Ragnar SoCal Team "Running Is Risky Business"- 12 women, 2 vans, and 200 miles of concrete, asphalt, mountains, and shoreline.
This Ragnar was fun, but it kicked my butt.
I chose to take the long legs hoping to get some good training miles in. I didn't count on the heat exhaustion awaiting me.
I ran 3 legs totalling 26 miles, but only halfway through I knew I didn't feel right. The unexpected heat and harsh sun I ran through on the first day worked me over and I started my last leg on Saturday morning shaking, nauseous, and nearly in tears. Halfway through a beautiful run (which I was unable to enjoy) I took a quick detour, let my nausea get the best of me, and then pushed on to finish the leg. That last exchange didn't come soon enough and I was thrilled to be done!
Despite the challenges of this Ragnar, I had a blast. I got to know some great woman who I know will become close friends and I learned what my body is capable of and how much pain I can really push through.
But, the next time I'm in Southern California, I'm doing what I love even more than running
-relaxing on the beach.