Theres No “I” in Team

Today’s Workout:  8.5 treadmill miles, 1% incline, 65 minutes***

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.  The ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

It is no secret that I love and am obsessed with running Ragnar Relay Races.  Wasatch Back Ragnar was my 3rd Ragnar Relay, (I haven’t even been racing for a year yet) I will be running 2 more in 2011, and am already making plans for 2012.

What makes Relay Races so great?I could not possibly run 200 miles all by myself.  None of us could do this alone, but together as a team this daunting task is made possible.  Through support, dedication, and working as a team together we achieve something great.

My re-cap of the memorable event

I met up with my team “Size Does Matter” Thursday night.  A few of the team members I knew, others I didn’t, but of course we all hit it off instantly and are now the best of friends.  After a quick trip to walmart and a few hours of sleep it was time to get the party started.

I was the first runner and I was incredibly excited to start the race.  I traded first legs with my team captain Ken because he really wanted to run the 5th leg hill.  I happily obliged and it turned out to be a great switch.  Running the first leg meant a lot to me because my Dad’s family is from Logan and we are also HUGE Utah State fans.  It was cool to start at the stadium, run past my sisters old stomping grounds, my aunts old house, and just bask in fun childhood memories throughout the first leg of the race.

These 6.9 miles flew by and I truly loved every second of this leg.  I talked to a few people along the way and before I knew it I was at the exchange in Millville.  6.9 miles with a 7:37 average pace.  I think I smiled the entire time.

After my first leg it was time to support the other runners in my van and enjoy the gorgeous scenery we were surrounded by.  Supporting my team members is my favorite part about Ragnar.  I love cheering them on and making sure they are enjoying the experience.

My second leg was at 8 o’clock at night and the weather was perfect.  It was a short 4.2 miler and I finished in a little over 30 minutes with an average pace of 7:30.  I really wanted to run consistent miles and I really focused on staying in tune with my body.  This run felt hard but good.  It was also fun Because Ken’s sister Heather and Mom LeeAnna came up to support our team.  They stopped in the middle of my leg and cheered me on and this really gave me a mental boost.

 After our teams 2nd leg our van headed to North Summit High School to try to sleep.  I think I got a solid 2 hours of sleep before it was time to get ready for our last legs.  I was tired and a little sore but still feeling good and excited to run my final leg of the race.  I ran my last 3.35 miles in 24 minutes for an average pace of 7:08.  Even though it was my shortest leg it was definitely the hardest for me.  There was a lot of uphill and I was just tired.  It felt so great to finish this leg strong and I was incredibly happy to be done and proud of my van for running so hard.

Wasatch Back Ragnar was such an amazing experience and I am so thankful and grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team.  Unfortunately I had to miss the finish with my team to make it to my nephews birthday party but I am so proud of every single member of my team for never quitting and always pushing themselves.  So many individual milestones were met and collectively we finished a great race and could not have done it without each other.

Teamwork truly is an amazing thing and Ragnar always reminds me that running is not always about pace, speed, or distance but rather enjoyment, camaraderie, and making memories.

Thanks to team “Size Does Matter” for such an amazing and unforgettable experience.