Ragnar #27. This was a special event run hosted by Ragnar for some charitable cause. My buddy Mike and I signed up for it. You know Mike. The guy I run Usery with every Saturday morning. Anyway, we thought we were supposed to run at midnight, but I read through the website and it just said to run under the moon and stars. So we decided to run at 10pm instead. However, it was still 98º out. Maybe we should've waited until midnight. Mike had mapped out a course that would be just under 8 miles. We were only supposed to do 6.7, but we were feeling ambitious in the extreme heat. I guess. We parked in a Walgreen's parking lot on Power and McKellips. The route was to run 1 mile north to McDowell, 3 miles east to Usery (Ellsworth), 0.8 miles back to McKellips (McDowell curves), then 3 miles back to the parking lot. We had our reflective vests, head lamps, and blinky red LED butt lamps. We got to the stop light together and Mike immediately took off. He wanted to break an hour. I did not. After a quarter of a mile I realized I couldn't see Mike anymore. How could he have gotten so far ahead of me so fast??? Then all of the sudden I see this light behind me and I realize it's Mike. He stopped to tinkle. He got ahead of me again, but the nice thing was that since the road is mostly straight, I could see his butt lamp for most of the time. The first half is al uphill. Strava says there was a 318 foot elevation gain, so not terrible, but at night in the heat, I took it nice and slow. I really felt like I had picked the pace up once I turned the corner and started the downhill, and I did, but I was surprised at how slow my pace was. Oh well. 7.8 miles seems like a lot to me lately, but I felt great.