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Ragnar Relay Adirondacks – Leg 1

The last I left you lovely people, I was explaining how I barely spoke to anyone about Ragnar because I was petrified about running 32.8 miles.

We drove up to Saratoga (start of the relay) on Thursday night after work in a hot ass Toyota RAV 4 rental car (I’m still upset about parting with it after 24 less-than-fresh hours in it). We divied out all of our amazing swag from our sponsors and I rolled around and pretended to sleep (scared, again).

5:30 am came too quickly and with the early hour came the POURING RAIN.

VAN 1 goodness! Laura, Kara, Erin and Me! 

Maids of Dishonor!

We went to the start, went through the safety talk and it was time to start. I was in Van 1 with Erin, Kara and Laura!! Van 2 included Lora, Annie, Susan and Dayna!

Team photo before the start! Erin, Susan, Dayna, Lora, Annie, Me, Kara and Laura

Let’s GO!

Outfit 1: Bondi Band Headband, Running Skirts, Pro Compression Socks! Also wore a jacket and gloves that made me sweat to death.

Leg 1: 11.5 mi, 1:40 (8:42/mi avg)

I started off quick, not ready, and confused. It was pouring and it was not going to stop. I ran a few miles before I decided to start chatting with some other runners. I met some awesome women who have done other Ragnars and who were training for marathons!

Sorry ladies of Van 1, but I am going to discuss what happened during my leg. I came up the first exchange (5.3 mi) expecting to see my friends (and needing water) and also wondering why I hadn’t seen them already. I did not see them and kept running. I stayed focused on the AWESOME view of Lake George rather than my thirst and the weather (I had to take a mental picture because it was raining too hard for me to take my cell phone out to take a picture).

I was about 8 miles in when I tried to call the girls to see where they were. Of course there was shitty cell service and the rain fucked up my phone. I yelled into the phone that they sucked as teammates (I’m not sure that they heard so if they didn’t, sorry about that). I tried to suck it up, put my headphones in and finish the run strong but because my phone was broken (the rain ruined the headphones and the sound in general) the music died out in one minute. I could not believe that I had to talk out loud to myself in my first leg and had to dig deep to get through my first leg!

I got through the mileage and to the exchange and was greeted by no one. I stood on the opposite side of the street of the vans for about 15 minutes before the woman working the exchange would even let me cross the street (we weren’t allowed to cross without the flags we were given, which were in the car). I was freezing and couldn’t get in touch with anyone. I was crying so another team let me get in their van and gave me water and Gatorade and used their phone to call the girls (I felt homeless lol). When I got in touch with them I accidentally cursed at them a lot (I didn’t want to or mean to but I was cold and furious). Turns out they had gotten lost during my run and when they found their way they accidentally went to the next exchange and were waiting there for a while. Mistakes happen, I understand. I just wish it didn’t happen in the freezing rain when I had no shelter.

First run = not the best experience. We had about a 40 minute delay by the time I was able to pass off the stellar slap bracelet to Erin. I was a bitch for about 20-25 more minutes (I couldn’t help it). I wanted to cheer for my teammates so I knew I had to get the f over it and I did (besides a few snide comments throughout the day), sorry again.

I am happy I was able to maintain a good pace for my first run in a downpour! I am not happy that this little mishap happened, but I am almost positive it is what drove us all (in Van 1) to perform the way we did (to our absolute maximum abilities) for the rest of the relay!

Leg 2 recap tomorrow!

Maids of Dishonor Leg 1 Recaps!

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Erin

Kara

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The HUGE {Ragnar Relay} Elephant in the Room

I haven’t posted about the Ragnar Relay (Adirondacks) that I am about to embark on this weekend because I have been trying to hide my fear of it.

Let me backtrack a bit. Many months ago I saw some random blogger (ahem, my now close friend Kara) tweet about needing other blogger runners for a Ragnar! New to the blogging world (and twitter), but desperately wanting to run a Ragnar, I sent her a message and a few emails later I was part of the team. As the months went by the team changed a bit and we ended up with 8 girls. I signed up to run 2 legs per each run (3 runs in total). When I signed up I was excited for this amount of mileage. I was going to be at the top of my game from NYCM training. Then I got hurt, didn’t run for 5 weeks, and completely ignored the fact that I had this HUGE 32 mile task in front of me (I think my teammates did as well). Luckily, I healed up right on schedule and got some runs in! However, I am STILL hoping for the best.

Here are the details:

Course: Saratoga to Lake Placid – 192.7 Miles (on a mountain)

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Team: Maids of Dishonor – Lora is getting married shortly after this relay. She is the bride. We are the bridesmaids. ONLY runners like to celebrate an upcoming nuptial by running 200 fucking miles.

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Runners:

Runner 1, 2 – Ashley

Runner 3, 4 – Erin

Runner 5 – Kara

Runner 6 – Laura

Runner 7, 8 – Lora (bride!)

Runner 9 – Annie

Runner 10 – Susan

Runner 11,12 – Dayna

My Legs:

Leg 1,2 – total: 11.5 mi

  • Leg 1 – 5.3 mi, Moderate – Net elevation change of –97 ft.
  • Leg 2 –  6.2 mi, Hard – Net elevation change of 28 ft

Leg 13, 14 – total: 11.9 mi (Climb begins)

  • Leg 13 – 4.1 mi, Moderate – Net elevation change of 95 ft.
  • Leg 14 – 7.8 mi, Very Hard – Net elevation change of 151 ft.

Leg 25, 26 – total: 9.4 mi

  • Leg 25 – 5.5 mi, Hard – Net elevation change of 292 ft
  • Leg 26 – 3.9 mi, Easy – Net elevation change of 91 ft

Total Mileage for me: 32.8. This will be the first time I am ever running that much in a 24 hour period so check back on Sunday to see if I have kneecaps or ankle bones left, or if I am still alive. I did a rough estimate of everyone’s paces and I will be running at 7:00 am (starting it out for everyone), 4:00 pm and 3:00 am. I’ll let you know how that goes as well (Samsonite – I was WAY off)!

Sponsors: We were 100% hooked up. We are going to be clothed, fed, fueled, refreshed and washed by some amazing products.

Big shout out and a huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Under Armour

PRO Compression

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Last but not least (but probably most appreciated by other teammates to get rid of stank odors)….

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Wish me luck guys. I will most certainly need it on this amazing adventure! I will be videotaping, taking pictures and hopefully everyone will be tweeting about our adventures 🙂

Please follow @MaidsofDishonor on twitter or #MaidsofDishonor and #RagnarADK for updates!!

Have you ever done a Ragnar Relay, or any relay race? I would LOVE to hear about it!

PLEASE leave some last minute tips/advice for me!