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#thestrugglebusisreal  No, really. It is. We named our van #strugglebus. 

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!


So much happened over the course of 48 hours that it would be impossible to take you through it all at once, so today is (like with the Phoenix Marathon Weekend and Race Recaps), split into the Weekend and the Race/Running related posts.

Ragnar Chicago Relay 2015 Recap

Ragnar Chicago 2015 Race and Weekend Recap Suzlyfe

Team #222 One Man Per Van

  • Van #1: Judy, Andrew, Alison, Mo (Captain), Ashley, Elina
  • Van #2: Sara, Jessie, Beth, Krista, Susie, Eric

Alright, let’s get to the fun!

Ragnar Chicago Race Weekend Recap

I picked Sara up from her work mid-afternoon on Thursday, and we had some fun in some pretty terrible traffic and met up with the others at Mo’s dad’s house, were we piled into our “vans’ for the drive to Madison.

suz sara beth bloggers ragnar chi

I say “vans” in quotes because we had one minivan, one medium/large SUV. Apparently, the rental agency didn’t think that Mo was serious when she reserved 2 minivans. The story is that older people sometimes rent vans but erroneously reserve 2, and I guess because Mo’s real name is Maureen, they thought that she was an old person and only reserved her one. Thus they gave us a really nice SUV that could “fit” 6 people.

strugglebus back seat

Well, let’s just say that it is built for 4 and their junk, not 6 and their junk. Fortunately, by and large we were excellent packers, and so we made it work. Jessie drove, Eric nav’ed, Beth and Sara took the middle captain’s seats, and Krista and I (being the shortest) took the rear (I also drove). 

We met up with Krista in Madison (where she lives)–the reason we were the #strugglebus was that 3 of our 6 runners were injured–Nancy had to pull out, and thus we picked up Krista the week before; Jessie had some ITB issues (she was really the only one that had issues on course, and on the last leg had to stop and stretch); and myself, coming off of my stress injury). So we had a decent amount of room on the drive to Madison.

Madison and the start

In Madison, we were all freaking out starving, and we headed to Monks for beer (I got a Captial Brewing Lakehouse, grilled chicken salad, and helped others with cheese curds and french fries)

Cheese Curds Monks madison

then got some Greek Yogurt and M&Ms for dessert. At the hotels Van 2 plus Mo hung out and watched the rest of the NBA game, chatted, and then got into bed around 11. Mo, OrtonPants and I shared the pull out sofa bed in the front room (Mo and Orton had to get going earlier than the rest, and I had to set up the giveaway, plus I knew that I was already too amped to sleep much!). Mo and I had totally inappropriate conversations as per usual.

Orton pants ragnar chi cheese balls

OrtonPants in his windbreaker with his snack and pace chart

Friday and the Start


It rained the entirety of our time upon entering Madison through late next morning–we had planned to take a team picture at the Starting Line, the ONLY time that we would all be together, but it was raining so hard that we gave up on it, and van #2 went to breakfast instead. 

cinnamon sugar donut montys blue plate madison

BTW, if you are in Madison, highly recommend Monty’s Blue Plate--I barely had anything to eat after eating way too much at the hotel breakfast, but I tried some of other’s orders and they were delicious!  Totally cute from-scratch diner with really fantastic and creative options. We killed time at another adorable coffee-shop-cafe-art gallery, Water Street Cafe, near to our first major exchange, and once some small children cleared out, we had a little too much fun with Cards Against Humanity.

van 2 struggle bus Ragnar Chicago 2015 suz

Van 2! (Clockwise from left) Jessie, Beth, Krista, Eric, Sara, me

We got to the first major exchange early so that we could do all of the requisite sign in things and browse vendors and sponsors, and then started decorating the van (while I ate, having finally gotten hungry). Lunch of champions of protein bar, animal crackers, and pistachios. Oh, and Cheese Balls πŸ˜€ (See above pic of Orton Pants).

