Here we go again!  Once more from the mountains of east Tennessee to the rolling hills of middle Tennessee.  No sleep, road food, and a van full of strangers.  Well, strangers to me, because I knew no one.

I did the same thing I did last time, I went to the facebook event and joined a team of strangers.  Last time, only a few on our team had done the Ragnar before.  This time each of us had done at least one, and a few had done almost all the previous year.  I was assigned runner 5 again.  We started at 6:30 again.  We even stayed at the same hotel the night before the race!  But the time of year was different and one of the legs changed slightly.

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It’s now a routine to sign up for the Tom King.  In spite of the fact that I had a medical procedure in December and probably shouldn’t have jumped into long distances I signed up anyway.  The course was open long enough that I could have walked.  I didn’t–ok, I did some, and more than I wanted, but I also ran quite a bit.

I was really looking forward to the finish line on the field.  However!

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Race day is tomorrow, but this week’s training runs have been interesting.

Monday was fine.  I honestly don’t remember much about it.  In fact, I had to look it up on runkeeper to make sure I actually did something.  I think I ran around my neighborhood?

Then Wednesday happened.  Hoo boy, I don’t know what happened but part way through a super easy 30 minute runwalk I realized a huge blister was forming on my big toe.  Huge.  I even stopped to adjust my shoe (which I never do).  Thursday it was still angry.  I still have concerns, but I may just try a different style of socks (because the best time to try something out of the routine is race day, right????).

On a side note, Tuesday’s yoga class brought on the realization that maybe I should take my therapist’s advice and start meditating again.  This class is gentle yoga which means it’s really relaxing (for the most part), but I get the most out of the beginning (centering) and the ending (savasana).

Once again into the breach.  I signed up for this race months before I knew I was going to have surgery, and definitely didn’t know I would have had that surgery barely two months before this race.  My training was not great, but I finished.

At least the weather was a little different this year.

Also, no pics at this time because honestly, the race pics weren’t anything wonderful.  Wall of text ahoy!

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The picture has nothing to do with anything.  I’m typing and publishing this on Waitangi Day, so I’m using a picture from my visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds.  This was an uninspired week but I wanted a nice picture.

The weather has been agreeable so I’ve gone back outside, and that’s nice.  I have even gone out in freezing cold because, well, it’s necessary.  Since I have the memory of a goldfish I have started documented the temperature, what I wore, and how I felt in what I wore.  Perhaps this will avoid some future poor outfit choices?

My long run was cause for minor stress.  I barely had any time to spare, let alone for a long run.  Any time I had for a run would have been after a big meal and that’s just unpleasant.  Luckily I woke up early enough to get out, get the run in, and then go about the busy weekend.

Race next week!