The course runs directly outside my office window.....
So when Sarah OUaL asked if I was interested in running with #TeamNuun, it took me approximately .47 seconds to tell her ABSOLUTELY I WILL.
(I'm ignoring the parts in the 3 weeks following me joining the team, where I almost dropped out when I realized I was BY FAR the slowest runner, when I wasn't having fun training, and when I thought my right quad might just amputate itself if I didn't cut some shit out).
I lived in denial for a few weeks, and procrastinated so much, that I was packing at 9:30 am on Friday morning, while van 1 was getting their safety briefing and at the start line.
This year, I was runner 9, and in van 2 (last year, I was runner 3, in van 1), so it was like a whole new race for me.
Megan, our fearless Nuun leader and van 2 driver, got us to exchange 6 in record time, and we breezed through the paperwork, waivers, safety briefing (one for each van!), packet pick up. While our first runner got ready to pound out 8 miles in the hot, hot inland sun, we met up with van 1 for the first time, and got a present from Sheila!
The other van 2 runners had already decorated the van for our adventure.
Runner 7 off, and van 2 on duty.
Man. Like last year, it was HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT. I think the heat index was 101? So not ideal, but... it's Ragnar, and it all moves so fast, so you barely even get to register the heat (ha).
Leg 9, my first.....
After our van finished our 6 legs, we headed for a quick dinner at Applebees, and then on to the next major exchange, #18 at the Lawrence Welk Resort.
We had a couple hours of downtime here while Van 1 worked their legs, before we headed out again (I think around 1am?).
My second leg, leg 21, was an easy 4 miler, mostly downhill. It was cold and glorious and everything should be run downhill in the cool dark air. (seriously, I want to find that exact race course).
|Safety first! Not even Ragnar Ambassador's can forego safety gear.|
|San Marcos at 3am. In case you ever wondered what it looked like.|
Van 2 finished up around 5:30am, and we headed out to find some breakfast.
After breakfast and a delicious coffee break, we headed out to exchange 30, right in Torrey Pines. I was SUPER excited to hit this exchange, because I've never been to Torrey Pines.
And then we ended up here.
Off the freeway in a broken van. Womp, womp.
Luckily, a friend of our first runner lives locally, and was able to pick her up and take her to the exchange so we could keep running. Van 1 rescued us shortly after, and the van rental company sent down a new van to get us through the remaining legs.
My last leg, leg 33, was an easy down/flat for 4 miles, then a killer death hill at the end.
A HUGE thank you to Nuun for letting me on the team, and for their great support this weekend keeping us all hydrated in that hot SoCal sun!