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 :)
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.
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!
In just two weeks Team Sparkle will be defending their Ultra Women Team Championship at So Cal Ragnar Relay Series. Last year, I was on the team and the slowest runner. (Day 1 Recap here & Day 2 Recap here) I got injured toward the end of the race and really felt bummed how even though we won, I was the slowest one, by a lot. Last year I ran 30 miles at 10:45 pace. I was pretty honored that they asked me to come back this year after my not so stellar performance last year and even more excited when they told me that this year we will be running with extra motivation.