Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Upcoming: Ragnar Relay

I'll be taking off Thursday and Friday this weekend to go on a Ragnar Relay Run.  This is a different kind of race than your typical 10k or half-marathon.

I will be teaming up with 10 of my DailyMile friends (some of whom I have not yet met) to complete a 200 mile course over a day and a half.  Personally, I'll be running 15 miles total, over three separate running legs. All of this could change at the last minute, but currently I'm planning on the following legs. My first leg will start at the Rocky Gap State park, and will immediately set out to a long climb of 500 feet over 2 miles.

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After a 500 foot climb, I'll settle into a 700 foot descent over 3 miles, which is just what I like. I'm pretty good at running downhill.  For my second leg, I'll be doing a short 4.5 miler over flat terrain, ending in the small town of Williamsport, MD. 

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My third and final leg will be another relatively short one, this one starting south of Germantown, and ending south of Gaithersburg.  The final run will be 4.23 miles. 

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It's only 38 days until the Marine Corps Marathon, and I'm quite ready for this.  I ran my 20 mile run last week, starting at Route 28, and ending at Purcellville.  I did the first half of my run barefoot, 10.4 miles.  After the pavement got rather rough in Leesburg, my feet asked for me to put on some protection, so I put on my VFFs for the remaining ten miles.  Barring some sort of injury, I should be able to do it without too much difficulty this year.  My only goal is to break that awful 6:18 time I got last year. 

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