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  • Benefits of Helmet’s Visor

    • American football players’ helmets come with visor
    • This article will talk about the benefits of using football helmets with visor.
    • Many of us don’t understand why it is necessary for players to play football with visor.

    American football players’ helmets come with visor or a piece of curved plastics to cover and protect the eyes. Many of us don’t understand why it is necessary for players to play football with visor and more helmets since it will just compromise the performance of the player.

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    So in this article, we will talk about some of the benefits of using football helmets with visor.

    Protect the eyes

    Football visors are designed to protect the eyes from injuries. Basically, players are prone to accidents and since American football is a contact sport, they cannot prevent injuries to happen like sudden impact and touching the eye of the opponent. Visors cover the eyes, protecting the player from sudden eye pokes and heavy blows. According to research, football visors can manage great impact and force.

    Substitute for eyeglass

    With today’s technology, even football helmets with visors can replace graded and prescription eye glasses. It has known to benefit players with impaired eye vision and allow them to play the game appropriately. It’s like playing the game wearing the corrective eye lenses.

    Filter too much light

    One of the best advantages of football visors is it help players filter out too much light (sunlight or field lights). The other goal of this is to help players who are sensitive to light and has a condition called photophobia.

    Hide the eyes

    Most football players are known to be tricky, they use tinted football visor to play the game wisely. They make sure that their opponent will not know where he is looking. However, in most cases, this can bring disadvantages because medics and health aides will have a hard time identifying the injury because of its tinted visor.

    But more than anything else, having these visors help you go through the rigors of football with ease, especially if you provide some iherb coupon codes along the way. These codes pave the way for some access to the healthy supplements that football players need. What a perfect way to boost that performance on that action-packed field!

    Running in the midst of that football action is quite cool for the spectator, but if you’re the one doing the running, that is easier said than done. You need a good helmet and an even better visor for you to do that. And mind you, these types of helmets are good gifts for runners in that football field.

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  • First Time Buyers of iHerb Products

    • A discount scheme from iHerb for first time buyers
    • A list of health and beauty products from iHerb.com
    • Tips for first time buyers of iHerb products

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  • So What’s SUP?

    ***Author note. This post was written in June 2014, but for whatever reason, never got published. So, the new year seems like a good time to make it happen! Especially as we sit here with a cold winter day and I am dreaming of warmer weather*****

    Early spring last year (2013), my neighbor, Bobbi, happened to mention she saw people SUPing on our local state park beach the previous summer. I had been intrigued for a while, seeing pictures in magazines, on the internet, etc.

    In case you don’t know, SUP is Stand Up Paddleboard. Basically, it’s a surf board with a paddle, typically on calmer water. SUPing can be on rivers, lakes, the ocean, or really, anywhere that is deep enough for the fin on the bottom of the board.

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    After Bobbi told me she saw it at the beach, I started googling (of course). I found out that a local company, Project 908, would be giving free demos at that same beach. Of course I signed up. Anyone that knows me can tell you how much I LOVE water.  As far as I know, I always have. It’s a long story for another day…..I really just want to talk about SUP.

    I met my friend, Andrea, at the beach that day and we tried it out. I LOVED it. So much fun and even for the short time I was on the board, it felt relaxing. I couldn’t wait to try it out again and luckily, I got to SUP again that summer.

    Fast forward to 2014….. Bobbi and I had picked a few days to try to rent some boards before the kids were out of school for the summer. Ohio weather is so unpredictable, we had to cancel those. Luckily, Nate, the owner of Project 908, scheduled another demo at the beach. I was able to go for a little while and try it out again to see if I really liked it as much as my memory thought I did. Yes, yes, I did.

    I was lucky enough to be able to get a couple boards for the weekend. Saturday, was family day out on the lake. I took turns with both boys taking them on the boards with me.

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    Getting the little one comfortable before I stood up

    Then Jeff also tried SUPing for the first time. Once he got his “sea” legs, he enjoyed it, too.

