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Profile of Team Sarah for Ragnar Relay D.C.

In less than two weeks, four vans full of mother runners--lead by Dimity and me--are taking on Ragnar Relay D.C., a nearly 200-mile race from Cumberland, Maryland, across the Appalachian Mountains, to Washington, D.C. It's going to be more than 30 hours of sweaty, sleep-deprived, laughter-filled hours. Here are the 11 gals (+ me) formerly known as Team Sarah...now officially dubbed Badass Mother Runners. Watch out!

woman running half-marathon
Schuyler Nunn, mother of two teens, from Philadelphia.
1. When and why did you start running? I started running when I was a senior in college.  I saw my friends running, for fun, and wanted to see what it was all about.  After my first run (which was a run/walk around the block), I was hooked!
 
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? I've been working with a running coach, for the first time, while training for Ragnar. My favorite workouts have been the track workouts, as I have surprised myself. My running coach has me running faster than I ever imagined!
 
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? As the first runner for Team Sarah, I am most looking forward to the first leg of the race. I think the excitement, the camaraderie with the other participants, and the adrenaline rush, at the start of the race,  will be amazing!  Also, I'm told the first leg is a beautiful section of the course. I'm looking forward to enjoying the scenery.
 
4. One word that describes you as a runner: Happy
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Bethany on the track
Bethany Meyer, Mother of 4, Philadelphia, PA

1. When and why did you start running? I started running in 2004 when my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. He hated his radiation treatments. I felt powerless to help him, so in a show of solidarity I decided to do something I hated too...run. Every day he went to radiation I ran. Six weeks later, Dad was cancer-free...and I was hooked.

2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? I've been training on hills because my first leg begins with a steep 2-mile uphill climb. I ran 3 x 1-mile hill repeats last week with high temperatures and redonkulous humidity. When I reached the top of the third hill and looked down at my watch, I discovered I’d run negative splits. Three months of training coming together as the race approaches feels good!

3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I’m excited for my second leg...4.5 flat miles in the dark. Running that second leg will mean the 2-mile uphill climb of my first leg is already under my belt. Or under my tutu, in this case.

4. One word that describes you as a runner: Committed

You can find Bethany on TwitterFacebook; and on her blog

Jill P., mom of two, from Suttons Bay, MI
Jill P., mom of two, from Suttons Bay, MI

1. When and why did you start running? Five years ago I started walking, and then running, short distances to change my sedentary life path of sitting on my can—focused on work and career ambitions--and to lose weight from two pregnancies. My mind and body ached, and I was missing the joy and life of the person that was stuck in a very large wrapper of kyptonite.

2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? Besides that little 50-mile trail ultra last month, it’s Ragnar–Hill Repeats (20-30 hill repeats once a week!). It breaks me in the beginning, then makes me by the last one. My rock’n music my kids can’t hear pumps me through to the other side, and at the end I am on a guaranteed high.

3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why?  I am most excited about Leg 3—my first one—where the course run is described as something like “You got to be kidding me!” Sounds HILLarious!

4. One word that describes you as a runner: Relentless

You can find Jill P. on her blog.

Woman running Boston Marathon
Me looking ridiculously exuberant at about Mile 15 of the 2012 Boston Marathon

1. When and why did you start running? Oh, come on: Didn't I cover this in Run Like a Mother?

2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? Weekly hill repeats with my BRF, Molly. Not nearly as long as the ones my teammates have been running, but I got a lot of practice laughing while running. That counts for something, right?!

3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why?  Um, you're assuming I've studied the course map. I'll be pleasantly surprised by what gets thrown my way.

