Del Sol Ragnar Relay – Bust Must+

Today’s Workout:  30 minutes weights, 9 miles running – 71 minutes.  More detailed Boston training updates can be found on the training blog.

Whoa nelly….it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  I did attempt to grace you with my ridiculousness last week but blogger was not having it.  So here I am back to blogging in hopes of keeping this little journal of mine a float. ūüėČ

Last Thursday I ventured on a much needed vacation to Phoenix Arizona to run Del Sol Ragnar.  I had an absolute blast and soaked up plenty of sunshine.  Seriously if you ever have an opportunity to run a relay race do not even hesitate.  This was my 6th and it most definitely did not disappoint.  Team relays in my opinion are the best way to experience the fun side of running.  Training seriously can lead to burnout and this little trip was just what I needed to releive some pressure and remind me of just how fun running should be.

Del Sol Ragnar:Del Sol Ragnar runs from Wickenburg to Tempe AZ and is 200.5 mi.

Our Team Name:¬† Bust Must+¬† From the movie¬†Napoleon Dynamite.¬† If you haven’t seen this movie rent it tonight.¬† It is the dumbest and stupid funniest 80 minutes you will ever spend in your life.¬† Totally worth it!

The Start:  Our team started at 9am and I was in van #1.  We got to the start at about 8:30am and after getting checked in and passing safety inspection I was off.

Leg #1:¬† 8.7 miles, 543 foot elevation gain.¬† This was by far my hardest leg of the race with the elevation gain.¬† But luckily I have been training at a 2% incline on the treadmill throughout the winter and it didn’t seem too bad.¬† A lot of guys started out really fast and I ended up passing 12 of them in the final miles.¬† I paced 7:30 and felt pretty good.

Leg #2:  6 miles, flat.  In a big city with tons of street lights.  This leg started at about 7pm and the weather was perfect!  Getting stopped at lights was super annoying but other than that I felt great and paced 7:14.

Leg #3:  3.5 miles, 241 foot elevation gain.  This leg started at 3:45am and I am convinced I was still half asleep.  We got to the exchange literally right in time for me to run.  When my garmin beeped at mile 1 I looked down to see 8:18!  ha!  After that I kicked it into tenth gear and managed to recover my overall pace to 7:29.  No matter how easy your legs are in Ragnar you are always toast by the least leg no matter what.

Finish Line:¬† Van #1 was all done running by 8:30am and lucky for us we had time for a shower, a nap, and lots of food.¬† All you really do on Ragnars is eat, run, and sleep?¬† Okay really you don’t sleep at all¬†but you eat & run and hang out in a van¬†a lot. Ever craved a turkey & cheese sandwhich at 4:30 in the morning?¬† Run a Ragnar and you’ll know what I’m talking about.¬† There is absolutely no sense of time of day.¬† Okay I am getting way side tracked……Our team crossed the finish line at about 12:20p.m.¬† We were the 10th team to cross the finish line.¬† We were about the 240th team to start so we had plenty of road kill.

Overall Results:  In the mixed division we were team 5/203 and finished in 27:32:44 for an overall average team pace of 8:14.  Not too shabby!

 Conclusion:  I am moving to Arizona.  I wish!  It was an amazing trip and I am so glad I got to be a part of such a fun group of talented runners.  I made new friends, spent quality time with old friends, ate way too many cinnamon bears and overall just had a blast.  My running was right where I wanted it to be, HM/MP paced tempo runs and I felt great.
Anyone have any questions about Ragnar or how it works?  I am no expert but this was my 6th so I am starting to catch on.

Have you seen Napoleon Dynamite?  If not what are you wating for!!