I ran my last run of the 10 week Ragnar/Eugene training cycle this morning. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but…
It’s over, ALREADY??
After adopting “No Train Racing” for pretty much all of 2011, I was nervous how I’d fare with an [almost] full-length training cycle. Turns out, when you actually enjoy running, training is much less murderous. I’ll talk more later on what did/didn’t work for me, but I can pinky promise you I wasn’t expecting this “ALREADY???” feeling.
Lucky for my taper crazies, a 200+ mile relay provides a whole lot of shit to busy yourself with. Outfit decisions x3, fuel strategizing, 24 hour coffee joint locating, sleep-sitting-up practicing, etc.
Oh, and packing. Good lord you need a lot of crap for relays.
So, I’m doing all those things. Because,
OHMYGOD LESS THAN 48 HOURS.
All of the planning, training, and 4,000 word group emails are [finally] coming to fruition. What started as a harmless HTC-envy tweet between Heather and myself ACTUALLY turned into two teams of internet strangers running 200+ miles through Southern California.
All the details are ironed out, my bags are [mostly] packed, and my legs are nice and rested. GO TIME, BABY.
I’m runner #2 on So Much Cooler Online – Ultra which shakes out like this :
- Leg 1 – 10 mi inland OC (Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim) in the balls blazing middle of the afternoon
- Leg 2 – 14.9 mi (Temecula/Murrieta) in the middle of the night
- Leg 3 – 7.3mi coastal SD (Encinitas/Solana Beach) mid-morning
- Total – 32.2 miles
On top of the already excessive excitement, we’ve got some AMAZING companies supporting us along the way. And I literally mean “supporting” – inside and out all of our muscles/organs/hairs/wardrobes will be well tended to.
I’m so freaking pumped to get in the van and run the shit out of some SoCal asphalt with the girls. As one of the few all-women ultra teams I know there’s going to be a little extra fire to get to the finish line and pass as many
hopeless souls fellow runners along the way.
Nothing wrong with a little [friendly] competitive spirit, right? ;)
If you want to follow along, we’ll be live-tweeting from the vans using #SMCOL. Find out if SR poops her pants or Margot gets lost in the woods there first.
(jk margot we won’t let you get lost)
((SR please don’t poop your pants))
ps PRO Compression is having a major sale – $20 off and free shipping using code “RR20“. I’m majorly in love with the socks (running AND recovery) and am on a quest to own every color. I suggest you join me in the movement.