Finish line outfit previously seen here.
Four thirty came pretty quick and I jumped out of bed, layered up with my first set of running clothes and sweats. Corinne and I grabbed a bit of food from my parent's pantry and we were out the door right on time, getting back to the NUUN headquarters at a quarter after 5.
Side note - LOVE the 'Bum Wrap' - get it, flaunt it, you'll love it too
From there I 'Shower Pilled' off in the back seat and we headed to Oak Harbor to catch a few hours of sleep. Side note - Shower Pills are awesome. They're like thick gigantic baby wipes and they really leave you feeling clean! The rest of the girls slept a bit as we drove over Deception Pass and South to Oak Harbor. After my run I was pretty awake so I silently observed faster teams running in the night. It was pretty cool.
Once at the high school in Oak Harbor the van split up - a few heading to the gym to sleep on wrestling mats and Holly, Becky and I each taking a bench in the van and spreading out our sleeping bags. I have to say that I got a decent amount of sleep that night. My eyes were at least shut for a solid 2.5 hours. Granted, I did wake up to shouts of 'Rise and Shine B*#*@*es' but that only made me chuckle (and 'no' it wasn't OUR vanmates).
The next morning I felt fairly refreshed and even seemed to have a bit of energy. Leg 3, bring it! Since we all woke up a bit early we hussled over to the nearest Starbucks and caffeinated (or just drank something warm in my case). And... before long Van 2 was pulling in followed shortly by Megan and Holly was off!
More leap frogging resumed. A few directional mishaps and a few close call exchanges but all was good. The energy I had at 5:30 AM was quickly fading. Being replaced by nausea, fatigue, and an increasingly irritated throat. My cheering was sub par for these legs. It consisted of semi-shouting from the van window and sometimes no shouting at all. Just watching as my teammate went by the van. Sad. Pathetic. No energy. I could pretend like I was trying to mentally prepare for my final leg but in reality I was just trying to hide. Trying hard to sleep and escape from myself and hoping that my teammates weren't hating me for being a spoil sport.
I really wanted to run hard on this last leg. It was 3.5 miles with a large portion being out-and-back. I wanted to give it my all and leave everything out there. I wanted to 'race' it! So I started out cruising at 8:08, grabbed my second road kill of the leg going over the overpass on highway 20 and then I hit the out and back trail and I died.
That's the best way to describe it. My energy was gone. Alright... slow it down a bit, keep moving forward and checking people off as you pass them (at least I was consistently doing that) - 8:28. The 'out' portion was uphill so I had that as a concession. I just kept thinking 'I can go faster on the way back'. And that I did - 7:56. But when I was thinking faster I was looking more like in the low 7 range. 7:56 was just barely faster in my book and yet I was giving it all I had. Even the final kick into the finish - 7:51 - seemed like a lot of work. But, before I knew it I was done. Handing off to Van 2 and trying desperately not to puke on someone as I pulled off to the side and dry heaved. I definltely ran hard. I definitely gave it my all. Unfortunately my 'all' wasn't what I had expected it to be.
And with that, Van 1 was done running. After a few moments in private I was ready for a beer and bacon. Or so I proclaimed to Mason and Katherine. Runner's high. That was short lived as I was still on the verge of loosing my innards thirty minutes later.
Another Shower Pill clean up, a quick change into Rogas and my bright neon NUUNKOTB shirt and I was actually ready to eat. Breakfast has never tasted so good! It was great to relax in the sun and enjoy the banter of my teammates.