Surprise Ragnar Relay

Happy Friday!

It is Fitness Fashion Friday and I have a couple fun shirts to show ya. Gymdoll contacted me recently and even though I get 22 emails from fitness gear peeps a day I stopped at this one because… um, how fun is “Gymdoll” as a name?! Love it.

And they were offering to send me a few tops with cute sayings.

“Suck it up Buttercup” reminds me of my favorite little Chandinator so that made me smile. suck it up buttercup shirt

Miss you <3me and chandra with a huge banana guy

And I love this Run Harder tee! You can check out the GymDoll collection here.

Run Harder shirt

Aaaand I have some news…

You may remember last year I did the Reach the Beach relay with a few of my FAVORITE girls in the world. reach the beach new balance team

All my friends are east coasters so it was great to spend the weekend running with them through Massachusetts. reach the beach relay finish

I had a blast, but I also had a complete breakdown during my night leg. I don’t know how we managed to get so far away from all other teams but I was on my own in a desolate area and lost my sh!t.

I don’t care what they say about the third leg, it’s the 2nd that’s the hardest.i am a banana

Anyway. Since then I have turned down invitations to be on relay races because I knew I could never recreate that awesome weekend with my friends. Plus, I’m scared of the dark.

But, a few of the SoCal girls are on #TeamNuun and one of them is hurt so they asked me if I would cover.

Of course I said..


Um, didn’t you read the part about me being scared of the dark?!night race for a relay

But, then I finally said “Yes!” when they promised gallons and gallons of WATERMELON Nuun. drinking gallons of nuun

Aaand SR promised to stretch me out in between legs, so I agreed. stretch me out skinnyrunner

So tomorrow I am going to be running a relay race – the Ragnar SoCal Relay to be exact. The same race I said “no thanks” to 5 times, but my friend is hurt and I’m taking one for the team. I want a gold star.relay race hand off

I have no idea the legs that I’m running or who is in the van or if I should bring pickles or my passport or what. All I know is I’m running a relay tomorrow.

And I might cry in the dark again. Wish me luck.

Question: What are you doing this weekend?


  1. Emilie says

    Good luck, I am sure you will do great….maybe you won’t have to do a night leg…. Most of all, have fun.

    Oh and I finally ordered some of that watermelon nuun, should have it in a few days… Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Rebecca says

    My parents are coming to visit this weekend, I can’t wait! They live in NY and I live in TX so I don’t get to seem the often.

    Good luck at the relay! Remember Dory’s mantra ‘Just keep swimming!’

  3. says

    GOOD LUCK! Ragnars are a blast! You will have so much fun and hopefully you will have some company on your long runs. You girls are just too damn fast!

  4. says

    I hope you’ll have a great time during the ralay. I would love to try watermelon nuun- it sounds like the perfect nuun to me :)

  5. Deb says

    Those shirts as soooo cute!
    Afraid of the dark? Suck it up buttercup!! 😉

    Seriously, it sounds like a lot of fun.

  6. says

    Training run with the Malaysia Women Marathon ladies in support of Boston 2013 tomorrow morning and then following up on friends running the Island Ocean Marathon in Langkawi on Sunday. Fun weekend!

  7. Meghan says

    I’m going to be doing my longest run yet, 11 miles and then hitting up a party bus with a whole bunch of ladies to dance and drink the night away on Saturday. Sunday is a planned recovery day :)

    Good luck on your relay, I’ve wanted to do Reach the Beach myself! So looking forward to putting on the goal list.

  8. elizabeth reisner says

    I have 2 shirts and a tank from Gymdoll. I love them. They have fantastic customer service to!

  9. says

    Good Luck to you Girl! You will do fine! :)
    I am HOPEFULLY running for the first time on Saturday (pathrun I like to call it) since I had a bad case of runner’s knee….

    I NEED to start getting on it because, I will be racing in the Reach the Beach Relay on May 17 and May 18 next month in Massachusetts! My first relay! I’m very excited. I believe it’s the same one you did 😛

    Again! Good Luck and GODSPEED!

