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Ragnar Las Vegas Re-Cap

10 Nov

None of us were real sure who’s idea this was or when we decided to take on Ragnar Las Vegas as an ultra team! BUT IT HAPPENED! Now that it is all said and done “what happens in Vegas is still sore in Oregon!”

Lets start from the beginning! We got the van decorated! Very important step in the is journey!
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Ultra Dragging Aces taking on Ragnar Las Vegas.

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Runner 6: Laura, Runner 2: Anne, Runner 3: Kara, Runner 1: Erica, Runner 5: Stephanie, Runner 4: Me

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Who knew that it had already snowed! It is only November!!

We started at 8,000 ft at Lee Canyon Ski Resort at 8am! Erica took off for legs 1&2. Just like that we were off and running!
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I wasn’t on the docket until about 1. I started at 1:18pm and it was hot already. My first leg was 12.1 miles–legs 7&8. A lot of uphill in the sun. The majority of the leg was running through neigborhoods and going through stop signs/stop lights. The running was pretty good. It was definitely the weirdest leg–a very “city” run. I felt like it was good for the exception of the 5 lights that I had to stop at!! Total buzzkill!

We got some food and did some more running! All of a sudden we had started our 2nd set of legs. Everyone was doing great and running hard!!

At 9:36pm I started my second leg. 9 miles–legs 19&20. This was definitely my favorite leg. It was dark. I mean dark dark. We were on the eastern side of the city away from all of the lights! I got into a nice groove. I felt really good. It was perfect running weather. Cold! It was so different than my first leg. After I handed off to Steph, I was crossing the highway, and tripped on the median divider. I totally twisted my ankle. I almost fell on my face and I was not even in my Hokas! I was so pissed. (It didn’t effect my running/walking thank goodness but it is still sore!!)

Laura was our ace driver and I did a lot of the navigating. The girls took over and let us rest a few times! πŸ™‚

Here is a good one of us sleep deprived at about 7am Saturday morning.
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It was happening again. I was going to have to run again. The third and finally time at 7:27am for 12.7 miles. Let me show you the elevation for this one:
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I was NERVOUS. Had this been flat I think I would have been fine but it was almost all uphill. The entire leg was on a trail. At first I thought a “trail” like dirt/rocks/gravel trail. It was a paved bike/ped path. It was amazing! The first part was decent. Pace was decent. I thought all I have to do is get through this. I took off my arm warmers when I saw the girls about 4 miles in. It was already getting warm. The sun was out in full force.

The start of the 2nd part was hard. It was much steeper then I thought. At that point I knew it would be a sufferfest to the finish! I got some more water at 6 miles in and told the girls it was going to be a long 6.7 mile deathmarch to the exchange. I was walking and running. I was feeling good and bad. I had multiple dark times. I was trying to dig deep but I had given up and fought and given up and fought! Not a lick of shade. I had run out of water. The leg was a no van support leg! Bull shit!! Ragnar usually has a water stop on longer no van support legs. I just was not that lucky! WTF? It was so hot. The sun was beating down on us! Even when I got a bit of relief and had a downhill my quads hurt so bad (there was not much of that anyway!) 😦

Spoiler alert: I survived. It was not pretty but I made it!

I took my last baby wipe shower and was feeling good!
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Steph was running through the Lake Med rec area. I was so happy to be done!!!

Laura not only was a rock star driver but she had a 15 mile FINAL leg through the desert in the heat of the day with no shade!! We saw this coyote while we were supporting her!!
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We finished in 30:13! ROCK STARS!!! We came in 2nd in the womens ultra division! HOLLA!
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Here is our sweet medals. I got a Deuces Wild medal because I did LV and another Ragnar(NWP).
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We had such a fun time! Our only major complaint was there was multiple legs that were overlapping. Ragnar does a good job with the directional signs though.

4th and final relay of the year!!

What is in Store 4 the The Next 5 Months!

12 Jul

The first 6 months of 2013 I was focused on triathlon training. The next 6 months will be focused on running.

I have finished my A triathlon race of the year. My 6th season of this madness is done. Well maybe! I told you I was going to do the Deschutes Dash Oly in a few weeks but I have decided against it. Honestly I did not really want to do it after PC. It is a fun race but I am over racing in the heat and elevation!!

I may do another one in September. I am still speculating that one. The triathlete in me says YES absolutely do it. The runner in me says NO just focus on your Chicago training. Oh decisions decisions! We will talk more about this later.

I cannot believe that it is July already. How is half the year done already? I have a lot in store for the next 5 months. I am running 4 relays: 2 regular (12 person teams) and 2 ultra (6 person teams) style and doing the Chicago marathon.
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July
First up is Ragnar Northwest Passage.
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I did this ultra-style last year. Definitely the way to run it! My β€œrelay” training has not been great. We keep getting together and it seems that none of us are ready. At least I am not the only one! :)I am runner 2(which is actually legs 3 and 4).
We are a very laid back team. We have been a solid 5: Ellen, Alana, Abbey, Amy, and I. We have had a couple of drop-outs. We finally landed Shawn. Who we met last night. All I can say is hallelujah! I was getting nervous because we were having no luck trying to find a replacement 3 weeks out for a relay. An ultra relay at that!!

August
Shortly after that I head back to Bend for the Cascade Lakes Relay with my old HTC team.
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Another fun team! I am more excited about floating down the river when it is all said in done! It is going to be hot and hard!! I am running leg 6 here but I get an extra bonus leg. They split up leg 2 into a and b because it is so hard. Since my total mileage is lowest, Kara is making me letting me run 2a.

The relay I am MOST EXCITED about is: HTC with Nuun!! I still cannot believe I was picked. It is going to be a fun time. I am running leg 2 here.
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September
Will either be a triathlon or a 10k.

October
Chicago marathon.
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I am really excited to do this. This will be marathon #7. I really feel that I have been running better and faster since my last marathon (RNRAZ ’12). I have really worked on my mental toughness. I cannot wait to see what happens here. I can just hope it is not a thousand degrees. I am going with some girlfriends but my mom, bro, and sis-in-law are meeting me there as well!

November
Last and final relay will be Ragnar Las Vegas ultra style.
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We just met and picked legs. I am running leg 4(which is 7 and 8). This is going to be an awesome team too: Erica, Laura, Stephanie, Kara, Anne and I.

As you can see there will be lots of running in my near future. I am excited and nervous at the same time! Here is to relay season!!

Are you doing any relays this summer?