I am not sure how this happened. I am not sure how Ragnar happened.
If you read my “About” page it clearly says that I don’t like to run. This is true. I really don’t like running. I said it again.
Funny right? A Health Fitness Specialist who doesn’t like to run. I pondered this one myself for many moons. Why do I not like to run? I like all other forms of physical torture that I put myself through. Why not running? I had an ah-ha moment. As a child I was involved in gymnastics which sparked my love for cheerleading. I was a cheerleader in high school and college along with a competitive squad. Anytime we messed up a skill, dropped a stunt, showed up 12 seconds late or sucked at something we were punished by DING DING DING…RUNNING! I’m not sure about you but when running is your punishment you don’t go on a casual trot, you RUN and it is so not enjoyable.
So to the race part of this post.
Several weeks ago I got asked to run in this relay race named Ragnar by some friends at work. It went a little something like this:
Friends: “Anahid, you should be on our Ragnar team! It is SUPER fun”
Anahid: “HAHA, mmm NO”
The next morning an e-mail went out to all of campus that said something along the lines of “We need people to run on our team. So far these people have committed to running:
-Billie Bob Joe
Cute right? Wrong! A few weeks go by of continual convincing and asking. I continually laughed and said no. There was NO WAY they were ever going to get this girl to be part of a 200 mile race.
Until one morning at 7:30am when another fellow running hater said “if Anahid does it, I will do it.” I must have been half asleep because I agreed. I think they slipped something in my coffee. I made a deal that if he quit, I got to quit!
Neither one of us is quitting because we are both far too competitive and hard-headed to quit and let the other one get out of the race.
RUN. DRIVE. SLEEP? REPEAT.
What is Ragnar? They said it the best:
Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport.
You and 11 of your craziest friends (or 5 of your crazier friends for an ultra team) pile into two vans and tag team running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-8 miles and varying in difficulty. So, from the elite runner down to the novice jogger, it’s the perfect race for anyone.
I am in my 3rd week of training and with all of the positive support I have, I am hoping to have a change of heart about running. I run with super awesome people and we laugh and complain the whole time and the run is over before we know it. Great company makes for great runs. Thank you running buddies!
This is what I will look like once I am done with this madness.