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Hawthorn Half Day Relay. Team of 2 or Ultra?

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Chad and I have started talking about running the Hawthorn Half Day Relay and Ultra this year. It’s not a question of if we will run it this year. We can’t miss our annual ultimate run date! It’s a question of whether we will run it as a 2-person relay (aka Incredibles 3.0) or as an individual ultra.

Hawthorn Half Day Relay

For the past 2 years we’ve run it as a 2-person relay. Last year Chad wanted to run it as an individual ultra and I wanted to run the relay again. Not so much because I didn’t think I could run the 12 hour ultra. It was more of how much I love being the Incredibles, the experience of running as a team!

Granted, there are pros and cons to both sides and quite honestly I can’t decide. What’s been running through my mind:

Pro Ultra

  • Chad wants to run as an ultra and he’s agreed to the relay for 2 years.
  • Running a 12 hour ultra would be amazing and my greatest running challenge so far.
  • We could actually run together at the same time.
  • A different kind of run date.

Pro Relay

  • Most likely, this is the only event of the year that we can run as a team.
  • I like being a team. See the top right photo in each collage, that is one of my favorite parts of the day.
  • Our annual ultimate run date.

Hold that thought for a minute.

2 other changes that are not up for debate, fuel and hydration.

This year 90% of our fuel will be homemade.

On the Hawthorn menu so far:

Healthy Bites

Healthy Bites

Healthy Bites at Cotter Crunch. At first I was going to order what we will need but I think I’ve decided to buy the recipe e-book instead so I can use exact recipes and tweak a little for more varieties and preferences. Why Healthy Bites? The recipes I’ve tried that Lindsay has shared at Cotter Crunch are awesome, variety to prevent fuel boredom and of course, all natural.

Oh She Glows

Oh She Glows Classic Glo Bar. Hopefully you’re not getting too bored with hearing how much I love the Oh She Glows Cookbook. A batch of these bars will definitely be on the menu along with a few other recipes I’m trying before race day.


This year our other-than-plain-water hydration will be Cocogo. After a few training runs to put it to the test, Cocogo passed with with flying colors.


Why Cocogo?

  • Variety of flavors. Lesson learned in 2012, at about the 6 hour mark I’m tired of drinking and eating and if I’m not careful I will slack off on either or both. It’s summer, there are long stretches of no shade and we’re running for 12 hours. Saying hydration is important is an understatement. Having a variety of flavors helps with hydration boredom!
  • All natural. No long list of ingredients that are a mystery to me. Real food.
  • Not too sweet. I’m not much of a sweets person. With ultras this is one of my biggest challenges. So many options for fuel and hydration are way too sweet.
  • Granted I haven’t tried Cocogo for 12 hours but so far, no stomach problems.

For more information about Cocogo visit http://cocogo.com

So, now the question, would you run the race as a 2-person relay or an ultra? I’m still undecided.


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  1. Relay! I love running with teammates!

  2. I wish I could run a relay but I can’t (stupid health issues) so I think you should run it as a relay!

  3. I chose the ultra because I would love to run with my husband during a race!

  4. Go for the ultra and run it together that sounds like a wonderful new way to enjoy a yearly race.

  5. I can’t imagine doing the ultra but I think you are up to the challenge, and if you can run at least some of it with your husband it really would be an utramate date!

  6. A relay because I’ve always wanted to do one… and I couldn’t run an ultra right now 🙂

  7. Cocogo bars look great!
    Relays could be fun and from your pictures it looks like you had a blast. I guess you’d have to ask yourself if you have time in your schedule to train for an ultra…that always makes a difference for me. I want to enjoy my training and not run because I feel like I have to.

  8. You have a tough decision to make… but to me, the relay sounds more fun and unique!

  9. I say run as an individual. It would be a new experience (which, as we all know, can’t be guaranteed for next year). Also, since Chad really wants to do the individual, let him has his way for once. LOL!

  10. I would run it as an ultra but that is because Chris would rather be my support crew than run that much!!!

  11. I happy to fuel you!!! really! email me! I’m here to sherpa either event!

  12. I say do it individually, but run together the entire time! Best of both worlds, right?

  13. I chose the relay because I like the idea of a run/race date. It is a way to have quality time together in a supportive way. Whenever I can get “US” time with hubster – I go for it. 🙂

  14. How cool to run together at the same time! Tough decision 😉

  15. For the Incredibles to get stronger, sometimes they have to go on their own quest. Just this year.

  16. Mainly because I think it would be more FUN to do the relay. Probably more of a feeling of accomplishment to do the whole ultra, so it’s a toss up!

  17. Jill, I think it’s SO awesome in the first place that you and the hubs share a passion for running and even do something like this in the first place 🙂
    I would want to do the relay, BUT since he’s compromised to do the relay two years in a row, maybe you can do it solo, but run at the same pace? That way everyone wins!

  18. I think you should do the ultra. You know you’re up for the challenge and to run at the same time as your husband would be amazing. And he has wanted to do the ultra for the last two years – and then next year, you guys could do the team again.

    I love watching you run with him – such joy and love.

  19. Mmmhhh, that’s a tough one! think both will be great events! But I kind of think you are ready for the individual ultra!

  20. My vote would be for the relay. I’ve never done a relay, but I’ve considered it before. Accomplishing a race with someone sounds like a lot of fun! Plus it’s great to do it as a team. Tough decision!

  21. I really want to run a marathon a relay.. It’s on my bucket list… just need to find people to do it with! Love Cocogo! Not entering because I have plenty to go around! Happy Friday!

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