Last year I went on a really wonderful and sucky adventure known as Ragnar. Last year I was pissed for 2 WHOLE DAYS. Last year I SWORE I would NEVA EVA do this shit again. Lets fast forward shall we? I get a message on FB: “Khrys we need another teammate for Ragnar. You in??” **face palm**
See… What had happened was: I forgot about all the bogus crap and major melt downs that I had last year and said “You only live once. LETS DO THIS” I paid 100 something dollars and it was set. **face palm again** THE FUCK did I just get myself into… AGAIN?!?!?!?!?! So this is what I got myself into… again. 2.5 days of camping. 1.5 days of running. Its a team of 8 stupid ass people that decide that running at all times of day and night is AMAZING and THRILLING!!! You have a green loop (3ish miles) and yellow loop (5ish miles) and a red loop (about 7 miles). No matter what time of day or night, if your teammate comes back and hands you that bib, you gotta get your ass up and go!!!!
Fast forward again to Thursday Oct 12. I am mad dashing all day trying to make sure I have everything that I need and work at the same time. I had to be OUT OF WORK BY 430p. Time has never moved so damn slow!!! I rush to meet Bridget downstairs only for us to take off and have to turn around because I FORGOT HER BIRTHDAY SURPRISE!!! SHIT!!!! I made a mad dash back to work to grab her surprise and we were off to the backwoods of NJ!!! The weather was brisk BUT THERE WAS NO RAIN so we didn’t care!!!
We get to the camp site and set up our awesome pop up tent. It was massive for an open and Boom there ya go tent. Everyone else was hammering and putting sticks and poles in. We literally unzipped the bag and it popped out. We threw ER’THANG in and went to mingle with our teams. There were soooooo many awesome people!!! SOOOOOO MANY!!!!!!
So not only was this set up camp night but it was also Bridget’s birthday!!! What better way to bring in the awesome day than with a group of dumb ass people who decide to run for 1 and a half days?!?!??!?!?! BEST.BIRTHDAY.EVER!!!!!
Alright Night #1
Night number one was SHIT!!! I slept on a sleep mat and put my sleeping bag on top of that. I also slept in sweat pants, and hoodie and had a fleece blanket over me because IT WAS FREAKING FREEZING OUTSIDE!!! HO-LY SHIT it was cold. But there was no rain so I was good… sort of. When I woke up at the butt crack of dawn I had slid off my sleep mat and was all on Bridget’s side of the tent. That sleep mat was like laying on a gosh damn slip and slide going down hill. So all in all there was MAYBE 3 hours of sleep. Because all night there were people yelling and laughing oh and porta potty doors slammed all damn night!!!AWFUL I TELL YA!!! JUST AWFUL!!!
MORNING SUNSHINE LETS DO THIS
Ok. So rise and shine butter cup!! Its time to put the running shoes to the trail and kick this into gear. Our team started at 930. Pedro was our leader!!! Jen was second. Bridget was third,I forgot the guy who was 4th. Anthony was 5th. I was 6th. I forgot who was 7th and Eve was our last runner. We woke to freaking AMAZING BLUE Skies and cold ass weather but it warmed up pretty fast.
So Pedro is like grease lightning. Last year he ran his lap in a medical boot so this year was PAY BACK!!! PAY.BACK!!!
He takes off like the hounds of hell are on his heels and doesn’t look back. I mean dude is kicking up sand and smoke!!! So what do you do?? You chill and hang out with the other dumb asses that decided this was the BEST ADVENTURE EVER!!!! Jen is up next. She is also grease lightning. She took off for her lap soon after Pedro got back. What did I do?? Chilled, drank a ton of coffee, did I mention chill? Our RWB team next to us had food, drinks and music going non stop so yeh it was on and popping. Our ultra team was AMAZING. They basically ran double what we common folks ran. The ultra team is like super hero status. Compared to them we were mere peasants but WE DIDNT CARE because we are NOT about that superhero life!!! LMBO!!! Carlos, Ma, and two other people made up our ultra team. LOVED THEM ALL… Even though I can’t remember names.
So Jen gets back and Bridget is next. Bridget is a ray of freaking sunshine!! I call her Funshine. Bridget basically ran the same laps I was running and gave me the run down before it was my turn to go.
Alright so someone runs after Bridget but I can not for the life of me remember his name. He was cool as hell but I can not remember his name!!! Then it was Anthony. ANTHONY was COOL AS A FAN!!! Thats my dude right there!!! While everyone is having their hell in the woods, Im doing what I do best goofing, laughing, eating and making a statement. You know when I run, I run for a reason. You all know my reasons: Black Lives Matter is at the TOP of my list. Every race I commit to is for ALL of the innocent black lives that were taken. I don’t apologize for it and won’t.
