I have only ever done a marathon relay - never anything like this! I am runner number six. This is the perfect time in my JFK 50 mile training to do this race. First, it will be fun and switch it up a little bit. Second, it will help me learn once again to run on a different type of tired legs. When choosing which runner I wanted to be, I of course picked one of the most challenging legs. If I am going to devote my time to something like this, I am gonna make it worth it and get a great workout!
1st Leg - 6.0 miles - HARD
You would think that running downhill would be a cinch, but not so. It's really hard on your quads. I have been training on hilly courses, so I am not too worried. I just have to concentrate on leaning forward and taking smaller strides. You tend to want to lengthen your stride when running downhill, but that puts a lot of pressure on your knees.
2nd Leg - 6.6 miles - VERY HARDI will basically be running up a mountain during this leg. I actually don't mind hills. I am not sure about mountains. Stay tuned for the post-race report. Running uphill is feels good on my piriformis muscle.
3rd Leg - 6.0 miles - MODERATE
My last leg will be fun. I will running through familiar territory, on the towpath and it is pretty flat.
I will then meet my team to cross the finish line together at National Harbor. There will be a festival with lotsa stinky, tired running folk. I can't wait! This is going to be a blast!