After following all of the Ragnar Relay teams this past April and reading all of the blog posts, I decided that I really wanted to do this because it looked like a lot of fun! I recently added Ragnar So. Cal to my Running Bucket List and then I got an invitation to be part of a team a couple of weeks ago. I immediately accepted and I am really excited about it. I really want to be part of this team to have fun and for the experience and I don't really care if we win or what place the team comes in.
The 12 member team met for the first time on Saturday. Most of us do not know each other so it gave us the opportunity to meet and get to know a little bit about each other. Everyone seems really excited and enthusiastic about it. If everyone stays committed, we have a team of 9 women and 3 men and want to register by the end of the month. I think I am the oldest woman on the team by a few years but I think I can hang with the younger ones! The youngest member of our team is 16 years old and runs 5:30-6:00 minute miles! He is pretty speedy!! Right before our meeting he ran 10 miles at 6:30!
Everyone came to the meeting with an idea of what Runner they wanted to be and I am going to be Runner 3. I will run Legs 3, 15 and 27 for a total of 19 miles. Two of the legs are in the class of "Moderate" and one is classified as "Very Hard." I think I can handle it :)
Most of the girls on the team are running the Long Beach Half Marathon as preparation for Ragnar. I have this race on my radar as well but I am not decided on whether I will run the half or the full. I really want to run the full but I am not sure if I will be ready for it this October! I am still working on getting my mileage back up and will not be able to train like I really need to.
I am excited but nervous all at the same time. I am looking for any good information to help my team be "RAGNAR READY!" Only one member of the team has ran the Ragnar Relay in the past and the rest of us are first timers!!
Any Ragnar Relay veterans out there? Any advise or tips you would like to share with a team of virgin Ragnar Runners?