Team Beef Montana/ The Montana Running Ranchers at the start of the Ragnar Colorado. We were so excited to get started!
I already posted how my first leg went. If you don't want to read the whole recap..in a word it was perfect.
Leg 2 was my middle of the night leg and also my shortest leg at 4.6 miles. I started my run about 2:30 in the morning and my only plan was not to run too fast. Since this was a downhill leg it was pretty easy, but then I took a wrong turn somewhere. Actually I just followed the runner in front of me. I thought maybe things weren't looking right since we were supposed to be on a trail and suddenly we were on a highway type road. It wasn't too long before two other runners came at me and said they were sure we were going the wrong way. Sure enough we could see runners down below us so we back tracked till we found the trail again. By the time I made it into the exchange my Garmin said 5.68 miles with an average pace of 7.25. Not sure if I actually ran this far or farther since I kept losing satellite reception.
I managed to catch, some good Zzzs at one of the exchanges and was feeling sort of refreshed for my last leg which was also my hardest leg. 10.4 miles up, up, down and up. The first almost 9 miles were pretty gradual uphill but having already ran 13 ish miles at a pretty good clip downhill I could feel all the uphill. Mentally I was ready for it, phyiscally I was pretty tired.
Somewhere along leg 34. It was all very beautiful.
The first 5 miles I did pretty good with 9 minute miles. After that I started walking about 30 seconds every mile. At around 8 or so miles I could see the exchange. The only problem was it was on the other side of the Grand Canyon's little sister (that is what it looked like to my very tired legs!).
Here is a selfie starting down the big hill. I was too exhausted to take an after picture, but this is better really.
It was a tough three legs, but strangely I would do them all again. I loved all the girls in my van.
|Girls from van #2|
and our after photo. We ended up 8th out of 205 team and 2nd in our division. Boom!
Pretty much can't wait to do another.
Post race thoughts. My right quad felt AMAZING. Better than it has in 4 months. I have a theory about this, but will post about that later this week. My calves and hammies are a little sore today, but not in a bad way.
Ragnar Colorado was so much fun and I am already looking forward to the next relay with Team Beef Montana. So grateful to all of our amazing sponsors who support us. We had fun group of runners and I hope they all come back for another relay too.