Tuna Run Tuna Done

Truth: a 200-mile relay is a fun weekend with some (a lot of) running in it. It’s not a running weekend with some fun in it. It’s an adventure, not a race. It can feel like a test but is really more of a lesson – a lesson spiced with laughter and exhaustion. Often, it’s a few lessons:…

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…

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…

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…