Thursday night I had five people come to my house and have a meal together prior to our departure at 2:30 in the morning on Friday. I had only run with one of these people before and we, the small six of us, were going to tackle over 200 miles over the next two days. I have NEVER done an ultra, which means just six runners and all these miles. I have never met 4 of the members of my team, I have never tackled an ultra Ragnar and I had NO CLUE what to expect other than a lot of fun and not a lot of sleep. It was going to be epic!
Our departure time came and we loaded up and headed into our home for the next 48 hours. Our start time for the relay was 5:45 am. We headed through the mountains and rolling hills of Cumberland Maryland. I had never been in the first van for this relay or any relay for that matter and I was going to be runner 5&6. I was so nervous...I have been running but I knew the hills of western Maryland were going to kill me.
|i think i can|
|All three boxes checked!|
We now had two runners left and our final runner had a monster 18 miler AGAIN. I know that I can dig deep on stuff but she was beyond words amazing. She trained for this and was not going to stop. Sarah was the instigator of this whole team of misfits...she was our captain...she made us who we were. I still sit here in disbelief of her finishing this relay with over 49 miles under her belt and on little to no sleep. She is a rockstar and I was just a part of her background singers.
We met Sarah at the final exchange and she knew she had 12 left and then her legs could stop. She looked great...had some bacon and grapes and headed out. We went back to clean out the van a bit and then made our way to the finish line. We laid on the grass and waited for the text...the one mile to go text. She was on her way in. We were energized by the teams all around us waiting to see that final runner and shuffle their way across the finish line. This is what we signed up to do...finish together.
|Run that by me again...Ultra Edition|
I am so thankful I took the risk to do this. I am so happy that I decided being out of my comfort zone can be a good thing. I am thankful that my husband supports my craziness that is Ragnar Relays. I am so proud of me for believing that hard is not impossible. I am thankful for my team for encouraging each other, being the support crew when we needed them, singing crazy songs with me...and let me blast music and ring cowbell at every runner I passed. I cannot wait to hop into another van and do this all again. I know that I can tackle any challenge thrown down in front of me and it doesn't have to be perfect...just progress.
Embrace the suck...choose you...run a Ragnar!!