Ragnar is a 200-ish mile relay run from Wickenburg, AZ, to Tempe. I was on a 12-person team, a fun if not fast group.
I wasn't well prepared to race as my training had been interrupted by work travel, dental surgery, and a general lack of give-a-shit. All excuses aside, the relay went great.
Run 1Ragnar involves 3 runs for each runner. The first leg is always a fun time; mine was 7 miles at 5pm Friday night. For me it was my first run in weeks. I was super rested and ready to rock. I went out a lot faster than I expected, and I managed to pick off a few runners in front of me. I probably went out too fast.
People were in costumes, and acting rowdy. I love Ragnar.
I ran 4.3 miles at 3am. It's hard to describe how it feels to run in the middle of the night on no sleep.
I had lots of free time during Ragnar, which is rare for me these days. I took opportunity to hand out fliers for Virtual Run Coach.
Run 3My third leg is hard.
I was really worried about the last leg; each prior year this has been the most painful run of the weekend. Fortunately, this year my last run was an scenic jog through beautiful North Scottsdale. It was a beautiful day, and I felt pretty darn good, considering.
|The finish line was a sham. I only ran like 100 feet.|
|Can you find me? Hint: I'm not hairy|