Saturday, March 26, 2011

SunTrust Relay

Mai and Charles spent their spring break taking a family vacation up the East Coast, stopping along the way a few times before reaching me. They brought Maddie and baby Estelle, already a traveler at only 3 or 4 months old!

I took time off work and we wandered around DC for a bit, visiting museums and monuments. They were in the mood for a low key vacation so we didn't grind out an exhausting visitors schedule.

The one thing I did have planned was a half marathon relay - I was on a relay team that needed to replace a team member, and Mai was interested. The half marathon relay teams consisted of 3 people: 5 miles, 5 miles, 3.1 miles. I had one of the 5 mile legs and I was positive the friend who couldn't make it had the 3.1 mile leg, so I told Mai she could take that one over. But, I was mistaken as our team's third runner Leslie has the 3.1 mile leg. Mai was OK with bumping up from 3.1 miles to 5 miles - no big deal for her.

The morning of the race, we couldn't figure out how to get to the exchange points. If I ran the 1st 5 miles, Mai would need to get to mile 5 in order to meet me, then swap with Leslie at mile 10, and somehow get back to the finish. Granted I didn't look all this info up ahead of time, but to make a long story short, since we couldn't find anybody who knew what to do, we just decided to run the first 10 miles together, and then work our way back with the metro cards the race provided.

So I had promised Mai 3.1 miles, which became 5 miles, and then 10 miles that morning. I'm lucky she was cool with the ever growing mileage she had to do. :) This race was actually very nice - scenic course passing many of the major landmarks, and not quite as crowded as the MCM.

Outside the Museum of Natural History.

Street full of runners and paper cups.