So I have to be honest. This weekend is Ragnar… and I’m completely excited but terrified. I am honored to be a part of Team Sparkle, and know that they will be great teammates and I am looking forward to the weekend with them, but beyond that, I really have no idea what is in store for me. With myself being a planner, meaning I like to know what is going to happen, it scares me. This may be one of the most unplanned things I’ve done. I really have no idea what is in store for me. I’ve looked over my ‘leg maps’ and trained but I still don’t really understand the concept. I’m thinking I also had these feelings the first time I ran a marathon, the fear of the unknown.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ragnar , it’s a relay that starts in one city and ends in another. My Teammates and I, Team Sparkle , are running from Huntington Beach to San Diego. Most teams have a team of 12, and because we are doing the ‘Ultra’ Relay, we are a team of six. You ride around in a van without really stopping or sleeping? Yea, sounds pretty crazy to me right now too.
Here are my leg assignments (and I’m the RED skirt, in case you’re also running!!)
Leg 4 – 4.7 miles – moderate rating
Leg 10 – 5.7 miles – hard rating
Leg 16 – 6.7 miles – very hard rating
Leg 22 – 2.2 miles – easy rating
Leg 28 – 6.6 miles – easy rating
Leg 34 – 4.1 miles – moderate rating
I printed out the schedule that was made for our Team, but I still have a pit in my stomach about what is actually taking place. I don’t get how this all ‘happens’. I’m also scared about letting my team down, my IT Band holding up, and getting lost. Over the past few weeks I’ve been really consistent with my training, which I hope allows me to run well this weekend, though this past week I’ve had little small things pop up in the back of my head. Is my shin hurting? What is going on with my knee? Is that a new pain in my foot? It might just be taper brain, but after last year I don’t want to do anything to hurt myself!
I’ve have had a great time training for the race, it’s really given me my running zest back. I’ll probably look back at this post and think about how silly these feelings are, but for now I’m incredibly nervous. I know once we start I’ll be doing better, and I am reminding myself that it’s doable and that people have done this all over the country, but I can’t knock my nerves. Every run this week I’ve thought about the relay and played over all the bad circumstances in my head. This morning I went for my final last run before the race starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. I felt good, I ran nice and slow and tried to get rid of some of my nerves.
Don’t fail me now legs!! Tonight I’m packing up my backpack (yes, that’s all you take) with a bunch of socks, a few sports bras and a sweatshirt. Minimalist is key here I feel like.
I just hope everyone is safe, no one gets lost and that my IT Band holds up. I know it will be a lot of fun being a part of Team Sparkle, but 99% of the time, running is an individual sport, and this is the slim time when it’s actually a team sport. Knowing that these other amazing ladies are depending on ME is pretty intimidating.
You can follow the entire team along the route by following us on twitter!@brenbot , @thisiscarrie , @chicrunner , @cupcakeactivist & @according2kelly or by searching the hashtag #TeamSparkle. I’m sure there will be tons of pictures, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it once we start! It’s getting to the start line that freaks me out!