The Palmetto 200 Relay is typically a 12-person team of runners switching off running for 200+ miles over a day and a half. The race goes from Columbia, SC to Charleston, SC. I wanted to put together a team because this race happened to be on my spring break. Our team, Chicks With Kicks, had 8 pretty awesome women take on the challenge! We finished in 32 hours and 47 minutes, with an average pace of 9:32 overall!
My relay legs:
Leg 7: 5.63 miles at 9:17 pace
Leg 17: 2.45 miles at 9:05 pace
Leg 19: 3.75 miles at 9:08 pace
Leg 26: 3.75 miles at 9:29 pace
Leg 36: 7.96 miles at 10:24 pace (final leg of the race!)
Total miles: 23.54
I felt pretty good after all this! After legs 7 and 19 I had a protein shake, and I think it helped my recovery a lot. I would've taken another one a few hours before leg 36, but my stomach wasn't feeling too awesome, so I opted out.
Leg 36 ran over the Charleston bridge and I felt like I was climbing forever!
It was super windy on the bridge. I lost my hat a few times!
This relay, although tough on the body, was the best one I've done. The course was very safe and patrolled, and everything was well organized.
Even better, I finally feel like a runner again. I haven't felt like it "fits" me in a long time, but now I do once again, and I couldn't be happier. My confidence is returning. (This might have to do with the fact that I successfully completed a half marathon the next day and didn't die. See the next post....)