Well, despite every possible effort to foil my team’s start, every member of Ludicrous Speed showed up ready to run!
My first run was through the crappy section of Coral Gables. I started out way too fast because the sun still wasn’t up. The running route was through an interesting neighborhood – and because I was slightly afraid of getting lost – I ran HARD to keep up with the girl in front of me. I lost her anyway. I kept reminding myself that Carolyn (my sister, who ran that leg last year) had commented that it was through the ‘hood. So, if it was sketchy, I MUST be on the right path! I eventually found my way to the outskirts of the University of Miami campus that I knew would lead me to the end of my run. It was a great run, solid effort, and fun start to the weekend!
The second run was along a dirt path, down a road, and onto the gravel road next to a canal. I started in a light rain, which eventually let up. The humidity hit me HARD! My diaphragm was cramping because I was apparently breathing a little funny. Around mile 2 it cleared up, and I started to feel much better! I wanted the run to go on forever because the longer I ran, the better I felt.
My final run was the run I was waiting for – the Seven Mile Bridge! I ran about 2 miles before hitting the bridge. My run was slow, but really awesome. I was so happy to finally get to run this leg! I started in the dark, and the sun started peeking over the horizon when had about two miles remaining… so I got to see stars and the sunrise! The shoulder is narrow, and I was worried that passing trucks would scare me. As it turns out, the breeze left in their wake was the only relief from the warm, humid air, and I welcomed the passing of every large vehicle!
The exchanges and course support were much more strictly executed this year – I’m guessing the jump from 350 to 550 teams required it. Sometimes it was a bummer to not be allowed to stop where you wanted to, but the entire event went so smoothly that I cannot complain.
And, that’s the short version!