Flying Pig Marathon - Relay

First things first, this will be my 1000 post. Nothing special, just normal stuff, but I wanted to call that out.

The first weekend in May was the Flying Pig marathon. I planned on hardly running last week leading up to this, and I managed to follow through on that. I know, hard to believe, right?

Some of the work people and I had been planning to have a team all year (probably since October or so) for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and we were definitely struggling to find our fourth person. Only about three weeks ago, we heard that one of the QA guys had recently started running and had done a few 5Ks and stuff like that. So we basically cajoled him into joining us. But the more we talked as a group, the more excited he clearly got.

The Flying Pig is a big deal to me, since it was my first marathon and stuff. Since then, I have been involved in some capacity every year. I ran the 5K when I was pregnant to make sure that I still had some involvement. (The weekend after that preggo Pig 5K was the 5K when I fell and broke my elbow.) And running it in relay form with some of my coworkers/friends, that is even better!
I contacted my high school friend John of to make us some team t-shirts. Despite my last minute request and payment, he came through for me BIG TIME, and I was able to pick them up when I was in Toledo for the Glass City.  I am THRILLED with how they turned out for us.

So I ran leg 1 of the relay, which included the Northern KY portion. I have obviously run the full course before, but I had completely blocked it out, I guess, not to mention the fact that now, three years later (I ran it in 2012), I am 2 minutes per mile faster on average than I was then. That certainly makes a pretty big difference. I lined up with the 3:30 marathon pace group, figuring that would hold me to my goals out of the gate.
When we took off through downtown, I felt comfortable. Happy. Running. I just love the feeling. And I love it even more as I get faster, because it makes you feel like you are flying. I cruised through downtown and turned onto Gilbert to head up the hill. My memories from running this full marathon in 2012 leave this as the moment that broke me, only 6 miles into the race, and despite the fact that I obviously finished my first marathon, I fell off my goal right at that moment.

But this time, there was no goal. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I had a plan to run a BQ time (for me) as a team. So I know that I wanted to stick with about 8s, but I had no idea what to expect, so I did not even wear a watch. But I was just ahead of the pace group, so I knew that I was on pace as I ran into the exchange to find Alex.

After the exchange, I ran back down the hill (it was much quicker than taking the bus) and headed to the finish area to see my teammates arrive and make sure we all connected with each other.

We ended up finishing the race in 3:22:58, which was good enough for 7th in the relay division. BOOM.


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