Las Vegas Ragnar Relay Recap

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**The giveaway winner will be announced as soon as the final team times are released from Ragnar so stay tuned for that!

If I had to sum up the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay in one word it would be FUN.  Just so much fun!  Amylee and Julia both wrote amazing recaps and there is absolutely no way I can top what they said so I suggest you head on over to they’re blogs and read their recaps right now.

This race was incredibly monumental for me because last year it was my first real running event besides a couple of 5ks and 10ks. Last year I showed up to run in my Ross shoes and didn’t have a clue about pacing or running up hills!  I learned SO MUCH from the race last year and could not wait to run it again.

My only real goal going into it was to have fun, support my team well, and make memories.  All of which I am proud to say I accomplished.  Running wise I had no real goals.  I hadn’t ran fast at all since the marathon and truly had no idea what I was capable of.  I knew I wanted to try to run fast but more than anything I wanted to enjoy the experience.  Sometimes just taking the pressure off is most important and that is what I did.

As you can see I was in good hands and I had an amazing group of people to run with.  I could not have asked for a better team and every single one of them make me incredibly proud.  They all ran they’re hearts out and left everything they had out in the desert.  I look up to each of them in so many ways and they all make me want to be a better person.  Ragnar really isn’t about running.  It is about friendship, having fun, enjoying the moment, and building everlasting relationships.

Leg 1:  This was my hardest leg but it truly wasn’t anything compared to some of the other’s legs.  The main obstacle was the 90 degree heat.  But I just ran controlled and consistent.  4.6 miles, 7:12 pace.

Leg 2:  I couldn’t help but love this leg.  I mean I was dressed up as spiderman after all and it was the middle of the night and nice and cool out.  What could be better?  I just had fun, smiled, and was reminded of why I love running.  I didn’t listen to music and it was incredibly peaceful and serene.  People starred at me but I was cool with that.  4.16 miles, 6:59 pace.

Leg 3:  My last leg was all downhill and although I was incredibly fatigued I was most excited about this leg.  I ran so consistently that I even impressed myself.  I felt smooth, relaxed, and powerful the entire time.  It was such a great feeling.  It was hot (maybe 85?) but I tried to stay calm and not think about the heat.  5.71 miles, 6:35 pace.

Running Summary:  I am improving as a runner and this is the first time I can say I actually ran smart.  I am learning what I am capable of and I am growing.  Speed and paces aside I am happy with the way I ran and the improvements I have made.

Now back to the fun stuff!  Here are some pictures for your entrainment.  Again I will sum this up with the word FUN.  I had A LOT of FUN!

So there you have it.  Now who wants to party I mean run a Ragnar with my crazy ass?

I’m pretty sure my teammates got enough embarrassment out of me after this adventure and I’m going to need some new volunteers.