How to Prepare for a Ragnar Relay [and a Giveaway!]
First off, I want to thank everyone for their kind words on yesterday’s post. Truthfully, I wrote it while still a little angry, went back and edited it the next day, and decided to just publish it anyway. Thanks for not thinking I’m a brat.
Earlier this summer, either June or July (I remember being in Portland when this happened), Emily texted me to ask if I wanted to join her Ragnar Relay team. Secretly, I had been super jealous that she was doing a Ragnar Relay and was hoping she would ask me to be part of Team Beer (Yes, that’s really our team name).
So, I decided I should probably try and prepare because my motto is “be over-prepared in things and under-prepared in plans and everything else”. You’re actually required to have certain safety gear since you’re running at night.
How to Prepare for a Ragnar Relay
- I’m in the midst of marathon training, so obviously I can run ~16 miles in a 30-36 hour time frame so I’m okay there.
- I have been running 2-a-days one day a week (Tuesday, because of Trail Run Tuesday, obviously) to get used to running on tired legs. Also, this week marathon training really hit me. I am tired. And sore. And rungry.
Gear (note: this is besides all the obvious stuff like toiletries, etc.)
- I’m packing three running outfits in three separate ziplock bags so they don’t get everything else gross after I’m done running. Right now I have Lululemon Speed Shorts and Nike Dry-Fit Tanks as my outfits, but I need to check the weather (re: planning).
- The cool thing about your dad working for an oil and gas company means he can usually scrounge up really random safety things. He gave us headlamps, which are required.
- My dad also gave us safety vests, but they were too big, so I went to Gingerbread Man Running for ASICS Lite-Tech Vests for Emily and me.
- My friend Lorraine who ran a Ragnar (and who I went to visit in Boston last weekend!) told me to buy ShowerPill body wipes so I ordered those.
- I’m taking two pairs of shoes (they suggest it, in case it rains) but mainly because I’m running in two pairs of shoes. (If anyone cares, I’m currently running in Mizuno Wave Rider 17
and Brooks Ghost 7.)
- Apparently, it’s a good idea to memorize your routes, or write them down or take them with you or something, especially at night in case you’re alone. I have mine printed out thanks to a prepared teammate, so I should probably put them in my phone so I have them readily available.
- I need to research places to eat on the course (see below) but the second van exchange is at a creamery, so the ice cream stop is covered. (Is it a trip/long run day without ice cream? NO.)
- Luckily, Emily’s parents are with us in the van so we figured we will be the ones deciding where to eat. Neither of us are “snacks as meals” type of girls, so we will hopefully find places to get real meals.
- I’m packing Nuun because I never do a very good job of replenishing my electrolytes because I’m not a Gatorade/Powerade/Sports drink filled with fake crap type of girl. I’ve been drinking a tablet almost every day lately and it has definitely been helping in my recovery process… plus it’s a nice change-up from plain water. I’m giving away some Nuun to a lucky reader… scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter!
- KIND was kind enough (pun intended) to supply us with a bunch of bars because I’m obsessed and ALSO for the most part they have a great carb-to-protein ratio which is good for recovery. They are seriously the only snack bar that keeps me full and satisfies me (yay fiber, protein and fat from nuts!). They are currently in my freezer because I don’t trust myself to not eat them all before Friday.
- Just to be safe, I’m going to pack some overnight oats and energy bites as extra snacks/emergency breakfast.
I’m definitely probably forgetting a ton of things so check back next week for a recap and probably a “things I wish I had done for Ragnar” post.
Top Photo Credit: Ragnar
Chat with me:
Have you ever ran a Ragnar Relay? Would you ever? Have any tips for me? What’s on your fitness bucket list… or bucket list in general?