June 23, 2009

Ragnar! Burninating the Countryside!


Neil and I sure had an adventure this weekend. We agreed to run the Wasatch Back way back in January. The Wasatch Back is a 12-person relay race from Logan to Park City. Basically each person has 3 legs each and there is someone in your team running at all times. The weather the first day was SO beautiful- about 80 degrees and sunny. I was the first person to run in Vehicle 2 (which also meant I was the first one done), so I was pretty nervous because I didn't know what to expect and I didn't want to suck. Neil happened to be the last runner in our vehicle, which was hard for him because he didn't like waiting. He did amazing for not really training ahead of time, and I exceeded my own personal expectations, which was so cool.

THE SUPPORT TEAM: Alli, Mary Ann, and Aunt Sue

My First Run

My favorite memory:

Running my second leg was kind of an intense experience for me. It started around 10:00 at night. I had been waiting longer than expected for the last runner from Vehicle 1 to come and hand off the bracelet to me, so I was kind of amped up and really ready to start running. When I saw Jason running up the crest of that hill with his yellow shirt on, my adrenaline started pumping and I was ready to go! I knew this would be my hardest run because it was a hill run and it was the middle of the night. I took off and the weather was perfect and I was in the zone. My favorite part of the run was when I started the bottom of my last hill and I could see the lights of the exchange ahead of me and the Rocky theme song started on my iPod. I had just passed 11 people and I was so stoked to be more than halfway done. That was such a great feeling. I ended running an almost 7 minute mile, which is the fastest I've run. Ever.

Finishing my second leg

Team Place: 122nd out of 436 Coed Teams
Total Team Miles Ran: 187.9
Total Personal Miles Ran: 12.4
Neil's Total Personal Miles Ran: 13.6
Total Team Time: 28:55:38.1
Total Personal Time: 103 Minutes
Neil's Total Time: 104 Minutes
Average Team Minute/Mile: 9:11
Average Personal Minute/Mile: 8:18
Neil's Average Personal Minute/Mile: 7:39
Van Road Kills: 81 (This is the number of people we passed, accounting for the people who passed us)

Favorite Quotes/Memories:

Sara: "It's Woot, with the emphasis on the t."
Jamie: "Can you just give me a new right leg?"
Neil: "You guys just get weirder and weirder the longer this trip goes."
Sara: "You know you're a runner now, right?" Me: "I guess I am."
Taylor & Sara: "Ragnar! Burninating the Countryside! Ragnar!"
Sara: "That BYU runner has NICE legs."
Random Guy on the Ragnar Leg: "S*%$. This doesn't get any leveler, does it?"
Mary Ann: "I'm a mom. I don't need to sleep."
Ragnar Crew Member: "Runner 438. In the Chute!"
Sly: "What was Neil waiting for? A hug?"
Neil: "Wait, there was a bike option?"
Neil: "Theodore Grahams, anyone?"

There are so many more random things I will remember and love about this trip. It was awesome being with my family and friends and having them cheer you on and seeing all the randomly decorated vans. Sly was an inspiration on mental toughness and I think we were all amazed by her toughness. The encouraging and fun atmosphere was the best part and I loved every second of it. Thanks to everyone for the experience!

Who is that hairy beast?

This is Neil, trying to hand off his bracelet to someone

Waiting to start my last leg through Heber

The Finish Line- Team on 3

June 20, 2009

Catching Up

It's been awhile since I've blogged, so I wanted to catch everyone up on the random things that have been happening in the life of The Essig's.

1. Aah, The Comfort
Neil and I have owned a pair of couches that we received when we got married. They have served us well, but it was definitely TIME to let them go. We caught a pretty good sale at the Fisher Home Furnishings Outlet (50% off- can you even beat those prices?) and purchased our first actual couch together. We LOVE it!

2. Utah Summer Games 2009
June 5-6, we were able to attend the Utah Summer Games Adult 3v3 Soccer Tournament. It was SUCH a blast! My friend Kami Macey put our team together and we were able to stay at her parent's house in Cedar City. The weekend was full of soccer, fun, and food! Our team took third place, which was pretty sweet considering none of us had ever played 3v3 before. I definitely want to go again next year!

3. Wasatch Back (Ragnar Relay)
Neil and I ran the Wasatch Back this weekend. A longer post is to follow, complete with pictures. We'd like everyone to know that we survived- our legs pretty much hate us right now, but we think they'll eventually recover!