Houston Half Marathon Recap

I meant to publish this a couple weeks ago but with being sick and school starting this is a little delayed!

I officially started the Lukes Locker Half Marathon Training program a couple weeks ago and I am excited to start doing some speed and do some group training. My wonderful husband has basically agreed to take the baby every Saturday morning for the next few months (thanks babe!). For the first meeting, we just did a 5 mile time trial to get put in the correct group. I ran the whole thing with one of my great running buddies and we managed to keep it under an 8 min pace – it was a great reminder of how wonderful it is to run and talk with one of your BFFs!

 

I can’t wait to see how much I can improve after getting some good speed in and more miles! My goal will be to run around 3-4 days a week and get 2-3 days of cross fit in. This is much tougher now that school has started back up but luckily the baby loves the bob stroller so she won’t mind coming with!

Houston Half Marathon Recap

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Just after mile 11!

We got to Houston just in time to hit the expo up before it closed at 6pm Friday night. It was nice to get in and get our packets so we knew we had everything we needed for the race on Sunday morning! Unfortunately, I was a horrible blogger and took basically no photos the entire weekend! Race day morning, I woke up sick – I had felt it coming on Friday but thought maybe I would be able to fight it off, unfortunately that was not the case. Our hotel was so close to the starting corrals that we didn’t even walk over to the convention center to check our bags and hang out beforehand, instead we got to wake up and just walk over to our corral 35 minutes before the race started which was amazing. I definitely recommend staying at the Westin Downtown!

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Mom and I before the start!

Once we started, I was pretty much able to start running around an 8:10 pace, my goal was to start out around an 8-8:15 pace and try and hold that to the halfway point and then hopefully dip down after 8 miles or so. Due to being sick, that just didn’t happen, I pretty much held an 7:50-8 min pace the entire race and never was able to pick it up. A highlight of the race was seeing my baby girl around mile 11 cheering for me with her daddy! Overall the race was really uneventful and it was fun just being back out running a half marathon! I could definitely tell I hadn’t run the half marathon distance in a LONG time (longest training run was 11.5 miles) and that I haven’t done enough speed work to get that “next gear” in my legs but overall I would call it a success. I definitely can’t wait to race again without congestion but hopefully in the same perfect weather conditions. Race morning was one of those ideal mornings you pray for over and over again while training. AGAIN, I highly recommend this race to anyone thinking about it.

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Baby M with Mommy’s Medal!

The Portland Marathon

As mentioned, I am hoping to continue with my blog! Here is an overdue race report about the Portland Marathon! It was the first weekend of October.

Portland, Oregon has been one city on my list of “I really need to go there” cities. Luckily, my husband is awesome and agreed to do a marathon he had already completed before and we, along with a some of our favorite running friends, all decided to make the trip to Portland for the marathon. Unfortunately, since I had decided to go back to school, our original plan of making it a vacation and visiting wine country near Portland and having a few days to do touristy things was not able to happen. We landed in Portland Friday night and left early Monday so that I could make it home for class.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had found out I was pregnant about a week and a half before the marathon and checked with my doctor before deciding to run in the marathon. Since I was only 5.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the marathon my doctor said it was completely fine since I had been running and just to take it easy, monitor how I was feeling and to not run if it was over 80 degrees. I already hadn’t really properly trained for the race besides getting in my long runs so it pretty much just reinforced my “running for fun” race plan.

Our first night in Portland Jim and I were the last to arrive and had already missed dinner with our group so we decided to venture out and try to make it to Pok Pok, this Thai place our group had just dined at that we had heard great things about. When we arrived at Pok Pok the hostess basically laughed at us for thinking we could get in SO we decided to walk across the street to Appetizing – http://www.yelp.com/biz/appethaizing-portland” . What a “happy accident” as well like to call it. The food was AMAZING and inexpensive. We then headed to Salt and Straw — http://saltandstraw.com for dessert. We waited in a pretty long line for ice cream and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was SO delicious. I tried olive oil which sounds so gross but was extremely delicious. We were also pumped to discover that Portland has Car2Gos. My husband and his father love these little cars and they were an easy way to get around Portland without having to take the bus or get a cab.

Delicious Salt & Straw

Delicious Salt & Straw

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

My husband loves these Car2Gos, it definitely came in handy after running the race.

The second day in Portland was spent relaxing, going to the expo and getting our number, drinking some coffee and fueling! OH and some jeans shopping at Imogene & Willy. The next morning was race day!