Sara Finishing her First Leg

Sara Finishing her First Leg

Sara was our first runner, and after Elina came in, she took off, and the real fun started! For the next 5-6 hours, it was all about getting to the next exchange point, getting the next runner ready, waiting, then taking off to the next point where the previous runner recovered and changed. This happened person after person until Eric ran, then we took off to Noodles and Co and shoved food into our gobblers. 

suz finishing run ragnar chi

Post First Run

After some dinner (Noodles and Co), we headed off to our next major exchange (where the vans switch off). After some time in traffic, we arrived at MLK High School, and some people went inside (they had places you could spread out as well as Chickfila for sale). Krista, Jessie, and I stayed in the car and tried to rest/nap. We didn’t have tons of time off, however, and soon it was time for Sara to head off (I think I slept for about 30 minutes?), and we went started our cycle again! Krista and Eric (the legs before and after me) were the only ones that had serious issues with feeling lost/seriously weirded out during their legs, mostly because of how the trails were marked/not marked. Eric had offered to run parts of my leg with me, but ultimately it wasn’t necessary!

Saturday and Post Run 2

There was a tent city at the next big exchange, but we opted to peel out and go to the next big exchange (about an hour or so away). I dozed in the car, and then when we got to the next high school, Sara and I stayed in the car (we didn’t have sleeping bags), and I passed the F out for about 3 or so hours. It poured rain again during the night (sorry, Van 1!) but was over by morning, and we got some breaky at Dunkin and enjoyed real bathrooms. The last major exchange meant that the next time we would see Van 1 would be at the finish! 

dunkin donuts breakfast ragnar chi egg white flatbread coffee

The weather started warming up, but everyone still did great with their last legs. Jessie had some ITB issues and even had to stop on the way, but she finished like a champ. At my exchange, we didn’t get the text from Krista saying she was a mile away (which we did as a warning signal for the next runner), and all the sudden I heard them calling our number and I had to sprint to the exchange!

Van 2 about 30 seconds before I started sprinting...

Van 2 about 30 seconds before I started sprinting…

The Finish!

We went and met up with Van 1 just before the finish (except for Judy, who had to go to Iowa TO RUN A MARATHON the next day) so that we could run in as a (sort of together) team. But upon realizing how far away we were parked, Sara decided to go back for her stuff and ended up getting passed by Eric as he was coming in! I called her, she told me this, and though we planned to wait, she gave us her blessing to let Eric run in, so we ran in with him (seriously, I think he would have killed us if we had told him to stop!) and waited for her for the final team pictures. 

ragnar chi 2015 finish line montrose beach

mo suz ragnar finish line medal

orton pants beer ragnar chi lush

Then it was time for celebrating and beer! After a beer and another round for the others, Jessie, Mo, Beth, Eric and I (I stopped at a beer and drove us back to Mo’s) went back to the struggle bus and headed back to her dad’s house to pick up our cars, and I said goodbye to my teammates. 

medal sand suz ragnar chi 2015

I got home home around 5 or 5 30, unpacked and chatted with Alex, and then we decided to go get some dinner before I took a shower (I knew that showering would = sleep, and I was getting really hungry, having not not a legit meal since that morning (don’t worry, I had definitely eaten, just nothing composed). So we went to M Burger (I was craving meat #twss), returned home, I had dessert, we put on a movie, and I am pretty sure I was asleep by 8.

m burger ragnar chi suz


I woke up with Alex the next morning around 6/630 then had a big breakfast (still recovering!) and slept for another 2 hours. The rest of Sunday was dedicated to eating, watching TV, and doing laundry and groceries. that’s it.

Me, essentially.

Me, essentially.

Want to know how my runs themselves went? Come back tomorrow!

197(ish) miles, 12 runners, 2 vans, and #OneManPerVan Read @Suzlyfe's #RagnarChi Recap! #fitfluential… Click To Tweet

What were you up to this weekend? 

What is your favorite Cards Against Humanity card?

When was the last time you ate a Cheese Ball or had an adult sleepover?

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  • Reply Tina Muir

    Okay, side note before I begin….on your homepage it says “tell me more”…..which of course I sung in my head (I am sure that is one of the reasons you chose that….if I know you…..maybe I dont….but Im guessing so). Did you ever think steve looks like john travolta? That is what people say, over and over, that he is a young JT. Made me think of him when I saw that hahhah! I didnt tell him as he wouldn’t be impressed, so I am telling you.

