Today was the first “team” meeting for our 2012 Ragnar (Ultra) Team (You Just Got) Chicked. We are running the Madison, WI to Chicago edition of the race and let it suffice to say that we are SLIGHTLY excited. We have already secured Aspaeris Pivot Shorts, GU Energy & BondiBands as sponsors and the biggest hurdle to date was “the” meeting. As with any situation where you are meeting new and important people,
I mean does it get more important than 5 women you will share a van with while running a combined 200 miles, the first meeting is always a mystery. Will I like them, will they like me, can we share a van and not kill each other? So I was excited but also tentative about the meeting. However, it didn’t take us any time at all to introduce ourselves and begin bonding. I already love these crazy bitches ladies. From left: Me, Kate, Lara (up), Julie, Tara & Jess – Run with Jess.I know you will be shocked but we decided our first meet-up would start with a nice 10 miler. Jess picked the I&M Canal Trail as a half way point and it was both easy to get to and a beautiful trail to run. I absolutely LOVE running new trails so that was a perfect day for me in many regards: new friends, running a new trail, then a yummy lunch!
Since our meeting spot was one stop shy of the very west end of the trail, we ran east for 5, then turned back into the wind for a rough return. The trail was crushed limestone, frozen and rough on the feet but the wind was ferocious and made the 10 feel like 15. However, the scenery was beautiful.
It was a really great day and I can honestly say that I had a great time and feel as if I actually had time to get to know a little bit about my teammates. We were also on a super secret mission from Aspaeris Pivot Shorts and although I feel like we may have failed them, we gave it a honest effort considering the freezing temps and high winds.
Thanks for a great day, ladies! I can’t wait to get to know all of you even better and run a kick ass relay with all of you.
Would you ever consider a relay event like Ragnar or Hood to Coast? Or have you already participated in something like this? If so, give us some pointers!
Til We Meet Again Team Chicked, Amanda – TooTallFritz