Loving Loos and Ragnar Relay in 2014

Notables from this year’s Ragnar Relay Great River, which ended for our Loo Lovers team around 3pm last Saturday: I ran all the way up that 2-mile hill. I kept a steady, pretty strong pace on my last (exhausted, humid) leg. And, I only showered once. The former two seem to be signs that I have trained…

Reach the Beach: A Relay Weekend

So. Relay #6 is in the bag: four Ragnar Great Rivers, a Bourbon Chase, and now a Reach the Beach New Hampshire, starting in 2009. Clearly I adore this race permutation and I’m still thankful to Mr. Bill for getting injured and allowing me to sub in for him that first year with the Loo…

Because we can can can

So far, I’ve picked two for 2013. Around mid-September, I assessed the list of races I did/planned to do in 2012 and realized that it had hit ten. Nine of them were running races; the first of them was the American Birkebeiner classic ski race. As I did this math, I realized that I’d overcommitted…

Medtronic 10-Mile Race: BAM!

Firstly: normally, I’m a fan of BodyGlide. But it didn’t help my poor feet yesterday, much at all. So, the photo I took of the pinked package at the Marathon Expo, before the race, just seems to add a little salt to my blistered feet, and as such, I’m sharing it here. Pink lids on…

Chasing Bourbon in Kentucky

How does it bode for a 200-mile relay race, when one of the first things you do on the course is taste a little bourbon? Hindsight is 20/20: It bodes very well. Even at the time, it was a good idea: it was after noon and it did help put us in slightly better spirits…

Ritual of Ragnar

It’s an Olympics year, so it’s not surprising that the media (i.e. here on the Washingtonian, here at the Telegraph or on Yahoo Sports) once again investigates the superstitions or rituals of high-level athletes. This amateur/recreational athlete’s pre-race ritual, as you may have read here before, is chiefly to consume a bowl of hot cereal, the…

Hello Ragnarians

My biggest concern today: not getting sick before the Ragnar Relay Great River race, on Friday. That said, having the double sinus infection during the race last year ended up possibly improving my times, in those high temps and the high humidity. Bring it on, Minute Clinic. But seriously: how is it feasible to give…