SOOOO...I just did my first Ragnar Relay April 4-5, 2014.
For those of you not familiar, here is a link to the one I completed with my team. They are held all over the country.
My first two legs were hella hard--4.10 miles mostly uphill (hard), 3.5 miles mostly uphill (hard) and early morning (I should mention here that I never run at night so to do that at 1AM took everything mental I had NOT to freak out) and lastly 2.80 miles rolling hills (easy--says who!?). I should also add that up until then, I had also not run outdoors extensively, so the pounding on the street, did a number on my shins and knees. Despite the breaks in between my runs, this race was easily one of the most challenging and exhausting activities in which I have ever participated--both physically and mentally. It was also the most number of total miles I have ever completed. Since I have gained back a good amount the weight I had lost, that fact that I completed it all--well, let's just say I learned a lot about myself.
Still, the experience was nothing short of aMAZing, truly. Our team name was Strangers to Solemates and we were made up of 12 people who had never met in person, only virtually. Our team captains were two former SparkPeople members who have now made somewhat of a name for themselves in the weight loss/running world thanks to this feature length documentary coming to a theater near you sometime this summer, I believe. vimeo.com/47110893
In the end, this race was not about winning or establishing a new PR. It was about 12 virtual strangers that met online last August and became a family through our online and in-person support of each other on race day. I am happy to say the love and camaraderie has not waned since the race ended. And I don't expect it will.
Thanks for reading!!
This pic was taken at 4:30 in the morning right before our 5AM start time on Friday, April 4th.
This is right after we crossed the finish line as a team on Saturday, April 5th--36 hours later. (God help us. I don't think we got more than 3-4 hours of sleep--IF that.)
My finishers' medal--it is a serious piece of bling. LOL! SOOO heavy but well worth it.
Signed by my fellow "solemates" on Sunday, April 6th at our team brunch in San Diego. AHHH...good times.