Running around the city in the desert with a bunch of complete strangers, of course!
This race was everything you expect (and hope) a Ragnar to be: fun, rewarding, challenging, and something I could learn from. And, boy, did I ever learn my lesson!!!
Here's the team: Heather, Rachelle, Ken, Julia, Travis and me. We were Van 2 and started running at about 3:30 ish.
Meet Ken- Team Captain Extraordinaire. He makes running look easy- even when it is running up a mountain... or two. Super organized, efficient, and he needed to run at least 5 miles BEFORE his leg even started so that he was properly "warmed up." If you were at the Ragnar, then there was a good chance you talked to this guy because he started a conversation with everyone.
|Great form, Ken!|
|He even had a giant smile at the top of the "Ragnar" leg in Las Vegas.|
|Run Spidey, run!|
Julia can do anything!!!!! Hill? Sure. Heat? Sure. Her blog title fits her to a T and I was in awe of how well she ran her last leg. Nearly 8 miles in the blazing Vegas sun couldn't even slow her down. Julia and I had a great talk out by the hot tub between our first and second legs. I'm so glad that I could run this race with her and Rachelle and get to know them in real life. They are incredible, strong, women.
|This was my favorite picture I took during the race.|
this girl did:
|We all did jumping pictures in honor of Fast Cory. I regret not getting our whole team jumping in this spot!|
Leg 1: 3.6 miles with a 550 foot gain in the first 3. This leg was harder than I was expecting. Just when I thought the hill would crest, I would turn a corner and it would continue up another switch back. Despite the challenges, it was awesome! I don't think I've ever ran so strong up hills. I was able to pull an 8:02 average pace, 20 kills (not including a lizard and a giant beetle), and I raced a girl to the end and won :). It was good times for sure.
Leg 2: 3.9 miles at 1:30 AM. I ran comfortably, sang some, danced some, saw a shooting star, made sure I had high knees for my team, passed 38 runners, and finished with a 7:09 average pace. Sweet. This is the fastest I have EVER run in a Ragnar. Very pleased.
Then this happened... Leg 3:
Let's establish something right away- I live in the mountains in northern Utah. This means that the warmest temperature I've been running in lately is about 50 degrees- and that's in the heat of the afternoon! I'm more accustomed to 40 degrees than anything. So the 85 degree day in Vegas was SHOCKING.
I totally wigged myself out before I ran my final leg at 1:30 in the afternoon. I drank like crazy and ate some snacks beforehand. (This was another big mistake- I hadn't had a meal all day. I should have had breakfast at the very least.)
Then a 7:05 second mile.
I was hot. Understatement. I felt as dry as the desert. All the water I had been drinking seemed to have just evaporated! I wasn't sweating and my mouth was completely dry. My team caught up to me at mile 2 and gave me some water. I poured water on myself at the water stop, drank some water, and then drank the entire water bottle that Rachelle brought to me. She could tell I was struggling. I stopped and dry heaved, but was determined to keep going. Rachelle told me to slow down. Did I listen?
Of course not. I ran my third mile with a 7:32 average pace- including the dry heaving.
Then I blew up. I literally felt like I couldn't go another step. I told my team to go on ahead to drop off Heather. I just had to be alone (even though they were awesome- Rachelle was even offering to run with me). I felt so defeated. I stopped to walk for a few seconds and then made myself keep running, but I slowed down. A LOT.
I ran the final mile at a 9:25. There was no way I could go any faster than that.
I made a final push at the end for the last quarter of a mile and ran it with a 7:11 pace. I have never in my life crashed like that!!!!!!! Overall my final pace for my last leg was 7:42/mile. It was discouraging considering this was the leg I was hoping to hit a new 5K PR.
Life went on and our team finished the race in roughly 27 hours. I don't know our final time and they haven't released the results yet. I'm super proud of us! We all ran a great race- in spite of many different challenges and difficulties.
It was a memory maker for sure.
|Running a night leg in Vegas rocks my world.|
|Ready for our last legs! Me, Travis, Heather, Ken, Julia and Rachelle|
|FINISHED!!!!!! Ken got some air over the finish line.|
|Our sweet shirts that Heather made had our names on the back. Only the girls got shirts this time. Don't ask me what expression I am making because I have no idea. Tough? Sexy? Pissed? It's a toss up, really!|
|Van 1. Mike, John, Jeffery, Lance, Ridge (12 years old!!!), and Roxie.|
|Serious bling thanks to 3 Ragnars this year.|
Overall, I loved this race. The course was great, (the organization astounds me), the friends were stellar, and I definitely will plan on running this race again. Maybe next year? After all, I have to take revenge on that last leg!