When we got to Exchange 24, we parked and immediately tried to sleep. Unfortunately, Van 2 had a shorter number of miles during this section so our time was limited to just about 2 1/2 hours. changed into my final running outfit (AMERICAN FLAG SPANDEX and our Racing in the Street team tank) and fake slept the entire time. Around 4:30am, We got word that they were about 30 minutes away so we all started getting ready. I was going to lead off our team for our last legs!
All of us in Van 1 were tired and barely slept. We ALL rallied and got pumped up to start running again. I think it had to do with our final outfit. We stuck with the Springsteen theme with emphasis on BORN IN THE USA. They outfits were a hit from the start.
At 5:00am, I started my final leg, IN STYLE.
For 5:00am with no sleep, this may have been the best run I’ve done in a very long time. I was running just before dusk so I couldn’t quite see the view in Carlsbad, but I knew it was beautiful. We finally reached the water again. I saw my teammates a few times along the route and they were super supportive. Other runners commented about the amazingness of our team! My music was awesome, I felt like I was flying. I passed 33 people (we all counted) on this run and no one passed me. HUGE UPGRADE from Leg 2 and death in the dirt thoughts.
Leg 3: 5.5 mi, 7:45 avg
After my leg, the sun started coming up and everyone woke up and was ready to party. High-five stations were mandatory during every runner’s leg. Music was blasting and we were cheering!
Erin was next. We found her quickly, jammed out and did push ups. Why not?
Erin was high on life and handed off to her brother Pat for his final leg. There wasn’t much van support for his leg but the finish in Solana Beach was BEAUTIFUL! We were there for quite some time so we used the opportunity to take 1 million pictures.
Pat came flying in (showing off some leg) and handed off to Treacy.
Treacy had quite a hill for her final run. Thankfully, we were able to drive along side of her for most of her leg to cheer her on!
She passed off to Melissa (rockstar superhero of Van 1) in excellent fashion….
Melissa was awesome and ran for me when I couldn’t during Leg 2! Since she picked up an entire extra leg, Erin and I jumped in and ran with her for the final 2 miles of her leg!
Finally, we reached the beach again. Melissa handed off to Liz in Del Mar. Then Liz climbed a another mountain. I felt bad for Runner #6. Tough legs for sure. Liz asked Erin, Treacy and I to jump in with her at the end and we jumped in right near the famous Torrey Pines in La Jolla! The four of us ran together for the final 2.2 miles. As we came turned the corner for the next major exchange, Treacy played “Bring on Your Wrecking Ball” and we jammed out, pumped up that we were done!
WHY RUN ALONE WHEN WE CAN ALL RUN TOGETHER! I NEVER WANT TO STOP RUNNING!!!!!!
We finished together with pure joy! We passed off to Van 2. Van 1 was done.
We kept in touch with our teammates from Van 2 as they blew through each leg! Unfortunately, they started running just as it was getting really warm again. We drove to the finish line and waited for our teammates!
In true Racing in the Street teamwork fashion, Jackie picked up an additional leg to get us to the finish line and ran a total of 12 miles. When she came around the corner at the finish line we all jumped in and crossed the finish together.
I am proud of each runner on our team. Each runner helped us cross the finish line in 37th place (out of 371 teams). We completed the relay in 29 hours and 7 minutes! Proud is an understatement. I am inspired by every runner who completed the Ragnar Relay. The drive and determination I see in others is why I run.