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    They look very comfortable in my garage….Can I keep them? 🙂
    Sunday morning was the real test. Bobbi and I headed to the beach for her first time SUPing. I was hoping she loved it as much as I do because I wanted to adventure further from the beach area. It was too hard with the kids there to be able to do that on Saturday.
    She stood up, paddled a little bit around the beach area, then proclaimed herself ready for adventure. The water was calm, there wasn’t much of a breeze, it was the perfect morning to be out there! There were a few boats out, but nothing much. We paddled out of the beach area and toward the marina. We saw a crane, geese, ducks, and some BIG jumping fish. It was awesome! This was a perfect way to start my day.
    Someday, I WILL have my own board so I can go anytime the mod strikes me. In the meantime, I will have to beg rides off friends and continue to rent boards from Nate at Project 908; his boards are fantastic.
    Have you ever tried to SUP? Have you ever surfed? My next “water” goal is to try either surfing or SUP on the ocean instead of calm water. Might be a lofty goal, but I think it looks like fun!
    Enjoy life my friends, One Mile at a Time!
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  • So What’s SUP?

    ***Author note. This post was written in June 2014, but for whatever reason, never got published. So, the new year seems like a good time to make it happen! Especially as we sit here with a cold winter day and I am dreaming of warmer weather*****

    Early spring last year (2013), my neighbor, Bobbi, happened to mention she saw people SUPing on our local state park beach the previous summer. I had been intrigued for a while, seeing pictures in magazines, on the internet, etc.

    In case you don’t know, SUP is Stand Up Paddleboard. Basically, it’s a surf board with a paddle, typically on calmer water. SUPing can be on rivers, lakes, the ocean, or really, anywhere that is deep enough for the fin on the bottom of the board.

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    After Bobbi told me she saw it at the beach, I started googling (of course). I found out that a local company,Project 908, would be giving free demos at that same beach. Of course I signed up. Anyone that knows me can tell you how much I LOVE water.  As far as I know, I always have. It’s a long story for another day…..I really just want to talk about SUP.

    I met my friend, Andrea, at the beach that day and we tried it out. I LOVED it. So much fun and even for the short time I was on the board, it felt relaxing. I couldn’t wait to try it out again and luckily, I got to SUP again that summer.

    Fast forward to 2014….. Bobbi and I had picked a few days to try to rent some boards before the kids were out of school for the summer. Ohio weather is so unpredictable, we had to cancel those. Luckily, Nate, the owner of Project 908, scheduled another demo at the beach. I was able to go for a little while and try it out again to see if I really liked it as much as my memory thought I did. Yes, yes, I did.

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    I was lucky enough to be able to get a couple boards for the weekend. Saturday, was family day out on the lake. I took turns with both boys taking them on the boards with me.

    Then Jeff also tried SUPing for the first time. Once he got his “sea” legs, he enjoyed it, too.

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    Sunday morning was the real test. Bobbi and I headed to the beach for her first time SUPing. I was hoping she loved it as much as I do because I wanted to adventure further from the beach area. It was too hard with the kids there to be able to do that on Saturday.
    She stood up, paddled a little bit around the beach area, then proclaimed herself ready for adventure. The water was calm, there wasn’t much of a breeze, it was the perfect morning to be out there! There were a few boats out, but nothing much. We paddled out of the beach area and toward the marina. We saw a crane, geese, ducks, and some BIG jumping fish. It was awesome! This was a perfect way to start my day.
    Someday, I WILL have my own board so I can go anytime the mod strikes me. In the meantime, I will have to beg rides off friends and continue to rent boards from Nate at Project 908; his boards are fantastic.
    Have you ever tried to SUP? Have you ever surfed? My next “water” goal is to try either surfing or SUP on the ocean instead of calm water. Might be a lofty goal, but I think it looks like fun!
    Enjoy life my friends, One Mile at a Time!
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  • Happy New Year!