    Okay on to the point; WHAT A WEEKEND! This looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!! You girls are awesome! And so cool that so many of you got to hang out together! I really would like to do one of these races sometime in the future, they look so cool! Just not sure how I would handle it….in that way I can be wimpy! Great job ladies πŸ™‚
    Tina Muir recently posted…Meatless Monday- Italian Summer Vegetable SaladMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 5:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG YES STEVE DOES LOOK LIKE JOHN TRAVOLTA. That is hilarious. I’m so glad that I give you a chuckle with my tell me more’s :D.
      Ragnar is such a fun and crazy time that you just do it, you go and rock it out. You would be unfair at it, haha.

      June 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Carla

    Oh. Woman. You are so so so flipping inspirational.
    <3 <3 <3
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    June 15, 2015 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t even start calling me inspirational. I just try to have fun!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Amber

    Suz, you are so bad ass I cannot even handle it, I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU DID A RAGNAR, well I mean, I can, because you’re so kick ass and determined and awesome, but that’s incredible, seriously, congratulations! I did a grab bag for pro compression socks, where you cannot pick the socks, they just send you 3 random pairs, well one is a pair that says RAGNAR with he symbol, i had no idea what it was so I looked it up and realized, I can never wear those socks in public, cause i simply do not think i could ever do that! MY WEEKEND I worked, who knew working banquets could be such a work out, my arms and shoulders are legit sore from carrying 25 pound platters of food!
    Amber recently posted…Chicken Teriyaki Vegetable Noodle BowlMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 5:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I served and did catering for years–I know the work/struggle! I think you could do it! You can accomplish anything in 48 hours πŸ˜€

      June 15, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Sounds like fun! I’d love to do Ragnar, but those middle of the night runs? I”m not a night person..I”d probably get really cranky!

    Great job!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Water water everywhere!My Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Wendy, I am the anti-night person. Seriously. If I make it past 9:30 it is a big deal. I was amazed I was in such good shape!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Born and raised Sconnie here (although I’ve lived in Chicago longer than I lived in WI at this point) so I had to laugh at the cheese curds and cheese balls. I can proudly say that I’ve never been to Mar’s Cheese Castle and I’ve never milked a cow.How’s that for a transplanted cheese head?! πŸ™‚

    Only a runner would think that this looked like fun. It looked like a lot of fun! I’m so happy you stayed healthy and were able to complete it Susie. Great job!

    June 15, 2015 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right–runners are idiots πŸ˜€ I know the feeling of proudly never having been places–or at least avoiding them at all costs!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Ahhhh this sounds so awesome!! It sounds like you had a super eventful weekend.. can’t wait to hear about how your runs were tomorrow!
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    June 15, 2015 at 6:21 am
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    Wow, it really looks like you guys had a great time! Super impressed! I am always fascinated when I read the recaps of Ragnar, I don’t know that I could do it!
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted…Carlo’s Bakery & Weekend StuffMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so much fun, but you have to be prepared to not be alone for 48 hours!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I love reading about others Ragnar experiences! Odd that yours was not well marked as the 2 I did were very well marked. The middle of the night runs are always a little weird but fun. I love adult sleep overs! It does take a few days to catch up on sleep. Would you do another one?
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    June 15, 2015 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      In a heart beat! We already have a team name for next year! I feel fully recovered today, though my legs were a bit tired during my run this morning!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Michele

    Wow, pretty incredible, not sure I could do that! Good thing you had a nice recovery day, but your friend going to run a marathon? How the heck did that go?
    Michele recently posted…Workouts, Heat, and Recipe HeartbreakMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 6:55 am
    • Reply Judy F

      I finished the marathon!! It wasn’t pretty but it is done!! Hot, Humid & Hilly!!! All the water stations had warm water, no ice anywhere! Check out my friend I ran withs blog.

      June 15, 2015 at 8:53 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        That is awesome! Congratulations! And what do you mean, no cold water? That is baloney!

        June 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      God only knows. But she’s insane and is doing 3 in 3 days later this week!!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Now, THAT was a weekend! Everything I did just pales in comparison.