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

Jim & Myself with our race bibs

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

All of us at Imogene & Willy after getting some jeans!

Race morning I woke up feeling AWFUL, I think I had just come down with a cold and I hadn’t really slept a ton the night before because of congestion (and you can’t take anything when you are pregnant). My husband basically forced me out of bed and promised me we could stop at the halfway point (or wherever I wanted) if I was feeling awful. I got ready and we walked over to the starting line. I absolutely loved the ease of getting to this race, no need to get there super early, plenty of bathrooms in our corral and it was surprisingly warm out so no sitting outside in the cold. We were not pumped about the heat as we had come to the Northwest to escape the heat but that was not the case for Marathon Morning, it was a sunny, warm and humid day in Portland! We definitely were not expecting to be in the sun the entire race! I ended up not wearing my normal Oiselle Team jersey as sometimes I get too hot wearing it and opted to wear a thinner Oiselle Tank (cross top mesh) and the distance shorts (loveeee all the pockets in the distance shorts). (hint hint, the distance shorts are on sale online right now at http://www.oiselle.com/shop/sale)

Jim and I had decided to run together and he was even running with his phone! The first few miles were pretty rough and I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the halfway point but after we hit about 5 or 6 miles I started getting in a good groove and actually thinking I would make it to the finish. I basically started to feel stronger and stronger with each passing mile, granted I was running at what felt like a pretty easy pace and was basically able to maintain it the entire race. Unfortunately for my husband, he wasn’t feeling better with each step and we ended up separating around the halfway point.

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til 'ya make it!

Running selfie! This is in the first couple of miles. Fake it til ‘ya make it!

Me at mile 13 - Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile....I just got further and further away from him

Me at mile 13 – Jim said this was symbolic of what happened over the next mile….I just got further and further away from him

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first part of the course — beware if you do the half (unless the course changes) that the course is not that scenic, it pretty much runs through an industrial part of town. The second half of this race is really pretty, I really loved running over the bridge and just enjoyed the entire race. I didn’t start to get that marathon cranky feeling until mile 23-24 and it was just a mental battle to not stop and just keep running, the more I kept running, the closer I was to the finish.

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

I made it to the finish line of my 11th Marathon!

After the finish, I made it through the finish area — one major complaint about the finish area was the total lack of water!! With the sun beating on me for 26.2 miles all I wanted was a giant bottle of ice cold water and they only had ones to purchase in the beer tent where you also had to purchase beer! We thought it as a little strange that runners didn’t even get one free beer (not that I would have had one). Once my husband and I found each other we started the slow walk back to the hotel and he had brought some cash with him so he bought me a water :-).

Overall this is probably one of the most evenly paced marathons I have ever run and I definitely had fun running, it was nice to go into a race not really caring about my time. I ended up running one of my slowest marathons at a 3:53:11 which, considering the training I put into the race, I was pleased with.

Running Marathons together is something I'll always love about our relationship!

Running Marathons together is something I’ll always love about our relationship!

This was marathon number 11 for me and I would definitely recommend it! It was the perfect size for me, I had people to run with the entire time but never felt claustrophobic, I definitely just wish we had ended up with better marathon weather. The course isn’t super easy but it isn’t the most difficult one I have run, I actually credit crossfit with getting me through all the hills without much of a problem! It isn’t my favorite course ever but Portland is a wonderful place to visit so run the marathon and make a trip out of it. I really like the finisher shirts (just as a warning they are NOT Nike). The expo was really small and most of us hardly bought anything — maybe a shirt or two.

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Marathon finishers! I love running marathons with my husband!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Celebrating our marathon finishes at dinner!

Have you ever run the Portland Marathon? Please let me know if you have any questions about it if you are interested in running it in 2015!
What cities are on your “must visit” list? I really want to visit Nashville!
Do you and your friends do destination races?

Collin Classic 2014

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there — in particular, my dad! Love you dad!

On Saturday, my mom, husband and I participated in the Collin Classic. The Collin Classic is a bike rally held in McKinney, TX (just north of Dallas) and they have four different distances that you can participate in – 22 miles, 35 miles, 48 miles and 64 miles. Originally my mom and I were going to participate in the 35 mile ride but we both hadn’t been riding at all and since this was supposed to be “for fun,” we decided to do the 22 miles ride. The routes ended up being 4 miles longer due to road construction, so my mom and I ended up doing just over 26 miles.

