|Yes- that is 2:16am!|
We arrived at the exchange area which happened to be at Deception Pass State Park and Jason took the bracelet back from Van 2 somewhere around 3:15am I believe. I was still in zombie mode in the front seat so I am not sure what all happened. Jason passed the bracelet to Maria (I still hadn't moved) and then Maria passed to Chris. I slowly got myself together at each check point- I put my contacts in when Chris ran- at some point I changed my clothes in the back of the van (which was a bit tricky) and managed to eat a bit of food. I was hungry but I could tell my stomach was a bit sensitive. I nibbled on a few mini bagels and it seemed to calm down a bit.
|Jason and our mascot Peanut Butter. Fritos- they aren't just for breakfast anymore!|
|I'm finally alive!|
|Are those toothpicks holding my eyeballs open? Holy tired runners batman!|
|Making sure my hubby is safe! That fog sure rolled in quickly!|
|Good job Will! His final leg- DONE!|
|Here I come- up the lovely windy road!|
You know that saying- what goes up, must come down? Well, that half mile I zoomed down was a lovely half mile straight back up on the other side of main street! My legs were literally made out of jello at that point and there was a girl in front of me wearing the sparkle heart skirt made by running skirts that I really like- so I tried to catch her! Anything to keep me focused and putting one leg in front of the other! Then all of a sudden it leveled out and I could see sparkle skirt girl up on the other side of the highway. I saw a sign that said "turn right" with some hand written instructions on it- did I read it? Nope. Just ran up to the road and I could see 2 police officer's on the other side of the road and I assumed they were helping us cross. They yelled at me to go up and over the pedestrian bridge- that is what was hand written on the sign- DOH!
So I ran back to the pedestrian bridge, ran up and around, up and around. Then over SR-20. Then down and around, down and around. It was the craziest thing- kind of made me dizzy running those tight circles! But then those guys radio'd ahead that I was heading into the exchange- that could only mean one thing- I WAS ALMOST DONE!!!! So I picked up my pace and sprinted to the finish line- and Cindi wasn't there! I wasn't sure what to do- everyone was staring at me and I was scanning the crowd for her, then all of a sudden she came sprinting at me and I passed her the bracelet- van 1 was finished! Apparently she had stopped to stretch her calf a bit and I was a little quicker than they anticipated. Total distance 5.5 miles in 52 minutes- pace of 9:27.
|Passing the bracelet to Cindi- van 2 was ready to finish this race!|
|That is what tired + happy looks like! 18.6 miles DONE!|
We were all wearing the shirts Mandy created for our team and as Jody approached they announced our team and we all ran across together- it was awesome! We received our medals and they took our team picture and our entire team was done- it took us 30 hours and 55 minutes to run 188 miles for a team pace of 9:45.
|Team "How the West Was Run"!|
|The crew of van 1- Me, Jason, Mandy, Maria, Chris and Will|
|Wonder who drank all of those???|
|Oh right...we did!|