A couple of weeks ago we told you about a group of 12 runners from our Toronto family who were brave (crazy?!?) enough to take on the Ragnar Relay – a 311km relay race from Cobourg to Niagara Falls, Ontario. We knew they would be badass (they are lululemoners after all), but we were amazed at just how fast and fun this group was. Of 120 teams competing, Team Wheezy placed 3rd overall and won both the mixed and corporate divisions! They completed this awesome feat in just over 22 hours and averaged a pace of 4:15 per km. But more importantly, they all learned some amazing running and life lessons along the way.
1. When you gotta go, you gotta go
Hey, we all know that sometimes running does funny things to your body, and running really fast sometimes speeds up that process even more. And while we don’t condone public indecency, we learned first hand that sometimes when you gotta go, you just gotta go.
2. Running IS a team sport
Racing is usually a solo adventure, and although we love training with friends, race-day is usually about relying on yourself to push as hard as you can. The best part about the Ragnar Relay was how it turned running into a team sport. So at 3am when we felt like we had given our all, somehow we managed to find a little bit extra steam on that 10km leg to go a bit faster, because we knew our team was waiting at the finish line and each and every one of them was giving it their all, in every step. There might not be a better feeling in the world than pushing yourself beyond your limits to make your team proud.
3. Tim Hortons doesn’t start serving food until 5am
We thought this was an important less to share, in case you find yourself in need one day. When those of us in Van #2 finished our second leg at about 4am on Saturday morning, there was nothing we wanted more than a Tim Hortons bagel and breakfast sandwich. Cue MAJOR disappointment when we finally found a T-Hos only to be told their food wasn’t ready yet. See #6 for our savior.
4. Sleep is overrated
What is it people always say about getting a good night’s sleep before a race? Well, forget a “good” sleep, there was no sleep happening here – it was drop off runner, drive to next leg start, pick up runner, repeat. All night long. It’s amazing how adrenaline can pick up where exhaustion leaves off.
5. Southern Ontario sunrises are spectacular
6. Nutrition is key
We left Cobourg with vans stocked full of food from our amazing Queen Street Educator and Holistic Nutritionist Kailani King, and boy were we glad we did! She kept us eating healthy and fueled us for the 30km we all put in. Plus her Sweet Potat-o-gasms really lived up to their name…
7. We are Runners
Here at lululemon we love us some yoga, goal-setting, cheering and yes, running. And even though we know that our family – educators, guests and ambassadors – is built on extraordinary people, this relay was a great reminder of how truly exceptional they are. Our lululemon family is full of amazing, elite, hard-core runners, who also happen to fun, fabulous people. It was a truly humbling, inspiring experience to watch these 12 men and women achieve greatness.
Congratulations Jonas, Chris, Sarah, Vince, Gillian, Grace, Sasha, Nate, Jesper, Ricardo, Emma and Sue on an amazing accomplishment. Go Team Wheezy!