You know those friends who make you think, “How did I get so lucky?”
When you’re a runner, those friends are the ones who will do any kind of run with you: they’ll dodge rattlesnakes, run through the night, push through discomfort… and cheer you on while you do the same.
You can find those sorts of phenomenal friends at Ragnar Relays, where both glory moments and eyebrow-raising trail encounters abound.
From meeting Insta-friends in real life to overcoming self-limiting beliefs — and basking in the glory that is trail running — enjoy these first hand experiences from Fit Approach Ragnar runners who gave it everything they’ve got.
Debbie Woodruff @coachdebbieruns
My longest leg, which was about 8 miles, was in the middle of the night, starting right around midnight. Frankly, I was scared about it. Scared about running in the dark, falling, getting lost, taking forever to finish. Basically everything. As soon as I started, I knew that I would be fine. It was cold but I was dressed just right and I warmed up quickly. My lights all worked (headlamp and handheld).
It was wonderful and so dark: just the stars to light up the night (I even turned off all my lights at one point just to enjoy that). It was mostly quiet, except for the occasional sounds of other runners. I felt like I ran that thing strong! Not fast because I was being careful. It was just a wonderful experience.
From Kristina Abadie @ocrunningmama
For me, the moment of glory was just meeting all of my teammates: I love meeting IG friends IRL. We all got along great! I had just finished a big race two weeks before and wasn’t able to finish my last leg. Right away another team member stepped up and took it. I absolutely love this community! And how could I forget Freak Bros Pizza and that S’more bar!! They had the biggest marshmallows I have ever seen!
From Carleeh Mulholland @healthycarleeh
I celebrated my 36th birthday running my first ever trail run — a 10k — it was the year I wanted to prove to myself I could do hard things. Every twist and turn of the trail I giggled (mid-pant) because it was the most fun I’d ever had running, and even though I was almost in last place amongst some serious trail runners, this ranked top five in the most adventurous moments of my life. I even wore a pink birthday sash!
Surviving Trail Mishaps
You didn’t think you could have all these moments of glory without one mishap, did you?
While Ragnar Relays are fun and exciting, they’re also challenging. But we know you can handle it. Here’s a firsthand account from @coachdebbieruns on her not-so-happy memory that still makes her smile, because even the hard times at Ragnar make for good memories:
“Okay, this isn’t a happy memory, but it still makes me smile because, well basically because I survived it. After I finished my second loop and it was in the middle of the night, it was freezing. Like in the 20s freezing and I was wet with sweat and started to get cold right away. I hurried back to my tent but couldn’t stand the idea of taking off my wet running clothes. It was just too cold. Instead, I added more clothes on, basically as many as I could and snuggled into my sleeping bag and tried to get warm. I got very little sleep that night, but luckily the coffee was free, strong, and plentiful!”
“While I think of Ragnar Trail Los Coyotes as one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, it was also one of the most fun.”
Ragnar Trail Wawayanda
Are you ready for your most unforgettable running adventure? Join Fit Approach and team Sweat Pink as we take on Ragnar Trail Wawayanda Lake October 11-12. For two radiant fall days and one starry night, you and your team will conquer a series of three trail loops, relay-style. You’ll set up camp on the shores of Wawayanda Lake, just 50 miles outside of New York City. When you’re not running, you’ll be huddled around campfires, cooking out, cheering on other runners, and creating bonds you won’t find anywhere else (you’d be hard-pressed to find a group of people willing to run 5-plus miles in the middle of the night).
Join us at Wawayanda Lake or create a team and run another Ragnar adventure. Get $100 off using the code FIT19 at checkout (excludes races already closed: Bourbon Chase, Sprint, Black Loop and Sunset formats).
Created in partnership with Ragnar Relays.