Thank you for the kind words about my rebrand and website redesign! I’m feeling more inspired than ever to publish new content in a fresh space. But first, I wanted to back up to share some news from the last two weeks (especially for those who don’t follow me on Instagram). As of last week, EC.com is officially 2.5 years old! I can’t believe how many opportunities have continued to come from my blog.
Ragnar Relay with Team Nuun — After running so many fall races, I promised myself that I would take a break between January’s 3M Half Marathon and the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. However, when Nuun sent out an application for Ambassadors to apply for spring Ragnar Relay teams, I changed my mind. I loved running Reach the Beach, my first Ragnar, in September with New Balance. Ragnars are a series of overnight, 200-mile relay races that you run as a team of 12 (or 6 for ultra teams). You can read more about my experience in the above race recap. I felt comfortable breaking my promise to myself because running a Ragnar (~14 total miles split into three legs) is less intense than running a half marathon. Yes, it can be difficult to recover in a van, but the broken-up mileage makes the race more manageable for me.
I was thrilled to be selected for the Nuun Ragnar So Cal Team. The race begins in Huntington Beach on April 1 and will conclude in San Diego on April 2. While I have family in Huntington Beach, it will be my first time visiting San Diego (where my dad was stationed in the Navy). I can’t wait to find out who else will be on the So Cal Team! More about my training coming soon.
Run Rock ‘n’ Roll Ambassador — Speaking of Ambassador Programs, I’m excited to share that I’ll be running with another one of my favorite brands this year–Run Rock ‘n’ Roll! I was so impressed by their Las Vegas Half Marathon weekend in November, my first RNR race, that I knew I’d be running more of their races in 2016. A major perk of RNR’s Ambassador Program is receiving unlimited race entries! While I’d love to run in New Orleans and Nashville, the spring dates don’t work for me. I plan to run in Philadelphia and will choose one or two more fall races to help prepare for a certain November 2016 marathon. Have you ever run a RNR (or Ragnar) race? Leave me links to your recaps!
Daily Happenings on Instagram — After returning from Austin, I registered for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon. I discovered a new smoothie shop in my neighborhood, even though I’ve been living in the same apartment for three years. I bought this hilarious water bottle that I saw floating around Instagram (I mean, where else?). I received this colorful bouquet from the sweetest Valentine. And I stopped into the Chobani store–have you been? The rest of the month should be fairly calm before I really focus on race training starting in March.
I actually spent this month overcoming a running rut. On Wednesday, I’ll be talking about why it happened and how I got out of it. Maybe some of you can relate.
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga