This weekend I had the chance to run Reach the Beach, a 200 mile relay that takes teams from Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to Hampton Beach on New Hampshire’s coast. The amount of writing it would take to do justice to the two days would require that you sit at your computer for quite some time. So I’m gonna keep it simple with just numbers and pictures, hoping to capture the experience as best I can.
friends family members. It’s amazing how running can bring strangers together and you walk away friends. There’s something about running, cheering and sharing cups of coffee at 3am that does that.
26.44-miles I ran between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon
519-teams who crossed the finish line in Hampton
12th- in the Freestyle Ultra division
2.25-hours of sleep I got during between Friday and Saturday
32:15-total hours and minutes it took our six-person team to run 205 miles
5.25-Legs that I ran. I pulled out of my fourth leg, due to increasing discomfort in my calf/knee. My popliteal tendonitis reared it’s ugly head.
1768-total elevation gain over five legs
1-special delivery from Stonyfield Farm the night before to stock our team up on delicious Organic Yogurt Smoothies and Greek Yogurt
8:37-average pace for all my runs
2-ziplock bags full of Health Warrior Chia Seed Bars consumed by #TeamSMURFS
43-“roadkills” (people I passed while running.
2-legs I ran pushing through considerable discomfort in my calf. I was determined to finish what I started.
3:48:15-hours, minutes and seconds it took me to run 26.44 miles
6:34- fastest mile
3.5 dozen-“Relay and Rally” cookies baked for #TeamSMURFS and #TeamPumpedUpKicks
361-Days until the next Reach the Beach. Let the countdown begin
If you ever have the chance to run on a relay team, take it! It is an amazing experience. I loved every minute of being on #TeamSMURFS and can’t wait to do it again next year!
A huge thanks to Health Warrior and Stonyfield Farm for keeping us fueled along the way!
Have you ever run a relay? What was your favorite part?
I love connecting with readers! You can find me here:
Email: RunFarGirl [at] gmail [dot] com
Daily Mile: dailymile.com/people/scanney