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!