Friday, June 17, 2011

Race Report: Ragnar Relay Chicago Friday Leg 2

We took back over as the active van shortly after the sun went down and it got dark.  I was starting to feel a little worn down, but I knew that we all had relatively short legs and would get to rest and attempt to sleep soon.

I wasn't really able to get any pictures what with it being dark and all, but leg 2 provided to be ample fun for us all.

Erin started us out again, and we took off to go meet her.  We had some trouble finding the next exchange due to poor signage and lighting, but we finally got there just in time to hop out and see her run it in.  Liz took back off into the dark and we were on our way again.

We cycled through everyone and made our way along from exchange to exchange quickly.  I started getting ready and realized that I was definitely tired and ready to get my 3.2 miles behind me.  I also get a little nervous about running in the dark in an unfamiliar place.

I took back over from Don and soon found myself on a trail.  It was a little unnerving because I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere, but after a few minutes I came out on some main roads and stayed on them for the rest of the run.  I tried to push myself a bit because I wanted to keep a good pace since I knew my last run could be rough.

I encountered a pretty big hill at one point, but I pushed on up it and enjoyed coasting down the other side.  At one point, a car passed by the string of runners around me and a guy yelled out "What the f*$k are you doing?"  I'm sure lots of people thought we were nuts... it was well after midnight now, and we're all out running in the dark with blinky butt lights, reflective vests and headlamps (I had never looked hotter, I'm sure.)

I finished my leg in 28:45.  After I changed clothes (believe me, changing every piece of clothing after every run was required), we headed to the next major exchange to try to get some sleep before we started it all again.

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