Ragnar Relay: Bits and Pieces

Ragnar Relay: Bits and Pieces

We ran, among the 12 of us, about 180 miles. Micah covered 23+ of them, I did 17. We ate lots of homemade granola bars, bananas, hummus, bread with honey butter and peanut butter, and a turkey reuben sandwich. We brought enough food to feed the whole van and then, most of the time, decided it was too close to our next run to eat anything.

Oliver slept while we were driving and made pleasant baby sounds when we weren’t. We discovered his love for “How Much is That Doggy in the Window,” especially the “woof woof!” part. It never got old. Rounds of laughter every time.

If I had a dime for every time someone asked which legs Oliver was running, I could probably buy something at the dollar store. Give him 16 years, I thought. (Not that we’re going to make him run if he doesn’t want to, but I think it would be awesome to do this with the boys when they’re older.)

My favorite moment was when I blew by a shirtless guy with a tattoo during the last mile — a pretty steep hill — of my 8-mile run.

Micah passed way more people than I did and probably didn’t get passed at all because he is a rock star.

I was running sub-8 minute miles (like, 7:58 or something) which I never ever ever in a million years thought I could do. Micah was running sub-7s because he is a rock star.

We lost 8 pounds between the two of us. Probably water weight, although we tried to keep ourselves hydrated.

We were both really pleased with our consistency: we didn’t go out too fast, we didn’t end up running slower at the end. And we finished feeling great.

I think we used the portapotties about 7,836 times, just because it felt like the best use of our time while waiting for our van’s turn to run.

Our t-shirts are awesome (see picture above). One of our teammates designs shirts for American Eagle, so he designed our shirts. They are awesome. I’ll post a better picture later.

The finish line had this amazing view of the City, with the George Washington Bridge and the Empire State Building. It was gorgeous. Too bad we didn’t get a picture of it.

Last week, before the run when we were burned out of training and stressing about the pasta party and the van rental and anxious about the boys and annoyed at all of the rules and changes in the course, we were pretty sure we would never want to a Ragnar again. But we haven’t been able to talk about anything else since we got home. I don’t know how long it will be, but I’m pretty sure this won’t be our last relay.

Who’s in for the next one?

10 thoughts on “Ragnar Relay: Bits and Pieces

  1. I love the shirts, and just have to tell you that your food sounded awesome, even though I know what you mean by not feeling like you could eat because you’d be running again too soon. We had lots of muffins, peaches (they were so good) and water. I am 100% in when you decide to do it again. Seriously. We should start planning. Is that a skirt you’re wearing? It’s cute- I just had to ask. Ü Oh! And congrats to both of you on running such quick miles. I am so impressed. My concern is that I wouldn’t be qualified to run with such speedy runners- I’ll have to train a little harder!

  2. I could have thoughts about running a relay. I think that might be as far as I could go, but that’s just me.
    Glad you had fun though, and that you’re not hurting at all, and that the boys had a good time with it as well.

  3. Excellent. We’ll have to plan a wedding maybe next year close to the Utah Ragnar. I’m glad we are already getting a team together. :)

    And yes, I’m wearing a skirt. I love it. Micah got it for me for Mother’s Day. I highly recommend them.

    The granola bar recipe is from Micah’s sister. Mom Heiselt brought some when she came in September and I gobbled them up. Here is the recipe: http://maintaintheherd.blogspot.com/2009/04/yummy-granola-bars.html

  4. Ok, running a relay does sound fun. But, I’m WAY slower than you guys! As in, it’s embarrassing how much slower I am! But, you two are awesome! Lizzie, do you recommend the skirt over running shorts/pants?

  5. True, I’ve only worn the running skirt a handful of times, but I really like it. I like it because: 1. my legs do feel a bit more free and it feels lighter than my shorts. 2. it has a liner which means one less piece of clothing to worry about and 3. it makes me feel a bit sassy, especially because running skirts aren’t as common. I like to stand out a little bit when I run, although I don’t really know why and it’s not like I really need any help since I usually stand out enough with the stroller and the FiveFingers. :)

  6. That is so cool, looks like you had a really fun group. I bet the Bests were good at keeping things light and fun. ;0) Reading your blog makes me wish I could be a runner – you wouldn’t want me in your group, but I’ll run with you in spirit next time. =)

  7. We’d love to have you in our group, Natalie. It’s not about the speed, it’s about the company. For sure.

    And I’m glad that reading this stuff makes you want to run . . . that makes me happy. 😉

  8. Looks like a fun time! I’m so SO glad all went well with the boys, that’s the benefit of a long distance relay I suppose is that you can actually trade off… we’ll have to talk more about it when we see you (WOOHOO!!) in a couple of weeks!

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