I thought I would do a little, or huge, recap of my first and possibly last RAGNAR! Our team name was Fire in the Hole, we tried to change it to Coast Vida Running Crew but apparently it didn’t happen. We were originally scheduled to start at 11 a.m. but a few of our teammates needed to be home earlier on Saturday so they requested an earlier start time. We got an earlier start time alright, 5 a.m. on Friday morning. They assign you a start time according to your average team pace, this meant that we were starting with the slowest teams. This became a problem for us but we’ll get to that later.
We met up with our teammates, Van 1, at around 11 a.m. Jake was our first runner and he did awesome. He was SPEEDY! He passed off to Steve, who later passed off to me. My first run was an easy one. It was 3.25 miles and flat. It was pretty hot but I actually think that we really lucked out with the weather. It was only around 70 degrees and for the middle of June that’s not too shabby. I felt great after my first run. We had a great time cheering our runners on, seeing all of the strange people with their funny team names and decorated vans. After our 6 runners finished their first leg we headed off to a church where we laid down under some lovely trees. We didn’t get any sleep but it was nice to get out of the van. We chatted and laughed.
A while later the crew from Van 1 showed up. I guess they got in trouble for being too fast…what? I couldn’t believe that they almost gave our team a strike for being too fast, if you get 3 strikes your team is kicked out of the race. We got a warning to slow down. They set the course up on a set schedule so if we went too fast we would reach the next exchange before they were ready for us. As we were running along we realized that we were really the only ones out there. The fast runners hadn’t caught up to us yet so we were pretty much alone. On my first run that didn’t really bother me too much, sure it was lonely but I didn’t really care. As I got thinking about my second run, which according to our projected times would take place at 9 p.m., I realized that I was going to be running in the middle of nowhere, in the dark, all by myself. Holly and I decided that we would run our legs together. Everyone thought we were crazysauce. We knew we were crazy but to us we would rather be together for almost 18 miles than to run by ourselves in the lone dark night.
After Jorge and Meagan finished their runs we headed to some school in Heber for a hot shower and a gymnasium to “sleep” in. I maybe got 1 hour of sleep, it was so noisy. When we got up to start running AGAIN, my stomach was KILLING me. It was extremely painful, I think more painful than child birth and if you think I’m kidding…I’m NOT! I had no desire to run my last leg. Jake finished his run and I was so jealous, he was done and I still had my hardest run left. I was seriously considering faking an injury, I wanted out of my last leg so bad.
As Steve passed the wrist thingy off to me I was just holding back the tears, but I could do it after all it was only 3.2 miles. My goal was to run the first mile and go from there. After .80 miles I was dying so I started to walk. My van caught up to me and saw that I was walking, I felt like a HUGE LOSER! I was a runner after all, not a walker. I was beating myself up pretty bad. I started crying and please know that this was a blasted MOUNTAIN not a “hill” like they advertise. I caught up to my van and Jake hopped out to walk with me. Then I really started to cry. I told him he didn’t have to do it with me and he said “it’s no big deal, we are just walking.” I wasn’t planning on walking the whole thing, I was hoping for a level spot or even a slight downhill. I told him to get back in the van, so after about a mile he got back in the van. I did a little run, walk, run, walk routine for the rest of the leg. I was miserable and felt so stupid, I felt like I had let my team down by walking. What kind of weaksauce walks in a running race anyways? I passed off to Holly and got in the van and started crying again.
Holly did awesome, she is an ANIMAL. They call the “hill” we ran RAGNAR and near the end of her run there was a sign that read “Ragnar runners are heroes!” That was so true, as hard as my run was Holly’s was .8 miles longer and the elevation change was greater. I felt so sorry for her and started crying again as I hugged her when she finished. I could feel her pain and emotionally I was a mess. But we were DONE!!! Hallelujah!! After Jorge’s last run we sent Meagan off and we all climbed onto a bus to take us to the finish line. We waited for Meagan and we all ran across the finish line together, it was awesome. I was so glad to be done.
We got our ginormous medals, took some pictures and finally decided to eat something. We were starving. Holly and I saw a Red Robin booth and decided to get us a big ol’ cheeseburger and fries. We sucked those babies down and soon after we both felt like we were going to lose them. Jorge said our bodies were so worn down and exhausted that we couldn’t digest them very well. We got back on the bus to take us to our van and Holly and I both fell asleep. We were exhausted. As soon as I got in the van I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until we were in Lehi dropping Meagan and Steve off at their car. I tried to stay awake but feel asleep again until we got home.
After all is said and done I really don’t know if I care to do this again. It was fun being with awesome friends and the running was good…at least my first run ;) It’s funny, I had to beg Jake to do this with me and in the end he wants to do it again and I am not so sure. One of the girls on our team said, “you can’t decide right now, it’s like having a baby…it takes a little time to forget.” If I have to forget the misery do I really want to do it again???? Funnily enough, it is only Sunday afternoon and I am already thinking maybe it wasn’t all that bad after all. What am I saying? It was HORRIBLE, but was it really the race or was it my tummy issues? I want to think it was my tummy but how do I prevent that from happening again? I guess in time we will see if I end up doing it again. Our team finished 192 mile run from Logan to Park City in 29 hours and 45 minutes. It was a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG 30 hours and I am glad it’s over!
It has been settled and we are in fact running Ragnar 2012! It’s amazing what 30 hours will do…that’s how long after we finished that I decided to do it again J
Have you ever done a relay and if so how did you like it?
Do you have any tips on nutrition for a 30 hour event such as this?
I need all the help I can get!