Monday, January 26, 2015

Indoor Marathon Relay Race Recap

Back when I started running, the Indoor Marathon Relay was my first real race. My team, made up of two coworkers and a friend from the gym, had no idea how to train for the event or what to expect on race day. Looking back, I have to laugh thinking about my 'training' that consisted of running one mile as fast as I could on the treadmill. At the time, my pace for one mile was around 8:00. And on race day, it was much slower considering I had to run 6.55 miles, not just one. 

But despite a slow, painful race, I remember having so much fun. I loved the energy and working together with other people as a team. It made me excited to actually train for another race and so started my love affair with running :)

And now, five years after that first event, my team won the female team division! This year's teammates are fellow Oiselle birds - Sheila, Kim and Kristine. Our plan was to run two laps at a time (about 900m) throughout the race. This would enable us to run pretty fast, while also minimizing down time between turns on the track. 


It turned out to be a pretty good strategy. The race felt like an extended workout - but easier in some ways because there was music and extra long recoveries between repeats! As always, things felt tough around the 7th, 8th and 9th repeats - as it would during a regular workout - but wanting to run well for my teammates and also seeing so many familiar faces around the track helped me through those rough patches. 

 Photo by David Wiskowski

As we neared the end - we were so ready for the race to be over. Kristine flew so fast during the final lap and we were all so excited to greet her at the finish line. After a few 2nd place finishes and a 4th place finish, I finally had my 1st place finish!



Our results:

Time: 2:46:20
Pace: 6:21 min/mile
Gender Place: 1/XX?
Overall Place: 14/81

The win made the day pretty awesome! But also contributing to the fun was having another Oiselle team race with us. Megan, Allison, Nicole and Annie are all members of The Flock and had their own team at this year's relay. It was a blast seeing these ladies and watching all the Oiselle singlets fly around the track! 


And both Oiselle teams have to give a big thank you to Sara, who managed both teams at the event. She kept track of our laps, oversaw the run order, did the chip bracelet exchanges, etc. Basically, she was the true rockstar of the day!

After the race, we celebrated with a delicious feast at Maxie's Southern. A delicious meal to cap off the most wonderful day. I know I'm not the only one thinking we need to do this race again next year!


My questions for you:
  • What was your first race? How did it go?
  • What makes a race fun for you?
  • What song pumps you up pre-race or during a race?

Right now, I'm loving We Are So Alive Tonight (Wild Future).

- ST

18 comments:

  1. SO FUN! i was super excited to hear how this went! i love that you had two teams and your team won!! congrats :) love love love!

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    1. Thanks Courtney! We were super excited that everything went so well - couldn't have asked for a better race :)

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  2. That is some pretty impressive relay pace time! WOW great job to you guys, you earned that 1st place!!!! So impressive!
    I think so many things come into play to make a race fun, and when I look back at mine I think different things at each race.
    I've done a Ragna relay once before, I think group runs like this have their own special factors that make a race fun and amazing!
    Congrats to you all again!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! Since running is usually such an individual sport, it's nice to change things up and work with teammates. I have never done Ragnar but if it's anything like last weekend's relay, sign me up :)

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  3. HOLY MOLY YOU FAST LADIES!!! Congratulations on all of it! First place is WOW! I would love to do a marathon relay someday. I have never even heard of an indoor one, but the event sounds awesome!

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    1. I think indoor races are becoming more popular - I've heard of a few around the country :) Hopefully one comes to Baltimore soon!

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  4. OMG Sun, you guys are awesome! Congrats! This sounds like such a fun race. Ragnar is kind of a similar team concept which makes running so different and fun. I loved having a team depending on me (even though we were DEFINITELY not winning anything). How fun to have some many Birds there racing!

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    1. Seeing all the Oiselle singlets was definitely one of my favorite parts of the day. Love being surrounded by all the birds at the race :)

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  5. fantastic! it was really nice seeing you. congrats on your well deserved win!

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    1. So great seeing you, too, Nikki! Hopefully I'll see you at another race this spring/summer :)

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  6. It looks like you guys had a great time. Love your FlyStyle!!
    I've never run a relay race, but I love racing with friends.

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    1. Thanks Jen! If you get a chance, definitely try a relay - they are super fun :)

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  7. Yay! I was so happy for you all when I saw your tweet! Speedy ladies! Congratulations! Loved that you ended up winning when your goal was to just have fun. A reminder that we should all just relax a bit sometimes and things will take care of themselves. Super cool!

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    1. Thanks Hailey! And I couldn't agree more - sometimes it's best to go in with the attitude of having fun - after all, it's why we run :)

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  8. Love love love this and so so so proud of you and the girls for the 1st place finish! What an awesome win and experience! I love that you had a whole group of birds to celebrate with, too! I think the two lap strategy sounds really solid. Any longer could've created faster fatigue and any shorter would have been an inefficient use of time. Nice work! :D

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    1. Thanks Alicia! I hope we can get another bird crew together for next year's race, too. Maybe more Midwest birds will be able to join in the fun :)

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  9. Congrats on an epic race!!! It sounds so fun and even better to come home as the big winners!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! The win was just a bonus after having such a fun afternoon with fellow birds :)

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