A van pulls over near you in the middle of the night

When else is a van in the dark a good thing?* It’s fun to reminisce with friends from afar who have also competed in a 200-mile relay. My not-too-surprising main takeaway from this year’s experience running in Ragnar Relay Great River: prioritize rest/sleep. Maybe even above showering; certainly above food. Because: hot, hot summer. The van…

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…

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…

Ragnar Relay 2011: Better. Still good.

My Ragnar Relay event this year started a day earlier than usual, with a visit to the nearest Minute Clinic: I’d been suffering through cold/flu symptoms for 2 weeks. I figured that if I had to suffer those symptoms, I’d like to go into a 24+ hour endurance race armed with at least 1 prescription…

Let’s go ride bikes!

It’s not all a blur, but sometimes, that’s what really happened. Motion! My recent summer weeks have settled into a rhythm that allows me to ride my bike to and from work, on Mondays and Tuesdays. I rely on at least one of those commutes for an interval workout, as training for my upcoming Ragnar…

Walk to run

Walking has allowed lots of things that running doesn’t, including some enjoyable time outdoors with my husband, these past several months. Below is one shot of several that I took, when we visited the High Line park in New York, in the hours preceding the Overnight walk. Steve doesn’t presently enjoy running as I do,…