Sunday, June 20, 2010
Run. Eat. Sleep? Repeat.
Welcome to my weekend.
If you have been wondering where I have been - as I am sure so many of you are - I have been in the back mountains of Utah, running for 28 straight hours and 188 miles.
Well, technically I only ran 3 hours and 15 miles... my teammates ran the rest.
It's called the "Ragnar Relay", the longest and largest relay race in the entire world. My buddy asked me to run on his "team". He is still my "buddy", but only barely. Let me briefly explain how this works.
1. Wake up at 4:00 AM and pile two vans full of 6 people. (Hopefully you like the people in your van.)
2. Drop off the first runner, drive two miles and provide that runner with water. Repeat until it is the next runner's turn.
3. Repeat step number two 36 times.
I payed only $85 to put myself through road hell; to live in a Suburban with 6 other people drenched in sweat and run up mountain after mountain while eating Red Vines and granola bars. Only $85! Really, when you think about it, it's quite a deal because most people wouldn't even do it for free.
I ran three legs of the race, the first one being 3 straight brutal miles of mountainous incline in the heat of the day. After the fourth dead body I graciously stepped over, I knew that this would not be an easy portion.
My second leg was completed at 3:30 in the morning. It was relatively flat and I felt like I was flying through it. Fortunately, the dude wearing the jock strap was so far ahead of me I didn't have to stare at his buttocks for an hour.
It was also quite surreal to run at that hour in the middle of nowhere. There were times that I could not see another runner in the thick of night and suddenly there would be two people that would seemingly appear out of nowhere at a table, handing me water.
We began the race at 7:30 on Friday morning and finished it at 1:30 PM on Saturday afternoon. I got approximately 1.5 hours of sleep during that time.
My wife picked me up at the finish line in beautiful Park City, Utah and I collapsed, exclaiming that I never wanted to put myself through this torturous nightmare again.
I woke up this morning after sleeping for almost 16 straight hours, ready for Ragnar 2011.