Friday morning at 6:30AM 12 hearty souls, including myself, begin our 200-ish mile journey from Columbia to Charleston across the great state of South Carolina. The event is the Palmetto 200, and this marks my first attempt at a running relay. Slightly more challenging than the relay is figuring out when I’m going to pack for this thing. After many, many years of traveling for work, there’s little I dislike more than packing for a trip. At least I’m looking forward to this one.
It should be interesting, fun, and highly comical. I’ve got three legs of the run, 8-ish miles around noon on Friday, 9.5-ish miles around midnight Friday, and another 3.5-ish miles Saturday morning before we wrap up sometime between noon and 3PM in Charleston. I only know 1 of the other 11 runners, so it’s a great chance to meet some new runners and make some new friends. If they can handle the smell of me after 36 hours of running and hanging out in vans together, then they’re alright with me.
I’m taking tomorrow as a training rest day to get a little sleep in the morning before this adventure, so this morning was my last run prior to the relay. It wasn’t pretty. My legs just didn’t have any spring. I had “lifeless legs, black legs … like a doll’s legs.” Hopefully there are a few of you who get that reference. I’m guessing I just need more sleep in general.
In other unrelated news, one of my all-time favorite ad campaigns is/was the Nike campaign with the tagline “There Is No Finish Line”. I’d love to have one of the old Nike posters with that slogan, but they’re apparently pretty prized possessions, and based on some prior eBay snooping, pretty pricey. I like that tagline so much I put it on my RoadID. Knowing this, a friend of mine sent me the following a couple days ago. Good stuff: