This past weekend I ran my first 12 man 200 mile relay with Team Nuun which was a totally different experience than doing an ultra (6 man team).
I want to write a post on the differences between the two and what I like more, but the 12 man is definitely more chill and relaxed. and fun. Let’s be honest, no one really wants to run 19 miles at 11pm in the dark.
Van 1 at the start in Huntington Beach:
I was runner 3 so my leg started around 11:45am? I can’t remember. Regular time sorta stops in Ragnar and you go on “leg time”.
I had a 5.7 mile FLAT leg that I ran in 40 minutes. I started out running 6:45 min/miles thinking, It’s only 5 miles! I feel great!
…And ended up with a 7:30 mile. nice pacing.
It was about 80 degrees out without shade on the river path that I was running and I remember thinking, If I full on sprinted right now, I wonder how long it would take before I passed out?
I can’t complain though, van 2 ran farther inland later in the day when the heat index was 101*. yikes.
After we finished our legs, we hung out, foam rolled with Fara and hit up Subway. And we still had time to kill before the next exchange. This was a big difference between the 6 and 12 man team is the downtime. not complaining though, it was kinda nice.
We Usain Bolted…
And then it was time for our van to go again and run the night legs. I can’t remember when we started running, maybe 9pm? I had a 8.2 mile leg/60 minutes that I ran around 10:30pm, I’d guess. It was completely pancake flat and I got to run through downtown Temecula which was fun because I ran by all the people out in the bars and clubs and on the streets.
We got a precious few hours of restless in-the-van “sleep” (Am I really asleep or just sitting here with my eyes closed?!) before wake up call at 4:45am. Emily was on tap first but was dealing with some knee and leg issues so at the last minute we switched some legs up and I ended up running a few of Emily’s miles.
I finished my last leg of 11.5 miles/1:30 to top off my total miles for the weekend at 25.4. I ran this same leg last year and was expecting a huge hill at the end, but they changed the course slightly and took it out. That was great(!), but I had been conserving energy for that last hurrah so I didn’t feel like I did my best on my last leg.
Finished and happy! and caffeinated!
As we got closer to the finish in San Diego, we got closer to the water and it was so pretty out. The weather was awesome and Ragnar’s a lot of fun when you’re done with all your miles.
That is, until the other van breaks down and you have to do a little runner shuffling to get everyone to their right spots while waiting for a replacement van. Bummer but it all ended up working out. Megan, the other van driver, took care of it like a boss.
At least we had lots of Nuun in our van to hydrate properly…
I tried Kona Cola for the first time and I actually liked it, but I think Cherry Limeade might be a new favorite along with the ‘ol standby Banana. (You can check out all the flavors here, so many).
We eventually made it to the finish area in downtown San Diego and hung out for awhile. Ragnar gives every team free pizza and I’m powerless to not eat pizza even if it’s crappy so I was happy.
And soon enough, Megan, our anchor runner came blazing in to the finish. We all crossed with her which was kinda cool.
Our van minus Monica with Mason, our driver. If you can get a driver for a relay, DO IT. Makes things so much easier.
I haven’t checked our final results, but I think we finished around 3:45pm. The team:
A BIG THANKS to Nuun for allowing me to be a part of the team and the fun.
And thanks to Emily’s camera, Sarah’s photoshop skills (she was running when we took it) and some heavy Brady Bunch influence, we got this fabulous pic. Prom pictures have nothing on us. #TheCardiParty