Well, I know you have been sitting at your computer, waiting for me to update this thing. The Lady and I have made our move to Minneapolis, and secured ourselves a dwelling in the suburb of St. Louis Park. We have since survived our first summer in Minneapolis and are looking forward to fall.
It’s been busy, and we’ve traveled around a bit. One of the outstanding activities of the summer was the Ragnar Great River Relay.
This was one of the best ways a person could spend 24 hours in a van. It was a 195 mile race run by teams of 12 runners. Each runner completes 3 legs varying from 3 miles to almost 9. This served as my motivation to stay in shape this summer and I was able to complete about 20 miles averaging 6:55 minute pace. That was better than I expected, but close to what I was aiming for. We finished in 72th place out of 219 teams with a total time of 26 hours 45 minutes. Not too shabby.
Jarvy has a good post with pics here.
Things that I learned from this event:
- Larger vans are not necessary, but a good idea. We didn’t expect every full size van in the metro to be rented this weekend, and therefore waiting until a month ahead of time to reserve our vehicles. We eneded up with two “extended” mini vans. While it is legal and possible to put seven adults in such a vehicle, more space would be nice for a 24 hour period.
- Four pounds of trail mix is awesome.
- Bring toilet paper.
- Bring warm clothes; it gets cold at night when you’re not running.
- Bring a lot of water. Gatorade can only be tasty for so long.
- You will experience chafe. Bring some sort of lubricant: Body Glide, Chamois Butter. Nipple band-aids aren’t a bad idea either.
- Sleep is less important that you think.
- Beer is good and good for you.
Ragnar puts on several events around the country, so find an event near you, grab 12 friends or strangers, and get running!