Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ragnar - Bring It On!

It's official. I will be running 16.6 miles over the weekend of October 7-8... I have not even met the rest of the team I am running with, but altogether, the 12 of us will run approximately 202 miles. I am back in training mode again, and somehow, I am looking forward to it. I may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, but I am managing it well. I am going to try not to let that get in my way. I sent my money in for the race, and have my leg assignments. I have some work to do as my first legs is very difficult (8.3 miles), but the remaining legs are my favorite length (around 4 miles each). We still have a lot of coordination to do as far as coming up with a van, driver, volunteers, etc, but this should be a worthy challenge.

This weekend, I have the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly, where I will be running a 10K on Saturday and then riding 45 miles on Sunday. The weather forecast is looking good, but I will take anything less than storms. We rode through rain last year and I survived. I think I am about as prepared as I can be. I did not get as many training miles in this cycle like I did for my spring 10K's. I am shooting for a time of less than an hour, but I am not going to kill myself to get there. For the bike ride, I've never ridden 45 miles in a single session before, so that will be interesting (I have done up to 33.) There are plenty of power stops (rest areas) so I am confident in my ability to complete the distance. As of right now, I am planning to make at least one stop. I am really looking forward to LIVESTRONG as this will be my second time there and I pretty much know what to expect. I will not be as nervous. My wife is joining for the 5K walk, which is a pleasant surprise, as well.

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