Leaders out of the start.
We joined the event with the Running Addicts group in the Bay Area, a group I'm just starting to meet. It's a great group of runners, and I hope to be more involved with their events in the future. The Running Addicts set up two tents with a table for food, so we were well stocked. Everyone hung out at the tents while waiting for their turn to run.
Alisyn finishing leg 1.
I ran leg 3, and considering my long post-marathon break I did ok. Each person ran 4.5 miles and I paced it around 9:30; my last 10K pace was just slightly over 9:00. I expected this run to feel hard if I pushed pace at all (all of my runs since CIM have involved some walking) and it definitely felt hard today. I gave it what I had for the team! I know I'll get back to feeling good in the next few weeks, but I also realize taking it slow will be good for my body right now. I learned that lesson after the Seattle RnR Marathon.
Matt finished for our team with an awesome 6:00/mile average pace. We didn't win anything, but more importantly, we all had a fun day. We even received fun green Christmas-y tech shirts and finisher ribbons.
Matt finishing for our team.
Team Run n Ralph at the finish.
Merry Christmas races to all!