I am still on a high and still recovering from last weekend’s Ragnar Relay Niagara Falls. This post picks up in the middle of the night on Friday after our second round of runs for van 2. In case you missed the first half of the recap you can find it here.
Part 2 Ragnar Relay Niagara Falls
Picking up where we left off-Van 2 had their second runs from about 12 am to 4 am on Friday night. One of the things we did differently this time was to get 2 hotel rooms near exchange 18. Our runners in van 1 used the 2 rooms from the midnight to 4 am time period. When we met up with them at the exchange, we took the keys and returned to the rooms from about 4:30 am to 7:30 am. Having the chance to shower quickly and grab about 2 1/2 hours of sleep made all the difference. We felt refreshed and ready to take on those 3rd legs.
Our third legs started around 10 am on Saturday morning. The sun was shining and it got pretty hot on my 3rd run. As we got away from Toronto again and closer to Niagara Falls, the temps warmed quite a bit. I was runner 10 so my 5.6 miles were at about 1 pm near Niagara on the Lake. A cute little town on the outskirts of Niagara Falls. Nothing too exciting happened on this run but I admit, I was pretty tired and just wanted to get it done. Had to walk a few times and stopped once to refill my water bottle.
We had just enough time to grab some lunch while our runner 12 (new friend Michelle-we love her) finished her almost 10 mile run to the finish. We arrived at the finish line to meet up with our 6 friends from van 1. We came in about an hour ahead of anticipated finish time and had just enough energy to grab our fun finish line photos and medals.
Believe it or not-the 36 hours fly by very quickly. Our epic Ragnar Niagara Falls was over in a flash. Here are a few of my final thoughts:
This was by far my most favorite of the 4 Ragnar relays I have run. The race was so “well run” from the check in, to the driving directions to the race updates. The course was very well marked and I am not aware of anyone getting lost. We had a fabulous team of 12 runners. Being in a van with 6 people for 36 hours really bonds you in a way that nothing else does.
I do all of my runs with my running group and all of the sudden, I found myself alone and it was very different. I am so used to talking to people while I run and I had no one to talk to. I did start singing out loud though and that helped keep my breathing in the same pattern. Funny things you notice!
I will be recapping my adventures in Toronto and Niagara Falls itself in another post next week. There is lots to do there and that part of our trip really added to our experience.
I am clearly still riding high from my Ragnar experience and I cannot wait to do another one. Which one should I do next? Who wants to join me?
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