1 Van, 2 Heel Drive, and 6 Women: Our Journey to Ragnar ( Part 1)

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There’s running for fun, there’s participating in an organized race and then there’s Ragnar.

In case you are unfamiliar with this word, I will quote the tagline which says “Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport.”

It is a 12 people tag team running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-11 miles and varying in difficulty. There are Ragnar races all over the country, but we opted for signing up for the one in Las Vegas due to warmer temperatures in November.

The six of us decided to form a team and we have been paired with another team of six. Our team ranges in age from 27 to50. Some of us have been athletes our whole lives. Some only recently started running. We live in Indiana, Illinois, New York, Utah and Florida and we have been supporting each other from across the country over the last five months in preparation for this race.

Ragnar is challenging on a variety of levels—distance, challenging terrain, elevation, time zone differences, and a lack of sleep —  to name a few. We are nervous, excited, sore from training and ready to run!

Each of us committed to this team for different reasons. Some of us are doing it to challenge our own physical boundaries. Some of us are seasoned Ragnar participants and like the community of this event. And others simply like the warm sunshine in Las Vegas in November!

We hope you will follow our journey through social media November 6-8th (our team is called #2HeelDrive) and we will share more about lessons learned on this journey after the completion of Ragnar.

Some quotes that are guiding our experience:

  • “Running is about me & building a better me: stronger, smarter, sexier, happier and about sharing more energy, smiles, high fives & love.”
  • “Be not afraid of going slowly, be only afraid of standing still.” (Chinese Proverb)
  • “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” (T.S. Eliot)
  • “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)
  • “One day I won’t be able to do this, today is not that day.”
  • “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” (From basically every rap song, ever)

We will let you decide who picked each quote,

–The Ladies of #2HeelDrive: (Ann Marie Klotz, Linda Kasper, Teri Bump, Julie Leos, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Rachel Aho)

Have you ever challenged yourself physically? How did you prep for it? What did you learn?

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