Sassafras’s Training Log – 9.30.12

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.

Hoping for the rain to go away at the start of the 2012 Bourbon Chase.
Hoping for the rain to go away at the start of the 2012 Bourbon Chase.

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.

2012 Bourbon Chase medal
This year’s race slogan was “Madness in the Moonlight” – but no moonlight to be found with the overcast skies & fog!

Sunday – Rest and recovery.

Total – 30.3 miles

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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