Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ragnar Relay NW Passage 2012

Friday I will join my team, "Smells Like Team Spirit" for my 3rd year running Ragnar Relay.  The first year I had just ran a Marathon and wasn't scared of the distance at all, last year I had only ran a half marathon but weighed less and was a lot speedier than the previous year.  Like went from a 9:30 pace to running an 8 minute pace, WHAT?!?!  I was shocked that I ran that fast for as long as I did...never been done before and has yet to be done since.  Ragnar makes you do crazy run faster than ever.  This year...well you know, running hasn't been my focus so I am a little worried, but also I know I will do it.  It will just hurt and be a tab bit harder...but it will all be worth it.  It's a great team and I love spending a crazy, sleepless 24-hours with them.  I figured I have 2.5 hours of running but the rest is a breeze!

Smells Like Team Spirit
Smells Like Team Spirit
I am in Van #2 and runner #9 (same as last year).  Sometimes ignorance is bliss, right!  Knowing what I have to run is good and bad.  Having my last leg be the longest and hardest, NOT GOOD!  But I'm trying not to think about that, right now!  Maybe being slower will make leg #3 easier since I pushed so hard last year or maybe it will still suck and make me question why the heck I do these crazy things.

Want to see what I will be running?  Of course you do!

Run #1
6.1 Miles
Any run that starts downhill is always a treat and gives me a speedy start (thank you adrenaline)!  It's beautiful to run by the lake and then flatten out until the finish.  It will be hot, but it will be my first run and my legs will feel fresh and I will be pumped up.  

Run #2 
(Middle of the night)
2.7 Miles
This runs ok.  It's flat and short and very quiet.  Last year I was solo the entire time, no one passed me and I saw no one!  Strange.  Night runs are really cool, but this one is through town so it's not as peaceful as my first year night run, read here.

Longest, Hardest and the last one...NICE!  No, not really...
6.8 Miles (lovely up-hill)
This is the mother of all runs!  It wouldn't be if I was only running this one leg, but this will be my very last.  I will be exhausted, my body will not want to run at all and it will have to.  Last year I got passed so much on this leg and I felt slower than molasses.  Luckily I have the STEEP downhill to look forward to at the end where I will be thrilled to be done.
See look how excited I was after leg #3 last year!  
Ragnar is a blast!!!  The running can be hard, but it's all worth it in the end (I think).  Can't wait to show you our team picture for 2012 and the bling to go with it!  Ragnar does give the best bling!

 *Check out my post with TIPS for packing and training for a relay that I wrote after my first Ragnar Relay here!


Marathon Lar said...

I totally remember you team from year's past!! Love the team name and I hope we get to spot each other somewhere out there!! HAVE FUN!

(so not) SuperRunnerMom said...

I was going to tell you to have a great time, but I'm pretty sure that is a given. Sounds like so much fun. Can't wait to read about it.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Good luck! Amazing to run it 3 years in a row. Have a blast!

Ricole said...

YAAYYYY RAGNAR!!!! See you somewhere (hopefully!)!!

Portez said...

When I did ragnar back in 2007, I actually did all 3 of your legs! plus 5 other legs!

Maggie Runs said...

Hope you are having fun!

Marc Nelson said...

I am looking forward for your tips on packing and training for a relay. Ragnar has indeed given the best bling!

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pay per head said...

You have pretty good name for your team. Also it is a great song and it is great that you aren't scared to run it.

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