Ragnar Cape Cod 2014

If you follow me anywhere online, you’ll know that I just participated in the Ragnar Relay on Cape Cod this past weekend!

This was my fourth Ragnar Relay (used to be called the Cape Relay, and has been Ragnar for three years), and I’ve also run the Cape Cod Marathon Relay about four times too. I’m not new to relays, but this weekend FAR exceeded anything I’ve ever done before – and that was because of the people!!

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We were Team #FlockYouLikeAHurricane, and if I may say so… we were amazing!

The term “flock” comes from the fact that most everyone on the team is a Oiselle volée team runner (from various parts of the country!). Oiselle is an incredible women’s running apparel company, and its name is based on the French word for “bird”. And let me tell ya, it was wonderful being surrounded by all those super soft, vibrant clothes all weekend!

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Because of my ACL injury, I of course wasn’t able to run for my team, but it worked out amazingly that I could still be team captain and driver of Van 2! We kicked off our part of the 200-mile run (from Hull to Provincetown) with a blustery chill on Duxbury Beach!

Our Van 2 runners, ready to go!

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And me, the driver of our sweet Chrysler van! Ha!

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We were incredibly lucky to have the best sponsors a woman could hope for! THANK YOU to Oiselle, Pro Compression, EnergyBits, ShowerPill, Mission Athleticare, and a generous discount from PocketFuel Naturals! More to come on how we used and enjoyed these great products in a later post!

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Danielle running through Plymouth above, and Carolyn snuck in an extra medal for legging out the longest half-marathon distance leg!

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The overnight runs included two runners along the Cape Cod Canal at sunset! Below is one of the few times both vans got to meet up, where we quickly high-fived and then broke off to either cheer or relax again.

It just so happens that my house is a perfect rest stop for Van 2 each year, just 12 minutes from the start of our second legs around midnight. It’s hard to sleep between 9pm-12am, but we ate a big dinner of leftovers from our pre-race gathering the night before, and most scurried off to a dark room to close their eyes.

Then… back out there! It’s a funny, weird feeling to run in the dark – but it’s also pretty cool!

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Bright and early around 8:30am in Harwich, Van 2 woke up from a couple hours sleep on the gym floor of the Cape Cod Tech school. We were about to begin running the coastline!

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Jessica keeping her tally on the side of the van! Each runner runs three legs over 24 hours, for a total of around 15-20 miles per runner.

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Day 2 was definitely more sunny and warm, and I was so happy these ladies could enjoy the Cape Cod National Seashore with their legs! Some of the most gorgeous scenery we have to offer :-)

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The finish and race party took place up on the hill of the Provincetown Monument. We had a good time there, munching on the food and drinking the beers, but we soon began the hour and a half drive back down to my house – not without one more stop to the beach!

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We sat around our cozy table for a big meal, and showers were had by all! We have a small home, but enough bed space to host a gaggle of girls and some bottles of wine!

When they pulled out of our driveway on Sunday morning, a huge pout-fest began. It was an incredible couple of days with some amazing woman from around the country. Women I didn’t know at all six months ago, who became social-media friends over that time, and who then solidified a huge place in my heart this weekend. I’m hopeful we will all meet again for another destination relay in 2015!

Members of our team! 

Hope you had a blast if you were out there too! Do you have a favorite relay in your area?

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