Monday, November 12, 2012

Vet's Week Training Schedule

Good morning funaholics!  Here's your training schedule for the week!


Monday  15 min
Tuesday  Rest or Cross train
Wednesday  15 min
Thursday  Rest or Cross train
Friday  15 min
Saturday 25 min
Sunday  Rest


Monday  5 miles
Tuesday  6 miles
Wednesday  5 miles
Thursday  5 miles
Friday  5 miles
Saturday  8 miles
Sunday  Rest

Keep up the great work!  Don't forget to log your workouts everyday.  Even if it's just
writing down that you worked out.  A few details are best but a short record of your activity is
great too!  Keep on running :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

New York Marathon

Hi Team!!

Many of you are probably not aware that one of OUR runners (Mike McLaughlin) was scheduled to run his 31 st marathon in New York City this past weekend!

Sorry about the race Mike...but we are amazed that you have already run 30 marathons!!
Mike, if you have a minute post a message about that crazy on/off experience!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ragnar Funaholics Continued

Are you enjoying your new road to fitness and fun with your family? 
Don’t postpone your fun.  Now is the time to prepare....

Week 2 Training Schedule:


Monday:  15 min. walk/run

Tuesday:  rest or crosstrain

Wednesday:  15 min walk/run

Thursday:  rest or crosstrain

Friday:  15 min walk/run

Saturday:  rest or crosstrain


Monday:  run 3 miles

Tuesday:  run 4 miles

Wedesday:  run 3 miles

Thursday:  run 4 miles

Friday:  run 3 miles

Saturday:  run 6 miles

Of course, we all rest on Sunday

I am posting a picture of some log books that you can buy to keep track of your runs. 
They can be found at some running centers, and most bookstores.

If you haven’t weighed yourself or taken starting pictures it isn’t too late.  Do it this week!

Also, remember it is helpful to record your daily runs.  See last week’s message for ideas of what to include in your log.

The following is a list of RUNNERS for our Ragnar teams.  Please email me asap if any of it isn’t correct.  We are forming the teams this week.  We can make some changes if needed but we are excited to get organized and get firm commitments from our runners.
If you aren’t listed and want to run please email us.  We are happy to add you to the list.
We will talk about VOLUNTEERS next week.  FYI, we registered seven teams.

The order is random and means nothing as far as teams go:

Kirk Bitton
Laurel Bitton
Randy Gunthrie
Jessica Bitton
Megan Bitton
Nicole Bitton
Kendall Bitton
Mary Lee King
Maddie King
Derek King
Dee Bankhead
P.J. Harrigan
Nathan Nalder
Mike Moss
Nathan Baker
Matt Baker
Alan Hinckley
Adam Nalder
Delaney Nalder
Chay Moss
Stephanie Nalder
Heather Baker
Dan Pesetto
Jenny Pesetto
Nile Griffiths
Jason Griffiths
Jonathan Griffiths
Jen Griffiths
Carolyn Maddox
Emily Daher
Caitlyn Evett
Brent Bankhead
Christian Bankhead
Spencer Bankhead
Samuel Bankhead
Laurice Bankhead
John Firth
Michelle Firth
Justin Firth
Ryan Firth
Jason Firth
Tyler Firth
Bri Firth
Matt Woll
Sarah Woll
Amber Woll
Michael McLaughlin
Lamond Vidinhar
David Odle
Britton Odle
Colton Odle
Jackson Odle
Marina Rodin
Rhonda Berdinner
Gay McLaughlin
David George
Bobby Moon
Linda Moon
Adam Moon
Nancy George
Madeline George
Nathan Hale
Stephen Hale
Holly Hale
Nancy Hale
Liz Bingham
Logan Stark (Does anyone have Logan’s information?)
Jessica Speirs
Kennedy Speirs
Bonnie Casperson
Travis Casperson
Cherilyn Bird
Brady Bird
Jeff Hardy
LuAnn Hardy
Finlinsons (3)
Bryon Talbot
Justin Anderson
Lance Stokes
Chris Scothern
Tyler Stokes
Dee Jay Bankhead
Melissa Rich
Ryan Rich

anyone else?

Please email us with questions at
Next week we will have teams posted!

Happy Running!

Week 2 Fun for Ragnarfunaholics

Having Fun Yet?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Let's Get Moving!! 

It's fall, the weather is perfect and it's time to get busy!  We are starting our training today!  So, grab your family and friends, throw on your shoes, and let's get started today.  No more procrastinating!  This will be fun!  

Each week on Sunday you will find a posting here with training details and information that is useful or needed for the race.  Remember, even if you aren't actually a runner in the race, we want you to get out and enjoy getting into shape with your family.  Here are a few ideas for you as we get started:

1.  Take your picture (not required but good to do)  You should wear something that best reveals what you look like now.  Some take the photo in their swimsuits or shorts, you decide.  Even if you don't want to lose weight, take your photo.  Take a photo of your children too.

2.  Weigh yourself.  Always use the same scale.  Most weigh in the exact same clothes and same time every time they weigh.  We will not obsess at all with weighing.  Some of you might want to gain weight, some will want to maybe lose weight and some will not care either way.  We will only weigh every four weeks.  You may want to weigh everyone in their swimsuits in the early morning on a Sunday before you eat.  Each weigh in is private and we will not be using that information.  It is only a means for measuring your progress.

