I'm a stickler for being on time- we had planned that we needed to be on the road the same time our fellow teammates, van 1 began the race. Chattanooga, where the race started, is in est time zone, Nashville is central time zone,so therefore needed to be on the road by 8am- didn't happen. Was supposed to wake up at 7am so we could be on the road and meet up with our 6th teammate Kristy by 8am. Woke up late, rushed to pack the van, make breakfast, and double check we have everything. 15 minutes late in meeting up with Kristy at Target. Once there, we needed last minute supplies and 30 min later finally on the road. So unfortunately I'm driving, have a lead foot, and we're an hour behind- bad combination. Lets just say the cops were involved and put us well past 1.5 hours behind our schedule- awesome. Make it to the highway, something happened along the way with our GPS and we bypassed our exit and ended up in Georgia- not Jasper, TN where our exchange was.
Thankfully we found the place and after our quick safety training we still had plenty of time to spare to begin the decorating of our vehicle!
|Stenciling on 'Walmart' to the side of the van|
|Sloan adding duct tape to the lights we'll be adding to the van- love the hair|
|Front of Van|
Once we were done decorating it was time to wait till we got the call from van 1 that the last runner had left and we should begin to prepare for out first runner. With nothing to do it was extremely apparent how cold it was, mid 30s at best, frustrating since it was 60s 2 days prior.
|Van 2- Me, Kristy, Sara, Sloan, Scott, Craig|
|Dad and me|
|Scottie and me!|
So our first leg, leg 7, is Scottie, and it is by far probably one of the hardest legs of the entire race. He has to run 5.3 miles up this mountain. Each leg is classified as easy, moderate, hard, very hard dependent on mileage and elevation- this was 'very hard' due to an increase of 1100 elevation change.
|The mountain Scott will be running up, and eventually, myself running down.|
|Getting ready to hand off to our 2nd leg Sloan.|
|Sloan taking off his mullet and tank as he gets ready to hand off to Craig|
|Craig handing off to Sara|
|must be nice to feel so great while running Sara!|