Ok, I’ll admit it. I wasn’t even planning to train for Ragnar. I mean, I’ve run 14 half marathons this year and I have another one in August. I looked at the distances for most of the runners for Ragnar DC and they fell around 13-16 miles. Given that I’ve run several half marathons 24 hours apart, I figured I’d just throw a few doubles into my normal half marathon training and call it good.
And then I got my runner assignment. I’m runner 11. I’ll be running 8.9 miles, 9.2 miles, and 3.8 miles. The first of the runs is mostly flat, but it’s on a trail and largely unsupported. The second is rolling hills on pavement and dirt road. 21.9 miles total. Mostly in the dark.
What’s that saying? Go big or go home? Guess I’ll be going big for my first Ragnar.
I haven’t trained hard during the summer since my first marathon in 2008! I don’t like the heat and humidity + I don’t have much free time with the kids not in school. So, this could be… interesting.
I have 8 weeks. There will be back to back long runs, double days, and I’ll be running every hill I can find in the DC area (luckily, there are hills aplenty just outside my front door.)
I want to enjoy the experience of Ragnar. I don’t want to be worrying about how hard my legs are or whether I can run that distance in the heat. I plan to be ready to go when September arrives.
The summer of slacking is over. I’m putting on my big girl panties and getting ready to run.