Today was the St. Valentine Massacre Marathon Relay that is held at Country Park. This is my second year running it and after it is over my body always ask why we do it. My legs are killing me right now. My face got sunburned, yes in February you can get a tan here in North Carolina and tonight they are calling for possible icy conditions. Crazy I know.
Team ALEVE (how appropriate) consisted of John and Pam Connor, me and my friend Richard Needham. Richard is an excellent runner, way better than I would ever dream of being so I feel bad for him that he was on a team with me. John and Pam are just as good so the three of them did great. I will admit I was going to back out as late as yesterday because I have had a cold this week and just didn't feel good. But this morning I woke feeling ok and thought what the heck... Yeah what the heck you can't breath without wheezing but you should be able to run really fast for 1.6 miles, then you get a rest. No problem...... Well it wasn't much a problem thanks to Marisa's mom and the use of her inhaler. Yes the asmatic leaves home without her inhaler. What in the world was I thinking. Obviously not thinking. But two puffs and I was good to go for 3 more rounds. John went with me and was going to run if needed but he ended up on a team with our friend Christine Flowe and he had a blast. I am glad! Because all I heard for the three days is I wish I were on a team. So thank goodness the boy got his team.
If you have never run a marathon relay, I would suggest doing it one time. It is a blast! Of course the hardest part is cooling down just to have to turn around and do it again, but if you are like me, you are so busy visiting with people that your time goes by so fast you don't even notice it. The part I like the best is seeing people you know and watching them do great as well. The team I was on last year is really glad they dumped me and got new members. They kicked butt! Great job to Chuck, Carrie, Brian and Trish.
I am already looking forward to this race next year. Why I am not sure, I guess I enjoy the pain.