Total miles I ran—-> 24
Average pace for the 4 legs——> 7:15
I knew I was going to have fun at the Vegas Ragnar but I really had no idea how much fun I would have.
First, let’s talk about the van. Most teams with 12 members have two vans for the team and all of their gear. We just had one huge one.
Pros of one van: I didn’t miss out on a thing. I got to know the WHOLE team really well and there were some pretty hilarious conversations that occurred and I would have been SO sad if I missed out on them if I was in a different van.
Cons of everyone in one van: No sleep. Usually when you have two vans your van can go somewhere to go get some sleep while the other van is getting their runs in. I think I had two cat naps sitting up Friday night. I don’t think I could have handled one van if it was another night because I need sleep.
After we woke up Friday morning we went to the store to pick up food. This huge cooler was probably 1/3rd of everything that we got. It takes a lot of food to fuel 12 runners and we demolished it all.
The start of Ragnar Vegas is at a ski resort. I had no idea there were ski resorts anywhere near Vegas but this place was really pretty and even though there was snow it still felt pretty warm. Our team started at 11 a.m. along with about 15 other teams.
These people are some of the greatest!
The first few legs were very downhill and because I am a total morning runner it was very hard for me to wait my turn to go out to run. I have runner jealousy issues.
Just hanging out with some teammates during one of the exchanges while I made a creepy face. PS that friend of mine in the glasses ran a 2:35 marathon a few years ago…
My first leg finally came at around 4:30 p.m. and I was more than ready to get out and start running.
I wanted to get in a good tempo run during one of my legs so I decided the first one would be great for that. This leg was classified as ‘hard’ because there were a few miles on a dirt and rocky trail but other than that it was a fast course and I really enjoyed it.
6.52 miles—–> 6:21 average pace.
Leg #2 happened at midnight. As you can tell I was exhausted due to the fact that I normally go to bed at 9 pm. I was really nervous about running in the middle of the night because I thought I would get lost but everything was VERY clearly marked and I wore a head lamp, vest and flashing blinker on my back… I felt extremely safe.
3.1 miles—> 7:11 average pace. The whole 3.1 miles was downhill. Right before I did this leg one of my teammates got hurt. I volunteered to pick up his last leg later on so I decided to not push myself too hard in the rest of my runs so that I could do his too. Does that make sense?
A very random picture but basically we were all delirious in the van that night because we were so tired but it was definitely a good time.
What do you do when you don’t have any diet coke (or caffeine) with you? Sour gummies and Honey Stingers. That’ll wake you up.
My 3rd leg started at 6:45 a.m. I felt by far the best during this leg because I am used to running in the early morning. Most of the course was on a paved trail with some rolling hills.
6.77 miles—–> 7:19 average pace.
And leg #4. Leg #4 was cruel to me. Very cruel. 7.6 miles of uphill. It was 1.5 hours after I finished my previous run and it was starting to get hot. I was dead by the end. I just kept reminding myself as I started climbing the 1 trillionth hill of that course that they were great for my training. Hills are what make us strong. Hills are also what make me want to die a little.
7.6 miles ——> 8:04 average pace.
Just relaxing after the three of us were done with our legs on a blanket reading People Magazine and hydrating. It felt incredible to be done.
The finish line was awesome. It was in such a gorgeous location. As our final teammate approached we all jumped in and joined her to run across the finish line together.
I have always had a thing for finish lines but they are even better when you are running across with your new bffs.
Overall I loved Ragnar. There were points throughout the race where I questioned what I was doing because I was exhausted and craving a hot shower but I think that is what makes it so cool when you cross the finish line. It isn’t like a normal race because you aren’t really well-rested, tapered, eating nutritiously and ready to run… you go out and run hard when it isn’t easy to and prove to yourself that you AND YOUR TEAM are strong and can handle a heck of a lot.
Please do a Ragnar at least 30 times in your life.
Thank you SO MUCH to PRO Compression for sponsoring me for this race. They really are the best!
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Have you ever gone running in the middle of the night? Like it? What time was it?
Readers that have done Ragnar (or team relay races)… come out of hiding and tell us your thoughts on these types of races!!!
Do you ever have running jealousy?!