These are my “Acadia 2” teammates. We were together non-stop for over 36 hours. The girls on my team were freaking AWESOME. and more importantly (for a 200 mile relay) they were TOUGH.
from left to right:
Meg – This girl flew all the way out from Miami, FL to join our team. During her second leg, she took a wrong turn (along with other runners because of a poorly marked route) and ended up tacking on an extra 3 miles to her run…in the middle of the night.) But she finished, and she finished strong.
Kari – Notice Kari’s strange shoes in the photo? Those are Vibram 5 fingers. She ran her entire first leg (5 miles) in those “barefoot shoes”. That’s one mile further than she had ever run in them. And even when we could tell she was hurting and offered her running shoes a few miles in, she refused. She finished and she finished strong.
Brenna – Brenna is my niece and we’ve done quite a few races together. She’s the one that convinced me to do my first triathlon last year which I thank her everyday for. Just over a month ago Brenna set a goal of running the LA marathon in 2011…completely BAREFOOT. She has started her training (which you can follow here) and decided to run the last mile of her last leg barefoot. Not only did she finish and finish strong, she passed a whole bunch of guys coming up that last hill, even giving them a barefoot click of her heels as she passed by.
Me – My total distance was supposed to be just over 20 miles but helping out an injured teammate, I ended up with just over 25 miles in 36 hours. I finished, and I finished strong.
Kelly – She was our injured teammate. Though she could barely walk at the time, she still managed to run 2.5 miles of her first leg at a 10 minute pace. After that, she was the most devoted tweeter and cheerleader and relay car could have. She finished, and she finished strong, hobbling across the finish line with the rest of the team.
Emmie – This girl had a nagging cough during our time together. Turns out she ran the entire relay with bronchitis. But she finished, and she finished strong.
Acadia #1 was full of tough girls too, running at night on secluded trails, rolled ankles, dislocated shoulders. We were a pretty impressive bunch if I do say so myself.