We drove ahead to leg number 23 in Racine (HERE). Amy Zem, Linda and I had 7.1 miles planned for us around 4 am. We showed up and were surrounded by tons of runners and chaos in the darkness. Much better. We were off on the country roads. The sun was rising as we ran near Lake Michigan. This was my favorite leg, because we were running it together. I kept looking at Amy’s cute bottom in her ruffle panties. I was getting delirious from the lack of sleep and kept commenting on her hinder. We were also cussing and throwing out profanities along the way. It’s amazing what 24 hrs in a van and no sleep will do to a gal.
We let the GPS drive us to our next destination, where we crossed the Illinois border. It was hot and we were getting tired. We layed out under a shade tree at the next major exchange. I felt like our team did a lot of waiting around, but we made the best of it. Mid-afternoon our first runner, Marcia, was off again.
We got a bit turned around at the next couple of exchange points, but made it. Jen thought she left some personal items in a port-o-potty, so there was a bit of panic. At one point, Jen received a phone call that someone close to her was in the hospital and she would need to head north. Luckily, we were close to a train station. Linda and her family back home in Madison were able to figure out the train schedule. Linda sat with Jen at the train station for a few hours while the rest of us finished our journey. After going through all of our options (Van 1 was already done), we decided it was best to skip Jen and Linda’s legs, as well as Amy’s. My leg was the longest and not supported well in downtown Chicago. So, Amy Zem was going to run it with me. My buddy, Amy Zem and me, navigating together through downtown Chicago. The van temp read mid-90’s. It was HOT!
When we arrived at the beach I couldn’t stop coughing. So much that I started gagging. I couldn’t figure out was wrong. I started panicking. Worried about heat exhaustion. Gagged some more. Cried. Was scared. My teammates took me over to the medical tent. They didn’t have ice packs, water or much of anything on hand. My teammates used a t-shirt and got it drenched in ice water and threw it around my neck. The medic laid me down on a cot and had me rest. He asked if I had slept at all. “NO”. Had I ate a meal “NO”. Did you walk during your runs, to beat-the-heat? “NO”. DUH! I was just purely exhausted.
I would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for donating items to the Panty Raiders:
Magnets on the Cheap (HERE) - They have awesome magnet signs for cheap! They supplied each van with two custom Panty Raiders magnet signs for our pirate ships (aka mini vans). These really helped the two vans look and feel like one team. And, everyone knew who we were ... as did all the gawkers on the interstate!! I'm still displaying one in my home gym.
Chrissy’s Knee High Socks (HERE) - Awesome knee high socks for exercise and casual wear. We rocked the socks the entire journey for running and lounging. They made us custom socks just four our team. We stood out (even more than usual!) and the bright colors were tons of fun. They also kept our legs warm during dark and cooler evenings.
Polar Water Bottles (HERE) - Made sure we stayed hydrated in between our runs. We kept filling up our water bottles with water at the rest stops and energy drinks from our coolers. These awesome HUGE bottles kept our drinks cold and kept us hydrated. My kids are now also enjoying these bottles at their sports event.
My Race Ragz (HERE) - We received fun, fitted technical shirts with our Panty Raiders logo. These were super comfortable, soft and the fit rocked! Hugged my mama curves just right. The screen printing was flawless, too.
Bondi Band (HERE) - As always, Bondi Band did not disappoint. We recieved colorful skull Bondi Bands and custom hot pink Panty Raiders Bondi Bands. They kept our whispies back, and kept the sweat out of our eyes on this hot journey. I'm still wearing these.
Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chaf Cream (HERE) - Kept our rubbing areas chaf-free over each of our legs. Kept our feet blister-free! I've used up the rest of my packets over some of my longer runs this summer. Love this stuff and love the smell.
Given Arm Pockets (HERE) - These worked great to store gels, cell phones and loose change. I'm still using these versatile arm pockets on my long runs.
Gu Energy Gels (HERE) - These energy gels kept us from getting tired or sluggish -- even after NO SLEEP! The gels were a great boost to our energy at all times of the day -- running or not. Some of us were given the opportunity to try some new flavors that we haven't tried as well -- yum! I've enjoyed using these on my long runs as well.
Running Chics (HERE) - We used their awesome tote bags to store all of our goodies over 200 miles. Those bags got lugged into so many port-o-potties, exchange points and coffee shop bathrooms to count! These were a great place to toss all of our essentials. I enjoy using mine when I'm on the go with the kids these days, too.
Body Glide (HERE) - The Body Glide for her kept our body nice a smooth and didn't have to experience any weird chafing or rubbing, as our bodies sweat in the heat.