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Ragnar was a blast. I got home Saturday just before midnight, then got up on Sunday (Mother’s Day), kissed the girls goodbye, and flew off to Kansas City on business. I was there to learn some new software for work. I managed to grab some sleep on the plane, and showed up Monday ready to learn.
It was too cold to run Monday after training, so I drove to Gary Gribble’s Running Sports and bought some pants instead. People of Kansas City, you have a friend in Gary Gribble’s… that’s a fine running store! Even though I wasn’t local, they gave me a 20% discount as a member of LLS’s Team In Training. Huge Thank you to them! Folks, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There are times to buy online, and there are times to support your local businesses. Running stores need your business. Good luck trying to find an expert who will help you find the right running shoe to support your gait and give you a perfect fit on a dot-com. Go to GG’s, you won’t be sorry!
Wouldn’t you know it, it warmed up the next day, so I still haven’t worn my Brooks Pure Project running pants. Tuesday I grabbed three miles, and the Ragnar was felt. Oh, my, did that hurt! The next day I found a really nice trail behind the hotel. One lap around the block, about a third of which was on this trail, was roughly 1.8 miles. I did a two laps and change on Wednesday, and by Thursday I was up to three laps. I feel really good now.
My next big race is a Ragnar trail series, and I don’t have a ton of trail running experience, so I need to find some other trails, the kind that are in the woods, to get some miles in. I’m used to running on pavement, so I think I have some work to do. More on that soon!