Ragnar weekend!

So this Ragnar thing is this weekend. In fact, our team’s van 1 starts at 9:00 AM this morning. Barry and I are in Van 2 (along with my dad, who is driving, Deb and her husband, and two others). Deb is actually runner 8 and I’m runner 9 so she will be handing off the slap bracelet to me throughout the weekend. Fitting, since she tricked roped me in to joining her Ragnar team earlier this spring!

We will be running approximately 200 miles as a 12 person team from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC. As I mentioned, our team is starting at 9:00 AM this morning (Friday) and we are projected to finish around 5:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. My van (van 2) takes over around 2:00 PM this afternoon.

Every runner will be running 3 legs. As runner 9, I have legs 9, 21, and 33. My legs should be around 4:30 PM this afternoon, 3:00 AM tonight (!!!), and 1:45 PM tomorrow afternoon. My total mileage will be somewhere around 14 miles total. I ended up with one of the more mild set of legs, which is good since I am in the midst of marathon training. I’ve got that cumulative fatigue and all that going on. Barry is runner 11, and he has a tougher set of legs. But he’s a tough guy, so I know he’s going to rock it!

My biggest fears for this weekend are getting lost, getting kidnapped during my 6.7 mile night leg through rural Maryland, or worse getting sprayed by a skunk. Clearly I’ve got my priorities in order ๐Ÿ™‚ But everyone talks about how much fun Ragnar relays are, so I’m expecting the weekend to be pretty epic. Let’s just hope I’m not found somewhere curled in the fetal position on the ground overnight Friday night, because a strange shadow scared me.

Have you ever done an overnight relay?
Are you afraid of the dark?


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  1. Will there be people with you during the night run? I hope they have it at least a little lit! You’re wearing a headlamp right? You are tough as nails so I know you will rock all three runs, even with your cumulative fatigue!
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    1. The night runs were the only time you were allowed to have someone run with you. Barry offered, but I chose to go it alone since he had his own leg to run. I had a headlamp and one of Deb’s knuckle lights. Luckily, there were also vans driving my route, so it was somewhat lit. But it was the middle of farming country and aside from your little bubble of light it was very dark out there (just like it is at home)!

      1. Scary! I think farming country is the worst because those huge empty FIELDS with few houses scattered between…you are tough! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. I can’t wait to read the recap!! I’m sure you’ll have a great time and will be okay at 3AM !! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. I’ve got the first recap up this morning! I did survive my 3AM run, but it’s not really something I would go out and do on a regular basis, or by choice ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi from Debbie’s blog! Good luck with Ragnar!
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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for the luck. It was an amazing weekend!

  4. Now aren’t you glad that I tricked, I mean roped, you into running with us? Bill and I had so much fun, and loved having you, Barry, and Roger along. I’m also glad the “children of the corn” left you alone during your night run?
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    1. Yes, I am! We had a great time, too. I’m finding it very hard to put it all into words!

  5. I can’t wait to read all about it! So happy you guys got to do it, and that is great your dad drove the van. Each van relay I have done, we have all switched on and off driving duties and it is hard!

    1. I can’t imagine doing everything we did this past weekend during Ragnar, in addition to having to figure out who would drive the van between each exchange. He was a life saver. Plus I like having my dad along ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’ve never done an overnight relay (or any relay since swimming & track in high school). I don’t function well without sleep & tend to avoid anything that threatens a solid night of sleep!! I’ve made peace with the dark. Mostly.

    1. I’m not a big fan of lost sleep either, but this was worth the experience. I have not made peace with the dark, even after Ragnar ๐Ÿ™‚

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