Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RAGNAR RELAY 2011

This past weekend I ran the SoCal Ragnar Relay with 11 fabulous friends. Our team was a combo of LA girls & OC girls---of all ages. Our team name/theme was "Feel the Burn" and boy did we feel it! It was 202 miles from Huntington Beach to Coronado Island (San Diego) for almost 48hrs straight! With basically no sleep we had to rely on our sense of humor & spaztic sides to keep us from collapsing or giving up. 
We totally took the spaztic to another level....

Leotards were a staple, as well as our trusty side-kick THE BOOM BOX blasting authentic 80's aerobic mixed tapes (Jamie's actual ones from when she taught aerobics in the 80's.. lol). We were a HIT at each exchange! We had group aerobics as we waited for our runners and dance circles! It was a NONSTOP PARTY!!!

My feet were sore but I have ALWAYS wanted to run this race so I decided to pop some pills and tough it out. (my poor liver!) I ran farther than I had in almost 2 years and really pushed myself physically. I am so happy I did too! Although it was very challenging and painful, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I know a BIG part of that has to do with the fact that my team was amazing :) It was also refreshing to have 12 females have a fun, drama-free weekend. I'm so lucky to know such awesome ladies.
 
For just a small moment after the race, I was a little emotional. It had taken me over a year to get to this point where I could run like this. And in just a couple of months I will have to start that journey all over again.
It's a hard fact to swallow.
The surgery effects my life in every way.I realized at that moment that this was my last "Hoorah!" for a long time. I was sad the race was already over, but extremely grateful I had the chance to do it.
Sigh.

On a side note, if you're not my friend on facebook you should be, so you can check out the video I took of Jamie rockin' it out in the parking lot after one of the exchanges. Classic moment!!










...... News other than RAGNAR....
CHRIS...
Chris is working his tooshie off (and if you know him, you know he doesn't have much of one to begin with!) & being the amazing attorney that we all know and love.
He recently spent all of his birthday money at one store, and on non business CLOTHING!!!! Is anyone else as shocked as me? Seriously. THIS IS BREAKING NEWS! When we walked out of the store he said "You've ruined me..." Psh! As if!
He is also pretty decent at Words with Friends, doing the dishes once in a blue moon, and carrying me when I'm too lazy to move from the couch to the bed after I've fallen asleep.
Have I mentioned that he showers for 45 minutes?! Its not only killing half of the life that lives in the sea, it's kind of ridiculous. Just sayin' ;)
Basically he is just as swell as always! I'm a pretty lucky gal.

After thought.....
Spring is totally in the air here and I couldn't resist purchasing these two lovely items, because they make me completely happy! A hot pink maxi skirt? Um, YES PLEASE! And, what is that? I'm sorry, are you seriously offering handpainted picnic plate baskets with...wait, a little NETTING option to keep your food bug-free? I'll take 4 please! Oh Anthropologie, how you know my heart so well!

5 comments:

The Alvords said...

Oh I love you guys! I'm so proud of you for running the Ragnar. There really is nothing like it. Sign me up for your team next time around. I'm glad you guys are doing well, and am happy to hear my brother still takes the longest showers ever. It's good to know some things never change.

Audrey Crisp said...

Great job! Love it!

Adam & Samantha said...

congratulations! that is such an accomplishment, i'm in awe!! sorry you have to go through surgery again, that sucks. :(

Cara Grenny said...

The Ragnar looked amazing! And you are lucky you are tall and can wear maxi skirts! Love that pink one.

LoveLife{s.a.h.m.} said...

hi mari,
you don't know me but i know your hubs chris! i was blog surfing and wanted to say that i think you are ah-mazing for running this race!!! love your lil' blog too!