10 Girls + 2 Guys + 32 Hours + 200 miles = EPIC!
Yet another amazing adventure to write down in the books 🙂
Our trip began at Ojai Valley. We stayed at my workâ€™s brother camp in Ventura only 15 minutes from the starting line. Such a beautiful camp site.
Holly, the camp director led us to the most amazing Italian restaurant in Ojai.
Cynthia and Jen
Ronni, Ash, and Me 🙂
All the ladies
I built my own veggie pizza complete with chicken too 🙂 It was so neat to hear how the restaurant has a farm and they grow all of their own veggies!
We hit the hay early Thursday night and got up and headed to the starting line. Here we are ready to check in and get this party started! Their were 6 girls in Van #1.
At check in they gave us a bunch of swag.
And because I was the captain I got this very cool Nathan water bottle!
We all had the bib #153.
I love that we can get creative for Relays. Well we were not as creative as most but we still decorated our van.
We were the Redlands Runegades 🙂
Our van was packed with healthy snacks for the trip and I even brought my Envitote
I was runner number 3 so I had time to eat a little breakfast before the start.
Cynthia was runner #1. Go Cynthia!
See look at how creative some folks get 😉
And were off!!!
Veronica pose in front of the porta pottys which we used on a regular basis.
Cynthia did awesome! She got us off to a great start 🙂
Check out our packed van.
Alright it was my turn to get out their and run the road. My first leg was 6.1 miles all on the highway. It was rather beautiful minus the truck debris all in my eyes. I ran right along a strawberry patch that smelt amazing! My Garmin time was 44:10, I was proud.
Loaded it up!
I think I had
a billion several handfuls of this yummy trail mix all trip long 🙂
Ash is up! Run Fast Ash, Run Fast!
Another fun outfit.
Melody rocked leg 4!
Ash completed her run and we were off again!!
Our first exchange with Van #2 was in a large parking lot of a church.
Yeah Van #2
Kerry was their first runner, Kerry is one of my readers and now my friend 🙂
Look who I found?! My Uncle Joey! He was doing the Relay with some friends too!
After we let Van #2 take over we got some grub at Subway. I ordered the turkey sandwich with avocado. Sunway never tasted so good!
Jen brought the most amazing cookies and in Ashâ€™s words â€œ I might just give up eating all food and eat these cookies!â€ . They were blueberry white chocolate, you will be seeing these in my blogger bake sale coming up 😉
After lunch we got to set up our sleeping bags and rest in the most random park in Woodland Hills. Felt good to jut lay around and do nothing for a while.
Then runner #12 came in (Keith on the left) and we were off for our second legs!! As you can see we were all about safety!
My run was at 10:30pm so I had a little banana and PB sandwich to hold me over.
My leg was 9 miles down Ventura blvd. It was dark, scary, and thrilling!!! I rocked it out!
Then it was sleepy time! We went to the next van exchange and rested for 2.5 hours in a park somewhere. We just spread out our sleeping bags and crashed! I donâ€™t think I have ever rested so well.
When the second van called us to tell us they were coming in at 5am, I was so tired I didnâ€™t know how I was going to run. I threw on my clothes and got out there!! My third and final leg was 4.3 miles along the beach!! It was beautiful! I pretended like I was on vacation and was waking up for an early run along the water 🙂 Don’t you love the socks?
Jen was our last runner in our van, she was amazing!
Ash was happy to be DONE!
First stop the Starbucks table!
All throughout the course the were giving away free SBUX!
Van #2 was off!!!
While Van #2 finished up their last leg our van got some breakfast at IHOP 🙂
We cleaned our plates!
Check out the finish! Dana Point was beautiful!
We plopped our towels down and soaked up some rays!!
The finish line
Yeah for fun friends! This was Veronicaâ€™s first race EVER! She did so great!
At the finish line were massages :)
Oh I love me some Rubios!
Our last team member came in to the finish and we did it!!!!
Check out the HUGE metals!!!
New friends for life!
After the race we went back to our hotel room, washed up, watched Dark Knight, and then headed out to dinner and got to see the sunset!
We had dinner in Laguna at Pasta Promodora.
Yummy pesto for the bread.
I ordered a glass of Red.
Celebration dinners are the best!!!!
I had the whole wheat pasta with chicken and veggies. So light and delicious!
Such an amazing time with 12 wonderful friends. I just love Relay races. The crazy running environments, running conditions, and the challenge make it thrilling!!!
When I got home yesterday I started working on the video I created and sadly I did not finish and got rather frustrated so that will have to come later.
If you missed Hubbyâ€™s post from yesterday, check it out. I married such a funny guy :)
Off to work!!!