Reasons I Loved Ragnar

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It’s been a busy week back to work after Ragnar Cape Cod so I have been a bit delayed in my promised glut of #Bragnar posts. Find a recap of my actual legs here. More than a week after Ragnar Eve, I am still giddy from what a great experience I had. Here’s why.

1) The views

I haven’t run any other Ragnar Relay races before but this particular one came with some killer views.

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2) Letting out your inner kid out

Evidently it’s a thing to decorate vans for the race. Doing this as an adult tends to make one giddy.

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3) Speaking of acting like a kid

Again, sticking magnets on vans is a bit of silliness that we tend not to manifest in our grown-up lives and some of the team names were hysterical.

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4) The crazy night gear

Overnight runs call for gear that will make you stand out in the dark and I love things that sparkle and glow!

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5) The other crazy gear

Typical road races have water stations ever couple of miles or offer little other the backs (if you’re as slow as me) of other runs to view but we supplied our own water and got to take a movie over the Bourne Bridge.

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6) People acting crazy

Let’s face it, being up all night in a hot sweaty van in between running a lot will lead to some insanity. Who doesn’t love some insane behavior among friends. (Okay, it was mostly just this one chick who was crazy but I love her!)

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7) The cheering

I loved people rooting for me and I love rooting for them.

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8) Sharing the starts and the finishes

In most races, you run from start to finish but in a relay you get to hand off to your buddies at each exchange and this camaraderie is special.

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9) The friendships

Even if you find yourself in a van full of strangers, it doesn’t take long to get to know each other really, really well.

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10) The Swagnar

You get cool Ragnar stuff to commemorate your effort.

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Brace yourself for #Bragnar

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As many of you may have gleaned I participated in the Ragnar Cape Cod Relay Race this past weekend. I had hoped to blog about it in real time with play by play blog posts but the vagaries of cell reception along the Cape and the gradual onset of exhaustion got in the way. Nevertheless, I have so many thoughts to share about what was arguably one of the best weekends of my life so prepare yourself for some #Bragnar reflecting on the race and so much more from friendship to fitness to fashion to a kick ass trail mix recipe.

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‘Twas the Night Before Ragnar

‘Twas the night before Ragnar

And all through the house

There were piles of crap all around

The need for gear could not douse

Three outfits to run in, zip locked to keep handy

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Piled with deodorant and dry shampoo in a giant gym bag

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Whilst a giant tote stores foam rollers and meds, and for when breath starts to reek some hard candy

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And in the overnight bag, a real bra lest my apres Ragnar look start to sag

All paired with the matching back pack to to house electronic gear

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To ensure no crinks in the neck with it too comes a neck pillow

Of course real rest will not come without the sleeping bags that appear

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For them there is a hamper filled with pillows and blankets as snuggly as doughDSC08069 Sleep yearns for sustenance so we have a sack of carb laden, electrolyte rich food

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And finally the Race Bible to ensure that all is understood.

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Ragnar hear we come!