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.
Ragnar coming up soon and this race fit right into the training plan. I did the half marathon a few years ago and while it was fine there was a pretty big oversight in medal distribution (meaning they ran out). But that was the first year they’d managed the race, surely they had figured things out since.
Tom King Half is behind us. Ragnar is on the horizon. Here I am, stuck in the middle with bum-muscle pain.
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!
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).
Boy, this week did not start out well. Part of that is my own hubris (and here, hubris means dumb, lumpy body). It didn’t get much better.
I have a half marathon in two weeks. Of course I’m nervous, I haven’t trained appropriately. But let’s what happens.
Meanwhile, I joined another strangers Ragnar team. Possibly a Bourbon Chase team. Good Sweet Lord what am I doing.
But at least it’s getting nicer to run outside. The daffodils are out (not my picture, just an example).Continue reading
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!
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!