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Ragnar Relay Recap

In Running, Tennessee on November 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I’ve tried 3 or 4 times now to write (or blog) about my Ragnar experience. I still can’t find all the right words to describe this past weekend, but EPIC is a good one to start with.

Team “I Thought This Was a 5k”

I can’t really tell you who had the original idea, I don’t remember. I just remember getting a phone call from Chris (fellow team runner) that he had booked a flight to Tennessee for Ragnar and thus begin this adventure. Along with telling me I had to organize it. I didn’t mind, I was happy to do it.

I knew it would be hard trying to find 12 people in Tennessee to run with us, we had 6 total that at least knew someone. The other 6 were complete strangers. Once I registered our team, it didn’t take long at all to fill the runner slots.

Our very random, but awesome relay team at the start line in Chattanooga.

I started off Leg 1 with an 8 miler out of Coollidge Park in Chattanooga. The scenery was gorgeous and I felt like I ran strong but conservative. I had no idea how I would feel as the relay progressed and couldn’t risk wearing my legs out first thing. I stayed with my target pace though, so I was satisfied.

Getting ready to start…

Van 1.

Van 2.

This trip wouldn’t have been possible without our two amazing drivers. Lindsay Fullen (van 1) and David Daniels (van 2). They navigated us 200 miles with little to no sleep, endured us yelling at them (when they ran red lights or didn’t have their headlights on), and never once complained about how bad we all smelled.

Back to the relay – I passed off to Jenny who started her 1600ft climb out of Chattanooga and rocked it. We stopped to cheer her on several times, each time she had a smile on her face and just kept knocking out each mile. Then it was on to Kelly who flew down the other side of said mountain and passed off to Marc. Marc to Michael, then Michael to Jayney (who by the way was running her second ever race).

Kelly, Jenny, & Jayney

Meanwhile, van 2 was killing time waiting on us to finish. Jayney passed off to runner 7, Chris, who started the second leg of the relay. He had an extremely tough climb as well.

I was passed the baton again around 7pm (??) to start my second leg. By this time, it was completely dark and I just wanted this run over with. For some reason, it was my least favorite leg, even though it was the shortest (or what I thought would be the shortest). After passing off to Jenny, I literally ate 3 donuts, 1 bagel, some trail mix/cranberries and downed a bottle of water. Little did I know, I’d be running again very shortly.

Jayney started feeling bad, feverish and sore throat. It wasn’t long before I knew, she wouldn’t be able to run her second leg. I don’t remember much, except telling her I would take this one for her and for her to get some sleep. Those donuts were a bad idea.

I have to say, I learned more about perseverance from Jayney then any marathon training run could ever teach. She stuck it out with us for the next 15-16 hours so we could finish the race. She was extremely sick, stuck in the back of a van that smelled (I’m sure) terrible, and never ONCE did she complain about it. We would find out later after she was admitted to the hospital, she had strep. She was our MVP for sure. So Jayney, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to finish.

I would end up running her last two legs, it was the least I could do.

Last exchange for van 1. Running my (Jayney’s) final leg. 4.5 miles of rolling hills in HOT Franklin, TN.

Hearing my teammates cheering was amazing. I love each one of them!!

If Chris didn’t have to start his final leg, I would’ve hugged him. I was so happy to be done running and headed for the finish line in Nashville.

Also another shout out to our awesome teammate Kelly, who allowed sweaty runners in to her home to shower and clean up. That was the most glorious shower. You’re the best!

Van 1 at the finish line. Minus one sick Jayney…

Chris Daniels brought it home for us in Nashville, finishing our 200 mile relay. We set out to accomplish one goal and we came together and did it. We may not have been the fastest, but we each ran our personal best. The camaraderie between endurance runners is one like no other.

Finish line shot.

So, while epic sums up how this experience was for me. Fellow teammate, Sho, said it perfectly… “Thursday, I met up with over a dozen strangers. Saturday, I went back home saying goodbye to over a dozen friends. That was one heck of a trip/race.”

All I have to say to that is…’Sho nuff’.

Thank you Lindsay, David, Joel, Sarah, Jenny, Kelly, Marc, Michael, Jayney, Chris & Chris, Sho, & Spencer (and their families for sharing them) for an incredible weekend of unforgettable memories. This has been the highlight of my year and quite possibly my life. No other race will ever compare, and I wouldn’t want to share the memories with anybody else.

Joel, me, & Sarah – thanks for being crazy enough to say yes!

Me and Holman – I’m glad we can share another “sport” together. Softball being the first… ūüėČ

Ragnarian.

