American Odyssey Relay (The Grande Finale of a VERY busy week!)

Last week insanely busy!  Between everything I had going on at work, running, and Ilana had two days out of school (that I somehow overlooked on her school calendar! ) it was down right exhausting!  Not that I’m complaining, I tend to get bored when I’m NOT going 100 miles a minute, and I managed to pack in a lot of great quality time and fun with Ilana! The week ended with me taking Friday off (from work and the rest of my life) to run the American Odyssey Relay (200 mile relay race) in Gettysburg PA with one of my running BFFs, Theresa!

This year our team name was “Van on the Run”; we were in Van 1 and all met at Charm City Run.  We all had our sleeping bags, van party music, and were WELL stocked up on snacks when we began our drive to the starting line at 6:45 in the morning.  This is one of the funny things about me; I am NOT a morning person and rarely make it to work any earlier than 8 am, but can somehow manage to get out of bed before 4:30 am on race days! Haha

The race was just as much fun this year as it was last year; with lots of scenic/historic views and some of the most AMAZING race volunteers.  The runners get to vote for their favorite transition; this year one of the transitions had delicious oatmeal raisin cookies and another one had a fire pit (FYI…I LOVE fire pits!!!)  A few of the runs in the middle of the night center around “The Oasis” where runners can camp out, get food (burgers, pizza, baked treats…), and take a hot(ish) shower.   I’d sum this race up as a “mom and pop” version of Ragnar. 🙂

Van 1 Runners and Course Views :-)

Van 1 Runners and Course Views 🙂

After finishing up our first set of legs, it started to pour down rain! I feel bad for Van 2 for having to run in that “Tropical Storm” like weather while Van 1 sat in a warm, cozy restaraunt eating our “Linner” (Lunch/Dinner)……OK, I really didn’t feel bad, I laughed a lot, because I’m a jerk! Hahaha 😉  Let’s be real though, as much as they may have complained about it; it’s a well known fact that runners LOVE suffering…the worse the terrain, weather, distance the better the resulting runner “war stories”! So I know Van 2 loved being so bad ass during this race! Van 1 had to deal with some cold weather and light rain during our night runs, but overall we lucked out with nearly perfect weather for all of our legs! I earned my “bragging rights” in this race by tackling the hardest leg of the race, Andrea’s Ascent with a 1200 foot climb.  My legs were screaming and Andrea slowed me down to a “snails pace”, but I earned my “I Survived Leg 6” beer glass.  Which OBVIOUSLY is now my favorite beer glass!! In all seriousness, the whole VOTR team, including some newbie “ultra relay” runners did a fantastic job; kicking ass and taking names! We finished the race in 31 hours 11 minutes and 55 seconds, 31st out of 51 teams in our division.  Not bad at all!

Partying like Rock Stars! Great job VOTR!!!

Partying like Rock Stars! Great job VOTR!!!

I also started the Coach to 5K program with Ilana and my friend Christina this week.  We are all running the Color Run in D.C. this September; Ilana is super serious about training “like mommy does” for her race. Her goal is to be able to run the whole 5K without walking.  She is a natural so I think she’ll be able to do it!  We did our first run together at Davidsonville Park and enjoyed another beautiful day on Thursday.  🙂

Ilana posing, she did great and was so proud after our run together! :-)

Ilana posing, she did great and was so proud after our run together! 🙂

All the girls!

All the girls!

With AOR, and Coach to 5K in addition to my normal running; I had a solid/satisfying week of training last week.

The Run Down:

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- Run 5 miles outside
  • Wednesday-Rest
  • Thursday- Run 1.67 Miles with Ilana at Davidsonville Park (Training for Color Run 5K) + My Run 6 miles
  • Friday- Leg 1: 6.5 miles, Leg 2: 4.2 miles
  • Saturday- Leg 3: 8.2 miles
  • Sunday-2.35 mile trail run/hike (Or attempt at it! Lol)

This ended up being a good training week with my fastest run for the year Thursday afternoon, and my biggest hill of the year Friday morning:

I was in the zone for this run, 6 miles at 7:18 pace! :-)

I was in the zone for this run, 6 miles at 7:18 pace! 🙂

Leg 6 of AOR, a "leg crushing" 1200 foot climb!

Leg 6 of AOR, a “leg crushing” 1200 foot climb!

  • Total Weekly Miles: 33.92
  • 2014 Miles: 527.32

How is your Spring training/Spring racing season going? 



21 thoughts on “American Odyssey Relay (The Grande Finale of a VERY busy week!)

    • Thank you! And running IS fun, especially when you don’t take it seriously 100% of the time. I have a hand full of races every year I run for goal times; the rest are about being silly, hanging out with friends, wearing ridiculous costumes, eating too much food….Maybe if you’re in the area in September you can do Color Run with us! 😉

      • Wish I could make that happen, but unless I win a lottery my budget for awhile is not going to allow me any fun travel 😦 I will be with you gals in spirit! Darn creditors expect us to pay on bills;its not always fun attempting to be a responsible adult 😉 XOXO

    • Thank you! And I love running in the rain when it’s warm, it makes me feel like a kid leaping over (and sometimes accidentally in) puddles! Enjoy your down time and good luck on your upcoming training! I’m sure you’ll do great! 🙂

  1. Great job! It sounds like a lot of fun…although you really are a jerk! 😉
    I hope you fill that pint glass with some tasty things!
    I hope they enjoy the color run and the training

    • Haha – yes but all my friends are jerk-feel love to tease each other – it’s all in good fun! 🙂 and my pint glass has all ready been filled a couple times with “panther”-an awesome stout with an equally awesome name! 🙂

      And I’m sure we’ll all have a blast during the color run. I’m trying to make fitness and being active fun for my daughter. 🙂

  2. That run (and the entire outing) sounds incredible and something I’d like! lol I think it’s great that Ilana is getting involved with running with her mommy. She’s a beautiful little girl and she looks like a future runner. 🙂

  3. Thank you! Of course I have mommy bias but I think ilana is pretty amazing! And she’s a natural athlete; she all ready does gymnastics and has done a couple races with me. It’s great bonding time for us and I’m hopeful that I can influence her to have a lifelong love of fitness! 🙂

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