If you didn’t see the evidence via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, I would like to inform all of you, that I RAN THE RAGNAR RACE FROM SAN FRAN TO NAPA last weekend. Well, I didn’t run the entire
200 197 miles by myself, I did it with 10 other wonderful roommates. So let me give ya a little recap.
15:00 Get off work
15:30 Pack up and hit the road
21:00 Arrive at my old college roommate, Alexis’ house. Hi Lex! Quickly carbo-load and begin the gab-fest
21:30 Hit the grocery store to grab our van snacks:
Bananas. Check. Bread. Check. PB. Check. Jelly. Check. Carrots. Check. Granola Bars. Check. Gatorade. Check. Water. Check.
Get ready for bed to get a “good-night’s sleep” but in all reality, we probably didn’t go to bed until well past midnight because we were too preoccupied catching up.
3:50 RISE AND SHINE…..45 minutes later than we were supposed too. Oops, I guess that’s what happens when you neglect to sleep. Quickly get ready and drive into SF.
4:25 Arrive in SF to meet our other teammates.
5:45 See our first runner off at the Starting Line. Bye John! Just moments before, we attempted to take a team photo, but because we were all wearing our reflective vests (safety first!), we ended up with this..
Because I was in Van #2, our group had time to grab breakfast, pick up more supplies at Target (only the essentials), and decorate our van.
12:00 Run #1
4.4 miles through this gorgeousness. I’m not a Norcal girl, but I believe this was through the city of Novato? Which ever city it was, the scenery was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. The weather was beyond perfect, it was warm, not TOO windy, and most of my run was under giant redwoods. Perfection.
18:00-23:00 Our van decided to grab some dinner (Panera for me!) and then try to catch some Zzz’s before out second legs. I should mention that while we were napping in our Van, it started to rain. Joy. I guess in Norcal when it says 30% chance of rain it actually rains for hours. I am just Socal spoiled and whenever it says thunderstorms and lighting we get a light misting for approximately 30 minutes.
1:00 Run # 2
8.9 Miles through the city of Santa Rosa. In horizontal rain. Up a huge hill.
Surprisingly, this run was actually my favorite. I chugged a massive iced coffee a couple of hours prior to the start (thank you Panera employee for judging my beverage choices) and I don’t know what it is about night running, but it sure made me speedier. I have honestly never done a “night run” before, so wearing a reflective vest, head lamp, and butt lamp was new territory for me. But the rain? My wonderful days of rowing thoroughly prepared me for that. I felt AWESOME during this run, probably because there is something about running through the rain makes you feel like a badass.
2:20 Finish run, strip off wet clothes, change into my comfies, and proceed to PTFO. Sleep, sweet, sleep.
5:00 Hand-off to Van #1. Fall back asleep.
8:00 RISE AND SHINE. Eat breakfast.
10:00/11:00? (I’m not sure, I had lost all sense of time by this point.) Run #3
8 flat miles. I thought this run was going to be a piece of cake as it was completely flat and my intentions were to “coast” along the gorgeous Silverado Trail. It started raining just prior to my run, so that was that. The run started out fine, my legs were tired but I was holding a respectable pace. As I reached mile 2, it was all downhill from there. My stomach started cramping (darn you greasy eggs) and my legs felt like they weighed 65 lbs each. I guess that’s what I get for neglecting to do any back to back runs before Ragnar. Oh well, I definitely took a few walking breaks in there and in the last mile I casually chatted with 2 other runners who shared my sentiments of exhaustion.
After I finished my last leg, we had 3 more runners to go, so we dropped them off, cheered for them, then headed to the FINISH LINE to meet up with our other van of teammates. We ran the last few hundred yards together, (I am honestly impressed with myself for physically being able to run 2 feet) then headed to the BEER AND WINE GARDEN. You better believe that since this race ended in Napa, we were going to take full advantage of its location.
Overall, Ragnar was an awesome experience. I really had no idea WHAT I was getting myself into, but I think that is for the best, because it was pretty nice to just go with the flow. Minimal sleep for 36 hours? No problem. Between living in a white van on weekend when I was on the rowing team and working nights at the hospital for the past couple months, I honestly felt secretly prepared for that aspect of the race. I guess I should have worked on the whole running thing a little bit more, but oh well. Truly though, it was amazing. I HIGHLY recommend the race to anyone out there! I am already trying to figure out next years race or perhaps another Ragnar? Yup, I’m hooked.