June 24, 2007
Back for another go-round with the Snail’s Pace Ekiden Relay. As a reminder (if you haven’t read my other posts), the first person runs a mile, the 2nd 2-miles, the 3rd 3-miles and the 4th 4-miles. Which distance and which team is chosen by random draw. I have NEVER been selected for less than 3 miles (which is probably good for me), though once I swapped with someone because I had another event to get to.
So, of course, I did get selected for the 4-miler!
The 1- and 2-mile courses are almost totally flat, but the 3- and 4-mile courses climb up (and go down) a substantial hill. Having done several ultras, I have trained myself to avoid running up long-ish steep hills… but today, I decided that I would push a bit to try and catch another team.
I ended up wrenching my back a bit and having a so-so result – 29:25 – but our team DID come in 3rd overall, and we got a 3rd place plaque.