Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a wet behind the ears newbie this years Ragnar experience is sure to be one of the best. Every Ragnar I’ve run has it’s own story and it always leaves me wanting to tell another one the following year. One year I ran it while I had cryptospyridium. One year we locked our keys in the car at 3 A.M.. One year our team almost got disqualified for being too slow and last year we took second for the women.  Seriously, Ragnar is a runner’s addiction.  So get out there, create memories, and run like you’ve never run before!
Pictures of our team from last year, The Has Been’s. 

10 Tips for Ragnar

TIP 1: Bring clothes for each leg. The first time I ran Ragnar, I was in a van with a lady who would take her “jog bra” off and drape it across the head rest of the seat. I wish I had a picture of my brother in laws face as he came in from a long run and laid his head onto some ladies nasty sweat soaked bra. It was priceless. Do your van a favor and change your clothes after each leg! Not only will you feel better, you won’t be the one everyone is trying to avoid sitting next to.

TIP 2: If you have a roof rack or hitch rack use it! Although it seems like a hassle, you won’t regret some extra leg room in your vehicle. Not to mention, somehow you end up filling up any left over space with more things!

TIP 3: Keep your cooler accessible. The easier your cooler is to access the more you’ll dig into it to refill your body.

TIP 4: Try to eat something every two to three hours. If running a ten miler does not wear you out, the lack of sleep will. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel by keeping your blood sugar up throughout the day (and night). My rule of thumb is to put something in my mouth as soon as I get back into the van.

TIP 5: Remember the hand sanitizer. If you are like me, you go to the bathroom 10 times before you run.  In my family we call it the ‘nervous poopies’.  Become familiar with the term ‘honey bucket’. Last year I ran the race and (unbeknownst to me at the time) I had a terrible little stomach disease called cryptosporidium. Seriously, don’t ask. Let’s just say I was VERY glad that there was an outhouse every 5 miles. Bring sanitizer, they run out quickly.

TIP 6: If you can find a solid meal throughout the race, eat it.

TIP 7: Pack each ‘leg’ of clothes in a zip lock bag. Not only does this keep things organized, but it gives you somewhere to put your smelly clothes when you’re done.

TIP 8: Don’t forget your race day lubrication. If you missed our past story on chaffing click here

TIP 9: If you’re getting edgy, take a nap or go grab a coke.  Admittedly, it’s hard to maintain the ‘miss positive’ personality on zero hours of sleep. However, nobody wants to be trapped in a van with a moody maiden.  Stay positive, and be aware that you are going to be sitting in a van filled with B.O. If you’re not ready for that, you should not have signed up. For a little extra help, grab some caffeine. ‘Dr. P’ is my ‘go to’ mood lifter.

TIP 10: Lastly, embrace the race! There is a special feeling at race day venues.  Be grateful that you get to run, laugh, and sweat in the body you are given. Good luck!


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One Response to 10 RAGNAR PREP TIPS

  1. Alyssa Dean June 17, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    Super Funny! I just laughed… I love love love Ragnar. I wish I was on a team this year. so much fun!

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