I first heard about Ragnar, how else, but reading about it in the blog world. I was definitely inspired to run by the recaps I read.
I tried to form a team from the runners I knew and could only come up with 6. Then Kris from CrossFit asked one of my team members (Diana) if she could come up with 6 people to run on Kris' team. Um yes, yes she could. And so the hashtags were born.
I've just run the one Ragnar that I did this last September, but it will NOT be my last. I would love to run all of them at some point, but that will mean they have to stick around for a LONG, LONG time. Also, I'm not sure if you ever "wear out."
I got to choose my leg of the Ragnar and I was so intimidated by the whole experience, I chose one of the easier legs. I'm not sad I did, but part of me wished I had chosen a more challenging leg. I mean, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Right?
Running a Ragnar makes you have a whole new appreciation for things. Like showers, and pillows and even real food. Trail mix and sweetish fish only get you so far.
I wore the same sports bra for all 3 legs of my race and never changed out of it. That wasn't the plan, but I never had the energy to try to take it off and put on a new one. I apologize to my van mates, but they might have been more offended seeing my
Our van was so huge. I drive an extended edition Expedition which is pretty darn big, but it was like a whole other ball game driving that van. I just backed up and prayed when I had to go in reverse. Ha!
You can manage to get some sleep during a Ragnar but I'd say the average sleep in the 36 hours was 1 to 2 hours. Some people slept 15 minutes while others slept maybe 4 hours.
I run every week and try to run long on the weekends. I didn't do anything special to train specifically for the Ragnar. I just did my normal thing. It wasn't the running that was hard for this race (of course remember I chose the easy leg) it was the sleep deprivation that was hard. Perhaps thats where I should have done my training.
I run about 15 to 20 miles a week typically. It's not that much, but it's about what keeps me happy. Two short runs during the week and one long run on the weekend. It works.
During Ragnar, I suspect there is some suspicious activity going on in some of the vans. We saw a van with marijuana leaves all over it and their team name was "The Moving Joints." At first I was like, "no it can't be" but apparently they're some pot smoking runners. Who knew?
I wasn't particularly impressed by the team names and van decorations this year. I had heard all kinds of hype, but most vans we encountered weren't particularly special. I imagine a lot of vans are kind of inside jokes. I mean who really understood The Hashtags besides us.
In the last leg of the race as we waited for Erica to come in, I couldn't help but feel pretty freaking bad ass. I mean seriously 2 vans, 12 runners, 200 miles in 2 days (less than). One word: EPIC!