Original image source here. Poor photo-shopping credit all goes to me.
Well, here we go again! My mom and I are off to the races tomorrow... and this one was even more unplanned and last-minute than the last one. Let me explain...
On Monday, my mom called me and pleaded, "One of our runners can't do Sawtooth because of emergency surgery—will you run it with us? Please please please?" I checked my calendar and didn't have plans, so what was I going to say? No? I don't think so! I called her right back and signed myself up for the torture.
So what is this race, you may ask? It called the Sawtooth Relay, and it's a 100k run that begins in Stanley, Idaho and travels along the Sawtooth Mountains to finish in Ketchum (right outside Sun Valley). And no, I didn't misprint that—it's a 100k—which is 62-miles. Obviously, we don't run the whole race alone. There are teams of six who each run two legs (12-legs total). The race begins at 12:00 am and they start teams every 15-minutes. Team vans tote the participants to each exchange station, and it's just a giant all-day relay extravaganza.
Our team is scheduled to begin bright and early tomorrow at 4:15 am. I've been assigned legs 2 and 8 (one uphill, one downhill), which are 5.83 and 5.09 miles (respectively), so I'll have logged a total of 10.92 miles by the end of the race. I'm expecting that our team will probably take around 10 hours to finish the race. Ten hours. Talk about a long day! I think the craziest part is that we'll be running alongside ultra-marathoners who will be running the entire race by themselves... no thank you!
Today, I'm logging a full day at work, and then going to pick up my mom to make the 4-hour drive up to Stanley... and then we'll snuggle right into bed because it's going to be an early morning! So tonight, while you're cozy in bed, you can bet we'll be out with our first runner, warming up at about 3:30 am. This probably all sounds really ridiculous... but I'm so excited. It's not every day that you get to join a team of five other fit ladies and crank out 62-miles! Wish us luck!