Saturday, October 8, 2011

Founder by LM Long: When I'm Not Writing

Nine months ago my friend Laura called me up and asked if I wanted to do something slightly crazy.

“Well I'm always up for something crazy,” I told her.

“This isn't crazy,” she responded, “like crazy fun. This is crazy, like crazy hard.”

“Oh.” I said. “Please explain.”

“I want to run a Ragnar,” she excitedly told me, “and I need eleven other girls to do it with me.”

I had no idea what she was talking about, and I didn't really hear the rest of her explanation because the first thing she said was,

“You'll have to find someone to babysit since we'll be gone for two days.”

I shut my brain off after that. If whatever this Ragnar was, allowed me to leave my three children for a couple of days- I was all over it. Didn't matter what I had to do. Even if it turned out to be a 187 mile relay race, from San Francisco to Napa Valley. Yes. One hundred and eighty seven miles.

A few weeks ago I ran that race. The race called Ragnar. And I would say it was the closest thing to giving birth, apart from actually giving birth, I've ever experienced.

So what do I do when I'm not writing? Ragnar is a perfect example.

I'm getting myself into loads of trouble.

I'm seeking out new experiences, and challenging myself in bigger ways. I'm trying to grow three people into responsible and valuable citizens, but also trying to remember who I am, by escaping them every once in a while. I'm seizing every opportunity, shoving open doors, embracing every moment.

But most of all, I'm living.

Thanks so much LM Long!!


  1. Wow, you are living and that's amazing. What an accomplishment.

  2. This post rocked my world today. After reading this, I started forming a ragnar team for the 2012 Nashville race. I've done an adventure race, but this sounds so much fun. Getting all of my former XCountry college teammates together. Thanks for this post!!!!

  3. So I totally had to look up what a ragnar was, but wow. I totally admire people who have the stamina do to events like these. A friend of mine runs marathons around the world, and this past year went to Iceland, home of the volcano-no-one-can-pronounce.


  4. Thanks everyone! Iceland is such an amazing country- running a marathon there would be incredible! I have to admit though, vacations for me are more about relaxing and unwinding- not sure I would want to travel all that distance to then run 26 miles!!! Lol! Ragnar was sleep deprivation, hard work, lot's of training, and emotionally draining, but it was an incredible experience. Doing it with a bunch of women I loved was just the icing on the cake! If you read Founder you'll notice Marta is a runner- and I channeled my own love of it through her. :)



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