So, I have a little secret and I suppose now is as good of time as any to spill the beans…
This upcoming I’m going to be running my first relay. Ever.
Wha-whaaaat? That wasn’t in my upcoming race schedule?! Well, ‘tis true. Come Saturday, team “Real Runners Don’t Tri” (i.e. me and seven other crazies) will be running the 47th Annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay. It’s a small, local race with seven legs taking teams around Lake Tahoe. Challenging? Yes. Beautiful? Indeed.
To be completely honest, I’m more nervous than I have been in a long time. The team captain called me up a month or so ago and asked me if I wanted to be on the team. In sticking with my 2011 resolution to make the most out of life, I said yes. However, the more I think about it the more my nerves are setting in. I think I may have duped the team captain into thinking I was super fast or something, because when I looked at the team’s times from last year, my stomach turned into knots. More than anything, I think I’m nervous because no longer is my running a personal thing, but now I’m part of a team that I don’t want to disappoint, and ever since Boston 2 Big Sur, my legs haven’t been able to achieve the “umph” they once had. Poor lil’ babies are still tired.
The good news is that I’ll be running the first leg of the race. The site described leg one as the “Coolest part of the day and before heavy traffic starts, run past casinos and souvenir shops. Mostly flat with 2 hills before the downhill finish into Zephyr Cove beach area.” Sounds harmless, right? Errr…
So there you have it folk, the next race is my first-ever relay. Have you ever run a relay? What are your relay tips?