So, in an attempt to prepare for the craziness that is Ragnar: Adirondacks, I have upped my training. This morning, I ran with some of my teammates up a massive hill. We went up three miles and then came back down for a total of six miles. Since Ragnar is full of steep hills (remember, it's through the mountains), we figured we should start doing some serious hill work. This fit the bill!
I actually really enjoyed it. There's something very therapeutic about running straight uphill for three miles. It definitely makes you feel tough.
If that wasn't enough, I added another component to my training. I started running more than once throughout the day. Normally, I just run once every day or so. But, Ragnar requires me to run three different legs, each about 10 hours apart. I need to be able to run three times in a day and a half. So, after the brutal hill work this morning, I added a second evening run. I ran six miles this morning and three miles this evening. It wasn't so bad...except for the intense heat. I really dislike running in the heat.
Now that I'm adding more intense training to my schedule, I'm even more excited about Ragnar. It's going to be tough, but I know I can do it, and that's a great feeling.