I don't think I've mentioned that I am training for my first Ragnar race. In case you don't know, a Ragnar is a team-relay run. I've known a bunch of ladies here that have done a couple of Ragnars, but they have never interested me as you are driving, eating, sleeping all in car - and then running when it's your turn. The whole stuck-in-a-car for 36 hours sounded miserable to me.
One day I was chatting with my sister (a year or 2 ago) and she mentioned that there are Trail Ragnars (in fact, she has done both types of Ragnars). A trail Ragnar is where you have a base camp and all your runs originate from there. Camping, mountains, running, friends - sounded great! I found one here (or maybe my sister found it?!) in Colorado and got a team together. There are 8 of us that will each be running 3 legs of the race (so 24 legs total). It will be about a 24-hour race - we hope. :) The trails are steep and so we'll see how we all do!
We've been meeting Thursday evenings for the past 2 1/2 months for some training runs and those have been sooooo hard, but good, too! This past weekend we met Friday for a meeting, then a night run (which I super-scared myself because of the mountain lions that are in the area! But we all survived . . .:). Then today we got up and headed out at 6 am to the trails for an early-morning trail run. It was great! In the "ugh, these hills are so tiring" kind of way.
My running times for the race don't seem to awful: about 3pm, 11:30pm (luckily I have a night-running buddy that's coming just to run that leg with me!), and then 7:30am. The hardest, steepest, and longest leg is my last run. Boohoo. But whatevs.
Anyways, here are a few pics from this weekend:
Ragnar, or I should say pre-Ragnar, has already been pretty fun! I can't believe it's only 2 weeks away . . .