Quarter Horse Marathon Relay: Socks, a New Format, and Run-Matchy-Twinsie
So, as the holidays approach, snow is falling, and we are running two holiday races (more on those later), it seems fitting to look back to when it was warm. When we had tons of fun with socks (which make a great Christmas gift FYI – check out ProCompression – yep we are ambassadors, but as you will tell from the below, we were obsessed well before that . . . ) And when we experimented with a unique marathon relay format.
TimeHop Back to Spring . . .
Anywho, we keep forgetting to tell you about this really cool race we did at the beginning of the season, the Quarter Horse Marathon Relay. I just loved the idea of this race. You cover a marathon distance (26.2 miles), BUT you don’t have to do it alone. (Unless you really want to I guess.)
The course was set up as 16 loops, with the first loop 3.4 miles and each of the rest 1.5 miles. There were a few options: you could go solo and run the 16 laps on your own or have a team anywhere from 2 to 5+ people. The race site says you can divide the laps up anyway you want as long as everyone on the team runs at least one lap.
There are more rules for a 4 person team: Each team member needs to run one 1.5-mile loop, then wait for the other relay member to run their loop. People on 4 person team run a lap and then cheer on your team for 3 laps then run 1 lap again. You repeat this for all 16 laps.
“Lets do this race! we could have TWO Skortaholic teams!”
I sent out texts to the Skortaholics: “Lets do this race! we could have TWO Skortaholic teams!” The responses were less than enthusiastic.
“I am not running around in a circle 16 times!”
“It’s March, it will be cold!”
Sandy wanted in, but was still injured. MB was positive “I’m in, but I want to run at least a half” (she’s crazy like that). [Ed. Note – Not sure what about that is crazy . . . ]
Packet Pick Up is held at the race site-Spindletop Hall. I stopped on the way home from work and was in and out in less than 10 minutes – Cake!
The race suggested you set up a tent home “base” for your team, and to set up the evening before for the best spots. As I was leaving, I noticed it was REALLY windy, and I was kinda worried about the people setting up their tents. Would they be there in the morning? (Being typically last-minuters, we were leaving that to the next day.)
The Night Before (Not Christmas)
Matching, colorful outfits are a Skortaholic “thing”. MB and I sent 542 text messages before we settled on 2 outfits. YES, there was a costume change in the middle of the race.
We also tried to figure out how we were going to run this thing. Who wants to go first? Should we run 2 laps and change runners? Run a 1/2? We couldn’t decide. MB made a spreadsheet (YES, it took a spreadsheet) with 3 different options, and we decided to decide race morning.
BUT, we had our CLOTHES figured out. We run enough races together that we could be twins, with Asheville Half shirts, dream print Jette Skirt Sports skirts, and Neon wave Pro Compression socks for the the first round. We kept the skirts, and changed to Montgomery Marathon shirts and Valentines socks for round two. A rose pink sparkly Ponya Band worked great for both get ups. Priorities people!
Race start is 9 a.m. (We think . . . ) We arrived around 8 a.m. to set up our tent. We brought chairs, food and family.
We spent quite a bit of time decorating our area with our very colorful procompression socks.
I ran first. This was the long lap. 3.4 miles. I went out much faster than I planned.
We were going to take it easy, we were supposed to be having fun!
MB met me at the transition ready to go! And then, well, like 15 more times, run 1.5 miles as fast as you can, and EXCHANGE!
We both kept a steady pace and knew when each other would arrive. Each wait was really not too bad — we had just enough time to catch our breath, grab a drink, and then get ready to go — not long enough to get tight. But, by the last couple of laps, I was kinda ready to be done . . . the race is basically mile repeats . . .
And we WON!!! Fastest 2 women team!
Registration for this race is open now for 2018. We may be back to defend our title, but I have to see what my coach thinks . . . [Ed Note: MB is ready to go . . . and may not listen to her coach . . .]
What do you think about this format?
What unique race formats have you tried?