This is it! The last set of legs for the 200 mile Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay Race!!!
My leg is by far the most challenging of the entire race. There are two epic hills of titanic height.
I actually just completed my leg and am too excited to wait to post until the end. 8.1 miles done DONE!
The wind was in my face the entire time and rather strongly at that. It felt like someone was pushing against me for the first 2.5 miles through the valley before the hills started.
I did good up the hills. Ran about 20% of the first hill before power walking. I would power walk for 30 feet and then run for a few hundred feet. This strategy worked quite well for me up both hills.
Coming into the end zone was all downhill with a great view of Puget Sound from Whidbey Island. My heart soared as I gazed out across the water and watched a sailboat lazily cruising along with the breeze.
I feel incredibly strong right now. The only pain came from my hip flexors and a quick 30 seconds per side stretch.
And I did it all in a 10:25 MILE PACE!! I am astounded by that!
I have selfie videos i took along the way I will upload when I get a chance to convert them.
Pic of my epic windswept hairdo after climbing into the van.
I am laying on the floor of a school gymnasium in Oak Harbor, surrounded by hundreds of other runners. This is one of two schools available to shower and rest in.
My van has completed its second set of legs and we have a couple hours to ourselves now. Conveniently at night :).
I am showered and happy again. The second set of legs was rough for me. Right before my leg a bank of clouds rolled in threatening rain. Instead of raining the humidity spiked and the wind went away. Humidity combined with high temps sucks energy out of me fast. My run was 7 minutes longer than it should have been! I was dripping in sweat and ready to stop by the end.
Physically I am feeling pretty dang good. Even during the last run my legs, breathing, and heart rate were all fine. My right lower calf is the only place giving me any issues. I am going to try taping it tomorrow. I am not sure if I am pushing off on it harder or if the muscles are jiggling too much but it is putting a damper on my running abilities.
Here I am sweaty and ready for dinner after my run
Some photos from around the team. I tried to get shots of everyone this time but wound up leaving my camera in the car too often.
My phone alarm goes off at 2:30 am and I roll over and stare at my phone in bewilderment. Who set an alarm for this awful hour? As the fog clears I remember, today is the Ragnar!
Excitement builds as I quickly bounce out of bed ( after hitting snooze 4 times! ) and hop in the shower.
The Ragnar is a 200 mile relay race. The team is broken into 2 vans of 6 people each. We all run 3 seperate legs. I am the 3rd runner in van 1.
My legs are:
Leg 4 - 3.90 miles - Easy rating
Leg 16 - 4.10 miles - Moderate rating
Leg 28 - 8.10 miles - Very Hard rating
This will be my first marathon! I am stoked to be in it. A year ago I decided to kick my personal fitness into overdrive and started working with Rich Thompson of Fetch Fitness. I am now able to be much more active and feel far better in life in general. This will be the most running I have done. My previous distance record is 6 miles in one go. I am looking forward to pushing myself and winning this battle!
According to a Google image search for "mephobia sufferer" I am the number one ranked sufferer!
If you are not familiar with Mephobia it is typically a self-diagnosed personal issue and is defined by Urban Dictionary as:
Fear of becoming so awesome that the human race can't handle it and everybody dies.
Notice in the following photo that not only is my mug the first image found it is also at number 13, and of the photos shown on that page the percentage of photos that were taken by me is 33%. This clearly indicates I am the most awesome. This also indicates that I am allowing myself to reveal far to much of my awesome and the world may be on the brink of collapse. I apologize in advance if none of you wake up tomorrow morning.