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Running the Road To Ragnar and Plan C

Good morning and welcome to week #39 of Fitness Friday.

As you read this I’m on a plane to Pensacola, Florida to run the Gulf Coast Half Marathon or I’ve arrived and visiting friends and family 🙂

In February I introduced the blogger team of 12 that would be running Ragnar Colorado in July. Then, we found out that Ragnar changed the race date and there was a date conflict with more than half the team. So we started working on finding a Plan B, another relay that would work for the original team. A lot of relay options but not one that would work for everyone.

Plan C. We’re on our way to Seattle!

We will be running a relay through the Seattle area, starting near the border of Canada and winding south, all the way down to Whidbey Island. We will run day and night, through 190 miles of stunning Washington scenery. Starting in the border town of Blaine, your team will head south through farm country and along the coast, ultimately crossing over Deception Pass and onto the coastline of Whidbey Island and finishing on the southern tip of Whidbey Island in Langley.

So the race was the first thing to change. Next? The team. With the disappointing circumstances that prevented us from keeping the original team together came a new challenge. We decided to run Ragnar Northwest Passage as an ultra team (6 people)! Yikes!

6 People, 24 Hours and 190 Miles

Team Captain, Jill H. @ Run for the Hills

Me 🙂

Ashley (2nd from the left) @ Redonk Runner

Julia @ Pain, Pride and Perseverance

Rachelle @ Running for Trevor

Lisa @ Because I Can

So excited to meet these ladies and to take on the challenge of an ultra team and 190 miles! A lot of excitement with the occasional “what was I thinking?”

Would you consider joining a team of 12 to run a relay? How about a team of 6? Any words of wisdom or advice to share? 



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  1. I’ve done two Ragnar Relays and I think you all are so awesome for doing an ultra team! I know Julia and Rachelle and you are going to absolutely LOVE them! I so wish I could be there with you all! Yay!

  2. I never did a relay, but I think it’s a lot of fun. My only concern is I’m very cranky when I’m a tired and I’m not sure if people would like to be around me while I don’t get much sleep for 24 hours 🙂

  3. Wow, how cool is that–an ULTRA team! Hope I get a chance to meet you there. Ragnar Northwest Passage in July will be my first Ragnar, but I have a feeling it won’t be my last. I’m already having a blast getting to know the other people on my team online; this is going to be hard work but a lot of fun!

  4. I would totally want to be on a team with that many miles! Sounds like a lot of fun!! Hope plan C works and you don’t have to come up with plan D!

  5. i still need to blog about the change of plans… uber excited for july. i’m going to pass along all the don’ts (and hopefully some dos) after ultra in may!!

  6. i’m so jealous of you all!! i want to do a ragnar so badly, and how awesome that you’ll get to hang with all these great women! can’t wait to live vicariously through your all’s posts!!

  7. You will have a blast! I LOVE relays…even though I’ve only done one 😛

  8. What an amazing team!! You’re going to have so much fun!!!

  9. Yes, I have been wanting to run a relay! Sounds fun. Let me know if you need a last minute replacement;) That’s in my hood! Good luck this weekend!

  10. Wow, that relay sounds INTENSE! But fun of course. 🙂

  11. That sounds like so much fun! You guys are going to love it! Seattle and that entire area are so beautiful. Deception point is a must see!

    I am doing a relay in 3 weeks! I am pretty nervous, although I know it’s going to be fun. However, I would love to do the Ragnar or the HTC! Maybe next year!

  12. You are coming to WA! I want to do a ranger relay at some point, but I need to increase my speed a bit first. Blaine to Whidbey Island is going to beautiful!!! Not really near Seattle at all, but a great place to run. I hope you guys have a wonderful time.

  13. Have a great time at your half this weekend! What a great Ragnar team… I would love to do one someday. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  14. I have been dying to do a Ragnar!! I was asked by a few teams for the Cape Cod one but am playing it a little safe with the baby and all! Next year I am all over it!!! What a great team you have!!!

  15. NO WAY!!! I dont like running at all. I have to force myself to do it for a long distance say more than a mile. LOL. I dont mind doing it in crossfit though, its usually a short distance. Im working my way to run 3.1 miles for Rugged Maniac in July. I commend you, I wish you and your team luck and great strength for the race. The views are going to be amazing. I saw your blog last week thru googling. lol so not a word. I just posted for Fitness Friday. I love this idea. Its exactly what I was looking for. I think more of us have to come together.

  16. Oh my, don’t know if my running is to that level, but so in awe of you women running the race, and an ultra team. Would love to see Seattle, what an amazing goal!

  17. Yes and Yes! I would totally run a Ragnar Relay and I am crazy enough to do an ultra team! So excited for your new and improved Ragnar adventure! I would love to be running in Seattle!

    I’ve been seeing a lot about this 1 Day Relay thing to benefit Make a Wish. I would do that too.

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