4. One word that describes you as a runner: Upbeat

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Nicole at race
Nicole Hart, Mother of 3, South Central, PA
1. When and why did you start running? I started running after I met my husband. He is in the Army, so very fit and really liked to run. I tried running, and really like it too. I was 27. I really got the running bug later while living in Germany and met my BRF, Michele. We trained together and ran our first half-marathon in 2007. Since then I've run five marathons.
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? After all the hot and humid weather we have been experiencing here on the East Coast, I had a great 15-mile run two weeks ago. It was 52 degrees and sunny. Perfect running weather. I am hoping for similar weather for Ragnar D.C.
3. What leg of your's are you most looking forward to running and why? That is difficult to say. I plan on enjoying them all. The 7.3-mile rolling hill run (leg 17) looks like the most challenging for me. It will be sometime after midnight, so my longest night run ever! I have a 7.5-mile loop on rolling hills here that I have been running every week to prepare.
4. One word that describes you as a runner: Motivated
You can find Nicole on Twitter; on Instagram; and on her blog.
Terri at race
Terri Lukens-Gable, Mother of 1, State College, PA

1. When and why did you start running? January 3, 2010. I injured my back in November 2009 and the pain was so great I almost couldn't stand at my son's wedding. I was an avid biker but it was a snowy winter, and I realized I could build back fitness by running in the snow if not biking. It was a New Year's Resolution that stuck.

 2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? Any night run has been stupendous! I run solo for personal space and night runs allow me to have the world to myself.
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? Leg 18 will be at night and crosses the Appalachian Trail but it is Leg 30 that I look forward to the most. My final 8+ miles will be the longest final leg distance for the whole team. The course will take me through Rock Creek Park where my parents took me as a baby while they worked in D.C. for the FBI. I haven't been there for 50 years - HA!
4. One word that describes you as a runner: Phoenix-like
You can find Terri on Twitter; and on her blog.
Renee on a run
Renee J. Ross, Mother of 1, Atlanta, GA
1. When and why did you start running? I started running for weight loss in 2000 and stopped in 2001. Picked it up again in 2010 after a 40-pound weight loss to lose the last 10 pounds.
 2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? My favorite Ragnar training run was with my BRF, Lorraine, because running together makes the time pass quickly.
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I most looking forward to running the first leg, it is my most difficult and once it is done, I'll be relieved!
4. One word that describes you as a runner: Determined
You can find Renee on Twitter; on Instagram; and on her blogs here  and here.
Nancy at the NYC Half Marathon
Nancy Barlow, Mother of 2, Ridgefield, CT
1. When and why did you start running? This running life (I've had others) started in 2010. After being laid off twice in two years, feeling flabby, and being willed $100 from my grandmother, I decided to buy some running shoes and make a change. Now I run because it's the one time of day that no one is asking me for anything.
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? Back in July, I ran across the new Route 52 Causeway/Bridge in Ocean City, New Jersey. It's 4.5 miles out-and-back across the span with a wide pedestrian walkway, hill climbs, and spectacular views. It was such a lovely run, I swear I was sweating unicorn tears and sprouting Pegasus wings.
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I am looking forward to my first leg (#8). It's almost seven miles and I has a 1,000-foot climb in the first half. I'm going to enjoy the challenge and I can't wait to Kill That Hill.

4. One word that describes you as a runner: JOYFUL!

You can find Nancy on Twitter; and on her blog.

Michelle at the finish line
Michelle Emme, Mother of 3, Hermantown, MN

1. When and why did you start running? In early 2010, I used a structured 10-week Couch-to-5K podcast  (I had to repeat weeks 6-8 multiple times) and eventually got to a solid 30 minutes of running.  In the past, I had fits and starts at running, but was never successful for many reasons, one of the main being my weight, which fluctuated pretty wildly starting just after high school and up until I decided enough was enough in July 2009.  To this day, I love being challenged, setting goals, and meeting them with determination and hard work.  Yes, I wanted to lose weight -- and I did -- 135 pounds to be exact, but running has given me so much more in return.

2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? My favorite training runs so far have been my split long runs. It provides the solitary running I do so much of, but I can also do a shorter distance "leg" with a friend. Just this past weekend, I ran with my friend Anna (also my trainer), who has been with me since the beginning, and is a much faster runner than I am.  It was almost surreal running with her, as when I was so much bigger and out of shape, I couldn't even fathom the idea.

