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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Del Sol Ragnar 2013 Review

Georgia, Marm, Erik, Ty, Matt, Michelle, Brian, Theresa
Alissa, Jacqs, Bryant, & Braden
One more Ragnar down! And it was a super fun weekend on and off the course. Our van all flew down to Phoenix on Thursday. After landing we stopped by to pick up our rented Suburban, filled it up and headed off to check in at the Hampton Inn in Peoria where we would stay for the next two nights. On the way there we decided to get our grocery supplies and cooler for the race at a nearby Walmart. We stalked up on water, ice, granola bars, bananas, bagels, Pringles, and other snacks. Heading back to the hotel we noticed that there was an Italian restaurant (Cucina Tagliani) right next to our hotel. We stopped to carbo-load there. It was super delicious! I had a caprese salad and lasagna. After getting to the hotel we hot tubbed for a bit but then it was time to get some shut eye. We were scheduled with a start time of 6 AM and we were about a 45 minute drive from the start line.

3:45 AM came way too early but soon the excitement kicked in and I was up dressed and ready to go. We all piled into the SUV and headed out to Wickenburg. By the time we got there the temperature had dropped down below 30 degrees! What's the deal?! Arizona is supposed to be warm, no? This is our Ragnar curse. Vegas was freezing too.

Leg 5
By the time I was supposed to go I was super hyped for my run. Braden had been acting super crazy and I think it got my adrenaline flowing as well. It was about 9 AM and the sun was up. I had shed my long pants and long sleeve shirt since the temperature had warmed up. I was prepared. I had stretched, inserted my gum, used my inhaler, taken some Advil, started my music ready, initialized my Nike Plus, and put my visor on. I feel like I did really well on this leg. I averaged a 8:49 minute mile for 6.85 miles. You can track my run here on Nike Plus.

At the end of Leg 6 we finally met Van 2 of our team: Michelle, Theresa, Marm, Jackie, Georgia, and Alissa.  After the hellos, we hopped in the Suburban and headed towards the hotel stopping to grab a sandwich at Subway since no one wanted to eat anything to interrupt our running. At the hotel we hot tubbed again soaking our muscles. We had a 7.5 hour break before we were going to start running again. So we also were able to shower and take a nap. Yay! This is the way to do Ragnar.

Around 7:30 PM we took over from the girls for our van's second turn. The sun had gone down and the temperature was starting to fall.

Leg 17
I started my leg around 11 PM. It was dark and kind of chilly. I ran in shorts and a long sleeve running jacket. I didn't get the proper warm up or stretching because I didn't want to get out of the car too soon. And at this point I couldn't find my inhaler either. So I was definitely feeling less prepared. I actually was feeling pretty good about the leg though until I got over the bridge and found myself in a river bed with a poorly marked path. I honestly had no idea which way to go and those runners in front of me were too far ahead to just follow them. I tried a few paths and then two girls caught up to me. None of us knew where to go eventually two more people came up. The one guy just barreled off into the river bed and we all followed. I soon passed two of the runners with two still ahead of me. Soon I was back on track and feeling good. That was until I needed to pee. I knew there were two girls behind me so I let them pass and wondered over  to the fence to take care of my business when I stepped in some thick mud. Ugh! When I started running again my shoes felt five pounds heavier each. As I got to the end I reached for the baton in an effort to be ready for the hand off only to realize that I no longer had it. :( I must have lost it when I took off my running gloves. In the end I felt like I didn't do too bad though. I averaged a 10:01 minute mile for 5.65 miles. With my interruptions and the fact that it was more uphill I thought I did okay. You can track my run here on Nike Plus.

When our van was done with our legs for the second round, we wanted some food. We planned on only having a break for about 3 hours or so. We found one of the few restaurants that were open at 1:30 AM. And you guessed it, we went to Denny's. There was one lady working all the tables and the register. She had been bombarded by Ragnar tables of 6. She was a trooper and got us our food pretty darn fast considering it all. When we were all satiated we headed over to the next major exchange. We had about 2 hours before we were expecting the other van to get there. So we all tried to get comfy in the SUV. Not an easy task. We could have gotten out and laid on the grass but it was too cold for me. I think I got maybe an hour of sleep before we started getting up and ready for our last set of legs.

Leg 29
At this point the sun up and I was debating whether I should be wearing a jacket or not. I opt for the jacket and am glad that I did. Again I didn't stretch or warm up much at all. I was still to cold. Immediately after I started running I felt a cold wind and realized that I was doing some uphill running. I didn't feel like I was going to make it. I kept on telling myself that I had to run until my van passed me. I didn't want them to see me walking already! I definitely struggled this whole leg. I was sore and tired and just wanted to be done. Eventually I did finish. I would have liked to keep it under a 10 minute miles pace. I ended up with a 10:05 pace. You can track my run here on Nike Plus.

When we all finished it was time to head back to the hotel where we could clean up and rest a bit before meeting the girls at the finish line. They came in just before 3 PM. We got photos and hung out for a while before heading over to a favorite Mexican restaurant of theirs called Macayo's. It was tasty!

All in all, it was a super fun weekend. Even if I am still sore from it several days later. Here's to the next Ragnar: Wasatch Back!

Individual Stats
Leg 5: 6.85 miles in 60:27 minutes
Leg 17: 5.65 miles in 56:41 minutes
Leg 29: 4.69 miles in 47:19 minutes
Team Stats
Started: February 22nd 6:00 AM
Finished: February 23rd 2:48 PM
Total running time: 32:48:31
Van 2: Brian, Matt, Erik, Braden, Ty, & Bryant

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Del Sol Ragnar 2013 Preview

I just realized that tomorrow I fly to Phoenix to run my third Ragnar and I haven't updated my blog as to the details. This will be the first Ragnar for me this year and the first time I've run the Del Sol Ragnar. To date I've only done the Vegas Ragnar both in 2011 and 2012. But this year I have committed to run Del Sol (Phoenix), Wasatch Back (Utah), and Vegas Ragnar Relays.

The idea of running the Del Sol Ragnar came about because we were joking about how many medals we could get. Each relay gets you at least one medal for finishing. But if you run Vegas and Wasatch Back, you get a medal for each race and then a combined medal (The Saints and Sinners medal) for running both. Also if you run Vegas and any other Ragnar Relay (other than the Wasatch Back) you get a combined medal (The Deuces Wild medal) for that.

The timing of the Del Sol Relay was also appealing since its warm in Phoenix in February but not too hot. A nice-weather getaway from cold Utah. The timing of the this relay was good because the majority of our van is several weeks into marathon training for the Ogden Marathon.

Conveniently I was able to find another team online that needed 6 other runners. That worked out perfectly since we had 6 runners and didn't want to be in charge of organizing a whole team. Our team name which was chosen before we joined was the HBBs. It was only after we were committed that we found out what it stood for. Our van will say it stands for Honey Badger Bros. :)

We are Van 1 and our runners are:
  1. Erik
  2. Braden
  3. Bryant
  4. Ty
  5. Brian
  6. Matt

Here are the legs that will be running. 17 miles. This will be my longest Ragnar yet.

Leg 5 - 6.7 Miles

Leg 17 - 5.6 Miles

Leg 29 - 4.7 Miles

Monday, February 04, 2013


I've been running now for 2 years and a few months. I'm two weeks into training for the Ogden Marathon in May. As part of the training program I'm following I have to run 3 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays for several weeks before I start increasing the distance. Currently, 3 miles is kind of a short run for me so I've debated how to run those 3 miles to switch it up. The first two weeks I decided to see if I could up my time which I did. Not a tone but faster than I have been running 3 miles. Today, I decided to try interval training. I googled it and found that it can be kind of simple. Below is the schedule I ended up following. Not exactly what I planned but I upped the speed towards the end when I realized I had more energy.

Minutes MPH Distance
5 6.0 0.50
1 8.00.13
4 6.0 0.50
1 8.0 0.13
4 6.0 0.50
1 8.0 0.13
4 6.0 0.50
1 8.0 0.13
4 6.0 0.50
1 8.5 0.15
2 6.5 0.22

In the end I ran my 3 miles in about 28 minutes which is more time that I would have normally. In spite of that I think I'm going to stick with doing interval training at least once a week. I will definitely up my MPHs next time because I didn't feel as exhausted as I normally do. Hopefully this does good things for my training. It's supposed to anyway.