The Texas Ragnar Trail Relay Debacle

This past weekend, seven friends and I ran the Ragnar Trail Relay at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, Texas. We trained, we planned, we packed and we ran. Every person on each team of eight runs 3 legs: a 3 miler, a 5 miler and a 7.7 miler along rocky trails with intense inclines and declines. These runs are separated by the runs of your other teammates and happen relay-style, with one runner handing off the race number to the next. There were 200 teams camped in the area, with a central location called “The Village” – which happened to be several tent vendors and food trucks set up near the race start/end point. All of this went down on a large ranch with trails usually used for mountain biking. We all started out with strong legs and high spirits. Our team of eight was all female. As you send out one runner, the other seven ladies get to chat and hang out to wait for their leg to start. During these chats, we realized that collectively we were the mothers of 33 children. Yes, 33 kids! I know – that’s a LOT of kids. Luckily most of these children were school-age and older, thus not draining our daily stores of energy in the way infants and toddlers do…but still, 33 kids require some serious love and energy. So as a diversion from said kids, we train to do crazy adrenaline-pumping things and occasionally get some adult-time. What I didn’t realize was that this race would be quite as difficult as it turned out to be. I can run...