    Well, it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve been on here. 2014 was quite the year. It was a lesson in life for so many reasons. We ended 2014/started 2015 exactly the way I want this new year to continue; with friends, family, and LOTS of laughter.

    This past year taught me a lot about myself. I grew in many different ways. Some of the highlights of 2014 that I didn’t take the time to write about:
    • Mohican Forget the PR 25k Trail Race
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    Not sure of what mile this way, but just look at that waterfall!
    This was the hardest and most beautiful race I have ever run. I would run it again if I hadn’t missed out on the registration—it sold out in less than a day! The scenery, wow, I just can’t say enough about it. We had a fun hike through the river, a hand over hand climb up the roots of a tree, and hills bigger and steeper than any that I’ve attempted running. Yes, I will be back again!
    • Volunteering at Playin’ Possum 50k. I was originally supposed to run this one, but well, LIFE, got in the way last year and I didn’t get the training in. So, I did the next best thing and volunteered! I love volunteering for trail races; it is such a great experience and if I don’t run the race this year, I will definitely be helping the runners again! And by the way, if you’ve ever thought about running a 50k and live in central OH (or can get here easily) REGISTER for this race!!!! From the Race Directors, to the runners, to the course, this is TOP NOTCH. Plus, it’s a gentle course, so for the first time going this distance, it’s a good one.
    • Spent a few weekends on the water teaching friends and family how to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) with the help of  Project 908.
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      Trying to keep my balance and try SUP Yoga all at the same time.

      SUP is one of my all time favorite things to do. The time I spend paddling on the water, is so calming and peaceful, I feel so refreshed when I’m done! Nate, the owner of Project 908 makes his own boards right here in central Ohio and they are awesome! If I ever have some spare money lying around, I will definitely be buying a board from him.  In the meantime, I will keep renting them every chance I get!

    • We rented a beach house with three other friends’ families and had a BLAST! (and I got to introduce the ladies to SUP in the Outer Banks!) We will be vacationing with friends again this year, in fact, the reservations have already been made and we’re going to try out a different beach that most of us haven’t been to yet.
    • I started a job (outside of being a mom). Yes, this could partially explain where the rest of my “free” time went. A fantastic opportunity presented itself where I can work part-time from home and I took it. It’s been a learning experience for the whole family; trying to balance working with the kids’ schedules, school, volunteer activities, running, exercise, etc. It’s a constantly adjusting schedule, but I am enjoying it and I’m thankful for the opportunity.
    • KickBoxing. I tried it. I love it! My amazing friend, Bobbi (who is currently building her blog), had been bugging encouraging me to try the class for a while, but I was afraid. Kickboxing?! Not for me. So a few other lovely ladies that I attend other fitness classes with finally convinced me. Cardio Kickboxing. I went. I almost passed out (yes, it’s that hard of a class), and I LOVED it. It’s such a different workout and I felt amazing when we were done. Of course, I’ve been back every week! This amazing woman (and fitness instructor, wellness coach, and fantastic friend) has brought me outside of my comfort zone and introduced me to many things that I now really enjoy. She started fitness challenges to help us manage our weight through the holidays (most of us even lost weight instead of gained during the holidays!), I’ve discovered important things about how my body works (apparently HIIT and heavier weights is the way to go). She writes workout calendars for us along with “extra” exercises for every day and I’m excited to see what we accomplish in 2015! (side note: if you want in on the challenges, let me know. I can get you connected with her!
    These are just a few of the highlights from my year. We had TONS of fun family adventures, I had the pleasure of introducing some runners to the wonders of the trails, and we are just enjoying life every day.
    I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions, but I do try to plan out some goals for the year.
    In 2015,
    • I plan to run more trails (I didn’t do this nearly enough in 2014)
    • Continue with the variety of exercise; running (because I do still love it), kickboxing, hopefully more Barre classes, and weight training
    • I’m striving to live more simply, to live in the moment
    • Spend quality time with good friends (like I said, the way we ended 2014 is the way I plan to continue!)
    • Have exciting adventures with my family
    • Continue practicing gratitude every day
    • Keep up with my hobbies that often get pushed to the side (scrapbooking is one of these and luckily, I have a great group of women that I go on Scrapbooking weekends with so that helps me keep up!)
    • Spend more time paddling on the water
    There will be more goals, I’m sure, as the year goes on; but I’ve learned to focus on today more than anything in this past year.
    Enjoy life, my friends, One Mile at a Time…..
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  • Seamus O’Possum 30k Trail Footrace Recap

