 [Actual 8:11 ]
2. Chris: Goal 6:30 [Actual 6:31 ]
3. Heather: Goal 8:40 [Actual 8:43 ]
4. Bernie: Goal 8:30 [Actual 8:34 ]
5. Me: Goal 6:30 [Actual 6:33 ]
Pretty Impressive really that everyone was within 4 seconds of their goal pace. Although we were all slower except for Laura. Full Results Here.
So next year, I want to put together an all Big Sexy Team. To go for the win, of course.