What is a bike rally?
A bike rally is an open course ride. It is NOT a race. Key intersections and corners have corner marshals stationed to help you stay on course.

Bikes and bikes and more bikes

Bikes and bikes and more bikes


The Collin Classic supports the charity City House. City House’s vision of success is that every child, youth and young adult develops the skills and confidence he or she needs to succeed in life, especially while coping with difficult relationships and circumstances.

I personally love this bike rally (it is the only one I have done) because I think it is such a fun way to get in a nice bike ride without having to really worry about traffic. The only thing you need to be cautious about is the other bikers on the road! Also – my favorite part of the bike rally are the aid stations! You get to stop and have refreshments along the ride! I can definitely see how this would also be a great thing to participate in if you are training for a triathlon – it is a good way to get in a ride with some company.

They Collin Classic is a great event, it is really organized and all the volunteers were so friendly! There were about 2500 riders out there, people of all ages and ability levels! They also have a kids clinic to teach bike safety. My only complaint would be that there weren’t enough bathrooms at the start line.

Stopping and having some watermelon along the course!

Stopping and having some watermelon along the course!

All the variety of snacks available!

All the variety of snacks available!

Mom and I started wayyyy back in the pack. We started off pretty slow and slowly passed people along the route. We had a lot of fun, we just chatted and it was nice that mom held back and rode with me ;-). Jim decided he needed more of a “workout” and did the 34 mile route and ended up getting in 38 miles for the day!

Jim and I before he left us to go ride further :-) He smoked it!

Jim and I before he left us to go ride further 🙂 He smoked it!

Riding is definitely something I enjoy doing, I just have a hard time fitting it in with running and crossfit. I love my bike and it is definitely something I hope to do more of in the future. I am hoping I can start fitting in some bike rides on my Sundays to help me recover from my Saturday long runs.

We finished!

We finished!

Have you ever rode in a bike rally before?
What kind of snacks are your favorite?
The watermelon we had was so delicious and refreshing!

Bark in the Park & Throwback Thursday – Twin Cities Marathon 2013

Last week, one of my friends and I (along with my family) took our pups to Bark in the Park at the Texas Ranger’s Game! It was so fun to bring the dogs to a game. We got there about an hour and a half before the game and stood in a pretty long line to get our tickets. Once we got our tickets and got in the stadium, we immediately joined the line to parade the dogs around the field.

Best Friends Walking around a MLB park - They had no idea how cool this was!

Best Friends Walking around a MLB park – They had no idea how cool this was!


Once we looped the stadium, we headed to our seats to meet up with my family. What is really nice about Bark in the Park is that they give you extra seats for your dogs! With my family, we had 2 full rows to ourselves in our section! It was nice having so much space.
Cute sign in the stadium showing where the dogs were allowed.

Cute sign in the stadium showing where the dogs were allowed.


Selfie in our seats! Kara was sitting in my Dad's lap and I actually got her to look in the right direction.

Selfie in our seats! Kara was sitting in my Dad’s lap and I actually got her to look in the right direction.


It was a pretty long game that the Texas Rangers ended up winning, I think the pups had a good time at the game. They were EXHAUSTED when we left, they both fell asleep as soon as we got back to the car.
Pup watching the game.

Pup watching the game.


My Kara - love this pup so much!

My Kara – love this pup so much!


Now that I have caught you up on what I have done recently, I thought I would do a Throw Back Thursday Race Report! This one is about the Twin Cities Marathon (LOVE!).

The Twin Cities Marathon was honestly one of my favorite marathons I have run (I have run a total of 10). I loved everything about this race — the course, the expo, the size, the weather, the group I went with, the location — EVERYTHING.

The marathon is on a Sunday, we flew out from Dallas on Friday and got into Minneapolis on Friday Night. We slept in on Saturday morning, got some coffee (duh) and headed to the expo. The expo wasn’t huge, wasn’t small and was pretty easy to get through. We went and got our bibs and then did a little shopping! I ended up purchasing 2 Brooks jackets with the Twin Cities Marathon logo on them. The rest of the day we took it really easy — we got some lunch at Whole Foods and then went and saw a movie. We then went back to the hotel for a bit before heading to go eat some Italian Food for dinner. My favorite part of this day would be when my husband realized how far he was running the next day. This definitely was not his first marathon but it was hilarious how all of a sudden it hit him that we were running 26.2 miles tomorrow. My mom was supposed to be running this race too but was injured but still came along to cheer us along the course! We had another friend also injured and one of our friend’s girlfriends cheering as well. I cannot tell you how much better it makes the race knowing that you will see friends along the way!

