Monday, September 23, 2013

We ran 200 miles and called ourselves Kevin Bacon.



Good grief I love me some Ragnar.

Ragnar Relay = 12 team members, two vans, 30ish hours, 200-ish miles, no-ish sleeping, and...ridiculous amounts of fun.

If you've been around for awhile, you'll remember that I've done this before (once in a Lego costume and once as Big Bird). I can safely say it was easier doing this without a bulky costume. I ran with new people this time, and we ran in regular running clothes (I love you spandex) and rocked some Kevin Bacon t-shirts designed by my talented bestie. (We were originally Team Footloose and I was like "ehhh let's target that a little more...KEVIN BACON!")

I'm currently still experiencing a Ragnar hangover, symptoms of which include fatigue, a confused stomach, disorientation, stiffness, sore toenails, severe separation anxiety from my van buddies...

Did I mention it rained...a lot? I think I ran through a waterfall for a few miles. And up a hill. And there was mud? It's all hazy. (See the aforementioned disorientation.)

What I CAN tell you is that I would do it all again in a heartbeat. 

I seriously love the validation of a running event. All the training has its highs and lows, but then you're there and it's like....I'm one of these people. I am doing something really hard and loving it. I love being around the hundreds of people who are in the same boat. It's like this amazing, tangible group energy. And, it's totally addictive.

And seriously, does it get any prettier than Napa Valley? I mean, we could have done without all the rolling hills, but dang...the scenery was superb.

Now you may enjoy some photos. I'm off to keep recuperating.
















4 comments:

Melanie said...

Congrats on a successful race! I always tell people that Ragnar is 12 people being miserable, sweaty, and smelly together...which is what makes it so much fun. If only it weren't so expensive, I'd do it again.

Alicia Hanley said...

go you. as you might know, i don't run. unless i'm in serious jeopardy, or there's only one donut left up for grabs.

Kerry said...

THIS is what you were doing? I saw your facebook and was all WHAT is a ragnar? and now I know. That is intense, and awesome! way to go!

Erica said...

congrats!! i'm doing my second ragnar this weekend, and i'm so pumped! (i did the cape cod one in may)

i hear ya on the separation anxiety. i knew all of one of my teammates pre-ragnar and then as it was closing, i felt like all of my vanmates were my best friends, haha! cheers to being crazy and doing ragnars!