Chris and I. Thanks for suggesting we do this!

Until next year…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Race Envy!

In Fitness, Marathon, Running on October 24, 2012 at 3:56 am

I’m experiencing some major race envy tonight. My Ragnar Relay (I know, I won’t shut up about it) is in less than 3 weeks and I absolutely cannot wait for the challenge!! Several of my teammates are all running half marathons this weekend (good luck guys!!) and I’m seriously jealous. Let’s face it, I like winning medals.

My most recent medal.

My last race was in August and I’m experiencing severe withdrawals.

So it got me thinking…what really DRIVES you (or me) to race and what gets us through a half or full marathon?

For me, I feel it’s:

1. Miles 1-6: Pure adrenaline¬†(I feel like this stage is the biggest reason I love racing. The adrenaline rush is awesome and just being surrounded by your kinfolk is inspiring. ūüėČ )

2. Miles 7-10: Training¬†(at this stage, the adrenaline has started to wear off and you fall back on all those training runs and trust your training and legs to carry you through the “heart” of the race.)

3. Miles 11-13.1: HEART!¬†(this might be the most rewarding part of the race, your legs are getting tired and your mind starts telling you to stop but it’s this part of the race that really counts. Where you push yourself those last few miles.)

The same can be translated to a full marathon. Where those last 6 miles are pure heart.

After ‘Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon’

So, I’ll be cheering loud and proud for all my Ragnar buddies to race strong and fast this weekend!

Non-Training Days

In CrossFit, Cycling, Fitness, Life, Marathon, Road race, Running on October 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

Am I the only one that eats everything in sight on non-training/rest days? I totally know it’s normal but I’ve had no motivation and a huge appetite lately. So, I’m just listening to my body. Truth is, your body really does need rest days. But with that said, I’ve kept up my long runs on Saturdays and added back in a bike ride.

The past few months, here is what a typical day looks like that:

Monday: WOD + strength training, 45 minutes of cardio (bike trainer)

Tuesday: WOD + strength training, 3-4 mile run (tempo)

Wednesday: WOD + strength training, 45 minutes bike trainer

Thursday: 20+ mile bike ride (morning) 4-5 mile run (evening) No strength training

Friday: Rest

Saturday: WOD + strength training, 10+ mile run (8:30 pace)

Sunday: WOD + strength training

My long runs are getting ready to change to Monday as I train for this marathon. I’ve added a lot of HIIT/plyometric strength training to my day, not only because I want to be lean and mean, but also to help with my running. I can already tell a huge difference. Example: I just recently started back on my road bike. Thursday, I averaged a 23mph pace. That’s HUGE for me!! To better put that in perspective. Lance Armstrong was recently in SD to compete in the SuperFrog (half-ironman) Triathlon. He averaged a 27mph pace on the same route I ride out on Coronado. Now, I’m definitely no Lance Armstrong…so I was thrilled with 23mph pace. I credit that to Crossfit and lower body strength training. It works people!!

Ragnar Relay is in 3 weeks…I will be the lead runner and my goal pace is 8:30 for each leg. I absolutely cannot wait to run this. We have a great team, it’s going to be a blast!

I kick off the race!!

This has been my favorite plyo workout, recently…thought I’d share it with you guys. I used an agility ladder and jump rope. You do each move for 60 seconds with a 10 second recovery. Three rounds.

Courtesy: bradgouthrofitness.com

This past week has been crazy busy. My training is about to kick up a notch too, 12 weeks until my marathon. Geez. I’ve been very encouraged by my long runs though. Two weeks ago, I ran a steady 8:30 for 10 miles. This week, I ran 8 miles at a 8:07 pace. I’m kicking myself for not doing 10, but I felt so good after that run. Definitely a confidence booster. So, if you need me, chances are you can find me running somewhere. Until next time…

Me and my boo!

No Rest Sunday.

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Running, San Diego on October 1, 2012 at 5:49 am

 

Hodads

If you are ever in San Diego, allow me to treat you to the best burger in town (at least I think so). Hodads is this tiny little hole in the wall burger joint downtown, and it’s amazing. We ate there for lunch today. Sophie is telling a big story above, how cute is she? But with that delicious burger, had to come an intense workout.

GNC Pro-Scuplt – Fruit Punch

Pre-Workout

So, pro-sculpt is growing on me. You mix 1 scoop with 10oz of water. It reminds me of some sort of childhood medicine. Each time I use it, I like it a little better. The best thing is, I get the kick I need. I typically use pro-sculpt if I’m going to be doing lots of cardio. If I’m doing strictly strength training, then I’ll take the GNC Meta-Ignite. So far, no complaints.