    From start to finish, this was another top-notch race. Race packet pick-up was Friday night or Saturday before the race. I had volunteered to help at the packet pick-up Friday night and then when the location was changed to Staas Brewing Company, well, that just made it perfect! We sat around enjoying a Stass brew and chatting with everyone that came in to pick-up their stuff. The trail/ultra running community is simply the kindest, most humble and friendly group of people you may ever meet. I enjoyed making more friends before the race.

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    Sole Sisters!
    Photo credit to Ran Cidgoat (Doug)

    This is the most under-trained I have ever been for a trail race, so I knew going into Saturday there would be more walking than I typically would do during a 30k. I had corresponded with Mark (one of the awesome race directors) a few times prior to the race mentioning that I wasn’t sure I was up for the race this year based on everything else going on in my life. He convinced me to try it and I’m glad I listened. Also, Katie wouldn’t hear of me not going, she said “I’ll be by your side. We have all day and I have nowhere else to be.”

    No expectations for this race combined with the tasty beer from Staas and I had my best pre-race night sleep I think I’ve ever had. Hmmm… I may be onto something here.

    Race morning came and the temperature was warmer than I had originally thought so I changed my mind about clothing (again) and headed up to Delaware State Park, home of the Possum Races. Parking was easy as usual and we were able to sit in our warm cars until we heard Mark yelling for everyone to start making their way to the starting “area”. We received our race instructions, were told to

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    Photo taken by Chad Heald, used with permission of Possum Races
    Taken from the starting area.

    come back with stories to share at Stass for the post-race party, then Mark said “ok, go!”Across the grass and up the hill to the Levee wall, we were able to see a gorgeous sunrise while we started our journey.

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    Both levee photos taken by Chad Heald, used with permission of Possum Races.

     

    We ran, we chatted, we slogged through the mud. We LAUGHED! I don’t think I have laughed so much or so hard in a long time. We had so much fun during this race.
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    Me, Katie and Angie coming into the first Aid Station
    Photo taken by Chad Heald used with permission of Possum Races
    The mud was ridiculous at some points. Several times we almost lost shoes due to the strong mud sucking going on. We laughed some more. It must have been between miles 7.5 and 11.5 (an out and back section) that we passed a guy and he said “I heard you guys coming. You’re having so much fun. THAT’s the way to do it”. We couldn’t agree more!
    Running/walking/slogging more, we chatted about life, kids, running, goals, summer vacation. We talked about the grown-up stuff in life that no one likes to discuss but is part of life….health problems, sick family members, issues in child rearing.
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    Our selfie at the turn-around/book point.
    Somewhere around the 10-11 mile point, I stepped wrong in the deep mud and felt something pop in the upper thigh/glute area. Ouch. Well, I wasn’t stopping now. I found out what the finisher award was and I knew I wanted one. Plus, I knew even if I had to walk the whole thing, I would cross that finish line. We ran some, we walked when my leg didn’t want to cooperate. We tried to get through the mud.
    You know you have a good friend, when heading up the last couple hills on a bum leg, you feel a hand on your back. I told Angie “I’m fine”. Her response, “I know, I just want to be sure you don’t hurt anything else”. See? Good friend!
    Due to the mud and my “sore arse”, it took us a lot longer than we had even anticipated, but we beat the race cut-off. We finally headed down the hill from the levee to the finish line. And what do we hear but our dear friend, Andrea, cheering for us. Instead of heading to Staas, she waited in the cold wind for us to finish.
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    I think at this point I actually said “FINALLY!”
    Photo property of Possum Races.

