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On the third and last set of legs for the Ragnar!


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.


Second set of Ragnar legs complete


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.





First set of Ragnar legs complete


We pull into a highschool in Burlington and the six of us tumble out of the van onto the grass, exhausted and ready to pass out.



I am feeling pretty great. The bottom of my calves are a bit sore but otherwise my body feels great! I did have a bit of a sun headache for a while but it went away.

Some photos!





Today I am running my first Ragnar!


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!

Fetch Fitness on King 5 New Day

This morning I joined Rich Thompson, Owner and Lead Trainer at Fetch Fitness on the King 5 New Day show. Thanks to Zoot for outfitting us with some great new fitness outfits for the show!

Fetch Fitness slogan is “K9 friendly fitness for humans”, but they go far beyond just working out with your furry friend. I have been training with Rich for a few months now and the trainers at Fetch Fitness are really about the whole life experience, beyond simply pumping iron. The Fetch Fitness team gets to know you on a personal level, what you do for a living, hobbies, where you want to physically be and where you are physically now and then tailor builds a life strategy just for you. While physical fitness is the main component they also provide services for nutrition, finances, clothing and hairstyles, and more. Fetch Fitness knows that your health goes beyond just the physical and into mental and emotional states. With Fetch Fitness you get the whole package. Personally in just a couple months I have noticed a dramatic increase in my own physical fitness, as well as a much more positive outlook on life.

If you are in the Seattle area I highly encourage you to contact Fetch Fitness today to see how they can help you too! Not in Seattle or traveling? Fetch Fitness even offers Skype based training sessions!

Check this morning’s show (Starts at 2:20):