Reach the Beach Relay: 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Ready for more? Sorry I left you hanging!

Around 4:00 PM, it was finally time for Van 2 to run their first legs. Since I was runner #7, I started the running rotation.


Sarah finished her leg strong.


Our hand-off was seamless (our first snap bracelet “snap” was the best of the three legs as seen in the photo below) and then I was off and running.


My first leg was 3.79 miles. I actually don’t remember much about the route (I think it was pretty?), but I remember trying to keep my pace just below 8:30. My first leg was the shortest of the three I’d run for the relay, so I wanted it to be my fastest. I felt great for the entire leg, and the whole time I was running, I couldn’t get the goofy smile off of my face. I love stuff like this!

As soon as I saw the Transition Area and Monica waiting for me, I booked it to the end. I finished 3.79 miles in 31:15, so my average pace was 8:14.


Hooray! Leg 1 finished!


Monica was up next. You can check out her recap here.


Monica handed off to Theodora, who’s first leg was seriously hilly.


Good thing she knows how to make hills her bitch!


So, the guy with the camera following Theodora”¦ I should probably explain what that’s all about.

Our team had a camera crew following us for the entire relay (day and night), documenting our experience and interviewing us throughout the race. The footage will be used to make four Reach the Beach episodes about Team Off Balance. I’m not exactly sure when they’ll be finished or where you can watch them, but I’ll keep you guys in the loop once I find out more.

Once Theodora finished her leg, the sun was starting to set, which meant we needed to break out the safety gear.


Looking good, Elizabeth!


Elizabeth whizzed through her first leg.


And then it was Anne‘s turn. She was pumped!


During Anne’s leg, we decided to have a little dance party on the side of the road to cheer her on.


Relay races are bananas!!!

IMG_4895 (750x563)_thumb

Once we psyched up Anne, it was back to the van to get Ashley ready for her first leg.


She rocked the safety gear too!


Ashley lucked out and enjoyed some really beautiful scenery along with a gorgeous sunset on her leg.



After stopping to cheer on Ashley, our van headed to the Transition Area to meet up with Van 1, who we hadn’t seen since the afternoon.


We were excited to see one another, so another dance party/rave ensued.



Before we knew it, Ashley finished her leg and Gretchen took off once again to tackle her second leg.


Since Van 2 was “off” for the next several hours, we headed to dinner at Carbone’s in Hopkinton.

Reach the Beach 2012 (96) (750x563)_thumb

I ordered a ham sandwich with French fries and an iced coffee for dinner.


Clearly, my meal was not the Dinner of Champions, but it was the only “real” meal I ate in 32 hours. The rest of the time, I lived off of carby snacks, including peanut butter-filled pretzels, bananas, and bagels with peanut butter. This way of eating worked fine for the race, but I’m happy to be back to my normal diet.


We left dinner at almost 11:00 PM, so we drove to the next Transition Area and went to sleep. Well, we tried to sleep. Six people in a van was pretty tight, but I managed to get 1.5 – 2 hours of sleep.

At 1:00 AM, Monica (our van driver/coach/mom) woke me up and told me Sarah was only a few miles away. I needed to get ready to run my second leg!

Night leg post coming next!


  1. Ah this looks like so much fun!!! I really need to find more running friends. How did you guys make your team? Did New Balance find you or did you find each other? I would really love to do one but none of my friends are distance runners and if I mention anything over 2 miles, I get the deer-in-headlights look!

  2. this is so cool, i didn’t even know relay races like this existed until now! it seems like so much fun. may seems like a great month for you!

  3. Wow, what a cool experience! I am also excited to hear what it was like running at night, I can’t even function on that little sleep, let alone run in a relay race 🙂

  4. You ran through Worcester! That’s where I’m from! I knew the race was right by me but didn’t know it went through there! congrats on a great job!

  5. Relay racers ARE banana’s!!! AND I LOVE IT, TOO!!! I live in Oregon and have done Hood 2 Coast for years. SO. MUCH. FUN! So glad you got a chance to experience the fun, the pain, the comraderie, the encouragement of all the other teams…oh my goodness, I’m getting all excited just thinking about it!

    Yep, relay racers are banana’s! 🙂

  6. ah you ate dinner in Hopkinton? Should have ate at the Marathon Bar .. one of my favorites! good food!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest posts to your inbox!

    I respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.