    At this point, we were covered in mud most of the way up our calves, shoes were caked in mud. Time to change and head to Staas!

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    Staas Brewing even made a Seamus O’Possum Irish Red Ale in honor of the event!

    We walked into Staas and smelled food! Post race food consisted of soups, chili, homemade breads and muffins. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers that fed us hungry runners! Thank you Staas for the fantastic Possum Ale. Being able to eat, drink, talk, laugh, trade stories with fellow runners and friends was the perfect way to end the day. The trail running community, the ultra running community and most of all, Team Possum has reminded me of how much I enjoy running and especially trail running.

    Go out, have a great time and tell stories about it afterward. Oh, and run a bunch of miles in there, too.

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    Enjoying my Possum Ale in my new Team Possum sweatshirt.
    Thanks, Angie, for taking the picture!

    Team Possum, you all are awesome! Thank you for allowing me to be a member of this amazing community, for all the new friends and time spent with “old” friends. I’m looking forward to many, many more miles with you all.

    ***Special thanks to Mark, Chad and all the volunteers that made this race such a fantastic experience.

     
    ***Special thanks to Katie and Angie for sticking by me. For your company, your friendship and your listening ear, always.
     
    ***Extra Special thanks to my husband, Jeff, for holding down the fort at home while I’m on long training runs and race day. I appreciate you every day!

    Enjoy life my friends, one mile at a time!
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  • A Look Ahead to 2013 and Joining the 13 in 2013 Challenge

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    As I mentioned in 2012, a Year in Review, I mentally grew in my running outlook which has changed my 2013 outlook. I have some goals on where I would like my year to go, but I’m not ready to share those yet. When Jill posted about her new challenge for 2013 with the option to run a variety of race distances, I thought that seemed like a good challenge to try.
    I will be running a variety of distances (5Ks, 10Ks, 13.1s and trail races) in 2013 to make up my 13 races. Some of the races will be actual races that I go to, and some will be Virtual Races (read, FREE).
    The challenge of completing 13 races has me excited as in 2012 I ran 7 races. Some I will race and hope to improve my PR times. Some I will just run for the fun of it. My main goal in 2013, though, is to keep it FUN.
    2013 will start with a 5k on January 1 for my “Resolution Run” as part of Laura’s 5 by the 5th Virtual Race Series.  My first “real” race is Rocks and Roots Trail Race (I still need to figure out how many 10k loops I will be running….) I ran the Sugarcreek 5 Mile Trail Race last year and loved the difference in trail racing from road racing. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the trails this year and taking the (self imposed) pressure off of myself for always going faster. The trails will do that, for sure!
    As life changes, I may change my goals, but this is where I’m starting. I’m looking forward to some new challenges!
    Do you have any set goals for 2013? Are you going for a big PR? A new race distance? Do you make changes as the year progresses? 
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  • The End of the Race, Ragnar TN Relay

    The final post in my 2012 Ragnar Tennessee Relay Race “series”….. See, I told you I’d be done…eventually! If you missed the earlier posts, here they are (Day 1, Leg 1, More of Race day 1, Night Running/Leg 2, The Third Leg) This includes the randomness of waiting for the rest of the team to finish.

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    Awesome medal doubles as a bottle opener

    After the final big exchange with Van 2 and our yummy lunch, we headed to the finish line to wait for the rest of our team. We waited and waited. The beer tents were open but we were waiting for our team to finish so we could all celebrate together.

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    The finish chute and finish line.

    We hung around the finish line for a little while, enjoying the rest and the sunshine, checked out the Ragnar merchandise.

