Running Is A Team Sport: Palmetto70 Complete

by TaylorR

This weekend was one that I will never forget. The Palmetto70 has come and gone and I am left with so much.

This race was like nothing I have ever done before. I know I’ve said in the past, I prefer individual sports, but after this weekend, the comraderie and support that comes from a tight, close group… words can’t explain (which kind of sucks for a blogger).

But hopefully the recap of pictures will help put it into perspective.

Friday was filled with running last minute errands, and some pre-race team bonding.

race work

Sign making and car painting.

car painting

Which by the way… I did not come up with our team name. Though, it was pretty cute.

A few of the girls stayed at my place and we headed off to a very restless sleep at around 10, though all of us were still up at 12… not cool when you have a 2:30am wake-up. But we made it happen, and lucky for us our excitement helped us to wake up and get moving without a problem.

Palmetto 70 Time Cordesville –> Charleston

Then it was time for all 6 of us to meet up and head off to conquer 65.5 miles (I was a bit upset when I realized the course wasn’t 70 complete miles) but that was fine by me!

At 5:15, I kicked off the race for my team with just under 9-miles ahead of me. In the dark, back woods of Cordesville, SC (I had never even heard of this city). I just kept thinking about my team and wanting to start it off on the right foot, so those miles seemed to fly by! What helped was that I started in the second wave of runners, which were ALL guys. I just kept telling myself I wasn’t going to let them all overtake me.

And I didn’t! I passed 3 (our wave only had about 7-10 people in it) and I felt great.

The race continued on, one runner at a time, with us stopping the car about half way to show support and pump her up for the second half of the run.

motivation

We also decided that we should have been awarded “Team Congeniality” because we were the only team that would roll our windows down for EVERY runner we saw to cheer them on… I also think we were the only team with a cowbell. Not just any cowbell… but a Palmetto Cowbell. Oh yea.

palmetto70

It was a long day, but an amazing day… Here are some more pictures, as seriously I think they do a lot better of showing the experience than reading about it:

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All smiles at the end of each leg!

working

Work never ends… at least I LOVE it!

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Lots of team bonding

bubbles

Bubble blowing on the side of BIG roads for other teams and of course our girl Kim!

road racing

“Hurry up, Van #1 is already drinking beer!”

palmetto200 race

Finishing up leg 2… all physical pain at this point. And tears of joy, pain, relieve, and exhaustion

water-pourage

Team love… the best! Need some water on your head for a quick cool down? You don’t even have to ask. We got your back.

my-legs

Realizing you ran the most miles ever in a day… 15.3 total = pride.

palmetto70 run

Finishing off leg after leg = bliss and realization of how tired you are!

team-finishFinishing the race as a team, the best feeling of accomplishment.

finish palmetto70

Sprinting to the end side by side with your friend that has already done so many “firsts” (here and here) with you… appropriate.

team-medals

Love. Pride. Accomplishment. Support. Motivation. Exhausting. AMAZING.

Thank you to the Palmetto70 crew for giving us this opportunity. And thank you to all of my amazing team members (left to right): Ashton, Me, April, Jeanette, Felicia, and Kim for working so hard and making this such a memorable and positive experience. We heard of some craze team experiences and I felt so blessed ours worked together so perfectly.

As for our time? I have no freaking clue. All I cared about was finishing without any drama or injuries.

What did I do after? I was asleep by 6:30 and slept soundlessly until 7:30 this morning. Surprisingly though I feel great today! My butt my hurt a bit but nothing I can’t handle.

Lessons Learned From The: 

relay-bell- We all agreed that the 1st run you do is all MENTAL. Not knowing what to expect or how you will perform. The 2nd leg is all PHYSICAL. Your body is exhausted, your legs are tired, the temperatures were much hotter and you just want to stop.

- Adrenaline can get you to do some amazing things. After only 2 hours of sleep we were able to accomplish some great things.

- They play far too much Maroon 5 on the radio… we had a count going on the side of our van and by the end had 10 tally marks.

-Being a motivator for other teams is a lot of fun. And watching the ultra-teams (there were teams of just 2 running all 200 miles) was inspiring.

-The race was put together REALLY well. Organized, great volunteers and signs placed to help us not get lost. I am sure it’s not an easy event to keep it running smooth.

- Focus on hydrating and fueling. After a run, I have no appetite and this was the case after my first leg. But knowing I still had another run made me eat even when I didn’t want to simply to make sure I had the energy and fuel to make it through to the end.

- Relay races force you to make friends fast. No one in our van new EVERYONE at the beginning. But that all goes out the window and you make friends fast. Running creates “issues” and you gotta get be comfortable with it.

- After looking at all the pictures, I have declared Ashton “Most Photogenic” on the team as seen:

ash-3 ashton-1 ashton-matching motivation

The picture I think should be in Runner’s World

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J- all matched out and oh so serious!

And that’s a wrap!

During the race, we were debating who had the best matching outfit… we decided to leave it to my awesome readers:

Ashton or Jeanette (from the above picture)? 

 

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    CONGRATS!!!!!! What an experience!!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thanks! Now we have to do a bigger run together.

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I loved reading your recap and I want to do this next year- actually after listening to my friends talk about it Tuesday night at run club I wanted to do it THIS YEAR, lol. I loved seeing all the posts and tweets from it this weekend and i bet it was so fun to do it on an all girl team (some of my friends who did it were guys, even older guys, and they’re fun to run with too… but something about having to be in a smelly van or SUV for hours, i would rather be with other girls). Congratulations on finishing it and having a drama free race, sometimes that is what really matters more than a competition or how you placed, etc.

    Good luck with your next race! See you at East Shore soon :).

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thanks! It was a lot of fun with just the girls! Great time that you def need to do next year! We’ve already decided on the 200 for the next one!

  • Ashton

    Had an amazing time, kin you wrote it perfectly “love. Pride. Accomplishment. Support. Motivational. Exhaustion. AMAZING” had such a great time experiencing and making friend with all great women!! Thank you Kindal for putting everything together and being such an inspiration! Of course your camera loves me!!! Lets go big next year….hello 200!!!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      You rocked it out girl! Gosh, I don’t know if our cameras could handle 200 miles of pictures! How would I choose!?!? Xoxo

  • http://day-with-kt.com Kim

    That sounds like so much fun – I want to find one and put together a team!!! Looks like a great experience!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      It was great, definitely look into doing one. I am already researching for others.

  • http://www.lilmysninja.com Maria @ Lil Mys Ninja

    I loves reading your recap! It’s awesome to see another team’s experience! Ah! Another team with a cowbell. :) I also loved motivating other teams and their runners on the course. This was quite an experience and I already can’t wait to do it again. I was already thinking of next year before the race was even finished! :)

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Us too! We can’t wait for 2014, such a great way to bring us all together and help to remind us that running doesn’t have t be solo. That cow bell helped out many of times!

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