This was my third time running Ragnar DC, but my first time being Van 1. I've only run Ragnar DC, so I can't comment on others, but Van 1 seemed to have a lot more down time in between runs, Van 2 had longer overall mileage. By a lot. In the past I vividly remember having only 3 - 4 hours in between runs, whereas in Van 1 we had 6+ hours from when our van finish run 1 before we started run 2. Honestly this made fueling a big challenge for me. Between run 1 & run 2 I had 12 hours & 1 meal. Not insurmountable, but I did not feel well fueled at all this weekend.
Our Ragnar van had 4 folks, myself included, who originally ran together at Ragnar in 2014 - after we met as individuals just looking to join a Ragnar team. 3 years later & we're still running together.
We woke up at 3:30 AM Friday morning and were out the door by 4:15 AM. We picked up two van-mates from a nearby hotel and headed to the start line about an hour and 15 minutes away. We checked in & perused the gear tent, but soon it was 7:15 AM & our start time & our first runner headed out!
The scenery is gorgeous. I think the only time we hopped on a highway during the race was to get back to a teammates house for a shower & a nap. Otherwise it was all back roads.
My first leg was a healthy mix of hills and the downhill to even them out. We ended with 6 miles @ 8:51 per mile. A pace I was a little surprised by given the hills, and my desire to run conservatively since I knew I had 2 runs still to come.
After I made it to the exchange and handed off the slap bracelet to Van 2 it was off to lunch! I'll be back with recaps for legs 2 & 3 later this week, but in the meantime...
How long before a run do you try to eat?
Do you run in a hat or visor?
I wish I could to soak up the sweat, but then it gets in the way of my sunglasses.
What time do you usually wake up for the day?
3:30AM is definitely NOT my style.
I'm linking up with Holly & Tricia for Weekend Highlights + Marcia x Patty x Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.