Last January I ran the craziest race of my life: Ragnar Relay: Miami to Key West.
200 miles. 12 people. 2 vans. 48-hrs of insanity.
I’m not even sure where to begin to describe the Ragnar Relay experience because there is seriously no experience like it out there. You can check out my recaps here: Part I, Part II, Part III <- my favorite part of them all ;), but just trust me when I say that Ragnar Relay is a one-of-a-kind experience where strangers become best friends, running on less than 3 hours of sleep becomes the norm, and the option of showering post-run is non-existent. Like I said, nothing out there like it.
That awesome experience is why I was pumped when Ragnar Relay asked me to be a part of their Swagnar Relay blogger series.
12 bloggers. Two Weeks. A whole lotta’ swag to giveaway.
Each blogger was provided with a Ragnar-themed topic before the swagnar hand-off was given (mine’s coming from Tall Mom On the Run!) and I’m blogger #8 in the 12-blogger relay.
My topic? Running at night
One of the things that really impressed me when I participated in Ragnar was their attention to detail in safety. All 12 runners on our relay team had to show proof of possessing a reflective vest during on-site registration and that vest had to be worn during nighttime hours by all relay participants when they were outside the van whether they were running or not.
To be honest, I was a little confused why every runner had to wear the vests when they weren’t running, but just after nightfall it all began to make sense when we were stopping at un-lit streets in the middle of nowhere to offer van support to our runner. Without our vests on, no one would have seen us waiting for our runner and it could have turned deadly. In street clothes at night, you are only visible to drivers up to 200 feet, in dark conditions. Most reflective vests make it so runners become visible to drivers up to 1200+ feet.
On top of the reflective vests, our runners had to wear a headlamp on their front and a tail-light on their back during the night legs. Adding headlamps and flashing LED tail-lights provides increased visibility and safety.
Runner at 150′ sans night gear
Runner at 150′ with night gear
Quite a difference, right?
Of course, reflective vests, headlamps, and tail-lights aren’t out there just to increase visibility and safety for runners who run Ragnar Relay races, any runner who runs at night would benefit from the extra safety precautions. Motorist are not going to see runners on the road unless they make their presence known on the road. Those reflective pieces or additional lights might just be what save your life.
And, now for the run part.
Here’s my stash of the swag to giveaway.
The complete package to keep you running safely at night:
- reflective vest
- tail light
Here’s how you win
*Note participants must enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win the night gear. You have until tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 23rd) at 11:59pm to enter. A winner will be drawn on Wednesday Oct. 24th and contacted via email.
If you’re not a winner this time, be sure to check out Biran at SoleDaddy.com, he’s on deck next!
We’re low on food supplies in the house, so I stopped at Publix on the way home this morning and picked up some pre-made chili from the deli.
I love Publix pre-made soups and chilis. They’re usually easy to reheat and always very flavorful, I’ve yet to be disappointed.
I added some fresh avocado and cheese to my chili to give it a little oomph.
Guess what? The invites were dropped in the mailbox today! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have that little milestone taken care of.