Once I had calmed my nerves again, it was time to go meet Karrie at the end of her run to start the first leg of my ultramarathon journey. Gabby and I went to cheer Karrie in and by chance we ran across an inspiring set of runners. They were a team of living kidney donors and kidney recipients celebrating life. We watched the kidney donors and recipients embrace at the end--so emotional and inspiring!
My 10-miler was a hot and dry route that mostly went along the Santa Ana River Trail, but on the opposite side of the river than our EC 100. It was a fairly flat route but I was planning on my music playlist to keep me entertained, however, my phone decided to play the same three songs, Sam Cook, Bruno Mars, and Pitbull were my phone's artists of choice. Coach Ed taught us never to count on anything outside of ourselves, so while I was disappointed, I just pushed on. I felt strong throughout my run, and then I was running in to switch with our next runner, Kristi!
Kristi, our virgin Ragnar runner, had almost fourteen miles to complete, including one of the steepest legs of the entire race. She did great and came back with a huge smile on her face. She still looks strong and is ready to tackle her next legs later tonight.
Pat had the longest and hottest legs of us all. He is doing over 21 miles total, and the temperature is nearing 80. Darcy and Gabby are our final runners, and then it all starts over again.
We are all still in good spirits and ready to tackle Part 2. Hopefully I will be awake enough to post later tonight, but I also know at some point we might need to actually get a little shut eye.