2.  Take some measurements.  Some measure their waist, hips, shoulders, you name it.  It is a way for you to measure your progress.   You could possibly measure your child's height to see how well they "grow", or measure their muscles.  You may also want to put down your pant, shirt, or dress size.

3.  At some point you may want to get a physical from your doctor.  This applies to all members of the family.  Ask them to take your heart rate and blood pressure.  They could also test your lipids and glucose if you want.  These too, will likely improve with exercise.

4.  Locate a good pair of shoes.  Don't postpone exercising for the perfect shoes but get some well fit, newer rather than older, running shoes.  If possible, go to a running center and have them look at your shoes, check your gait and make recommendations for a good shoe for your foot (feet).  Good shoes really help to prevent injuries like shin splints and knee or back aches and pains.  

5.  Whenever possible try to set aside a specific time for exercising everyday.  In time, (shorter than you think), it will be a habit and one that you look forward to rather than dread.

6.  Get an inexpensive notebook and keep track of what you and your family do everyday.  It can be as easy as indicating:  date, activity, length or time,  weather, how you felt (was it easy or difficult), time you did the activity.  This is another way of measuring your progress.  A fun idea is to get a map of your city or state and after exercising, add up the total distance of all members of the family and mark that distance on your community map.  You will be surprised at how quickly the miles add up and it will be fun to see where you can go!  You can also add up minutes or hours if that is easier.  If you want to do miles but you are training according to minutes, use a pedometer or your car to measure the distance you are walking or running twice a month and you will have an idea of the miles you are traveling.  Even if you don't exercise, indicate why you didn't and make a plan for getting out again the next day. 

Each week we will post the suggested Ragnar training schedules for beginners and one for intermediate runners.  According to Ragnar officials, start out slow and easy.  Walk if you need but make sure you try to exercise the suggested time or distance.  If you can't exercise one day, don't worry, resume the next day and pick up on the schedule where you left off.  Sunday is always a rest day.  Some days will indicate that you rest or cross train.  Cross training is doing another exercise other that running or walking, like swimming, biking, yoga, aerobics, lifting weights, playing a sport like basketball, football or anything you can think of that increases your heart rate.  Cross training is fun and exercises other muscles while giving your main running muscles a rest.  On those days, you decide.  Maybe at first you will need to rest but try to push yourself and get into the habit of playing a game of soccer, basketball, four square, tennins, you name it, together.  

One more thing:  don't forget to become a member of this site.  It is an easy way to communicate!

Week 1 Training


Monday (today):  15 minutes of running/walking
Tuesday:  Rest or cross train
Wednesday:  15 minutes of running/walking
Thursday:  Rest or cross train
Friday:  15 minutes of running/walking
Saturday:  rest or cross train
Sunday:  we will always rest on Sunday


Monday:  run/walk 3 miles
Tuesday:  run/walk 4 miles
Wednesday:  run/walk 3 miles
Thursday:  run/walk 4 miles
Friday:  3 miles
Saturday:  run/walk 5 miles
Sunday:  we always rest on Sunday

Good Luck!!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Ragnar Response Information Needed

We need as much of the following information from you as possible when you respond to our invitation.  Please email all of this info to with a simple "ragnar" in the subject line.  I know it's a pain but please send info for each member of your family separately.  It will help us to sort out each participant and volunteer. 
We would love to hear from you on or before July 7 if possible.  
(If not, still respond when you can.)
Thanks!!  This is going to be great!!

Name:  (first and last)
Yes!  We are interested in having a blast!  No, we're not interested or available.  
Age: (runners must be at least 12, volunteers can be any age)
Phone number that our family can use to contact you:  (include area code and indicate if home or cell)
City, State, Country where you live:

I am definitely, probably, or maybe going to be a runner.  Please choose one.
(This will help us as we plan the teams.)

Yes or No:  I'm interested in being a team captain. 

I would love to be on a team with the following individuals:

Team Name suggestions:  They can be funny, crazy, a play on words...whatever! 

I'm interested in volunteering or helping in any of the following ways:  (please list only the ones you are interested in or list an idea you have that isn't listed)
cheer leading, vehicle decorations, donating food and/or snacks, donating coolers full of ice, water bottles, blankets, tents, lawn chairs, sleeping bags, pillows, managing transport vehicles, use of my home for runners to shower, rest and eat, financial donations, sponsoring a runner, donating my time in any way needed, assisting in managing the race day events, phone coordinator, GPS use, training or help, team photography, use of my bike (a runner may have the companionship of another runner or a biker at night only), use of your headlamps, blinking signal lights for runners to wear on their backs (bottoms), or reflective vests (all required equipment for each runner), pre and post race party location or supplies, help with children, help with acquiring and managing the vehicles or the hotel accommodations, uniform design for runners and volunteers, transport vehicle driver, team posters, publicity (possibly we could get a local paper or news station to do an article on our team), team gag awards, volunteer gag awards, donating first aid supplies or services, donating cow bells, whistles, horns, pom pom or any other cheerleading supplies, two way radios, literally anything you think might help! 

I have the following questions, concerns or suggestions:  (Please list)

We can't wait to hear from you!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

This is the motivational and training site for the 2013 Wasatch Back Ragnar Firth Family training teams!

Welcome!  This is going to be a year to remember.  Together, we'll plan, train, complain, suffer, smile, cheer and make life long memories.  You're in the right place!  Stay tuned for training and motivational updates.  Enjoy your sedentary lifestyle for a few short days because things are about to change!