Back from 2013 Ragnar Northwest Passage. It was my fifth overnight relay race (two Hood to Coasts and one Providian), my second as a member of the Sandbaggers. (The first.)
It almost didn’t happen. At least for me.
I had a very strained calf that had at least one member of the Jenkins household telling me I was crazy to run 16+ miles in Ragnar. I decided to give it a go anyway. Everything was fine until the very end of my first leg when I pulled it yet again.
I ran my second and third legs — 4.0 and 8.1 miles respectively — on one leg. Almost literally. I don’t think I scared an eight-minute-mile pace, but I did beat nines. And my outstanding teammates more than made up for the difference.
The Sandbaggers won the Men’s Masters Division and finished 19th out of 373 teams overall. It was the team’s third straight division win, and we did it with five women in a men’s division.