|Runners wait at the first change-over in last year's club relay|
My allocated partner and I are still discussing who will run which legs, but regardless, I will be running a lot faster than I have in recent times and that carries the risk of injury. In my experience, most runners, including myself, don't want to let their relay teams down and give their all. I'm afraid that if I still have fatigue and stiffness from last Sunday's hilly trail marathon, running as fast as I can will tear something. Probably, if I was smart, I wouldn't have put my name down to participate. But it is a club event, I enjoy relays, and I was unable to run last year because of injury.
|Action at the second change-over last year|
The other precaution I will need to take is a long warm-up before the relay, including some fast run-throughs. I will also try to persuade my relay partner to take the two shorter legs and leave the 5km to me, so I'm not required to run quite so fast. However, to be fair, he may have his own reasons for also wanting the longer leg, so I need to be ready for either outcome.