Race Recap: Ragnar Relay Cape Cod 2018

Last weekend, I completed a Ragnar Relay with 6 other docs from my Mama Docs Run This Facebook group and 2 of their husbands (also docs). 

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Talk about seeing what you’re made of! Almost 200 miles, 33+ hours, and in/out of a van with strangers (none of us met in-person before the race, but everyone was awesome!).

Thursday

We met on Thursday in Massachusetts, and attended the safety briefing (we had to bring our reflective vest and headlamp). Then it was back to the house to strategize, eat, and decorate the vans.

Friday

Van 1 (Runners 1-6) started at 5:15am, so us in Van 2 (Runners 7-12) got to sleep in with an 11am start. I was runner #11 — My first run was around 3pm (6.4 miles), and my second was around 2am (3.5 miles).

Saturday

After Runner 12 finished, we passed the bracelet on to Van 1, and headed to the second house for some rest. Then, we were up again to do our third legs. I ran 2.7 miles (with a few hills) at 11am, and passed on the bracelet to our anchor who finished strong with 8.1 miles!

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I would definitely do this again, and have actually started planning another Ragnar for November 2019 with a group of friends.

Rutgers Unite Half Marathon Race Recap (April 2018)

I’m a little behind on posting (about one month and THREE races behind), so here goes…

April 15th I ran the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon. It was chilly and overcast, but we were out there!

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My FlatRunner from the night before!

The expo was nice, with massages and compression devices available with short wait times. The overall energy was high and the photo opps (background posters) were nice as well, with helpful staff. Parking was super convenient.

 

The race itself was fun and well-supported. Again, parking was close to the start line. It was also very well-organized. There were a lot of turns but it kept boredom from setting in, and I had never toured Rutgers’ campus before so it was an interesting run.

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I ran-walked this half (again), with pain in my “good foot” most of the way. But, I finished, slowly, at 3:28:38, just under the 3:30 time limit!

They gave us our medals (and space blankets) as we crossed the finish line which was a nice touch. But, the food at the end was a good walk from the finish without anyone to instruct us where to go. The goody bag had a banana and a pretzel inside. Maybe it was the cold weather, but the pretzel was pretty hard, but at that point, I’m not sure it mattered much.

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The shuttle from the finish line to the “start” left us sort of far from the actual start line (at least it felt that way after running 13.1). But, despite the shuttle fiasco, I would definitely recommend this race!

Year in Review and 2018 Running Goals

When I first started running in August, I couldn’t even run a half-mile without being winded and running at a super slow pace. Five months later, I’m up to a long run of 7 miles… I’ve come a long way!

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Completed Races

 

2018 Running Goals

12 Half marathons (2)

  • 12 in 12 in 12: Run 12 half-marathons in 12 months in 12 states in 2018
  • Complete a Ragnar Relay (May 2018)
  • Start strength training again
  • Go back to increasing my daily protein intake
  • Stretch properly and use the roller stick before and after each run

 

2018 Registered & Tentative Races
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2018 Race states