After seeing Nicole off at the start, all of us from the first van raced back to the vehicle to follow after her. Being newbies at this point, we weren't entirely sure how to do the whole "runner aid" thing, but Nicole ran with water, so she was a-ok.
|Exchange 1...middle of Nowhere, AZ.|
|Not much fanfare at the runner exchanges.|
We learned really quickly that the course maps are pretty misleading. I present Exhibit A:
The good thing is that I was rocking it. My first 2 legs were really speedy for me. Soon enough, I was at the exchange and then Jenna off and running. That girl was fast. Like super fast.
Later on, we had a little bit of time to kill at one of the exchanges.
|We became obsessed with Grumpy Cat.|
|And Grumpy Cat liked our photos..|
Before we knew it all of our runners had finished their first legs and we met up at the van exchange, where van 2 would would be active and we could relax for a few hours.
The van exchanges were a lot more crowded than the regular runner exchanges and there was definitely a lot more to look at...
Despite how yummy the margis looked, I really wouldn't have wanted to run with alcohol in my system. After snarfing everything in sight, we were excited to be able to use real bathrooms instead of port-a-potties...
|Me, Nicole, Melissa and Megan. |
Real running water!!!
|I think other places in the country have grass that is actually green...|
|Yes, that is a Squeeze-it in the picture, courtesy of Nicole. |
I didn't even know those still existed!
|Waiting very impatiently for a text from van 2 to let us |
know when their last runner was en route....
|Van 1 is ready to rock!!|
|Let's get this party started!|