    However, I did cook 3 dinners in a row for us- 3!!!!!
    Blue Apron is wonderful and now we eat like real people.

    Can’t wait to hear/read about your actual run!

    June 15, 2015 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why don’t you pick up your phone for mmmeeeeee!!!
      And most weekends pale in comparison to this one, lol.

      June 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        My phone hasn’t wrung……from you!
        and, i guess, its time for me to be a grown up…..if I have to…..

        June 15, 2015 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Looks like a fun race! You must have been exhausted. To answer your question – I have never played Cards Against Humanity. I hear it’s super fun though.
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Not exhausted until it was all over. And you must play CAH. It is an amazing time.

      June 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Yay, looks like you had so much fun! I am in awe of all the restaurants/places you came across in between…for Ragnar ADK you’re lucky if you can find a gas station!!!
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t know what we would have done otherwise–we did NOT have the right food for meals. And there would have been a lot of bush-peeing in that case!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Yeah!! I loved all your photos this weekend and come on you deserve 2 minivans! I can’t image running one of these races I need space I would just kick people all day long in the van! Great job my dear you rock!
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Luckily I’m tiny πŸ˜€

      June 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Bummer that it was raining but still awesome that you got to run… I’ve always wanted to do one of those.
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We were so lucky with the weather in van 2. Otherwise, i probably would have pitched a fit

      June 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Your weekend looked like a BLAST! Glad you had a good time, loved all the photos. After reading all the Ragnar recaps I think I need to add it to my race bucket list!
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would definitely say so! The nice thing is that you are all in it, together, regardless of what happens–so better make the most of it!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I LOVE Cards Against Humanity. The card, “big black dick” is a gooder. It always fits nicely into any subject matter. In fact, I’ll use it randomly during daily conversations without the card game even around. K and if people reading this don’t know the card game or the card I’m talking about, I’m going to get extremely unpopular really fast. But hey anyway, your weekend sounds like so much fun!! We do a relay run once a year here and it’s a BLAST. Such good memories.
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    June 15, 2015 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      tee hee. I also like the shrivel up corpse of Larry King. And so many more, honestly.
      This makes you more popular with me.

      June 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Ragnar looks so fun! Lots of great people, good food, and fun running! My husband’s best friend is getting married in Madison in August and I’m pretty excited, both for the wedding and how awesome Madison looks. I’m excited to read more about Ragnar tomorrow!
    This weekend was a typical Seattle weekend: visit a winery on Saturday and go hiking on Sunday.
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    June 15, 2015 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Read my recap of Madison from last summer–it will get you even more excited!

      June 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i’ve yet to do one of these races but one of my girlfriends is allll about them. they look super fun but also exhausting! glad you had such a good experience. my wknd was fab also — all the workouts, all the girlfriend time, allll the oudoors — brunches and parks and boats and running…perfect.
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    June 15, 2015 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, you lead the most magical life. It is disgusting.

      June 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    One day I will be able to share the fun of a ragnar from personal experience!

    June 15, 2015 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should totally do it, so much fun!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Sounds like a blast, especially the Chik Fil A at one spot! I found one in Detroit’s airport but never when it was time for a meal. I have always wanted to try this. Maybe next year. And the cheese balls, well shortly after I found out I was pregnant they were around here briefly. So good and so gross all at once!
    Sarah recently posted…Back Home in Chicago!My Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I couldn’t have fathomed Chick Fil a after as much as I ate at Noodles, also because I was about to go run, but I wish they had had it earlier. I would have been all over that.

      June 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Yay Ragnar! Too bad about the rain. And too funny about the vans. I imagine even mini vans would be hard fitting the team into. We had huge full size vans for our Ragnar.
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon RecapMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We were all pretty much drooling over the big ass vans. So jealous.

