Race number two of the annual Quadburners Series, It Takes Two Relay, was held Saturday in Bay St. Louis, MS. The Quadburners Series is an annual race series comprised of five races held at the Washington Street Pavilion on the beach in Bay St. Louis. Finishers receive a medal at the end of each race which interlock at the end of the series to make one giant medal.
Team 2 Legit 2 Quit, myself and my racing partner Misti, were back for our second year. We competed last year and finished 5th overall female team. This year we switched things up with our strategy and decided Misti would go first.
We started our usual complaining of text messages back and forth the morning of the race. It had been exceptionally hot and humid and we were expecting a scorcher.
The relay was an evening race and I arrived to the beachfront with my special guests, the parents, around 4:30pm. It was my final race as an official Gulf Coast resident and my parents wanted to cheer me on. I knew it was going to be windy because I could see the white caps in the Gulf before we got out of the car.
To say it was windy was an understatement. While I was waiting in line to pick up my race number, the wind was blowing so hard the sand felt like razorblades when it hit my legs. I tried to put a positive spin on it and say it was free microdermabrasion, but it really hurt.
The relay began at 5:30pm and Misti began her 4 mile leg for Team 2 Legit 2 Quit. I stood in the transition area literally getting sandblasted the entire time.
Misti finished her 4 miles around the 41 minute mark and she slapped her bracelet on me, yes 80s style slap bracelets were used instead of batons, and I was off.
I felt great for the first two miles finishing in 7:26 and 7:30. I focused on passing the teams that I knew were ahead of us.
We made the turnaround at mile 2 and it was a whole different race. The headwind was 29mph of painful blinding sand. My pace dropped to 8:20 per mile instantly and my contacts were as sandy as the beach.
The third mile was quite painful but I managed to pass another runner from a team ahead of us. I finished mile 3 in 8:21. The last mile had a few sand dunes which protected us from some of the wind. It was still rough but slightly more bearable. I passed one final runner and finished the 4 miles in 31:22.
Team 2 Legit 2 Quit earned 2nd place overall! Misti and I collected our finisher medals and headed to the after party.
Savory Roots and Lazy Magnolia Brewery provided post race refreshments, while Scratch and Surf Music kept us entertained.
The awards ceremony came pretty quickly, partially due to the fact we were all getting beat up by the sand storm. The theme of the race was 1970s and Misti and I were awarded ceramic Volkswagen buses as our trophies for our second place team win.
We headed to Triple Tails, a restaurant on the bay, for our post race celebration.
The It Takes Two Relay was my last in the south with the exception of the races I’ll do when I come back to visit. As of May 16th I’ll be an official resident of Las Vegas, NV. I will miss my my running friends and my running club, the 15th Street Flyers, dearly. If any of you guys are ever in Vegas hit me up!