Picking up my bib at the expo! Love the coffee wall!

Picking up my bib at the expo! Love the coffee wall!


Race day morning we woke up and walked over to the Vikings Stadium (where the starting line was). We LOVED getting to wait inside (pretty chilly outside) and getting to use real bathrooms before the race! It was so seamless about 20 minutes before the start, we checked our bags and then walked over to the start line.
My first race in my Oiselle Team jersey!

My first race in my Oiselle Team jersey!


Once the race started, we ran through downtown before getting to the scenic lakes we ran by. When the race descriptions state “prettiest course” that is not a lie, this course was gorgeous. With the leaves changing colors and the lakes and all the runners, it was just perfect. This race was also a perfect size for me — I had people to run with but I wasn’t completely surrounded by runners (the bigger races can make me feel a little claustrophobic) . My favorite part was seeing our cheering squad! It helped break up the course and gave me something to look forward to!
Waving to my mom around mile 6! And yes my shoe is untied.

Waving to my mom around mile 6! And yes my shoe is untied.


I was definitely hoping to negative split this race but it wasn’t in the cards that day. I was hoping to be in shape to run a faster marathon but with my inconsistent training due to sickness/injury it wasn’t in the cards on that day. However, this is the best I had ever fueled during a race and I didn’t slow down nearly as much as I had in the past. I am lucky I finally figured out that my stomach can handle honeystinger gels/chews and not any other brand. I finally had a race where I didn’t feel nauseous the last half!
My husband, Jim, running. He loves to get the spectators excited.

My husband, Jim, running. He loves to get the spectators excited.


I had been warned by numerous people about the hills from mile 20-22 and I have to say they weren’t nearly as bad I was expecting. I felt like I really didn’t slow down too much because of them and it was really nice that the last few miles were slightly downhill.
Running up Summit Ave - getting so close to being done!

Running up Summit Ave – getting so close to being done!


I was so happy to see the finish line and it was such a beautiful scene – so many American Flags and so many people cheering me in! I didn’t hit my “A” goal but I did finish with a Boston Qualifying time of 3:33. Not too long after I finished, my husband finished. He also loved the course and survived all 26.2 miles.
We did it!

We did it!


We then headed back to the hotel, showered, took a short nap and then had a couple drinks and went to dinner! It was a pretty low key celebration as all of us were pretty tired after running 26.2 miles (and cheering for 26.2 miles) — just ate some bar food and watched some football!
So. Cool. Matching Jackets.

So. Cool. Matching Jackets.


I HIGHLY recommend this marathon – it is one of the best ones around!! Thank you Twin Cities In Motion for such a spectacular experience!

What is your favorite race?
Have you taken your dog to Bark in the Park before?

Throwback Thursday – Berlin Marathon 2011

I thought a fun segment (for me personally) would be a “blast to the past” every couple of weeks of a fun event/memory of the past, or a race report/review from different races I have done. I think this will be a fun way for me to “keep track” of these memories and hopefully tell everyone a little bit more about me! 

I took my first out of the country trip back in 2011 – Jim (my boyfriend at the time, now husband!) had always dreamed of going to Oktoberfest. Once we started dating we talked about running the Berlin Marathon and following it up with a trip to Munich to attend Oktoberfest. Well the fall of 2011 this became a reality and we were joined by our friends John & Robin for both the marathon and Oktoberfest and another couple, James & Robyn, would pick us up from the airport in Munich to attend Oktoberfest! 

Jim and I arrived in Berlin a day and a half before the marathon, once we arrived, we immediately headed to the expo to get our bibs and check out what an International Marathon expo looked like. It was pretty much the same as any expo we would attend in American except there was a Beer Garden that we happily sat at and enjoyed a beer before heading back to our hotel for the evening.

Enjoying a beer at the Berlin Marathon Expo

Enjoying a beer at the Berlin Marathon Expo


The next morning, the marathon had a pre-race event called “The Pancake Run” it was a 4-5 mile run through Berlin that ended at the Berlin Olympic Stadium — we actually finished the run on the track inside the stadium which was really cool. After the run there was a bunch of food but no pancakes to be found! This isn’t something I would normally participate in the day before the marathon but we figured it was a unique opportunity to see the city and shake our legs out from traveling. 
Selfie! Running through Berlin the day before the marathon.

