I was planning on taking a "rest" day tomorrow but then these babies came:
And I follow orders. ;)
Ragnarrelay.com defines a "Ragnar" as:
An overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.
I call it, "a freaking must do event".
I'm not going to do the timeline of events - - that would take way too freaking long.
Instead, I will list way too many details as to why this rocked, why this was an event like any other I've done & what I'd suggest for anyone wanting to do this race.
* I underestimated the "party" factor. Sure people were out here to run but they were out there to have fun doing it - loved that.
* We started in Wickenburg - ya, I was freezing, as always. [nice face, right?]
* Some awesome outfits/costumes included: Forrest Gump, Mitt Romney [we smell like Mitt], Men in Speedos,
Women looking like they just stepped off the pole [sorry that's the only way to put it], Team of super heros, 80's disco crew complete with music, Cast from TOP GUN [TOP RUN] - loved that . . . .awesome.
* Having Mandi as our team captain. Ya, this woman . . . .she's amazing. I'm pretty sure the fact I loved this was because she made it run smoothly. Even down to the stink / stank factor - this girl had it covered.
Thank you Mandi!
* I was runner #1 - so I had the first 14.1[ish] miles. Then I'd sit for the next 10[ish hours] and run again around 8pm.
* Ya, I'm pretty sure we had the best team ever. Not only was I with 5 of the coolest "Cholla Chicks" - I was adopted, I was with two of their husbands [driver/co-pilot] who were beyond amazing. Seriously, a van with 6 women for 31[ish] hours = sainthood. I'm sure of it.
* Pretty incredible to be in a van for that long and have zero issues - zero - yes - zero.
* These Cholla Chicks are pretty hard core. OK - they are freaking hard core & they are pretty. And Jeff [Christy's hubby] & Ked [Mandi's hubby] even though they called us their "sister wives" - - - freaking rock stars. Cannot express THAT enough.
* We had a 15 passenger van [back seat removed]. Best layout ever. You could stand up in this baby. Ideal for stretching. The girl who had finished running would take to the back area of the van. Baby wipe shower, stretching, sleeping bags & food.
* Jeff was the best with his water bottle hand-offs. He'd run with me as I drank. Super awesome.
* cow bell mania. Sure there were the normal "lull" periods when the bells didn't ring as much, we all got tired....duh...but the support was always there.
* It was hot. Lucky for me I ran at 9:30am, 8pm, 6:45am - which were all amazing weather wise. I had one run at noon [I think] that was only 6 [ish] miles but felt freaking hot.
* Love salty butterfly crotch.
* All and all ------ incredible.
* Loved the finish line.
* loved Emily pushing through at the end with a very sore hip.
* Loved that my views on "Ragnar" were changed....... completely.
* Loved that I got to run 43.2 miles [not my planned 37].
* Love that I had to run one more mile on my Treadmill at home so it'd be 44 miles.
* Love my new treadmill decor
* Love that I altered it because I'm a
or medal for that matter.
* The Pita was happy I was " gone runnin' " as it provided him time to buy a-yet-freaking-nother gun. How many guns can one person have?
my peep at Woodway? ;)
Anyway . . .
* This was one of the best experiences ever. I've done a trail 50 miler. I treadmill 100 miler. . . . . and this was unlike either of them. A different type of demanding put on the body. A different mental game.
*I'll be doing this again, no question.
BUT . . .
I want to do it with four.
A four person Ragnar relay.
50 miles each.
So, I'm looking for three takers. . . . . . .
. . . . who's in?