My second run was pretty super awesome. I started just after midnight. All the silly Arizonians were bundled up, but I asked Burt before if I was crazy for just wanting to run in a t-shirt and shorts. He suggested I was not, and I'm glad I didn't wear more.
I didn't have a watch, so I have no idea how fast it was. I do know that I forgot to turn on my borrowed-from-Kristie LED blinker at the start. Because we already had two safety violations, I was paranoid, didn't stop running while turning it on, and it fell. Batteries, cover and everything went flying and 2 people passed me while I was messing with it and calling Burt. It still was blinking, but Glen gave me another just in case. I ended up carrying it.
I ended up passing about 5 people on the run, including both guys who passed me. One of the guys ended up running with me for about 3 miles, and we pushed each other on the pace. I could tell he was getting competitive, and I was too. We didn't talk at all, just kept trying to pass each other. The end was a slight uphill, and then we headed into the finish...where there was no one for me to pass off to. We high fived and all that, but we had to wait for a few minutes for runner #7.
My second run was again hot. And it was uphill for the first half. No lies, I walked a few of the bigger uphills, but nothing more than a minute or so at a time. Downhill was a different story. See, I was supposed to run through the exchange to add on one mile. I had no watch, and I was out of water about halfway through. Mentally, I was struggling. I walked a few small stretches in the second half, and I am not ashamed to say that I ran/walked about the last mile. Well, maybe I'm a little ashamed. My elevation climb was nothing compared to Burt's first leg.
When I got to the exhange, I was both relieved and angry that Glen was prepared to take on the mile that I was supposed to do. But I handed off that slap bracelet like a hot potato.
So that's pretty much it. The experience was pretty awesome. I'd do another.
One of my favorite parts of the whole thing was getting to meet Burt's Emily. She's pretty awesome. I got to be part of her pit crew while we were waiting for our last runner and the end of our race. She treated me like I was a long time pal, and that was pretty cool.