Well that was just crazy. I did it again. And I paid to do it. And I spent time organizing things, preparing, communicating with others & getting ready. I suppose you only do things that you like and want …. right? When I told my husband (& several others) about my recent adventure, he just couldn’t understand where the “fun” was in all that happened. But when you love running, you love adventures, and you love your friends … then only fun can happen.
Last weekend I drove up to Chattanooga and along with 11 other women, including Dr. Shannon, we RAN to Nashville as part of the Ragnar Relay Tennessee. No, we didn’t all run the entire 200 miles, but we took turns, running one after another, through the night, through small towns, along busy roads, side roads, bike paths & city streets. And we ran hard. We are all really competitive and fast runners, so this wasn’t just a leisurely jog through Tennessee, this was our competitive spirit kicking in, and we did our best & ran as hard as we could. This event made running a team sport, it was SO much fun cheering on your teammates & encouraging everyone along. We had some mess-ups along the way (hahaha…) but in the end, it was a blast. Yes, we squeezed into two large SUV’s, we slept in the van & a gym floor (for about 2 hours), we used lots of baby wipes and hand sanitizer, we laughed a lot. We overcame some fears (running in the pitch black is pretty darn scary), we chased down & passed hundreds of other runners who had started before us, and we laughed a lot (wait, did I already say that)?
In the end, we finished in a little more than 28 hours, and preliminary results have us the 3rd overall women’s team, and 18th team overall out of over 200! I don’t know if we expected that, especially since the average age of our team was 49 years old!! That tells you that there were some fast women on this team & age is really just a number. I’m so impressed by my teammates and how hard everyone worked, how well everyone got along (since many of us didn’t know each other until just weeks before the race), and how much fun we all had. So much that we are thinking about the next relay race…. when & where will that be? This was the 2nd relay I’ve done, the first was the famed Hood to Coast last August, and now I’m ready for #3.
Being able to run three separate times in a 18 hour or so span is not easy, especially when we all had to run on very little sleep. So in preparation, getting adjusted, getting massaged, eating well and hydrating were my keys to getting me to the starting line. I know I say that every time, but it really is true. Chiropractic adjustments have truly helped me stay healthy and injury free. I cannot imagine not getting adjusted. There are times I’m achy and I want to get adjusted, but more often than not, I’m getting adjusted when I have no symptoms at all. I know that the adjustments allow my nervous system to function as well as possible, so I can be as healthy as possible.
When was your last adjustment? What’s your next goal? Hopefully we can help you.