The last part of the Blue Ridge Relay takes you down the Blue Ridge Parkway and then veers off into Asheville, NC. The finish was located a few blocks from downtown and it was so good to see!
We all ran in together, posed for a picture, and promptly headed for the necessities. Not showers. Why would you think that? We went to Mellow Mushroom for pizza and beer!
Let me tell you, it is amazing how tipsy you can get off of one beer after 36 hours of running and no sleep. Try it sometime, I dare you!!
After that we found our hotel, showered, passed out, and all slept for about 12 hours. It was glorious. The shower and the sleep.
The next morning we meandered downstairs for breakfast and wondered if the past 48 hours had actually happened, or if it was just a dream.
One of my favorite experiences, ever. For real. There are no words. I can't wait to do it again.
Tips learned the hard way:
best food = TBD, hopefully I can get this nailed down next year; definitely experiment ahead of time as much as possible
best hydration = alternate 2 waters, and 1 watered-down gatorade
best recovery drink = nuun
best headlamp tip = wear it with a baseball cap to keep it from digging in to your forehead
best fix for blisters = duck tape