Let me tell you about one of the most amazing experiences of my life. A total me moment. A time where I was able to say, I am an awesome woman and I can do hard things. RAGNAR
At the beginning of the summer, my most amazing and dear friend, Toni, asked me to do Ragnar with her. I was very hesitant, but said that I would. Honestly, I thought that it was going to end up that I didn’t run so I didn’t put a lot of thought into things. You know, if you don’t think it, it won’t come…. kind of like taxes.
Well, before I knew it, the time had come and we were there. I didn’t put in any effort to train. That was a big mistake that I have learned my long and and hard lesson from. I am an absolute baby runner and am shocked with myself for even signing up!
I had a great time with these ladies. It was almost a spiritual experience in that I felt so empowered. I felt so alive and on top of the world.
The race is a 36 hour race. We had 12 people on our team divided into two vans. Our van ran the first 6 legs, the next van ran the next 6 legs. We all had a total of 3 legs. Mine, of course, were the shortest and easiest because, let’s be honest, I am a total wuss. I ran the second leg of the race down a canyon in Las Vegas. It was gorgeous running down a canyon in the early morning.
I had a bit of a cool experience at the end of my first leg. I could see the cross point where the next runner was waiting about a quarter mile down the road. I had my tunes blaring on my ipod. I was slightly disappointed that I wasn’t able to manipulate my ipod to get to my finishing song, Somebody, by Nickelback. I really wanted to run in on that song.
Mid way through the song that I was listening to, the ipod stopped. I was even more annoyed because now I wasn’t listening to anything… and then.. out of nowhere my song came on. It was the biggest adrenaline rush. I ran in with my fist pounding the sky.
I was fascinated by the people and the crazy antics that they pulled during this race. There was the Green Lantern, there was the Burger King, there was a guy running with a blow up doll. Such fun.
I finished as strong as a person could finish that never ever runs. It wet my mouth for races though. It was worth every single ounce of sore muscle that I went home with. I couldn’t walk, but I was holding one awesome medal! I don’t know how serious I am going to get into running, but I certainly want to do another one of these things!