|Best Running Friends sporting the Ragnar Logo.|
I just realized that this is my third post about my Ragnar experience, but did not really explain Ragnar for those of you that don't know. Amanda had seen/heard that Ragnar Relay is a party in a van with a side of running. Perfect description. This was taken from their website:
Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.
|Couldn't get enough of the beautiful views.|
Side note: if you ever do a relay like this, use a driver! It was AWESOME to have a dedicated driver so we could relax between runs. And Kurt? So helpful and supportive. He made sure we had what we needed before, during, and after our runs. I'd use him for a driver anytime! We were super lucky as a team to be able to find a dedicated driver for each van, and it just so happened that they are married. Thanks Kurt and Mary for hauling us crazies all over BFE Tennessee all weekend. Plus there and back.
|Exchange 6, the hand-off between vans 1 & 2|
|Jamie sporting the flags. They were mandatory to cross the road|
and we had a lot of fun with them.
Now, during these past 36 hours that we have all been together, we have (obviously) gotten to know each other a lot more. We've shared stories, jokes and had a lot of inside jokes. I'd love to share it all, but honestly, if you weren't there, you probably wouldn't understand and/or appreciate half of it. Thanks to technology, much of it was already shared via "The Twitter" and Facebook. And let's face it, some things are just MUCH funnier at 2am.
Our van found a mexican restaurant for chips and salsa plus everyone else had dinner. I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my sensitive stomach thinking that Mexican, no sleep and a longer run would not mix well. After we made our way to Exchange 12, we tried to sleep. Honest, we did. But, it was relatively early in the evening (around 7:00pm or so if my memory is right) and we were honestly still hyped up from the experience. Greg was the smart one (yeah, yeah, I admitted it)....he left the van and headed into the gym for some sleep. We decided to try stretching out in the van to sleep. I MAY have slept for about five minutes....
We were getting punchy...Melissa climbed into the back to sleep on the cooler...the guys parked next to us were sleeping on their roof...feet were going where they should not go...madness, I tell you, madness!
|Melissa sleeping on a cooler. "I swear it's comfy"|
It was finally time for the van exchange again. We met up with the van 2 runners, and Melissa headed out for her night time leg. Wow, it got COLD! I was starting to get nervous about my next leg, but happy to get out and cheer for Melissa coming into the exchange. My legs were still feeling sore after my sprint down the mountain and knew that the "rolling hills" would be more rolling than the rolling hills that I usually run in flat Ohio.
The waiting was done....time to run!