I think I can actually say that I enjoyed Ragnar this year...last year I HATED it!! We had quite the time filling our team, injury after injury and then of course those that just changed their minds. I absolutely loved how our team ended up. Jake and I were in van 1 with Holly, Jorge, Rachelle and Julie. I didn't know Julie coming into this but man is she a hoot and she is CRAZY fast!!! Rachelle kept me laughing, I loved being with such awesome, fast runners. Of course it was a little hard knowing that I was by far the slowest runner in our van!!
My first run was 6.88 Hard miles, it had a pretty steady climb but it wasn't steep. I wouldn't call it a hard run, it was just really hot which made it hard, the course itself didn't seem hard to me though. I did it in 53:02 with an average pace of 7:42. 8 kills!! I only saw 8 runners on this leg and I killed them all!
After our van finished up our runs we drove to the start of Holly's next run to get some sleep. Jorge and Jake slept under the stars in sleeping bags, while us girls slept in the van. I probably got 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours of sleep. I couldn't get comfortable, my legs hurt and I couldn't make them happy.
My last run was the one I was most nervous about, how was I going to run 11 more miles??? Holly ran Jake's leg with me which was 3.3 Easy miles. She started my 7.7 Very Hard mile leg with me but our team mates put the smack down after about 1 mile and made her get in the van. I tried to keep a somewhat comfortable pace so that I could make it through. After a nice downhill came an ugly 3.5 mile climb. It was horrible and I thought it would NEVER end. I got passed 2 times during this run but I got 78 kills!!! I fought hard for those last couple of kills! For you non-ragnarites a kill is when you pass someone! I ended up doing 11 miles in 1:33:15 with an average pace of 8:28 min miles. I'll proudly take my 8:28 pace, this run was HARD!! I saw Jorge and tried hard not to cry, I seriously thought that this run would never end. I passed off and walked into the crowd where I started crying. Rachelle came and gave me a big hug and then Holly and Jake joined in...group hug!! Julie thought I had hurt myself but nope I was just emotional!! My legs hurt pretty much everywhere and I was actually afraid that I had injured myself. I stretched a tiny bit and then we were off to cheer for Jorge.
Van 2 seemed liked a fun group too! Dave, Aimie and Trent are in our Ward and the other 3 people we just happened to stumble upon, they seemed awesome though!! Thanks to everyone on our team for making it such a fun time! And a special thanks for Jorge and Holly for being the team captain's, they were the best captain's a team could ask for!!
If this post didn't make any sense at all just remember that I am sleep deprived and my brain isn't quite working yet :)