The Baltimore Team Relay Marathon: I Did It!

20 Oct

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been running almost every weekend since May in order to train for the Baltimore Team Relay Marathon (#joulesruns). For those of you unfamiliar with the label of Team Marathon, it means that a marathon was split into four pieces so that it can be run by a team of four people.

So much better than running a whole marathon by yourself…

Well, there are four of us Harman kids, so we thought it would be a great race for us to do together!

Here we are before the race with our fabulous Team Harman capes:

Team Harman

I started with the marathon runners by doing the first leg, which ended up being just under 6 miles. It was the shortest, but also the hilliest of the legs with the first three miles being mostly uphill. Luckily, once I entered the zoo it was flat and downhill for the next three miles until I passed off my baton (aka timing sensor) to my sister, Kelsey, who did leg #2. Kelsey ran 7 miles, passed the sensor to Katie (6.3 miles), and then Jason brought us to the finish line with the last 7 miles.

I was really happy with my time and was doing so well that I was totally okay with stopping for a photo with an adoring fan… Here I am at mile 4 in the zoo with an adorable penguin!

Joules and the Penguin

I was obviously the slowest on my team (averaging a 12:30 mile for each of the 6 miles), but my brother and sisters are all super fast. In fact, out of 804 teams, we finished 116th!

Team Harman results

I never thought I’d be the type of person to say this, but I LOVED the race! As soon as we were done, I was already thinking that we definitely have to do it again as a team next year.

So there you go, each year I’d dismiss the idea of doing the Team Relay because I didn’t think I could possibly run 6 miles, but I did. And it was AWESOME!

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6 Responses to “The Baltimore Team Relay Marathon: I Did It!”

  1. Snarkfest October 20, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Congrats!! Relays are great because FULL marathons suck!

    By any chance did you get to see Sid Busch? This was his 200th Full Marathon!
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    • Joules October 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      I didn’t see him because by time we all finished we were FREEZING and went to grab some lunch. I know about him though — he’s AWESOME.

  2. Jessy October 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… YOU ROCK!!!

  3. Phoenix Ronan October 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    6 miles?!?! That is AWESOME!!! Ok, you officially motivated me to run a 5 mile Thanksgiving Day race. I haven’t run over 3.5 miles in a million years but hey, why not, right?!?!

    • Joules October 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

      Thanks Phoenix! That’s awesome… you can DO IT! =)

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