Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Recap: Part One!


Ragnar Relay Adirondacks RecapI arrived home last night from my first Ragnar Relay weekend sore, tired and on a high.  Being sore and sleep deprived was absolutely all worth it, every minute of it.  I have sat here with the blank screen staring back at me for over an hour trying to decided how to even attempt a recap.  Not because I have nothing to say but because I have so much to tell you. There is nothing about this experience that I would change; not running 21.5 miles on two hours of sleep, not one single hill and especially not my team because they friggen rock!Ragnar Relay Adirondacks RecapPrior to Ragnar, I had not met a single member of my van or team (Runnin’ On Empty) in person so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  I had met Clare who was in Van 2 from Instagram and she had joined us when we were looking to recruit.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much of Van 2 except at the major exchanges and at the end when we partied like rock stars -those stories will come later :)

 

Van 1 consisted of myself (runner 6) and 5 other runners: Nancy (runner 1), Patty (runner 2), Loretta (runner 3), Honey-Beth (runner 4) and Keith (runner 5). Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Recap
We started off our 196.2 mile journey at 6:30 AM in Saratoga Spa State Park.   Our first runner was Nancy and after seeing her off and cheering her on from the starting line we made our way back to the van so we could meet her at the first exchange.  She passed on the slap bracelet to Patty who completed her first leg and passed it on to Loretta who then passed it to our team captain, Honey-Beth, who relayed to runner number 5, Keith, who then had to pass it on to me.  unnamed-5Patty passing the slap bracelet on to Loretta.Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Recap
All of these legs took place around the Village of Saratoga, we actually went in a large square which was more frustrating than interesting.  My first leg started at Gavin Park which was the first leg that actually lead out of Saratoga.  Keith came in to exchange 5 strong and slapped the bracelet on to me! Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Recap
I started off chugging along at a comfortable pace following all of the markers that were carefully placed at each turn.  Around 2 miles in or so, I realized that my GPS app hadn’t notified me of my distance or pace and found that it never started.  I wasn’t totally upset because I wasn’t looking to “kill it” but I was nervous because I had no guide to pace myself.  After a few minutes I ran into this super nice ultra runner from team Ultra Moms On a Mission. I asked her what mile we were at then just kind of stuck with her.  She was nice enough to not leave me behind and stick with me as a pace partner.  Although it felt like the leg was never ending, I spotted Clare waiting for me and the hand off was finally in sight!
Ragnar Relay Adirondacks RecapThis leg was only 4.9 miles but it felt like an eternity- I am NOT a fan of running through any town/urban area- I much prefer the country.  I was very happy to be done and even happier to find out from my ultra running pace partner that we had crossed the finish line in approximately 39 minutes! A 7:57 pace, woohoo! No wonder I felt like I wanted to die.  The finish of my leg meant Van 1 was done for a bit so we headed to the next exchange at Lake George where we were able to take a few hour break before we had to meet Amy at the exchange.  But not before taking a group photo in the TomTom booth 😉Ragnar Relay Adirondacks RecapOnce we arrived in Lake George we found a perfect spot and the first thing on the agenda was FOOD! We wanted to make sure we could grab some real fuel while we had the opportunity.  We dined at this local restaurant (I can not remember the name for the life of me) right on the water with AMAZING views! I seriously did NOT want to leave this place.
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Honey-Beth also came across Team Bacon’s van and briefly considered ditching us to join them, not that I can blame her. They did have copious amounts of bacon inside their van.  The major exchange in Lake George was right on the beach where we were given the opportunity to shower and take a siesta on the sand or in the woods.  It was actually pretty hot out so my team and I choose to keep cool and relax in the shade of the trees.  Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Recap

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After our brief reprieve it was time to meet Amy as she came in so she could pass the slap bracelet on to Nancy and we could begin our adventure up to Placid again. At this point our ascent had only just begun, and I have so much more to tell you but this post is getting long so it will have to be continued!  

Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Recap


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16 Comments

SuzLyfe
Reply September 30, 2014

LOOOVE. So much freaking fun! And I adore that picture of the Tom Tom booth and team Bacon. How incredibly gorgeous is that course? I mean, wow.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 30, 2014

    It was BEAUTIFUL and the weather was perfect! Couldn't ask for more :)

Montana
Reply September 30, 2014

LOVE this! Sounds amazing so far! Can't wait to read more ;-)
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 1, 2014

    Thank you! It was SO amazing and I haven't even gotten to the best parts- although Lake George is pretty awesome :)

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply September 30, 2014

It's so pretty! I have no idea how people complete these I could run one leg and I would be done! I would have joined team Bacon too! Bacon4LIFE

    aelicatese
    Reply October 1, 2014

    You would be surprised what you are capable of when you just have to do it! It was a lot of fun even if I was cursing the road at the time :) And yes, Bacon4LIFE fo' sho!

Autumn
Reply October 1, 2014

Love the team name! Adorable! Sounds like your journey was epic! Go Annmarie GO!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 1, 2014

    Thanks Autumn! It was SO much fun...can't wait to do another :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 1, 2014

I was waiting to read about it! It is really hard to try to write about it-hard to describe how much goes on. I didn't know that you didn't know your team. How brave of you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 1, 2014

    I was a bit nervous because I didn't know them but I am happy I did it that way- I made a lot of new friends, they are all amazing! This really is incredibly hard to recap, I have SO much to say and trying to organize it in my brain hurts a little ;)

Katrina
Reply October 1, 2014

I NEED a Ragnar in my life!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 1, 2014

    Katrina- it is SO much fun! You would have a blast!

Kailey Ingerman
Reply October 1, 2014

Yay! So glad you had fun! I am still having withdrawals from my New Hampshire Ragnar/Reach the Beach!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 1, 2014

    It really was amazing, I can't wait to do another. I am having serious withdrawals too! :)

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