Selfie! Running through Berlin the day before the marathon.

Finishing up the Pancake Run on the Berlin Olympic Stadium Track

Finishing up the Pancake Run on the Berlin Olympic Stadium Track


The next morning was the marathon — we woke up a little nervous but generally relaxed. Since we hadn’t exactly adjusted to the time zone, we didn’t have a big time goal for the marathon — our major goal was to finish and have a fun experience running! The marathon was actually on my 27th birthday and I figured there was no better way to celebrate than to run 26.2 miles in a new country. Jim and I ran the entire marathon together and observed some things that were a little different from the typical marathon in America! First, the electrolyte drink featured at this event was Powerade Tea which was interesting — I decided not to have any since it wasn’t something my stomach was used to but Jim had some and said it tasted exactly like tea and it also wasn’t cold. Second, they gave out sponges in the participant bags which we thought was odd but we noticed along the course they had big tubs of water for you to dip your sponge in to cool yourself along the course. A good thought, but somewhat disturbing when you realized that everyone was pulling their sponges out of the sweatbands of their shorts and dipping them into these community tubs! Third, the marathon was marked by kilometers instead of miles which made it seem longer to me — I am sure this is because I’m used to mile markers but this didn’t help me out mentally at all. Finally, I noticed that there seemed to be a lot more men than women running in this marathon compared to other marathons I have participated in in the US. 
Running the marathon with my crazy hair!

Running the marathon with my crazy hair!


Overall the marathon was really tough for the both of us, the sun was out the entire time and both of us got pretty warm. I also don’t think we were properly hydrated or adjusted to the time which didn’t help either. We did a horrible job of running the tangents and almost ran 27 miles which was .8 miles too far for me! Needless to say, I was pretty cranky when we finished and the finish was extremely backed up. It took us what seemed like FOREVER to get through the finishing shoot and get water, our medals and the mylar blankets.
Finally done! Berlin Marathon Finishers!

Finally done! Berlin Marathon Finishers!


Shortly after we finished, we ran into our friends John and Robin! It was a great surprise and we were able to get a couple finisher photos with them. Once we were reunited and had snapped some photos, we headed over to the beer tent where we quickly realized they were handing out ALCOHOL FREE BEER. I was extremely annoyed as it was my birthday and I had just finished a marathon and they were going to give me alcohol free beer?! Unfortunately for me, this was true as an alcohol free beer company had sponsored the race. Luckily, they had beer for purchase and Jim had remembered to bring some money with him, so the four of us were able to enjoy a beer before heading back to our hotel.
All Four of us Finished!

All Four of us Finished!


We later showered, napped and then went out for more German Beer and some DELICIOUS German food — best post marathon meal ever and the night was capped off with a champagne toast with my good friend Robin! 
Celebration Dinner!

Celebration Dinner!


My first international marathon experience was definitely a tough one but I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling – it is a unique way to see 26.2 miles of a city and be part of such a big event for the City and the culture! I would definitely recommend the Berlin Marathon as long as you don’t mind big crowds! The course definitely was flat and it was a cool way to explore Berlin.
I’ll post a follow up to this at a later date as the rest of the trip included our Engagement and Oktoberfest!

Ragnar Cape Cod

A few months ago I saw on twitter that #FlockYouLikeaHurricane needed a new teammate and I pretty much jumped at this opportunity to get to know some of my Oiselle teammates! After checking with my husband – I eagerly signed up and was strangely excited about going to run with 11 strangers. May came pretty quickly and all of a sudden it was time for me to head to Boston and make the trek over to Cape Cod. Unfortunately, Dallas weather didn’t want to make this journey easy on me and I was stranded in the airport for 5 hours before my flight finally took off. I didn’t land in Boston until 7:30 and was able to take the bus where my teammates greeted me eagerly with hugs and introductions and — once we arrived at our fabulous host’s house, a large glass of wine (THANK YOU STACEY – for your help with transportation, shelter and wine). We all stayed up chatting until midnight or so until we finally went to bed. When we woke up on Friday morning it was RACE DAY, van 1 would start at 10:00 am and with Stacey’s calculations, we figured Van 2 would start at 2:30pm. Now, before I continue on with my race report I will answer, “what is a Ragnar Relay?”

