The first time I heard about running relays was a few months ago from sweaty Emily who ran Hood to Coast. I thought anyone who did them was CRAZY and must be an Olympic athlete - because who else would/could do something like that?
As I was checking the blogs I follow, I came across a post about the Ragnar Relay (200 total miles in 2 days by 12 runners) and this person was looking for more interested people to complete their team. Being the inquisitive person I am, I clicked on the link just to see what this race was all about and to check out the running legs. You know you're in a bad position when your particular legs are Hard, Extremely Hard and Extemely Hard - lucky runner #12. Though, in fairness, some of the legs are rated easy (a few) and moderate with only a few extremely hard's thrown in...for good measure of course. As I read more about this, I kept getting more and more excited at the thought of doing this race....who am I???
Then I read the date and saw it was April 21st - 1 week before my Nashville half. For those of you who don't know, I am doing the Shamrock Half in March and the Nashville half in April. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity once I saw I could run for a good cause - Project Orange Laces / ING Run for Something Better. It's an organization that looks to put running and health programs into schools to help combat childhood obesity. Isn't that awesome?!?! As a shameless plug, if you feel like giving - and EVERY dollar helps! - here is my support page.
I immediately thought, unfortunately there is no way I can do the 200 mile race and then turn around and run a hilly half marathon. I will absolutely shred my legs in Ragnar. But I think I've got the bug because all I can think about is Ragnar! I guess I need to make a decision (and soon) if I'm going to join this crazy team of people I've never met to run an EPIC race. Fun, California, new people and an adventure! What more could a girl want?!?!