I just got back from the Baltimore Marathon expo with a friend, where we were busy collecting the packets of most of our relay team members. My friends and I have a five-year tradition of putting together relay teams for both the Baltimore and Frederick marathons under the name Run4Chocolate.
Running on a relay team is a blast. It’s a mixed bag too–in one sense I feel a lot more relaxed about running on a team than when I run individually. On the other hand, I don’t want to let my teammates down–and my teammates are fast, so I’ve got to do my best out there. Our teams also have a successful history of nabbing the top all-female team slots, so I want to make sure we can keep that streak going.
This year we have three relay teams made of up of four women each. Most of the legs are around 6 miles. I plan to warm up for a few miles, run my leg (the 3rd) and then continue running the last 7 in at an easy pace to the finish so that I can still get in about 16 miles.
When all is said and done, we have a run4chocolate party in the evening, another tradition. Everyone brings something with a chocolate ingredient. The desserts, obviously, are a cinch. It’s the other dishes that get interesting. One of the girls always does a mole from a different region of Mexico. I’m doing a butternut squash dish that includes raw cocoa nibs in it, and there’s rumor someone is bringing chocolate deviled eggs–I’ll let you know how those turn out!
If you haven’t ever run on a relay team before, grab some friends and give it a try sometime–it can add a whole new dimension to your running.
Don’t forget my Nathan sleeves giveaway here. It ends tomorrow!