Ragnar Relay

192 miles, 12 runners, 2 drivers and 2 vans. The 12 runners are split into groups of 6 (we were lucky enough to have a driver for each van) and put into a van. Each runner runs 3 legs total. Van 1 starts the relay and then passes the “baton” off to Van 2, while Van 2 is completing their legs, Van 1 can take this time to eat, get some rest, and make their way over to the next large exchange zone. They do this until the 192 miles are completed – it took team #FlockYouLikeaHurricane just under 30 hours to complete this task. 

Team Flock You Like a Hurricane Team Members:

Van 1: Ali — AnneRebecca Kelly — Amy — Melissa — Driver: Shaun

Van 2: Me — Danielle Jess Carolyn — Deb — Jessie — Driver/Captain: Stacey

 

Van 2 at the Start
It was cold & windy when Van 2 headed to the hand-off zone to get our safety brief and start running (still beautiful), I started to get a little nervous as I would be the first runner to take off and I had no idea what to expect – I didn’t know how many times (or if at all) I would see my teammates and the course I was about to run was listed as very hard. With a smile on my face, I took the baton from Melissa and started on my 9.8 mile journey. Having run one relay previously, I knew it was really important for me to not go out too fast in order to preserve my legs for the next 2 legs. I didn’t look at my watch at all and told myself to push it and run at a medium/hard effort – I was able to do this and get up and down all the hills the course offered me by being presently surprised at how many times I saw my AWESOME TEAMMATES! My team ROCKED at cheering, I saw them so many times and this just made it SO much more fun. I finished my leg and passed off to Danielle realizing how amazing my team was going to make this journey. 

 

Cheering
Taking the handoff
Once my teammates ROCKED their legs, we were able to go back to Stacey’s house to eat some dinner and take a little nap. Stacey had estimated that we would start running again at 1:30am. I was able to sleep for about an hour before I woke up a little nervous for my night leg (5.3 miles) — while I’m used to running in the dark, I was nervous about running off course and finishing the leg. We arrived at the hand-off point and I got the baton from Melissa and took off into the night. I ended up feeling really good on this leg and had my fastest splits – it was so fun running in the dark and Stacey had told me different landmarks I would be running by that were so beautiful to see even in the dark and of course, my #flockstar team stopped and whisper-cheered me on a couple times throughout my run. Ragnar has “quiet hours” from 6:30pm – 6:00am but Van 2 perfected the art of the “whisper cheer” and made me smile so much while running! I handed the baton off to Danielle and she took off into the night. I think our entire van was surprised at how much we enjoyed our night runs, we finished just before the sun came out and drove over to the local high school to try and get some rest. I think I got a total of maybe another hour of sleep and finally just got up and went to the van and tried to drink as much water and nuun that I could and ate a banana and hoped that despite my stomach cramps I’d survive my last leg.
Team Photo
After taking a team photo, I started running my last leg of 6.3 miles and was mainly worried about finishing. Once I started running, I felt pretty decent and my teammate, Jessie, had provided me with a perfect description of the terrain I would be running on – the first part was mainly slightly downhill with a couple rolling hills with my last 2 miles having some pretty large hills, especially my last half mile. Again my awesome team cheered me on and I was able to finish and was SO happy when I was done. I finished right as the course rolled along the beach (so pretty) and told my teammates the last leg really wasn’t that bad!
twins
My teammates absolutely ROCKED their last legs! I was so proud of Jess for kicking butt — her last leg was her longest of the race and she ran so tough and blew by so many runners. Our fearless anchor, Jessie, tackled over 9 miles for her last leg and our entire team crossed the finish line with her. What an amazing moment. I couldn’t believe we had finished the 192 miles – it was just such an amazing experience meeting all of these women for the first time and instantly becoming friends. The only negative part of this weekend was not getting to spend time with van 1 – it would have been fun to spend more time with those ladies (and man). We finished 7/37 teams in the all women division.
Team
After finishing, half of us were able to stay and devour some of the free food and enjoy some of the free beer. Afterwards, we hopped back into the van and made a beach stop on the way back to Stacey’s house. SO. BEAUTIFUL.
Ragnar Beach
I couldn’t have asked for a better group of women to experience this with. It really was the BEST WEEKEND. I can’t wait to be reunited with all of you again. I really can’t describe how amazing this weekend was.
finished.
Also, thank you to all of our sponsors for the weekend:
OisellePro CompressionShower PillEnergy BitsPocket FuelMission Athletecare
Have you ever run a Ragnar Relay or any other type of relay?
Any tips on how to deal with a “ragnover?”
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