Thursday, September 22, 2011

7 lessons i learned from the Napa Valley Ragnar

7. if you want to make a spectacle of yourself, lock your keys in the car, and then call the fire-department to come to your rescue. you'll get lots of attention- and have lots of laughs about it.

6. always lock the porta-potty stall. well, unless you want a middle-aged dad walking in on you hovering over the pot.

5. looking fantastic while running is a secret to success. Kristin was by far the best-dressed 80's gal on our team. a few of us tried to rock it, but fell just a tad short of the awesome line...though our hot-pink nail polish was pretty sweet. next time, i will surely take it to the next level, because i'm convinced it helps you run faster...and sexier.

4. running 2 days straight with friends (and with strangers) makes you family.

3. learning how to follow a map could be a useful skill to have -- unless you want to run additional miles...say, 3 of them, after an already longish 7 mile run.

2. dancing and singing all the way through your runs makes them far more enjoyable. i never knew how empowered i'd feel by singing black-eyed-peas' "Imma Be" at the top of my lungs in the middle of the night by myself. and dancing through a finish line was definitely a memorable experience.

and the number 1 thing i learned from the Napa Valley Ragnar is:  
tattoos make you feel strong.
and make they you want to flex in any and every photo op possible.

every lost wink of sleep, extra mile ran, tummy ache, ugly speedo bum, and smelly pasture was worth it!
it was a total blast-something i'll definitely be doing again. thanks for fantastically fun time Ladie's From the 80's!

-a BIG shout out to M for holding the fort while i was gone...and for the extra adorable poster he/Ellie made together for me when i got home. i especially liked the stick figures, squiggles, and salty snacks. my people are so cute.



Jenny said...

There's no way that would have been enjoyable without a fun group of friends to run with! I'm gonna say you were a close 2nd to Kristin's awesome 80's attire. And I wouldn't know about the tattoos, but they definitely make you look extra buff!

Candace said...

way to go marce!!! that is so exciting. i'm getting more into the running thing and i love it, especially with good friends and music. still love reading your blog. keep the posts coming!

The Hurst Family said...

I did Red Rock Relay a couple of weeks ago and i totally sang at the top of my lungs on my night run too. It was liberating.

Joni and Rico Adams said...

LOVE ragnar! Looks like it was a blast. Awesome team name too! My night run was the best run of my life. I had such a runners high, and that was the one I was dreading. Night runs... who knew?

Allie said...

Oh man, I keep thinking I must be pathetic because I want to rewind and do it all over again! I had so much fun. Thanks for helping make it a great time! And you are so right...what is it about that tatoo that makes us all want to flex in every picture? Hilarious...all of it!

Kristin said...

I love this post!!!!!!

Tara gave me your blog, so I can be your latest blog stalker. ;)

Megs said...

That looks AWESOME! Can't wait to run ragnar sometime. :)

Waltman said...

such a good post Marci! we need to start thinking about when round two is going to be??

Lynne said...

Looks like it was awesome. I would lock my keys in the car to hang out with some hunky firefighters. What a great idea! Oh, the Ragnar was probably cool too. LOL! Way to go. I think all you girls are amazing.

charity said...

I love this!!! hi! I found your blog!! I had such a blast with you guys - and now I miss my walnut creek crew. we kicked ragnar's butt all the way back to the 80s.

ps. Billie Jean is not my lover.

Linda said...

MImi and I just looked at your pictures and you look awesome, I mean! really! You look as vibrant as you looked when you were cheering! What the????? I am so oroud of you, and BTW, the sign Mike made with the treats made us smile from ear to ear! You have a dreamy life.... even if there is chaos from time to time and your pinky suffers..... at least it's not a twin lodged in your neck! xoxoxoxox We love you!