|Before the hungry runners arrived|
|Van 2: B*tches Be CRAZY|
Leg 7 started at Lake Mills HS headed down the street a bit before turning onto the Glacial Drumlin trail. I really couldn't complain about my leg because legs 6, 8 and 9 were WAY worse, but it still sucked. The trail is a very forgiving crushed gravel, but there was not nearly as much shade as I thought there would be. It was like 1pm'ish and HOT already and let's face it, I am just not a good hot weather runner. I sucks the life out of me and I just haven't built the mental toughness to push through it. Leg 7 ends with ~3/4 of a mile, mostly uphill, on the side of an unshaded county road. Nothing says 'KILL ME NOW' like running on the side of a black-top county road in full sun in HOT weather.
Leg 7: 4.7m 53:28 (11:22 avg pace)
We wrapped it all up at Montrose Beach in Chicago. I wish I could say we celebrated and got epic at the finish line, but really we all just wanted to be done with it. We were ready to be out of the heat, clean, and off our feet. That's not to say we didn't love (almost) every minute of the experience, because I know that I did. And that W did. And that I adore the ladies of Van 2 so flippin' much. But enough is enough already!
I'm disappointed in my running this year. Not just at Ragnar, but this spring in general has been a let down. I'm still at it, working things out, hoping for a break through. But in the meantime, I'm going to savor the memories, the friendships, the laughs...and start plotting an planning for next year.