I've run the Sarasota Half Marathon for the past two years. It's a beautiful course on the water near historic Sarasota. The dolphin medal is the largest in the area. This year, I decided to try the half marathon relay. I invited my sister Patti to run the relay with me on March 15.
We came up with the team name Super Sisters. I created a quick logo to have printed on matching shirts with our team name on the back.
It was still dark when the race started and I felt a little tired from the half marathon I ran the day before. For this race, I only had to run 6.2 miles and I wasn't too concerned with time as Patti was nervous about the 6.9 miles she had to run (her longest race distance). I told her not to worry about time and just feel good about her run. Patti waited with some of my running group friends and then made her way to the transition area.
The transition area was about a quarter mile from the finish, situated so the relay partners ran and finished the last portion together. I started to watch for Patti about an hour later. Luckily, I had some friends to pass the time with.
I was excited when I saw Patti approach the transition area. She was doing fantastic with a nice pace.
I asked how she was doing and got a little emotional as we rounded the last corner together with the finish line in sight.
I was proud of my little sister for following through and finishing strong.
We both had a great race and pushed ourselves until the end. I loved all the race photos and they were free this year!
|Suncoast Striders' Relay Teams|
Overall Place: 105/285
Female Place: 46/159
5K: 30:45 - 9:54 min/mi
10K (relay transition): 1:03:37 - 10:15 min/mi
15K: 1:32:55 - 9:59 min/mi
Chip Finish time: 2:18:03 - 10:33 min/mi
**Disclaimer: As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given a race entry. All opinions are my own.