1. I learned.. If you leave the keys to the rental van on the seat and close the door, it locks automatically with the keys inside. Why?? My Ragnar adventure began with roadside assistance literally 10 minutes after leaving Budget.
2. I loved..decorating our vans together. We had so much fun adding our names and pictures and stuffing all of our gear in.
3. I learned…One of the only hotels in Cumberland, MD has it’s own nifty alarm clock. A freight train goes right by the window every 45 minutes…all night long. Choo! Choo! Yup sleeping the night before a 2 day race is so over rated.
4. I loved…Arriving at the start line and feeling the excitement in the air and knowing I was about to start our team off on their adventure.
5. I learned…Being runner 1 has it’s bonuses. I was the only one who got to run on a “rugged trail” around the beautiful lake dodging roots, rocks and branches. I was so worried that I was going to trip that I forgot to take pictures of the gorgeous view. Felt pretty bad ass after that leg.
6. I loved…how seamless the exchanges were and how well marked the routes were. The trail run was slightly longer than advertised. Getting lost was one of my worries pre-race but I quickly learned there was nothing to worry about.
7. I learned…There are no “easy” legs in a Ragnar race.
8. I loved..How our team bonded together to support, encourage and help each other. I feel like I will be friends with these women forever. It’s hard to articulate the bonds that form while being stuck in a van for 2 days.
9. I learned…Ragnar is a great opportunity for runners of all different paces and abilities to run together as a team. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you run. We all ran together as a team and we all played a part in the success of our team.
10. I loved…Running at night for the first time ever with every piece of safety equipment you can think of. I had lots of fun with those knuckle lights. I also made up a really stupid song to the tune of “Safety Dance”. Being so tired makes you very silly indeed.
11. I learned…if you’ve not had a middle of the night full fat milkshake since college, it’s probably not a good idea to chug one down because you are starving. I will spare you the pics of the 3:00 am porta potty visit. Let’s just say that didn’t go well. I would bring more regular food-one cannot survive on protein bars and gels.
12. I loved…Cheering on my friends and watching them run into the exchanges with huge grins on their faces high fiving everyone in their path.
13. I learned…Your really don’t need more than 40 minutes of sleep to complete a 2 day relay. 40 min of sleep, coffee & twizzlers will do wonders.
14. I loved…How incredibly supportive the other teams were. Every time another van drove by they honked, rang their cow bell and cheered for runners. I felt like I was part of something much bigger than my own team. I never felt alone or scared out there.
15. I learned…Wearing compression socks before, during and after each run really helped keep my legs fresh.
16. I loved…”Running” into the Ragnar mascot with his fun tattoos.
17. I learned…Having a quick shower at the High School exchange can do wonders to wake you up. Along with a good waterproof mascara & lipgloss and I felt like my old self again.
18. I loved…My impromptu yoga class with this guy. I jumped out of my van, rolled out my mat and joined him. He thought I was an absolute lunatic but that and a little foam rolling was key to my being able to keep moving.
19. I learned…My body is capable of much more than I give myself credit for.
20. I loved….My body is capable of much more than I give myself credit for.
Ragnar-One of the most unforgettable experiences and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Learned or loved anything interesting during a race or run? Inquiring minds want to know…