In my last post, Ragnar Relay Great River Race Recap 2017 – Part 1, I recapped the time leading up to Ragnar Relay Great River and the first set of legs for Van 1.
So let’s start with our break when Van 2 was running.
The first thing on our list was to find some good food! At this point we were in Stockholm, WI so our choices were limited. We choose Bogus Creek Cafe & Bakery. Oh my, was the food amazing!!! Yes, we were starving but was the food great. The best part is that Bogus Creek Cafe & Bakery was just off the main road so it wasn’t busy! We were able to have a nice meal and not have to scream at each other!
After good food came nap time! I knew I wasn’t going to sleep but I was open to relaxing for a little bit. Last year, it became very clear to me that sleep in the van during Ragnar was not something I could do. So this year, I didn’t even try! While everyone rested, I got caught up on a few work emails, some social media posts, and just people watched.
Tim got his nap in then he and I went to check out the park which was the exchange area. Can you say mad chaos! There were cars and people everywhere! And the line to the port-a-potty was ridiculous! After, checking out the park he and I went on a hunt for a birthday card. We had been made aware just before leaving on Thursday it was Laurel’s birthday on Friday! There were not a lot of options but we found a birthday card!!! And managed to hide it from Laurel! I really didn’t think that would be possible in a van full of people!
We all headed into the park to wait for Bryan to come in so Tim could take off. We found the perfect place for another Van 1 team picture. I have to point out, again, that the scenery on the Ragnar Relay Great River course is amazing!
Van 2 let us know that were at the park and Bryan was just over a mile out. We all congregated around the exchange area waiting for Bryan. Tim spent the time praying Bryan would come in before 7pm so he didn’t have to where his headlamp. For those not aware, there are night hour when you are on the course and during that time you have to always have on a reflective vest and if you are running a taillight and headlamp. However, if you were on the course prior to 7pm you don’t have to have it on. Tim was very happy to see Bryan come into the exchange at 6:52pm!
Bryan had been dealing with some calf pain prior to going into Ragnar Relay Great River and it was obvious when he made the exchange he was in pain. I will jump ahead for a moment and tell you that I have no idea how Bryan did it! It was obvious he was in pain but he ran all three of his legs! He amazed me!
Ragnar Relay Great River – Van 1 Leg 13 – 18
Van 1 was back on the course! We headed to the exchange to wait for Tim. There was a nice beach but not much else there. In fact, the exchange was right by the railroad tracks. Not exactly the safest place to have a bunch of people standing around.
Tim made the exchange to Nancy and then it started getting dark. This is where our team name comes into play, We Find All Our Runners…Eventually. Last year we lost Tim and Collin because of the the dark. In fact, we never really did find Tim we just went to the exchange point and hoped he would show up. Collin we did eventually find! We found him when we were driving to the exchange point to do the same thing we did for Tim. So it only seem appropriate to name our time We Find All Our Runners…Eventually. Because we do!
Luckly, we didn’t lose Nancy! She came into the exchange just fine and then it was Jeremy’s turn again. However, this is where the rest of us in the van got lost! We decided to follow Jeremy and really should have gone back out to the main road. Good news is that we got back to where we needed to be! And with enough time that I was actually prepared for Jeremy when he got to the exchange!!!
Jeremy made the exchange to me and now it was time for my night run. This was the one I was most worried about. I had a horrible time on my night run last year. The headlamp causes a ton of dizziness due to by TBI. It concerned me that I would have the same issues again this year. Well, there were two strategically placed hills and a cow farm on my leg that did present some challenges. But I am happy to report there were no head issues!
Again, I was really happy to see Maggie!!! I didn’t love that I had to run through a field to the exchange to meet her. However, her festive tutu made it all worth it! We pretty much headed to the next exchange to meet Maggie. And to be honest, it all starts to blend together because delirium from exhaustion was setting in!
The nice thing about Maggies outfit was that she was hard to miss! Because of that we got to see her kick hard the last 50 yard so she could get her “kill”! She has been running near a women most of the leg and Maggie made sure to pass her before the exchange. I can’t be sure but I think there might have been an elbow of two thrown on the struggle to the exchange. I am happy to report Maggie came out victorious!!
Finally Van 1’s last runner, Laurel, was on the course! That meant food and sleep were not too far off!!! Laurel hauled a** for her final leg! Your probably thinking she was hungry and tired too but your wrong. You see, she isn’t from the Midwest and didn’t take very nicely to all the corn fields. She wanted to out of there as quickly as possible!
Finally, it was time for Van 2 to get back on the course! We didn’t get to see much of the exchange between Laurel and Erin because we were filling out Laurel’s birthday card! We all wanted to eat and get some sleep so we hopped in the van and drove back to the Twin Cities. It was a toss up between food and sleep but food won out. We stopped at Perkin’s and had a good meal. That didn’t leave us with a lot of time to sleep but we did get a little. Nancy’s house wasn’t far from the next major exchange so we sleep there for two hours!
When I fell asleep, I slept hard! My alarm scared me to death when it went off! The first thought that went through my mind was that I was going to die! I was exhausted, sore, and even more exhausted. But I rolled out of bed and got ready. Goodness, I did not want to do this all over again!
I am at 1300 words again!!! I guess it’s going to take one more post to finish this recap!!!
Have you run Ragnar Relay? Have you run Ragnar Relay Great River? Or have you done a different running relay? If so, what is your favorite part?