Run For Fun?

There’s this race called a Ragnar Relay where a few thousand people get in vans…lace up their kicks…and do a 200-mile fun run.  Twelve people per team….3 legs/person…individual mileage varies from 11-22 miles over the course of about 28 hours or so.  The course started at the Golden Gate bridge at 0830 on a Friday morning and snaked its way through Northern California before ending in the upper end of Napa Valley.  I jumped on a college buddy’s team and 3 awesome legs that actually got me pretty stoked on running.  Leg 1: 5.9 miles through the city of Marin…nothing special scenery-wise…but I turned in a 7:50 pace.  Leg 2: 6.7 miles during the sunset in the backhills of Petaluma; gorgeous.  Met my goal and ran 7:58 minute miles;  super pumped!  Got three hours of sleep throughout the night and had a sunrise leg through foggy vineyards in Napa.  Leg 3: 3.3 miles at a 7:19 pace…..I was hurtin’ but it felt great to crank it up a notch.  All in all I ran about 16 miles.  Next year I’m going longer.  Want to do it with me?

Eazy-E….met this guy freshman year in the dorms at Utah State

cold foggy morning

a view from 20 miles into the race

morning light for my third leg

grapes make wine

teamate Ali rolls through a vineyard






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