We all piled into the van at 6 a.m. and took off for Woodstock, NY. I didn't know anyone in the van so it was like being the new kid at school. It didn't take long to find some common ground (other than running, that is): football! We all know how I love football. When we got to the start we checked in, I had to do a little paperwork to be on the team and then it was time. I was running leg #4, 16, and 28 so I had some time before running.
The starting line
Finally it was my turn to run. I handed my camera off to a teammate and got ready. I had seen the map of where I was running, but I didn't even have a clue as to where we were so I did what I could. I also don't train on hills and boy were there hills. Run #1: 2.7 miles, total elevation gain: 266 feet, total elevation loss: 291 feet, net change: -25 feet. The elevation gain started at .5 mi and ended about a mile later. I started at 10:17 a.m. under cloudy skies and who knows what temp.
proof that I stretch
Oh my...there's a video camera rolling!
I'm off. Garmin on one wrist. Orange Ragnar Relay official wrist baton on the other wrist.
- Mile 1: 11:20 min mile
- Mile 2: 9:53 min mile
- Mile 3: 9:04 min mile (really .71 mi in 6:23.83)
I finished and was happy to be done!
Every six miles there was a major exchange. Van 1 and van 2 met up and I finally saw Amanda. It was a bummer we were in different vans, but we made due by txting back and forth.
Suzy and Amanda
I ate some great perogies at a little church where they didn't speak English to each other, but were treating the runners great. Homemade perogies are delicious! Once we all ate we went to the next major exchange and rested in the grass for a while. I don't think I actually slept, but I did rest as much as possible because leg two was coming up quickly.
My second run was 5.8 miles and started just after the sun set. We had to wear extra reflective gear (vest, head lamp and butt blinker). I was in town for this run and part of it was on a nice bike trail. There was a baseball game going on (the kids looked to be in late elementary school) and I really wanted to stop and watch because it was warm and muggy. This leg was primarily flat, except the pesky hill at mile 4.75 and the hill to the chute (which was unexpected).
- Mile 1: 9:43 min mile starting at 7:52 p.m.
- Mile 2: 9:31 min mile
- Mile 3: 10:30 min mile
- Mile 4: 10:00 min mile
- Mile 5: 10:47 min mile
- Mile 6: 11:47 min mile (really .89 mi in 10:39 min)
So happy to be done with two runsThings got interesting when everyone in van 1 finished with our second runs. A high priority was to find some food. We stopped at the Metro 84 Diner and it was the slowest diner I've ever been to. I may have been tired and hungry, but waiting ~45 minutes for diner food was a bit long. We went to the next major exchange (with a few driving direction mishaps along the way). I managed to get a little sleep in the car before my run, but sleeping in a moving minivan doesn't equate to the best couple hours of sleep I've ever had.
My last run was a nice easy 3.1 miles with only a few hills. It was still before 7 a.m. so I had to wear all the night gear, but I was lucky because I was running while the sun was rising! It was cool with a nice breeze to boot. My run started at 5:25 a.m.
- Mile 1: 9:43 min mi
- Mile 2: 9:46 min mi
- Mile 3: 9:52 min mi
- 0.1 mi: 1:23 min
Since the sun was coming up so I ran with my camera. I decided to take a few pictures along the way and it wasn't until the last mile that it was light enough for me to take pictures.
the best sign on the course!
a nice running route
all decked out ready for the finish line
The team planned great and rented a hotel room at the next major exchange! I took a hot shower and put on clean clothes; it was amazing. I napped for a little while, ate a huge Belgian waffle and then we headed to the finish line. I don't know how long we were there, but when our final racer was coming up to the finish line we got to join him and we all ran across the finish line together!
a table of medals
5.7 ounces of fun running
Amanda and I showing off the new bling
I can't wait to see the video that is being compiled. I can only imagine it will be a keeper! When I get any info on how the team did as a whole I'll post about it. My takeaway from this experience: if I ever have the opportunity to do another Ragnar Relay I won't even think twice about it - I'm in!!