The Workouts:

Fitbook

WOD: 10 rounds Р10 hand-release push-ups & 10 squats

By round 6, my triceps and shoulders were on fire. I went through those 10 rounds with very little rest. All you really need is a mat (if you’re on hard surfaces).

HITT:¬†Provided by BlondePonytail.com¬†I’m loving her GNC series workouts. They are the bomb!¬†

I switched it up a little bit since I technically just did 100 push-ups and don’t have a medicine ball (yet!)

Equipment: Jump rope, medicine ball/or dumbbell/kettlebell Рwhatever you have. An interval timer.

1. Thrusters/Jump rope РI used a 15lb dumbbell instead of a medicine ball.

2. Plank toe taps/Jump rope

3. Wood chops R/Jump rope

4. Wood chops L/Jump rope

You can check out the link above and watch her video demonstration. You set your interval timer to 30:30. 30 seconds of first workout then 30 seconds of jump rope. No rest. I was sweating right off the bat. I did plank toe taps instead of the push-ups.

Followed all that up with 30 minutes on my bike trainer doing speed intervals.

New favorite treat.

Sophie and I have fallen in love with Trader Joe’s Almond chocolate ‘milk’. It’s so good and a nice little treat. It’s a little high on the sugar side, so I don’t drink a full serving. But it’s sweet and tastes good after a workout.

Tomorrow starts trying to get my body back in decent racing form. 1 month till Ragnar TENNESSEE!!!!!!

Disclaimer: These are workouts and supplements that I do and take. I’m in no way recommending you do or take them. Always consult your physician before starting a new workout program. I use my blog as a way to share workouts and products that are beneficial to myself. You assume all risk of workouts and supplements you take.¬†

Mind Games

In Fitness, Food, Road race, Running, San Diego on September 30, 2012 at 3:50 am

I set out early this morning for a 10 mile run with two of my best running buddies. Both have pushed me through many a painful runs while marathon training. There is something special about the bond you share with your ‘endurance’ friends. They get it. They understand when everyone else just thinks you’re crazy.

Last weekend said friend and I ran 8 miles, fairly easy.

Danielle, my dearest friend.

This weekend, knowing I should run long, was already in the mindset that I didn’t want to run more than 6 miles. This week starts an intense training month leading up to Ragnar Relay, so I thought I’d take it easy this morning. Nope. Danielle says “I’m running ten”. She is one of the LUCKY few who was accepted in to the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Francisco (SOOOOO happy for her) in a few weeks. It’s a lottery entry, she is stoked to be running it. So, how can I leave her hanging for 10 miles alone? So another friend and I man up and run it with her. Endurance was fine, but my legs hated every step of it. Bricks, much? Especially those last two miles where they were cursing me. Yes, I heard them. ¬†And the red lights, the dreaded red lights. Stopping and going, might as well just shoot me now. Ok, so I might be a tad dramatic…but you get my point. The funny thing is, how many times have I ran 10 miles? I’ve lost count. But I still have those runs where I feel like a beginner and not quite sure how to make my legs move forward. Those are the runs where I have to visualize what awaits me at the finish…

Recovery

A delicious Con Pane cinnamon roll and roasted turkey sandwich. I’m telling you what, you haven’t experienced a deli quite like Con Pane. It makes ANY run worth it! Oh and the San Diego skyline isn’t a bad view either.

Fun in the sun

Took the kids to Coronado to run around this afternoon.

A trick I learned (thanks Holly!) during marathon training to help aid in recovery was to “rinse” your legs using a water hose, as soon as you could after a run. There were many a run, I was standing in my driveway hosing my legs down with ice cold water. But, I swear by it. Same effect as an ice bath, just a tad more bearable. I say that because my legs were sore today and standing in the ocean had the same effect. It was COLD today. But the kids loved it.

Pre-RUN:¬†GNC’s Pro-scuplt and 1 orange.

I’ve also added these bad boys to my supplements.

GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil 1500

Fish Oil

GNC Probiotics Ultra 5 Probiotic Complex with Fiber

Reduces harmful bacteria and aids in good bacteria for digestion.

GNC Total Lean Engergizing Lean Chew

Energy chews

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

Ragnar Relay Team Name?

In 2012, endurance, Road race, Running, Tennessee on September 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I need your help!!!! Help me name our Ragnar Relay team. If you don’t know what Ragnar is, it’s a relay race. We are running the Tennessee one and have a 12 member team. I’ve comprised a poll (below) but need help making the final decision.

Ragnar Team Running Name

Thanks in advance!!

~C.