So Anthony gets back and its my turn. SHIT SHIT SHIT!!! Im not ready!!! But I don’t really have a choice because I SIGNED UP FOR THIS SHIT… VOLUNTARILY!!! Thats the kicker y’all. I PAID TO DO THIS SHIT!!!! Whatever… Let me get back on topic. So Ive got my ear buds in and I am hyping myself up because… Dude you have to. Whats pumping through my earbuds??? NO LIMIT SOILDERS Down for my N*#%$^&!!! YEH… I was ready to go!!! I got that bib and that was all she wrote. It took me a minute to find my pace and get my breathing down but baby once I got it going… THAT WAS IT!!! I.DID.NOT.STOP!!! A fire was lit under my ass and I was OUT!!!!
I ran 7 straight miles yo!!!! Master P had me on the move!!!!! Then I got to Ma. Ma was running her 2nd lap for the ultra team. Ma was limping and I was worried and went into panic “What do you need?? I got water, I got salt packs, I got chews. What Chu need?!?!” She kept telling me nothing and to keep going. But I hate seeing good people in trouble. She wouldn’t let me help and just said “Tell the team you saw me at mile 4.” Uhh ok. And that was that. I took off like a bat out of hell. The only time I slowed my pace was to make it up climbs but other than that I was OUT!!! I passed an Ultra team mate on the course and let her know “I saw Ma around mile 4” She took off in search and that was that. I hit that marker that let me know I was almost done and baby you couldn’t tell me SHIT! I felt like a gosh damn super hero!!!
Finished my 1st leg and handed the bib to the guy who was after me… Cant remember his name but he was cool as hell. What comes next?? FOOD and change of clothes!!!!
So lets fast forward shall we.
It starts getting dark. Not just any dark but FUCKING DARK. My second lap isn’t until around midnight!! SHIIIIIIIIIIT!! OH MAH GAH OH MAH GAH OH MAH GAH!!! I was determined NOT to have a complete meltdown like I did last year. I had a flash light and a brighter head lamp this year and I wasnt running my longest lap. I should be fine right?? Well I must have pushed myself to the max on my first lap because my knee was SCREAMING not too long after and it didn’t stop. Anthony comes running into the Shute and its time for me to go… off into the deep dark woods… and IM BLACK on top of that. Was there fear?!?! HELL YES!!! I take the bib and try to run but my knee was NOT having it. I basically limped for almost 6 miles!!! 4 of those miles I was in the dark… somewhere in the woods… BY MY DAMN SELF!! I may have peed my pants a little… twice. Just a tinkle… not a full fledge piss. Ill tell you why. When you are running with a water pack… the water in your pack sounds like feet behind you!!! When you turn around though to see all there is around you is darkness. You hear every noise, your breathing all of a sudden sounds SUPER loud. I didn’t have any full fledge breakdowns though. Finally at the last mile marker I ran or should I say limped into a guy who had sprained his ankle. So both of us hobbled the last mile. Coming up on the curve we looked up and bright red and green lights were twinkling in the trees. I had to stop “Wait… I see lights… You see them too right?? Im not the only one. ” He was like “Yeh I see them” THANK YOU GOD!!! I took the biggest breath and we attempted to book it across the finish line. So handing off the bib I looked up and saw a familiar face but couldn’t believe he was standing there. Angel. ANGEL… I could have cried. I was so damn happy to see someone waiting. I didn’t even say anything to him. I just walked up and hugged him. He was like “I know you are tired. Go rest.” Later he was like “when you crossed that line. It was like you had totally checked out. Your eyes were 2 times the size they normally are and you were glazed over. Like you saw a ghost or something.” I was like “DUDE!!! I just hobbled for 6 miles… IN THE DARK and I was scared shitless!!! So when I saw you, I just knew I was hallucinating!!!”
I made it to my tent and Bridget was snoring. It was like after 130 in the morning. I stripped out of everything and changed to clean sweats, climbed into my slippery ass sleeping bag and CRASHED… for a whopping 3 hours. FUCK!!!!! I was NOT a happy camper when I woke upI was cold, hurting, aching all over, TIRED and mentally done!!! My last lap was at like 10. 3 miles. That was 3 of the LONGEST miles of my LIFE!!! Do you hear me?!?!?! Shit never ended!!! But I did it!!! My team pulled through!!! WE finished 100 something miles of awesome torture.
My team… my super awesome amazing team. I can’t remember everyones name but when I tell you we went out there and gave EVERYTHING that we had… WE GAVE EVERYTHING!!! This years Ragnar was amazing because the weather was 10 times better than last year. The food was better this year and my team was amazing. I also saw more black people than I had ever seen at a race!!! That gave me ALL OF MY LIFE!!! But for real. I run these races to prove something to myself. There is still that little shy 3rd grader who just wanted to make everyone like her. That shy little third grader who was told by her teacher that she wasn’t good enough. I run these races to prove to that little girl “Honey you can do anything and damn it you are amazing!!!” Will I do this race again… HELL YES because it can only get better and better.