Ready for Ragnar

I am about to embark on an adventure that seriously calls into question my sanity, or lack thereof. I never thought I was easily subject to peer pressure but apparently my good friends can talk me into doing the craziest things by cleverly disguising them as "health and fitness". We all know I can be a bit of a fanatic when it comes to health and fitness. And I am also easily fooled.

note important item: painkillers
Tomorrow I pack myself into a van with 5 other insane individuals and begin Ragnar, Great River. Six more just as insane people will make up the rest of our team in van 2.
12 runners. 200 miles. 30 hours. What on earth was I thinking?!?

If you've never heard of Ragnar that just means you are not a crazy person. I'd never heard of it either until my runner friend said "hey Leslie, you wanna be on our Ragnar team?" Of course I said yes.

The race is relay style. Each person runs 3 different legs of the 200 mile race. Knowing my limitations, I made my commitment dependent on getting to pick my own leg. I am runner #3 - the easiest leg of van 1. I may be easily fooled, but I am not completely stupid.

feed me
As luck would have it there was a complication with our first exchange point so they moved it - to my benefit of course. I lost 2 miles off my first run and they added it to runner 2. Muah ha ha. Fate is on my side. This can only mean good things. My new total mileage is 5.3 | 3.0 | 3.4 for a total of 11.7. I think I'll make it.

The gear and the snacks are packed. I'll see you after the finish. Go team Pavement Pirates!

Check out this ESPN video to get the full gist of what is this craziness called Ragnar.


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