3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I'm looking forward to Leg 3, since I will have conquered Leg 2 which is 6.7 miles in the dark through rural farmland.  Leg 3 is 2.2 miles on a trail, and I look forward to going all out as much as possible on pure adrenaline.

4. One word that describes you as a runner: Determined

You can find Michelle on Twitter; on Instagram; and on her blog.

 

Rebecca
Mom of two Rebecca Weld from Potsdam, NY
1. When and why did you start running? I started running when I was 32. I spent my twenties convinced that I couldn't, but when I heard about C25K, I knew I had to try, and I had great success!  Nine months later, I ran my first half-marathon, and nine months after that, I had my first child!
2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? My favorite Ragnar training runs were a trail run I did combining two trails on a local college campus. I had to run one trail twice, and then run over to the other and through a beautiful cemetery. I did that in the morning, and late afternoon I did a very similar version of the same run. Since many of my runs start in the dark I don't often go over to these trails, so it was a real treat!  Total of 13 miles!
3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? I am looking forward to my last leg. I am #10, so it will be one of the last legs coming in to the finish. It's on a paved trail along the water, and is a longer run. I plan on really going for it though at that point in the game we'll see if that translates to any actual speed!
4. One word that describes you as a runner: Grateful
You can find Rebecca on Facebook.
Iliana Zuniga, a mom of two boys, who calls Silvermine, CT, home
Iliana Zuniga, a mom of two boys, who calls Silvermine, CT, home

1. When and why did you start running

I started running four and a half years ago. After having my second child, I was overweight and depressed. I started running to get in shape and lose the weight that had accumulated after my pregnancies. First it was a block, then two, then a mile. Now I have completed a full marathon and five half-marathons, along with other races.

2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? This past Saturday, I ran my fifth half-marathon as a training long run for my marathon training plan. I was meant to run 16 miles so I ran from home to the start line (three miles) and then the half. I was able to finish that strong on a long and elevated run. That is when I realized all the training had paid off.

3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? 23. I have never run trails and I am going to be running this leg in a mountain at dawn. I cannot wait to see the sun raise while I run through nature and I conquer my second 10-miler of the event on a mountain.

4. One word that describes you as a runner: Correosa (Spanish for "resistant, that endures everything, long lasting")

You can find Iliana on Twitter; on Instagram; on Facebook; and on her blog.
Lorraine at a marathon
Lorraine Robertson, Mother of 2, Atlanta, GA

1. When and why did you start running? I started working out in my early 30s after my daughter was born because I wanted to be healthy and have the energy to play with my children--and I wanted to look good doing it. I was a smoker before kids, was possibly the laziest person ever, and hated running. In 2005, I ran my first half-marathon because I wanted a new challenge. I conquered that challenge and since then have taken on 13 more half-marathons, three full marathons, and countless 10K, 5K, and fun run races.

2. What has been your favorite Ragnar training run and why? It was actually the Area 13.1 half-marathon I ran in August. It was a night race and the perfect opportunity to rock my cute headlamp and flashing lights!

3. What leg of yours are you most looking forward to running and why? Definitely the last leg--#36. I'm the anchor for Team Sarah and get to run across the Woodrow Wilson bridge and end the race at the National Harbor. I'm looking forward to my teammates joining me and crossing the finish line together.

4. One word that describes you as a runner: Passionate

Find Lorraine on her blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

Meet Team Dimity tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 responses to “Profile of Team Sarah for Ragnar Relay D.C.

  1. Yay!!!! I can’t believe it is really real! So excited. And this was really nice to see and read about everyone on the team in one place- with pictures! Thank you to Sarah and Dimity and all our sponsors for this amazing opportunity!

  2. I couldn’t help but tear up a little this am while reading this post. I can see a little bit of myself in reading each one of the mom’s post. I can’t wait to meet you all. I have days this race / contest is so real for me and days…I still feel like it’s a dream. Can’t wait! Thank you so much! Loved each & everyone of your post team Sarah.

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