Note from Editor: This story is our first about a Marathon Relay. If you have never participated in a relay running event such as this, I strongly encourage it. It's a great way to get more people involved in the sport.
Everyone had a different training plans. We had one runner who is very good and competitive. One regular runner. One runner who just started training a couple of months ago. Two runners who are very active people, but not runners, who ran only once prior to the race.
It was a great race day! Chris was our best team member, and he started off the race with the longest leg. The first leg was about 8 miles. The first 13.1 miles of the marathon are slightly uphill. It is very gradual, but you gain about 1,000 feet of elevation. Chris was tied for 3rd place overall when the marathon runner approached the relay exchange point.
We didn't have any recovery problems to speak of. We relaxed!
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
If you are unsure about running a marathon, try running a marathon relay to get the feel of the atmosphere of the marathon. It is a fun way to still be involved in the race, without all of the intensive training. It was fun to get a group of people together (we are from different areas of the US) for the weekend and spend time together as well as run in the race.
Plans to Run Another:
We would definitely consider running another marathon relay in the future!