In case you need to catch up, part 1 can be found here.
So when I left you, leg 1 was done, and our van went off duty. We drove over to Homestead, FL, to the next major exchange (after stopping for McDonald's breakfast, obviously). The exchange was actually at the speedway! And they had indoor toilets! Seriously, it was the best exchange ever.
When I packed for the trip, I realized that I wouldn't be able to bring my big sleeping bag on the airplane. So I instead brought my Soldier Field 10 mile blanket and another thick fleece blanket. Not exactly ideal, but not terrible either.
I grabbed my blankets and headed under the grandstands for some shut-eye. There was a nice breeze blowing, fighter jets flying overhead, and even some rain. I slept for a couple of hours, and actually felt really refreshed, which is so hard to do during Ragnar.
|Chillin' under the grandstands|
|My bed neighbor, aka an old pace car|
|This would have been cute if my eyes were open|
|Aristi coming in!|
|Brett's off, and so are we!|
Oh, and have I mentioned before that all of this is taking place AT NIGHT? Alligators are NOCTURNAL. Oh God.
|Here I go, praying that I won't get eaten.|
At about mile 4.5, I hear a rustling in the weeds that scares the shit out of me. My stomach is in knots, and I would love nothing more than a smelly poo house to appear out of nowhere. But I'm not that lucky, and I still have half of my run to go. Also, it's really hot and humid, and I'm trying to ration my water, but I'm SO THIRSTY. I've passed all of the people I saw at the beginning, and now I'm by myself. No lights. No vans. Just me and my headlamp and this RUSTLING I HEAR IN THE BUSHES.
I start walking for a minute, telling myself to get a grip. But my STOMACH. And ALLIGATORS. I basically feel crappy for the remainder of the run, and I do the run/walk thing. Oh, and somewhere during mile 6, I hear something hissing, and I run away as fast as my legs can take me, for about a mile or so. Thankfully this leg was a half mile shorter than they said it would be, so at 7.75 miles, I am done. (1:20:19, avg pace 9:05).
Ok, so after we finished, we headed back to the van. The van was parked next to a different canal. Kelsey takes her headlamp and shines the light across the surface of the water. It's then that we see an eye gliding along the surface. An alligator. Thank GOD I'm done running. That was terrifying. I am such a city girl.
About 5 minutes later, I felt so much better. So there's that.
For our next trick, we run in the heat of the day and then hit the finish line in KEY WEST! Stay tuned for part 3!