Tri-Cities Marathon Relay Race Report

Nov 1
Posted by Cami Ostman Filed in Race Reports, Reflections, Wine

First day back running AND blogging. Hope no one has been waiting on pins and needles for the Tri-Cities marathon relay report. Here it is.

I took the first leg of the race and for six miles I maintained about a 10:20 average–a few seconds slower than the 10:17 I needed in order to meet Bill at the halfway exchange by my 2 hours and 15 minutes goal. Bill waited for me at mile 6.8 to take pictures and to check in with my progress. Apparently, even with his glasses on he mistook this woman for me and took several great shots of her until she got close enough for him to see that she was someone else’s wife.

#82, Not Bill's Wife


He claims her running style is exactly like mine. If you know who she is, let her know we have pictures for her.

The Real Cami Ostman

After the seven mile mark, I slowed down. Most of my remaining miles were run at my usual average, and I met Bill to pass on the timing chip in 2:23. Contrary to his pre-race jesting (that he was going to walk it in if I didn’t reach him in 2:15), he ran hard and completed his half in 1:49, only four minutes slower than his goal. We ran this marathon, jointly, in 4:11:56. That’s my fastest 42K!

Bill, the Anchor (in the race and in my life)

In retrospect, I think I started too fast. My first mile was under 10 minutes and I just couldn’t keep it up. I’ve got a lot to learn about being a strategic runner. Most often my only goal has been to have fun. This wasn’t so fun for me, but I’m still committed to gaining some skill and strategy in my running, banking on the idea that once I do, I’ll actually have MORE fun than ever before.

Oh, and true to his word, Bill took me on a little wine tour en route to and from the race. We picked up some yummy wines from Airfield Estates, Desert Wind, and Hogue Cellars, among others. Cheers.

Relay Eve

Oct 27
Posted by Cami Ostman Filed in Preparations, Reflections, Wine

We’re at the Shilo Inn watching the World Series. It’s San Francisco 2, Detroit 0.

Tomorrow morning we’ll be beating four hours in our first relay marathon. Or we’ll be chalking the experience up to a little extra training and a lot of fun. Bill told me on the way here (which, by the way, was a five hour car ride in the POURING rain) that if I come in later than 2:15 he’s going to lallygag back to the finish line. Apparently, there’s no point in his running hard if we can’t hit our goal. I have to admit I’m shocked to hear him say so, not that I don’t completely understand. It’s just that Bill is usually Mr. Do Your Best and Leave It All Out There.

Maybe he doesn’t want to waste any post-race wine-tasting energy on the race itself if he won’t get to brag about it. I plan on bragging about it no matter how it turns out.

Anyway, give us a mental shout out if you think of it tomorrow morning. At the very least, I’m hoping to run my fastest half marathon since I was in my twenties. Notice I said “fastest” and not “best” since, as I always say, the best races are the ones in which you feel the happiest–and that has to with more than mere speed.

Cheers to you on your Sunday morning run, too, wherever/whatever it may be.

The Taper

Oct 24
Posted by Cami Ostman Filed in Preparations, Reflections

Sunday is our race in the Tri-Cities. I’m in the TAPER.

The “taper” is a wonderful idea, don’t you know? It’s such a good idea, you’d think it could be applied to all sorts of things in life, but it can’t.

As you’re probably already aware, here’s how it works in running: You’ve done your training, long and hard, and in the last couple of weeks before your event, you gradually let up on the intensity of your workouts. The final week before the race, you take it easy–not lazy, but easy.

Today I’m wondering what else I could taper in my life.

Nothing! That’s the answer. The week before I turned my book in to the publisher (last month) was one of my hardest working weeks in the whole editing process. The week before someone comes to stay at my house (tomorrow–hi Charlene) is a week of cleaning like fricking crazy. For crying out loud, the  week before I got my hair foiled (last Wednesday), I spent more time staring at myself in the mirror cursing my gray hairs than all the weeks that came before.

I’m just saying… the taper is particular to athletics, unless you can think of another arena where it applies. Anyone?

Bill’s New Challenge

Oct 10
Posted by Cami Ostman Filed in Preparations, Reflections

So, on the way home from my DNF on Sunday, Bill said (as if trying to console me), “I know what will make you feel better? I have a way to help you run a sub four hour marathon.”

“Here we go again,” I said. “How many times do we have to go over this, Bill?” But as I glanced at him, I saw he had a smirk on his face. So I waited.

“Just hear me out,” he replied, putting his hand up in the air the way he does when he wants me to be patient.

“Okay. Go,” I said taking a breath.

“Let’s do a relay. You can do one half of the race in 2:15 and I’ll do the other half in 1:45.” I could see he was please with himself for coming up with this idea. Not wanting to burst his bubble, I played along.

“2:15, huh? I could probably do that, though I haven’t run a half in that time since my 20s. What are the rules?” You never want to make a deal with Bill without hammering out the rules first. We spent the next half hour discussing the agreement. What would be our training to get ready? What happens if we do it (the reward/celebration)? What happens (and more importantly, what does NOT happen–sulking, verbally picking on each other) if we don’t pull it off?

In the end, we have an agreement! We’ll find a relay in the next few weeks, I’ve started my training (tell you about that tomorrow) and we know the rewards and consequences of great success and (what I like to call) imperfect success. What fun! This could be my first four-hour marathon. ;}

What’s your next challenge??