Third time’s a charm, right? After putting my hat in the ring and then withdrawing twice (because…pregnant), this year, I finally participated in the Pettit Indoor Marathon Relay.
Andrea, Alicia, Laura and I left the Cities and headed east on 94 last Friday afternoon and after a five+ hour drive and a much-needed Chipotle stop, we checked into our Airbnb. It was a low key night (besides a thrilling trip to the grocery store for booze because Wisconsin knows what they’re doing).
Since the race started at 1 p.m., pre-race fueling proved to be a bit tricky, especially when you don’t eat gluten or dairy. I went with my typical breakfast — AIP breakfast sausage and sweet potatoes (because, yes, I now travel with a full-sized cooler). Then, we made a stop at a grocery store and I grabbed some pickles, prosciutto and potato chips. You know — essentials.
Even though we didn’t start racing until 1, we were meeting at the Pettit at 11 a.m. With 40 Oiselle Volee racing and friends/family who came to spectate, we had to reserve a pretty large area for ourselves. Thanks to Sheila’s amazing-ness, everything felt super organized which just let us all relax and have fun. It was fun to catch up with some teammates I hadn’t seen in awhile and meet some new ones, too. Around 12:30 we took a team photo and then it was time to warm up.
One lap at the Pettit track is 445.2 meters and the full marathon is 94.8 laps. Since there were four people to a team, we each ran 24 laps total, two at a time. Given that I’m still in a base building phase of my training, it was pretty intense to essentially do a 12×800 workout, but man…it was fun.
We surprised ourselves (or maybe I was the only one who was surprised?) and finished in 3:39.
After quick showers and a change into real clothes, we met up with some of our other teammates for dinner and beer at Lakefront Brewery (AKA my happy place – thank you for having delicious gluten-free beer).
Back at the Airbnb, we promptly changed into #allthelux, poured some drinks, put our legs up the wall and turned on the Olympics. I think I may have stayed up past 10 p.m. that night, so we’re calling it a success.
Post-race, I felt surprisingly good, besides the usual angry TFL. Had some ART and cupping done on Wednesday and feel pretty much back to normal!