In the words of my sister, “I am NOT using hyperbole… At least, I don’t think I am.”
This past weekend was one of the most fun, crazy, unbelievable weekends I can remember. It was a friend-cation and an athletic endeavor and like a summer camp (as one of my teammates observed!) all set against a backdrop of one of the most gorgeous places in the world.
[Dear WordPress, I HATE you because you deleted my whole blog post except the 5 lines above. You are the worst. Grrrblaahhh]
Ahem, moving on.
In case you missed my earlier blog posts, the Ragnar Relay is essentially a 200 mile relay race from Miami to Key West, in which teams of 12 compete in ridiculous (awesome) costumes to finish the absurdly long distance. Each runner does 3 legs of the race and let me just say, PTL that my team had some legit runners so I could do the wimpy legs!
My runs were exquisite. The first was at sunset. I took the baton around 6:30pm and ran alongside beautiful Miami homes as the sky changed from blue to pink to orange and then finally a soft blanket of navy peppered with bright stars (stars!!!).
The second was at sunrise. Though I am not a morning person, this was absolutely incredible and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Part of my run was across a bridge that split the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, and as the sun rose, I soaked in the expanse of gorgeous turquoise ocean surrounding me.
The third leg was an early afternoon run through the keys that was hot hot HOT. We smelled great by that point, let me tell you.
We finished the 200 miles in 29 hours and 27 minutes. No, you are no hallucinating. 29 hours. Yes, it’s more than 24. Yes, we were exhausted. Yes, it was totally freaking awesome. Yes, we were delirious for the majority of those hours. And finally, yes, we slept on wrestling mats in a high school gym for 2 hrs total. [BTDubs – that’s about an 8min40sec pace, considering that we got lost and ran an extra 5ish miles]
Something about this race was both intoxicating and invigorating. It made me want to run all the time, building speed and endurance. At the same time, it made me realize how much I value being around friends who are encouraging, funny, intelligent and positive.
In conclusion/Ultimately/All in All/Some other terrible transition phrase high school English papers are wrought with…. I definitely caught the running bug (more on that soon!) and I am glad to have been reminded to focus on deepening relationships with the people who consistently play a positive role in my life. What a blessing.