After having some time to reflect, regroup and recover. I hate to get sentimental, however I must say, I still feel like crap and Ian, I still hate you for coming up with the whole idea of doing this.

No really. This is the dumbest thing you ever talked me into.

Ok seriously, it’s crazy that we are all sore, tired and miserable after one of these, and yet we still all agree that we would sign up to do it again in a heartbeat. I can honestly say that, the ONLY reason that is the case, is because we have such AWESOME teammates and captains/leaders. Basically what I’m saying is, if you guys were all A-holes like Craig, I wouldn’t do this to myself.

Van 1: Im going to throw you all into one lump here basically because all I know about you all is that you guys killed it. Too fast for me to even watch the majority of the Phillies game Friday night. Running though the lovely city of Reading at night, the serial killer Josh, and basically a Van full of Ragnar rookies who killed it. Kristen, you’re like my Ragnar Mom. Your awesome, It just wouldn’t be a Ragnar without you.

Linsky: Totally agree with Ian, you’re like hanging with the coolest kid in school. Somehow I feel way cooler having you on our team. Except people probably think that because you are soo fast that the rest of us will be the same. And let me tell you we really change those thoughts in a hurry. Your willingness to pick up extra miles the past 3 ragnar’s is unreal. You’re a machine man.

Cynyth: I couldn’t be more proud of you. I had no idea about how you decided to do this on a whim after hearing everyone talk about it. Your first race to finish being a Ragnar? That’s incredible. Your super cool, a great teammate, and an awesome cook. Good luck with your future runs.

Craig: What can I say, you bring out the worst in me. You’ve made the past two races in the van so much fun. We must get together and hang out and have a beer, without having to worry about the effects its going to have on our next run in a few hours. I would also like to thank you for all your hard work with the super accurate spread sheets allowing us to know EXACTLY how we performed. Glad you didn’t die on me.

Karis: Our anchor. Its pretty safe to say that you need to relax with the worrying about EVERYTHING. The whole time I had to hear about how cranky you would be with no sleep, how you weren’t going to run alone, how you weren’t good at hills, heck you darn near mased (spelling) your vagina and my face because you were scared of a cridder jumping out of the woods at you. I think its pretty safe to say that you put all these to rest and you have NOTHING to worry about. Your now a ragnar vet. Remember what I told you hammered drunk at Doug and Heidi’s? Well I meant it. Your awesome and im proud of you!

Ian: The team captain, one of our best runners, organizer extraordinaire and one of my best buds. You did it again, you managed to find 12 people that over achieve again. Seems like no matter who you fill these spots with, they do a great job. Baring any injury, or what grumpy zook says. Im all in. Ragnar, getting hammered early, warrior dash or tough mudder. Your in, im in.

Last but not least. I don’t know how many of you recall, but Karis somewhere along the whole trip told me she wanted to race me, and that she was faster. She also brought up the fact that she beat me by 1 second in the AC half marathon. I just wanted to lay all of this nonsense talk to rest. Thanks to Craigs 100 percent accurate spreadsheet, it is factual information that Karis you ARE NOT faster than me. I in fact averaged 1 second per mile faster than you. Numbers do not lie and If I were to run the AC half marathon next weekend, I would probably finish 12 seconds faster than you! Ahhh, I don’t think ill ever race you again.

As of next year. I have a brilliant idea. Since we have an over whelming amount of new Ragnar runners, as well as a few that were on the shelf for various reasons. What if we elected two Captains or coaches, hold a behind closed doors draft, the two captains come out with two teams picked and we create the Ragnar Challenge.

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