Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ragnar SoCal 2011

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.


Lindsey Wood-Felstead said...

Oh it looks like you had so much fun! Since we haven't had baseball this week, I haven't had a chance to talk to you. Can't wait to hear all about it!!

Katie said...

Looks like so much fun! I'm so sorry you were sick during it. That had to be so hard to run through. You are amazing!