This post is part of a series about our running club's training for the Ragnar trail race in Zion, Utah. For more background, read the first post in the series here.
The training is over and the time has come. This weekend, the JogginLabs running team will attempt our first relay race.
We'll be traveling from various places and meeting in Zion, Utah, for our first major test. We didn't experience any major injuries during our training, which is already a major goal achieved. But all the hard work provided some interesting data that gives us a different perspective on what it takes to prepare for an effort like this.
JogginLabs runners really got around. From Illinois to Wisconsin, Oregon, Florida, California, and as far away as Hawaii and Grand Cayman. Even on vacation, we found ourselves pushing hard to reach our training goals. Cross-training included skiing in Colorado, swimming in local YMCA pools, stand-up paddleboarding on rivers, kickboxing, weight training, bouldering and more. We trained in state parks, on hills, city roads, lakefront paths, mountain trails, and everywhere in between.
During our 18 weeks of training, we covered a lot of ground. All told, we racked up more than 1,000 miles as a group. That's nearly the point-to-point air distance between Chicago and Salt Lake City. The 121 total miles we'll cover this weekend don't seem so daunting by comparison.
We spent days training for this race. Altogether, we spent more than 170 hours on our feet. That's an entire week. Our goal is to finish the relay in 24 hours or less. We're still not sure if sleep will be part of the plan.
We've come a long way in 18 weeks. We've experienced minor aches and pains, bumps and bruises, black toenails, and physical therapy. Now it's time to load up the van, set up camp, lace up our trail shoes, and take care of business. With a little luck, and a load of determination, we hope to post a successful summary of our race in the coming weeks.