Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ragnar SoCal Relay

I participated in my first Ragnar Relay. It was a 203 mile relay down southern California. I got up at 3:30am on Friday morning to park my car at the finish line and then a group of us drove up to the start, arriving at 6:30am. We had two vans total that would each run three legs totaling about 15-20 miles each. I ran 15.5 miles. We had to drive to each of the exchanges for the next person to run. It took a total of 33 hours. Here is a summary of what I ran: First leg: almost 5 miles in blazing heat at 11:30am. It felt like running in the Arizona summertime. Second leg: 6.6 miles at 12:30am in freezing cold temperatures. I ran through a golf course in pitch black. It was a new moon so we had no light, but a headlamp. Runners had to wear reflective vests, headlamps and flashing lights. I was the only runner around and ran through a golf course with the sprinklers on and then ended up climbing up a mountain at 1:00am. It took me 20 minutes to go one mile. I thought...this is just plain stupid. I am climbing at 1am and freezing and super tired. Third leg: Up Torrey Pines hill for 4.2 miles. It was 1.8 miles of a straight climb up and I got lost, so I ran a little extra than I should. We all ended up in Coronado at the beach. It was 12 people total and I got maybe 4 hours of sleep in two days. And after all the salt, I am sick to my stomach.