It was great to get out and run today for such an important cause. Our team consisted of 9 runners - Me, Ilana, Kristen, Lauren, Kathy, Dottie, Emmy, Frank and Pam - who would run 1 leg of the 9 leg, 50 mile relay starting at Bear Mountain, NY and finishing in New Rochelle, NY. For starters, our team captain, Pam, was amazing. She organized the entire event for our team, setting up the running schedule, making sure every runner had fluids as they finished a leg, getting runners to and from their start/finish locations, etc.... Simply amazing was the amount of time and effort she put into this for the benefit of the 8 other runners. Many thanks to Pam for a fantastic job and keeping the entire event fun.
Ok, so, on to the relay. My leg was leg #1 which was described as follows : Challenging - 8.4 miles. This leg is on paved roads. After crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge, runners head down the “Goat Trail”, the only portion of the route closed to traffic. Runners make their way through Peekskill, run past a water station and finish at Blue Mountain Reservation. The first 4 miles are hilly. After the “Goat Trail”, the route is generally flat. With the temperature at 85 degrees at the 8:15 AM start...and rising...I found this to be a very difficult run, with steep climbs. I hadn't run in the heat in a long while, and it surely got to me. After trying to stay with the head of our pack and logging a 7:30 first mile, I quickly realized that I was going way too fast and but the brakes on. I ended up with a very respectable time for this leg. The elevation profile looked like this :
I was toasty after finishing the leg and happy to hand the timing chip on to Ilana for leg #2. I drove with Pam to the start of leg #3 where we met up with Kristen. She put in a fantastic performance running the longest leg of the relay (9.3 miles). Kristen and I had plans of running leg #5 (6.8 miles) with Dottie, but the heat was brutal at this point, reaching well into the mid-90s. Since I had the ability to rest during legs 2, 3 and 4, I headed out with Dottie to cover the 6.8 miles. It was in the Noon to 1:00 PM hour, and I am sure you could fry an egg on the pavement. Dottie held up very well, and we plugged through the 6.8 steamy miles. At this point I'd had enough of the heat and headed home.
I would later talk with Emmy. She ran her 5.1 mile leg with ease, but, when she reach Frank for the start of his leg, they learned that the rest of the race had been cancelled due to sever thunderstorm warnings - although later it was explained that the race had been called due to the heat and several runners being sent to the hospital with severe dehydration.
Overall it was a very tough day due to the heat. I enjoyed running in the early AM, but struggled with Dottie in the mid-day sun. The 15+ miles were difficult, perhaps also due not having run any significant mileage over the last week while I was fishing in Canada with my brother and dad. I did get the chance to meet Runner26 at one of the transition points. She had run leg #1 as well, but with an earlier start time. Amazing how many people you can meet through this blogging stuff.
Of course, I took some pictures......