This week was all about the Bourbon Chase overnight relay. (If you have no idea what that means, check out my Overnight Relays 101 post.) I didn’t think it was possible, but I had more fun this year than last. Lots of beautiful scenery, good runs and just randomness with friends all meant for some great memories! Now it’s time to focus 100% on the marathon with just over a month remaining until race day.
Monday – 4.1 miles at 9:23 pace. A chilly day – my idea of nice fall running weather!
Tuesday – 5 miles at 10:02 pace
Wednesday – off
Thursday – 3.1 miles, 9:44 pace.
Friday – Bourbon Chase day! We had pouring rain for the first few legs, but by the time I ran Leg 5 at 2:30, it was sunny and humid. This was my shortest leg (4.5 miles), but most challenging in terms of elevation. I had to walk one downhill because it was so steep and slick from the earlier rain! 4.5 miles at 9:03 pace.
Saturday – Leg 17 of the Chase started at 1:15 a.m. for me, and the run consisted of rolling hills and LOTS of fog. Initially it was a little creepy, but then it was oddly comforting to just see the glow of runners’ tail lights ahead. Lots of farms along this route where I cranked out 8.6 miles at 8:43 pace.
I ran again at 11:30 a.m. and got lucky enough that a friend on another team started just a minute or so behind me. We decided to stay together as long as we could, which ended up being the whole way. We pushed each other to 8:15 pace for 4.9 miles and high-fived as we crossed the exchange zone. Total mileage for the day was 13.5.
Sunday – Rest and recovery.
Total – 30.3 miles