Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

I got tagged in to run the Ragnar Relay SoCal race Thursday night. Yes, the night before the race. (Sheila, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday was hurt and on strict orders from her PT to not run.)

So less than 24 hours before the race I was told to pack three sports bras, vaseline, my laptop and report to a school in Orange County to the run relay with Team Nuun.

I may have forgotten the vaseline, but I did pack my ridiculous running pose.

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I’m missing here because I came late. Team Nuun Van #1team nuun minus runeatrepeat thumb Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

Team Nuun Van #1:

Sarah “bring your “A game” to this relay or don’t show up” from Once Upon a Lime

Emily “the Cardigan lover” from Sweat Once a Day

SkinnyRunner “fastest porta-potty user in the world” .com

Kristina “what I always look this cute after staying up and running all night”.com

Farah from “I have the coolest job in the world” Diego

*The rest of this post is the Clif’s Notes version because you’re probably at work sipping coffee, pretending like you’re working and catching up on email but you’re really catching up on blogs and telling your friends about your weekend wlEmoticon smile5 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

Top Ten Moments of Ragnar SoCal #TeamNuun:

1. Boston Love. It was everywhere.image thumb28 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

2. My first leg of the race was only 2.5 miles BUT ALL UPHILL. This is when I realized the girls were playing a joke on me called “Run the hills and in the dark by a mountain because you are a sucka”. Not cool.

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Luckily our friend Pam (who also ran Boston last week, so good to see her) brought me watermelon at the exchange. And all was right with the world. IMAG1699 450x800 thumb1 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

3. Camaraderie. Running is usually a very solo sport, but relay races build teams and friendships. Relay races are full of cheering and love and positivity.

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4. Porta-potties. You need them more than they need you.

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5. You get tight after running and sitting in a van. Luckily my van brought a foam roller and ‘the stick’.

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Added bonus: Senorita SR  agreed to roll me out since they suckered me into a 2 mile hill for leg 1.

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6. Run, Drive, Sleep, Repeat. They forgot the Eat part. IMAG1719 450x800 thumb1 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

7. Around 12:30am it was my turn to run leg #2 – the dreaded night leg. I was terrified after what happened at my only other relay – solo night run.But, this night run turned out great! There were other runners out AND it was ALL downhill. I have never run faster in my life. Seriosly. You want me to run fast? Put me on top of a  hill at night wlEmoticon smile5 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

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I didn’t cry or die or fall. #Winning

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We did it!

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8. We slept from 2:50am to 4:46am. 2 hours of glorious rest.

Then, it was time to RALLY and RUN!

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Ha! I am a mess.

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9. By leg #3 we were near the beach and this was one of the exchanges. Love it.IMAG1778 800x450 thumb1 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

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10. My last leg was 4.5 miles and I flew! I got a third wind and was feeling GREAT

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Then, it was time to party!!!

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Except Van #2 BROKE so we had to play damage control and shuttle runners around for a bit. Luckily, we were able to work it out 12 E63B32B6 861738 960 100 800x450 thumb1 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

Finally it was really time to party. IMAG1680 800x450 thumb1 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

I need to give a big Thank You to Nuun! I have drank Nuun for a long time – love the taste and the hydration, but meeting the leaders of the company and seeing how they support runners made me really fall in love with the company! IMAG1789 800x450 thumb1 Team Nuun Ragnar Relay SoCal Recap Review

Oh, and yes I totally drank all the Watermelon Nuun on the van.

Comments

  1. says

    I really want to do one of those relays – what a great way to spend a couple of days – with a van full of other runners!!!

  2. says

    Looks like you had a lot of fun :D I’ve never ran a relay before, but I want to do Ragnar some day! Maybe a race on the east coast.

  3. says

    I’m so glad you had a great time. Now do you want to be a part of an ULTRA Ragnar team??? I know you do :) We are looking for one or two more crazies to join our team in June for the Wasatch Back.

  4. says

    I found out about ragnar for the first time this year and thought about doing it but chickened out. It looked like so much hardcore fun with good people though :)

  5. Sarah G. says

    The thought of doing a relay has always triggered my “omg-no-way-in-hell” reflex… until this post. :)

  6. Brm says

    SO excited to see the picture of the Drinkers With a Running Problem van! That is the D.C. Ragnar team I run with and some of the team flew out West to represent in the SoCal race. I love Ragnars and it looked like a great time-wish I could have been there.

  7. april says

    wow, ragnar looks really fun! i’m definitely not hardcore enough to do something like that (yet), but i love the idea of a huge relay event.

  8. says

    Did the ragnar end in San Diego near the Midway? Or go past it? I was there over the weekend and couldn’t figure out why I kept seeing random runners with bibs and tutus!

  9. says

    “…you’re probably at work sipping coffee, pretending like you’re working and catching up on email but you’re really catching up on blogs and telling your friends about your weekend”

    I’m sipping iced coffee to be exact…are you watching me?!

  10. Karen says

    I ran the exact same legs you had! And my husband is in your port a potty picture. HA. Very cool. I would have to say the funnest run was the downhill dark run, it was a blast. But killed my quads! :)

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