You can catch up on part 1 of our Ragnar adventure HERE
|What Ragnar looks like at night!|
|It also looks a little like this!|
|Matt I think?|
|Jill found me while we were chatting with van 1!|
|Paul ready for his run|
|I believe this is Steve!|
|Deception Pass- so beautiful!!|
I was carrying my handheld water bottle and I adjusted the headlamp so that it felt pretty tight on my head when I jumped up and down. It would have been helpful to do a test run with one before the race- last year I had a horrible headache so I carried a flashlight on my night run because putting something around my head sounded terrible. I was pretty content snuggling with Amy in her leopard print snuggie when they announced our team was heading into the exchange but I reluctantly stepped into the chute and then I was off and running when Will slapped the bracelet onto my wrist.
Approximately 2 minutes later the headlamp started slipping down my face and nothing I did made it stick. Jill and her team drove past me and she yelled out the window at me which was cool! This is how it went- step, step, step, push up on headlamp, step, step, step, push up on headlamp. I was losing my mind. I stopped 3 times to tighten the headlamp, and since I was carrying my water it was literally a complete stop so I could use both hands. The second time, as an added bonus, the tail light also popped off and fell on the ground in a bunch of pieces. Swell.
At 6:04am I finally grabbed my phone out of my pocket and decided to send an SOS text. Except I can't text and run apparently so I just phoned Will and asked him to please give me my purple headband at the very first possible chance- I was at mile 2.25 at that point and they could not stop until 5 miles but that was better than nothing. I thought about little else while I was running other than that stupid headlamp and how I really wanted to throw it into the trees. Then all of a sudden I saw our van up ahead and I knew relief was near! As I approached it was like my pit crew was there- I threw the headband on and put the headlamp over the top while Amy added glide to my underarm area (I had some chaffing from my previous run) and then I was off again.
|Amy gliding my arm while I fix my headlamp!|
|"this better work"|
|Now that is team mate love!! Thanks guys!|
|Oh yes, I earned all of that hottness lol!! What a mess I was!|
|The exchange area|
|Mr. Speedy chilling out in the grass|
|Steve and Paul relaxing a bit|
Eventually the whole van was up and about, eating some breakfast and cleaning up. There were real bathrooms and a hot breakfast available at the High School so I went in and did the Shower Pill thing again, this time just putting my next running outfit on- I wasn't sure I would have the energy to change again later! The sun was out finally so it felt good to be outside, and we just waited around for van 1 to arrive so we could finish the race off!
|Do you want to run a relay race? It will be fun!|