    Me and Jamie, my BRF (best running friend)
    Me and Jamie, my BRF (best running friend)

    Then Jamie and I got to meet a twitter friend, Meg. She lives in the area and stopped over to meet us.

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    Jamie, Meg, and me

    Back at the van we talked, we laughed, we re-lived the details of the race. We talked about our next Ragnar. Yes, the next one. I tweeted this on our way home from Tennessee:

    Yesterday, I said “maybe” to another . Today, I said “When and where are we going?”
    It was THAT much fun. Even with the injury. Even with no-sleep and lots of travel and no shower. It was a huge challenge and we all know that I LOVE a big challenge!
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    Me and Kate just hanging out.

    We got the call from our other team that they were on their way, Ken, runner 12, was out on his leg. Ken is an AMAZING runner, super fast and consistent, so we expected him to be there in no time. We saw him and we all got ready to run across the finish line together. Well, I hobbled with the help of Doug to cross the finish line as my leg was NOT cooperating with the running aspect of it. Thank you Doug for helping me get there! We got our medals and car stickers then headed for the most important part…

    We passed out the beer coupons, thank you Ragnar for a free beer! (and pizza that disappeared faster than you could ever imagine!)
    Melissa and Kate showing off their much coveted beer coupons
    Melissa and Kate showing off their much coveted beer coupons

    Since Jamie doesn’t drink beer and I was injured, I told her that I could take one for the team…..

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    My mom will be so proud! :)

    Although, after two days of no sleep, not enough food and LOTS of running, I couldn’t drink both. Greg, thanks for helping me with that problem, just another example of the team players that we had!

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    Team 16, We Thought They Said RUM
    Ragnar TN Relay FINISHERS!

    We left and headed for the hotel and showers. Finally, a shower!!!! I could have stayed in there forever, it felt so good. But I knew there were several others that also needed a shower. (We were staying 4 ladies per room). Plus, more pizza and a party for our team. We had pizza, beer, martinis and snacks. Sitting around re-living the experience, telling of the different experiences both vans had was a lot of fun. Then we all started dropping off… I think we may have made it until 9:00pm! Honestly, with how exhausted we all were, I’m surprised we made it that long!

    Sunday morning, we were up much earlier than I think any of us thought we would be, but there was a free breakfast buffet calling our names. Yep, 12 runners and 2 drivers, they didn’t know what hit them! Show a runner to a buffet full of carbs and they will show you how to take care of it. That waffle was perhaps the best waffle I’ve ever had!
    We loaded the vans and headed for home.
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    And this was waiting for me with 2 little smiling faces when I got home!

    Such an awesome adventure, that was made much better by the team we had. Running a relay, it’s all about the team, it’s not about “you” like most running events are. I wish I could have told you all the details, jokes, funny stories of our shenanigans, but I think you had to be there. If you have ever thought about running a Ragnar or similar event, I strongly encourage you to go!!!

    ***Special thanks to Jamie for being our Captain, for getting us organized and getting us there!

    ***Thank you to Jeff, my wonderful husband, for taking time off work to take care of the children for a long weekend enabling me to go on this running weekend and not having a heart attack when I mentioned that we want to run another Ragnar Relay in 2013!

    ***Thank you to the rest of my Rummers…without you, it would not have been the same experience! It’s one that I will remember forever.

    **Thank you to the rest of my friends and family for listening to us talk about this race for the past year. For next one, I’ll try not to talk at it…as much! 

    Thank you to my team for sharing your pictures with me!

    THE END
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  • What?! There’s More? Night Running during Day 2 Ragnar TN Relay

    When I last left off (end of race day 1), we were taking over from van 2 again. It was dark. It was cold. We weren’t really sure what was going to happen out there. BUT, we all had our safety gear on. Ragnar takes safety seriously and I thank them for that. We all had our reflective vests on. Definitely gorgeous, if I do say so myself. Runners had to wear headlamps and blinking butt lights. Unfortunately, we don’t have many pictures from the next few hours. We got Melissa and Jamie out for their 2nd legs, stopped half way and got to my exchange.

