Heading into Ragnar 2014!

So it’s time again… Time to run a race! It is actually a somewhat unfamiliar feeling because I haven’t run in a longer race environment myself since last December, and the last short distance race I did was at the beginning of February. Even though I’ve been running a lot, it has been a while since I actually went out there and ran hard, and that’s exactly what I plan to do this weekend. Afterwards? It’s nap time :)

Sloth Running Team Tanktank link

If you’re unfamiliar with Ragnar, it’s a relay that starts in one city and ends in another. My Teammates and I, Team Sparkle, are running from Huntington Beach to San Diego. Most teams have a team of 12, and because we are doing the ‘Ultra’ Relay, we are a team of six. You ride around in a van without really stopping or sleeping and you just keep running.

Last year, it was my first time ever running Ragnar and I was terrified of the unexpected. This year I feel a bit more prepared, and though I didn’t do many double days of training, I do feel that the running I’ve been doing lately is more quality and more consistent which will hopefully help with the double days. I have been keeping all my miles well under 9 minutes as well, which will hopefully keep me at my goal of right around 8:45 pace.

Long Beach Running

One thing that is different than a ‘normal’ racing environment is the team aspect and that factor is one of the most intimidating pieces of the whole Ragnar Race to me. When you run a race, you’re running alone. The only person you’re letting down is yourself and you only can blame yourself. I like to keep that responsibility, so I know who I’m depending on and when something goes wrong I can only point the finger back at me. It’s scary for me to allow other people to depend on me and for me to depend on them.

Another incredible aspect of the race is the fact that each mile is paired up with a girl who has Rett’s Syndrome. I have learned about some of the girls that I’m ‘paired up’ with for each mile and their stories are so motivating to me and I will constantly be thinking about them each mile. It is an honor to me to be a part of this team and run for each of these girls who cant. Read more about how we’re running 195 miles for 195 girls here. After this race, I’m looking forward to planning for fall, but I really want to enjoy this weekend and raise awareness for Girl Power 2 Cure! Here we go!

xoxo

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11 Responses to Heading into Ragnar 2014!

  1. Wooot, I just finished a crazy one this weekend in Charleston and it made me want to do one as an ultra team. I may have to look at this one next year, the route sounds perfect.

  2. Denise G. says:

    Go and have a blast! I can’t believe its been 2 years since I ran Ragnar So Cal. I definitely admire the Ultra teams. That’s definitely got to a bit crazy since you’re always on the move.

  3. Sounds like such a fun race! I love that each mile is dedicated to a girl with Rett’s Syndrome! It makes each mile have such a big impact. Have a great race!

  4. Leigh says:

    Have so much fun! Can’t wait to hear all about it :)

  5. Kris says:

    My friend is out there at that same race. No clue what her team name is though.

  6. Ree says:

    Sounds like fun! Have a great time, good luck, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about it :)

  7. Jen A. says:

    This sounds like one of the best races I have heard of! I have taught several girls with Rett in the past and it is amazing for the syndrome to get this exposure so people know about it! Thank you for spreading the word about Rett!

  8. Hannah says:

    Hello! My name is Hannah and I just started a blog about my life living with chronic pain, and running through it! I would be grateful if you would go and check it out and tell everyone you know about it! I’m excited to share my story, spread awareness for chronic illness and inspire others! :)

    runningwithchronicpain.weebly.com

  9. Stuti says:

    Hope the relay went well, looking forward to reading all about it!

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  11. Christine says:

    I saw you finished your distances. Congrats!! Can’t wait to hear a about the race!!

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