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Ragnar eve!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's almost here--Ragnar Northwest Passage!

I am a bundle of energy and excitement; I thought a quick blog might help me get some of this spilled out so I can focus and finish getting ready.

As for training, I am as ready as I'm going to be. Would I like to have done more? Of course; I didn't run as often, as long, as many two-runs-in-one-day sessions as I would have liked. Do I doubt that I'll make it? No, I had my doubts about the first half marathon that I did last year, but I know now that I can push through to finish barring serious problems along the way. Will it be fun? ABSOLUTELY based on what I've learned about the people in my van via Facebook. I have only met one person in our van besides my husband, but there has been a lot of interaction on Facebook so we've gotten to "know" one another a bit.

I've been working like mad on van decorations. Our team name is "We Run These Towns," so we're going with an Old West theme--cowboy hats (if they'll stay on, bandanas, and badges to go with our forest green and orange shirts for our "costumes." and we have wanted posters for all of us to go on the back of the vans as well as signs with the team name and various Western images to go on the sides. I've made the signs on magnetic material using my handy dandy Cricut machine and vinyl for the most part; gotta love a chance to be creative and use the tools that I have like this!

Since we have minivans, not full size vans, space is going to be at a premium. I've packed the bare minimum (fresh clothes for each leg plus a change of clothes for the end, deodorant and wet wipes, comb, and race gear), but I'm worried that with everyone's bags, sleeping bags, and mats, we're going to be super tight on space. It is what it is; we may be riding with sleeping bags or daypacks in our laps for the most part. Of course, one team member got injured and had to be replaced about two weeks ago; another is having serious back problems that make sitting for extended periods painful; and yesterday I had a little "bumper thumper" accident on the way home from work. Literally a bumper thumper--someone stopped suddenly, I slammed on my brakes but couldn't stop quite in time and bumped their bumper. No damage to either car or anyone inside, but there are always a few aches that show up after a sudden stop like that. I'm hoping to get to the chiropractor today for an adjustment just to be safe; we'll see if that happens or not.

What am I most nervous about? The nighttime run. My second leg will probably be happening somewhere around 3 or 4 in the morning; it happens to be the leg that takes me over Deception Pass, which is a lovely area. I just won't get to see much given the time of day (night) and the lack of moonlight (new moon just happened) plus the current overcast conditions. I made my husband promise that he'll make the van stick close by in case I freak out because of running in the dark in the middle of nowhere, and if needed someone can jump out and pace me for a bit, but I'm hoping I won't need that--we all have so much to run without any extra nighttime duty!

The other (mild) concern is sleep, or the lack thereof. It's a given that we'll be operating on less sleep than normal, but based on the current projected times, our van will have layovers of less than 5 hours each, not a lot of time for catching a lot of sleep. Oh well, that's part of the adventure, right?

I wish that I could spend a few hours online to visit everyone's page that has shared words of encouragement and support with me. I would never have been able to muster the courage to sign up for something like this if it were not for people here who have believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. I will be thinking of every one of you who has taken the time to leave a comment or send a goodie; I might not get to say thank you individually to everyone in a very timely manner, but YOU are the reason I'm able to run and tackle something like this. Thank you, thank you, thank you; my life has been radically changed over the past two and a half years, and you are a huge part of that.

Now time to get offline and get ready to RUN RAGNAR!

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  • STFRENCH
    Good luck! I've no doubt you're going to rock it and that you'll have a great time! xx
    2158 days ago
  • GAYEMC
    I know your concerns will melt away and you will have an awesome time. I actually like running in the dark, there's a special kind of freedom to it. And sleep? Somehow it doesn't seem to matter much until the race is over. Funny what a bunch of people can do in a tight space.

    Now, I'm waiting for the tales!
    2159 days ago
  • TEENY_BIKINI
    Wow! How exciting! Running at 3 in the morning no less - that's badass!

    Go tiger go!

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    2159 days ago
  • RUNNER12COM
    Color me envious!

    Don't forget the single most important thing - enjoy this experience!
    2160 days ago
  • LOOZINITNOW
    Love the theme and decorations! You must take pics! Best of luck to you!!!!
    2160 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Can't wait to see you on the course or at the finish line party. Can't wait to compare notes (via blogs) after the race. It's funny, I am most looking forward to my "middle of the night" run (am guessing around 4 or 5am, but only time will tell) and have the most concerns about my "middle of the day" run, tomorrow, in the heat, up a big hill, for over 6 miles (they added mileage because of a road detour so it is longer than I thought it would be). But, like you say, we have done half-marathons. I have lots of mantras I pull out when the going gets tough. One of my favorites is "breathe and pray, honey, breathe and pray". It is going to a memorable experience, for sure. There is a reason so many people do it year after year (this is my team's 3rd year in a row). Like you, I know I have done what I can do to prepare. I did some training, including a few two a days, and a few runs after road trips, but most of us always know we certainly could have done more but the time for that is gone so we save our energy for right here, right now. I have rested, packed light, hydrated, eaten better than normally for the past week, worked hard to help my team be as organized and comfortable given the crazy, cramped conditions - the next thing is to show up tomorrow morning at 5:30am to meet my team, and be at the start line at 7am - a little scared but very willing. See ya tomorrow emoticon Carole aka Cannie
    2160 days ago
  • MARATHONDAD
    good luck I wish I could run one there is none in my area at all. cant wait to read the blog when u are done
    2160 days ago
  • SLEEPYDEAN
    I love your van decor, the Wanted posters sound really cute. Do you have each of your outfits in Ziplocs? That worked really well to be able to put all the stinky clothes back in there after too.

    I only got 3 hours of sleep during Ragnar So Cal, but we were behind schedule the whole time because of the heat slowing us down, so hopefully you can take better advantage of your breaks.

    My nighttime/early morning run was my best one. (Coming off the heat of the day it was so nice, but with it being dark in the first few miles it was wierd to have no idea what I was running past on the side of the road.)

    I am soooo excited for you and to hear your experiences.
    2160 days ago
  • TIFFY0906
    I wish you the best even though I know you are going to do well and have fun. This is truly emoticon .

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    2160 days ago
  • KBRADFORD88
    We will all be wishing you the very best! emoticon
    2160 days ago
  • AMSPARKER
    Good luck, be safe, and ENJOY this unique, once in a lifetime experience! YOU ARE AWESOME!
    2160 days ago
  • GRACEISENUF
    I can "feel" your excitement as I read this blog...WOO HOO, excited for you!

    Glad your little accident was not serious....whew!

    Best wishes for a GREAT race!

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    2160 days ago
  • MISSROCKABILLY
    Good luck and have a great time! I'll be looking forward to reading all about it in your next race report!
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  • DANA564
    Good luck and I know you'll have fun. I truly admire you for doing something so out of our comfort zone! emoticon
    2160 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Good luck! Have fun! I know you'll do great. You in turn give me courage to try new things and stretch to reach new goals.
    2160 days ago
  • HAPPYSOUL91
    Wishing you the best of luck.....remember to breathe and have fun
    2160 days ago
  • PRETTYLILHEFFER
    Good luck and have fun!! Cannot wait to hear about it!!
    2160 days ago
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