I completed my first relay! I have only done one trail race before which was my first 5K ever. And then I quit running for a year and a half. Luckily I have a little more experience on trail lately due to getting a dog and taking her on run/walk outings, so I wasn't tripping all over the place. Although I did trip once.
We didn't have the nicest weather (cold & rainy), but it turned out to be a really nice day for running. My sister Kim and I made up team How Corny, dressed as candy corn of course!
The race was pretty small, especially compared to my last race, which was HUGE. I really enjoy small races with a laid back feel. And it's extra fun when I get to run with my sister and dress in a ridiculous outfit. The yellow pants really came in handy while watching for her from across the field.
The hardest part of this race for me was the flat-ish areas through the grass. It LOOKED like it would be flat, but I think it was mowed by a tractor because that ground was rough. We popped in and out of the woods four times on each 1.5 mile loop. Team members alternated with two loops each.
My sister started us off. I was freezing waiting for her and thought maybe I should have prepared something for the waiting time, like a blanket or extra jacket that we could switch off wearing. I hadn't thought of that before the race, being a relay newbie and all! Her loop went by quickly and it was time for the passing of the pumpkin (mini pumpkin = baton and also acted as our bib).
I started my first leg at the same time as a bunch of other people and think I was going too fast trying to stay with them. My breathing was horrible and I was heating up FAST.
Through the woods I was the only weirdo talking to myself and saying "woah!" as I jumped around little stumps. I commented "That's creepy" when we passed a doll leaning against a tree. And I cheered for my friends while I was running and saw them on a different section of the loop. Everyone else was either more focused than me, more out of breath than me, or I guess just doesn't talk to themselves!
After my first lap I was dead. I was so hot that I went to my car and removed some layers and lost my hat (I no longer looked like candy corn). At that point I was dreading having to run a second lap, but while Kim was running I had enough time to cool down, catch my breath, drink some water and was actually ready to go for my second, and the final loop.
I was alone for the first half of my second leg. Luckily I didn't notice the doll this time when I was alone in the woods! It would have been extra creepy!
I ended up feeling WAY stronger on my second leg, got into the zone and a comfortable pace and just cruised into the finish. I was really happy with how we did and thought it was a fun race. Not sure if my sister will do it again since she doesn't do as many races as I do. I will try to convince her :)
Oh yeah!! One more thing- Christina from Crazy Mama Runner make me feel so cool by asking me if I was TakesGuts2Run. Thank you Christina for making me smile. It wasn't at all stalkerish :-P
Formal Race Review
SIX03 Great Pumpkin Relay 10K Trail Race
Flag Hill Winery, Lee NH
Parking: Parking was right next to the start, no waiting, no long walks, very convenient.
Registration/Timing: Semi-Success! I was on the official results! (If you have read any of my past race reviews, you know that I haven't shown up on the results a lot lately.) Semi-Sucess because Kim was not listed on the results. My partner's name was "NO DATA" because she messed up on registration.
This race was not chip timed. We did not have bibs. Our pumpkin/baton had a number and that was our shared "bib."
Facilities: There were a few Porta Potties, and with such a small crowd, no issues.
Course: The course was a loop, covering a dirt road, a section of grassy field mowed by a tractor and typical trail in the woods. There were a few really steep hills that were a challenge, but everything was marked off well and any potential hazards were spray painted to stick out.
Overall Review: Awesome small race. I loved how many teams wore costumes because that just makes everything more fun.
Final Verdict: I loved this race! I will be back..even if I have to find a new partner!
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance