Friday, July 24, 2009

Wild West Relay + TNT Update

So... the Wild West Relay is quickly approaching...actually, it's in 13 days!

Although I almost backed out at the last minute, although I have absolutely no money, although I am moving the weekend before the race, although I have another test for work the weekend after the race, although two weeks after the race is my fundraising deadline for Team in Training, I am going and I'm excited about it.

For those of you who don't know about WWR, here's the rundown:
  • 200 miles, 24 hours
  • 12 runners per team
  • 36 legs total
  • 3 legs per runner
  • From Fort Collins, CO to Steamboat Springs, CO
  • 2 SUV's packed with granola bars, peanut butter, stinky people & G (that would be Gatorade now apparently)
  • Lots 'o hills
  • Lots 'o elevation
  • Really, really challenging terrain but it promises to pretty amazing
We gathered runners from all over the blogosphere and then some! Here's our team, the Dangerous Dozen!! We have two guys on the team, hopefully they can put up with a lot of estrogen for a few days :)
  • Amanda from Run to the Finish
  • Melissa from Trying to Heal
  • Bobbi from NHerShoes
  • Shannon from Shannon's Scene: Take Two (and a Charlestonite :)
  • Alesha my BFF from college (we also went to high school together!)
  • Cynthia from Amber (Shannon's cousin)
  • Julie (not sure if she has a blog, but I think she has run WWR before! or maybe that's Jennifer?? sorry guys)
  • Jennifer (not sure if she has a blog either!)
  • Jeri from JerBer Shares
  • Moore (Alesha's friend)
  • Dionne (Moore's friend and lives in CO)
  • ...and yours truly
I am runner # 9 so my legs are 9, 21 & 33. Check out these maps! Holy elevation batman! These are gonna be tough for a sea level gal like myself.
Although it looks like I get my most challenging leg out of the way first, way to plan Kristin, way to plan :)
A longer run, but a gradual descent. Gonna be tough on the quads after all that climbing earlier. ...and the final leg! I'm sure this one will be pretty tough because it will most likely be the next morning/afternoon. We probably will have slept for all of 15 minutes on the ground somewhere waiting on our next leg. But that's gonna be the fun of it, right? RIGHT??

I will be running a total of 16.6 miles, with a total elevation gain of 1,608, total elevation loss of -2,180 with an overall difficulty rating of 9 on a scale of 1-12 with 12 being the hardest. Although my net elevation is -572 (the hardest leg's net elevation is 2,547) I'm pretty sure this is going to be a VERY challenging race for me. I actually would prefer to go up hills than down them, because descending always ends up hurting my knees and quads.

Last night I decided to start prepping for WWR and did some hill repeats. I ran about 1.5 miles to warm up (which included going to the top of my chosen hill-the bridge, obvi), then I started my 4 x .25 repeats, running back down the .25 each time. My Garmin died mid-run so I don't have my totals, but it was actually not that bad! I think total I ran a little over 4 miles? Maybe more, I'm not sure.

Next time I would like to do 1/2 mile repeats, which would be a lot tougher. The .25 mile was pretty simple and I could tell that doing at least 4 half mile repeats would definitely test my hill strength. I'm going be doing these a lot over the next two weeks to get ready!

Have I also mentioned that I haven't been running with an iPod in about a month?? Yeah, both of my shuffles are on the fritz and I just haven't had the time to mess with them. Plus, all of our long runs I run with people so there's no need for it's just my solo runs that have been a bit quieter. It's actually been pretty nice...

Headed out tonight to Charlotte for my TNT fundraiser tomorrow night. Gonna be a quick trip, gotta get back in time for our TNT 14 miler on Sunday morning...then spending the day we're moving next Friday to....Mt. Pleasant! Yep, we're leaving our beloved downtown Charleston for a nice slice of suburbia. But we're not gonna be far away from downtown and I happen to love Mt. Pleasant, so I'm not upset about it. (For those of you not familiar with the area, Mt. Pleasant is just the town across the bridge from the downtown portion of Charleston, so, it's not like I'm actually moving away.)

***By the way...have you donated yet?? My running total is $1, I'm onl7 $1,633 away from my goal! I'm also only $133 away from $2,000. Anybody want to make my Friday and help me reach $2,000 today????

Have a fab weekend lovahs!


  1. That relay sounds like SO much fun!! you are going to have an absolute blast.

  2. You've got a LOT going on, but that WWR sounds soo much fun! Who could pass up an SUV full of stanky runners?

  3. i just realized i could comment without having a blog! in my head, this makes me less of a lurker.

    but my original comment was: HOLD UP! i thought you were moving back by hampton park?

    still need to donate! but not $800. i wish i could. good luck tomorrow!:)

  4. Woohoo! Can't wait to meet you at WWR 2009 :) It's such a fun event, here is my race report from 2007.

  5. At this time in 2 weeks I'll be through 1/3 of my legs of the relay. I'm getting so excited, but way more scared. Super excited to meet everyone though!! :)

  6. oh my god I only have 13 days to fully recover and be able to run my 9.8 mile stretch...i was totally trying to tell myself I had more time. oh please god let me make it through 8 tomorrow!

  7. Very cool! I am doing the Ragnar Relay here in Florida. It very similar so I can't wait to read your report.

    Perhaps we can meet up at MCM. We need to get a blogspot meetup group started or something.

    Glad you liked my version of Baby Got Back!

  8. Wow! This sounds like so much fun! You guys are going to have a blast, and get in some amazing runs in the mean time! I can't wait to read your recap :D

  9. You and all the girls are going to have so much fun at the relay! Take lots of pictures!!

  10. So jealous! Colorado is so on my list.

  11. WOW, that race looks AWESOME. So cool you get to run it with some other great people, too.

    9 seems to be your lucky number in this race...running leg 9, difficult level of 9....hopefully your bib number (if you get one?) will have a 9 in it.

    Can't wait to read about the race report!!! :)

  12. You are going to have so much fun!! Very cool that there are so many bloggers running too.

  13. So cool - wish i were joining you guys!

  14. we will have so much fun! can't wait! :) -cw

  15. Good luck -- Colorado running is really great. Having just come back from Aspen, my advice is watch out for the elevation (not just gain or loss, but being up high is different) and the lack of humidity. It is very dry in the mountains and hydration is so important.
    Good luck and sounds like a great run and experience.

  16. All the best in your upcoming run, don't overtrain and eat good. If you need some last minute advice, reach out to and tell him I sent you. He is an avid ultra runner and sure he would be open to sharing some sage advice. I look forward to hearing of your successful run!

    Ron McNutt...a fellow Charleston runner.