      June 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to hear how your runs went. I’m happy that you all made it in one piece and you had a great time!
    Gretchen | Gretchruns recently posted…MIMM : family, friends, food, and fitnessMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, ditto ditto ditto!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    My sunday was a complete waste! I felt sooooooo out of it. Luckily today I feel back to my normal self. I love all the pics πŸ™‚ I hadn’t seen some of these. Thanks for recapping so I will always remember the weekend πŸ™‚
    Sara @ Lake Shore Runner recently posted…What’s your next challenge? + GiveawayMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 8:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Obvs! I hope that you were able to get everything taken care of with work and what not. Plus, I have no idea that you needed a serious recovery what with you HAULING SO MUCH ASS

      June 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I finally got a run in Saturday! Woohoo! While it wasn’t anything spectacular, it was nice to get out and get some fresh air and move my legs. And I got to spend some time Sunday at the beach so that’s never a bad thing : ) I’m so jealous of your weekend – Ragnar sounds like SO much fun and I really want to do one some day! I think it would definitely make for a super fun experience! : ) Hope you have an amazing Monday and enjoy the recovery !! : )
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    June 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so glad that you got to run–I know what it does to your brain with Crohn’s and the mind-body games that it plays. And then beach–right way to recovery. Lemme know if you ever want to join up (thinking about next year’s team already!)

      June 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    I really really want to do a Ragnar it looks like so much fun! I was in Miami for a few days for my sisters Bachelorette so am super tired today and riding the struggle bus post vaca.

    I’ve never played Cards Against Humanity…hard to believe!
    Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat recently posted…Working On NutritionMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 9:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG it is magical and so fantastic. It = Ragnar and CAH. And hey, the #strugglebus is a good place to be lol

      June 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Very cool! Can’t wait to hear how your runs went πŸ™‚
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    June 15, 2015 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Soon enough, my dear!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Wow, sounds like so much fun but kind of exhausting too! That’s pretty funny about the van/SUV incident. I would love to do a ragnar someday but it seems like there is a ton of planning involved! And I love your van name:)
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Weekend Things and Weekly RecapMy Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 9:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, Mo took on all the planning so there wasn’t much trouble on our end! Thank goodness for her πŸ˜€

      June 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    This sounds like such a blast. One day I’d like to do a Ragnar! And that food? DROOOOOLING!
    Michelle recently posted…Weekend wrap up-I’m ready!!!My Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Basically it was carb city. Aka awesome.

      June 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Salt

    Best Ragnar team EVER!!! I was LOVING your pics! You ladies rock so hard. Never have I wanted to do a Ragnar more in my life! <3
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    June 15, 2015 at 10:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t forget #anderic lol. We love our Lone Sausage. Lauren, this is seriously the perfect thing for you–you get to see alllll the people!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Oh good we had very similar Sundays. Those are the best. Glad you had such a good time!!
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    June 15, 2015 at 10:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I did JACK sunday. When do I get to see you this week?

      June 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Love the initial recap! Now I’m getting so excited for Colorado in a few months! Were you really tired the whole time or was it not as bad as it sounds?
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    June 15, 2015 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Not bad at all. I slept hard those few little times, but it wasn’t until I got home that I really crashed!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Jill

    Seems nearly impossible but also fun! My cousins wife asked if I’d like to do a Ragnar sometime and I’m considering it. I am just not sure how I’d deal with the lack of showering and sleep?!? But you look fantastic throughout the whole weekend!
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    June 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, honestly, it is about 30 hours without a shower, and you are running (literally) on adrenaline, so I think that you would be ok!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Reading this made me want to do a Ragnar! I keep saying I’m going to, but I need to find people to do it with me. Come to Cape Cod and do that one with meeeeee. I can’t wait to hear about the actual race πŸ™‚ It definitely makes it a better experience with the right people.
    Sarah @pickyrunner recently posted…Some weekends…My Profile

    June 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When is the Cape Cod one? Find a good team, and I will think about it πŸ˜€

      June 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Sam @ Pancakewarriors

    Yay you guys made it! Sounds like a crazy weekend. Sucks there was so much rain! Hope you felt great the whole time πŸ™‚ yay for Suz getting her mojo back!!

    June 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I did, and the mojo was very much returned!

      June 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    So fun reliving everything! You know my favorite Cards Against Humanity card. πŸ˜‰ Although that Pac Man one was pretty great, too. Also, I stopped by Target this afternoon to pick up some necessities and saw some big tubs of cheese balls. Was tempted to pick some up, but decided I needed to keep them a special Ragnar treat. Hope you’re recovering well!
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    June 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Mo

    Balls, balls, balls.

