# Flock You Like a Hurricane

May 12th, 2014 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Race Report | Travel

I have been traveling quite a bit for work and took sleep deprivation to a whole new level this weekend at Ragnar Cape Cod.  On Thursday evening I flew from Houston to Boston.  Shaun picked me up from the airport a little after midnight and we checked into a hotel nearby.  After about 5 hours of sleep, we were up and headed towards Hull for the start of Ragnar Cape Cod.  I have never run in a relay before (with the exception of One Run For Boston) and I was looking forward to the experience.  I have participated in lots of races — mostly running races and triathlons — but most of these don’t rise to the level of an experience.  Ragnar was different.  It was 28 hours of pretty much non-stop going (other than 2 hours of not great sleep on a hill trying to stay warm with the ridiculous wind whipping around).  I’m pretty confident that I don’t do well with no sleep, but this weekend proved that I can do really well if I have the support of those around me.

I’m not sure I can put the experience into words, so I’m trying with pictures:

Before the start in Hull — Anne, Me, Rebecca, Ali, Amy and Melissa.
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 The 10:00 a.m. start under gray skies.  Most of the race would be cool and rainy (we struggled with shivering and blue lips).  The sun did come out for the finish mid-day on Saturday.   

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Ali (who ran a marathon the weekend before) booking it into transition #1.

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Anne taking off for stage #2.  Claimed she was going to “run slow” yet put down 7 min / miles for all of her legs.  

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Ali checking off out very first box on the Ragnar Van (after stopping to take a selfie) — if I hear the Selfie song one more time I may pummel Shaun.  

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 The hand off between legs 3 and 4.  Love the fresh green.  We were run-wear opposites.  No one told me my first stage would have 500 feet of climbing over a 10K.  

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The handoff between 6 and 7.  Our first stop at the beach (Duxbury).  We were freezing.  

 

 

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Ready for night running (and stages 13 through 18).  I ran in the dark.  Twice.  And did not fall.  I also learned that headlamps hurt my head and I lost the good blinking butt light (it must have bounced off my ample behind).  

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Rebecca finishing her final leg.  She was rather happy to pass on the baton to me, especially after I tormented her 100 times that morning by reminding her over and over again that I could stay wrapped in a sleeping bag because she had to run 9.4 miles before I had to do anything that morning.  

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The handoff from stage 28 to 29.  I was very concerned with my watch.  Stage 28 was a great stage for me.  I found a running friend, we held 8 flats and picked off lots of runners.

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Finishing up stage 30.  I am always happiest when I run (and especially when I’m running well).  I haven’t strung together this many good runs in a row in forever, so the weekend was super special from a running confidence point of view as well.  

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Marking off the final stages.

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Legs up the Shaun (Shaun was a rockstar all weekend taking care of all of us).  

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My map of Massachusetts.  I was so proud of this drawing.  

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 We don’t follow directions well at all (for example I posted hundreds of pictures and used the wrong Ragnar hash tag for all of them).     

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