I’m sure most of you have heard a ton about these relay races so I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty details. Important facts to know:
- We ran from Cumberland, MD down to Washington, DC (ish – actually finished at the National Harbor in MD, but these are just details)
- Started on the morning of Friday, Sept 21, finished afternoon of Saturday, Sept 22 (and then my friend and I went out that night – but that’s another story 🙂 )
- A team of 12 – separated into 2 vans
- Each person ran 3 times, in distances from 2-10 miles
- We were Team Ray’s Hell (11 ladies, 1 Ray)
- I was runner 8, and ran a total of 20.6 miles (you can see the elevation charts here)
- It was AWESOME
I think the best part of this race was that I met 2 of the runners over twitter! They needed two more people for their team, so my friend and I joined in! And we had a blast! It was great to meet and spend some quality time with those ladies (and Ray!)
Here are some pictures from our 30+ hours together 🙂
Everyone kept asking where Ray was! He was in Van 1!
The Van 2 ladies of team Ray’s Hell!
During my first leg, around 6:30pm! Time to put the headlamp on!
Just powering up those monstrous hills! I look totally, in control, right? 🙂
Post- Leg1 and I’m clearly feeling much better! It’s sorta blurry, but I busted out the massage stick. It was INCREDIBLY useful after some of those hills!
Sometimes you get lost on your legs, and then you make sure to write down all the directions the next time. I was completely guilty of this. I made sure that for my 2nd leg, I had every left and right turn written down. (Important to note: you will get sweaty, and your directions might smudge…)
And then sometimes you just want some freakin’ sleep!
But if you’re not sleeping, why not do some core work on the side of the road! V-ups, anyone?
We made it to exchange 18! It may have been like 3:00am, but we were still excited to be there! It was a creamery and they had a ton of breakfast food. Since I was less than 2 hours from my next leg, I opted to skip on the breakfast sandwiches, but HUGE KUDOS to those of us that enjoyed some bacon and rocked a run less than an hour later!
More running through lovely MD (and I don’t say that just bc I’m from MD 🙂 )
Some of these legs were just pure, beautiful running trails. #loverunning #thatsnotmebutitlooksawesomeanyway
Holy crap we finished! AND we weren’t too sore to do a jumping photo!
And now, the rewards. Beer and pizza
And the best part?
The medal doubles as a bottle opener 🙂
This was my second time doing Ragnar Relay DC and it was such an enjoyable experience. The camaraderie among runners/teams is amazing! Teams are always cheering for other teams and runners! The Ragnar staff and volunteers are well prepared and always cheerful! We ran into ZERO problems, and everything was super smooth! HUGE thanks to all those that helped out along the way!
Have you ever done a relay race like this?
This was my 3rd one (did Hood to Coast once, and Ragnar twice), and it was still as fun (and just as challenging!) as the first! I can’t wait to do it again next year (or maybe in January? Ragnar FL Keys, anyone?)