Sunday, October 23, 2011
Why I Did Not Run the Vegas Ragnar Relay
Many runners have asked me why I chose not to run the Vegas Ragnar, this year.
From the time I started competitive racing, I always had goals and a strategy how I would achieve those goals.
In 2010 - it was to complete the Vegas Half Marathon (accomplished)
In 2011 - my goal was to compete in 11 races (accomplished and then some) and to sub2 at Vegas Half.
Quite frankly, the idea of running a Ragnar was not even on my radar until after I registered for my first Full Marathon (LA - March, 2012). At that time, I knew I had the mental stamina to pull off a Ragnar. However, my goal was and still is to sub2 at Vegas Half. Every race leading up to that day in December was a practice for Vegas. A Ragnar was not part of my plan to help me achieve my Vegas Half goal.
In addition, the Hoover Dam Half is in 6 days - and it is one of my Vegas tune-ups. I felt by running the Ragnar, that would of potentially hurt my chances to run a strong race at Hoover and Snow Canyon Half the next weekend.
I have perfect peace being one of the Vegas runners not running Ragnar, this year. Next year - I hope to find a team.
Again, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to all my Vegas running buddies who did an outstanding job in their Relay Legs. Despite dusty roads, egg throwing spectators, the dead of night, fatigue, no showers, little sleep and well - everything else in between - YOU DID IT! You inspired many people and thank you for sharing your journey with us.
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011
Celebrate Your Finish,
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Certified Sports Nutritionist, Running Coach & Public Speaker
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