Workout of the Day for Tuesday 12/06/11
Team CrossFit Roseville rocked it today in the CIM Relay!
If you have never experienced a marathon, then you need to! Even if it’s just as a spectator! The determination and positive energy of the runners and spectators is contagious! Our only training was hitting the WOD’s at CFRV! None of us had put in the time to run during the week like we thought we would, and interestingly enough we didn’t need to, at least not for a relay. Justin you’ll have to attest to the full marathon:) Each of our leg’s of the race ranged from 5.6 -7.6 miles, and we all ran faster than we thought we would, mostly due to our commitment to CF, and partly due to putting ourselves in an environment of positive energy and determined minds…just like at CFRV!
Being part of the CrossFit Roseville relay team was an amazing experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better team; they are great athletes and friends. I am looking forward to participating with them again next year. Denise, thanks for your support and for driving us.
We finished! (Unofficial time: 4:05 results still pending.)
Whenever I think of the California International Marathon Relay, I can’t help think of the phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
While running a marathon is on my “bucket list”, I still don’t feel ready to run that far. However, with the help of 3 friends, I can run 5.9 miles, 7.6 miles, 7.0 miles or 5.7 miles and this is exactly how the CIM relay is set up. You get the same marathon distance of 26.2 miles but broken into 4 smaller pieces with 4 people working together to get to the finish. This was my 3rd year participating and every year the experience seems to get better. I really love it.
And what is not to love? I guess that depends on how you look at it.
Yes, the weather can be on the cold side, but that is what hot coffee, blankets and commiserating is for.
Sure the race starts early, but getting to experience the sun rise on a cheering crowd and see elite athletes do what they do best is breathtaking. (And sometimes you can even see your breath!)
Of course pace matters, but each person runs their own race. We race against the clock, not the person next to us, so don’t let your current pace stop you from trying. (Sound familiar?)
And while there are a few logistical hurdles to tackle, there is nothing quite as exciting as finally locating your incoming teammate so you can start your own leg of the race. (Except maybe having lunch together afterwards!)
While I may not be able to conquer 26.2 miles (yet) I can still do great things and I’m getting better every day.
Thanks very much team “Rx Chicks” (and our fearless driver) for the laughs, the motivation and a generally wonderful day.
9:45 p.m. the night before race day: Lying in bed trying to fall asleep. Why is it I can’t sleep before race day? Even if it’s a little relay??
10:30 p.m. the night before race day: Still lying in bed trying to fall asleep. Who knows how long it took me to actually drift off.
4:42 a.m.: Wake up and look at the clock. Of course, three minutes before it’s going to go off.
4:45 a.m.: Alarm goes off *BEEP, BEEP, BEEP* Up and at ’em! Brush teeth, wash face, don the race gear, all while the amazing husband prepares my breakfast and coffee!
5:45 a.m.: Arrive at Justin’s humble abode. His amazing wife also prepared his breakfast!
6:00 a.m.: Sit outside Starbucks waiting for it to open so Justin can have his precious French pressed coffee 🙂
6:10 am.: Meet up with other race participants to carpool; start heading to runner drop-off.
6:45 a.m.: Jump out of the truck and head over to start line.
7:00 a.m.: And we’re off!
Race day was crazy for relay runners!! I hitched a ride to the start line with Justin, Ben, and Dave (who were all running the full marathon and all were quite cool, calm, and collected, might I add), while the rest of my relay team waited for me at the end of my leg. The race started at 7:00 a.m., and a few minutes before 8:00 a.m., I arrived at the drop point for Laura to begin her leg. She quickly switched the ankle timer from my ankle to hers, and she was off!! Thanks to Duffy, all the drop points and parking spots were planned in advance and meticulously thought out. Had it not been for her, I don’t think we’d have made it to each drop point in time for the next runner to switch the ankle timer and go in a timely fashion! Duffy, Krista, Me, and Denise (our second driver and lifesaver) all jumped into Duffy’s car and headed to the end of the second leg. Once we got there, we only had a few minutes to get over to the drop point and wait for Laura. Laura came sailing in with a great time and arrived exactly when we expected her. Krista and Laura switched the ankle bracelet from one to the other, and then Krista was off! Duffy, Laura, me, and Denise all jumped back into Duffy’s car to drive down to the next drop point. Once Krista came running in (also with a great time), Duffy
was off to run the last leg. At that point, we all switched to Denise’s car, which Duffy and Denise had parked on the other side of the race course (*SO SMART* because traffic would have been so bad we’d have not made it to the end of the race in time to see Duffy finish) and Laura, Krista, me, and Denise headed down to the finish. Once we arrived, we anxiously awaited Duffy’s finish. Once she crossed the finish line, we all cheered, hugged, took pictures together, looked for Justin, ate some race day snacks, looked for Justin, drank some water, looked for Justin, and then finally headed out to lunch.
A relay race is something I’d never done before and definitely would like to experience again. I loved working as a team to complete the marathon, and we were all doing the best we could for each other! As I was running, I kept thinking about the smiling faces that would be greeting me at the end of my leg, and I wanted to do my best so they could be proud of me and be glad I was part of their team. I was greeted with hugs and words of praise and encouragement, a bottle of water, and beautiful smiling faces. By working together as a team, we were able to complete something none of us would have been able to complete on our own (without race training, of course), and it felt good to be part of that. Team Rx Girls finished in 8th place in our division! Thank you Duffy, Krista, Laura, and Denise!!
While those four ladies tackled the 26.2 miles, myself, Ben Chapman (Tacoma Strength and Conditioning), and Dave Eubanks (CrossFit SAC) attempted to run the whole thing individually. All of us were successful and completed the entire course. It was my first time running this distance. The longest I had done before this was a half marathon (13.1 miles) about 9 months ago with Jesse Phillips and Jordan Carlson. My time was 4 hours and 35 minutes. I am glad I ran it. I enjoyed the whole process. I like the course – heck I grew up on those streets so what’s not to like?). I know how I could improve and I learned some lessons about hydration and nutrition as well. As fun as it would it have been to run the whole thing together, we spread out a little bit and finished at different times.
The last running workout I did, besides in a CrossFit WOD, was 8 weeks prior to the marathon. I do not recomend this as a trainign strategy. But, I think this shows the efficacy of well built GPP (general physical preparedness) program to prepare you for anything – even running a marathon.
If a marathon is on your list of things to do, then CrossFit training with additional CrossFit Endurance (crossfitendurance.com) type running workouts layered on top of the CrossFit program is the way to do it.