    Quite a difference in temperate from the afternoon’s wait for leg 1! It was approximately 40*, but the sky was clear and gorgeous. The spotters thankfully had headlamps to try to figure out the team number of the runner coming in, but there were often difficulties in translation. Jamie came down the hill and we completed another handoff.

    Unfortunately, my exchange and the next several were in the “Quiet Zone”. Ragnar asked us to please be quiet in a few towns and counties as they were in danger of losing their permits. It sure was hard to quietly cheer for our runners, but we did the best we could.

    Finally, I was able to warm-up! I took off down, then up, then around the corner. After I turned that corner, complete darkness. I was by myself, again, but once my eyes, ears and brain adjusted to the darkness, I LOVED it! It was so peaceful and quiet. The stars were unbelievable! At one point, I thought I saw a shooting star but figured that I was probably hallucinating. (Later on I did find out that there was a meteor shower, so I DID see it!).

    I got passed by a super fast guy and we talked for a few minutes about how gorgeous it was out there. Unfortunately, I got passed again and never saw anyone else. It did make it really nice to see their blinking lights up ahead and know that I wasn’t completely alone, though. My legs were actually pretty lonely. Or maybe I wasn’t fast enough to see other runners? Nah, I’ll go with lonely based on our start time.

    The only two things I knew about this leg were that I would be running through a forrest (too bad it was dark!) and running across a lake. Lots more ups and downs. My poor legs liked the up more than the down after the beating I gave them during leg 1 (read about that here). I was so happy to see my van in the middle of my leg! Honestly, I can’t remember if I saw them once or twice, but when I finally found the bridge and the lake, they were on the other side. I was partially afraid of the bridge as there were a ton of potholes on it.

    Funny story….you know how your brain stops communicating well when you’re tired? Try being sleep deprived, tired from a hard effort run earlier and in the middle of another tough run. Yep, my brain could not get thoughts to my mouth. I was very concerned that I get the information to Katie that the bridges were in bad shape. When I saw my team, I yelled to them to tell Katie to be careful on the bridge. “Tell Katie there are…….umm….CRATERS! on the bridge” and I continued up the hill. As I made my way, the word craters just kept rolling around in my mind. Later on in the night, i finally came up with the word potholes and brought it up. Jamie said “we didn’t even question the word craters”.  However, Katie didn’t have a bridge, Greg did. Hopefully he paid attention to the craters. 🙂

    I was very ready for my favorite sign to appear. I could have kissed it! There are no mile markers like a road race. The only thing you see other than unmanned water stops are:

    THIS

    I will be buying the t-shirt at the next Ragnar that we do. Yes, I did just say next.

    Overall, a great run. My body can do so much more than I give it credit for.
    While we waited for Greg to come into the exchange, we decided to utilize the paved parking lot. Rolling, ibuprofen, some rest and we’d be up for our 3rd Legs.
    This is how we “roll” at 2am…
    Leg 2
    6.73 miles
    Total Time: 1:03:02
    Avg pace: 9:23
    Elevation Gain: 247
    Elevation Loss: 2:09
    Definitely not as bas as my first leg, but some good up and downs.
    ** In case you missed them and want to read more about Ragnar, check out these posts:
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  • Ragnar Tennessee Relay, More of Day 1

    My first leg may have been over, but we still had a LONG way to go. Literally.

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    Best Running Friends sporting the Ragnar Logo

    First, we had received our temporary tattoos from our Swag Bag and we had all applied them during Melissa’s leg. I’ve never gotten a real tattoo and probably never will as I do not like needles, BUT, it was fun to have one for a few days. Meanwhile, with the vans parked, Kate, Greg and Richard were “tagging” all the vans. We didn’t realize that this was something you were supposed to do and we got really upset after the start that “Gabe” joined our van while we weren’t around (a name added to our van).

    I just realized that this is my third post about my Ragnar experience, but did not really explain Ragnar for those of you that don’t know. Amanda had seen/heard that Ragnar Relay is a party in a van with a side of running. Perfect description. This was taken from their website:

    Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.

    Couldn't get enough of the beautiful views
    Couldn’t get enough of the beautiful views. Exchange 4

    So when we left off in my second post in The Ragnar Series (Day 1, the first part) I had made it down the mountain and Kate had taken off on her leg. We started on our way and met up with her about half way to cheer for her. Cheering and supporting our runners (and the other runners, too) I think was just as much fun as the actual running part. This was my first team experience with running and I LOVED it! We got to the next exchange for Greg to warm-up and Kurt (our most fantastic driver) had rigged up a pseudo changing room for us to use to get out of our sweaty running clothes. We had taken baby wipes since it would be many miles and hours between showers.

    Side note: if you ever do a relay like this, use a driver! It was AWESOME to have a dedicated driver so we could relax between runs. And Kurt? So helpful and supportive. He made sure we had what we needed before, during, and after our runs. I’d use him for a driver anytime! We were super lucky as a team to be able to find a dedicated driver for each van, and it just so happened that they are married. Thanks Kurt and Mary for hauling us crazies all over BFE Tennessee all weekend. Plus there and back.

    as“Van Support” brought new meaning to us as we filled waters, took extra clothes, etc. Originally, we thought van support would be cheering. So, while we were cheering for Greg,  I could tell he was trying to get rid of something…. yep, he handed off his Heart Rate Monitor. No need for that in the mountains of TN, I can only imagine how much it was yelling at him about his level of exertion! Those “rolling hills” we saw on the elevation charts were NOT the rolling hills we were expecting! We yelled and cheered and acted like lunatics a little more, then loaded up into the van to head to the next exchange.

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    Exchange 6, the hand-off between vans 1 & 2

    We got George Jorge Richard out on his way and headed to Exchange 6, otherwise known as hand off to van 2 so they could (finally) start running. I was lucky as one of the first runners as I didn’t have to wait around all day like runners 7-12 did. Do you know how hard it is for runners to wait for their turn to run?! After the exchange was our down-time to eat, rest and head toward Exchange 12, the next Van exchange.

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    Jamie sporting the flags. They were mandatory to cross the road and we had a lot of fun with them.

    Now, during these past 36 hours that we have all been together, we have (obviously) gotten to know each other a lot more. We’ve shared stories, jokes and had a lot of inside jokes. I’d love to share it all, but honestly, if you weren’t there, you probably wouldn’t understand and/or appreciate half of it. Thanks to technology, much of it was already shared via “The Twitter” and Facebook. And let’s face it, some things are just MUCH funnier at 2am.

    Our van found a mexican restaurant for chips and salsa plus everyone else had dinner. I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my sensitive stomach thinking that Mexican, no sleep and a longer run would not mix well. After we made our way to Exchange 12, we tried to sleep. Honest, we did. But, it was relatively early in the evening (around 7:00pm or so if my memory is right) and we were honestly still hyped up from the experience. Greg was the smart one (yeah, yeah, I admitted it)….he left the van and headed into the gym for some sleep. We decided to try stretching out in the van to sleep. I MAY have slept for about five minutes….

    We were getting punchy…Melissa climbed into the back to sleep on the cooler…the guys parked next to us were sleeping on their roof…feet were going where they should not go…madness, I tell you, madness!

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    Melissa sleeping on a cooler. “I swear it’s comfy”

    It was finally time for the van exchange again. We met up with the van 2 runners, and Melissa headed out for her night time leg. Wow, it got COLD! I was starting to get nervous about my next leg, but happy to get out and cheer for Melissa coming into the exchange. My legs were still feeling sore after my sprint down the mountain and knew that the “rolling hills” would be more rolling than the rolling hills that I usually run in flat Ohio.

    The waiting was done….time to run!