    June 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You Bastard.

      June 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Erin

    I had to laugh when you said you were craving meat because that’s EXACTLY how I was after my first Ragnar! Too many carbs, not enough protein. I think my husband and I went to Five Guys after my first Ragnar πŸ™‚
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    June 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I was like OMG WHERE IS THE PROTEIN GIVE ME NOW

      June 17, 2015 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    WHAT a weekend! Oh my gosh these are the runs that just sound unbelievably amazing and fun and bring together a whole group of runners that turn out to be great friends. I am jealous of all your food. Currently Benny is napping on me like Zoey is on the chair so dinner hasn’t happened yet. I should get on that πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to hear about how your runs went!
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    June 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, considering Benny’s size and your tummy I totally understand you not moving! Plus, fixing dinner sounds like work (EW work). It really was so much fun, but I really was so incredibly lucky!

      June 17, 2015 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    This looks like so much fun!!! I’m signed up to do Ragnar trail with some of my high school cross country girlfriends in November and can’t wait!! This post def got me pumped πŸ™‚ (and I still need to read the really really good part!!)
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    June 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will have so much fun with your girls! You just have to embrace it–all the crazy!

      June 17, 2015 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    Yes to cheese curds and cheese puffs and everything else cheesy! It looks like you had so much fun, and I can’t wait to hear about your runs tomorrow!
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We seriously did. You know I’m not usually a big cheese person, but when in Wisconsin….

      June 17, 2015 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    This looks so fun! I’m trying super hard not to be all jealous of your fun race weekend.
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go ahead, be jealous πŸ˜€

      June 17, 2015 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Sounds like a great weekend and event! I would love to run a Ragnar with a bunch of friends some day – must put that on my list πŸ™‚ Hope the foot is good!
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    June 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You totally should. With your impenetrability via being Canadian and having kids, you would be indestructible!

      June 17, 2015 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    It looks like so much fun! I’m so glad you were able to do it!
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    June 15, 2015 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you and so was I! Made being so careful incredibly worth it!

      June 17, 2015 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    AHH! how awesome! so glad you were able to run this. I’m getting jazzed for my Ragnar DC adventure in October πŸ™‚
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    June 16, 2015 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG you will have so incredibly much fun!

      June 17, 2015 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Smitha @RunningwithSDMom

    You make me want to do a Ragnar! Almost…not quite sold yet. What happens if a van mate turns whiny? What if I turn whiny? πŸ™

    June 16, 2015 at 11:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then we leave you by the side of the road, lol.
      But really…

      June 17, 2015 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    OK, I have never even heard of Cards against Humanity? I loved seeing your pics! Awesome that they had chick fil a…they didn’t have that last year!! This made me get excited for the DC one in October!! Can’t wait to do it again!
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    June 16, 2015 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    I am so proud of you for completing a Ragnar! Honestly, a lot of the reason that I would have a hard time to committing to one is because I’m out of my comfort zone. Worrying about bathrooms would drive me crazy! But you handled it like a CHAMP (bc you’re THE SUZ, DUH!) Squshed and all-you rocked it.
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    June 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE you. I honestly liked the fact that I was able to be juuuuust enough within my comfort zone–if it had been all trails I don’t think that I could have handled it! Plus the distances were mentally so do able. I think you would rock it πŸ˜€

      June 17, 2015 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Your Sunday rest day sounded awesome. I need one of those soon! And I haven’t had cheese balls in like 7 years. Yummy powdery cheese!
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    June 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Kerri McGrail

    This looks like such a fun race! I wish I had more family/friends that liked running! Running at night would be hard for me though- I lose energy after about 8 p.m. lol (am I 22 or 80?). I haven’t played cards against Humanity in SO long- It is a blast with a good crowd πŸ™‚
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    June 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am usually asleep at 9 #grandmastatus, so I was amazed at my energy level!

      June 22, 2015 at 9:54 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    I do enjoy me some Capitol Brewing and cheese curds. Sounds like an awesome group and a fun time. Relays are all about the team for me!
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    June 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope we can be on one together some day!

      June 22, 2015 at 9:53 am

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