Race Recap: FitMKE Indoor Marathon Relay

Miles: 4.3 Time: 57:22 Pace: 13:20

You guysssss. Look at my pace! I have never, ever had that kind of pace for anything longer than a mile. I’m still smiling BIG about this! First of all, I had the best team evar. Agustin J S. Emily K.(my sis) & Jessica G. = FitMKE: Fartleks. We had awesome white sweatbands with our team name on them (which actually made it easier to spot each other on the track). For those of you not familiar, the Indoor Marathon Relay consisted of 104 teams of 3-4 people each who combined had to run 26.2 miles around a track at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Each lap was .275 miles and teams could decide how to split the laps. Our philosophy was “run til you don’t want to/can’t run any more” and then we’d switch runners.

Going into the race, I was nervous. I just started running again at the end of December and I’ve been doing a run/walk interval in training because I am recovering from some injuries and trying to build up my stamina again – stupid asthma. I felt good but wanted to be smart and only did about 4.25 laps the first leg… then I did 8… followed by 3. Thanks to my awesome teammates for picking up some extra mileage as my foot/lungs couldn’t have accomplished much more than what I did. It’s cold at the Pettit (duh, ice rinks) and my lungs were burning. Major thanks to Katy who on two occasions slowed down her pace to run with me. She pushed me to run 3.5 laps without stopping to walk. That’s the farthest I’ve run without walking since the summer!!! (again, thanks injuries).

It was such a great experience and I’m so lucky to have been there with all my running and #fitmke and Team Challenge friends. Today I felt so blessed and lucky to have you all in my life. You cheered for me, pushed me, slapped my ass while running past (thanks Krista), and kept me motivated to kick ass. I want to tag you all but I know I’ll leave someone out, so just know you all rocked my world today. Before we started the race, I estimated our team would finish in about 5 hours. Our official time was 5:04:45, for a team pace of 11:39.

Oh, and to the 12 year old girl who passed me on one of my laps, I apologize for saying “f*ck you” and flipping you off with both hands. I’m pretty sure you didn’t hear me but, you know, just in case you did, my apologies.

Splits: 16:02 (1.16mi) 29:06 (2.2mi) 12:14 (.825mi)

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