The first weekend after B2B, I went to a Kona watching party on Saturday. These are mostly friends I have connected with in the last few months through Blue Iron Coaching. I am looking forward to doing more with them in 2013!
Sunday was a relay at the Atlanta Marathon with Colleen. We had a team all lined up (Diet Coke mafia) and then life got in the way for two of our teammates leaving us with the prospect of each running a half on race day. Colleen could have knocked it out no problem but one week after my 140.6 was probably not the best time for me to try out the legs for more than a few miles. We ended up connecting with two other people who needed running partners through Team Type 1 and we created a relay team mash up.
|Where are all the people?|
|Colleen with one of our teammates. Apparently she is a super star biker, I was hoping some of it would rub off on me :)|
The logistics to a relay are interesting, you have to kind of figure out what time everyone will run their legs in order to determine when you need to start looking for your runner. It is extra interesting when you have never met the runner you are looking for... luckily she ended up yelling out " Colleen?, Karen?" several times. ha ha. All in all a fun day!
|Thank goodness for the buses. It was soooo cold we waited in the buses until right before our runners rolled up.|
|Runners waiting for their teammates. This really doesn't capture how many relays there were. I think there might be more participants doing the relay than running as individuals.|
Last weekend, I got to go down to IM FL to cheer on friends who were doing the race and also do some volunteering. It was kind of whirlwind weekend. I drove down on Friday to make a quick meet up with new and old friends at noon.
We then went for a late lunch ...
and a little course preview...
|Kristi re-enacting the run from the swim to T1 in case you needed a visual.|
After we got settled in to the condo, we proceeded to make signs for the next day...
and model costumes...
|Kristi was a cone.|
After I was off duty, I met up with friends and proceeded to stalk friends and cheer until the last one came in around 11:00 or so that night. Spectating is a lot of work! I wish I had worn my Garmin so I would know how many miles I covered walking back and forth during the race...
|Regina, Joe and Callie|
|The A-Train Cheering Section|
|Callie at the Finisher's Chute|
|Mari, Trish, Callie, me and Kristi|
Which leads us to this weekend... I was scheduled for a 50k on Sunday. I had signed up a little while back using the logic that I could sort of use the IM training to get me through the run. I want to cross a 50k off the list and this seemed the easiest way to do it - just piggy back it off of another race. I was looking forward to it as it was a looped, paved course (it is rare to find a non-trail 50k). Saturday as I was gathering my things together for the race - garmin, ipod, gels - the excitement had waned. I could not get enthused about getting up super early to drive an hour across town. By the time Saturday night rolled around, I knew my head was not in the race and I decided to scratch it from the plan. I think my mind and body were just tired. I had not had a weekend to just relax and I think that was what I needed more than a 50k run at this point.
Sunday I got up late did some chores around the house then headed out to Stone Mountain for a 10 mile run. It was just what I needed, a long weekend around the house without any huge activities on the schedule. BTW, I think you all should know I am now the Mayor of Stone Mountain on FourSquare. I still don't understand the purpose of this app but yet I check in places from time to time. Someone explain the point of it to me... For my first act as mayor I am going to require people walking in groups to leave some space on the sidewalk for runners to pass. You have been warned :)