  10. says

    Congrats and good luck. Loved the post from the last relay, made me think of myself. I don’t think I’m scared of the dark until I decide to go for an early a.m. run and chicken out b/c I know there will be a gorilla, or a rabid deer, or a crazy cat lady lurking. I have a friend that has agreed to carry my water, and pickles and give me encouragement from a nearby van too someday when I do a relay!

    Good luck again!

  11. Kris O says

    Good Luck! I’m training for Ragnar Trail in Arizona this fall. Can’t wait to hear your experience in SoCal.

  12. says

    I’m scared of the dark too! When I did a relay two years ago (Reach the Beach) I felt SO proud of myself for being brave in the dark! It is desolate, and I agree-the second leg in the middle of the night is TOUGH. So fun though!!

    Have a great time!

  13. says

    Ah, the night legs aren’t that bad. I’m sure in SoCal you’ll be in an area that is pretty well lit and you won’t have to worry about the dark. When I ran my night leg in AZ I was running from coyotes and cows! Hehe…you’ll be fine! I’m jealous though; I wanted to run this race!

  14. april says

    good luck! i’ll keep my fingers crossed that you won’t have any night relays. can’t wait to hear all about it!

  15. says

    I heard about the RR relays! It sounds like a lot of fun, but I’d be scared of the dark portions too, especially if somehow running alone. I freak myself out waaaaaaay too much.

    Hope you have a great time and make a lot of fun memories. Hopefully the dark run will be good.

    I’ll be doing a small 6 miles around the hood, gardening and painting in the studio.

  16. says

    Hahaha, I loooove that stretching photo! Fantastic. Good luck at your race! I hope you can find some buddies to run with at night. This weekend, I’ll be working and getting a few short runs in preparation for my marathon that’s a week from Saturday (eek!).

  17. Jess says

    Think positively – you know what to expect on the night run and you shouldn’t be ashamed for freaking out the first time. Run your night leg with the intention of putting the demons from the last relay to rest – maybe getting called up to the team happened for a reason.

  18. says

    And to think that I’m only house sitting for my parents this weekend! Lol. Sounds like you’re going to have a blast, and I’m sending good mojo your way :) can’t wait to hear all about it!

  19. says

    Good luck! I’d love to do a relay one day although It seems like a lot of pressure! This weekend I’m doing a 3 mile run for Boston with my family and then getting in a 10 milers for my training. I just love running so much. Oh! And I’m making Strawberry Cheesecake. I just love food so much.

  20. says

    Have a great time! I am terrified of running in the dark also. I can’t wait to read about it. I did my long run today(17.5 miles) instead of Sunday, so I could go out and party in the city with some friends. I soooo need it!

  21. says

    Good luck! You will do awesome. Think happy thoughts in the dark :) I’m terrified of the dark too. Especially when I’m in a strange place. I hope you all have a blast. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

  22. lisa says

    I’m looking forward to seeing how your relay goes. I am doing my first relay this October. It’s called the Bourbon Chase. It is in Kentucky, bourbon capital!! 213 (I think) Miles from one distillery to another. Kinda nervous, don’t want to disappoint my team. That running at night might get me. Not afraid of the dark, just only run in the morning. Good luck and have fun!!!!

  23. tara says

    Aaah I saw rhat suck it up buttercup tank and definitely want it. I always say that to my husband and sent him the link fr the shirt. I want that for my fist half in 3 weeks.

    Have a great time running.

  24. Alyson says

    I love that run harder shirt!! What size did you get and does it fit well?

    Good luck and have fun in the relay.. Ragner is something I definitely want to try someday!

  25. says

    I’m running in a ten miler tomorrow that runs along the beautiful Potomac River. I can’t wait to read your (and SR’s) recap on Ragnar. I have a friend that’s been trying to get me and my husband to run on his team.

  26. Amy says

    Awesome job on another relay! Aside from the hard part of running multiple legs, looks like a great time with great friends!

    Those shirts from Gymdoll are too cute. Any way they will be providing a discount code for Run, Eat, Repeat readers?

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