My sister Felicia called me the morning before. She'd been having some trouble with her leg, and it progressively had gotten worse. To the point where she could hardly walk. She was so disappointed, as this would have been her 5th Ragnar. (She would have gotten her commemorative hoodie.) She asked if I could help her find someone to take her place. I scrambled. She asked if I thought Jane would do it. (Yes, Jane runs. She was on her cross-country team last spring before she broke her back and took a running/yoga class this past semester. It's helped a lot in her recovery and pain.) Jane said she was scared. I called a few friends with no luck. Jane looked at me meekly and said she'd try. She'd go for it.
Having her do this with me made it so special. Really, such a good bonding, memory making time for both of us. She learned so much. (We both did, actually.) Here's what:
1. We can do hard things. Things we think we can't do or that might seem impossible. We can step out of our comfort zones. Things like running up tough hills. Things like running down a mountain. Things like running mile after mile (3 times, actually) on no sleep. Things like running in the dark, in the middle of the night. Things like smelling bad smells in really tight vicinities. Things like having to use beyond gross, pee on the floor port-a-potties. Things like changing out of wet clothes in a Suburban in broad day light with 5 others sitting right next to you. Or on the crowded award field with other team members huddled around you to shield your modesty. Things like trying to sleep for a couple of hours on a dirty gym floor in a sleeping bag and no pad underneath you, crowded like sardines with hundreds of other runners and two old men snoring their guts out next to you.
2. That women are tough.They are strong. They are determined. They are amazing. Young college age cuties as well as the seasoned gray haired grandmas. You get a lot of inspiration from these types of women. They can become great role-models and examples in all of life's challenges. Not just the running.
That's what running the Ragnar means.
|We can do this.|
|Team "Scrambled Legs and Achin'". Strong women are we.|
|Run, Jane, Run.|
|My favorite decorated van: The Einstein Runners. Not sure what the tie in has to do with running, but it was awesome anyway. Don't you love the little touch of the pencil behind the "ear"?|
|Each runner on the team was decked out in lab coats and goofy scientist glasses. The spiky things (if you're wondering) are Einstein-ish gray-sticky-upy hair. Don't you love the pocket protector with pencils?|
|Now that's what we're talkin' about...|
|Chilin' and eatin' and sleepin' when we're not on the road (the other van is doing the running.)|
|Jane's trying desperately to catch some zzzs|
|An oh so familiar sight. Ragnar wouldn't be Ragnar without these (stinky, beyond gross) puppies. Glad they are there when you need them.|
|In all my glory. Just finishing up my last 4 miler-down a mountain leg.|
|The runner's high. It's real.|
|Van 1 women rock.|
|Our legs are scrambled and our bodies and achin', but we're all smiles.|