In just three weeks from right now, I will be participating in my fourth Ragnar Relay, where eleven friends and I will divide into two vans and each run three times for a total of 200 miles from Miami to Key West. It’s an awesome experience. It may not sound fun, but oh, IT IS!
I had a scare going into it this year though. While training for a half marathon I was supposed to run just over a month ago, I injured my leg, leaving me not only unable to run my half marathon, but I was unable to run at all. I’ve had to cross train with my bike, elliptical machine, and do pilates and yoga to try to compensate while my leg had to heal.
Two weeks ago I decided to give a short run a try because my leg wasn’t hurting too much anymore. The results were less than desirable. The run itself didn’t feel so bad, but my leg hurt fairly constantly for the next three days.
Now, through lots of prayer, essential repairing vitamins and supplements, and cross training, I have decided it is time to try it again tomorrow. My leg has been completely pain free for the last three days, and that is not something I could say about any of the days before this, so I think it’s time. I’ll start with a few short runs and keep on supplementing with other exercise, but three weeks isn’t much time, and I think I’m finally ready.
The first two years we did this race, my running name was Terrinator and we ran for Love 146.
Last year and this coming race, I’m part of team Ragnarrhea and my running name is Excretia. I know it’s gross, but if you run (pun intended), you get it.
Take a look at what the Ragnar experience is all about with this video by my teammate, Josh, a.k.a Poop Dust, the runner formerly known as Deuce.