First things first. What is a slap bracelet (In case you are a loser and never had one)? A slap bracelet is a bracelet consisting of layered, flexible stainless steel spring bands within a fabric or plastic cover. The bracelet can be straightened out, creating tension within the springy metal bands:
The straightened bracelet is then slapped against the wearer's forearm, causing the bands to spring back into a curve that wraps around the wrist, securing the bracelet to the wearer:
Now that that's clear, you ask yourself AGAIN: "How can someone (adults) play with one of these for 27 hours? Well, easy answer: a Relay Race. Not only are we dumb enough to sign up for a race that covers 188 miles in distance,14,000ft of elevation gain, a poor diet and no sleep, but also we want to slap each other with a bracelet, since the bracelet is our baton. HOW FUN.
Focusing more on the running part and sorta forgetting about the countless hours I spent organizing my team, here's basically what I remember:
|Yes, our van HAS to be decorated.|
|Yep, looks like this team is ready to run! :)|
|Hello, my name is Gaby|
My second leg, the night one, was a pretty familiar one. In two of the past 3 relays I had done, I had started my long leg at the Wolcott Post Office and ran into Eagle. This is roughly 12 miles, but this time, Ragnar did a great job dividing the leg and I ran from the Wolcott Post Office and 5 miles west towards Eagle. I had a very good run averaging 8:35 min/mile which made me very happy. After this, I was ready to nap.
"Napping" can be very challenging in races like this. First of all, we needed to keep driving and dropping off our remaining runners (3 more after me) and then, drive to the next major exchange point, where we'd meet our other half of the team once they were done with their night runs. Then, once we got there, I was too tired to deal with the cold and was dying to go inside the building, lay my sleeping bag and sleep there. But it was a tad crowded...
|I slept well regardless|
|Yes, we had reflective vests and ran in the dark with them. SEXY!|
Our last runner, had no easy task in hand... his leg was long (9 miles..ish) and close to 2000 ft of elevation gain. He said he'd run it in 90 minutes, and we believed him... and he did. He absolutely crushed it. But while he was running ferociously, we were just getting the party started.
Robb, our last runner, came sprinting down the mountain and we could barely keep up with him, but we somehow, kind of, sort of, crossed the finish line all together. And popped open champagne, and got our medals, and celebrated... FUN! Ok, this part was ACTUALLY fun. And I am usually the happiest when the above madness is over (and by that, I mean the running).
|Team captain here opening a bottle of Champagne... Yeepeee!!!|
Oh! Forgot to mention, Team Happy Endings finished 8th place in our category out of 107. Not too shabby. Well done team... until next year!
|Team Happy Endings at its finest.|